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Festival takes place in memory of Warrington Band Viola Beach

A festival is taking place in Warrington to raise money for a foundation set up in the name of a member of the band Viola Beach.

All four members of the band and their manager were killed when their vehicle careered off a bridge in Sweden, in February.

Viola Beach Credit: Facebook

The festival has been organised by band member River Reeves' father, Ben Dunne, who has received messages of support from Coldplay's Chris Martin and band The Vaccines, amongst others.

River Reeves' brother Gabriel plays guitar in the band Pink Lady at the first RivFest. Credit: ITV News Granada Reports

The festival is taking place at Priestley College, Warrington.


Grandmother who was battered with baseball bat speaks to Granada from hospital bed

A grandmother has described being beaten with a baseball bat as two masked men broke into her home in the night.

Barbara Dransfield, who's 63 and from Ashton, suffered a fractured skull and needs surgery to rebuild her face.

Barbara, who was in her wheelchair, managed to ring her husband to beg for help, as the men kept beating her - demanding cash.

From her hospital bed she's spoken to our correspondent Elaine Willcox.


Woman dies after being hit by bus in Salford

A woman has died after being hit by a bus in Salford. Police were called to the East Lancashire Road in Swinton just after 6pm yesterday evening.

Officers found a woman believed to be in her 70’s with very serious injuries before she was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead.

This is a tragic incident where a woman has sadly lost her life and we are appealing for anybody with information to come forward.

The investigation is in the early stages and we are currently working to provide the woman’s family with support from specially trained officers.

– Police Constable Dermot Murray from the GMP Serious Collision Investigation Unit

Youngsters warned of cold water dangers after death of Jack Pullen

Emergency crews are warning teenagers to stay away from rivers, lakes and reservoirs during hot weather.

It follows the death of 16 year old Jack Pullen who's body was recovered from a river in Hyde in Greater Manchester.

Jack had been out with a group of friends. He couldn't swim. He's the 5th teenager to die in water in the North West, in the past five years. Our correspondent Ashley Derricott reports from Hyde.

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