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Battle of the Somme: A tunnel to tragedy

Tomorrow is the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. At 7.30 on the morning of the 1st of July 1916 over just a few hours almost 58,000 British troops were killed, wounded or missing. Many were from the North West.

Paul Crone takes a look at the story of seven men tunnelling into no-mans land which ended in tragedy.

  1. David Chisnall, ITV News

The 90-year-old football hero who made history more than half a century ago

Tony Collins was the first black manager in English football.

When Tony Collins was appointed Rochdale boss in 1960, he was the first black manager in English football.

He guided the club to Wembley before going on to work as chief scout for Manchester United, unearthing one or two big names in the process.

Now aged 90, his fascinating story is being told in a new book.

David Chisnall has been to meet him.

A newspaper announces Tony's appointment as Rochdale manager. Credit: ITV News


Bolton student tells of the devastation she saw at the scene of Istanbul terror attack

Three suicide bombers blew themselves up at the airport.

A student from Bolton caught up in the Istanbul terrorist attack said if her flight from Manchester hadn't been delayed she could have been killed.

Heather Nelson was just leaving her plane at Ataturk airport, when three attackers opened fire and blew themselves up, killing 41 people and injuring several hundred more.

She told her family she saw blood everywhere in a scene of devastation.

  1. Ann O'Connor, ITV News

How tragic Cameron's legacy will help all families with poorly children

Cameron died at the age of five.

A family has told how they forced the Government to change the law after the heartbreaking loss of their five-year-old son.

Benefit payments for Cameron Mathieson were stopped because he'd spent over 84 days - or 12 weeks - in Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool.

Cameron, from Warrington, has cystic fibrosis and the muscle weakening condition Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. He died in 2012.

But his parents took the Department for Work and Pensions to Court - and won a victory for ALL families with poorly children.

Today that change in the law came into effect and Ann O'Connor met Cameron's parents:

  1. Matt O'Donoghue, ITV News

Special Report: How will Brexit affect house prices across the region?

We know that the Brexit vote has some caused instability in the UK and global economy.

But what could it all mean for the North West property market?

Before the referendum, one of the scary figures issued by the Treasury was that house prices in our region would fall 18 per cent in the next two years.

Our correspondent Matt O'Donoghue went to find the story behind the stats:


  1. Paul Crone, ITV News

The North West heroes of the Battle of the Somme

The Centenary of the Battle of the Somme. Credit: ITV News.

As the nation prepares to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the battle of the Somme, we have a series of special reports on Granada Reports.

Today we're featuring the story of two soldiers from the north west who survived - for very different reasons.

Here's Paul Crone:

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Cameron urged to meet with General Motors to seek guarantees over jobs at Vauxhall Ellesmere Port

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