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Putting the brakes on anti-social behaviour

Police on Merseyside have launched their annual summer campaign to crack down on the illegal use of scrambler bikes. Operation Brookdale, will focus on areas across Merseyside where communities have suffered from the illegal and anti-social use of scrambler bikes, off road vehicles and quad bikes.

Some of the bikes seized by police in 2014 Credit: ITV Granada

"Sometimes the riders of these bikes don't understand the consequences for local communities and the harm that the use of these bikes can cause. In the wrong hands these bikes are potentially lethal and people need to understand the potential consequences of driving these bikes irresponsibly.”

– Superintendent Jenny Sims, Merseyside Police


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More allege abuse by teacher jailed for sexual assault

More people have come forward to allege they were abused by a teacher who's currently serving a jail sentence for sexual assault. Alan Morris was jailed for nine years for physically and sexually abusing 10 young boys at St Ambrose College in Altrincham. One of his victims David Nolan has written a book about his ordeal, in the hope even more victims will speak out.

Eleanor heads for the West End

A talented young actress from Merseyside is taking a starring role in a West End musical. Eleanor Worthington Cox, who's 14 and from Formby, is playing Blousey Brown in the play Bugsy Malone, a spoof gangster caper where the entire cast are children.

Eleanor as Blousy Brown in Bugsy Malone Credit: Hammersmith Lyric

The teenager looks set to have a huge career. She played the lead role in the musical Matilda and picked up a prestigious Lawrence Olivier award for best actress. You can hear from Eleanor about her latest role in tonight's Granada Reports at 6pm.

Back home to Liverpool for the Bollywood star

Amy Jackson is one of Bollywood's biggest stars Credit: pa

She's one of the most famous stars in Bollywood, but had never acted before her debut in 2010 and she's a white Liverpudlian. Amy Jackson has taken the Indian film industry by storm. Her story is an extraordinary one. The 23 year old from Walton is now mobbed if she ever visits Mumbai, Madras or Calcutta.

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Amy was spotted by a Bollywood film director after winning a modelling contest in 2009. A year later she was starring had in one of his films. Now she's back in Liverpool in between to see family and friends and said she's shocked at the success she's had so far.

Couple jailed for stealing thousands from elderly man

A couple who stole over £45,000 from an elderly man have been jailed. Gary and Carol Stevenson, from Oldham, offered to help their elderly 83-year-old neighbour with his everyday tasks such as shopping and paying bills. However over a two year period they stole thousands by fraudulently cashing cheques, applying for and then using a credit card in his name and by withdrawing cash from his bank account.

Carol Stevenson was jailed for three years for fraud Credit: Greater Manchester Police
Gary Stevenson was jailed for two years for money laundering Credit: Greater Manchester Police

The offences continued until all of the man's money had gone and there wasn't enough left in his accounts to cover his basic utility bills. The offences were reported to police in May 2013 and the Stevensons were arrested. The money has never been recovered.


£5 million cash boost for new cancer centre in Manchester

A new cancer research unit is to receive a cash boost of £5 million from Cancer Research UK. It's all part of a drive to transform personalised medicine for cancer treatment and it follows the recent launch of a new cancer research building in Manchester.

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The teams at the centre will analyse the genetic makeup of patients' individual cancers and the information will then be used to help doctors pick the best treatments, including radiotherapy, chemotherapy and new drugs.

In Greater Manchester alone, about 13,200 people are diagnosed with cancer every year -- which is 36 people every day.

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Man killed in 'random and unprovoked attack'

Victim Ian Dollery Credit: Lancashire Police

Police investigating the murder of a man in Lancashire believe it was a random and unprovoked attack.

Ian Dollery, 51, was found in St Annes last night. He'd been stabbed several times.

A 54 year old man arrested on suspicion of murder remains in custody. A 47 year old man has been detained at a secure unit pending a mental health assessment.

“At this time the motive for this brutal attack is unclear but it does not appear that Mr Dollery knew his attacker and this would seem to be an unprovoked and random attack with the most tragic of consequences.

– Detective Chief Inspector Jonathan Holmes

A very big thank you from little Archie

A little boy will get a chance to say a big thank you to the woman who helped his mum save his life. 2 year old Archie, from Little Hulton in Salford started choking after swallowing a 2p coin. At one point Archie started turning purple and was losing consciousness.

Archie stopped breathing and had turned purple Credit: Vicky Martin

His mum Vicky Martin dialled 999 and was put through to Zoe --- who's calm instructions enabled Vicky to get the coin out which saved Archie's life. Now Archie and his mum will get to meet Zoe to say a very special thank you.

Credit: Vicky Martin
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