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Superhero challenge for cancer nurse

Stuart Holroyd has set himself a challenge for 2017. The cancer nurse from Bury, Greater Manchester, is taking on this year's Great Manchester Run to raise vital funds for the hospital ward he works on.

Stuart with 10 year old Mia Lindsley Credit: CMFT Manchester

Stuart has been a nurse on Ward 84, the regional centre for the treatment of childhood cancer, at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital for the past eight years.

I’m not a runner by any stretch of the imagination, so this will definitely be a challenge for me, but knowing I’m running for such a good cause will spur me on. My aim is to try and raise as much money as possible for the Ward and to make my patients proud!

– Stuart Holroyd

Police recruits welcomed to their patches

100 new recruits to Greater Manchester Police will spend a week officially being introduced to their future communities. Over 90 per cent of the new recruits are made up from civilian applicants who after a two year probation period, which includes classroom based learning and one year on active patrol, will become fully fledged police officers.

It is extremely important that as well as learning from our experienced officers about their neighbourhoods, that the new recruits are introduced to the diverse range of communities that make up Greater Manchester.

By speaking directly with our communities, our officers can learn first-hand what concerns local people may have.

– Chief Constable Ian Hopkins, Greater Manchester Police

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Suspect device found in Salford - homes evacuated.

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Police are investigating after a suspicious device was discovered in the Swinton area of Salford. A cordon has been put in place on Clifton Drive. A number of houses are being evacuated as a precaution and motorists are being advised to avoid the area.

We have officers at the scene and are carrying out initial enquiries but believe the device to have been in the grounds of the garden for a number of years. We have taken the decision to evacuate homes as a safety precaution.

– Superintendent Mark Kenny, Greater Manchester Police

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Leaving care - one teenager's disturbing story

In a powerful interview a teenager has described what it's like living and coping alone.

Zahra was in foster care and describes how when she was 18 she had to move out and build a home for herself.

The government says councils have a duty to allow care leavers to stay with their former foster carers until they are 21, but that doesn't happen in the majority of cases.

There are currently 8,600 children living with foster carers in the in North West.

Less than a quarter of young people who turn 18 stay with their foster carers, despite legislation and improved financial support

Zahra's been telling Elaine Willcox she 'often feels completely alone'.

Bolton Council, the authority responsible for Zahra's care said young people leaving care have access to a social worker until they are 25 if they are still in education or training.

"It can be particularly difficult for young people reaching the age of 18 having to consider all the challenges of adult life.

We work closely with other agencies including health, education, accommodation providers and DWP to make this transition a smoother one wherever possible.

We have high aspirations for our care leavers and do all we can to support them into adulthood."

– Bolton Council statement
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