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  1. Adam McClean, ITV News

Planespotters' wives speak of relief at the release without charge

A group of planespotters from Greater Manchester arrested in the United Arab Emirates have been released without charge.

Conrad Clitheroe and Gary Cooper, both from Stockport, and expat Neil Munro were held in February over alleged national security breaches near Fujairah Airport, 80 miles from Dubai.

Their wives hope they'll be home before the end of this week, as Adam McClean now reports:

  1. Matt O'Donoghue, ITV News

Blackburn boy, 14, questioned over Australian terror plot

A 14-year-old boy from Blackburn is under arrest in connection with an alleged terror plot to attack war remembrance ceremonies in Australia.

Police here in the UK say investigations into the teenager led them to uncover a "credible terrorist threat" targeting events to mark the ANZAC landings 100-years-ago.

Five other teenagers have also been arrested in Melbourne.

Matt O'Donoghue has the story:

Fire crews tackle foundry blaze in Bolton town centre

Smoke rising above Bolton. Credit: Granada viewer.

Fire crews are fighting a large blaze which has broken out in a Bolton foundry.

North West Fire Control received reports of a fire on Salop Street just before 3.15pm.

"Approximately 30 firefighters remain at the scene of Shakespeare Foundry and are working hard to get the fire under control which has ripped through the ground, first floor and roof of the three storey building."

– Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service


  1. Paul Crone, ITV News

Special Report: Honours at last for Lancashire's fallen heroes of World War One

Six British soldiers from the North West who died in the trenches of Belgium during World War One have finally been buried with honours.

The remains of the men from The Lancashire Fusiliers and The King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment lay undiscovered for nearly 100 years in a farmer's field near Ypres.

But a team of local archaeologists managed to track down which Lancashire regiments they belonged to, and even made sure the men would be laid to rest with full military honours.

Paul Crone has the first of two special reports:

Witness - 'No deliberate decision' to criticise fans in police report on Hillsborough

Former Chief Superintendent Terry Wain. Credit: ITV News.

A former Chief Superintendent has denied that police deliberately decided to criticise fans without criticising senior officers about the Hillsborough disaster.

Terry Wain said South Yorkshire Police's report ahead of the 1989 Taylor Inquiry was based on self-written accounts from officers on duty at the Sheffield Wednesday ground.

The fresh inquests heard that a section about the events of the day included references to some of the crowd at the turnstiles being unruly and the worse for drink.

Mr Wain agreed that some of the report, which he oversaw, appeared partly intended as a defence of the force.

But he denied it offered a selective narrative, saying it reflected the overall content of officers' statements accurately and fairly.

The jury heard the report, co-authored by then Chief Inspector Norman Bettison, was edited prior to the inquiry to exclude events after noon on the day to avoid prejudicial comment.

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