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Full Report: Home at last - the couple with newborn twins caught up in the passport backlog

The Passport Office has admitted there's still a backlog of more than 450,000 applications.

It comes as a couple from Bolton, who were stranded with their newborn twins in India, have finally returned home.

Kiran and Bina Salvi waited three months for passports for their babies born to a surrogate mother.

Thousands of holidaymakers and business people have been caught up in big delays, first revealed by pictures of piles of applications at the Liverpool passport office.

Ann O'Connor has this report:

Police want to trace this man in connection with a rape

CCTV image
CCTV image

Police investigating reports of a rape in Moss Side, Manchester, have released an image of a man they want to speak to.

A 20-year-old woman was attacked in October 2013 but after initially reporting the offence, declined to take it any further.

Detectives have since managed to trace an image of a suspect and the victim has recently contacted police.

On the night of 26 October 2013 she went out into Manchester city centre with friends.

At some point she became separated from them and awoke in a house, later found to be on Claremont Road, Moss Side, with two men in bed with her.

She didn't recall how she got there and she had been raped.

The offender in the image released today is described as black, in his early 30s, with shaven hair, quite tall, a slim build and spoke with a foreign accent.

The second offender is described as Asian, around 5ft 8in tall with a chubby build, thick, short hair and a short, scruffy beard.

He was in his early 30s and spoke with a foreign accent.

"The victim in this case initially called 999 to report the attack a few days after it happened.

"However, we had very little to go on.

"We managed to find a CCTV image of a man we believe could have been involved following our enquiries.

"We have circulated this image across the force for help in identifying him but we now need the public's help.

"If you recognise this man please get in touch.

"Obviously nine months have elapsed since the crime happened, but that doesn't lesson our determination to bring the offender to justice."

– Detective Constable Emma Cyprien, the Serious Sexual Offences Unit, Greater Manchester Police

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Home after "farcical" passport delays

A couple from Westhoughton who travelled to India to meet their newborn surrogate children for the first time have returned home - five months after the twins were born.

Kiran and Bina Salvi said they were made to feel like criminals by the UK passport authority because of long delays processing their applications and a "farcical" lack of communication about their progress.

The situation arose during large-scale processing problems at the UK passport office this summer.

The couple are now back in Bolton with babies Jai and Leela. Bina said they were forced to live in a hotel room for months and missed their flights home while waiting for the children's passports to arrive.

Man charged after 18 year old stabbed to death

Rhyan Wilson
Rhyan Wilson

Police have charged a man after an 18-year-old man was stabbed to death in Greater Manchester. Officers were called to Flixton Road in Urmston in the early hours of Saturday. Rhyan Wilson, was taken to Salford Royal Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. Another man was also stabbed but survived.

Dannell Dunkley, 35 of Gorton, has been charged with murder and attempt murder. He's due to appear at Trafford Magistrates' Court today.

Blackpool's donkeys go digital

Cashless payments
Cashless payments Credit: Barclaycard

Blackpool's donkey troupe are heading into the digital age by becoming 'cashless.'

From today holidaymakers don't need to hunt for change, they can instead pay for a donkey ride with a tap of the saddle.

Barclaycard, which is behind the scheme, says with UK consumers expected to spend £2 billion using contactless payments this year they've been investigating ways to help some of the UK's traditional cash businesses embrace new payment systems.

Charity climb for brain tumour research

Katy Holmes
Katy Holmes

A mother from Lancashire who lost her daughter to a brain tumour will take on the gruelling task of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro over the next 10 days. 10 year old Katy Holmes died two and a half years ago. Paula Holmes and her family are raising money to fund research to saving other children from the disease.

For more details on the climb please click here.

For more details on Katy's story click here.

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Toddler's death caused by drowning

Dalmeny Hotel in St Annes
Dalmeny Hotel in St Annes Credit: ITV Granada Reports

A post mortem examination has revealed that a three-year-old girl who died after she was pulled from a hotel swimming pool in Lancashire drowned.

The girl, who is from Galashiels in the Scottish borders, was believed to be on holiday with her parents at the Dalmeny Hotel in St Annes.

A 40-year-old woman who was arrested on suspicion of murder and child neglect remains on bail.

Woman being questioned over fatal assault in Blackburn

Police cordon on Revidge Road in Blackburn
Police cordon on Revidge Road in Blackburn Credit: ITV Granada

A 19 year old woman's been arrested on suspicion of murder after a man suffered fatal injuries in Blackburn on Monday night.

The 29-year-old man died after being assaulted at around 8pm in Revidge Road in Blackburn.

Police cordon on Revidge Road in Blackburn
Police cordon on Revidge Road in Blackburn Credit: ITV Granada

Police said they were called to the incident by the ambulance service.

The victim was taken to the Royal Blackburn Hospital but later died.

Police cordon on Revidge Road in Blackburn
Police cordon on Revidge Road in Blackburn Credit: ITV Granada

Police are appealing for witnesses after crash in Belmont

Police are appealing for witnesses after a road accident on the A675 at Belmont.

The accident happened at shortly before 8.30am today when a Vauxhall Astra being driven along Belmont Road from Abbey Village towards Bolton tried to overtake a car but was met by an on-coming vehicle.

As the vehicle pulled back to the correct side of the road the driver lost control of the car and collided with a tree before spinning down an embankment and hitting another tree.

The driver, a 25 year old woman from Blackburn, suffered bruising and the front seat passenger, a 20 year old woman from Blackburn, suffered head, stomach and groin injuries.

Enquiries are on-going to trace the on-coming vehicle which is being traced as a possible witness.

Police investigated over 'bad behaviour' online

Social media apps Credit: PA

A number of police employees across the region are among those investigated for breaking social media rules. Some of the behaviour reported nationally included 'threatening and racist' comments on social networking sites.

New figures over a 5 year period show Greater Manchester Police reported the most investigations (88). In Lancashire, a member of civilian staff received a written warning over derogatory remarks posted on their Facebook page about a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) who had issued the staff member with a fine for dog fouling. A Pc with the same force also received management action after it was alleged they made inappropriate remarks on Facebook regarding someone's wife.

A fellow constable resigned over their "excessive and inappropriate use of the internet during working hours", in particular the Pc's use of online auction sites, internet banking and social networking sites.

A colleague received counselling after an investigation into a Facebook photo of the staff member asleep whilst on duty in the Control Room.

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