Sentences increased for traffickers

A man who raped his "highly vulnerable" victim over a nine-year period after he trafficked her into the UK has had his sentence increased.

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Hero gran saves driver engulfed in flames at petrol station

Edith Ellison and her son Neil Credit: Manchester Evening News

A granny and her son are being hailed heroes after leaping to the rescue of a driver who became engulfed in flames at a petrol station.

The Manchester Evening News say the man was filling a bottle at a Morrison's in Eccles to use in his camper van cooker when it caught fire.

The blaze, thought to have been sparked by the hot weather then spread to his hands.

Luckily, Edith Ellison, 64, and her son Neil, 42, were on the forecourt, Edith smelt burning and shouted for her son who sprinted into the shop and got a fire extinguisher and put out the flames.

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Protest against mental health cuts

by Amy Welch
Protest march
Protest against mental health cuts Credit: Granada Reports

Hundreds of protestors have been marching through Eccles in protest at cuts to mental health services. Campaigners from Bolton, Salford and Trafford took part in the rally. They're angry at proposals to reduce the number of beds by 20 percent over the next two years.

NHS England say they've been working solidly to ensure high quality care.

Policing costs of anti-fracking protest now £1.6 million

Anti-fracking protesters in standoff with police at Barton Moss.
Anti-fracking protesters in standoff with police at Barton Moss. Credit: ITV Granada

Greater MAnchester police are applying for Home Office funding to cover the cost of policing the Barton Moss anti-fracking protest, which has now run to £1.6m.

Police and crime commissioner Tony Lloyd has written to policing minister Damian Green appealing for financial help as the protests continue.

Environmental campaigners have been camped on land off Barton Moss Lane, in Eccles, since November in protest against test drilling for shale gas by IGas.

Mr Lloyd said: "This is being funded from the general police budget, which could be better spent on local policing."

“We don’t think this is unreasonable, particularly since central Government has made clear that fracking is a priority for them in coming years.

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Tunnel thieves' stolen cash machine 'out of service'

The facade of the stolen cash machine Credit: ITV

A cash machine, stolen by thieves who dug a tunnel beneath it, is "out of service".

The facade of the machine is all that remains at a Tesco Express in Eccles.

The gang managed to dig a 50ft tunnel to commit the crime. Police say a 'significant amount' of money was stolen.

The theft happened between midnight and 6am on Friday.

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