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Four members of the same family from Manchester have been killed
Among those killed is a two-month-old boy.
They were on a pilgrimage and were travelling from Mecca
Tributes are being paid by family and friends this evening.
Mark Edwardson has more on the story.
A photo of all six family members killed when a mini-bus crashed
Amongst them two-month-old Adam Anis, pictured here
with his grandfather Mohammed Kurshid who also died.
He was a beautiful little baby and she loved him dearly.
You know, he was just a beautiful child who had gone with
Little did she know that he was only to live
The two other victims from Manchester were Mr Kurshid's
The two other family members were from Glasgow.
Two more relatives are said to be critically ill in hospital,
while Adam's mother Atika is in a serious condition
aged two and three, according to reports.
They've not informed her yet because it's
too traumatising and she's sedated, so I think that she's not well
enough to handle the news of losing a child.
Every year, millions of Muslims flock to Mecca and Medina -
to carry out the annual Hajj pilgrimage or the Umra.
A group of maybe 12-13 cousins, including my own siblings, children
of the deceased, are going to be going over to obviously see their
parents who have passed away and bury them there in the holy land.
The Foreign Office has confirmed that six British people
Meanwhile, a director of Manchester-based Haji Tours
said his staff had been told the crash was caused
Mark Edwardson, BBC North West Tonight.
A man in his 20s is in a stable condition after being
It happened in Stockbridge village yesterday evening.
Police believe the shooting was targeted,
and have increased patrols in the area.
Baroness Helen Newlove, whose husband Gary was killed
outside their home in Warrington, is urging the Government to
strengthen the rights of crime victims.
The Ministry of Justice says it will announce plans in due course.
Baroness Newlove says in the past year
only 15% of victims had been given the opportunity to make
a statement about how it had affected them.
The North West Ambulance Service has been told it has to improve
by the health watchdog, the Care Quality Commission.
Inspectors expressed concerns about staff shortages,
particularly paramedics, and a lack of training
The Trust says it's faced an extremely challenging year
Our health correspondent Gill Dummigan reports.
The Preston control room, one of three in the north-west.
Today, they'll deal with around 1100 calls
and around 4000 across the three sites.
The most important thing to remember when you work in the control room
is that at the end of every 999 call is a patient
and one of our primary focuses certainly on the initial training
of staff is that everything has to be patient-centric.
The report found that the trust was effective and caring
but it found that safety required improvement particularly when it
There were particular concerns with reporting
of serious incidents and that some staff needed more
The CQC was can particularly concerned about the
At the time of the inspection nearly one in six posts
They said this was placing too much strain on
We did find there was low morale in some of the areas amongst paramdics.
A lot of the paramedics were working extra hours and overtime to
There was also reliance on community first responders to attend
The pressures on the system are well documented.
In the last year, 999 calls have gone up by 23%.
There has been an increases pressure on staff.
They have to go out and deal with more intense
situations and experienced staff are leaving to
find less pressurised and better paid jobs.
The service says they accept the findings but they
have already started solving the problems,
Already, they have taken on paramedics
We are not taking anything lightly and we are a learning organisation
and the things that were picked up in this report
we will be learning from and we have learned from
and as I said earlier, we have actually corrected the bulk of them
now and some of the things that are outstanding are things that
cannot be solved immediately but we have plans
This is one of the last of the ambulance trusts
Of the nine so far rated, seven have been found wanting,
It is a challenging time for the service.
The question is whether the response to that challenge can be improved.
One in six secondary schools in the north-west
is under-performing according to new figures
The region has the highest proportion of pupils attending
More than one in eight young people are being taught in schools
that haven't managed to meet new national standards.
Well, these figures show that young people in our region are more likely
than in any other part of the country.
And three of the five worst-performing local authorities
are in the north-west - Halton, Oldham and,
with the worst record in the country,
Knowsley where every one of the borough's six secondary
This was the reaction of parents today.
Most of my son's class actually went out of borough
I was proud of what they put my children through.
The education seems very poor round here.
Knowsley Council declined an interview but told us
it's "naturally disappointed" and is already making changes.
Four of the six secondary schools are now academies and it's recently
invested a million pounds to establish an Education Commission
That million pounds follows years of problems.
Knowsley has long been one of the country's
It has the country's worst GCSE results and,
stops offering A-level courses this year,
it'll make it the only council area in England
Here's what one teachers' union told us.
The reasons that Knowsley is constantly underperforming
Many of those are deep, historic reasons and not simply
It's about the brightest and best of our young people
traditionally, for many, many years, travelling
outside of the borough to other local authorities.
Our three worst performing areas are all Labour-run
authorities, but today the Shadow Education Secretary
and MP for Ashton-under-Lyne told me Government failings were to blame.
We really need to see class sizes reducing again
We need good quality teaching and we need decent schools
for all our kids, not just for those down south.
But all the north-west's worst performing local authorities
And they've also had nearly half of their budgets,
if not over half of their budgets, cut over this period.
We asked the Department for Education for an interview.
They declined, but say that over the last six years, the gap
between disadvantaged pupils and others has narrowed.
The former bishop of Liverpool, the Right Reverend James Jones,
has been given the Freedom of the City.
Bishop James was honoured partly for his work
on the Hillsborough Independent Panel.
Its report in 2012 led to the original accidental death
verdicts on the victims of the Hillsborough
The great honour has been to serve the people of Liverpool
for 15 years and especially the Hillsborough families
The families over the years have always believed that
their struggle with truth and justice has not just been for
themselves and the survivors, it's not just been for the city even, but
Campaigners are asking Preston Council not to push ahead
with plans to renovate the city's Harris Museum.
Proposals have been submitted to the Heritage Lottery to open up
the Grade One listed building by giving it a new
But members of the Victorian Society say the building's classical facade
Good evening to you. Our weather watchers have struggled to find any
sunshine through the week but that should change a little bit as we go
through the weekend but changing type. Cooler air starts to come
towards us as we had through tomorrow afternoon and it will be
with us for the weekends of the will be brighter spells. Interestingly,
when this weather turns up after a very settled, cloudy spell we will
go into a settled, cool and rather bright spell so a definite change of
type but at the minutes, all about the cloud cover. Most places are
dull with a few drops of drizzle. As we head towards the early hours of
the morning, more southern parts of the region may start to see some
breaks developing in the cloud cover but I do not think the temperatures
were altered. Remaining pretty good, five and 6 degrees. Any breaks
across Cheshire may see two here and there but that is the exception
rather than liberal and for tomorrow, a cloudy start, a few
drops of drizzle the wind as well but not long before brighter skies
come in pushing from the Midlands and spread across the region as we
go through the afternoon. It is not guaranteed to reach everywhere. Part
of Cumbria and the more northern part of Lancashire may well stay in
the cloud for a good portion of the day but it will send from time to
time. To the south we will see some reasonable spells of sunshine
working their way through. The breeze is relatively light and if
you look at the numbers on the chart, they don't seem too bad but I
think you will make that temperature at lunchtime and through the
afternoon and it will then fall down by a few degrees. Helen has the
national picture next. I will leave you with the outlook for the
weekend. Definitely cooler and fresher.
looks as though we can, a bit more cloud on Sunday. Now the national
picture. Good evening, it will gradually get
colder in the UK in the next few days, something we don't