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Budget announcements for the North West in today's budget

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These are the specific announcements for the region sent to us by the Treasury.

  • £243 million for transport improvements in Greater Manchester to drive productivity by improving connectivity and reducing congestion. Specific projects this will fund will be decided by the mayor Andy Burnham. A further £134 million will go to Liverpool City Region mayor Steve Rotheram. Other towns and cities across the North West will be able to bid into a £840 million fund to support transport projects in their area.
  • £4 million investment in Jodrell Bank Observatory as part of a £20.5 million project to redevelop its visitor centre – celebrating its vital contribution to science. This will boost its educational school programme, which currently helps 26,000 youngsters every year.
  • An extra £1 million to bolster flood defences across the North West. This builds on the £22 million previously invested in the Anchorsholme Coast protection scheme, which will protect 4,800 properties over the next century.
  • Manchester will become a Tech Hub, supporting businesses and skills in the area to thrive and prosper. This is part of a national expansion of Tech City, with the region receiving a share of £21million to support this.

WATCH: Concerns for rising levels of poor health

The north west has 6 of the top ten areas for fast food outlets in the country. Credit: ITV Granada Reports

Most of us enjoy a takeaway, especially as a Friday treat.

But now there's concerms that the number of fast food outlets means rising levels of poor health and obesity

A new investigation by the Tonight programme has revealed the north west has 6 of the top ten areas for fast food outlets in the country.

Victoria Grimes reports.


Weather warnings in place as Storm Ophelia makes its way to the UK

Storm Ophelia is due to make its way to the UK later today Credit: Helen McKenna, ITV

Storm Ophelia has hit the UK mainland today, with flights grounded and a "danger to life" warning in place.

Remnants of the hurricane have reached Britain with gusts of up to 80mph forecast - exactly 30 years after the Great Storm of 1987 killed 18 people.

Planes have been grounded at Manchester Airport, with 20 flights cancelled and passengers warned to check ahead.

There have also been three precautionary landings at Liverpool John Lennon Airport - with one plane having to turn around and safely land at the airport shortly after take-off.

Pilots on-board the EasyJet flights are said to have noticed a strange smell in the cockpit - thought to either be due to dust from the Sahara or fumes from Portuguese forest blown by Ophelia.

The storm is expected to move across to northern England throughout Monday.

High winds are expected across the entire region, while a yellow warning is in place for much of north west England.

Forecasters are warning of flying debris, such as tiles blown from roofs, as well as large waves around coastal districts with beach material being thrown on to coastal roads, sea fronts and properties.

MET weatherman Grahame Madge said.

Parts of England, areas like the North West, are covered by a warning. The impacts will be felt in northern England into Tuesday.

Winds will be 50-60mph, possibly gusting to 70mph, even in the yellow warning areas.

– Grahame Madge, MET Weatherman

Motorists have been warned to avoid unnecessary travel due to the storm, and have been warned about flying debris, fallen trees and large waves along coastal roads.

The AA issued emergency advice to drivers to be prepared for disruption and road closures.

Spokesman Vince Crane said:

Those in the worst-affected regions such as Ireland, west Wales, the North West and Scotland should avoid unnecessary travel.

For those on the road, expect disruption and drive to the conditions. This may mean slowing down so that sudden gusts don't blow you as far off course.

Road closures are likely, particularly on exposed bridges or where debris or fallen trees cause blockages, so check your route and plan for diversions.

Strong or sudden gusts of wind are more likely on open stretches of road, when passing bridges or gaps in hedges, or when overtaking high-sided vehicles.

Wind can also bring down trees, blow you off course or blow other vehicles into your path.

Be prepared as some roads will be treacherous. Never attempt to drive through flood water.

– Vince Crane, The AA

Met Office forecaster Luke Miall said that while storms with these wind speeds tend to happen at this time of year, the one on its way is "quite a substantial system", adding that he would describe it as "pretty exceptional".

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has three battalions - 1,200 personnel in total - permanently on standby to assist with contingencies.

But an MoD spokesman said it has not yet received requests from any local authority for assistance.

An amber weather warning has been issued for the Isle of Man by the MET Office, with gails between 60-70mph expected, with risks of reaching up to 80.

The storm has disrupted travel on the island, sailings between Douglas, Heysham and Liverpool are all cancelled, with passengers booked on these sailings asked to contact the Steam Packet Company.

Motorists are advised to take alternative routes and to park vehicles away from seafront areas. Pedestrians are also urged to exercise extreme caution and stay clear from where waves are breaking.

Roads will be closed to vehicles and pedestrians from 7pm in the worst affected coastal locations – the northern end of Douglas Promenade, Castletown Promenade, Shore Road in Gansey and Fenella Beach/Castle Causeway in Peel.

Sandbags will be deployed to Castletown Promenade and the northern end of Douglas Promenade for use by property owners.

Although, schools and premises on the Isle of Man remain open today and bus services will be operating as normal, all after-school activities, evening classes, youth clubs, parents’ evenings and private lettings have been cancelled.

The MET Office has issued an amber weather warning for today and tonight. Credit: IOM Gov

Flights scheduled with FlyBe and Aer Lingus after 3pm from Ronaldsway are also due to be disrupted.

For further info about the storm and what an amber weather warning entails, visit the MET Office website.

WATCH: North West customers share their thoughts on Uber

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The controversial taxi operator Uber will officially lose its licence to operate in London tomorrow.

Rachel Pritchardwent to find out what customers and drivers up north think of the company:

Number of North West students receiving top A-levels has risen

Number of students receiving top A-level results in the region has risen. Credit: ITV News

The number of students receiving top A-level results in the North West has risen by 0.3%.

Just under a quarter of North West students have been awarded A* and A grades.

Students receiving grades A* - E in the region has fallen by 0.1 percentage points to 98.2%

We went along to Winstanley College in Wigan as students arrived this morning.


Dozens of hate crimes reported to transport police

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British transport police have launched an campaign against hate crimes on their services. 76 were recorded on the rail network in the North West since January.

Officers will be at key stations across the region talking to passengers, rail staff and members of the public about the #WeStandTogether campaign, an initiative designed to stamp out hate crime and hate incidents on public transport. They will also be talking about they tackle hate crime and support victims, and will be providing practical advice on what you should do if you are a victim or a witness.

Hate crimes recorded by BTP since Jan:

  • Manchester 39
  • Liverpool 19
  • Preston 7
  • Crewe 6
  • Wigan 4
  • Lancaster 1

“Any victimisation or intolerance that is driven by hatred will have a significant and often much greater emotional and psychological impact on those involved, but offences that are motivated by hate and prejudice also have the wider potential to divide communities. Particularly after the recent horrific events in Manchester and London, now more than ever, we need to stand together to address hatred and extremism.

“If you are a victim of hate crime, or if you witness an incident that makes you feel uncomfortable, please do not suffer in silence – report it to us and we will do everything we can to help.”

– Inspector Granville Sellers

Cyber attack incident officially closed on Fylde Coast

The NHS says that the cyber incident has been closed on Fylde Credit: PA

NHS bosses have confirmed that the cyber attack incident on the Fylde Coast has now been officially been closed.

It took down hundreds of electronic systems across the Fylde coast earlier this month, affecting computers and other electronic systems used by the NHS across Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre, shuting them down in a ransomware attack on 12 May.

1,217 computers were on Fylde, 996 of which were at the hospital, but the NHS say 95 per cent of computers had been fixed within seven days, and all affected machines on the Fylde coast were back online by Monday 22 May.

We are pleased to report that we have now closed down the cyber-attack incident on the Fylde coast.

The effects of this attack were felt across all of our organisations and we must pay tribute to our staff who have worked tirelessly to make sure services have continued to run effectively and safely for our patients.

We also reiterate our thanks to people living across the Fylde coast who have shown a great deal of understanding during this time of difficulty.

– NHS statement

Operations cancelled at North West hospitals after cyber attack

North West hospitals have been forced to cancel operations and brain scans because imaging equipment is still offline following a cyber attack.

Many patients have been praising NHS staff for the way they've handled the crisis.

Some nurses even used their own mobile phones to take pictures of patients results and then ran them through to doctors.

The latest news is that several hospitals in the region they include Blackpool,Chorley,Preston,Southport and Ormskirk.

And it can mean a worrying time - and long waits for patients.

You can watch Elaine Willcox's report below.

Meanwhile Jeremy Corbyn and Tim Farron have both been speaking to nurses at the Royal College of Nursing Conference in Liverpool today.

The Labour leader says government cuts exposed the NHS to cyber attack.

The leader of the Liberal Democrats didn't mince his words either, criticising the government for hospitals using outdated systems.

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