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MPs visit scene of devastation of moorland fires

MPs Chris Green, Lindsay Hoyle and Jake Berry meet firefighters at Winter Hill Credit: Lancashire Fire and Rescue
The MP's were given a tour of the moorland devastated by the fires Credit: Lancashire Fire and Rescue
Jake Berry gets a first hand account of the battle to extinguish the blaze Credit: Lancashire Fire and Rescue
Large areas of the moors have been charred by the flames Credit: Lancashire Fire and Rescue

Man stabbed repeatedly in Rochdale

Police were called to reports that a man had been stabbed repeatedly Credit: PA

A man's seriously ill in hospital after a stabbing in Rochdale.

Emergency services were called to Milkstone Road just after 1 o'clock this morning.

They found a man who'd been stabbed repeatedly.

He's currently in a stable condition in hospital.

Five people have been arrested.

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Two injured in crash in Lancashire

Police are appealing for witnesses Credit: PA

Police are investigating after two people were injured in a crash on the A 59 Lancashire.

A 66 year old man and a woman aged 67 were hurt after a Toyota Auris collided with an MG on Liverpool Road just before ten thirty last night.

The man injured his face and the woman suffered chest and pelvic injuries. They're being treated in hospital.

We want to speak to anyone who was in the area at the time and saw what happened as they may have important information that could assist with our investigation.

– Sgt Lee Harris, Lancashire Police

'Smart motorways': £500m extra lane scheme announced in bid to ease congestion

Drivers in the North West are being promised over 100 miles of extra lanes on the region's motorways to tackle congestion and improve journey times.

Highways England is announcing details on four new smart motorway schemes, worth around £500 million, which are due to start construction work within the next 18 months.

m62 motorway Credit: google maps

Contractors will begin work on the first one later this summer - on a 9-mile-stretch of the M62 which links the M6 near Warrington to the M60 near Eccles.

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Huge sculpture as seen in Las Vegas and Miami heading to Liverpool

Details have been announced for a 10 metre high solid stone sculpture to stand at the Royal Albert Dock in Liverpool.

Liverpool Mountain will stand next to Tate Liverpool, and is planned to be unveiled this autumn.

The project marks the 10th anniversary of Liverpool European Capital of Culture, the 20th anniversary of Liverpool Biennial and the 30th anniversary of Tate Liverpool.

It's part of the "mountain series" by artists Ugo Rondinone.

Famous for creating large scale sculptures, this latest work will be similar to the technicolour towers he has created in Miami and Las Vegas.

Ugo Rondinone's Miami mountain Credit: Zachary Balber

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Manchester poet Tony Walsh part of new exhibition at IWM North

Tony Walsh will form part of the new exhibition at the IWM North Credit: Imperial War Museum

It has been announced that the Manchester born poet Tony Walsh is to play a leading role in a new exhibition at the Imperial War Museum North in Salford.

He grabbed worldwide attention last May when his poem This Is The Place was broadcast from the vigil for victims of the Manchester Arena bomb attack.

His new specially commissioned work forms part of Making A New World, a season of exhibitions and events to mark the centenary of the final year of the First World War.

Mightier Than War examines the triumph of the human spirit in times of conflict.

To write and record a poem to feature in the Big Picture Show at IWM North is a real honour. I've written what aims to be a powerful poem about the triumph of the human spirit in times of conflict; a poem which uses history and current events to ask the hard questions about our collective future. I'm excited to see it brought to life with incredible sounds and visuals from the museum's remarkable collection. The project is sure to remain a career highlight for me and one which we hope will remain as a memorable and thought-provoking experience for all who see and hear it.

– Tony Walsh

Manchester Airport to launch new drop-off site to reduce congestion

Manchester Airport has confirmed a new system to tackle congestion on its campus will go live on July 10th.

In March it announced it was creating a dedicated drop-off site from where passengers will be able to board a free shuttle service to their terminal.

The airport hopes the move will help ease growing levels of congestion.

Manchester Airport Credit: Press Association

Those passengers still wanting to be dropped off directly outside the terminals will have to pay a £3 fee for five minutes or £4 for 10.

For those collecting passengers at car parks outside each terminal there will be a cost of £4 for 30 minutes.

The drop-off site is located at the current Jetparks 1 site, near to Terminal 2.

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