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Police are investigating after a baby born prematurely died at the age of seven months while under a social services spotlight. The little girl was the subject of family court litigation, as a result of bosses at Lancashire County Council launching care proceedings, and detail of the case has emerged…
A 95-year-old man who bludgeoned his wife of 65 years with a lump hammer in an attempted mercy killing has been spared jail. Denver Beddows attacked wife Olive, 88, at their home in Warrington, Cheshire, after she begged him to take her life because she did not want to die…
Twenty nine people have appeared in court facing a total of more than 170 charges relating to the sexual exploitation of 18 children. The 27 men and two women appeared before a district judge at Huddersfield Magistrates Court charged with offences including rape, trafficking, sexual activity with a child, child…
Child sex offences reported in Greater Manchester have increased fourfold in three years, new figures showed today with the number of known or suspected offenders doubling. And the numbers of children identified as at risk has trebled in two years to 1,732, a new report by Stockport MP Ann Coffey…
A garden filled with plants popular in the 1960s and 1970s to comfort people with dementia will form part of the Royal Horticultural Society's (RHS) Tatton Flower Show this summer. Cheshire-based designers Jane Bingham and Penny Hearn are creating a garden filled with features that will help people suffering from…
Greater Manchester mayoral candidate Andy Burnham discussed the future of health and social care across the region when he visited the University of Salford. The Leigh MP, who has served as both Secretary of State and Shadow Secretary of State for Health, provided an insight into the issues surrounding health…
Four children were rescued by police from a filthy house with walls smeared with excrement and used nappies strewn across bare floors. The youngsters, all under five, lived in "feral and dangerous" conditions in the property in Leyland, Lancashire. Their parents each admitted four counts of child neglect when they…
A High Court judge has asked a council boss for an explanation after complaining of "lackadaisical" efforts by social workers. Mr Justice MacDonald said social services staff at Cheshire East Borough Council had been asked to assess people who might be able to care for a vulnerable 11-month-old girl. The…
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