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No houses in the North West "easily affordable"

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There are no longer any areas in the North West where housing is 'easily affordable' according to a new report by the TUC.

The research found that 50% of housing in the region costs at least five times the local average salary.

Even previously ‘easily affordable’ areas, such as Bury and Rossendale, are now out of reach for many local people with house prices now over five times the average wage.

Properties in the Ribble Valley are the most unaffordable - house prices there being more than seven and a half times local average earnings.

Do you know these people? Appeal for five new witnesses in Robert Hart attack investigation

Police investigating the death of Robert Hart at the Parklife Festival in Manchester have issued five new pictures of potential witnesses they believe may hold the key to tracking down his attacker.

Robert, 26, died on Wednesday, June 11, five days after the assault at the music festival which left him fighting for life with a bleed on the brain.

Image of potential witness.
Image of potential witness.
Image of potential witness.
Image of potential witness.
Image of potential witness.
Image of potential witness.
Image of potential witness.
Image of potential witness.
Image of potential witness.
Image of potential witness.

Anyone with information can contact the Greater Manchester Policer incident room direct on 0161 85 69283 or email the incident room on mit.syndicate8@gmp.police.uk with any relevant mobile phone footage.

Alternatively you can call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Robert and his girlfriend Gemma.
Robert and his girlfriend Gemma.

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Go Fishing - Environment Agency tells schools

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Schools in the North West are being encouraged by the Environment Agency and Angling Trust to offer pupils the chance to try fishing.

Fishing has proven health, social and educational benefits and can help pupils improve personal skills such as communication, concentration and discipline.

One school in the North West is already leading the way - Smithills School in Bolton has set up its own angling club and has a school team that competes with other clubs at weekends.

Click here for more about getting involved in fishing

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Police investigate death of man from Wigan

Police are investigating the death of a man in Wigan.

At about 1.50am on Tuesday 26 August 2014, police were called to a house on Moresby Close in Leigh, Wigan, following reports of an assault.

Officers attended and established that during the disturbance, a 62-year-old man from a neighbouring property on Moresby Close had been injured.

The man was taken to hospital for treatment to his injuries, but died yesterday.

A post-mortem examination will take place today to determine the exact cause of the man's death.

A man has been arrested on suspicion of section assault and bailed pending further inquiries.

Police are now appealing to anyone who may have information to come forward.

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