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Watch the third of Paul Crone's reports as the North West prepares to remember the Somme

As the nation prepares to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme in Manchester this Friday, we have a series of special reports on Granada Reports. Tonight we're featuring the story of two soliders from the North West who survived - for very different reasons.

You can find our more about the Somme commemorations by clicking here


Three arrested in connection with Manchester tram 'racial abuse'

Three arrested in connection with racist abuse in Manchester Credit: PA

Three arrested in connection with a hate incident on a tram in Manchester City Centre.

The incident happened at around 7.40am this morning, Tuesday 28 June, on a tram travelling towards the city centre and police were made aware after a video of the incident surfaced online.

Two men aged 20 and 18 and a 16-year-old boy have been arrested on suspicion of affray.

They remain in police custody for questioning.

Chief Inspector Gareth Parkin of GMP’s City of Manchester Team, said:

I would like to thank the public for their help and support in this investigation, which has led to the swift arrest of these three people.

All hate incidents are treated with the upmost severity and this behaviour will not be tolerated in Greater Manchester.

If anyone has any information please report it to police immediately on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

– Chief Inspector Gareth Parkin

Watch 'waterfall' cascade down stairs at station

This amazing video captures the moment Piccadilly Station became Piccadilly Falls after a torrential downpour in Manchester.The footage shows rainwater flowing down the steps and flooding a platform on Saturday morning.

The ‘waterfall’ was captured by stunned commuter Nathaniel Hall, 29, who had just got off a train.

It was literally cascading down the stairs, there was an epic rainstorm outside and the rain just started pouring into the station. The video doesn’t really do it justice. It looked just like a river or a waterfall. It flooded the platform and started to fall onto the tracks. Then they put out a warning about the water and closed the platform.

– Nathaniel Hall

A spokesperson for Network Rail, the rail company in charge of the station, said there had been a drain blockage during the downpour.

It did not disrupt any services for passengers. The issue is being dealt with.

– A spokesperson for Network Rail


Wythenshawe MP resigns from Labour shadow cabinet

Wythenshawe & Sale East MP Mike Kane has become the latest MP to resign from Labour's shadow cabinet.

He announced on Twitter that he's stepping down from his role as Shadow International Development Minister.

A wave of shadow cabinet ministers have resigned in protest to Jeremy Corbyn's leadership.

North West MPs at the centre of unfolding political drama

Four days on from that momentous vote to leave the European Union, and MPs from our region are right at the centre of an unfolding political drama.

Over the last 48 hours, EIGHT North West MPs have left Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's shadow cabinet - seven of them today. They say the party's got no chance of winning the next General Election with him in charge.

Meanwhile, the Tories are also badly divided. There are now questions over whether the Tatton MP George Osborne can now survive as Chancellor?

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