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Crissy Rock returns to Benidorm

Another North West star is set to return to hit comedy Benidorm tonight - this time it's the turn of Liverpool comic Crissy Rock - last seen in series 5. She has a long history with the resort - having performed there as a stand up comic for many years. In fact, it's where she was discovered by Benidorm writer Derren Litten - and where she was first offered the part of Solana manageress Janey York.

Police warn public to be vigilant

Lorna Walker and Peter Ellis are suspected of targeting the vulnerable Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Detectives hunting a couple who they believe may be robbing vulnerable people have warned the public to be on the lookout.

35 year old Peter Ellis of no fixed address and Lorna Walker who is 34 and of St Bernards Avenue in Pendleton, are wanted for thefts in Stretford Mall and in Bolton. Police say they also have links to the Cheetham Hill, Crumpsall, Stretford and Bolton areas of Greater Manchester.

They are known to target elderly women and vulnerable adults in public places using distinctive tactics - one of them distracting the victim while the other grabs the victim’s handbag or shopping bag.

We are concerned that it is only a matter of time before someone is hurt during one of these robberies. The type of people they target mean that it would not be difficult for one of their victims to fall in the act of protecting their property and seriously injure themselves. I am warning the public to be vigilant against this pair and to keep their belongings safe when out shopping.

– Detective Sergeant Darren Wiggans, Greater Manchester Police

Couple suspected of preying on the vulnerable

Couple wanted for preying on elderly

Police have released photos of a man and woman suspected of stealing from vulnerable adults in Manchester and Bolton.

Police say Peter Ellis and Lorna Walker target elderly women and vulnerable people in public places, with one of them distracting the victim while the other grabs a handbag or shopping bag. Officers say they're known to operate at Stretford Mall.

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'Bin the blade' launched across Greater Manchester

Police in Greater Manchester are appealing for people to 'bin the blade' as part of a month long surrender, Members of the public can dispose of weapons in special bins, no questions asked.

The campaign has been launched in support of the British Ironwork Centre’s ‘Save a Life, Surrender Your Knife’ initiative, which began in August 2014 with a knife bank in Birmingham.

Assistant Chief Constable Ian Wiggett told us what will then happen with the knives collected:

“Knife crime can end lives and devastate families. This amnesty is an opportunity to turn something negative and destructive into a positive, sending a strong message to communities that carrying a weapon is not an option if we are to build safer communities. I urge the public to support this month of action, make the right choice and bin the blade.”

– Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd

Fears for the future of People's Museum in funding crisis

Manchester People's Museum fears for future Credit: People's History Museum

There are fears for the People's History Museum in Manchester because of a threat to future funding. It currently gets £155,000 a year but that's being cut to £100,000 for 2015-16 so the museum will have to make up the shortfall. And it won't get anything the following year.

The Museum tells the story of the inspiring struggle of working men and women to win the right to vote in stark contrast to today's low turnouts and apathy about politics.

The story ranges from John Wilkes and Tom Paine, through the Peterloo massacre, the Great Reform Act, the Chartists, the emergence of trade unions, Gladstone/Disraeli, Labour's origins, and the founding of the Welfare State.

The Museum attracts 100,000 visitors a year but it would no longer be considered a national museum.

William Hague, Matthew Parris and Charles Kennedy have all opened exhibitions. And in a 'sponsor a radical hero' campaign, Margaret Thatcher, has been sponsored and will be honoured with others on a wall in the museum.

Police urge people to 'Bin the Blade'

Police in Greater Manchester are appealing for people to 'bin the blade' as part of a month long surrender. Knife bins will be placed across the area, members of the public can dispose of weapons no questions asked.

The Bin the Blade campaign has been launched in support of the British Ironwork Centre’s ‘Save a Life, Surrender Your Knife’ initiative, which began in August 2014 with a knife bank in Birmingham. Knives handed in will be used to make a statue in memory of those killed.

It’s been nine years since the last knife surrender in Greater Manchester, it begins on Sunday 1st Feb until Sunday 28th. During that period, those surrendering knives will not face prosecution for carrying them and they can remain anonymous.

For updates and further info visit www.gmp.police.uk/bintheblade

Battle lines drawn in Blackpool North

A corner of the North West is preparing for one of the closest and fiercest fights at the upcoming General Election. Conservative-controlled Blackpool North has long been a battleground for Labour and the Tories, but that is all about to change. UKIP have reported a surge in members in the town, with polls putting them within just a few points of the two main parties.

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