Against all odds, slow, plodding canal barges on the Manchester Ship Canal are winning back business from lorries.
Stephen Seddon, 46, was found guilty at Manchester Crown Court today of the murder of his parents over a £230,000 inheritance.
The son of a woman who was abused by a choirmaster as a teenager and took her own life has spoken of the legacy of his "wonderful mother".
Two people have been detained following the escape of two prisoners from a prison van near Manchester.
A manhunt is under way following the escape, which occurred when van they were travelling in came under attack in Salford.
A 28-year-old woman and 24-year-old man were detained at a house on suspicion of being involved in assisting an offender.
The man was also arrested on suspicion of possessing class A drugs and breaching a court order.
They remain in police custody for questioning.
Police have appealed for anyone with any information on the prison van attack in Salford, Manchester, to contact 0161 856 5665/5237.
At least three men wearing dark clothes and balaclavas attacked a prison van in Manchester and threatened staff transporting the prisoners with a shotgun, police said.
The men arrived at the scene in a dark coloured Saab and freed prisoners Ryan MacDonald, 20, and Stevie McMullen, 31, Greater Manchester Police said.
The five men then got back into the car and drove a short distance before abandoning it.
Police believe they ran towards Phoebe Street in the Ordsall estate and that two possibly then rode a motorbike found abandoned on Thurlow Street.
Police have named two prisoners who escaped after the van they were travelling in came under attack in Manchester.
Stevie McMullen, 31, was on trial having been charged with conspiracy to kidnap, conspiracy to rob, conspiracy to commit arson and conspiracy to possess a firearm.
Ryan McDonald, 20, was due to be sentenced after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery.
Chief Superintendent Kevin Mulligan from Greater Manchester Police said: "The public should not approach either man and if anyone knows where they are or saw these men escaping I would urge them to contact police immediately."
The ambushed van was operated by prisoner escort firm GEOAmey and was on its way to a courtfrom privately-run HMP Altcourse near Liverpool.
Altcourse is run by G4S, the firm behind the Olympics security fiasco, and was the first designed, constructed, managed and financed private prison in the UK.
The Category B jail takes young offenders and adult male prisoners either sentenced or on remand from courts in Merseyside, Cheshire and North Wales and can hold up to 1,324 prisoners.
Gillian Roberts witnessed the raid on the prison van as she was driving to work along Regent Road in Salford.
A Prison Service source suggested the prison van ambush would probably involve one of the escapees having access to a smuggled mobile phone.
A phone call could then be made or a text sent to let the armed gang know which prison van they were in and so which vehicle to target, among the number of vans making their way from jail to Manchester Crown Court.
Police attention is focused on a green Saab saloon close to the prison van where around 9am this morning two inmates were helped to escape.
Witnesses reported seeing the van stopped by three men in a green car wearing balaclavas.