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Grandmother who was battered with baseball bat speaks to Granada from hospital bed

A grandmother has described being beaten with a baseball bat as two masked men broke into her home in the night.

Barbara Dransfield, who's 63 and from Ashton, suffered a fractured skull and needs surgery to rebuild her face.

Barbara, who was in her wheelchair, managed to ring her husband to beg for help, as the men kept beating her - demanding cash.

From her hospital bed she's spoken to our correspondent Elaine Willcox.

An historic ruling for same sex marriage on the Isle of Man

Same sex marriages can be performed on the Isle of Man from today.

The new law was given royal assent by the Queen on Wednesday and comes 24 years after homosexuality was decriminalised on the island.

Despite there still being some opposition, the law is actually more progressive than that in the UK, with a single civil marriage provision that applies to everyone.

Helen McKenna reports.



Wanted: Gavin Handford from Manchester

Gavin Handford, 28, is wanted by Manchester police Credit: GMP

Warrants have been executed across Gorton and Oldham in the search for wanted man Gavin Handford.

At 6.30am this morning police officers in Manchester searched properties on Bryson Walk and Hampden Crescent, Gorton, and Randolph Street, Oldham, in a bid to find the 28-year-old.

Handford is wanted by police in connection with two assaults and supplying Class B drugs.

He has links to Ashton, Oldham and Gorton.

As part of the warrants a man in his 20s has been arrested on suspicion of possession of a Class A and Class B drug with intent to supply and is currently in custody.

Anyone who recognises Handford, or has any information about his whereabouts, is urged to call police on 101.

Alternatively, information can be passed on anonymously to the charity Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111.

John Dalton died after the bike he was riding crashed with a lorry

John Dalton Credit: Lancashire Police

The family of a motorcyclist who sadly died following a collision on Wednesday night have paid tribute to him.

John Dalton, 20, from Standish died after he had been riding a Yamaha motorbike eastbound on Course Lane when the vehicle collided with a lorry travelling in the opposite direction.

John was treated by paramedics but later pronounced dead.

The family statement read:

There are no words to describe the pain and devastation we feel as a family. John Francis Dalton was a loving son and brother, with his whole life ahead of him.

He was full of life and enthusiasm and always made us laugh. He was warm and kind hearted and liked by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him.

We want to thank everyone for their kind words of support at this difficult time and we would also wish to thank the police and paramedics, including an off duty doctor who was driving behind the accident, for all their help trying to save John at the scene that night .

This tragic accident has left a hole in the heart of our family that can never be filled.

– Family of John Dalton
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