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Fatal fire in Salford was suspicious

Emergency services were called to Berry Street Credit: GTV

Police say that a fire in which a man died in Salford was suspicious.

Emergency services were called to the flat on Berry Street in Clifton just after midnight.

Firecrews found the man's body inside.

The victim's not been idenified and an investigation into the cause is under way.

Witnesses are asked to contact police.

My thoughts are with the man's family at this terrible time.

Our enquiries are in the early stages however we are treating this as suspicious.

Patrols have been increased in the area and anyone with any concerns is asked to speak to officers.

If you have any information about what happened or how the fire started, please get in touch.

– Detective Chief Inspector Amber Waywell , GMP

Where is the best place to live in the NW?

This is one story that may cause some controversy - where is the best place to live in the North West? Well according to the Sunday Times its Knutsford in Cheshire.

Acacia Avenue, Knutsford Credit: pa

Judges on the panel used a wide range of criteria including jobs, exam results and broadband speed, community spirit and local shops and culture.

Perhaps in a move to keep the good people of our region happy, a number of other areas of the north west were also voted as among the best places to live in Britain. Here are some of them in no particular order.

  • CUMBRIA
  • LIVERPOOL
  • CLITHEROE
  • KENDAL
  • ANCOATS
  • LYMM
  • SADDLEWORTH
  • RAMSBOTTOM
  • WEST KIRBY
  • KIRBY LONSDALE

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Hero dog "one in a million"

Border Collie Bryn

A search and rescue team dog from Cheshire is being given the animal equivalent of an OBE. Bryn the Border Collie, is receiving the PDSA Order of Merit. He's saved countless lives searching disaster sites for survivors across the world.

Bryn with rescue teams in Japan

Working with UK’s International Search and Rescue Team, Bryn was deployed to Japan in 2011 after the devastating earthquake and tsunami, and Nepal (2015) following the earthquake which killed and injured thousands. Steve Buckley is Bryn's handler.

Children to be taught about domestic abuse

Many incidents reported to police involve children Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/PA Images

School pupils in Greater Manchester are being taught about the issue of domestic abuse as part of a pilot scheme, beginning with a school in Stalybridge.

It is part of a campaign set up by Greater Manchester Police to raise awareness across the force area in cooperation with the Crime Commissioners Office and local councils.

Pupils will be taught what domestic abuse is and how they can seek help, and that abuse isn't only physical violence - it can also be controlling what someone wears, their money, where they go and who they talk to.

The programme, also dispels other common myths - showing domestic abuse doesn't just affect people who drink, perpetrators are not just men and that it does affect children.

Figures for 2015/2016 indicate that across Greater Manchester 31820 (52%) of reported domestic abuse incidents involved children.

Tameside is leading the way by bringing our ground-breaking campaign into schools. By educating our children and young people about what domestic abuse is, talking to them about healthy relationships, and encouraging them to get comfortable talking about these difficult issues we can break the cycle of abuse.

– Tony Lloyd, Police and Crime Commissioner

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