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One of Britain's favourite funnymen says it's a dream come true to join Coronation Street

Vic Reeves AKA Jim Moir joins cast of his Mum's favourite show Credit: PA

Coronation Street is welcoming a new face. Jim Moir also known as Vic Reeves plays Colin. Colin had a number of newsagents until his wife took them in a divorce. He wants to get them back and Jim says he's looking forward to some entertaining scenes with Norris and Mary.

Jim reveals on tonight's Granada Reports that as a child he used to watch Corrie with his Mum so it's a dream come true to join the cast - and it's made his 90 year old Mum very proud.

He says his character should provide some humour along the way.

Flood clean up in Tameside, with more heavy rain and high winds forecast

Mossley, Tameside Credit: Granada Reports

The Met Office is warning there are some serious gales and heavy rain on the way tonight. Wind speeds are expected to get up to 75 mph which could cause damage to property. It's also feared flooding and uprooted trees could lead to train cancellations and road closures. It's the news the people of Tameside have been dreading, they were already hit by flooding last November and again only a few hours ago. Gabrielle Pye's home has been flooded twice in the last ten months.

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£5,000 reward for wanted man

Detectives searching for a man in connection with a stabbing are offering a £5,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.

It follows the death of 34 year old Mike Grimshaw who was found with a stab wound to his neck on Thursday 20 July.

First aid was administered at the scene on Royton Avenue in Sale, but he died later in Hospital.

Police want to speak to Tyrone Patrick from the Trafford area in connection with the incident.

A 31-year-old man and a 16-year old boy were arrested on suspicion of murder and have been bailed pending further enquiries.

"We are now offering a £5,000 reward for any information leading to this man’s arrest and I would urge anyone who knows where he is to contact us. Assisting an offender is an offence and I want to make it clear that if you are harbouring this man, you could also face prosecution. '

– Detective Inspector Andy Butterworth
Tyrone Patrick Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Thieves blow up cash machine in Wigan

Thieves have targetted a cash machine in Lowton, Greater Manchester, blowing it up to collect the money inside.

The group set off an explosion by the supermarket on Church Lane in the early hours of last Thursday.

All the cash was taken from the machine and the group made off in a white car down Church Lane.

“These men must have struck terror in the local community by setting off an explosion in the early hours of the morning. They have not only stolen a large amount of money, they have caused a significant amount of damage and disrupted this shop’s day-to-day running.

– Detective Constable Chris Waddicar
Credit: PA images

Police are asking for witnesses to contact them on 101, quoting incident number 241 of 07/09/17.

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Former Liverpool Bishop to meet families affected by contaminated blood products

More than 2,000 people died after they were given contaminated blood products Credit: PA

The man who chaired the Hillsborough independent panel is meeting survivors, and families of people, who were infected by contaminated blood during transfusions in the 70s and 80s.

The Right Reverend James Jones was brought in after hundreds of victims boycotted the inquiry into the scandal. It will look into the deaths of 2,400 people after thousands were infected with HIV and hepatits C.

Campaigners have been fighting for 30 years Credit: PA

Campaigners have been fighting for 30 years for an investigation into how contaminated blood transfusions infected thousands of people with hepatitis C and HIV.

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Greater Manchester Mayor is urging Govt to save the inquiry Credit: PA

The mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, has urged Theresa May to step in to save the inquiry into contaminated blood, as he warned that victims of the scandal could lose trust in the process for good unless it is moved away from the Department of Health.

Burnham called on the prime minister to intervene after weeks of stalemate over the inquiry. Campaigners have said they will boycott the process while it is overseen by the Department of Health, which they believe to be implicated in the scandal.

The Labour mayor was instrumental in securing the Hillsborough inquiry.

University of Manchester staff balloted over strike action

The university says the proposal represents about 1% of the university's workforce. Credit: PA Images

Lecturers at the University of Manchester will be balloted over strike action in a dispute over jobs. The University and College Union says up to 140 staff face redundancy by September next year. The university says the proposal represents about 1% of the university's workforce. It wants to reduce the number of staff with voluntary redundancies.

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