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Fundraiser for Latics star

A special fundraising match is taking place later for Wigan player Juan Carlos Garcia. The 27 year old Honduras international is suffering from a form of leukaemia and is being treated at the Christie in Manchester. The player has won 34 caps for Honduras and featured twice at the 2014 World Cup.

Latics fans and stars from the past will go head to head at Ashton Town's ground in Ashton-in-Makerfield.

Suspected MERS outbreak closes Manchester Royal Infirmary A&E

Manchester Royal Infirmary. Credit: Manchester Royal Infirmary.

The Accident and Emergency department at Manchester Royal Infirmary has been closed because of a suspected outbreak of Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome.

Two patients have been isolated, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said.

It added that there is "no significant risk to public health".

The Trust gave no indication as to when the A&E department may reopen.

“We are currently investigating two patients for suspected Middle Eastern Respiratory Virus Syndrome – Coronavirus Infection (MERS-CoV).

"Both patients have been isolated for on-going clinical treatment and management of their condition.

"We would like to reassure our patients and the general public that there is no significant risk to public health.

"Manchester Royal Infirmary Accident and Emergency Department will be closed until further notice while further investigations take place.”

– Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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FGM awareness campaign

Specialist officers from Greater Manchester Police have been speaking to travellers at Manchester Airport about the threat of honour-based abuse and female genital mutilation. The campaign comes as the first female genital mutilation prevention order was recently issued by Greater Manchester Police. A new law protects young girls from being subjected to FGM. Breaching the order is a criminal offence and allows authorities to seize the passports of people who they suspect are planning on taking girls abroad for mutilation.

The campaign is raising awareness of honour crime and FGM Credit: Greater Manchester Police

“Police intelligence has shown that girls at risk are taken back to their countries of origin at the start of school holidays. This allows for healing prior to their return to school. FGM is an offence whether committed here or abroad, and we urge people to reject this barbaric process, or tell us about anyone they might be concerned about.”

– Detective Superintendent Joanne Rawlinson, Greater Manchester Police

Blackpool tattoo parlours to be rated like restaurants

New tattoo ratings for Blackpool parlours Credit: PA Images

Tattoo and piercing parlours in Blackpool are to get hygiene ratings just like restaurants.

The scheme is thought to be one of the first of it's kind in the UK.

It's being brought in after the council was alerted to a number of people who suffered health problems after visiting certain establishments.

The Blackpool Tattoo Hygiene Rating Scheme will allow consumers to check the rating of premises online at on their computer, tablet or smartphone.

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