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Graphene development sees Manchester named European City of Science for 2016

Manchester isn't only the home of two rather large football teams - it's also home to some of the most ground breaking scientific discoveries including splitting the atom and the invention of the computer.

And more recently the discovery of graphene - the strongest, thinnest material in the world. That's lead to Manchester being named European City of Science for 2016.

Tim Scott reports.

Grandmother who was battered with baseball bat speaks to Granada from hospital bed

A grandmother has described being beaten with a baseball bat as two masked men broke into her home in the night.

Barbara Dransfield, who's 63 and from Ashton, suffered a fractured skull and needs surgery to rebuild her face.

Barbara, who was in her wheelchair, managed to ring her husband to beg for help, as the men kept beating her - demanding cash.

From her hospital bed she's spoken to our correspondent Elaine Willcox.


Drug dealer jailed for criminal damage and drug offences.

James Loose Credit: GMP

James Loose, 34, of Ashurst Road, Manchester has been sentenced at Manchester Crown Court today, to a total of 7 years, 6 months and 28 days.

He previously pleaded guilty to supply of Class A drugs, possession with intent to supply Class A drugs, possession of Class B drugs, and criminal damage. He received separate sentences of 3 years and 9 months, 3 years and 9 months , 7 days and 21 days for the respective offences to served concurrently, meaning he will spend 3 years and 9 months in prison.

The court heard that in January of this year, Loose had been involved in a dispute with another man which led to him threatening the man and smashing a window at his house.

Following a report made to police, a warrant was executed at an address in south Manchester and found Loose there attempting to flush items down the toilet.

At the property police seized quantities of cocaine, cannabis and cash as well as electronic scales, four mobile phones, body armour and sheets of paper used as ‘drugs debtors’ list.

Detective Constable Louise Moss of GMP’s City of Manchester team said:

James Loose brought misery to the lives of many people in south Manchester and his sentence will bring some relief to those he has terrorised.

– Detective Constable Louise Moss
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