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Passport delay leaves couple stranded in India with newborn twins

A couple stranded in India with their newborn surrogate twins because of the continuing delays at the UK Passport Office.

Kiran and Bina Salvi say they've waited eight weeks for passports as the service admitted almost half a million people's applications are still being processed.

The twin babies have aready been awarded UK citizenship.

But the Government's closure of overseas offices has seen a backlog at British centres like Liverpool.

Ann O'Connor reports.

MP calls for action over passport delays leaving couple stranded in India with newborn twins

An MP is calling for action over passport delays which have left a couple from Bolton stranded in India with their newborn surrogate twins.

Julie Hilling the MP for Bolton West has raised the plight of Kiran and Bina Salvi who went to India three months ago to get their children.

The twins have been awarded British citizenship but they still have not received their passports.

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Baby twins heading to Bolton stranded by passport delay

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Couple stranded in India with baby twins Credit: ITV Granada Reports

Kiran and Bina Salvi from Bolton are stranded in India with their newborn surrogate twins as passport delays continue in Britain. The government is being urged to help the couple who travelled out three months ago to collect their children.

The babies have been awarded UK citizenship but the family say the couple have waited eight weeks for their passports to arrive so they can bring them home.

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Family in Bolton wait for news Credit: ITV Granada Reports

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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