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One person injured after explosion in Harpurhey

3 engines called to fire in Harpurhey Credit: Greater Manchester Fire Service

One person has been injured after an explosion at a cafe in Harpurhey.

The fire service say they were called to the premises, believed to be the Emerald Cafe, on Rochdale Road earlier this afternoon after reports of a blast and a fire.

Currently more than three fire engines are at the scene tackling the flames and dealing with the aftermath.

At the moment there is one known casualty who has suffered burns.

The road has been closed with a big police cordon erected.

Firefighters and police carry out rescue exercise

Five rescues have taken place in Manchester this month Credit: Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

Firefighters and police divers have been carrying out a mock rescue and body recovery in the Piccadilly Basin, Manchester to show how dangerous canals can be.

The exercise comes after a spate of incidents in the city centre, with crews attending five water incidents in the last month.

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Firefighters warn of dangers of severe weather

Fire chiefs are warning of the dangers of driving in severe weather after two women were seriously hurt in a motorway crash. The pair had to be cut from their car by firefighters after it skidded on standing water near Junction 20 of the M62 early this morning.

"The two women were driving their Mini convertible back from Leeds when they hit some standing water and ended up on the motorway embankment. When you hit standing water at speed you aquaplane and can easily lose control of your car. They were very fortunate because their car stopped next to a metal post – it could’ve been much worse.”

– Station Manager Pete Buckley, GM Fire and Rescue Service

“It sounds like these two women had a very lucky escape. We wish them both a speedy recovery. We would urge everyone to take extra care in wet driving conditions especially after a long dry spell when roads can become very greasy in the rain.”

– Cllr David Acton, Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority
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Man charged with murdering elderly man in Blackburn

Christopher' Proctor's body was found after a fire at his bungalow in Blackburn Credit: Lancashire Police

A man has been charged with the murder of a pensioner in Blackburn.

The body of 88 year- old Christopher Proctor was found after a fire at his bungalow in Pleckgate.

38 year -old Anthony Curry from Blackburn is due before magistrates in the town in the morning. He also accused of arson, theft and burglary.

A 30 year old woman Clare Randall is also appearing charged with theft.

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