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Police say Operation Tramline a success


Greater Manchester Police traffic officers have stopped 71 people for traffic offences on the M60 motorway as part of Operation Tramline.

The covert operation began on Friday 1 May and saw officers from the Road Policing Unit patrol the M60 motorway in a HGV cab kitted out with recording equipment. The elevated position of the cab allowed officers to see into other HGVs and smaller vehicles and record offences as they were taking place.

Drivers were stopped for a number of offences including texting at the wheel, aggressive driving and reading a book at the wheel.

A total of 71 people were stopped, with 66 of them issued with tickets for driving without due care.

Inspector Susan Redfern said: “The operation has been a big success and we are delighted with how it has gone.

“We have had some good results over the course of Op Tramline and I hope that those people who have been issued with penalties take their punishments to heart and stop committing offenses that are endangering the lives of other drivers.''

Gebrselassie goes out in style at Manchester Run

Haile Gebrselassie takes part in the Great Manchester Run Credit: ITV

Thousands of runners are enjoying a well earned rest this morning after the Great Manchester Run this weekend. Amongst those taking part in the 10k event was Ethiopia's distance running superstar Haile Gebrselassie, who ran the course twice and announced his retirement from international competition after finishing 16th.

He praised the atmosphere in Manchester and told our reporter 'sport makes you happy'.


Police investigating assault on Chesterfield player

Supporters on pitch at Deepdale Credit: Paul Duckworth

Lancashire Police say they are investigating an assault on a Chesterfield player which followed a largely peaceful incursion onto the pitch at the end of the Preston vs Chesterfield match at Deepdale.

Police say the player was not seriously hurt. They are investigating the assault in a bid to identify the offender, including reviewing CCTV footage.

Great Manchester Run gets underway

Thousands of runners from around the World have gathered for the Great Manchester Run. Some of the biggest names in athletics are taking part including Haile Gebreselassie who is widely recognised as the greatest distance runner of all time and who will run the 10 k course twice - once as part of the elite race then together with other competitors.


Beacons lit across region on VE Day anniversary

Beacon lit in Isle of Man Credit: Amy Mulhern

Events have been held throughout the region to remember the day 70 years ago when the war in Europe officially ended.

In the Isle of Man there was a tribute to old comrades and those who stayed behind to safeguard the home front, before D-Day veteran Hector Duff lit a beacon.

Ceremony takes place in Isle of Man Credit: Amy Mulhern

In Liverpool a fanfare from a Sea Cadets bugler marked the start of a ceremony at the Town Hall. The Lord Mayor then lit a beacon.

Germanwings co-pilot 'rehearsed' crashing plane into Alps

The Germanwings co-pilot thought to have deliberately caused the French Alps plane disaster "rehearsed" his plan on an earlier flight on the day of the crash, an accident report is expected to reveal.

All 150 people on the Airbus A320, including three Britons, were killed when it crashed while flying from Barcelona to Dusseldorf on 24 March.

Marina Bandres and her baby son, who lived in Manchester, died in the crash.

Read: Tributes to woman and baby killed in Alps air disaster

Marina Bandres, who lived in Manchester, died in the crash alongside her young baby, called Julian.

An interim report from French air accident bureau the BEA will say that Andreas Lubitz practised reducing flight altitude on the outbound flight from Dusseldorf to Barcelona, according to German newspaper Bild.

Bild said the BEA report would talk about a "controlled descent that lasted for minutes and for which there was no aeronautical justification".

Lubitz, who had suffered from severe depression, had used the internet to research ways of committing suicide in the days leading up to the crash.

Teenager caught in Everest avalanche due home

Alex Staniforth

A teenager from Cheshire who was caught in an avalanche on Mount Everest is due to return home. 19 year old Alex Staniforth was climbing the mountain when the landslide was triggered by the Nepal earthquake.

Alex from Chester, was at Camp 1 on the world's highest peak when the devastating quake hit.

Read about Alex's account of the devastation here

Alex Staniforth, 19, was attempting to summit Everest. Credit: Alex Staniforth

Family demand answers after inmate dies of asthma attack in prison...

A family want answers after a young man died from a huge asthma attack just days before his release from Liverpool Prison. 25 year old Ashley Gill was found by staff at the jail in Walton.

His family have told of concerns raised previously by Ashley alleging that guards had taken his asthma inhaler from him.

An independent investigation will be carried out to establish the circumstances of the tragedy, and if Ashley could have been helped. His grandmother Annette says the family just want to find out exactly what happened.

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