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WATCH: Tough training for Panto star

Comedian Stu Francis has braved arctic conditions to get in shape for his latest role. The Bolton funnyman, best known for hosting children's show, Crackerjack, is back in his home town playing Aladdin in a production at the Macron stadium. So to prepare for his role in the panto, Stu did a training session with Bolton's players - but it was a lot tougher than he'd expected.

Hearing into Arena attack.

A pre-inquest hearing into the deaths of the 22 victims of the Manchester Arena suicide bombing will be held later. The hearing will take place at Manchester Town Hall.,

St Ann's Square, days after the Arena terror attack Credit: pa

The inquests were opened and adjourned by HM Senior Coroner Nigel Meadows at Manchester Civil Justice Centre in June as brief summaries to the background circumstances of each of the fatalities from the May 22 atrocity were outlined.

None of the families of the deceased attended the opening which lasted just short of an hour and was preceded by a minute's silence.

A separate inquest is taking place into the death of bomber Salman Abedi, 22, which was also opened and adjourned in June. A further preliminary hearing of his inquest will take place at Manchester Town Hall on December 1.

Cancer scientists get new base after Christie fire

The blaze at the Christie destroyed equipment and research Credit: GTV

Researchers from Cancer Research UK are getting a new base following the fire at the Christie in Manchester which devastated their facilities.

More than three hundred staff from the CRUK Manchester Institute are making the move after the blaze destroyed equipment and research in April.

The new base is at Alderley Park near Macclesfield.

The CRUK Manchester Institute is a leading cancer research organisation within The University of Manchester and is funded by Cancer Research UK.

Hunt for man who attacked police support officer

A police community support officer from Cheshire has fought off an attacker trying to stab him in the face.

It happened while he was on patrol in the Palacefields area of Runcorn shortly after 5pm.

Police say he was alerted to an incident in a wooded area and was attacked when he went to investigate.

His attacker and three other men, who'd been nearby, fled the scene.

The officer was taken to hospital where he is being treated for his injuries.

Police are appealing for help to catch the attacker.

“While the officer was able to fend off his attacker, he has sustained a number of superficial wounds to his hands and understandably he has also been left extremely shaken as a result of his ordeal."

– Detective Inspector Clare Coleman

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WATCH: Heartbreak as the flood clean-up begins

More than 70 people and 20 horses had to be rescued as the waters rose in Lancashire.

Emergency crews took up to 500 calls with Lancaster and Galgate the worst affected places.

Roads were shut and rail services have been disrupted by floods.

There are currently 18 alerts in place in the north west, which has left rail services running at a reduced speed.

Elaine Willcox was in Galgate in Lancashire, one of the worst affected areas.

WATCH: Choir who sang after Manchester terror attack to feature on new album

Now after the attack on the Arena few moments were as moving as when the children of Parrs Wood School sang on stage with Ariana Grande.

And they made such an impact on those who heard their young voices that they've now been invited to join other choirs on a new album.

  • They're also preparing to release a new charity single - Paul McCartney's 'We all Stand Together" Sarah Rogers went to meet them.
  • We spoke to James Hawkins who's produced the album to find out what what behind the idea.
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