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Thousands of families in region turning to foodbanks

It has been claimed thousands more families in the region are turning to foodbanks.

One charity says it handed out more than 77-thousand emergency supplies over the last six months, that's four thousand more than last year.

Meanwhile a study shows Manchester has the highest number of children living in poverty outside London.

Graham Whitham from End Child Poverty Coalition spoke to us earlier today:

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Watch: Journalist asylum seeker fears his life is in danger if he's deported

A writer and human rights campaigner has said that he fears for his life if he's deported from the North West.

Amitt Bhatt, who lives in Greater Manchester, faces an appeal hearing on Friday.

Mr Bhatt fled from India two years ago and claims he was tortured following an investigation into government corruption there.

Tim Scott reports.

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UKIP MEP Steven Woolfe discharged from hospital in Strasbourg

The North West MEP Steven Woolfe has been discharged from hospital in Strasbourg after he collapsed at the European Parliament three days ago.

His aide told Granada Reports that Mr Woolfe is focused on continuing his recovery and will make no further comment today.

Meanwhile medical examinations found that bruising to Mr Woolfe's face was caused by more than just a fall or a seizure.

The UKIP MEP Mike Hookem, who was allegedly involved in an altercation with Mr Woolfe prior to his collapse, has since released a photo of his hands to reinforce the claim that he did not punch his colleague.

An internal UKIP probe is to investigate the incident, with some senior figures saying it should bar leadership front-runner Mr Woolfe from continuing in the race to head the party.

Watch: Amy Welch takes a look at some of the stories you've shared with us about elderly care

All this week we've done a series of special reports into how we care for elderly people in our region.

We asked you to tell us about your experiences of the care sector - and the response was massive. You've told us some heartwarming stories of wonderful care your families have received.

You've also told us of experiences so bad they sound like something out of a horror film.

Rounding off her series, here's our correspondent Amy Welch with just some of the stories you told us.

Who to contact if you have concerns about elderly care in the North West

All this week we've done a series of special reports into how we care for elderly people in our region. As the series draws to a close we'd like to provide some information of how people can get in touch with relevant services if they have concerns about elderly care.

We asked you to tell us about your experiences of the care sector - and the response was massive.

The care quality commission is the watchdog that inspects and rates care services.

Ann O'Connor spoke with Debbie Westhead from the Care Quality Commission earlier today, and this is what she had to say.

If you have concerns or just want some advice about elderly relatives in care visit the Care Quality Commission website.

  • Telephone: 03000 616161
  • Fax: 03000 616171
  • To report a concern as a member of the public go here.
  • To report a concern if you are a member of staff go here.
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