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Wilmslow WW2 code-breaker Turing receives pardon

Alan Turing

Second World War code-breaker Alan Turing has been given a posthumous royal pardon.

The mathematician from Wilmslow was convicted under homophobic laws in the 1950s.

Turing saved thousands of lives through his code breaking work in the Second World War.

Dr Turing, who died aged 41 in 1954 and is often described as the father of modern computing, has been granted a pardon under the Royal Prerogative of Mercy by the Queen following a request from Justice Secretary Chris Grayling.

For more, read: Centenary of the local inventor of the modern computer

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Video: Inspectors voice serious concerns about two GP surgeries in the north west

Inspectors have revealed serious concerns about two GP surgeries in the north west.

Two of just nine surgeries criticised nationwide.

The health watchdog that carried out the inspections said the failings were so serious they could potentially affect thousands of people.

In one practice in Rochdale there was no oxygen, to use in the case of a patient emergency.

There also weren't enough qualified staff to ensure patient safety.

And at a surgery in Sale staff hadn't been checked for criminal records or received proper training.

Our correspondent Rob Smith reports

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CQC: 'We will not tolerate poor and dangerous care'

GPs who are found to keep their practice in a poor condition can have "their registration taken off them", the author of a Care Quality Commission (CQC) report into conditions in doctor's surgeries told Daybreak.

Professor Steve Field said some of the doctors who had run surgeries with rooms so dirty maggots were found, had already "given up practicing in those practices".

"We will not tolerate poor and dangerous care," he added.

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"The task at Sellafield is unprecedented"

The chairman of the consortium running the Sellafield nuclear site has described the task of the running of the site as "unprecedented."

Nuclear Management Partners today announced its intention to continue the management of the site until at least 2019.

“The task at Sellafield is unprecedented.

"We have learnt an enormous amount about the challenges of the site and the areas that we need to focus on looking forward.

"We believe we are well placed to build on our progress to date and deliver improved performance in the next period.”

– Tom Zarges, Chairman of Nuclear Management Partners
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