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Wednesday across the NW

Mainly dry with sunny spells. Cloud bubbling up later, risk of an odd shower and feeling cool.

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Man charged with Leigh woman's murder

A man has been charged with murder after a woman was found dead in the garden of a house in Wigan.

Thomas Flanagan, 57, of Wigan Road, Leigh, will appear before Wigan Magistrates' Court later today.

Police were alerted just after midnight yesterday with a call from a member of the public who reported concerns for the welfare of a woman who lives at the house.

The victim, believed to be in her late 50s to early 60s, has not been named. She was found dead in the back garden.

A Home Office post-mortem examination will take place later to establish the cause of death.

Alder Hey says it's already making improvements

Alder Hey Children's Hospital says it's already investing in additional nursing staff and making improvements.

The NHS Foundation Trust says it's confident the overall service to patients is safe but they still need to make improvements in recruitment, outpatients and and their High Dependency Unit.

'At the time of inspection, solutions had already been put in place in these areas and the Trust is currently developing an action plan in response to all of the recommendations within the CQC report.

This includes a renewed focus on leading improvements to services currently available for children and young people.'

– Rick Turnock, Acting Medical Director of Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

The Trust's Chief Executive said the CQC report showed the high quality care, compassion and commitment shown to patients and families at Alder Hey.

'In the last year we have invested over £1m in additional nursing staff and 37 new nurses have been appointed just this month.

We have also worked hard to improve communication and engagement with staff, the availability of clinical records, administration of medicines, incident management and medical leadership.

Alder Hey has been delivering pioneering treatment for the last 100 years and our new hospital, which opens next year, will provide an exciting opportunity to enhance our role as a leader in children’s healthcare.'

– Louise Shepherd, Chief Executive of Alder Hey Children’s Hospital

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Prescott autobiography completed by player's wife

The wife of charity fundraiser and former Rugby League legend Steve Prescott, has completed her late husband's autobiography.

Steve Prescott book cover
Steve Prescott's autobiography has been completed by the player's wife Credit: Steve Prescott Foudation

Steve died in November 2013 from a rare form of cancer. During his illness Steve undertook many charity and endurance challenges, raising half-a-million pounds for charity.

Super League's Man Of Steel award was renamed for Steve Prescott.

You can find out more about the ongoing charity work of the Steve Prescott Foundation at www.steveprescottfoundation.co.uk.

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