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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.

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.

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