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Rescue operation underway for stranded seal in Cheshire field

Seal found in St Helens field Credit: Karen Johnson

A rescue is underway for a seal found in a field near Newton le Willows in Cheshire.

A dog walker came across the seal in the middle of a field at Red Bank Farm.

Police are at the scene to contain the seal Credit: Karen Johnson

Police say they have contained the seal and representatives from the British Diver Marine Life Rescue Service are making their way to the scene.

It's believed the seal arrived in the field via a stream.


Manchester airport strike action suspended

Manchester airport strike suspended Credit: PA Images

A two-day strike planned by ground handling workers at Manchester airport has been suspended after a new pay offer was made.

Members of the Unite union had been due to walk out tomorrow, but will be balloted on revised proposals.

Unite regional officer Kevin Hall said: "Unite is pleased to confirm that strike action has been suspended following a revised offer which better reflects the contribution our members make to the company.

"All of this could have been avoided if the company hadn't refused requests to negotiate and go to Acas a number of weeks ago. We will now be putting the details of the revised pay offer to our members over the coming weeks."

Tribute to 'beloved' pensioner killed crossing the road

Karol Kwartnik

The family of a man who killed after he was hit by a car in Manchester have paid tribute to a "beloved husband, dad and granddad".

Karol Kwartnik, 71, sustained a serious head injury when he was knocked down on Mauldeth Road in Burnage earlier this month.

Mr Kwartnik was given immediate medical assistance from a doctor who happened to be nearby, but died passed in the ambulance on the way to the hospital.

His family released the following tribute:

“Karol was a beloved husband, dad and granddad. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him, but his memory will remain steadfast in our hearts forever.”

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Man dies in M60 accident near Sale

A man has died in a collision on the M60 near Sale. Shortly before 4.30pm on Saturday 20 December 2014, there was a collision involving six vehicles travelling clockwise on the M60. A 27-year-old man, who was riding a motorcycle, suffered multiple injuries and died.

Sadly a young man has lost his life and we are supporting his family during this tragic time. We are working to establish what caused the collision but at this stage the circumstances are still unclear. We would urge anyone who witnessed the collision or any of the vehicles in the moments beforehand to contact us. In particular we are keen to trace the driver of a small red car who may have witnessed the collision.

– Sergeant Paul Higgins from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit

Police are appealing for information and witnesses. Anyone with information should call the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 0161 856 4742.

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