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Anti-Terror Chief 'we all have a responsibility to spot the signs'

Detective Chief Superintendent says the North West Counter Terrorism Unit has been meeting with business leaders to discuss how they can help spot possible terror activity. The event's taking place as part of efforts to prevent atrocities in crowded public places. It's hoped people other than police and security services will be more vigilant.

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North West terror threat 'severe' - business leaders told to be vigilant

Business leaders attend launch of Counter Terrorism Awareness week Credit: ITV Granada

Business leaders are attending the launch in Manchester of Counter Terrorism Awareness Week. Guests have been told the current threat level is classed as 'severe' meaning an attack on this country is highly likely. Businesses have been asked to help the police by being more vigilant of suspicious activity.

Grant boost for bereavement charity

Winston's Wish will be able to expand services across the North West Credit: ITV

A childhood bereavement charity has received £364,560 to expand its support for children in the North West.

Winston's Wish secured the grant from the Big Lottery Fund via the Reaching Communities programme.

It will use the funding to extend its services in the North West over the next three years, including the provision of drop-in sessions for youngsters and their families.

The grant will fund two senior practitioners and contribute towards the general running costs involved in providing therapeutic bereavement support in the region, estimated at £512,000 for the three-year period.

Other funding will be secured through community fundraising, partnerships, trusts and voluntary donations.

Police Forces unite for counter terrorism awareness

Police forces across the North West are encouraging people and businesses to be prepared to play their part in keeping the country safe from terrorism during Counter Terrorism Awareness Week (CTAW).

CTAW is a national campaign highlighting the work police officers and partners are carrying out to protect the North West and the rest of the UK.

ACC Ian Wiggett, the North West lead for counter terrorism said: "This is not about scaring people, but highlighting that everybody, from law enforcement to businesses, to the general public, has a role to play in keeping the UK safe from terrorism. We encourage people to be vigilant to things that are out of place or suspicious and report it to the police."

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North West NHS staff to stage strike action

NHS workers to join strike action Credit: PA

Thousands of NHS staff across the North West are to stage a four-hour strike in a row over pay this morning. Nurses, healthcare assistants, porters and cleaners will form picket lines outside hospitals across the region. It's after the Government rejected a one per cent payrise recommendation.

Corrie v Emmerdale netball match for Text Santa

Emmerdale stars Charley Webb and Sammy Winward Credit: ITV

Teams from Coronation Street and Emmerdale have taken part in a netball match to raise money for ITV's Text Santa charities.

Cast and crew members from both sides of the Pennines took part in the game in Manchester - along with professionals from Manchester Thunder and Yorkshire Jets. And whilst Corrie were hoping to retain their title won last year, it was the Emmerdale side who clinched victory, winning 18-22.

Stars in action Credit: ITV
Emmerdale claims victory Credit: ITV
Emmerdale stars sign autographs for fans Credit: ITV

Coronation Street star Hayley Tamaddon took part along with cast mates Brooke Vincent, Jane Danson, Katy Cavanagh and Tisha Merry.

Woman charged over Kyle Farrell death

A woman has been charged with the murder of a man in south Liverpool.

Kyle John Farrell, 21, died following an incident in Charlecote Street in Dingle in the early hours of Friday morning.

Farieissia Martin, aged 21, of Charlecote St, Dingle has been charged with his murder and will appear before Liverpool City Magistrates Court on Monday.

NHS staff help in Ebola fight in Sierra Leone

The head of a Manchester charity which has organised the deployment of the first NHS staff to go to Sierra Leone to fight the Ebola epidemic has been speaking to Granada Reports. Professor Tony Redmond says more than 30 doctors, nurses and other clinicians set off from Heathrow this afternoon. They will diagnose and treat patients in the West African nation.

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