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Video released of moment man kicks Cenotaph wreaths in Manchester

Video has been released of the moment a man kicked wreaths in Manchester, which were commemorating The Battle of the Somme.

CCTV footage from Manchester City Council shows two men in suits walking towards the cenotaph in St Peter’s Square on Tuesday evening.

One of the men holds out his arms and performs a ‘running kick’ at one of the poppy wreaths, which then flies into the air and falls apart, before the broken pieces land on top of another wreath.

The 31-year-old man was said to be ‘mortified’ after he was tracked down by police.

He was fined £90 for his actions and also offered to take on some voluntary charity work for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

It's understood he was drunk at the time.

"If you insult or disrespect the memory of people that fought for Manchester we will have you on camera, we have cameras 24-7 at the cenotaph.

“Anyone who disrespects will be caught on our cameras and reported to the police.

“In this case this guy who did this disrespectful action was traced to Deansgate. You will be caught.”

– Pat Karney, Manchester City Council

Police swoop to stop girls being taken abroad for FGM

File: Police at Manchester Airport Credit: PA

Police and Border Agency teams are stopping families at Manchester Airport this morning, who are suspected of taking their daughters abroad for Female Genital Mutilation.

Over the past year, five 'prevention orders' have been issued which allow police to seize parents' passports.

Emma Porter, the Deputy Director of Border Force North, explains the reasons for today's operation:

In the past year more than 600 new cases have come to light at hospitals across the North West including five girls under the age of 10 in Salford.

And in the same time five 'prevention orders' have been issued, orders that allow officers to seize passports.

Our correspondent Amy Welch reports.


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The new research taking place in Manchester that could make scars a thing of the past

Scientists at work in Manchester. Credit: ITV News.

It's been described as-important as the discovery of antibiotics - a bold claim, but scientists in Manchester believe they'll be able to eradicate human scarring within a generation.

Doctors will use a mixture of modern medicine and stem cells to ensure patients no longer will be left with permanent scarring.

Rachel Townsend has been talking to some of those involved:

  1. Elaine Willcox, ITV News

Ian Dollery's family describe his killer as 'a time bomb waiting to happen'

Ian Dollery and his wife Andrea. Credit: Lancashire Police.

Ian Dollery has been described as kind and compassionate, his widow and children say they miss him every second of ever day.

He was killed by Robert Kay, who has schizophrenia.

Mr Dollery's family say chances to diagnose his illness were missed time and time again.

Elaine Willcox reports:

Tony and Lucy also spoke to Julian Hendy whose father was stabbed by a man with a history of mental issues.

He's set up a website, Hundred Families, offering support and information:

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