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Video report: Parents warned over deadly new strain of meningitis

Credit: Granada reports

Parents in the North West are being warned to beware of a new strain of meningitis.

A number of children in our region have already died of it and others have been left with serious medical conditions, as the number of cases of Group W Meningitis has doubled over the past year.

Our correspondent Rob Smith has this report.

Meningitis can kill in hours - know the symptoms

The first symptoms are usually fever, vomiting, headache and feeling unwell. Red ticks show symptoms more specific to meningitis and septicaemia and less common in milder illnesses. Limb pain, pale skin, and cold hands and feet often appear earlier than the rash, neck stiffness, dislike of bright lights and confusion.

Symptoms include:

  • Fever and/or vomiting
  • Severe headache
  • Very sleepy /vacant /difficult to wake
  • Rash(anywhere on the body)
  • Stiff neck(less common in young children)
  • Dislike of bright lights(less common in young children)

For a full list of symptoms and practical diagnosis tips visit:


Video: Police say abduction was extremely serious

Detective Chief Inspector Joanne Mc Hugh of Lancashire Police described the abduction as 'extremely serious'.

She said the six-year-old was taken by a man believed to be a stranger to her. She was then left by herself over three miles away from her home.

Police are continuing an urgent search for the offender.

He is described as a white man with a tanned complexion aged in his forties and bald.

Video report: Hunt for man who abducted six-year-old

Police have launched a manhunt after a six-year-old girl was abducted in the streets of Burnley yesterday.

It is believed that at around 4pm yesterday the girl was taken by a man, possibly in a large dark coloured car from Nairne Street, Burnley.

She was then dropped off three miles away, our correspondent Ashley Derricott has this report:

Appeal for missing mother and three-year-old son

Addi Donald and her son Roman have been missing for 5 days Credit: Blackpool Police

Police are appealing for information about a missing mother from Blackpool and her three-year-old son.

Addi Donald, 21, and her son Roman Fontalba-Donald were last seen together on Sunday March 22 at around 4pm.

It is thought that they could still be in and around the Blackpool area.

Addi is described as mixed race of a petite build with long dark hair. Roman is described as olive skinned with short dark brown hair.

It has been five days since Addi and her son where last seen and we are growing increasingly concerned about their whereabouts.

We are urging Addi to get in touch with us on the 101 phone number, or call in at any police station. If Addi sees this appeal I want to reassure her that our priority is the welfare of both her and Roman and getting them home safe and well.

– DI Nick Connaughton of Blackpool Police

Anyone with information should contact Lancashire Police on 101.

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