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Competition for amateur snappers

Credit: Lake District Hoteliers Association

A competition has begun to find the best photographs of the Lake District in winter. The competition is part of campaign to drive tourism to the region. Entrants are being asked to submit the best snaps.

Credit: Lake District Hoteliers Association

The competition is open to photographers of all ages and split into two categories: over 18s and under 18s. So If you've got some Lake District photos you're particularly proud of and you want to enter the competition.. then click herefor more details.

New App helping to cut food waste

We throw away millions of pounds worth of food every day Credit: pa

Food lovers are using an App to help cut food waste. The app acts a link between restaurants with surplus food and customers can buy it for up to a 90% discount. Since its launch in June organisers of the scheme say it's saved over 8,000 meals from heading to landfill unnecessarily in Brighton, Birmingham, London and Leeds. And now its up and running in Manchester.


Funeral of Gulf War veteran to take place

Scott Ennion Credit: Ennion Family

The funeral is taking place today of a Gulf War veteran from Bury whose body was found at the foot of cliffs on the South Coast.

45 year old Scott Ennion from Bury was discovered near Dover on New Years Day.

His family say he was a changed man after seeing some of his friends blown up in front of him and suffering racism in the army. Mr. Ennion successfully sued the army over the allegations but his family say his health never recovered.

They're calling for more support for veterans suffering mental illness.

His family say he was a changed man after serving in the Gulf War Credit: Ennion Family

Police recruits welcomed to their patches

100 new recruits to Greater Manchester Police will spend a week officially being introduced to their future communities. Over 90 per cent of the new recruits are made up from civilian applicants who after a two year probation period, which includes classroom based learning and one year on active patrol, will become fully fledged police officers.

It is extremely important that as well as learning from our experienced officers about their neighbourhoods, that the new recruits are introduced to the diverse range of communities that make up Greater Manchester.

By speaking directly with our communities, our officers can learn first-hand what concerns local people may have.

– Chief Constable Ian Hopkins, Greater Manchester Police

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Suspect device found in Salford - homes evacuated.

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Police are investigating after a suspicious device was discovered in the Swinton area of Salford. A cordon has been put in place on Clifton Drive. A number of houses are being evacuated as a precaution and motorists are being advised to avoid the area.

We have officers at the scene and are carrying out initial enquiries but believe the device to have been in the grounds of the garden for a number of years. We have taken the decision to evacuate homes as a safety precaution.

– Superintendent Mark Kenny, Greater Manchester Police


Manchester family of five killed in mini-bus crash in Saudi Arabia

Map shows location of Medina and Mecca in Saudi Arabia. Credit: Google Maps.

A family of five from Manchester are understood to be among seven people killed in a mini-bus crash in Saudi Arabia.

It happened yesterday on a road between Mecca and Medina.

It's understood there were 12 people aboard the bus when it happened, five of the fatalities belonged to a family from Levenshulme and two were from Glasgow.

Staff at the Manchester-based tour operator Haji Tours, who organised the trip on behalf of the family, have offered their condolences to the relatives of those involved.

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