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The harsh reality faced by the region's 'hidden homeless' young people

New figures seen by Granada Reports claim 1 in 6 young people in the region have sofa surfed in the past year to avoid ending up on the streets.

Many more will wake up on Christmas day in an emergency night shelter or a hostel.

Sarah Rogers has this report.


Young Cheshire star gets Hollywood break in The BFG

Ruby Barnhill.

A ten-year-old actress from Cheshire has been cast in Steven Spielberg's forthcoming movie, The BFG.

Ruby Barnhill will play Sophie, the orphan befriended by the giant, in a new Hollywood adaptation of Roald Dahl's book.

The youngster, who will star alongside Mark Rylance in the title role, said: "I feel incredibly lucky and I’m so happy."

Industry newspaper Variety reported that Spielberg said that they had discovered "a wonderful Sophie" in the young actress.

“After a lengthy search, I feel Roald Dahl himself would have found Ruby every bit as marvellous as we do,” he said. “We have discovered a wonderful Sophie in Ruby Barnhill.”

Dreamworks Studios said the film will begin shooting next year and is due for release in 2016 - the 100th anniversary of Dahl's birth.

Princess Anne opens £7m tropical diseases centre in Liverpool

The Princess Royal at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

Princess Anne has officially opened a new £7million centre at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

The Wolfson Building will house the Centre for Maternal and Newborn Health, the Centre for Neglected Tropical Disease and the Innovative Vector Control Consortium.

The Wolfson building has been part financed by the European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007 to 2013, along with support from the Regional Growth Fund and The Wolfson Foundation.

The work being carried out in the Wolfson building will focus on the areas of maternal and child health, neglected tropical diseases and public health pesticide development.”

– Sir Richard Evans CBE, President of Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

Watch: Miranda the octopus counts down to Christmas with her own Advent Calendar

Miranda the octopus is taking a hands-on approach to Christmas with her very own advent calendar.

Octopuses are known for for having one of the smartest brains in the ocean and need to be kept stimulated.

Workers at the Sea Life centre in Manchester gave Miranda the calendar, made of Lego, to ensure she's has a merry time in the run-up to Christmas.

And behind each window are fishy treats for Miranda to enjoy each day.


Police rammed in stolen car pursuit

Mill Street in Toxteth. Credit: Google maps.

Merseyside Police are questioning two men after they reportedly rammed a police car during a pursuit.

Officers say at about 6.40pm a report was received that a Landrover Defender had been stolen from an address in Wallasey.

Enquiries led officers to the Sefton Park area were the vehicle was being driven with two men on board.

A police patrol pursued the car before the driver reversed into officers and drove off. Another patrol pursued the Landrover before the suspects crashed into a bollard on Mill Street.

The driver and passenger, one aged in his 20s the other in his 40s, were arrested on suspicion of stealing the car and dangerous driving.

Feeding the homeless may feed a 'lifestyle' of living on the street, says top police officer

Charity workers provide food to a rough sleeper in Manchester Credit: ITV

Feeding the homeless can "facilitate that lifestyle" of living on the street, according to Greater Manchester's top police officer.

Granada Reports asked Chief Constable, Sir Peter Fahy, if he was "skeptical" about charities who feed rough sleepers. He responded that such work carried a "danger" of allowing people to continue sleeping rough.

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