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Manchester mother feared dead in Alps plane crash

Manchester mother and baby feared to be victim of place crash. Credit: ITV

A mother and her seven-month-old baby from Greater Manchester are feared to be have been on the Germanwings plane crash.

Marina Bandres Lopez-Belio and her child are thought to have been among the 150 passengers who died.

The 37-year-old is understood to have been from Spain but living in Manchester.

It's believed Ms Lopez-Belio also lived in Fallowfield and Rochdale since arriving in the UK. It is not yet known if her husband was on the flight with her.

Lancashire war hero's medals to be auctioned

Private James Towers Credit: Dix Noonan Webb

A Victoria Cross medal awarded to a Lancashire First World War hero will be auctioned in London. It's one of several medals won by Private James Towers from Preston who volunteered for a mission to take a message to a stranded platoon at Mericourt in France in 1918, despite having seen 5 previous messengers killed.

Towers died in Preston in 1977 aged 79. Today a street in Preston bears his name. His medals consist of the Victoria Cross, the British War Medal, the Victory Medal, the George VI Coronation Medal and the Elizabeth II Coronation Medal.

The medals are expected to fetch between £130,000-£160,000.

The Victoria Cross and other medals awarded to Private James Towers of The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) Credit: Dix Noonan Webb

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Liverpool businesses encouraged to cycle

Citybikes in Liverpool Credit: ITV Granada News

Businesses in Liverpool are being encouraged to get on their bikes to help save money and reduce carbon emmissions in the city. From today the Citybikes scheme will offer corporate hire as an alternative to using cars.

There are now more than 130 stations in Liverpool and the scheme is the largest cycle hire scheme outside London, with 680 cycles in circulation.

Gary Barlow's new musical to premier in Salford

Gary Barlow and Tim Firth met with the real WI women who the film was based on in Skipton. Credit: ITV Granada News

Take That frontman Gary Barlow and writer Tim Firth have announced that the world premiere of 'The Girls' -a new musical based on the film 'The Calendar Girls'- will premiere at the Lowry theatre in Salford next January.

They have been speaking to Entertainment Correspondent Caroline Whitmore.

Paedophile to be sentenced

A 75 year old paedophile who's admitted a string of offences against a 12 year old girl is to be sentenced in Liverpool, later.

Maurice McCullough posed as a 16 year old boy on a social media site to trap the girl.

Police say she was abused at various locations around St Helen's.

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Major investigation into Salford stabbings

Police launch major investigation after stabbings Credit: PA

Police are appealing for the public's help following the third stabbing of a man in Salford in just 24 hours.

Officers from Salford are now working with detectives from Greater Manchester Police's Major Incident Team after a third man was attacked, this time with a machete, on Saturday night.

This third incident took place at about 7.15pm on Saturday 22 March 2015 on Agecroft Road, Salford.

The 29-year-old man was attacked with what is believed to be a machete and suffered numerous wounds to his torso and neck.

A police patrol came across the male on Agecroft Road, Pendlebury, Salford shortly after 7.15pm and were able to administer first aid at the scene.

He remains in hospital in a serious condition having sustained a number of deep lacerations, one of which narrowly missed an artery in his neck.

The attack follows an incident on Robert Hall Street in Ordsall on 20 March 2015 during which a man was stabbing in the leg, and a stabbing that took place on Edward Street later that evening during which a man suffered multiple stab wounds to his neck, back and chest.

Police are now investigating whether the incidents are linked and are appealing to anyone who has information to come forward.

This is the third attack in the space of just 24 hours in which weapons - either machetes or knives - have been used.

As a result, three people have suffered serious injuries and remain in hospital for treatment.

It is clearly of concern that so many attacks using weapons have been carried out in such a short space of time, and that is why divisional officers based in Salford are now working with specially-trained detectives from Greater Manchester Police's Major Incident Team to investigate these very serious incidents and establish any links or connections.

I hope this reassures the public of Salford that we are treating these incidents with the utmost seriousness and we will be leaving no stone unturned to unearth whether there are any common factors in these incidents and, most importantly, identity the offenders and bring them to justice.

As always, the answers to these stabbings lie in the community and that is why I am appealing to the public of Salford to help us. We all know the tragic consequences of knife crime and it is fortunate that at this stage none of the three men attacked have lost their lives.

There will be extra, high-visibility patrols in the area over the coming days both to reassure residents and to allow them to approach an officer if they have information.

We need to get to the root of what is happening and the best way to do this is to reach out to the community who can help us identity the offenders and stop people from being attacked. So please, if you do know something, speak to us - in confidence if needed - and help us take these dangerous weapons, and dangerous people, off the streets before someone else is hurt.

– Detective Chief Inspector Chris Walker, Greater Manchester Police

Body found in Wallasey

An investigations underway after a man's body was found in Wallasey. A passerby found the body in a driveway on Grove Road this morning - he was pronounced dead at the scene. The dead man is thought to be in his 20's and police say there are no suspicious circumstances.

Police search for missing teenager in Lancashire

Tia Briers Credit: Lancashire Police

POLICE in Lancashire are appealing for help to find a teenager who is missing from home in Euxton. 15 year old Tia Briers was last seen at an address on Dawbers Lane at around 7.30pm on Thursday 19 March. She left the address to meet up with friends but has not made contact with her family members since. Officers believe she could be in the Preston area.

Tia has been missing from home since Thursday and her family are getting very worried about her. If anyone has seen Tia or knows where she is, I would urge them to contact us. Similarly, Tia, if you see this appeal, please get in touch with us or your family to let us know you are safe.

– PS Chris Brooks, Lancashire Police

Man fighting for his life after crash in Manchester

A man is critically ill after a collision in Manchester. Police were called to Oxford Road near to the junction with Booth Street East in the early hours following reports a pedestrian and a car were in collision. They found a red Audi and a 39-year-old man had collided. He sustained serious injuries to his head, face, a fractured collar bone, fractures to his spine and a severe injury to his right thigh.

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