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More Grammar schools will "widen division"

Creating more grammar schools could lead to a bigger gap between rich and poor, according to a new report.

The warnings come ahead of the Government's controversial plans to expand the current grammar school system.

The findings suggest rather than aiding social mobility, current grammars are widening division.

Ian Fenn is Headteacher at Burnage Academy for boys in Manchester.

Files on codebreaker Alan Turing to go on show

Historic court files revealing the details of World War Two enigma codebreaker Alan Turing's convictions for homosexual behaviour are to go on public display for the very first time. He was recognised by many for his role in helping crack the Enigma code and bringing an end to World War Two. He took his own life after undergoing experimental chemical castration following a conviction for gross indecency in 1952 after he admitted a sexual relationship with a man.

Codebreaker Alan Turing Credit: ITV Granada

The sentence was eventually repealed and Turing was given a posthumous royal pardon after a major national campaign in 2013. The official court documents - on display as part of Chester Pride which launches on October 1 - list the charges, pleas and sentences passed on Turing during his sentencing hearing in Knutsford. They will be on public view at Chester Town Hall until Sunday, October 9.


Police officer cleared of shoplifting at home on full pay

A decorated police officer who was cleared of shoplifting has been told he must stay away from work until next year while an internal investigation continues. Sergeant Richard Pendlebury’s, who's with the force in Greater Manchester was suspended on full pay in January. He's now been told an internal investigation into him won’t conclude until at least next year even though he was cleared by a jury in June over an alleged shoplifting offence. His father, Paul, says the ordeal has had a detrimental effect on his son's health.

An officer is under investigation and this has been initially assessed as gross misconduct. This officer is suspended and his position is subject to regular reviews. The officer has not been provided with any timescales at this time but the investigation will be progressed expeditiously.

– Greater Manchester Police


Urgent talks over claim firefighters could lose jobs

Firefighters have been warned they could lose jobs if they don't sign contracts Credit: PA

Union officials are to hold urgent talks over fears that hundreds of firefighters in Greater Manchester could lose their jobs if they don't sign a new contract.

Greater Manchester Firefighters fear for the future Credit: PA

The fire authority says it has to cut millions of pounds and wants to find a compromise, the union says the situation is a disgrace.

Four men jailed for serious sexual offences with children mainly in Rochdale.

Mohammed Ishaque sentenced to 11 years Credit: GMP

Four men have been jailed for over 37 years for a range of serious sexual offences as part of Operation Doublet - an investigation into child sexual exploitation, mainly in Rochdale.They were convicted after a trial at Manchester's Minshull Street Crown Court.

Mohammed Ishaque 56 , of Denton Street, Rochdale, pleaded guilty to inciting a child to engage in prostitution. He was sentenced to eleven years in prison.

Guilty of rape Gul Zaman sentenced to 10 years Credit: GMP

Gul Zaman, 44, of HMP Manchester, was found guilty of rape and inciting a child into prostitution. He was sentenced to ten years in prison.

Guilty of sexual activity with a child, Irshad Wani sentenced to 9 years. Credit: GMP

Irshad Wani 39, of Whitworth Road, Rochdale was found guilty of seven counts of sexual activity with a child and one count of child grooming. He was sentenced to nine years in prison.

Shohaib Shabbir admitted rape. He was sentenced to 7 years. Credit: GMP

Shohaib Shabbir, 28, of Copster Hill Road, Oldham, pleaded not guilty to rape and sexual activity with a child. He was sentenced to seven years in prison.

The convictions relate to offences committed against two victims who were aged between 15 and 16 at the time of the abuse. The abuse happened between 2004 and 2008.

The victims have shown enormous courage and without their support in what has been a difficult investigation, we would not be here today.

Operation Doublet was launched following the 2011 investigation into child sexual exploitation in Rochdale and we identified a number of cases, which broadly took place between 2004 and 2008, across Greater Manchester where teenage girls had been sexually exploited by older men.

Working with our partners we have been able to identify vulnerable people and tackle CSE in a way that puts the victim’s wellbeing at the centre of all we do and I’d particularly like to pay tribute to DC Fitzsimons in driving this case forwards on behalf of the victims.”

We made a commitment to bring perpetrators of sexual abuse to justice and today is yet another illustration of that promise being realised.

– Detective Chief Inspector Jamie Daniels, the Senior Investigating Officer for Operation Doublet, said: “

Watch: Union accuses fire chiefs of forcing firefighters to sign deal

There's anger at claims one of our fire services plans to sack every single one of its firefighters, and only re-employ those who agree to a new contract.

Greater Manchester's fire service has around1250 frontline firefighters.

The service says it has to save £14 million and that these new contracts, which include changes to shift times, will save £10 million.

But the Fire brigades union says the plans are appalling and it says 250 full time jobs will go completely.

Matt O'Donoghue has tonight's stop story.

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