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Rail staff walkout on strike for third time this week

The strike has reduced services across the North West Credit: PA

Rail passengers across the North West are facing their third day of disruption in a week because of strike action by staff.

RMT Union members on Merseyrail and Northern Rail are walking out for the 13th time in a long-running dispute over the role of guards on trains.

Merseyrail insists it wants to talk to the union. Northern says it is aiming to maintain services today.


Police believe taxi driver can help murder inquiry

Mohammed Aftab Credit: Manchester Evening News

Police investigating after a man was found dead on Christmas morning have released images of a taxi whose driver could be a key witness.

21 year old Mohammed Aftab was found with fatal head injuries and stab wounds on Dyehouse Lane in Rochdale.

Images were taken from CCTV outside the Bull’s Head pub on Halifax Road in Rochdale between 10.45pm and 11pm on Sunday 24 December 2017.

The car is believed to be a silver, grey or gold Toyota Avensis with taxi signage.

Police are trying to find the driver of this taxi. Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Jason Byrnes of Waithlands Road, Rochdale has since been charged with murder.

Weather warning: thick fog across the North West

Journey times could take longer than expected. Credit: Met Office

Drivers are being warned to take care this morning after the Met Office issued a weather warning for fog.

Fog patches are likely to become more widespread into this morning, with the visibility falling below 100 metres in places.

Although it will thin throughout Thursday, the Met Office says some patches may persist into the afternoon in the west of the warning area.

It could mean journey times are longer than expected.


Tom Williamson: Concerns grow for missing teenager

Tom Williamson was last seen in the Skelmersdale area on January 4. Credit: Lancashire Police

Police say they're growing increasingly concerned about a teenager who hasn't been seen for five days.

16 year old Tom Williamson was last seen in Skelmersdale in West Lancashire on January 4.

He was believed to be wearing a black hooded coat, black tracksuit pants and black trainers at the time of his disappearance.

I would appeal for anyone who sees Tom or knows where he might be to get in touch. I would also appeal directly to Tom to contact us to let us know he is safe

– PC Dave Woollam, of Skelmersdale Police

Anybody with information should contact police on 101 quoting log number 0151 of January 4.

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