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World War Two soldier Ted Stanley is laid to rest in the Netherlands

A soldier from the Wirral who was killed in World War Two has finally been laid to rest 72 years after his death.

Ted Stanley died in the Battle of Arnhem, his body lay in a mass grave until years of research finally identified him.

The grave of World War Two soldier Ted Stanley Credit: ITV Granada, Paul Crone

Today at a special ceremony in the Netherlands, his family and relatives saw him finally laid to rest with his own headstone.

From Arnhem, Paul Crone reports.


Why some of our region's architectural wonders are 'endangered' due to lack of funding

A 'stunning' church in Cheshire with precious wall paintings and a Gothic orphanage in Preston have been named on a list of endangered historic buildings.

The National architectural charity, the Victorian Society, is calling on people to help save the buildings which have suffered though lack of funding.

  • Mount Street Hospital, Preston . A Grade II high Victorian Gothic building, which was built as an orphanage and was later a convalescent home but has been empty for more than a decade.
  • St Paul's Church, Boughton, Chester. A Grade II* church with a "stunning interior" which retains wall paintings and stained glass windows by leading artists.
  • St Joseph's Seminary, Upholland, Lancashire. A Grade II complex of Gothic sandstone buildings which was first a seminary and then a boarding school whose alumni are said to include comedians Tom O'Connor and Johnny Vegas.
  • Rylands Mill, Wigan. A Grade II listed former cotton mill, with boiler, engine house, chimney and weaving sheds which has lain derelict since the early 2000s, posing a risk to children who trespass, and is currently for sale at £2.5 million.

Restoring important historic buildings is worth investing in as it can be a catalyst for wider regeneration.

"I hope people living near these buildings will seize this opportunity and campaign to save them.

"Ultimately, it is the support of local people which will ensure that they are not lost forever."

– Griff Rhys Jones, Victorian Society Vice President

Landmark award means £28m for hospitals in Greater Manchester

The money comes as Manchester is granted prestigious NIHR Biomedical Research Centre status. Credit: ITV News.

Million of pounds has been awarded to Greater Manchester's devolved health service to pay for research into new tests and treatments.

Experts say the £28.5m will help millions of people with cancer and muscle diseases, as well as those with hearing and respiratory diseases.

The money was awarded after the region's hospitals were granted prestigious Biomedical Research Centre status.

"This hugely welcome funding is recognition that in Greater Manchester we can combine the best clinical skills with the best research, innovation and academic talent to take huge steps in improving the health and wellbeing of our people."

– Jon Rouse, Chief Officer of Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership
  • Which hospitals are involved?

The successful bid was led by Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, in partnership with The University of Manchester and the partnership also involves The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust and is supported by Manchester Academic Health Science Centre.

It will see Manchester granted prestigious NIHR Biomedical Research Centre status.

“Working closely with patients, we will use the latest advances in biology, medicine and health technology to better predict disease and likely treatment response.

"The new diagnostic tests and therapies we develop will enable doctors to offer a more tailored approach and to better personalise treatments to the individual. We are also working on better ways to prevent disease developing in the first place.”

– Professor Ian Bruce, Director of the NIHR Manchester BRC

Police officer stabbed during arrest in Merseyside

Credit: PA

A police officer has been stabbed during an arrest in Liverpool.

The 30-year-old constable was stabbed several times this afternoon in Huyton. It was after four offices spotted a man who recognised as being wanted on suspicion of rape.

The 18-year-old man, from Huyton, was arrested on suspicion of rape and attempted murder. He has been taken to a police station in Merseyside where he will be interviewed.

The injured officer, who sustained stab wounds to his back, was taken to hospital for treatment. His condition is stable and not life-threatening.

Formal identification of soldier's body after 70 years

Private Ted Stanley who died in the Battle of Arnhem Credit: ITV Granada Reports

A soldier from the Wirral who was killed in the Battle of Arnhem in 1944 has been formally identifed after over 70 years.

Private Ted Stanley of the Border Regiment will now be given a named headstone at a special ceremony in the Netherlands attended by his family and relatives.

Mal Povall, who's Ted Stanley's nephew, describes how dangerous his uncle's mission was.


Full list of proposed 68 parliamentary constituencies in the North West

Here's a list of House of Commons constituencies as set out in the initial proposals of the Boundary Commission's review, covering unchanged, amended and new seats and their electorates.

  • Note: CC = county constituency, BC = borough constituency.
  • 1. Accrington CC 72,513
  • 2. Altrincham & Tatton Park CC 77,647
  • 3. Ashton-under-Lyne BC 76,869
  • 4. Barrow & Furness CC 75,278
  • 5. Bebington & Heswall CC 75,393
  • 6. Birkenhead BC 72,672
  • 7. Blackburn BC 72,816
  • 8. Blackley & Broughton BC 72,003
  • 9. Blackpool North & Fleetwood BC 71,687
  • 10. Blackpool South BC 74,876
  • 11. Bolton North East BC 73,610
  • 12. Bolton West CC 77,798
  • 13. Bootle BC 77,290
  • 14. Bramhall & Poynton CC 76,106
  • 15. Burnley CC 76,133
  • 16. Bury BC 72,781
  • 17. Carlisle CC 76,825
  • 18. Chorley CC 73,323
  • 19. City of Chester CC 73,723
  • 20. Clitheroe & Colne CC 76,972
  • 21. Congleton CC 71,287
  • 22. Crewe & Nantwich CC 72,326
  • 23. Eddisbury & Northwich CC 71,748
  • 24. Ellesmere Port & Neston CC 77,028
  • 25. Failsworth & Droylsden BC 78,502
  • 26. Farnworth BC 71,142
  • 27. Fylde CC 72,103
  • 28. Garston & Halewood BC 71,942
  • 29. Halton BC 75,381
  • 30. Knowsley BC 77,916
  • 31. Lancaster and Morecambe CC 74,361
  • 32. Leigh CC 73,070
  • 33. Littleborough & Saddleworth CC 75,203
  • 34. Liverpool Riverside BC 77,665
  • 35. Liverpool Wavertree BC 76,261
  • 36. Liverpool West Derby BC 73,950
  • 37. Macclesfield CC 73,696
  • 38. Makerfield CC 71,857
  • 39. Manchester Central BC 76,173
  • 40. Manchester Gorton BC 74,227
  • 41. Manchester Withington BC 74,616
  • 42. Marple & Hyde CC 74,907
  • 43. North Lancashire CC 71,284
  • 44. Oldham BC 74,240
  • 45. Penrith and Solway CC 72,284
  • 46. Preston BC 77,324
  • 47. Prestwich & Middleton BC 76,824
  • 48. Rochdale CC 73,781
  • 49. Rossendale & Darwen CC 74,991
  • 50. Salford & Eccles BC 74,161
  • 52. South Ribble CC 75,318
  • 53. Southport CC 75,828
  • 54. St Helens North BC 72,060
  • 55. St Helens South & Whiston BC 74,885
  • 56. Stockport North & Denton BC 75,516
  • 57. Stockport South & Cheadle BC 71,841
  • 58. Stretford & Urmston BC 76,104
  • 59. Wallasey BC 76,052
  • 60. Warrington North BC 76,183
  • 61. Warrington South BC 76,806
  • 62. Weaver Vale CC 73,327
  • 63. West Lancashire CC 76,861
  • 64. Westmorland & Lonsdale CC 72,371
  • 65. Wigan CC 72,733
  • 66. Workington & Whitehaven CC 77,239
  • 67. Worsley & Eccles South CC 72,316
  • 68. Wythenshawe & Sale East BC 75,919

Shake up planned for the region's parliamentary constituencies

Fewer MPs will occupy seats in Parliament. Credit: Press Association.

Plans to reduce the number of parliamentary constituencies in the region have been announced.

Massive changes to the boundaries, part of a national shake up ahead of the 2020 general election, would mean there would be seven fewer North West MPs - from 75 to 68.

George Osbourne's Tatton constituency is among those expected to be split up.

Just 14 of those 75 constituencies would remain unchanged under the Boundary Commission's plans.

Among the proposals are seats which cross traditional county borders -one covering parts of Lancashire and Merseyside, and a second covering parts of Wirral and Cheshire - the commission has even considered a constituency which crosses the River Mersey.

  • The proposals at a glance:
  • Cumbria will fall from six to five constituencies.
  • Lancashire will be allocated 14 constituencies, a reduction of two.
  • Merseyside's number will fall from from 15 to 13 - but that includes a proposed Wirral/Cheshire or Wirral/Liverpool constituency.
  • Greater Manchester will lose two constituencies and have 25 in total.
  • Cheshire will have 10, a reduction of one, including the proposed Cheshire/Wirral seat.

BLOG: Andy Bonner on safer driving for older motorists

Learning to drive is a rite of passage. As a young person, it gives you a frivolous freedom you could previously only dream of.

The older you get, the more you come to rely on that privilege.Giving up driving, I'm told, can be like waving goodbye to your independence. No wonder some older drivers don't want to hand back their car keys. However, I've been reading about a new study which suggests they shouldn't have to.

Andy finding out more about safer driving

The University of Swansea is dispelling myths about how safe older drivers really are.

The research claims the growing ageing population is no more dangerous than other age groups and that more stringent testing won't weed out the most dangerous drivers.

Of course, there are awful cases which hit the headlines all too regularly. Earlier this year an 80 year old hit eight girls outside a Liverpool school, seriously injuring five of them.

The judge who banned her also called for a review of the law, which currently says over 70s must certify themselves fit to drive every three years.

Meanwhile, the Merseyside Road Safety Partnership says it can help pensioners to drive safely for longer by sending them back to driving school. They can take a free two-hour lesson with a driving instructor to check over their skills and update their knowledge.

After all, some drivers got their licences before the introduction of tests, never mind indicators, motorways and sat-navs.

The partnership launched the project because more older drivers are killed or seriously injured (KSI) on our roads.

Over 60s hold 23% of driving licences on Merseyside but accounted for 28% of the car driver KSIs over the last three years.

Those over 70 hold only 9% of the licences, but make up 17% of KSIs. According to the research from Swansea, that could simply be explained by older people being more susceptible to injury rather than being worse at driving.

Unfortunately, above the age of 70 the chances of being involved in a collision increases with age.

That's why the Merseyside Road Safety Partnership is trying to make a difference.

Police say older people often feel under pressure from younger motorists to drive faster.

But, as traffic officer Sgt Paul Mountford puts it, "Lots of people could actually learn a lot more from the older generation rather than stigmatise them as bad drivers."

The new initiative is being well received and so far nearly 400 people have signed up.

For more information, call 0151 606 2143 or email A series of road safety events are also being held for senior drivers:

Firwood Bootle Cricket Club, 10am-2pm on 21 September 2016. To book call 0151 934 4259

World Of Glass, St Helens, 10am-1pm on 27 September 2016. To book call 01744 673237

Hoylake, Wirral, 10am-2pm on 30 September 2016. To book call 0151 606 2143

Linksview, Woolton, Liverpool, 10am-2pm on 6 October 2016. To book call 0151 233 0279

Safety drive: free lessons to keep pensioners behind the wheel for longer

Pensioners in Merseyside are being given free driving lessons to try to keep them driving safely for longer. Older people are more likely to be injured or die in accidents because of increased frailty.

But new research says, despite some high profile cases, they aren't any more likely to cause a car crash. Experts say actually - younger motorists could learn much from them.

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