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Student's drunken prank costs Network Rail £13k

A student who went on an all-day drinking binge and climbed onto the roof of a train at Manchester Piccadilly station cost Network Rail £13,000.

Phillip Withers’ drunken prank saw him sprawled on the top of one of the coaches just inches away from an overhead cable carrying 33,000 volts.

His antics caused three trains coming in and out of Manchester to be delayed for nearly an hour and the delay caused Network Rail to incur charges.

At court today, Mr Withers, from Buxton, pleaded guilty to endangering the safety of the railways.

He was given a year-long community order, a one month curfew, a £750 fine, and ordered to attend an alcohol activity programme when required.

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Police appeal after sex attack on woman in Glossop

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was sexually assaulted as she was walking home in Glossop.

The 18-year-old woman was walking in a church yard off Church Street, near the Duke of Norfolk school, when she was assaulted.

The victim suffered serious facial injuries in the incident, which took place at about 3am on Monday, May 26, and was later treated at Manchester Royal Infirmary.

Detectives want to speak to a man who was seen on Church Street South shortly before 3am the same morning. He was wearing a white t-shirt, blue jeans and trainers.

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Inspectors 'warned of care issues at Tameside Hospital'

Two previously unpublished reviews seen by The Guardian allegedly detail substandard levels of care at Tameside General Hospital in Greater Manchester.

The entrance to Tameside general hospital in Greater Manchester Credit: Google Maps

The paper claims the reports by the NHS' Interim Management and Support team and the North West Utilisation Management Unit, which helps hospitals in the region improve their performance, state that patients have been left in pain and without seeing a doctor for days on end.

The reviews were based on visits in March and April.

The reports are also said to refer to persistent staff shortages, especially at night, and a lack of consultants on wards.

Tameside Hospital has said it has drawn up an action plan to address the issues highlighted, which has been approved by Monitor, the regulator of foundation trust hospitals. It also told The Guardian that some concerns raised by staff "were not able to be substantiated."

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