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Sixty years of Jodrell Bank

Jodrell Bank Credit: PA/PA Archive/PA Images

It's the anniversary of one of the most iconic structures in the region.

Jodrell Bank radio telescope in Cheshire was first put into operation 60 years ago today.

The project was launched in 1949 when scientist Bernard Lovell decided to construct a 250ft steerable telescope, which would enable him to examine cosmic rays, meteors and the radio waves from the deepest reaches of the universe.

Working closely with Sheffield engineer H. C. Husband construction got underway in 1952. It was largely completed five years later and the various stages of operation began.

And it has been at the forefront of scientific research ever since.

Sir Bernard Lovell Credit: Phil Noble/PA Archive/PA Images


Film and TV "centre of excellence" for Liverpool

There are plans to make a multi million pound Film and TV hub in Liverpool. Part of the proposal includes the acquisition of the former Littlewoods building on Edge Lane, one of the most famous structures in the city.

The Littlewoods Credit: Liverpool Film Office

Sir John Moores, and his brother Cecil were the owners of Littlewoods which was the country’s wealthiest family owned business empire, covering department chain stores, catalogue shopping, and football pools. The building was constructed during 1938 in an art deco style, it was used to used to process the betting slips from the Football Pools.

Liverpool City council is hoping the new media hub will contribute to regeneration, job creation and promote further investment.


Children as young as 10 victims of revenge porn in North West

Children as young as ten have been victims of so-called 'revenge porn' in the North West.

Exclusive figures obtained by Granada Reports show that since a new law came into effect in 2015, there have been 500 incidents reported to police of people sharing intimate pictures online.

Shockingly, in Greater Manchester alone eight of these children were under the age of thirteen. A further 150 across the region were in their teens.

A former police officer is so worried about the problem of internet safety he has launched a new app to help protect children under thirteen when they are on social media.

Our political correspondent Joe Pike has this exclusive report:

Watch: The Avro Vulcan is restored to its former glory

One of the most famous British aircraft ever built has been restored to its former glory thanks to a group of Cheshire volunteers.

The Avro Vulcan was the back bone of Britain's cold war deterrent. And was designed to carry nuclear bombs.

The last remaining flying example was grounded last year and since then they've become museum pieces.

But today Vulcan XM603 was unveiled after 20 weeks of refurbishment.

Ralph Blunsom has more.

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