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Junior doctors strike - your pictures and tweets

Junior doctors in the North West have walked out this morning in the first strike of it's kind in the history of the NHS.

It's the first time emergency care will be withdrawn as part of their row over contracts.

Helen Johnson from the Manchester Evening News has been outside Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport.

Pickets outside the Manchester Royal Infirmary.

North West soldiers demonstrate new counter-terrorism techniques

Soldiers gather DNA and other evidence Credit: ITV

Soldiers from the North West have been demonstrating new counter-terrorism techniques during an exercise in the Middle East.

One of their aims is to get DNA and other evidence from bombs and terrorist sites, rather than just destroying them.

Senior officers say it can provide vital evidence and an understanding of the terrorist methods.

Natasha Carter reports

Fred Talbot appears in court on indecent assault charges

Fred Talbot pictured outside court last year Credit: PA

Former TV weather presenter Fred Talbot has made a second private appearance in court on charges of indecent assault.

The 66-year-old, from Bowdon, Trafford, Greater Manchester, was remanded in custody following the full committal hearing at Dumfries Sheriff Court, which came exactly a week after his initial appearance.

He made no plea or declaration during the brief hearing where he faced 10 charges of indecent assault and two breach of the peace charges, the Crown Office confirmed.

The date for his next appearance has not yet been set.

The alleged offences are understood to cover a 13-year period from 1968 to 1981.

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