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Beth Tweddle backs bid to make internet 'safer'

Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle is pledging their support for the day organised by the UK Safer Internet Centre

The bronze medallist from Cheshire was the target of sexist abuse on Twitter, urged web users to report trolls bullying..

Just 13% of parents in the North West say that they have spoken to their children about how to report concerns online

Commenting on her involvement, Beth said:

"It's really important young people feel safe and empowered online and know how to report anything that upsets them or to tell an adult. It's also vital that parents feel confident enough to discuss online safety with their children."

Today is the 11th Safer Internet Day with the theme 'Let's create a better internet together'.


More charging points for electric cars in North West

electric car being charged Credit: PA

More than £900,000 in government funding will be provided to boost the number of charging points for electric cars in the North West, the Deputy Prime Minister announced today.

Nick Clegg pledged to invest more than £9 million across the country as he launched a joint campaign with car manufacturers to promote the benefits of ultra low emission vehicles.

Under the plans, Cumbria County Council will receive £562,500 for new charging points, Cheshire East Council will receive £302,183, Hyndburn Borough Council will receive £26,250 and Pendle Borough Council will receive £10,000.

Northern Rail, which runs rail services across the North of England, has also been allocated £322,500 to install charging points in train station car parks.

Last year, Merseytravel also received funding from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles for 126 charging points across Merseyside and West Cheshire, including at some train stations.


Investigation into rail accident

Rail workers were left "extremely shaken" after a train from Manchester hit a maintenance rail trolley in the early hours of this morning. It was travelling to Shrewsbury when it struck the truck outside the town. There were no injuries.

"Three men who were working on the tracks at the time managed to move out of the way and were uninjured but have been left extremely shaken. The train remained upright but has been badly damaged by the trolley which was lodged underneath it. Officers will now be working to establish the circumstances surrounding the collision. The Rail Accident Investigation Branch and Office of Rail Regulation will be informed."

– British Transport Police spokeswoman

Fighter flies over Lancashire thanks to 3D printer

RAF Tornado fighter jets are to be maintained using 3D printer generated parts

A jet fighter has successfully flown at BAE systems in Lancashire, for the first time using parts made by using 3D printing technology.

The Tornado, like this one, flew at the company's airfield in Warton.

BAE engineers believe the process will cut the Royal Air Force the maintainance bill by more that £1.2 million pounds over the next four years

BAE Systems is working at RAF Marham, Norfolk to engineer ready-made parts for four squadrons of Tornado GR4 aircraft, including protective covers for cockpit radios and guards for power take-off shafts. Some of the parts cost less than £100.

Mike Murray, head of airframe integration at BAE Systems, said: "You are suddenly not fixed in terms of where you have to manufacture these things.

You can manufacture the products at whatever base you want, providing you can get a machine there, which means you can also start to support other platforms such as ships and aircraft carriers.

"And if it's feasible to get machines out on the front line, it also gives improved capability where we wouldn't traditionally have any manufacturing support."

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