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Headstone unveiled at grave of WW1 soldier for first time

The family of a Belgian soldier who died during World War One have attended a service in his honour in Stockport.

Jean Francoise Vermulen died in 1914 after being transported from the frontline to the town's hospital.

Today a headstone was unveiled at his grave for the very first time.

Tim Scott reports.


Pride of Britain: Meet Penny Dean, who's been changing lives through sport for more than 25 years

We meet another of our finalists hoping to receive the title of North West Fundraiser of the Year in the Pride of Britain Awards.

Today it's Penny Dean from Stockport who, along with her husband Arthur, set up the Dwarf Sports Association 25 years ago.

Since then she has raised a phenomenal amount of money to help get people with restricted growth into sport. She's been talking to our correspondent Andy Bonner.


Man, 84, due in court charged with murder

Police at the scene yesterday. Credit: ITV News

An 84-year-old man has been charged with murder in Stockport.

It comes after police discovered the body of 86-year-old Patricia Franks after being called to a house on Frances Avenue in Gately on Sunday morning.

Lawrence Franks, of Frances Avenue, Gatley, has been charged with murder.

He has been remanded to appear before Manchester Magistrates Court later today.

Police appeal after two-year-old shot with pellet gun

Credit: Greater Manchester Police

A two-year-old boy has been shot with a pellet gun, as his mother took him out of his pushchair in Stockport.

The woman heard two popping sounds on Broadstone Hall Road South, at the junction with St Mary’s Drive in Reddish on Monday afternoon.

The child began to scream and his mother noticed blood on his right hand.

She assumed his hand had become trapped in the pram and quickly took him home, before deciding to take him to hospital.

As she arrived at hospital, she noticed a small metal pellet in the bottom of the pushchair.

Police now believe the child was shot with a pellet gun and are appealing for information.

We are treating this incident extremely seriously and are following several lines of enquiry.

We believe that someone in the local community knows who fired these shots, or has information that can lead us to the offender.

– PC Matthew Beaden
  • Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 9619 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

LATEST: 50 firefighters battling Greater Manchester Moorland fire

The fire near Stalybridge has been burning on and off for two days Credit: Heywood Community Fire Station

Around 50 firefighters are continuing to tackle a large moorland fire in Buckton Vale, Greater Manchester.

Phil Nelson, Group Manager for Tameside and Stockport division of Greater Manchester Fire Service, said:

Approximately 50 firefighters, specialist officers and three wildfire units are tackling the blaze on the moor in very challenging conditions. Our crews are working tirelessly to fight the fire and we are utilising a number of tactics to reduce the scale of the blaze.

“We have a helicopter deployed to drop water in challenging areas that cannot be accessed on foot which is helping to reduce the scale of the fire. We are also working alongside Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service who are fighting the fire on the other side of the moor.

“Firefighter and partner safety and welfare is a priority for us. Conditions are really arduous on the moor and we are ensuring crews are rotated and are given relief breaks.

“I would like to thank all of our crews and partners for all their hard work so far in tackling this challenging incident. We will continue to fight the fire for the rest of the day and into the evening but I want to reassure the public that we are working closely with partner agencies at United Utilities and the Peak District to ensure our crews are tackling the fire in the safest and most efficient way.”

– Phil Nelson, Group Manager for Tameside and Stockport division of Greater Manchester Fire Service
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