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Body found in River Irwell

The body of a man has been found in the River Irwell in Salford.

Police and the fire service were called out this afternoon to the water by Cromwell Bridge in Higher Broughton.

An investigation is being launched to establish who the man is and how his body came to be there.

Police are asking people to try and avoid the area while they work at the scene.

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Salford Council release statement after Drew Povey's resignation

Councillor Lisa Stone, lead member for children’s and young people’s services, said:

I am disappointed that Mr Povey has made public some details of a confidential governors' investigation. The council completely refutes the allegation that this is a personal vendetta or that Mr Povey was ever offered money to ‘walk away.’ In my experience governors do not launch investigations and suspend senior members of staff for mere administrative errors. This is an in depth and wide-ranging investigation into many serious allegations and it will continue in the interests of the school, pupils, parents and the members of staff who remain suspended. The governing body is trying to reach a conclusion as quickly as possible. It is in no-one’s interests to rush through something so serious.

The council has arranged temporary leadership support for the school during this difficult period.

– Councillor Lisa Stone

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Funeral for four siblings killed in arson attack

Demi, Brandon, Lacie and Lia Pearson Credit: M.E.N Syndication

15 year old Demi Pearson, eight year old Brandon, seven year old Lacie, and three-year-old Lia will be remembered in a joint funeral at St Paul’s Church in Walkden later.

Members of the public have been invited to line the procession route to pay their respects.

A relative said "The public is welcome to walk behind the horse and carriages up to the service. They are also welcome to the service and can line the streets in a mark of respect, however the burial and wake are private.

Zak Bolland and David Worrall were given four life sentences each for murdering the children in a petrol bomb attack on their home.

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