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Police appeal for witnesses after attack on Jewish cemetery

Police in Greater Manchester are appealing for witnesses after a Jewish cemetery in Bury was vandalised at the weekend.

The tomb of a Jewish leader was smashed open while windows were smashed and copper piping stolen from the Philips Park Jewish cemetery in Whitefield.


Volunteers with spare rooms helping the homeless

A project is putting volunteers with spare rooms together with people who are young and homeless. Nightstop launched a year ago in Greater Manchester.

Those involved offer a room, a meal and somewhere to stay for the night while the Charity works to find a permanent solution to get people off the streets.

One couple in Bury say they've supported 20 people in a little over a year.

Matt O'Donoghue has been to meet them:


Car crash in Bury

A teenager has escaped with minor injuries after a car crash in Bury in the early hours of this morning, Emergency services were called to Radcliffe Road at 6.25am to reports a Renault Clio had crashed. A 17-year-old boy was taken to hospital.

Pictures courtesy of Stewart McManus

Watch: Len Johnrose on an emotional night at Bury

Bury fans have been showing their support for one of their favourite players.

Len Johnrose was one of the stars of a very successful Bury side in the 1990s but recently revealed he's been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease.

Tonight Len is being reunited with his former teammates at a fundraising dinner before another big day tomorrow. He's been speaking to our correspondent Chris Hall.

Free fertility treatment reduced in Bury

Free fertility treatment is to be reduced in Bury.

A public consultation has been underway in Bury since August to discuss plans which could see free fertility treatment limited. The borough's Clinical Commission Group says that it needs to make savings.

It now means that from October, any new applications from couples seeking IVF treatment will be capped to one funded cycle.

The decision to reduce provision in the town from the current offer of up to three funded cycles, to one, was made at this week’s meeting of NHS Bury Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) Governing Body (Board), and follows a six week consultation period.

The group says that moving to one funded cycle of IVF will save up to £170,000 every year.

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We know that infertility is a very difficult issue for those affected by it and we have spent a great deal of time considering our position and gathering feedback before making a decision.

We are grateful to every single individual and to the groups that responded to our consultation, and whilst there were no significant areas flagged that the CCG had not already considered, what came through loud and clear was that there was little support to move to zero funded cycles.

Bringing the CCG in line with the majority of other areas, and in line with the views of our Clinical Cabinet, the Governing Body agreed to reduce provision of IVF to one funded cycle for eligible patients from October 2018.

– Stuart North, Chief Officer for NHS Bury CCG

The CCG say the change will only affect new referrals, and will not affect those couples that are already having an individual funding request referral considered, or have had funding agreed.

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