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Will Greater Manchester get greater powers

It's believed the Government is planning to give more powers to councils in Greater Manchester to run their own affairs. George Osborne is thought to be preparing an announcement next week creating a new 'super council' which would make decisions on areas like transport. Ralph Blunsom looks at that and Ed Miliband's plans for devolved power in the North West

Man dies in house fire in Walton, Liverpool

Merseyside Police have confirmed that an elderly man has died in a house fire on Carisbrooke Road in Walton. Officers were called to the property at around 4pm this afternoon after reports of smoke coming from the house. On arrival firefighters entered the property and found an elderly man inside. He was taken to Fazakerley hospital but died a short time later.

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Shot fired at a house in Liverpool

An investigation is underway after a shot was fired at a house in the Walton area of Liverpool last night.

Police were called to Stuart Road, at just after 9.45pm, by a man reporting that two other men had forced their way into his house armed with what's believed to be some form of gun.

Officers say they threatened him before leaving the property.

Immediately after, the sound of a shot being fired was heard and police found gunshot damage to the front window of the house. No-one was injured during the incident.

Police carried out an extensive search of the area in a bid to find those responsible for the incident. They say house-to-house inquiries are being carried out and high visibility patrols have been stepped up in the area to reassure the local community.

Detectives currently believe it was targeted attack.

Miliband wants to spread wealth to North West

The Labour leader, Ed Miliband is in Manchester to unveil his party's plan to try and spread power and prosperity across England's regions. He believes the economic recovery is only benefitting a wealthy few in London and not everyday working people in the North West and elsewhere outside the capital.

Labour want to spread power and prosperity across the country Credit: PA

Included in Labour's plans, if they win the next general election, is giving regions more power over their public transport networks and passing an English Devolution Act which Labour says will mean a cash boost of £30 billion pounds over five years.

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Firecrews to stage strike

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Firefighters in the region are to stage a four day strike from 6pm this evening (31st October) over pension. It's the latest in a series of national strikes and falls on one of the busiest weekends of the year. Greater Manchester fire and rescue service is appealing to people to go to organised bonfires and firework displays or postpone an event at home.

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