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11 held on multiple child sex charges in Manchester

Eleven people, aged between 19 and 38 have been arrested for multiple sexual offences against children in a crackdown by child protection agencies and police into child sexual exploitation in south Manchester.

Greater Manchester Police said offences included:

  • Sexual activity with a child
  • Attempted indecent assault
  • Inciting a child into prostitution
  • Abduction
  • Rape


Plane buffeted by winds as it lands at Manchester Airport

The strong winds seen across the country today have hit transport and video has revealed the difficulty planes had landing due to ex-Hurricane Gonzalo.

The plane can be seen being buffeted by strong winds as it tries to land at Manchester Airport.

The plane did land safely.

Pregnant woman loses unborn baby in bus stop attack

Cromwell Road in Salford seen on Google Maps.

A pregnant woman lost her unborn baby after she was robbed at a bus stop.

The victim was sitting at the stop in Cromwell Road, Salford, on Saturday morning when she was attacked by three teenagers who stole her handbag, Greater Manchester Police said.

"As a result of the attack the woman has lost her baby," a spokesman added.

A 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been charged with robbery and is due to appear at Manchester Magistrates' Court today.

Northern England cities inspired by Scotland campaign

The passion stirred up by the Yes campaign in Scotland has inspired similar feelings among some in northern England's larger cities.

In Manchester, Leeds and Newcastle, there is a growing sense that they too, should be given more powers to self-govern.

ITV News Diplomatic Correspondent John Ray reports:


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
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