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Ed Miliband to call for faster flooding insurance claims

Insurance bosses will meet ministers to discuss their response to the flood crisis. Victims have received £14m in emergency payments so far. Ed Miliband will call for faster processing of insurance claims when he too meets industry representatives.

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Surge in 999 calls to Manchester police amid storm

Police officers from Greater Manchester Police took more than 1,700 calls in seven hours yesterday during the storm and gale conditions. Road closures were enforced across the area and a match at Manchester City FC's Ethiad stadium was cancelled.

Yesterday was a very challenging day for everyone in Greater Manchester - including ourselves as police officers, other emergency services and not least the people living and working in Manchester who were caught up in the gale force winds that hit the region.

As a result, we saw a large surge in the number of 999 and 101 calls made to Greater Manchester Police asking for our assistance in dealing with weather-related incidents.

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