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Hospital problems shouldn't get 'swept under the carpet'

A day after it was revealed failings led to the unnecessary deaths of 11 babies and one mother, attention is now turning to the future of the maternity unit at Furness General.

David Cameron told parliament during Prime Minister's Question Time that following the Morecambe report it is important that problems don't get 'swept under the carpet'.

Police: Bolton teacher 'appeared to be normal family man'

Chemistry teacher Jamshed Javeed, from Manchester, has been jailed for six years at Woolwich Crown Court for planning to travel to Syria to fight for ISIS.

Det Chief Supt Tony Mole, head of the North West Counter Terrorism Unit, said Jamshed Javeed had appeared to be a 'normal family man'.


Bolton chemistry teacher jailed after ISIS fighter plans

A "radicalised" chemistry teacher from Manchester, whose family hid his passport in a desperate attempt to stop him joining ISIS, has been jailed for six years.

Jamshed Javeed was poised to travel to Syria in late 2013 to fight alongside the group, which later became widely known as Islamic State.

Jamshed Javeed Credit: ITV Granada

After helping his younger brother make the trip, he prepared to follow from his Manchester home.

At an earlier hearing he admitted two terror offences, but insisted he was travelling only to support the people of Syria, not to join the terror group.

But, jailing the 30-year-old, Judge Michael Topolski said he was "not satisfied" that Javeed had rejected "ISIS's ultimate aims".

Woman fined after chopping down trees to boost house price

A woman who ordered protected trees in Cumbria to be chopped down to improve the value a house has been fined £15,000.

A woman who ordered protected trees in Cumbria to be chopped down to improve the value a house has been fined £15,000. Credit: Press Association

Marilyn Barnes, of High Knott Road, Arnside, admitted asking Stephen Lawton to fell the 27 trees on her land last August.

She also pleaded guilty to causing or permitting the wilful damage of a further two trees on her land.

As well as chopping down 27 trees – which included species of Ash, Hazel, Elm, Sycamore, Holly, Beech and Willow - several branches had been cut from a large Beech tree in order to further open up the view and improve the house's value.

The house had previously been marketed at a lower value with a different estate agent but was put up for sale at a higher asking price once the trees had been felled.

Manchester Police Chief: we needed to protect people of Manchester

Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy Credit: PA Wire

The Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Sir Peter Fahy told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "We did absolutely think he should have been prosecuted here. We put evidence in front of the Crown Prosecution Service, but at the end of the day we have an independent system in this country and that is their decision.

"I had to be driven at the time by the need to protect the people of Greater Manchester, and the difficulty we had was because we were very concerned about the nature of the threat that was being run and governed by a foreign terrorist organisation, and because we were unsure at the time about exactly what was going to happen, we had to intervene early to disrupt the plot. That obviously meant we didn't have all the evidence we might have had later in the investigation."

Sir Peter denied that police were forced to arrest Naseer and his alleged accomplices earlier than intended, after former Metropolitan Police assistant commissioner Bob Quick inadvertently exposed documents on the case outside 10 Downing Street.

"That obviously did happen, but that (document) actually said that we were planning to make those arrests because of the fact that we had to protect the people of Greater Manchester," he said.

Sir Peter said: "We are obviously pleased now that a conviction has arisen, but the case does need to be reviewed. It was part of this balance between security and liberty, when you are faced with this kind of threat, but at the same time, obviously, we have to abide by the rules of prosecution in this country, otherwise we are undermining the very rights and freedom that we are trying to protect.

"There was a robust debate at the time and we put in a lot of challenge. But you have also got to take into account that the Americans have been able to draw together further evidence since our investigation, including the evidence from bin Laden's house. We accept that - that's why we have an independent prosecution service."

Naseer's father Nasrullah Jan Khattak told the BBC: "He was a good boy. I'm not saying that because I'm his father, he really was a good boy. He used to go to the mosque and he played a lot of cricket. There was nothing suspicious about Abid.

"Only God can tell you why this tragedy happened. He was religious, he was quiet, and I think because of his clothes and his beard he was pulled into this mess by the authorities."


Manchester Police say terror investigation saved hundreds of lives

Responding to the conviction of Abid Naseer in New York for a terrorist plot to bomb sites in Greater Manchester, Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd said:

"The work by police and security services in this case has been tremendous. This investigation ensured that potentially hundreds of people were not killed on the streets of Greater Manchester. I have no doubt that lives were saved.

"However there are real questions that need to be answered about why Abid Naseer had to be tried in a court in New York rather than here in Britain. His conviction shows there was a strong and compelling case that he is a dangerous terrorist, which is why he is likely to rightly serve a long sentence.

"But we should not have had to wait for the Americans to step in to extradite Abid Naseer. The public will want to know why he wasn't brought to trial here.

"The reality is that, had the Americans not acted, a dangerous man who was intent on causing death and destruction here in Greater Manchester could potentially still be walking our streets. This is deeply worrying and I will be raising this issue with the Home Secretary because we need real assurances that whatever went wrong here is never repeated."

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