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Alan Henning Academy helps Syrian refugees back to school

A school dedicated to the sacrifice made by aid worker Alan Henning has opened in Turkey.

The project will allow 400 Syrian refugees to get an education hundreds of miles from the Syrian border and the conflict they fled.

Alan Henning, a taxi driver from Salford, was killed by Islamic State terrorists earlier this year.

Granada Reports was given exclusive access to the school named after Alan.

Appeal after unprovoked assault on Afghanistan veteran in Morecambe

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POLICE have released CCTV images of a man they would like to speak to after an army reservist was punched in the face during an unprovoked attack in Morecambe.

The victim, a 31-year-old local man, was on a night out after returning from a six month tour in Afghanistan.

He was approached and then punched near to The King’s Arms Hotel on Marine Road Central between 2 to 3am on Thursday 11 December.

The victim suffered a broken jaw on both sides.

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DC Jill Neil from Lancaster CID said: “This was a despicable act on a man who had just been enjoying his first night out after returning back from serving his country in Afghanistan.

“After the attack, the victim had to be operated on as a result of the severity of his injuries.

“I appeal to anyone who may have any information about this incident to get in touch with us.”

Anyone with information should contact Lancashire Police on 101 quoting incident reference LC-20141217-0723 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Man quizzed by anti-terror police

A 24-year-old man is being questioned on suspicion of terror offences.

Officers from the North West Counter Terrorism Unit searched an address in Crumpsall in Manchester on Friday.

The suspect was arrested the following day on suspicion of offences under the Terrorism Act, according to Greater Manchester Police.

A police spokesman said:

"There is believed to be no threat to the community of Greater Manchester relating to the circumstances of this address."

Rescued seal exhausted but may still return to its natural habitat

The seal was found in a field in Newton le Willows Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

A seal rescued from a field in Newton le Willows has been described as exhausted and is now being assessed at a wildlife centre.

Police, fire officers and a local farmer earlier herded the seal onto an RSPCA trailer.

The seal has now been taken to the RSPCA's wildlife hospital in Stapley Grange, Nantwich, for assessment.

Once fully recovered they hope to release the seal back into its natural habitat.

Lucy Henning: Now I have a 'clearer insight' into why my dad went to Syria

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The daughter of Alan Henning has described how seeing the work being done for refugees at the Alan Henning Academy has made it easier to understand why her dad went to Syria.

Lucy Henning, 17, said:

"The look on the children's faces puts something like education in to perspective; where we take it for granted they make the most out of what they have and to be able to learn is a blessing to them!

"Broke my heart.

"Definitely gave me a much clearer insight as to why my dad needed to do what he wanted!"

– Lucy Henning


Don't wash your turkey says University of Manchester study

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Nearly half of home cooks still wash their Christmas turkeys despite the increased risk of food poisoning it creates, according to a University of Manchester study.

An online national survey of almost 900 people also found that men who took charge of preparing the family bird were more likely to contravene the advice of the Food Standards Agency, which warns washing can cause harmful bacteria to spread.

The study found that 48.6% of respondents always or usually washed their turkey under the tap, while only 41% said they never washed the festive poultry.

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The survey was led by Professor Dan Rigby, at The University of Manchester, and Professor Sarah O'Brien, of The University of Liverpool.

Prof Rigby, a lecturer in environmental economics, said: "Washing poultry is often said to be something that older people were brought up doing, but the survey showed that it is 18 to 34-year-olds who are most likely to wash their turkey this Christmas. We also found that men were more likely to wash the turkey than women.

"People are underestimating the level of contamination. Despite years of information campaigns against washing poultry, the habit seems hard to kick for many and the findings of our survey suggest this is not just an older generation habit that will fade away.

"Christmas is one of the most pressured days for home cooks to deliver a great meal but people are still not getting the food hygiene message around turkeys - the centrepiece of the meal. The message is simple: wash your hands, not your bird."

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