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An Oldham family has described its horror

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at witnessing a hit and run crash where a 12-year-old girl died.

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Her 11-year-old cousin who was holding her hand at the time

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Police say they want to speak to the driver of a black Volkswagen.

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Two cousins, Helina Kotlarova and Zaneta Krokova, both victims

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of a hit and run crash on New Year's Eve.

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Today, a distraught and devastated family gathered close

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to where 12-year-old Helina was killed and 11-year-old Zaneta

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Sylva Kotlarova describes a frantic effort the family made to help.

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She was on the floor, she had blood all over her face

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I thought she was going to breathe or something but she couldn't

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This face was all bleeding and there was nothing to do.

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The cousins had popped out to the shops to get

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They were part of a larger group of family and friends

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who were crossing this busy road coming out of Oldham town centre.

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The rest of the group had made it to the other side.

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They went to the shop and when they came back,

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They were holding their hands together.

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Police say the driver of a black VW Golf didn't stop.

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It is shocked news because it is the New Year.

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Trying to keep my mum and dad strong.

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It is hard to believe that she is gone because she was too young.

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Their father told the BBC he was too upset to speak publicly

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"The whole family," he said, "is comforting each other."

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A at Stepping Hill hospital in Stockport has been described

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by a spokesperson as, "almost intolerable"

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because of the number of patients who turned up yesterday.

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Staff say they have been overwhelmed, and have once again

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asked people only to turn up if their condition is

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Hundreds of people have been protesting against plans to erect

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ninety electricity pylons just outside the Lake District.

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Campaigners marched through Duddon Valley this morning

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from where the 50 foot high pylons will be seen

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The National Grid says it HAS already revised its designs,

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so that fewer pylons would be visible.

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It was invented in Liverpool, uses electric powered wheelchairs,

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and is thriving across Merseyside, where organisers are hoping it

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Power hockey is a game of speed and skill.

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A sport most definitely not for the faint-hearted.

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Marcus Harrison is one of the top performers.

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His muscular dystrophy doesn't stop him powering past opponents.

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I started playing hockey when I was six.

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That was the first sport I started playing and before that I didn't

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Never thought Marcus would be able to play sport.

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He heard about the hockey and came along and that was it.

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Competitors play with electric chairs which means it

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Each one can cost several thousand pounds.

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Power hockey has spread to 22 schools around Merseyside

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but the next challenge is to expand it around the country and ultimately

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It is vitally important for total integration,

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especially for people who are power wheelchair users.

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To roll it out nationally will take a lot more resources and a lot

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They invented power hockey hair at Greenbank Sports Academy.

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Now their goal is to spread its message far and wide.

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In rugby union's Aviva Premiership, not a great start to the New Year

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for struggling Sale Sharks who suffered a narrow

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23-24 defeat to Bristol - meaning they haven't won in eight

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Lets hope it is better news on the weather. Here is Alex.

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We had a mixed bag today. We started on a rainy note that the rain

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started to push southwards and we had some brighter weather this

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afternoon thanks to our weather watchers for sending in the

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pictures. We are expecting more settled conditions on the way

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tomorrow. Looking at night, we have some showers around and some of

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those may be wintry over higher ground. A cold night tonight.

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Temperatures down to minus two Celsius. We are expecting a

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widespread frost. Tomorrow, we have a frosty start tomorrow and there

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will be some decent sunny spells and variable amounts of cloud throughout

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the day. Do wrap up warm if you are out and about. Highs of five

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Celsius. I will leave you with the Outlook. Bright weather to come.

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We will be back with you just before 11pm.

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Have a good evening and a very happy New Year.

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Good evening. Well, to Bake Off 2017, the weather has been fairly

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mixed, wet and cloudy in the South, colder but clearer further north.

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This was taken in County Down earlier in the day, plenty of

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sunshine there, but with clear skies by day, a cold nights tonight. That

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will fill the south across

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