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Suspect device found in Salford - homes evacuated.

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Police are investigating after a suspicious device was discovered in the Swinton area of Salford. A cordon has been put in place on Clifton Drive. A number of houses are being evacuated as a precaution and motorists are being advised to avoid the area.

We have officers at the scene and are carrying out initial enquiries but believe the device to have been in the grounds of the garden for a number of years. We have taken the decision to evacuate homes as a safety precaution.

– Superintendent Mark Kenny, Greater Manchester Police

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Manchester florist crowned the UK's number one for weddings

Sian being awarded her trophy by Damian Bailey, founder of The Wedding Industry Awards and Olympian Roger Black MBE at Café de Paris, London. Credit: ::

A Manchester florist has been crowned the UK's number one wedding florist at a prestigious awards ceremony.

The Flower Lounge in Didsbury took the honour at the Wedding Industry Awards held at Café de Paris in London’s West End.

The Awards seek to recognise and reward excellence within the UK wedding industry and after winning the title of North West Florist of the Year in late 2016, the team at The Flower Lounge went on to claim the title of the country’s best wedding florist.

The judging panel praised owner Sian Wild's artistic flair and attention to detail.

“This award is a huge achievement for us and really helps us to put florists north of the M25 on the map.

We have been designing beautiful and innovative creations from our shop in Didsbury for the last 7 years and have worked with some fantastic brides and grooms.

"I was overwhelmed to learn that over 60 couples nominated and took the time to vote for us. This makes the award all the more special.”

– Sian Wild, owner of The Flower Lounge

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Manchester family of five killed in mini-bus crash in Saudi Arabia

Map shows location of Medina and Mecca in Saudi Arabia. Credit: Google Maps.

A family of five from Manchester are understood to be among seven people killed in a mini-bus crash in Saudi Arabia.

It happened yesterday on a road between Mecca and Medina.

It's understood there were 12 people aboard the bus when it happened, five of the fatalities belonged to a family from Levenshulme and two were from Glasgow.

Staff at the Manchester-based tour operator Haji Tours, who organised the trip on behalf of the family, have offered their condolences to the relatives of those involved.

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