Lives have been put at risk after rat poison was scattered on a busy street, say council officers.
Twice this week large quantities of pellets were found on the pavement of Great Cheetham Street East in Higher Broughton, Salford.
It is suspected it was put down to kill pigeons but the council says the culprits are putting local children, pets, and wildlife at risk - and say the bait is not effective for tackling pigeons.
They have warned warning that those responsible could face criminal charges for littering and are asking the public to come forward with information to help catch the culprit.
The pellets are thought to contain difenacoum which has been used in Europe for over 30 years and is particularly effective against rodents.
However it is a potent poison for all mammals and should be kept well away from non-targets, animals and humans. Anyone with any information should call 0161 909 6500.
A couple have spoken of the dramatic premature birth of their son 1,400 miles from home and their bid to remain by his side.
Jordan Jackson, 21, and girlfriend Karla Hornby, 29, had been holidaying in Benidorm to have a ‘final relax’ before the arrival of their son.
Karla was not expecting for another 12 weeks and the couple – from Breightmet, Bolton – had been enjoying a day beside the pool last Saturday when her waters unexpectedly broke.
The fashion jewellery retailer was rushed to San Juan Hospital in Alicante and was given an emergency caesarean section after her son’s heart stopped beating.
Freddie Jackson was born at 5.45pm later that day weighing 2lb and has been under close observation at San Juan since.
Jordan, an army supplier in the Royal Logistics Core, said the experience had been ‘one of the most nerve wracking’ of his life.
The couple have had an added drama, however, as they need to find £750 to remain in their hotel for a month while Freddie is nursed to health.
The couple’s insurance company had agreed to put them up in another hotel three miles away, but due to a lack of public transport Jordan explained that this was not an option. He said: “The other hotel is too far away and we want to be seeing Freddie once or twice a day, if we moved it would be very difficult as we would have to get expensive taxis.”
Friends back home have rallied around the pair and have set up a fund-raising page, which has so far raised £150, to pay their hotel bill. Visit gofundme.com/st3kxfk
A memorial to the wartime Liverpool 'Pals' will be unveiled on Merseyside later. The Pals were ordinary men who left their jobs to bolster the professional army in the First World War. They'd been called to arms by Lord Kitchener's stirring posters proclaiming 'Your Country Needs You'. A plaque will be unveiled at Prescot Railway station where six thousand men left from on 30 April 1915 to fight in France, many didn't return.
They were the first volunteers recruited by the then Lord Derby who said he wanted a regiment of 'pals'. The current Earl of Derby will unveil the plaque today.
Hundreds of Georges are being called upon to be part of a world record in Lytham today as part of celebrations of England's patron saint. Organisers are trying to gather 1,097 people named George as part of the St George's Day celebrations in Lytham. If you want to take part go to the green close to the famous Lytham Windmill between 8.30am and 1.30pm! Architect and TV presenter George Clarke is one of those who'll be there...just 1,096 others to go
In our continuing look at the region's key marginals Ann O'Connor goes to Warrington South where it's all to play for in a seat where the Conservatives have a slim majority
Here's the full list of candidates for the Warrington South seat in the General Election 2015
- Bob Barr Liberal Democrat
- Kevin Bennett TUSC
- Nick Bent Labour
- Stephanie Davies, Green
- Mal Lingley UKIP
- David Mowat Conservative
Of all the things you might expect to see in a busy city centre, dozens of anglers fishing for pike and carp would perhaps seem the least likely.
But an agreement between a canals charity and the world's oldest angling club means it should happen on the Rochdale canal in Manchester.
Its once polluted waters are now clean enough to allow it to be restocked with fish. Adam McClean reports
A brave shopkeeper who was stabbed defending his business from a raider has ben speaking of his ordeal.
Ali Akhtar was undeterred when the man jumped over his counter with a large knife determined to rob his takings from the shop in Flixton.
His courageous fightback was all caught on CCTV
Our correspondent Rob Smith has been talking to him