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Man has lucky escape walking out of blazing building unscathed

60 firefighters tackle 'ferocious' blaze at industrial units Credit: Greater Manchester Fire Service

A man had a lucky escape after walking out unscathed from a 'ferocious' fire at industrial units in Manchester.

Five people were initially led to safety by crews as fire engulfed at least three units. A sixth man walked out of the building some hours later but appeared to be unhurt despite the intense fire.

Fire at industrial units in Openshaw. Credit: Greater Manchester Fire Service

Specialist officers from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service are working with Greater Manchester Police to find out how the fire in commercial premises off Louisa Street in Openshaw was caused.

More than 60 fire fighters in ten fire engines and two aerial platform vehicles were used to tackle what's been described as a 'ferocious' blaze that spread quickly.

Damaged unit in Openshaw after 'ferocious' fire spread quickly. Credit: Greater Manchester Fire Service


Randox Testing blame the 'perverse actions' of individuals for compromised results

Randox Testing Services deny samples were 'fixed'. Credit: Company website

Randox Testing Services say the issue came to light as a result of an internal investigation.

The company said they are treating the claims that some toxicology tests may have been compromised with the 'utmost seriousness' and totally refute the claim that samples were ‘fixed’.

In a statement RTS said:

"A number of toxicology results, which are part of due legal process, have been compromised.

Randox Testing Services are working tirelessly to fully assess the impact and implications for each case.

Where possible, when viable, samples will be re-run to provide robust, uncompromised results.

There is no question mark over the RTS quality system or the robustness of our practices and procedures. This situation has occurred as a result of the perverse actions of individual(s) – for which they may be held legally accountable."

The company added the investigation is limited to its Manchester site only and two men arrested had worked for the company for three years.

Six people treated at scene of large fire in Openshaw

Fire at commercial unit in Openshaw. Credit: Manchester Fire Service

Police are investigating after a fire at industrial units in Openshaw.

Police were alerted by the fire service shortly after 12.25am this morning, Sunday 19 February 2017, to a large fire at industrial units on Louisa Street.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service say six people have been treated by paramedics at the scene. A joint investigation has been launched to establish the circumstances surrounding the fire.

Chief Inspector Mark Kenny of GMP’s City of Manchester Team, said:

“We have a team of detectives investigating the circumstances surrounding this large-scale fire.

“We also need to hear from any witnesses to the incident or anyone who believes they have any information.”

Drink driving prosecutions may be in doubt after investigation into forensic results

Drink drive roadside test. Credit: PA

Hundreds of suspected drink drivers may have been wrongly prosecuted after claims their forensic test results may have been manipulated.

Two scientists have been questioned over alleged tampering at a lab in Blakeley in Manchester used by more than half of UK police forces.

Greater Manchester Police have confirmed they've been asked to conduct a criminal investigation into forensic results issued by Randox Testing Services (RTS).

Randox Testing Services have provided forensic services to police forces, including GMP, for the past two years. GMP say the organisation is being fully co-operative of the investigation.

Two men, a 47 year-old and a 31 year-old, have been arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice and released on bail until 6 March 2017 pending further enquiries.

It's reported police forces may have to write to at least 500 people whose criminal and civil cases may have been wrongly decided on the basis of compromised results provided to the courts by the lab.

Residents warned to keep windows closed after large fire in Openshaw

Fire crews tackling blaze in Openshaw Credit: Manchester Fire Service

Fire crews have spent the night tackling a large blaze at a commercial unit in the Openshaw area of Manchester.

It broke out just after midnight. Fire investigation officers are at the scene to try to establish the cause of the fire.

Residents close to Ferris Street have been asked to keep their doors and windows closed as a precaution.

Fire at a commercial unit in Openshaw. Credit: Manchester Fire Service

Footage from Lancashire Fire Service drone shows the extent of the fire that was brought under control early this morning.

Drone footage of fire in Openshaw Credit: Lancashire Fire Service

Crews use aerial platform to target the seat of the fire. It's now out but there's been extensive damage.

Aerial platform being used to target seat of the fire. Credit: Greater Manchester Fire

Crews still at scene to target pockets of smouldering fire.

Damaged commercial unit in Openshaw Credit: Greater Manchester Fire Service


Racist material posted on community buildings in Manchester

CCTV of a man they want to speak to in connection with racist material Credit: GMP

Police are investigating after racist material was posted on community buildings in Longsight and Ardwick.

Officers say posters were taped to St Luke’s primary school library and the Pakistani Community centre in Longsight.

Posters were also posted through the doors of houses in the areas.

Police are treating this as a hate crime and are appealing have released a CCTV image of a young man they want to speak to in connection with the incidents.

Superintendent Dave Pester from the City of Manchester Team, based at Longsight Police Station, said:

“I am determined to find out who is responsible for these despicable crimes. Hate Crime has no place in our community, and I would ask that anyone with information contacts the police.

“I am keen to identify a young man who was seen near to St Luke’s Primary School on the Coverdale Estate in Ardwick around 12.45pm on Thursday 16 February.

“If you have had similar material posted through your door, please get in touch with police.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting incident number 2293 16/02/17, or the independent charity, Crimestoppers, anonym

Manchester plays host to Quidditch championship

Players of the Ruhr Phoenix (blue) and Muenster Marauders (red) in action during a quidditch match. Credit: PA

Manchester is leading the way in new alternative sports by hosting its own Quidditch championship.

The sporting spin-off from the world of Harry Potter is already played by hundreds of people around the country.

Rather than using broomsticks, the real life version of Quidditch is a mixture of lacross, rugby and dodgeball.

Teams from around the country - mostly from university campuses - will spend Saturday fighting it out on Platt Fields Park in Fallowfield - in a contest hosted by Manchester University's team.

Seven teams will be competing in the cup; Chester Centurions (two time champions), Liverpuddly Cannons, Manchester Manticores, Preston Poltergeists, Queen's University Belfast and the Sheffield Squids.

The rules of Quidditch:

Players can be one of four positions:

Keepers - Guard the hoops from opposing chasers and become a 4th chaser on offence.

Chasers - Throw the quaffle through the opposite team's hoops to score goals worth 10 points.

Beaters -Throw bludgers at the opposing team to "knock them out" and make them return to hoops.

Seekers - Catch the snitch (worth 30 points) to end the game.

Bat of out Hell - the biggest production in the world

A theatrical coup for the North West - hosting one of the biggest musicals of the year before it heads to London's West End.

Bat out of Hell is based on the classic album by Meat Loaf and is getting it's premier at Manchester's Opera House.

And the show's spectacular sets are being designed by the man behind the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games.

Victoria Grimes has been for a tour back stage

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