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Workers at Sellafield vote for strike action

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More than a thousand construction workers at Sellafield have voted for strike action.

Unite union says the move follows a 10 month dispute over health and safety and a disagreement over the employment of a full-time shop steward.

Sella field says the workers are contractors, employed by other companies, and their actions are not affecting safety or site operations.

'Sleeper' craze police warning to children and parents

A screen shot of the warning on the GMP Facebook page.

Police have issued a warning to parents over a new “potentially deadly” craze called ‘sleeper.’

A child in Manchester was taken to hospital after falling victim to the prank where they were suffocated until they passed out.

It involves a child having their nose and mouth held shut by another child until they black out from lack of oxygen.

Officers issued a warning to parents over the game, known as ‘sleeper’, which officers say is potentially fatal.

A youngster was treated in hospital on Wednesday after they were a ‘sleeper’ victim, police said.

GMP’s North Manchester division posted on their Facebook site after the incident:

Dangerous New Craze Warning - Attention all parents/guardians...We have received reports of a new craze called ‘Sleeper’ This involves children completely covering the mouth and noses of younger children until they completely pass out.

This is extremely dangerous, a child is currently in hospital being treated after falling victim to this game.

Please advise every child you know and warn them of the dangers, this could easily lead to concussion or even death.

– Greater Manchester Police


Three children hurt after car strikes house

The damage outside the house. Credit: ITV News.

Six people, including three children, have been taken to hospital after a road traffic collision in Whitefield.

It happened on Bury New Road at around 9.15pm last night.

The collision involved four vehicles and the bay window of a semi-detached house.

Fire crews from Whitefield and Broughton fire stations and a Fire Service Technical Response Unit from Ashton attended and rescued a male driver who was trapped in one of the vehicles.

Motorists are advised to avoid the area.

“At total of nine people were involved in the incident – six were taken to hospital, including three children, and three were assessed at the scene by paramedics.

“We released one man from one of the vehicles and crew from the Technical Response Unit have shored up the house to make it safe. We are now awaiting a buildings inspector to assess the property.

“The dual carriageway going towards the M60 roundabout at junction 17 remains closed but police have managed to reopen the road northbound towards Bury.”

– Station Manager Jon Crawley, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.

999 drama over Corrie 'fire'

A Coronation Street storyline involving a fire looked so realistic that concerned locals thought the soap's set was going up in flames.

The ITV soap was filming the major storyline on Tuesday night, when people nearby called the local fire brigade.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) clarified the situation with a message on its Twitter feed after sending out three fire engines to the scene.

"The Coronation Street set IS NOT on fire!" it said.

"People have reported hearing an explosion and seeing flames but it was part of special effects."

The stunt is the biggest so far to have been filmed at Corrie's new MediaCityUK set, where the soap moved last year following decades at its previous base on Quay Street in central Manchester.

A Corrie spokeswoman said they had informed the fire service that the mock blaze was scheduled to happen and that they had experts on set.

Scenes from the storyline, which feature a blaze at Victoria Court flats, are being kept under wraps and will be broadcast in May.

Corrie's last big fire storyline featured the famous Rovers Return going up in flames in 2013.

"At 9.25pm on Tuesday April 14 2015, we received reports of an explosion and a fireball seen on the set of Coronation Street on Warren Bruce Road in Trafford Park.

"Three fire engines and an officer were sent to the scene but fortunately it turned out to be a false alarm - the explosion was caused by special effects."

– Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service
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