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Campaigner's anger at GMP over handling of domestic abuse cases

A report published today into the handling of domestic abuse victims by Greater Manchester Police has been criticised by a campaigner. It was commissioned following the deaths of three women who'd previously reported abuse by their partners to police. Eve Thomas, herself a survivor of domestic abuse, told Granada Reports correspondent, Matt O'Donoghue, the report still fails to address safeguarding failures.

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Arriva North West bus drivers walk out over pay

No Arriva bus services will run in Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Lancashire or parts of Cheshire today. Credit: PA Images

No Arriva bus services will run in Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Lancashire or parts of Cheshire today because more than 2,000 bus drivers and engineering staff at Arriva North West have walked out in the first of three one-day strikes.

Arriva Buses Wales services that run through Cheshire will operate as normal. A number of services from the Chester depot will also run as normal. They are the 1, 1A, 15, 15A, DB1, DB2, DB4, 3, 3A, 4, 4A, 10, 10A, 82 and services coming into Chester from Wrexham and Rhyl.

Members of the GMB and Unite unions have taken industrial action in an ongoing row over pay. They will also strike on Monday 23 October and Monday 30 October.

Bus depots in Birkenhead, Bolton, Bootle, Macclesfield, Runcorn, St Helens, Speke, Southport, Winsford and Wythenshaw are all affected.

Unite said talks over pay had broken down.

Koeman needs a win

Under pressure manager Ronald Koeman will be hoping Everton can kick start their season in their Europa League game later. They host Lyon in the latest group matches. Currently Everton are fifth from bottom of the Premier league with just eight points from eight games. So Koeman knows they need a great performance at Goodison and he's under no illusion just how tough it will be against Lyon. See what else the manager had to say here.

Police warn cannabis farms can prove a 'death trap'

Officers dismantle illegal cannabis farms every day on Merseyside Credit: Merseyside Police

Merseyside Police warn cannabis farms can be a 'death trap' and urge residents to report them.

Officers have set up a replica cannabis farm, which they plan to set on fire to show people just how dangerous they can be.

The farms often have overloaded electricity sockets, portable heat lamps and water posing a serious fire risk in residential areas.

213
Cannabis farms were dismantled by police in the past 12 months
19,720
Cannabis plants were seized in the Merseyside area

Neighbourhood officers and the specialist cannabis dismantling team (CDT) discover several cannabis farms every day in Merseyside.

Detective Chief Superintendent Chris Green said:

"Many of these cannabis factories are death-traps and we are increasingly finding more in residential areas, right next to where other people live.

Often the electricity supply has been tampered with and this, coupled with the heat lamps and water system, increases the risk of a fire breaking out inside.

"If you see any of these warning signs and suspect there is a cannabis farm operating near you, it is in your interests to tell the police, anonymously if you feel more comfortable, and we will act on it."

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