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Fires out at Saddleworth

Firefighters at Saddleworth Moor Credit: pa

One of the moorland blazes that firefighters have been tackling for three weeks is now out.

Manchester Fire service have confirmed that the blaze on Saddleworth Moor is now out and they have withdrawn all crews from the site.

Although with more warm weather forecast they have advised visitors to moorland to ensure they remain aware of risks - such as disposable barbeques and leaving litter that could cause new fires.

Businessman who swindled millions from care home residents to be sentenced

David Barton Senior

A businessman who swindled millions of pounds from elderly residents living at a care home he owned in Southport is to be sentenced later. David Barton Senior was caught out by what was described as his "extraordinary greed".

He stole millions from wealthy residents at the luxurious Barton Park Nursing Home. The 64 year old was convicted of multiple frauds and thefts after the longest trial in the history of Liverpool Crown Court - lasting more than a year.

The general manager at the home, Rosemary Booth, 69, of Hesketh Drive, Southport, was convicted of two counts of conspiracy to defraud. Barton snr's bookkeeper, Kiria Hughes, 42, of Lulworth Road, Southport, admitted conspiracy to defraud and false accounting.


Fatal crash in Isle of Man Southern 100 race

James Cowton was from Driffield, Yorkshire Credit: Facebook

One man has died and three others have been injured after motorbikes crashed during a race in the Isle of Man.

A statement from the Southern 100 race organisers say 26-year-old James Cowton from Driffield, Yorkshire, died from his injuries on Thursday evening.

Three other riders are in Nobles hospital, Douglas - one is critically injured.

An investigation is ongoing into the crash, with a large number of witnesses spoken to.

It follows TT racer William Dunlop's fatal crash at the Skerries 100 in Dublin last week.

Couple set off on 7 year cycle to raise money for cancer charity

Gabriella and Chris hope to raise money for a cancer charity Credit: Gabriella Gratrix and Chris O'Hare

A couple from Lancashire are setting off on the journey of a lifetime.

Gabriella Gratrix and Chris O'Hare are spending the next seven years cycling round the world.

And it is all the more remarkable because Gabriella is completing her recovery from breast cancer.

As keen cyclists the pair had already planned the trip before she was diagnosed, and they're taking it on just a month after she completed her treatment.

Taking in sixty seven countries and ending in Madagascar they're hoping to raise money for Prevent Breast Cancer

A lot of people associate a breast cancer diagnosis with finding a lump or experiencing some sort of pain, but it really was a bolt out of the blue for me. I knew I had a family history of breast cancer, but what started as a discussion about lowering my risk quickly turned into an unexpected diagnosis.

I've always led a very active, healthy lifestyle, so I was confident that I was already taking the necessary steps to avoid the disease - unfortunately, I was wrong.

It was during the early stages of treatment that I came across Prevent Breast Cancer and really connected with its ultimate goal of predicting and preventing this awful disease. I'm passionate about protecting other women - and men - from ever having to endure what I have recently and that is exactly what will keep us motivated every day.

– Gabby Gratrix
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