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Power cuts affecting Manchester city centre

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A power cut is affecting hundreds of properties in the city centre.

Electricity North West said the outage has been caused by a high voltage fault.

Electricians are currently working to fix the problem but ENW warned that the power supply may not be restored until 9pm tonight.

The Manchester Evening Newsreports that the power cut is affecting shops, businesses and homes on Cross Street, Blackfriars Street, King Street, St Ann’s Churchyard, South King Street, Ridgefield, Deansgate, John Dalton Street and St James Square.

Shops in The Arndale Centre and Selfridges are also believed to be affected by the fault.

We have a high voltage fault affecting your area. We believe that this affects your property. This fault is due to damage to our equipment. Our engineers are aware of the problem. And a team is currently travelling to site.

Our estimated time for restoration is 21:00 hours today. Should this change as the job type progresses we will keep you updated.

We apologise for the inconvenience caused by the interruption to your supply and our engineers will work to restore your power as soon as possible.

– Electricity North West statement

Masked man attacks police car with a hammer

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A masked man attacked a police car with a hammer following a pursuit late on Sunday.

Shortly after 11:30pm officers from the Greater Manchester Police Intercept Unit spotted two people wearing balaclavas in a black Ford Mondeo at a petrol station on Cromwell Road, Salford and signalled the vehicle to pull over.

The driver of the car ignored the initial attempts and after a short pursuit the offender pulled over on Upper Camp Street, where his passenger jumped out and came towards the police car armed with a hammer.

Fearing for their safety, the driver of the police car rammed the masked assailant, driving him onto the floor.

As this was happening, the driver of the Mondeo rammed the police car twice before turning round and driving towards the junction with Bury New Road, at which point the passenger ran and got back into the car.

The car turned right onto Bury New Road and got away before it was later found abandoned on Thanet Close with a number of weapons inside.

I think it is clear that the occupants of the car were about to commit a violent offence when the officers originally attempted to stop them and their subsequent behaviour only further reinforces that.

It is possible that the actions of the Intercept Unit officers prevented a robbery from taking place as, when they first approached the offenders, they were pulling into a petrol station forecourt wearing balaclavas and carrying a number of weapons.

Although we don’t have a clear description of the offenders, the one who attempted to attack the police with a hammer may have been injured in his attempts and returned home limping.

– Chief Inspector Mark Dexter

Anybody with information should contact police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.


Blackpool couple still missing after Tunisia attack

There's still no official word about a couple from Blackpool who've been missing in Tunisia since a gunman went on the rampage and killed 38 holidaymakers.

Elaine and Denis Thwaites were staying at the hotel in Sousse where guests came under attack on Friday. It's thought up to 30 Britons may have been killed.

In the last few hours, the Prime Minister has declared a national minute of silence for the victims on Friday.

Many of those who survived have been talking of their ordeal. Our correspondent Rob Smith has the latest:

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