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Three charged in connection with Wigan murder

Ellen's family were concerned when she did not come home from college on Friday.

Two men and a woman have been charged after a teenager was murdered in Wigan.

The body of 18-year-old Ellen Higginbottom was found in Orrell Water Park at the weekend.

Dean Speakman and Vicki Calland, both of Cobmoor Avenue in Billinge, and David Steele from Billinge, and have all been charged with handling stolen goods and perverting the course of justice.

Mark Buckley, 51, from Preston has been charged with murder. They will all appear at Wigan Magistrates Court later.


MP calls for second home owners in the Lake District to help Grenfell Tower victims

Grenfell Tower with fire service dampening down Credit: PA

Cumbrian MP Tim Farron has appealed to South Lakes homeowners to provide accommodation to victims of the Grenfell Tower fire.

So far 79 people have been confirmed dead in the blaze, but that figure is still expected to rise.

Hundreds of residents who survived the fire have been left without a home.

The outgoing Leader of the Liberal Democrats says those with vacant second homes could offer them for respite breaks to the victims.

“It was heart-breaking to see the tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire, which took the lives of so many people.

The government must look at what changes must be made to building regulations. However, we must not forget the immediate human tragedy of the hundreds of people who have lost loved ones, whose homes have been destroyed, and whose lives have been turned upside-down.

“I’d like to issue a plea for anyone who has an empty home or second home in our area to consider offering this for a respite break to a victim of this terrible disaster. Anyone who might be willing to offer a place to stay should contact Tim on and his office office will pass offers of help on to the British Red Cross."

– Tim Farron, the MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale

Court appearance for man charged over Ellen's murder

18 year old Ellen Higginbottom whose body was found last week Credit: ITV Granada

A man's due to appear in court charged with the murder of a young student in Wigan.

The body of 18 year old Ellen Higginbottom was found in Orrell Water Park at the weekend after she didn't return home from college.

51 year old Mark Buckley from New Hall Lane in Preston will appear in court later.

Tributes to the teenager who's body was found in Orrell Credit: ITV Granada

Ellen's family released a statement in tribute to her saying the 18 year old wasn't into clothes, make up or jewellery but she loved baking, had a love of learning and animals.

They said 'Ellen was beauty and love and kindness."


Nanotech invention quadruples microscope magnification

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Scientists in Manchester have developed a so-called 'super lens' which quadruples the power of conventional microscopes by combining lenses with tiny glass beads.

It'll enable objects, such as viruses to viewed using optical instruments.

That's around 10 times cheaper than using a standard electron microscope.

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The Nanopsis microscope has the potential to do the same job as highly expensive equipment usually only found in universities, large companies or specialist centres.

Its developers, the start-up company LIG Nanowise based at Manchester Science Park, say it could be a "game changer" in areas such as drug discovery, cancer research, and microelectronics.

We have invented a super lens technology which increases the magnification of a regular optical microscope by four times. This allows you to see structures which are 90 nanometres (billionths of a metre) where a regular optical microscope is limited to seeing 200 nanometre structures by limitations in physics.

"This is the most powerful objective lens in the world. What this means is that you can see structures like a virus (75 - 150 nanometres) which you can't detect with a standard optical microscope and any current objective lenses on the market."

– Alex Sheppard, Project Leader

Lucky escape for the kittens rescued from a well

Kittens rescued from a well near Southport Credit: Woodlands Animal Sanctuary

Normally Lassie finds people stuck down a well - but this time a local builder took on that role after hearing the noise of kittens in distress.

Anthony McDerby found four kittens stuck over half a metre down the well. Their eyes closed shut with infection, the kittens were covered in dirt.

Rescued kittens being hand fed back to health Credit: Woodlands Animal Sanctuary

Anthony boxed them up and immediately took them to a vets, where volunteers at the Woodlands Animal Sanctuary in Holmeswood near Southport fed them through the day and night.

The Sanctuary relies on public support and are hosting their first Wild Western Open day on Sunday 25 June, where visitors can meet all the animals and learn more about the work they do.

Rescued kittens being hand fed by volunteers Credit: Woodlands Animal Sanctuary

You can find out more about the work of Woodlands Animal Sanctuary here

  1. Amy Welch, ITV News

Lancashire mum had a stroke aged just 28

Natalie Trickett and her two children. Credit: ITV News.

A mum who suffered a stroke, thought to be linked to the contraceptive pill, is warning other women about the potential risks.

Natalie Trickett, from Lancashire was fit and active when she suddenly collapsed one morning and lost her eyesight and the feeling on the right side of her face.

The mum-of-two says she was told by medics her stroke at the age of 28 was believed to have been caused by the pill.

Amy Welch has this report:

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