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North West women call for public inquiry into pregnancy drug Primodos which they claim caused birth defects

There are calls for a public inquiry into a pregnancy drug which its claimed caused thousands of babies to suffer birth defects.

Primodos was a hormone pill prescribed to women in the 1960s and 70s to show if they were pregnant.

The makers deny it caused abnormalities.

But today alleged victims from the North West handed a petition into Downing Street calling for further investigation.

Daniel Hewitt spoke to one woman from Bolton.

Pregnancy drug 'ruined my life'

A mum from Bolton is in London to hand a petition to Downing Street calling for a public inquiry into pregnancy drug Primodos.

Nichola Williams from Little Lever was born with life-threatening health issues. She claims they were caused by the drug which was prescribed to her mother in the 1970's. Today Nichola and Bolton South East MP, Yasmin Qureshi, will hand over a petition containing more than 400 signatures.

The drug maker denies any responsibly.

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MP takes fight against pregnancy drug to parliament

Yasmin Qureshi

An MP from Bolton will lead the fight for a public inquiry into a pregnancy drug that hundreds of people say ruined their lives.

Bolton South East MP Yasmin Qureshi formed an all-party parliamentary group to “bring justice” for victims, today she will hand in a petition to Downing Street.

The hormone drug Primodos was given to women in the UK by GPs in the 1960s and 1970s as a pregnancy test. But campaigners claim it caused deformities and long-term health problems something the drug maker has always denied.

Ms Qureshi will present the petition on the floor of the commons before handing it to number 10 with a number of alleged victims.

Pensioner robbed on her doorstep in Bolton

Police are appealing for witnesses after an 80-year-old woman was robbed as she walked home in Bolton. It happened at 11.45am on Wednesday 14 May, the woman was walking along Willows Lane, when she noticed a man by the bus stop and another man standing in the road.

She continued to walk home along Anglia Grove, Deane and put her key in the door when she was grabbed and spun around, causing her to fall. Her bag was taken and the offenders made off on to Bankfield Street. The bag was later found and nothing had been taken.

From what we have been told, we believe the offenders were the same people who were seen by the bus stop and in the road. The elderly lady has simply made a trip to her local chemist to pick up her prescription and walked home. Unknowingly to her, she was followed. It is an absolute disgrace these cowardly men have targeted her in such a way and we are determined to find them. She was spun around in such a force, she fell, hitting the floor with her face. Luckily, she suffered cuts and bruises but she has understandably been left shocked this robbery has happened outside her home.

– Detective Constable David Fox

One man is described as being in his late teens, 5ft 3in tall, slim to medium build, had black hair and wore a royal blue top. The other is described as being slightly taller than the first, of medium build and wore a grey hooded top with the hood up.

Pensioner hits out at 'cowards' who targeted her because she looked vulnerable

Jane Campbell, 79, has hit out at two thieves who followed her home and threw her to the ground.

Mrs Campbell, who walks with a stick, was on her way home from picking up a prescription from a chemist in Bolton.

She told Granada Reports the attack had left her feeling 'shaky' on the inside, and slammed the men, calling them 'cowards'.

Watch: CCTV shows thieves throw pensioner to ground in bag-snatch attempt

CCTV shows thieves snatch 79-year-old's handbag

Police have released CCTV footage of an 79-year-old woman being robbed as she walked home.

The woman was walking along Willows Lane in Bolton, near the junction with Bankfield Street, when she noticed a man by the bus stop and another man standing in the road.

She continued to home and put her key in the door, but was then approached by the men who took her bag and caused her to fall. One man is described as being in his late teens, 5ft 3in tall, slim to medium build, with black hair.

The other is described as being slightly taller, of medium build and wore a grey hooded top with the hood up.

Detective Constable David Fox said: "It is an absolute disgrace these cowardly men have targeted her in such a way and we are determined to find them.

"Luckily, she [only] suffered cuts and bruises, but she has understandably been left shocked this robbery has happened outside her home."

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Greater Manchester Police: Hawthorne a 'repugnant individual'

In reaction to the sentencing of Ray Hawthorne, Detective Constable Paul Crompton said:

"Hawthorne is a repugnant individual who groomed the young boy so that he could sell his body for financial gain. “We know that this victim and at least one other boy have been subjected to sexual abuse time and time again because of his actions.

“Tragically his first child victim went on to commit suicide, undoubtedly due in no small part to the horrendous abuse he endured.“He began reoffending almost as soon as he was released from prison, proving what a truly wicked and unrepentant individual he is."

– Ray Hawthorne, Detective Constable Paul Crompton

Man jailed for prostituting 15-year-old boy

A registered sex offender with a conviction for child abduction has been jailed for prostituting a 15-year-old boy for financial gain.

Raymond Hawthorne jailed for prostituting a 15-year-old boy for financial gain. Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Raymond Hawthorne, 50, admitted controlling a child prostitute, controlling prostitution for gain and a series of breaches of court orders.

In 2003 he was given a nine year sentence for abducting a 14 year old boy, who later committed suicide after Hawthorne used him as a prostitute.

Taking the rough with the smooth: Bolton residents anger over half-tarmaced road

Boscow Road left half-tarmaced Credit: Cascade News

Residents in Bolton are angry after workmen tarmaced only one half of their road leaving the other half strewn with potholes

United Utilities resurfaced half of Boscow Road in Little Lever after they had finished a nine-month project of rebuilding a nearby bridge.

Pothole on Boscow Road Credit: Cascade News

Elaine Ingham told the Bolton News: “It’s just ridiculous. United Utilities have left pothole after pothole on this street. Why have they re-done the opposite side of the road and left the side leading to our houses?

"We’ve got no drainage on our side of the street so, when it rains, it looks like a swimming pool. I feel completely let down, we all do.”

Boscow Road Credit: Cascade News
Boscow Road Credit: Cascade News

A United Utilities spokesman said: “We have been liaising with Bolton Council's highways department over how best to reinstate Boscow Road following our project at Wilson’s Bridge so that the road is in at least as good a condition as it was before we started work.

“The work has been done according to that agreement.”

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