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"We do not want Pip’s life and suffering to have been in vain"

The family of a 15-year-old girl with advanced anorexia who died after being hit by a train say they don't want her death to be in vain.

Pippa McManus had been treated at the Priory Hospital in Altrincham but was allowed home.

She managed to walk to Gatley station in Stockport where she stepped in front of a train.

On an earlier visit, Pippa had left 'goodbye letters' to her family and dog saying she couldn't 'fight anorexia anymore'.

  • Amy Welch reports from South Manchester Coroner's Court.


Nineteen people left without a home after fire rips through Stockport hostel

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Police and the fire brigade are investigating a blaze at a hostel which has left 19 people needing to be rehomed.

All the residents have now been accounted for following the fire on the A6 Buxton Road in Stockport but officials say they're not thought to have been in the building.

The alarm was raised just before 4.30am today when four fire engines were mobilised.

The operation's now been scaled down but fire fighters remain at the scene damping down and ensuring the building is safe.

Fire investigators will be working closely with Greater Manchester Police to establish the cause of the fire.

"There are still 3 residents that are unaccounted for, but not thought to be in the building, however the fire investigation team will be further searching the building for casualties, as well as identifying the cause of the fire.

"We are currently working with Stockport Homes to re house the 19 residents that were rescued."

– Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service


Family's plea to help woman with condition so rare no UK surgeon is trained to treat it

Mandy Cooper has Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Credit: ::

A family from Stockport has launched a desperate bid to raise £60,000 for crucial treatment for a young woman who has a condition so rare that no surgeon in the UK is trained to treat it.

Mandy Cooper has Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a rare and incurable genetic disorder which causes the production of faulty collagen in her body, making her joints and other connective tissue throughout her body too stretchy.

After paying privately to be scanned in the UK's only upright MRI scanner it was also discovered that the stretchy ligaments in her neck were leaving her spine and skull unstable causing her vertebrae to dislocate and crush her brain stem and spinal cord causing irreversible damage and the daily possibility of paralysis and even death.

Andrew Fletcher has the story:

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