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It's the first time emergency care will be withdrawn as part of their row over contracts.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

Three men from North West on the run in Netherlands, police believe

Three men from the North West are on the run and police believe they've been involved in murder, drug dealing and robbery.

All three are thought to be hiding out in the Netherlands.

A digital ad van will be displaying some of the UK's Most Wanted individuals believed to be in the Netherlands, and representatives from both Crimestoppers and the NCA will be present in Liverpool.

Matt O'Donoghue reports.


More asylum seekers in the North West than anywhere else

Tonight on the Granada Debate (10:40pm) we're asking if the North West is bearing the brunt of the migrant crisis. Figures show there are more asylum seekers in our region than anywhere else in the country.

Asylum seekers dispersal
  • 1. Middlesbrough 152 (186)
  • 2. Glasgow 194 (215)
  • 3. Rochdale 204 (242)
  • 4. Cardiff 244 (370)
  • 5. Stockton-on-Tees 245 (283)
  • 6. Bolton 271 (333)
  • 7. Swansea 286 (392)
  • 8. Liverpool 304 (293)
  • 9. Newport 316 (338)
  • 10. Oldham 335 (368)

"The UK has a proud history of granting asylum to those who need our protection and we are committed to providing safe and secure accommodation while applications are considered.

Asylum seekers are housed where there is appropriate accommodation available. Agreements between the Government and participating local authorities are voluntary and have been in place since 2000. We review these arrangements regularly and all asylum intake has to be approved by the local authority involved.

We work closely with local authorities to ensure the impact of asylum dispersals is considered and acted upon and are actively looking to expand the number of local authorities in the dispersal scheme. We will continue to consult with those who are currently not part of the scheme.”

– Home office spokesperson
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