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Four members of the same family from Manchester have been killed

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Among those killed is a two-month-old boy.

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They were on a pilgrimage and were travelling from Mecca

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Tributes are being paid by family and friends this evening.

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Mark Edwardson has more on the story.

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A photo of all six family members killed when a mini-bus crashed

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Amongst them two-month-old Adam Anis, pictured here

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with his grandfather Mohammed Kurshid who also died.

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He was a beautiful little baby and she loved him dearly.

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You know, he was just a beautiful child who had gone with

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Little did she know that he was only to live

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The two other victims from Manchester were Mr Kurshid's

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The two other family members were from Glasgow.

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Two more relatives are said to be critically ill in hospital,

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while Adam's mother Atika is in a serious condition

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aged two and three, according to reports.

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They've not informed her yet because it's

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too traumatising and she's sedated, so I think that she's not well

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enough to handle the news of losing a child.

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Every year, millions of Muslims flock to Mecca and Medina -

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to carry out the annual Hajj pilgrimage or the Umra.

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A group of maybe 12-13 cousins, including my own siblings, children

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of the deceased, are going to be going over to obviously see their

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parents who have passed away and bury them there in the holy land.

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The Foreign Office has confirmed that six British people

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Meanwhile, a director of Manchester-based Haji Tours

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said his staff had been told the crash was caused

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Mark Edwardson, BBC North West Tonight.

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A man in his 20s is in a stable condition after being

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It happened in Stockbridge village yesterday evening.

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Police believe the shooting was targeted,

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and have increased patrols in the area.

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Baroness Helen Newlove, whose husband Gary was killed

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outside their home in Warrington, is urging the Government to

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strengthen the rights of crime victims.

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The Ministry of Justice says it will announce plans in due course.

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Baroness Newlove says in the past year

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only 15% of victims had been given the opportunity to make

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a statement about how it had affected them.

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The North West Ambulance Service has been told it has to improve

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by the health watchdog, the Care Quality Commission.

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Inspectors expressed concerns about staff shortages,

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particularly paramedics, and a lack of training

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The Trust says it's faced an extremely challenging year

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Our health correspondent Gill Dummigan reports.

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The Preston control room, one of three in the north-west.

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Today, they'll deal with around 1100 calls

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and around 4000 across the three sites.

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The most important thing to remember when you work in the control room

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is that at the end of every 999 call is a patient

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and one of our primary focuses certainly on the initial training

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of staff is that everything has to be patient-centric.

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The report found that the trust was effective and caring

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but it found that safety required improvement particularly when it

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There were particular concerns with reporting

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of serious incidents and that some staff needed more

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The CQC was can particularly concerned about the

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At the time of the inspection nearly one in six posts

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They said this was placing too much strain on

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We did find there was low morale in some of the areas amongst paramdics.

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A lot of the paramedics were working extra hours and overtime to

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There was also reliance on community first responders to attend

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The pressures on the system are well documented.

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In the last year, 999 calls have gone up by 23%.

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There has been an increases pressure on staff.

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They have to go out and deal with more intense

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situations and experienced staff are leaving to

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find less pressurised and better paid jobs.

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The service says they accept the findings but they

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have already started solving the problems,

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Already, they have taken on paramedics

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We are not taking anything lightly and we are a learning organisation

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and the things that were picked up in this report

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we will be learning from and we have learned from

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and as I said earlier, we have actually corrected the bulk of them

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now and some of the things that are outstanding are things that

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cannot be solved immediately but we have plans

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This is one of the last of the ambulance trusts

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Of the nine so far rated, seven have been found wanting,

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It is a challenging time for the service.

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The question is whether the response to that challenge can be improved.

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One in six secondary schools in the north-west

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is under-performing according to new figures

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The region has the highest proportion of pupils attending

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More than one in eight young people are being taught in schools

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that haven't managed to meet new national standards.

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Well, these figures show that young people in our region are more likely

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than in any other part of the country.

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And three of the five worst-performing local authorities

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are in the north-west - Halton, Oldham and,

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with the worst record in the country,

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Knowsley where every one of the borough's six secondary

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This was the reaction of parents today.

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Most of my son's class actually went out of borough

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I was proud of what they put my children through.

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The education seems very poor round here.

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Knowsley Council declined an interview but told us

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it's "naturally disappointed" and is already making changes.

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Four of the six secondary schools are now academies and it's recently

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invested a million pounds to establish an Education Commission

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That million pounds follows years of problems.

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Knowsley has long been one of the country's

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It has the country's worst GCSE results and,

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stops offering A-level courses this year,

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it'll make it the only council area in England

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Here's what one teachers' union told us.

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The reasons that Knowsley is constantly underperforming

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Many of those are deep, historic reasons and not simply

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It's about the brightest and best of our young people

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traditionally, for many, many years, travelling

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outside of the borough to other local authorities.

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Our three worst performing areas are all Labour-run

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authorities, but today the Shadow Education Secretary

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and MP for Ashton-under-Lyne told me Government failings were to blame.

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We really need to see class sizes reducing again

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We need good quality teaching and we need decent schools

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for all our kids, not just for those down south.

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But all the north-west's worst performing local authorities

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And they've also had nearly half of their budgets,

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if not over half of their budgets, cut over this period.

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We asked the Department for Education for an interview.

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They declined, but say that over the last six years, the gap

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between disadvantaged pupils and others has narrowed.

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The former bishop of Liverpool, the Right Reverend James Jones,

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has been given the Freedom of the City.

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Bishop James was honoured partly for his work

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on the Hillsborough Independent Panel.

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Its report in 2012 led to the original accidental death

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verdicts on the victims of the Hillsborough

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The great honour has been to serve the people of Liverpool

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for 15 years and especially the Hillsborough families

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The families over the years have always believed that

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their struggle with truth and justice has not just been for

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themselves and the survivors, it's not just been for the city even, but

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Campaigners are asking Preston Council not to push ahead

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with plans to renovate the city's Harris Museum.

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Proposals have been submitted to the Heritage Lottery to open up

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the Grade One listed building by giving it a new

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But members of the Victorian Society say the building's classical facade

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Good evening to you. Our weather watchers have struggled to find any

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sunshine through the week but that should change a little bit as we go

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through the weekend but changing type. Cooler air starts to come

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towards us as we had through tomorrow afternoon and it will be

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with us for the weekends of the will be brighter spells. Interestingly,

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when this weather turns up after a very settled, cloudy spell we will

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go into a settled, cool and rather bright spell so a definite change of

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type but at the minutes, all about the cloud cover. Most places are

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dull with a few drops of drizzle. As we head towards the early hours of

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the morning, more southern parts of the region may start to see some

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breaks developing in the cloud cover but I do not think the temperatures

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were altered. Remaining pretty good, five and 6 degrees. Any breaks

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across Cheshire may see two here and there but that is the exception

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rather than liberal and for tomorrow, a cloudy start, a few

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drops of drizzle the wind as well but not long before brighter skies

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come in pushing from the Midlands and spread across the region as we

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go through the afternoon. It is not guaranteed to reach everywhere. Part

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of Cumbria and the more northern part of Lancashire may well stay in

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the cloud for a good portion of the day but it will send from time to

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time. To the south we will see some reasonable spells of sunshine

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working their way through. The breeze is relatively light and if

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you look at the numbers on the chart, they don't seem too bad but I

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think you will make that temperature at lunchtime and through the

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afternoon and it will then fall down by a few degrees. Helen has the

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national picture next. I will leave you with the outlook for the

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weekend. Definitely cooler and fresher.

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looks as though we can, a bit more cloud on Sunday. Now the national

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picture. Good evening, it will gradually get

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colder in the UK in the next few days, something we don't

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