Five men sexually exploited the "profound vulnerability" of a "damaged" 15-year-old girl in Rochdale, it can be reported.
A row over a "scandalous" £40,000 pay rise for a town hall boss could lead to a Parliamentary inquiry.
The family of a young Royal Marine who was found dead in Rochdale after a suspected assault have paid tribute to him.
Four councils in the North West are "inadequate" at caring for some of the most vulnerable children in society, a report has found.
The standard of child protection at Blackpool, Cheshire East, Cumbria and Rochdale councils is "unacceptably poor", Ofsted has warned.
The watchdog which inspects children's social care including child protective services, said more needs to be done to address "incompetent and ineffective" leadership in children's services.
It said some managers do not have a "firm understanding" of what constitutes good practice.
A teenage boy has gone missing in Rochdale.
Sean Turner, 13, has not been seen for 11 days. Police say they are "increasingly concerned" for his safety.
He was last spotted on Wentworth Close. Sean is 5ft 7in tall with brown hair, brown eyes, and a Yorkshire accent.
The teenager was wearing a white and grey t-shirt, grey shorts and trainers.
Detective Inspector Carol Hobson says: “We are just keen to hear from him to make sure he is ok."
Police have released images of armed robbers who held up a Rochdale bookies.
The two masked raiders went into Ladbrokes on The Strand, Kirkholt, armed with large knives at 3:20pm on Sunday 15th September.
They stole money from the till before running off in the direction of Kirkway.
Both offenders were white, about 5ft 8in tall and had 12inch knives.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Rochdale East neighbourhood policing team on 0161 856 8549 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."
Two pubs in the North West are in the running to be named pub of the year. Last year's winner the Baum in Rochdale, and the Freshfield Hotel in Formby are regional finalists in the competition run by the Campaign for Real Ale.
Pubs are judged on their atmosphere, decor, welcome, service, value for money, customer mix, and quality of the beer.
A Rochdale man who went on the run after being discovered with indecent images of children has been jailed for three years.
On 24 July last year police raided Alun Kew's address on Gale Street. Kew was arrested and then bailed pending further enquiries. Shortly after the 41 year old who was working as an aircraft engineer went on the run.
His exile took him to Burnley and then Thailand, but in July 2013 officers eventually traced Kew to an address in Glasgow where he was found and arrested.
Alun Kew, pleaded guilty to 27 counts of possession of indecent images of children and two counts of distribution of child images.
Kew was also ordered to sign the sex offenders register for 10 years.
Police Constable Gregory Chambers of the Rochdale East INPT said: "Kew was responsible for downloading and distributing almost 9,000 indecent images, many of them 'Level 5', which are regarded as the most serious and distressing in terms of content. Behind each of these images is a real victim.
"Kew then exploited the benefit of the doubt he was given when he was bailed. He felt he could evade capture by going on the run and setting up a new life in Scotland. "The clear message here is, GMP officers will leave no stone unturned in bringing serious offenders to justice."
The Co-operative Group which was founded in Rochdale today plunged to £559 million first-half losses as heavy bad debts in its banking arm wiped out profits from its supermarkets.
The group said there will be "no quick fixes" as it embarks on a four-year turnaround plan, after reporting pre-tax losses of £709.4 million in the Co-operative Bank in the six months to the end of June.
City regulator the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) said the scale of the losses did not alter its demand that the Co-op must plug a £1.5 billion hole in its balance sheet.
Police are appealing for the public’s help in tracing a 15-year-old girl missing from her home in Caversham.
Nicola Barr was last seen at her home address at 7am on Wednesday. She was reported missing at 8.30pm that evening when she failed to return home at the agreed time.
Police believe she may be travelling around the country with a friend by train and may have visited the Rochdale area.
Nicola is white, 5ft 6ins, slim, with red hair and hazel coloured eyes. When she was last seen, she was wearing a dark red hooded top, black trainers and a black baseball cap with Heat written on the front.
Insp Jim Shaw said: “We are growing increasingly concerned for Nicola’s welfare and need to find her as soon as possible to check she is okay."
The family of a grandmother from Rochdale who died from severe malnutrition say the care home looking after her allowed her weight to drop to just four stone.
Irene Willits was so cold when she got to hospital she had to be wrapped in tin foil. She died 24 hours later.
The coroner who looked into her death was so horrified to hear what happened he is raising his concerns with the police and health authorities.