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  1. Rachel Townsend, ITV News

The new research taking place in Manchester that could make scars a thing of the past

Scientists at work in Manchester. Credit: ITV News.

It's been described as-important as the discovery of antibiotics - a bold claim, but scientists in Manchester believe they'll be able to eradicate human scarring within a generation.

Doctors will use a mixture of modern medicine and stem cells to ensure patients no longer will be left with permanent scarring.

Rachel Townsend has been talking to some of those involved:

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  1. Elaine Willcox, ITV News

Ian Dollery's family describe his killer as 'a time bomb waiting to happen'

Ian Dollery and his wife Andrea. Credit: Lancashire Police.

Ian Dollery has been described as kind and compassionate, his widow and children say they miss him every second of ever day.

He was killed by Robert Kay, who has schizophrenia.

Mr Dollery's family say chances to diagnose his illness were missed time and time again.

Elaine Willcox reports:

Tony and Lucy also spoke to Julian Hendy whose father was stabbed by a man with a history of mental issues.

He's set up a website, Hundred Families, offering support and information:

Woman, 86, beats off mugger with a packet of bacon

The statement from police in Trafford.

Police have told how an 86-year-old woman defended herself from a mugging by attacking the would-be-thief with a packet of bacon.

It happened after the female mugger demanded she hand over cash she had withdrawn from a cash machine on the high street.

The brave victim repeatedly hit the woman with the bacon.

Greater Manchester Police's Trafford South division reported the incident in Altrincham on their Facebook page, along with the hashtag #beatoffwithbacon.

"Yesterday afternoon an 86 year old female withdrew a large quantity of money from a cash machine before heading into a supermarket in Altrincham.

"Whilst shopping, the lady was challenged by an unknown female who grabbed her trolley and demanded the money she had withdrawn.

"The 86 year old lady then defended herself by repeatedly hitting the female offender over the head with a packet of bacon.

"The offender then retreated and made off from the supermarket."

– GMP Trafford South
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