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Unions warn of more rail strikes.

There are warnings of a fresh wave on strikes on railways in our region over the issue of driver-only trains.

Chief officers from RMT branches at Merseyrail and Arriva Trains North are meeting later London to agree their next move in the long-running dispute with the rail operators over the plans to remove guards from trains.

The rail operators say driver-only trains are the safest and most efficient way forward.

But unions say it'll impact on passenger safety. Previous industrial action was suspended because of the terror attack on Westminster.

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Threat of rail strikes over driver-only trains

There are warnings of a fresh wave of strikes on railways in our region over the issue of driver-only trains.

Two major rail companies - Arriva Trains North and Merseyrail - plan to introduce new trains over the coming years which operate without guards.

The rail operators say driver-only trains are the safest and most efficient way forward. Rob Smith reports.

Man appears in court charged with murder of Ellen Higginbottom

Ellen Higginbottom

A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of a young student in Wigan.

The body of 18-year-old Ellen Higginbottom was found in Orrell Water Park at the weekend after she didn't return home from college on Friday.

51-year-old Mark Buckley from New Hall Lane in Preston appeared before Magistrates and was remanded to appear before Manchester Crown Court tomorrow.

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Court appearance for man charged over Ellen's murder

18 year old Ellen Higginbottom whose body was found last week Credit: ITV Granada

A man's due to appear in court charged with the murder of a young student in Wigan.

The body of 18 year old Ellen Higginbottom was found in Orrell Water Park at the weekend after she didn't return home from college.

51 year old Mark Buckley from New Hall Lane in Preston will appear in court later.

Tributes to the teenager who's body was found in Orrell Credit: ITV Granada

Ellen's family released a statement in tribute to her saying the 18 year old wasn't into clothes, make up or jewellery but she loved baking, had a love of learning and animals.

They said 'Ellen was beauty and love and kindness."

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Warning to warm weather swimmers after young footballer drowns in reservoir

Paul Lawson. Credit: Facebook.

Emotional tributes are being paid to a teenager who drowned while swimming in a reservoir on a scorching hot day.

He's been named locally as Paul Lawson and it's thought his friends desperately tried to save him after he got into difficulties.

They've said he was a 'great guy' and a keen footballer who was 'loved by so many'.

Matt O'Donoghue reports from Greenbooth Reservoir in Rochdale:

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