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Dogs home: Support 'has been overwhelming'

The flood of support given to Manchester's Dog Home "has been absolutely overwhelming," the manager of the animal rescue's sister facility told Good Morning Britain.

Anna Stansfield, who runs Cheshire Dogs' Home thanked everyone for their support and reassured people the charity would continue.

"We have been here since 1893, we want to remain in our pay for, hopefully, the next 115 years."

Pickles warns devolution may 'suck power upwards'

Localism in England should be about devolving power to the lowest appropriate level - down to councils, to neighbourhoods and to individuals, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said, after a report suggested that Manchester should lead the way on devolution in the UK.

Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles Credit: PA

Mr Pickles said: "There may be some role for combined authorities on a strategic level to promote economic development and transport, but there is a real risk they will suck power upwards away from local councils and local taxpayers.

"Nor should localism be a fig leaf for hitting hard-working people with a new range of municipal stealth taxes. Creating new taxes, more politicians and new tiers of local administration is not the answer - the starting point should be increasing local democracy and local accountability."

Manchester devolution 'will be blueprint' for UK cities

English cities should be able to set its own taxes, the director of a think tank has suggested, calling for full devolution in Manchester.

Phillip Blond, of ResPublica, said:

Financial freedom must come to Greater Manchester. Its population is bigger than Northern Ireland's. Its economy is bigger than Wales. And it has a higher growth rate than Scotland.

This is why it should be able to set its own taxes. It should have an elected Mayor.

These plans outlined in today's report, will allow it to turn its fortunes around, lifting the population out of the doldrums. This is a blueprint for independence for cities in England.

– Philip Blond

Manchester 'should lead devolution' in the UK

Manchester should be given income-tax raising powers and complete control of spending within five years as a blueprint for granting full devolution to English cities, a think tank said.

General view of the Trafford Centre in Manchester Credit: PA

Scotland's independence referendum - and the extensive new powers promised even in the event of a No vote - has refocused attention on local powers in the rest of the UK, including England.

ResPublica said a Greater Manchester Combined Authority, with an elected mayor and assembly as in London, should first be given power over property taxes and then income taxes and the right to reinvest savings to increase revenue.

The new authority would also be expected to commit to devolving further to localities within its area, according to the "Devo Max - Devo Manc" report.


Special service to be held after dogs' home blaze

A special service is due to be held at Christchurch, Harpurhey, at 6pm after a blaze killed around 60 animals at Manchester Dogs' Home on Thursday evening.

Misty the Jack Russell is fussed over outside Manchester Dogs Home Credit: PA

More than 150 dogs were rescued from the building in Moss Brook Road in Harpurhey on Thursday evening.

A JustGiving account set up by the Manchester Evening News has raised more than £1.3 million.

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Staff 'amazed' by donations to dogs' home

Staff at Manchester Dogs' Home say they are amazed at the public response following a blaze at their premises. More than 130,000 people have now donated to an online appeal fund which has now topped £1.2 million pounds. Hundreds more have donated food, blankets and other items to the home.

Centre manager Lisa Graham says staff are overwhelmed:

Manchester Dogs' home donors gridlock M6

Well-wishers dropping donations off to the Manchester Dogs Home after it was set on fire have gridlocked the M6.

A local resident with one of the rescued dogs. Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

The outpouring of support from members of the public has already seen more than £1.2 million pledged in less than 48 hours after the suspected arson attack.

But overwhelmed staff have now been forced to tell people donating supplies to stay away from its sister site in Warrington, Cheshire, after they caused tailbacks on the M6 around Warrington.

A charity spokesman said: "At the moment the response has been so great Cheshire Dogs Home is gridlocked, so till further notice please be patient and stay away from our Cheshire home."

Nearby motorway service stations have agreed to act as drop-off points for those wishing to donate bedding and other supplies.

The Manchester & Cheshire Dogs' Home asked people to wait until next weekend to donate to ease the traffic and tweeted:

More than 60 dogs were killed in the blaze on Thursday night. A 15-year-old boy arrested on suspicion of arson has been bailed.

15-year-old boy bailed over dogs' home blaze

A 15-year-old boy arrested on suspicion of starting the Manchester Dogs Home blaze which killed at least 50 animals has been released on bail.

The teenager was held by detectives in the wake of the suspected arson attack, which claimed the lives of dozens of dogs and injured several others.

Read: £1 million raised for Manchester Dogs Home after fire

Some people living in the area tried desperately to break into the compound after a passing police officer raised the alarm.

After more than 30 firefighters began to tackle the blaze, hundreds of people rallied round to provide refreshments, animal food and other help for the dogs that were rescued.

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