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FGM awareness campaign

Specialist officers from Greater Manchester Police have been speaking to travellers at Manchester Airport about the threat of honour-based abuse and female genital mutilation. The campaign comes as the first female genital mutilation prevention order was recently issued by Greater Manchester Police. A new law protects young girls from being subjected to FGM. Breaching the order is a criminal offence and allows authorities to seize the passports of people who they suspect are planning on taking girls abroad for mutilation.

The campaign is raising awareness of honour crime and FGM Credit: Greater Manchester Police

“Police intelligence has shown that girls at risk are taken back to their countries of origin at the start of school holidays. This allows for healing prior to their return to school. FGM is an offence whether committed here or abroad, and we urge people to reject this barbaric process, or tell us about anyone they might be concerned about.”

– Detective Superintendent Joanne Rawlinson, Greater Manchester Police

15-year-old Lancashire boy admits terroism offences

A 15-year-old boy from Lancashire may have become the youngest person in the country to be convicted of a terrorist offence.

The teenager who can't be named because of legal restrictions has admitting inciting a terror attack in Australia.

The case centred on thousands of electronic messages he sent and a plot to target a parade by war veterans.

The teenager will be back in court in Manchester in September for sentencing.

Rob Smith reports.

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Phase 1 of UK's biggest ever zoo development to open

Coral Sands - where the new Islands expedition will begin for visitors to Chester Zoo Credit: Chester Zoo

The first phase of the new 'Islands' attraction at Chester Zoo will be revealed today. The £40 million project is the largest development in UK zoo history. It aims to bring conservation to life through recreations of habitats in South East Asia.

Visitors will set off on their own expedition, walking over bridges, travelling in boats and seeing buildings that are architecturally identical to those found on the islands of Panay, Papua, Bali, Sumba and Sulawesi.

“Islands is a real game-changer for zoos in the UK - a very different zoo experience to anything else that has been done before. This isn’t just about viewing animals in enclosures, it’s about giving people a sense of the environments they live in - the sounds, the smells, the people, the colour and the culture of far-flung islands in South East Asia.''

– Dr Mark Pilgrim, director general Chester Zoo

Phase two is due to open later this year.

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Britannia sails into Liverpool

Cruise ship Britannia Credit: PA

Britain's biggest cruise ship will spend the day in Liverpool today. The city is one of several stops for Britannia on a tour of the British Isles. The ship was officially named by Her Majesty the Queen earlier this year.

Warning over dangers of Hogweed

A common weed has been causing horrific burns to children and young people playing in parks around the North West. Hospitals in our region are reporting increasing cases of burns from giant Hogweed plants. Coming into contact with them has been leaving victims with painful blisters and permanent skin damage.

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