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Breaking News: Fire at the Christie hospital in Manchester

Flames seen from the the fire at the Christie. Credit: ITV News.

A fire at an office and laboratory block at the Christie in Manchester has led to evacuations and road closures around the hospital site.

People close by have said on social media the location is the Paterson Building, a cancer research centre located next to the hospital.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue said five fire engines are at the scene and the building has been evacuated.

Transport for Greater Manchester urged motorists to be aware of the road closures.

"At 10.36am on Wednesday (April 26) the fire service was called to a building fire at Christie Hospital, Wilmslow Road, Manchester.

"Five fire engines and an aerial ladder are at the scene.

"Firefighters are wearing breathing apparatus and using jets and hose reels to extinguish a fire involving a three-storey office block and labs."

– Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.

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Nineteen people left without a home after fire rips through Stockport hostel

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Police and the fire brigade are investigating a blaze at a hostel which has left 19 people needing to be rehomed.

All the residents have now been accounted for following the fire on the A6 Buxton Road in Stockport but officials say they're not thought to have been in the building.

The alarm was raised just before 4.30am today when four fire engines were mobilised.

The operation's now been scaled down but fire fighters remain at the scene damping down and ensuring the building is safe.

Fire investigators will be working closely with Greater Manchester Police to establish the cause of the fire.

"There are still 3 residents that are unaccounted for, but not thought to be in the building, however the fire investigation team will be further searching the building for casualties, as well as identifying the cause of the fire.

"We are currently working with Stockport Homes to re house the 19 residents that were rescued."

– Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

Baby camel brings new joy for safari park keepers

The baby camel was born on Sunday. Credit: Knowsley Safari Park.

Meet the latest and cutest arrival to the family at Knowsley Safari on Merseyside - a bouncing baby camel.

The tiny Bactrian camel, whose wild family is native to central Asia, arrived in the early hours of Sunday.

The youngster, who will be named later after a public competition, and mum, called Gertie, are said to be doing well.

The youngster will be named following a public competition. Credit: Knowsley Safari Park.

“Conservation of species is the cornerstone of everything we do at Knowsley, so this new arrival is especially welcome.

“Our camels at Knowsley are classed as Domestic Bactrian Camels and our aim is to raise awareness for the plight of their wild cousins through events and visitor education.

“Gertie is a new mum so our expert animal team are keeping a close eye on how she's getting on with her first calf. She’s seems to have really taken to motherhood and the new baby is already melting hearts with everyone. We’re drawing up a shortlist of names which we are looking forward to seeing which the public decide.”

– Eveline de Wolf, Head of Animal Collection at Knowsley Safari Park

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Health workers being charged 'extortionate' parking fees

Royal Liverpool Hospital amongst the highest parking charges Credit: ITV Granada

A new study reveals low-paid nurses and porters are being charged "extortionate" fees of almost £90 a month to use hospital car parks.

Research by Unison showed that many NHS Trusts operated a flat-rate payment system regardless of how much staff were paid.

A Freedom of Information request by the union found the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals Trust, charged £79.50 a month.

The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust is one of the top chargers, with full-time staff paying £85.38 a month to park at the Royal Free Hospital site.

Responses from 199 trusts across Britain also showed that some trusts offered discounted parking for staff on lower wages, or did not charge healthcare workers to park.

Unison's head of health Christina McAnea said:

"Health staff are struggling to get by on a pay rise well below the cost of living and these extortionate fees are an extra tax on their wages.

"Many NHS staff work shifts so they have to drive because they can't get buses or trains in the middle of the night. Health workers in rural areas, where public transport is virtually non-existent, are entirely dependent on their cars to get to work.

"Others have to fork out for expensive permits with no guarantee of a space when they get to work.

"The Government should be guaranteeing fair parking charges for all health employees, and the NHS should stop making money off the back of its dedicated workforce."

Conservatives expected to announce candidate for Tatton seat

George Osborne announced he's stepping down as Tatton MP Credit: PA

Conservatives will select their candidate for the Tatton seat in the coming General Election this evening.

The vacancy comes after former Chancellor George Osborne said he would step down as MP, despite his 18, 000 strong majority, to concentrate on his job as editor of the Evening Standard.

Former Tory Minister Ester McVey is reported to be on the Tatton shortlist. She lost her Wirral West seat in 2015.

Former Conservative minister thought to be on Tatton shortlist Credit: PA

Reports suggest she'll be in a fight off with Trafford Council deputy leader Alex Williams and Katherine Fletcher, who has worked with Mr Osborne in his Northern Powerhouse think tank - as she bids for the nomination.

Clipper round-the-world yacht race returns to the River Mersey

A clipper on the Mersey in 2008. Credit: Clipper Race.

The biggest round-the-world ocean race is returning to Liverpool after a break of 10 years.

The start and finish of the Clipper Race will be e staged the River Mersey after a decade based on the Thames in London.

The race, founded by legendary yachtsman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, involves 12 70-ft racing yachts sailed by 700 amateur crew, representing over 40 nationalities.

The start - this August - and end of the race 11-months later, are expected to attract large crowds of spectators to the city.

The Clipper Race previously attracted large crowds to the Albert Dock in Liverpool. Credit: Clipper Race.

Legendary yachtsman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first person to sail solo non-stop around the world in 1968-9 and founder of the Clipper Race, said: “We are thrilled to announce that the Clipper Race is returning to the historic city of Liverpool.

"A significant site for UK maritime history, I fondly remember the warm reception we received when Liverpool last hosted the Clipper Race and am looking forward to returning to Albert Dock again."

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