New figures out today show the North West has the fewest academies in England.
Education secretary Michael Gove says councils in the region are being "blinkered" by not converting schools into Academies.
But critics argue that conversion is not always the solution.
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Officers are appealing for information from the public to help trace a missing Warrington man.
Samuel Brown has today been jailed for 18 months for sexual offenses against a 15-year-old girl.
Emergency services are treating the incident as a suspected gas explosion at the moment. Two people are believed to be seriously injured.