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Morecambe MP wants tunnel under bay

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David Morris wants a transport tunnel under Morecambe Bay Credit: Creative Commons

The Morecambe and Lunesdale MP says he will move for a transport tunnel under Morecambe Bay.

The National Grid plans to build a tunnel for utilities, and Mr Morris said the same structure could be used for vehicles.

He said: “I have tabled a Parliamentary question and already have had a conversation with the Chancellor George Osborne and the Secretary of State for Transport about the prospect of a tunnel under Morecambe Bay. There will be mutual benefits, a tunnel would improve the economy here in Morecambe & Lunesdale allowing people from places like Barrow easy access to day trip to Morecambe and will give commuters better access to the other side of the bay especially those who work at places such as BAE Systems in Barrow. A tunnel would also open up some of the health care services currently available across the other side of the bay.”

Mr Morris continued: “I must stress it is very early days but I do endorse the National Grid’s tunnel option and it does prove that a traffic tunnel can be built. I am quietly confident with enough support we can make this a reality.

“The Chancellor has already announced plans to link Northern cities via rail and I think this tunnel would complement that plan nicely.”

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Historic WW1 march recreated in Rochdale

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Marchers in First World War uniform. Credit: Ralph Blunsom

Rochdale has been commemorating a march which took place between Todmorden and Rochdale town hall.

The historic reenactment marked the hundredth anniversary of a march by members of the Lancashire Fusiliers on their way to the Gallipoli campaign in Turkey.

It's been described as one of the most bloody campaigns of the first world war.

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The clock turned back 100 years in the centre of Rochdale. Credit: Ralph Blunsom

Protestors gather in Manchester

A demonstration is taking place by pro Palestinian protestors in Manchester. Around 200 people have gathered in the Market Street and King Street area. They've been met by a small counter demonstration. Police have been unable to confirm if there have been any arrests.

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Some protestors staged a sit down protest Credit: GTV

Catching child abusers must be GMP's 'priority', says Rochdale MP

by Daniel Hewitt - Political Reporter
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Simon Danczuk - Rochdale MP Credit: ITV Granada

Reacting to the announcement that Greater Manchester Police is to launch a new investigation into whether authorities covered up abuse at Knowl View School in Rochdale, Simon Danczuk MP told Granada Reports:

"I welcome the fact that GMP are taking what's in our book seriously. It is clear to me that crimes have been committed, though I hope the police will prioritise the arrests of abusers who are still alive over whether council officers covered this up.

"That is what the victims have told me is their priority. They want to see those who inflicted terrible abuse on innocent children brought to justice."

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Rochdale Council 'welcomes' new investigation into potential cover-up of Cyril Smith abuse

Linda Fisher, Acting Chief Executive, Rochdale Borough Council:

“The historic activities at Knowl View and any subsequent accusations of wrong doing must be fully examined and Rochdale Borough Council very much welcomes the investigation by GMP police.

“We will continue to co-operate fully with the force’s inquiries making all information available.

“This is a positive step on the road to resolution and we are pleased the Force has acted swiftly to launch a criminal investigation.

“The people of Rochdale, the Council and most importantly the victims, need to have confidence in the process and faith that the truth will be discovered and any necessary actions taken.

“Our own independent review, being carried out by Neil Garnham QC, will recommence when this is deemed appropriate and in agreement with GMP.”

Police to investigate whether authorities in Rochdale covered-up abuse at Knowl View

by Daniel Hewitt - Political Reporter
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Knowl View school closed in 1994 Credit: ITV Granada

Greater Manchester Police is to launch a new investigation into whether reports of abuse by Cyril Smith and others were covered-up by the authorities in Rochdale.

The independent inquiry will be separate from the investigation underway into alleged abuse at Knowl View school. The investigation announced today will focus on how reports of child abuse by were handled by local authorities, namely Rochdale Council and local Police forces.

Assistant Chief Constable Ian Wiggett from GMP, said: “Following the publication of MP Simon Danczuk's book 'Smile for the Camera’, GMP conducted an assessment of the allegations contained within that book. As a result of the assessment, GMP decided that a criminal investigation was required.

“This also followed consultation with Rochdale Council and the QC conducting the independent inquiry on their behalf. The council asked Neil Garnham QC to suspend his independent review and he has agreed to do so.

“The GMP investigation will now seek to identify whether any offences have been committed in the way that previous reports of abuse were handled or allegedly covered up.

“The main concerns relate to the response to child abuse over several decades connected to Knowl View School in Rochdale.

“We have consulted with the Home Office in relation to the national inquiry that has been announced into how organisations responded to child abuse, but as these matters relate to criminal allegations in the GMP area, the responsibility to investigate them falls to the Chief Constable.

“We are aware that some of the allegations relate to the past involvement of police officers, and therefore we have referred those matters to the IPCC. In addition, we have established an independent oversight panel to demonstrate the independence and rigour of the investigation that we will be conducting.

“If there are further allegations that relate to the conduct of police officers, these will similarly be referred to the IPCC, as we are required to do.”

WATCH: The prison threat that stopped high profile child abusers being revealed

An investigative journalist claims he was threatened by the former MP Cyril Smith, and then raided by police, to stop him revealing the names of politicians who were trying to legalise sex with children.

Don Hale was editor of the Bury Messenger in the 1980s.

He says he was told he'd go to prison if he printed a story based on a dossier of Westminster documents.

He's given his first broadcast interview on the revelations to Ashley Derricott:

Nasser Shaikh: 'Today is a symbolic day'

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Nasser (right) with his brother Khuram who was killed while on holiday in Sri Lanka in 2011 Credit: ITV Granada

Nasser Shaikh, the elder brother brother of Khuram, has released this statement from Colombo where four men have been jailed for his murder:

“Today, the country has done what many people hoped and prayed for. Those who killed my brother have been punished and are now behind bars for a long time.

"Our campaign was not only about justice, but to bring awareness of the wonderful work my brother did around the world, working in humanitarian aid. He is a true inspiration for many and we hope his legacy continues with those he left behind.

"Whilst our family and friends find it difficult to come to terms with the tragic loss, I hope today can bring some comfort to everyone involved that we achieved the justice we set out for and the country can move forward in a better place for many, ensuring no other person suffers the same fate as my brother.

"I wish to thank everyone who embarked on my personal journey around the world and supported it immensely, which includes the Sri Lankan public.

"I would also like to thank the British Government who have been instrumental in seeking answers for our family, the Sri Lankan officials for progressing the trial towards its resolution, but more importantly to acknowledge the bravery and defiance shown by those who gave witness accounts in the case.

"Today is a symbolic moment: a day the country delivered justice – a day I delivered my promise to a brother.”

– Nasser Shaikh
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