Amnesty International has questioned whether proposals to give all frontline police officers Tasers is an effective way to deal with the current terror threat.
Commenting on the proposals the charity's arms programme director Oliver Sprague said he believed the defensive weapon "can have a part to play in policing operations" but that they "should be used sparingly and only by highly-trained officers."
He added: "We'd ask the question: where's the evidence that a terrorist will be deterred by the knowledge that police officers have Tasers at their disposal?
"And who on earth thinks that if there's a real instance of terrorist activity that Tasers would ever actually be sufficient for our law-enforcement officers?"
Manchester University graduate Benedict Cumberbatch is one of several celebrities backing a campaign to pardon tens of thousands of gay men convicted for their sexuality. The actor plays Alan Turing in The Imitation Game the film about the maths genuis who broke the German Enigma Code saving hundreds of lives in the Second World War. Turing who worked at Manchester University went on to commit suicide at his home in Wilmslow when he was chemically castrated after being found guilty of gross indecency in 1952. Cumberbatch and Stephen Fry have put their names to a letter asking the Government to repeat the pardon given to Turing for hundreds of other men punished by the judiciary for their sexuality.
Leading figures from both sides of the controversy surrounding fracking for shale gas have shared a stage in what's thought to be first conference of its kind in our region. Energy firm Cuadrilla are hoping to start drilling for shale gas on two sites in Lancashire - supporters say fracking is safe and could solve our country's future energy needs. But groups opposing them say the rush for shale gas ignores many potential dangers.
A prolific criminal from our region who targets hole in the wall cash machines has become one of the most wanted men in Europe. Andrew White from Liverpool was part of a gang who used explosives to steal tens of thousands of pounds from ATMs across the North West and other parts of the UK. It's believed he's in Spain - and responsible for a very similar crime spree over there.
The family of a teenage boy who died after a collision in Manchester city centre has paid tribute. 18 year old Jack Essex from Manchester, died in hospital yesterday after suffering a head injury following a collision with a lorry on Portland Street on Wednesday.
Greater Manchester Police has released CCTV footage showing a car, moments before it is believed to have been involved in an attempted abduction in Gorton. Shortly before 12:35pm on Tuesday 27 January 2015, a 23-year-old woman was jogging on Gorton Lane, Gorton when a man driving a black Honda Accord pulled up alongside her, and beckoned her over. Once she got near the car he grabbed her arm. She managed to escape and raise the alarm. Detectives describe the driver as being a clean shaven Asian man of slim build in his mid-20s with a prominent nose and bushy eyebrows. He was wearing dark clothing.
When Liverpool fan Jacqui Watson ordered a DVD of One Night In Istanbul, the movie inspired by Liverpool's famous Champions League win, she never expected it to come with a free gift - a visit from one of Liverpool's victorious team.
The Health and Safety Executive have spoken out after a Preston-based company which installs solar panels was fined £45,000, following the death of a worker who fell through a barn roof.
Gregorz Sobko had been working on the roof of a cowshed when one of the clear plastic panels, designed to let in light, gave way. The 34-year-old from Southport fell five metres to the concrete floor below and died in hospital ten days later.
Eco Generation Ltd of Watkin Lane in Lostock Hall, was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) following the incident at Tower View Farm in Hutton on 15 November 2011 after an investigation found the company had failed to provide vital safety equipment.
Preston Crown Court heard that the company had been hired to fit solar panels to the flat roof on the cowshed, which was about 20 metres wide by 60 metres long. Each worker had only been given two wooden planks, known as youngmans boards, to stand on while they worked, despite there being dozens of fragile plastic panels on the roof.
Mr Sobko had been fitting a solar panel just over a metre away from one of the fragile roof panels when he accidentally stepped on it and fell through the roof. The court was told there were several measures Eco Generation could have taken to protect workers, such installing netting under the panels, placing protective covers over them or putting up barriers.
North Yorkshire Police have extended the search for missing York teenager Darren Patrick Boyd to the Manchester area.
The 15-year-old was last seen at his home in the Boroughbridge Road area of York at 8pm on Wednesday, 28 January.
Although it is believed Darren has not come to harm and left home by his own choice, his family and police remain concerned for his wellbeing.
Extensive police enquires are ongoing in both North Yorkshire and with assistance from Greater Manchester Police to confirm he is safe and well.