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Lucy's leap into the unknown.

Granada's very own Lucy Meacock is going to need a head for heights. She's joining a group of people who're abseiling down Liverpool's Radio City Tower, formerly known as St Johns Beacon. It towers above the city and is 138 meters tall.

Granada Reports presenter Lucy Meacock Credit: Lucy Meacock/Facebook

Lucy's making the leap of faith to raise vital funds for "Cash for Kids" - a charity that looks after vulnerable children on Merseyside. She's being joined by Merseyside's Chief Constable, Andy Cooke, Andy Grant, a former marine who lost a leg while serving in Afghanistan and Liverpool FC's chief executive Peter Moore.


Man jailed for killing his wife goes missing

Michael Smales has gone missing Credit: Greater Manchester Police

A man sentenced to an indefinite hospital order after he killed his wife has gone missing. Michael Smales, 54, flew into a rage after wife Patricia, 44, told him their marriage was over and attacked her after she tried to run out of their house in Gatley, Stockport, in January 2009. He later admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

Greater Manchester Police say Smales - who is being managed by mental health services in the community - has been missing from his home in Sedgley Park, Manchester, since April 30. In a statement the force said it was concerned for his physical and mental health. It is believed he could be heading to Scotland and was last seen wearing a camouflage jacket, jeans and trainers.

Harold Shipman: police faced public backlash while investigating Britain's biggest serial killer

Serial killer, Harold Shipman Credit: pa

A new documentary to mark the 20th anniversary of the arrest of Britain's biggest serial killer airs later.

Dr Harold Shipman killed more than 250 of his patients across three decades.

Officers from Greater Manchester Police have spoken about the backlash they faced from the public in Hyde who were initially sceptical about the allegations about their GP.

Dave O'Brien, who's now retired, worked as a Detective Constable for GMP.


Merseyside Chief Constable to address domestic abuse conference

Andy Cooke, Chief Constable of Merseyside Police Credit: GTV

The Chief Constable of Merseyside Police will outline the force's approach to domestic abuse later.

Andy Cooke is speaking at a conference in Knowsley aimed at discussing methods of tackling the problem.

Victims and former perpetrators will also attend the event, together with academics and legal experts.

In large part due to improvements in identifying the range of offences that might have a domestic abuse element, and better recording of incidents of domestic abuse, we have seen an increase in the last year of around 25% in recorded cases.

But domestic abuse remains significantly under reported, and sadly too many people are still suffering in silence, so opportunities like this to talk openly about the issue and shatter any remaining taboos are really important.

It is more important than ever that we are able to share opinions and insights with professionals from across the domestic abuse spectrum to continuously improve our joint efforts to tackle this awful offence.

– Andy Cooke, Chief Constable Merseyside Police

Alfie Evans' father meets the Pope to ask for his help

The father of Alfie Evans has met the Pope and begged him to save his son. Tom Evans flew to the Vatican for an audience with the head of the Catholic Church.

After their meeting, the Pope led crowds in silent prayer for Alfie. The little boy's parents want him to be moved to a hospital in Rome, after losing their latest appeal for his treatment to continue at Alder Hey.

Doctors there say continuing treatment is inhumane and futile.

Andy Bonner has the details.

Manchester Cathedral event to commemorate the Battle of Manchester Hill

Only seventeen soldiers of the 16th Battalion The Manchester Regiment made it back to British Lines. Credit: ITV News

A special concert is being held later to commemorate the Battle of Manchester Hill during the First World War.

Only seventeen soldiers of the 16th Battalion The Manchester Regiment made it back to British Lines after the day long battle in which they tried to halt the last major German offensive of the war. The rest were either killed, wounded or taken prisoner.

It was the British military's second most bloody battle.

Colonel Wilfrith Elstob, their commanding officer won the VC for his part in the action

Lieutenant Colonel Wilfrith Elstob VC Credit: Manchester City Council

Manchester Cathedral will host Manchester Hill Remembered. It will feature music, poetry and performance to mark the anniversary.

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