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Volunteer's refugee camp trip to mark anniversary

A volunteer has seen Oxfam’s work helping refugees and migrants in Greece ahead of the charity's 75th anniversary. 66 year old Tom Kelly, who's from Crosby, Merseyside, travelled to camps in North-west Greece to see the impact of donations and to meet the people the charity is supporting.

Tom's volunteered in Crosby for 13 years Credit: Andy Aitchison/Oxfam
Credit: Andy Aitchison/Oxfam

This is the first time I visited Oxfam’s work and it was inspiring to see how some of the money from the Refugee Crisis Appeal has been spent. Its upsetting to find out that there are young people who have been separated from their parents and have no idea when, if ever, they are going to be reunited.

– Tom Kelly, Oxfam volunteer

Tourists caught up in Vegas massacre

A Merseyside tourist described running for her life in Las Vegas after a gunman opened fire, killing more than 50 people at an open music festival.

People were partying at Route 91 Harvest country music when Stephen Paddock, started shooting leaving hundreds of people wounded.

Nicky Babb, from St Helens was on the strip with two friends on the last night of their holiday when the attack happened..

They mistook the shots for a car backfiring. She says the noise could be heard half a mile away.


Julie is honoured with freedom of the borough

Julie Goodyear Credit: pa

Coronation Street legend Julie Goodyear MBE - is to be given the freedom of the borough of Rochdale. Miss Goodyear – who appeared in Britain’s most famous and best-loved soap for over 25 years – is a long-time resident of Rochdale, and is being given the honour in recognition of her contribution to the arts and entertainment.

Julie Goodyear Credit: pa

War hero honoured in Trafford

Sgt Charles Harry Coverdale VC Credit: Trafford Council

First World War hero Charles Harry Coverdale will be honoured in Trafford later.

Sergeant Coverdale is one of three soldiers from the borough to get the Victoria Cross the country's highest award for gallantry.

A blue plaque and a commemorative paving stone will be unveiled in recognition of his bravery

Credit: Trafford Council

A blue plaque, recognising Sgt Coverdale's outstanding achievements, is being unveiled by his family at the Limelight building on Shrewsbury Street.

Then in a special ceremony in the afternoon he will receive a commemorative paving stone in the Memorial Gardens at Trafford Town Hall.

Both events are being attended by the Mayor of Trafford, Cllr Jonathan Coupe and are open to members of the public.

It is only fitting that we honour this amazing soldier from our borough with a lasting tribute.

We recognise the important contribution he made, and it is a privilege to be part of this occasion to mark his bravery."

– Cllr Laura Evans, Executive Member for Communities and Partnerships

Sgt. Coverdale is one of three soldiers from the borough to be awarded the Victoria Cross; the other recipients were Captain Edward Bradbury from Bowdon and Acting Lieutenant Colonel, James Marshall from Stretford.

A commemorative event has already been held for Ct. Bradbury, while Lt. Col Marshall will receive his honour next year.


Rise in calls of domestic abuse against children

The NSPCC are taking more calls of domestic abuse against children Credit: pa

The NSPCC made 510 referrals to child protection agencies in the North West in 2016 following reports to the charity's Helpline of children being affected domestic abuse.

Callers were seeking guidance from the NSPCC’s trained advisers after witnessing distressing things such as visible bruises, parents being hospitalised, children being exposed to rage and rough handling, and aggressive behaviour towards parents of young babies.

Credit: pa

Call for better safety in young offenders institutions

Credit: pa

Action is urgently needed to make sure children and young people detained in youth offending institutions and secure training centres are safe according to council leaders in the region.

In July, a damning report from the HM Inspector of Prisons found that not a single establishment inspected in England and Wales was safe to hold children and young people. In just five years, the number of children and young people self-harming had more than doubled, with self-harm rates running at 8.9 incidents per 100 children compared with 4.1 in 2011.

The Chief Inspector described the speed of decline as “staggering” and issued the shocking warning that current conditions made a future tragedy “inevitable”.

Councils take their responsibility toward child safety extremely seriously, and work hard to ensure that children and young people are never put in situations that would put them at risk. There is no other situation in which children and young people would be placed into environments that are known to be unsafe, and youth custody should be no exception.

– Richard Watts, Local Government Authority, Children and Young People Board
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WATCH: A mother's heartfelt appeal for peace

The mother of a young man killed by the bomb at the Manchester Arena is urging other mothers to stop their sons becoming radicalised. Figen Murray was at a conference in Warrington showing women how to play a part in bringing peace to communities where males may dominate. She's been speaking about her son Martyn Hett and the man who killed him.

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WATCH: Inquest shows Brady lied right to the end

One of the final chapters in the history of the Moors Murders closed today as an inquest concluded into the death of Ian Brady.

Brady died at Ashworth High Security Hospital on Merseyside - a place that was his home for 32 years. But while he'd been telling the world he was on hunger strike - Brady was lying.

The inquest revealed self neglect played NO part in his death - and that he'd died at the age of 79 of natural causes.

Typically, some mystery the hearing was told about a padlocked case which was removed from Brady's room hours before his death.

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