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North West rail workers stage 32nd strike over role of guards

Rail workers are staging their 32nd strike today in the long-running dispute over the role of guards on trains, leading to a significant reduction in services.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union on Arriva Rail North (Northern) are mounting picket lines outside stations across the region.

Northern said it will operate a reduced timetable, with few trains running before 9am or after 6pm.

The company expects to run 30% of services, but some routes will have no trains, and others will have a bus replacement service.

Strikes will also be held on the next three Saturdays on Northern, while RMT members on South Western Railway will start a five-day walkout next Tuesday in the same dispute.

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Man's body found on Deansgate in Manchester

Police have closed parts of Deansgate in Manchester city centre after a man's body was found.

Several police vehicles and ambulances are at the scene.

There are currently road closures in place including Deansgate with the junctions of Peter St (A34) and Jackson’s Row.

Police say people should try and avoid the area.

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Watch: Len Johnrose on an emotional night at Bury

Bury fans have been showing their support for one of their favourite players.

Len Johnrose was one of the stars of a very successful Bury side in the 1990s but recently revealed he's been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease.

Tonight Len is being reunited with his former teammates at a fundraising dinner before another big day tomorrow. He's been speaking to our correspondent Chris Hall.


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