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Apology from Morecambe Bay Health Trust over mother and baby deaths at maternity unit

Furness General Hospital, Barrow, at centre of inquiry

The new Trust Board would like to again apologise to all those who lost loved ones because of failures at the Trust. We continue to be committed to assisting the work of the Morecambe Bay Investigation, and have been open and transparent throughout.

We do not feel it is appropriate to comment further whilst the Morecambe Bay Investigation, commissioned by the Department of Health, is still ongoing.

As a Trust, we now await the publication of the report tomorrow, and will address any recommendations made to enable us to further improve the services we offer to women and families, across our hospitals.

– Dr David Walker, Medical Director, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHSFoundation Trust

Man charged after motorist dragged along motorway in Salford

A 43 year old man has been charged after an incident on the M602 where a man was dragged along the motorway.

Michael Keary of Barlow Lane North, Reddish. Stockport, is charged with wounding, aggravated vehicle taking, two counts of failing to stop after a collision and failing to provide a specimen of breath.

He is due before Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court tomorrow.

On Sunday morning a lorry overturned on the Warrington-bound M602 slip road just outside Salford.

The 28-year-old victim pulled his VW Caddy van over to the hard shoulder, thinking that he would be able to help, but instead a man jumped into his van and drove off with the victim still clinging to the vehicle.

The victim was dragged for some distance along the motorway before he fell off and sustained serious head injuries. He remains in hospital with a fractured skull but is making good progress.


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Man charged over motorway dragging incident

The incident happened on the M602 near Salford on Sunday. Credit: Google Maps

A man has been charged after a Good Samaritan who stopped to help a driver was dragged along the M602 motorway when his car was then stolen.

The 28-year-old is in hospital with serious head injuries but is said to be progressing well.

Police said they had since charged Michael Keary from Stockport with aggravated vehicle taking, wounding, two counts of failing to stop after a collision and failing to provide a breath specimen.

The 43-year-old will appear before Manchester and Salford Magistrates Court tomorrow.

Father faced 'intrusive questions' by police after son's death

The father of a teenager who died at Hillsborough has told a court he was asked "intrusive questions" about alcohol after identifying his 18-year old son's body. Told to prepare himself for the worst, Barry Devonside said he searched for Christopher in hospitals and a mortuary after being told that he was not at Sheffield Wednesday's ground. He was later told to return to the gym, where he said a police sergeant pulled him back from kissing his son's body.

You don't go to a football match and not come home with your son. It's not reality. But this was, today, reality.

– Barry Devonside, father of Christopher,18

He said that within minutes of identifying Christopher, two officers asked him whether they had had a meal or consumed alcohol on the way to the ground.

I kept giving them the same answer: "What's that got to do with identification?

– Barry Devonside's response to police asking about alcohol
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Families wait for answers ahead of a report into Barrow maternity unit

Tomorrow sees the release of a inquiry report following a series of deaths of newborn babies and mothers at a hospital in Barrow.

The Kirkup investigation on the maternity unit at Furness General Hospital in Barrow was set up to find out what went wrong and to try to ensure it can't happen again.

It's examined dozens of case and is widely expected to highlight persistent failures.

Our correspondent Amy Welch has the story:


Jail for drug dealer who stashed cocaine in his underwear

Wayne Elphick stashed drugs in his underwear. Credit: Greater Manchester Police.

A drug dealer who stashed cocaine in his underwear in an attempt to avoid detection has been jailed.

Wayne Elphick, 43, of Bellscroft Avenue, Manchester, pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine with intent to supply at a hearing at Manchester Crown Court.

He was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison.

Last October Elphick was driving a red Seat Leon down Oldham Road, Newton Heath, when he was stopped by North Manchester Organised Crime Unit.

When they searched the vehicle, Elphick was found in possession of £272, two mobile phones and £550 of cocaine hidden in his underwear.

"This conviction shows that GMP will absolutely not tolerate drug dealing in our communities.

"Drugs can have a devastating impact on people's lives, not just the users but their families. I would ask anyone who has information into where drugs are being dealt or produced, to contact police."

– Detective Sergeant Andrew Buckthorpe, Greater Manchester Police

Former police chief James Sharples denies "painting adverse picture" of Liverpool fans

A former Chief Constable of Merseyside has denied trying to paint an adverse picture of Liverpool fans at Hillsborough.

Sir James Sharples had described seeing supporters drinking before the FA Cup semi-final in Sheffield.

Meanwhile, the inquests have heard from a former South Yorkshire officer who says he was intimidated into changing his statement about the disaster.

Andy Bonner reports:

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