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Stockport marine honoured with permanent memorial in home town

A memorial's been unveiled in Stockport in honour of a marine who took part in one of the most daring raids of the Second World War.

The unveiling follows a long campaign for a permanent reminder of the bravery of James Conway, one of the men who became known as the Cockleshell Heroes.

WATCH: Parents who lost baby girl say hospital staff thought they were 'time wasters'

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A couple who lost their baby girl days after she was born, say they were turned away by hospital staff who thought they were "time wasters".

Joanne and James Farrar say medics at Stockport's Stepping Hill Hospital ignored their cries for help.

In a statement, Stepping Hill Hospital said:

"We failed to provide a reasonable standard of antenatal care for Joanne and baby Ava and for that we are deeply sorry.

"We launched an immediate investigation afterwards, to ensure that something like this does not happen again."

The couple are speaking out to try to ensure this doesn't happen to other patients.

This report from Andy Bevan.


  1. Rob Smith, ITV News

A proud day for the D-Day veteran who lost his medals

Blind D-Day veteran Alfred Barlow (right), 96, who lost his medals at a motorway service station Credit: Press Association.

A 96-year-old war veteran says he's overwhelmed by the way the public have responded after his military medals disappeared at a motorway service station.

Alfred Barlow, who is blind, fought on the beaches of Normandy 70-years-ago.

He tearfully appealed for help to find them, and the actor Hugh Grant even offered a reward.

Today Mr Barlow was presented with a replacement set of medals - medals he says he will be happy to hand them down to his grandson.

Our correspondent Rob Smith reports.


  1. David Chisnall, ITV News

How Holly became a Gold Medal winner - in a pool built by her mum and dad

Holly won gold at the British Championships. Credit: ITV News.

Holly Hibbott is the latest star to emerge from the Stockport Metro club, which has produced many Olympians over the years.

After a gold medal performance at the British Championships, she's now heading for the World Championships in Hungary.

David Chisnall went to Southport to see Holly's very special training base.

Police officer tackled gunman single handedly

Pc Rob Shakespeare Credit: MEN syndication

A police officer is in line for a national bravery award after taking on a gunman single handedly.

Police constable Rob Shakespeare, 35, was on plain clothes duty when a masked robber threatened staff at a takeaway in Stockport.

Shakespeare spotted him after hearing on his radio that a balaclava-clad man had been seen in the area carrying a gun.

After stealing £20, the man took off on his bike. Pc Shakespeare started to follow him and then the gunman doubled back and rode towards him.

Realising the man was a danger in a busy shopping area, Pc Shakespeare tackled him and detained him with help from members of the public

He will attend a reception and an evening awards ceremony in London later this month.

“Not many people could claim to have tackled an armed offender, and to do so unarmed and with no back up, just goes to show how truly courageous and committed police officer Pc Shakespeare is."

– Ian Hanson, Chairman of Greater Manchester Police Federation
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