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Video report: Children go to school in pyjamas for charity

It was a special day for pupils at schools and nurseries in Bolton as they wore pyjamas all day.

The children in Little Lever were taking part in a special event called Goodnight to Brain Tumours.

It was in memory of six year old Jessica Green, who had a brain tumour and died a year ago. This from our correspondent Victoria Grimes:

For more information on the charity visit: Jessica's Fund

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Bolton pensioner attacked and robbed in her own home

Robbers in Bolton snatched jewellery from the neck of a 70-year-old woman in her own home.

Three men wearing balaclavas went to a house on Green Lane at 11.45am on Thursday 19 March.

They went inside through the front door that was closed but not locked and went upstairs and attacked the pensioner.

They forced jewellery from her arm and neck before leaving on foot in the direction of Bradford Park Road.

"There was a brief struggle between the woman and the men and she has been left with slight injuries to her arm and neck because of the force the men used to rip the jewellery from her.

"It is likely the men had a vehicle parked near by so I would ask if anyone saw three men around the time of the offence in that area that they contact us and tell us what they saw."

– Detective Inspector Sarah May

Police are appealing for information and witnesses.

Anyone with information should call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Twitter trolls aim sick cancer jibes against former Premier League referee Mark Halsey

Former Premier League referee Mark Halsey. Credit: ITV News.

Twitter trolls have targeted the former Premier League referee Mark Halsey, who's from Bolton, and his family.

Mr Halsey called in the police after receiving a flood of messages making threats to him and his family.

A number of tweets referred to Halsey's well-known battle against cancer and targeted his wife, Michelle, who has also been battling the disease.

This report from Ashley Derricott:

Report: Walking with Llamas

Credit: Granada reports

They may originally be from South America but there's now more of them over here than at any time before.

What are we talking about? Llamas of course.

And at one farm near Bolton, they're even letting you take them for a stroll in the country.

Our correspondent Tim Scott went to walk with the Llamas:

Arsonists target elderly couple as they sleep

Map shows location of Eldon Street.

Police are appealing for information after a house in Bolton was set on fire whilst an elderly couple slept inside.

The couple, aged in their 80s, were asleep in their home on Eldon Street, Tonge Moor, when they were awoken by the sound of their fire alarm at around 4am today.

They got out of bed to find the living room full of smoke and quickly managed to alert their neighbours by banging on the internal wall of the property.

With help from their neighbours, the couple were able to make it out of the property alive and were taken to Royal Bolton Hospital suffering the effects of smoke inhalation.

The couple are now safe and well and are being cared for by family members.

A joint investigation between police and the fire service is underway to establish the exact circumstances leading up to the fire.

Police say it's believed to be an isolated incident.

“This is a terrible incident and enquiries are ongoing to try and establish who would target such a vulnerable elderly couple.

“We have stepped up police patrols in the area and I would like to reassure everybody in the local community that we believe this to be an isolated incident and a detailed investigation is now underway.

“Understandably the couple who live in the house are very shaken but thankfully they managed to escape the fire, suffering from only minor smoke inhalation and they are now doing much better.

“It is possible that the offenders may have discarded containers used to carry an accelerant or other suspicious items in the local area so if anybody finds anything of this nature then we would very much like to hear from them.

“I would also like to please urge anybody who may have witnessed the fire being started or anything suspicious in the area at the time to please contact the police.”

– Detective Inspector Charlotte Cadden, Greater Manchester Police

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