Live updates

Stores braced for busiest day of the year

More than 200 thousand shoppers are expected today Credit: PA

Shoppers are expected to hit the UK high street in force as retailers hope for their most profitable day ahead of Christmas.

The high street traditionally experiences its busiest day two days before the Christmas shut down.

Bosses at the Manchester Arndale shopping centre said they expected about 220,000 visitors and customers were spending more money this Christmas.

Scientists zoom in on the spread of lung cancer

Scientists in Manchester have taken microscopic images revealing the ties keeping cells together are severed when lung cancer takes over. Researchers discovered that the ties which lash cells together – controlled by a protein called TIAM1 – are chopped up when cell maintenance work goes wrong.

Normal cells (left) compared to cells with broken ties

Healthy cells routinely scrap old cell parts so they can be broken down and used again. But this process spirals out of control in lung cancer cells.

Experts believe targeting this recycling process could stop lung cancer from spreading by keeping the cells stuck firmly together.

Cancer research says there are almost 43,500 new cases of lung cancer in the UK each year. It is the most common cause of cancer deaths and kills more than 35,000 people here each year.



Endangered turtles found on North West coast

Two endangered turtles have been found on the North West coast

Two turtles have been washed ashore in the North West thousands of miles from their usual feeding grounds.

The first turtle was found on Formby beach while the second was found a day later in Walney Island in Cumbria.

Wildlife groups say the turtles may have been carried from warmer seas by strong currents which would explain why they are so far from home.

Both turtles are now in safe hands at wildlife centres

One of the turtles is now being cared for by the RSPCA while the other has been taken in by the Lake District Coast Aquarium in Maryport.

People are being urged to check their local beaches as more turtles are likely to be found in similar areas.

One of the turtles was put back into the water by the walker who found it but wildlife groups are warning people not to return stranded turtles to the sea.

The turtles usually live in warmer waters in the Gulf of Mexico

The Kemp's Ridley turtles are usually found in the much warmer waters around the Gulf of Mexico.

The species was close to extinction in the 1980s and remain critically endangered today.

Rescued seal exhausted but may still return to its natural habitat

The seal was found in a field in Newton le Willows Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

A seal rescued from a field in Newton le Willows has been described as exhausted and is now being assessed at a wildlife centre.

Police, fire officers and a local farmer earlier herded the seal onto an RSPCA trailer.

The seal has now been taken to the RSPCA's wildlife hospital in Stapley Grange, Nantwich, for assessment.

Once fully recovered they hope to release the seal back into its natural habitat.

Load more updates