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Stockport fire destroys housing development

A housing development has been destroyed by a fire in Stockport.

Firefighters were called to the 11-property development on Oakwood Road, in Romiley at around 6.45am on Thursday morning.

At the height of the blaze six fire engines and other fire service vehicles were at the scene tackling the fire and protecting surrounding buildings. No one was injured.

The fire was brought under control at around 9am and crews are continuing to extinguish it with water, pumped from a nearby canal.


Poppy appeal should also focus on today's veterans

A former Royal Marine from Wallasey who lost both his legs in Afghanistan says this year's Remembrance Day shouldn't just look at the past... but also focus on today's generation of veterans. Pete Dunning says the Annual Poppy Appeal is vital to highlight the work of the Royal British Legion.

Pete Dunning with wife Laura on their wedding day Credit: Family Photo

Pete was injured when an IED went off in Afghanistan, May 2008. He's now a volunteer for the Poppy Appeal and has collected thousands of pounds across his hometown.

North West hospitals "in crisis" over bed blocking

The National Health Service is in the grip of the "worst bed blocking crisis in history".

Health professionals are warning that cuts to funding in social care, an ageing population and advances in treatments have created the "perfect storm."

Figures from NHS England show that in some of this region's hospitals the numbers of patients who are fit to go home but are still stuck in a bed have more than doubled in recent years.

And the figures for August - at a time when the strain is supposed to drop off - show that the pressures hasn't ceased - it's increased. Dr Mark Holland is from the Society for Acute Medicine.

Golfing challenge for ex-marine

A former marine who lost a leg while serving in Afghanistan, is taking on a huge challenge to raise money for someone he doesn't know. Keen golfer Aaron Moon from Bolton, will attempt to play continuously from sunrise to sunset. He's taking on challenge in support of Polly Haydock. The mother of three from Atherton has cancer and is trying to raise tens of thousands of pounds to pay for treatment in Germany.

Aaron Moon is aiming to complete the challenge without a break Credit: Aaron Moon (Twitter)

Polly was diagnosed with bowel cancer a year ago but received the terrible news in July that her stage four cancer has spread to her lymph nodes, liver and lungs. Click here to see an emotional thank you from Polly for the donations she's received so far.

Phil Bardsley devastated after road death of grandfather

Former Manchester United defender Phil Bardsley and wife Tanya. Credit: Manchester Evening News.

Friends of Salford-born footballer Phil Bardsley say he's is ‘inconsolable’ after the death of his beloved grandfather in a car crash,

The former Manchester United defender is being comforted by family after the news that John Albert Lancaster, 77, from Salford, was involved in a three-vehicle collision on Tuesday morning.

Phil’s family have paid emotional tribute to the ‘loving husband, father and grandfather’.

And Phil’s wife Tanya added to the tributes, saying: “He was the loveliest man, a joy to be around and will be greatly missed.

“If love could have saved him he would never have died.”

John was father to five daughters, a grandfather to 12 and a great-grandfather of 12 with another on the way, and partner to Marjorie for 20 years.

Phil and Tanya, who stars on The Real Housewives of Cheshire, released a photo of John taken on the couple’s wedding day in Peckforton, Cheshire, in 2014.

Police are appealing for witnesses after Mr Lancaster died in the road crash. Credit: Manchester Evening News.

The family released a statement earlier today saying: “He was a loving husband to the late Maureen and father to five daughters, Julie, Janette, Christina, Paula and Trisha.

“We would also like to thank the midwife who administered CPR at the scene.

“He was a loving grandfather, great grandfather and a great friend to many. He will be sadly missed by all. Love always and forever.”

Greater Manchester Police have launched an investigation into the crash and are continuing to appeal for witnesses to the incident involving two Nissan Primeras and a Vauxhall Movano, which occurred just after 6.30am on Tuesday morning.

“The family and friends of John have been left devastated by this tragic loss.

"My thoughts are with his family and we have specially trained officers supporting them at this difficult time.

“We are carrying out a thorough investigation to establish the full facts around what has happened.“If anyone witnessed the collision, or if you have any information that may assist our investigation, please contact officers at the Serious Collision Investigation Unit. “We are particularly keen to speak to anyone who may have dash cam footage of the incident.”

– PC Seamus Toal, of Greater Manchester Police's Serious Collision Investigation Unit
  • Any witnesses with information should call police on 0161 856 4741.


Restored bomber plane ready for unveiling

Volunteers have spent months restoring the Vulcan Credit: Avro Heritage Museum

One of the world's most famous planes will return to public view in Greater Manchester today.

The Vulcan bomber, which carried part of Britain's nuclear deterrent in the 1960s and 70s, is being unveiled at Avro Heritage Museum in Woodford.

It has been renovated to look the same as when it rolled out of a hangar at the Avro factory, that existed on the same site, in 1963.

The plane is painted in its original 1963 colours Credit: Avro Heritage Museum

Suitcase murder accused due before a judge

The remains were found on the Woodshead Pass Credit: ITV

A man from Manchester is due before a judge this morning, charged with murder, after a burnt and dismembered body was found in a suitcase.

The remains were discovered on the Woodshead Pass near Tintwistle. Ming Jiang, 42 and from Beswick, will appear at Nottingham Crown Court.

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