A chicken lorry crashed on a motorway this morning leaving around 1,500 birds dead and motorists stuck in miles of tailbacks.
The vehicle, which crashed into a barrier on the M62 at 4.15am, was carrying 6,800 live chickens.
The incident left crates scattered across the carriageway with some birds escaping and running loose on the road. The escaped chickens were quickly gathered by the Highways Agency and returned to the truck.
Part of the motorway in Greater Manchester was shut throughout the morning leaving motorists stuck in long queues.
The lorry driver was not injured in the crash.
The Minister for Disabled People has apologised to the family of a women with mental health issues who was pursued to attend "intensive job-focused activity", despite having been in a coma for the past two months.
Mike Penning MP said things had clearly "gone wrong" in the case of Sheila Holt.
Ms. Holt from Greater Manchester was sectioned under the Mental Health Act in December. Her family say she struggled to cope with changes to her council tax benefits and being forced into the Work Programme. She had a heart attack days later and fell into the coma.
Her family repeatedly told the DWP and Seetec, a contractor carrying out work-capability assessments, about her situation but they continued to receive letters from the organisations.
Mr. Penning said: "I apologise, unreservedly, to the family as the minister responsible."It's about time politicians did stand up and apologise when things went wrong. It clearly has gone wrong and the family have every right to be aggrieved and I hope she makes a full recovery, as much as she can."
Police have said they are not looking for anyone else in connection with a house fire in Bolton, Greater Manchester which killed three people in the early hours of Monday.
The bodies of architect Hassan Rafie, 49, and his law student wife, Mahnaz, 48, were discovered in the blaze at the family home.
Post-mortem examinations showed Mrs Rafie died from stab wounds and Mr Rafie from smoke inhalation and burns.
Mrs Rafie's mother, Dolleh Joseph, 74, was rescued by firefighters from an upstairs bedroom but died soon after in hospital from the effects of smoke inhalation and burns.
A Catholic priest has been interviewed by detectives investigating reports of historical sexual abuse of three schoolgirls in Rochdale.
The allegations were made by former pupils from a primary school in Norden.
Detective Constable Christian Chivers, from Greater Manchester Police's Public Protection Investigation Unit, said:
- Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
A Catholic priest has been interviewed by police investigating reports of historic sexual abuse over a 20-year period.
The investigation relates to the indecent assault and sexual abuse of three women during their time as schoolgirls at St Vincent's Primary School in Norden, Rochdale, between 1980 and 2000, Greater Manchester Police said.
It is understood the allegations involve a parish priest at St Vincent de Paul RC Church who was serving at the time of the alleged offences.
The church is located in the same grounds as the school.
The offences did not occur within the school but at an adjacent presbytery, police said.
Hundreds of fans of the cult comic character Frank Sidebottom have taken to the streets of Timperley, Greater Manchester, this morning for the unveiling of his bronze statue.
The unique tribute was created after a fundraising drive by the family of the character's creator Chris Sievey, who died from cancer in 2010.
Temporarily contained within Sidebottom's beloved shed, the statue was revealed at precisely 11.37am - a time of the day popularly referenced by the character in his act.
Officers are hunting for masked men who attacked a police patrol car with paving slabs and baseball bats, Greater Manchester Police said.
At around 12.35am officers on patrol on Windmill Lane, North Reddish, requested a stolen Audi A6 stop.
Police said men wearing balaclavas got out of the car and attacked the vehicle, causing extensive damage, before driving off.
The car was later found abandoned.
- Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Detectives investigating ITV Granada weather presenter Fred Talbot on suspicion of historic sexual offences are trying to trace pupils from other schools after information has been received from the public following his arrest.
Mr Talbot was arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of historic sex offences in relation to abuseagainst former pupils who attended Altrincham Grammar School for Boys between the early 1970s and early 1980s.
He has been released on bail until August pending further enquiries.
- Anyone with information is asked to contact Greater Manchester Police on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.
ITV Granada Reports weatherman Fred Talbot has been bailed after he was arrested by police investigating historic sex abuse allegations relating to his time as a teacher at Altrincham Grammar School for Boys in Greater Manchester between the early 1970s and early 1980s.