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Family devastated over drug delay for Jack

The family of a 7 year old boy from Lancashire who has a rare genetic condition have been told there will be further delays before a decision on funding for a new treatment.

Jack Johnson from Charnock Richard has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy which causes his muscles to waste away

His parents, who set up the Joining Jack charity , say they're devastated that the NHS has deferred a decision to fund the drug Translarna until the autumn. His mother Alex told Granada reports how disappointed they are:

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Friend of three teenagers who died at Hillsborough describe their desperate attempts to rescue them

A friend of three men who died at Hillsborough has described being unable to help one of the victims following a surge on the terrace.

James Thomas said he noticed Gary Church was looking distressed when they were pushed against a barrier.

The inquests in Warrington heard today that Gary who was 19 and from Seaforth was one of three friends to die.

Our Hillsborough correspondent Andy Bonner has been listening to the evidence.

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School uniform campaign in bid to break child poverty cycle

A charity is hoping to give free school uniforms and sports kits to families who can't afford it.

The 'Wood Street Mission' is urging local businesses to help fund the million pound scheme in Manchester and Salford over the next four years.

It doesn't want a negative experience at school to impact on their future ambitions.

WATCH - Video of charity's school uniform campaign:-

WATCH (Below) - the Chief Executive of the Wood St Mission, Roseanne Sweeney, speaking to our presenter Tony Morris:-

Manchester scientist - thunderstorms most dramatic he's seen

An expert in atmospherics at Manchester University says last night's thunderstorms were the most dramatic he's seen in the UK.

Dr Grant Allen and his colleagues study storms using the only 'cloud chamber' in Europe at the University's Atmospherics Department.

Ann O'Connor's been talking to him:-

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Holocaust survivor's tribute to man who saved her

A holocaust survivor who escaped the Nazis as a young girl has paid tribute to the man who saved her life.

Sir Nicholas Winton, who organised the rescue of 669 children destined for Nazi concentration camps, has died at the age of 106.

Lady Milliner Grenfell Baines from Preston was only nine when she escaped from Prague on a special train, arranged by Nicholas Winton.

Today she reflected on how his actions saved hundreds of children from certain death.

Sarah Rogers went to meet her.

Viewer captures suspected thieves on camera in Manchester

Pictures, @Haleartisanmkt Robbery suspects flee on motorbike near St Anne's Square.

Armed robbers smashed their way into a Manchester city centre jewellery shop in a terrifying daylight raid this aftenoon.

Minutes earlier, the nearby M&S store had to be evacuated because of a bomb scare.

It's not yet clear if the two incidents are linked.

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Caught on camera - armed raid in Manchester minutes after nearby security alert

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Armed robbers smashed their way into a Manchester city centre jewellery shop in a terrifying daylight raid this aftenoon.

Minutes earlier, the nearby M&S store had to be evacuated because of a bomb scare.

It's not yet clear if the two incidents are linked.

Credit: Manchester Evening News Syndication
Credit: Manchester Evening News Syndication
Credit: Manchester Evening News Syndication

Witnesses reported seeing two men on a motorbike roar up to Arthur Kay and Bro Jewellers, on the corner of Market Street and Exchange Street, before smashing the window with a sledgehammer.

The pillion passenger was seen grabbing armfuls of stock from the display inside before getting back on the lime green Kawasaki bike and speeding off.

The raid came just 20 minutes after Marks and Spencer’s flagship store opposite was evacuated after a suspicious bag was found by a staff member.

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Tributes left at scene of murder investigation

The scene of the investigation. Credit: ITV Border

Tributes to a man found dead in Windermere have been left at the scene of a police murder investigation.

Gordon James Smith, 44, was found in Brookside, Lake Road, on July 1.

The area has re-opened to the public, but police are continuing to investigate.

The scene of the police investigation. Credit: ITV Border

Four people are being questioned by the police.

CCTV appeal to catch Manchester city centre attackers

Police in Manchester have issued CCTV images after a group of friends were attacked as they left a bar in the city centre.

The three men left Sakura on Deansgate Locks and were approached by a group of seven men and a woman and were attacked.

One of the group, a 28-year-old was left with a broken jaw before the offenders ran off.

This was a vicious assault that left one man with serious facial injuries and in a lot of pain. It appears the assault was completely unprovoked and I would ask anyone who may recognise those in the images to contact us as soon as possible.

– Constable Paul Eastham, Greater Manchester Police

Virgin West Coast services - 'least punctual'

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Virgin West Coast, which runs train services through the North West, is the least punctual rail company in the country, with just under three-quarters (73.6%) of their trains arriving within five minutes of their scheduled time, according to new statistics.

The figure is more than a fifth lower than the best performing rail operator Merseyrail, with 95.6% of its trains arriving within five minutes.

The statistics, published by the Office of Rail and Road, look at the punctuality of trains across Britain between April 2014 and March 2015.

Virgin West Coast Trains also had the highest numbers of trains reported arriving "significantly late", meaning delays of between 30 and 119 minutes, a figure of 2.7%.

The only train operating company recording no services arriving later than 30 minutes was Merseyrail.

Southern had the highest proportion of cancelled services across the year, almost one in 20 trains (4.6%), while c2c had the lowest proportion, just 1.2%.

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