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Hunt for wartime artifacts

A national charity dedicated to keeping alive the memory of prisoners of war held in the Far East in World War Two is asking local people to hunt out any mementoes or artefacts passed down by family from their time in captivity.
2015 sees the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Japan. An organisation representing families of people held prisoner raises awareness of the suffering endured. Members are keen to track down letters, photographs or diaries brought back from the Far East by prisoners of war.

Prisoners of war in Burma during World War 2 Credit: PA

The initiative is being backed by Cec Lowry from Stockport.

Cec Lowry's father was a prisoner of war in the Far East

When my father returned from the Far East he said very little about his ordeal. As a child, my father didn’t mention the war to me, but now I have permanent reminders of his time

– Cec Lowry

Organised animal fighting on the rise

Calls to the RSPCA reporting organised animal fighting have gone up by a third in the past five years. This is despite dog and cockfighting being banned for almost 200 years. Greater Manchester and Lancashire were two of the worst areas in the UK last year and Cheshire was also in the top ten for reported incidents.

Animal fights are up by a third Credit: pa

"I've been investigating organised animal fighting for more than a decade and it still disgusts me, knowing that there are individuals who continue to take pleasure in watching animals brutally fight each other, often causing horrific and sometimes fatal injuries.

– Ian Briggs, RSPCA

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Police offer reward for murder conviction

A £25,000 reward is being offered in the hunt for those who murdered Dale Gordon in Manchester. The 20 year old died in November 2014 after being found with serious injuries after an attack in Gorton.

Dale Gordon died from head injuries Credit: Greater Manchester Police

His funeral takes place later. Greater Manchester police have issued new CCTV images of potential witnesses.

Mersey ferry to get some razzle dazzle

One of the major figures of British pop art, Sir Peter Blake has been commissioned to "dazzle" a Mersey ferry.

The rather distinctive paint job is a joint project involving Tate Liverpool and other city art institutions.

The idea behind a dazzle paint scheme goes back to World War One to mislead the enemy.

Each ship's dazzle pattern was unique in order to avoid making classes of ships instantly recognisable to German U- boats and aircraft.

The work is being carried out at Cammell Laird shipyard, Birkenhead Credit: Tate Liverpool

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Parents get the thumbs up in incredible ultrasound image

Baby Schofield gives a thumbs up during his 20-week ultrasound scan Credit: MEN

An incredible image from an ultrasound scan has shown a tiny baby giving his parents the thumbs up from the womb.

The image was taken by midwives at Manchester's St Mary's Hospital as mum Cheryl Stevenson underwent her 20-week scan.

It was really surprising. People have asked me if it is real.

“It’s a prized memento and he must be having fun in there to be giving us the thumbs up.”

– Cheryl Stevenson.

During the scan Cheryl and partner Paul Schofield discovered they were having a boy and that all was well.

But what they didn’t expect was a personal greeting from the little one himself.

Proud parents Cheryl and partner Paul Schofield, with their son Cameron, couldn't believe their eyes. Credit: Manchester Evening News.

He immediately curled up into a ball and put his face down and at first we couldn’t get a clear picture.

"We were gutted.

"But as soon as the midwife said she would have to wrap things up, his little hand came out and he gave us the thumbs up.

– Paul Schofield.

Police hunt wanted man

Thomas Dennis Wimbleton Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Greater Manchester Police are hunting a north Manchester man who is wanted for assaulting a woman while on bail. They're looking for 26 year old Thomas Dennis Wimbleton in connection with the assault of a woman on Moston Lane in Moston. He is also wanted for the theft of a car from outside a gym in Blackley last September and failing to appear at Crown Court for a sexual assault. Police say Wimbleton knows he is wanted and that he has made every effort to evade capture despite numerous attempts by police to convince him to surrender.

Investigation after fatal crash in Lancashire

Police are appealing for witnesses after a fatal crash in Lancashire. Emergency services were called to the M65 just after 8 o'clock last night. They found a black BMW on its roof on the Westbound carriageway a mile past Junction 10. Its 44 year old driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The road was closed for four hours as investigations got underway.

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