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Video report: Children go to school in pyjamas for charity

It was a special day for pupils at schools and nurseries in Bolton as they wore pyjamas all day.

The children in Little Lever were taking part in a special event called Goodnight to Brain Tumours.

It was in memory of six year old Jessica Green, who had a brain tumour and died a year ago. This from our correspondent Victoria Grimes:

For more information on the charity visit: Jessica's Fund

Video report: Parents warned over deadly new strain of meningitis

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Parents in the North West are being warned to beware of a new strain of meningitis.

A number of children in our region have already died of it and others have been left with serious medical conditions, as the number of cases of Group W Meningitis has doubled over the past year.

Our correspondent Rob Smith has this report.

Meningitis can kill in hours - know the symptoms

The first symptoms are usually fever, vomiting, headache and feeling unwell. Red ticks show symptoms more specific to meningitis and septicaemia and less common in milder illnesses. Limb pain, pale skin, and cold hands and feet often appear earlier than the rash, neck stiffness, dislike of bright lights and confusion.

Symptoms include:

  • Fever and/or vomiting
  • Severe headache
  • Very sleepy /vacant /difficult to wake
  • Rash(anywhere on the body)
  • Stiff neck(less common in young children)
  • Dislike of bright lights(less common in young children)

For a full list of symptoms and practical diagnosis tips visit:


Video: Police say abduction was extremely serious

Detective Chief Inspector Joanne Mc Hugh of Lancashire Police described the abduction as 'extremely serious'.

She said the six-year-old was taken by a man believed to be a stranger to her. She was then left by herself over three miles away from her home.

Police are continuing an urgent search for the offender.

He is described as a white man with a tanned complexion aged in his forties and bald.

Kiev fined over racist behaviour towards Everton

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Dynamo Kiev have been ordered to close part of their stadium for next month's Europa League quarter-final after racist behaviour by fans towards Everton players.

The Ukrainian side has also been fined 15,000 euros (#10,950) by UEFA for the setting off of fireworks and for insufficient organisation.

The racist behaviour took place during the 5-2 second-leg win over Everton on March 19.

UEFA has ordered partial closure of the NSK Olimpiyskiy stadium for the first leg of the quarter-final against Fiorentina, to be played in Kiev on April 16.

Dynamo Kyiv was also fine £15,000 for setting off fireworks Credit: PA

The CEDB (UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body) has ordered the partial closure of the NSK Olimpiyskiy stadium during the next UEFA competition match which FC Dynamo Kyiv would play as the host club, and in particular, Blocks 43 and 45 of the stadium.

The Ukrainian club have also been fined 15,000 euros for the setting off of fireworks and the insufficient organisation.

– UEFA statement


70 pupils in isolation for refusing to remove Marie Curie daffodils from blazers

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The Liverpool Echo reports that around 70 pupils were put in ‘isolation’ at The Grange School in Runcorn after they refused to remove charity ribbons from their blazers.

One of the pupils reportedly called the Echo from the isolation unit but a member of staff told her to hang up.

She claimed that around 60-70 pupils were excluded from their classes and that one teacher wore a ribbon in solidarity.

Parents and pupils say Marie Curie ribbons are being worn because of the number of students whose parents or grandparents have suffered or died from cancer.

Granada Reports have contacted the school and are waiting for an official response.

Neo-Nazi 'white pride' rally to be held in Manchester City Centre

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A neo-nazi rally is being planned in Manchester City Centre Saturday afternoon to mark ‘White Pride Worldwide Day’.

The event is expected to take place in Piccadilly Gardens at lunchtime.

Police are understood to be expecting between 50 and 70 people at the rally, which has been advertised on the English Defence League website.

Manchester Evening News reports that Manchester City Council council condemn the march.

All of Manchester will condemn the vision and hatred they are bringing to our city and having read some of the scandalous antics they’ve got up to in the past their presence here makes me sick to the stomach.”

– Pat Karney, City Centre spokesman told the Manchester Evening News

For the last two years the march was held in Swansea and last year saw Neo Nazi Darren Clifft jailed after he hung an effigy of a golliwog whilst dressed as a KKK member.

A spokesperson for GMP say they are aware of the march but that they respect everyone's democratic right to protest. They also said they would do everything to ensure the march proceeds peacefully.

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