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Newsreader to become University Chancellor

Ranvir Singh will be inaugurated as the new Chancellor of the University of Central Lancashire at a special ceremony to be held at Preston Guild Hall.

ITV Newsreader Ranvir Singh Credit: pa

Ranvir was brought up in Preston, and studied journalism at the university.

She is now known to millions as a presenter on Good Morning Britain, ITV Evening News and News at Ten, and the Tonight programme.

Superhero challenge for cancer nurse

Stuart Holroyd has set himself a challenge for 2017. The cancer nurse from Bury, Greater Manchester, is taking on this year's Great Manchester Run to raise vital funds for the hospital ward he works on.

Stuart with 10 year old Mia Lindsley Credit: CMFT Manchester

Stuart has been a nurse on Ward 84, the regional centre for the treatment of childhood cancer, at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital for the past eight years.

I’m not a runner by any stretch of the imagination, so this will definitely be a challenge for me, but knowing I’m running for such a good cause will spur me on. My aim is to try and raise as much money as possible for the Ward and to make my patients proud!

– Stuart Holroyd

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Funeral of Gulf War veteran to take place

Scott Ennion Credit: Ennion Family

The funeral is taking place today of a Gulf War veteran from Bury whose body was found at the foot of cliffs on the South Coast.

45 year old Scott Ennion from Bury was discovered near Dover on New Years Day.

His family say he was a changed man after seeing some of his friends blown up in front of him and suffering racism in the army. Mr. Ennion successfully sued the army over the allegations but his family say his health never recovered.

They're calling for more support for veterans suffering mental illness.

His family say he was a changed man after serving in the Gulf War Credit: Ennion Family

Police recruits welcomed to their patches

100 new recruits to Greater Manchester Police will spend a week officially being introduced to their future communities. Over 90 per cent of the new recruits are made up from civilian applicants who after a two year probation period, which includes classroom based learning and one year on active patrol, will become fully fledged police officers.

It is extremely important that as well as learning from our experienced officers about their neighbourhoods, that the new recruits are introduced to the diverse range of communities that make up Greater Manchester.

By speaking directly with our communities, our officers can learn first-hand what concerns local people may have.

– Chief Constable Ian Hopkins, Greater Manchester Police

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Suspect device found in Salford - homes evacuated.

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Police are investigating after a suspicious device was discovered in the Swinton area of Salford. A cordon has been put in place on Clifton Drive. A number of houses are being evacuated as a precaution and motorists are being advised to avoid the area.

We have officers at the scene and are carrying out initial enquiries but believe the device to have been in the grounds of the garden for a number of years. We have taken the decision to evacuate homes as a safety precaution.

– Superintendent Mark Kenny, Greater Manchester Police

Watch: Is the care system failing the young?

There are calls for more support and more mentors to help young people cope when they leave the care system.

And a teenager tells us how tough it is to have to live and cope on her own.

Zahra was in foster care but as soon as she was 18 she had to move out.

The government says Councils have a duty to allow care leavers to stay with their former foster carers until they are 21, but that doesn't happen in the majority of cases.

There are currently 8,600 children living with foster carers in the in North West.

Less than a quarter of young people who turn 18 stay with their foster carers, despite new legislation and improved financial support.

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WATCH: Meet the man with a better scoring record than Lionel Messi

AFC Fylde are one of non-league football's success stories this season.

Since opening their new stadium, attendances have quadrupled and they look certainties for promotion to the National League, which means next season they could be competing for a place in the football league alongside neighbours Blackpool and Fleetwood.

And leading their promotion push is a striker who has one of the best scoring records in world football.

As our sports correspondent David Chisnall explains.

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