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Published21 minutes agoSharecloseShare pageCopy linkAbout sharingTwo people have been arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of a man in Rochdale.The victim was found with serious injuries on Atholl Drive in Heywood in the early hours, and died a short time later, Greater Manchester Police said.Another man had earlier asked for help from the occupants of a nearby house.A 19-year-old man and 20-year-old woman were later arrested, with one being questioned and one receiving hospital treatment for a wound, police said.Det Ch Insp Gina Brennand said: "Our investigation is in the early stages and we are continuing to establish the full circumstances surrounding the death of this man and ensure all of his loved ones are informed."Our inquiries are very much ongoing and anyone with information should contact us."We are aware of the impact this news will have on the community, but do not believe there to be a risk of harm to members of the public."Why not follow BBC North West on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram? You can also send story ideas to firstname.lastname@example.orgRelated Internet LinksGreater Manchester PoliceThe BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites.
Published24 minutes agoSharecloseShare pageCopy linkAbout sharingPeople have been coming to London from all over the UK and much further afield to queue for hours and pay their final respects to the Queen. BBC News has been speaking to some about what motivated them.Mourners were warned to brace themselves for a very lengthy wait. But that didn't deter those gathering at the rear of the miles-long queue to pay their respects on Saturday. As the crowds filed into Southwark Park in south-east London to begin their long procession to Westminster Hall, a large LED sign left them in no doubt what they were letting themselves in for. "WAIT TIME FROM THIS POINT MINIMUM 14 HOURS," it read.Compared to the previous day - when the park had been closed to new arrivals after reaching capacity and wait times had reached 24 hours - this would be, after all, a relatively brisk wait. Assiya Khan from west London and Samir Dwesar from Croydon, both 32, joined the queue just after 11:00 BST on Saturday. They had originally planned to turn up in the middle of the night when they anticipated the queue would drop - but when they checked the official tracker at 02:00 and 04:00, the predicted wait time had not fallen. "Then BBC News flashed up saying it had dropped to 14 hours," says Assiya. "So we just said, let's do it." But neither mind how long they end up standing in line. "It's all part of the experience," says Samir.It was, after all, a clear, bright, dry early autumn day - perfect conditions for standing outdoors for hours. And still the mourners kept coming at a rate of 2,000 an hour. Throughout the morning, the park grew visibly fuller. Those arriving were clearly anticipating a long stay - most were in warmer clothes than would be expect for the daytime in London in mid-September, with lots of parkas, hats and big jumpers.Claire Thomas, 46, and friend Emma Hughes, 29, travelled down from Newcastle and Sunderland respectively and with them was a wheelie suitcase full of body warmers, thermal leggings and the like. Claire's rucksack was filled with provisions to keep their energy levels up - "fruit, sweets energy bars - lots of sugar and protein," said Emma purposefully. But none would have prepared to stand until the early hours unless this was a meaningful occasion for them. Behind every face in the queue was a different story of some kind of connection to the late monarch, however great or small. As she waited to collect the wristband that would give her access to the queue, Jacqueline Pearsons, 51, from north London, brushed a tear from her eye. This was an emotional occasion for her, she explained. Her mother, who died two-and-a-half years ago, had been a great fan of the late Queen, having attended her coronation in 1953. "So every time I saw the Queen, she brought back memories of my mum," said Jacqueline. "And now she's gone as well. So this feels like something I have really got to do."As word reached the rear of the queue that the King and the Prince of Wales had made a surprise visit to mourners further down the line, those at the back were appreciative of the gesture. "They're doing what their mum and grandmother did," says Sarah Mellor, 44, from Chorley, Lancashire. "I've got so much respect for that - it must be really hard when you lose your mum at 73."And as they prepared to wait in line into the early hours, many of those standing in line said it was a small sacrifice to make. Michael Tropp, a self-described Anglophile from Atlanta, Georgia, had arrived from the US in the morning on a nine-hour overnight flight. The Queen's death was a moment in history that he'd felt compelled to honour. "For 70 years she's been the mother of this country," he said. "There will never be anything like this again in my lifetime."
Published58 minutes agoSharecloseShare pageCopy linkAbout sharingImage source, Getty ImagesThousands of children have been treated for malnutrition in Scottish hospitals, according to new figures.NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde alone recorded 3,895 admissions of children under the age of 18 to an acute site for malnutrition from 2018 to 2022. Figures obtained by The Herald newspaper under a Freedom of Information request show numbers almost doubled last year from 572 to 1000.BBC Scotland has approached the Scottish government for comment.The health board said individual patients could account for more than one hospital admission.NHS Lothian figures revealed 928 children were red flagged for dietary support from January 2018 to June of this year. Experts fear the situation will only get worse due to the cost of living crisis caused by rising inflation and soaring energy prices. Pete Ritchie, of food policy organisation Nourish Scotland, described the Covid pandemic as a "disaster" for the physical and mental health of children and young people.He told BBC Scotland the pandemic triggered a spike in obesity and eating disorders.Mr Ritchie added: "Supermarkets need to help us with this cost of living crisis by bringing down the cost of a basket of healthy foods."John Dickie, director of Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) Scotland, said the figures wouldn't all be about poverty.He added: "It is a stark reminder of just how important it is that government at every level acts to ensure that all families have the resources they need to give their children a healthy diet."'Faltering growth'NHS Tayside said 186 referrals had been made to paediatric dieticians for "faltering growth" in Dundee, Perth and Kinross over the past three and a half years.The figures do not include GP data, where most children at risk of malnutrition would be treated.NHS Forth Valley said releasing the figures could lead to children being identified while NHS Grampian also recorded very small numbers.NHS Borders, NHS Dumfries and Galloway and NHS Western Isles said no children had been treated for malnutrition while NHS Ayrshire and Arran and NHS Fife did not provide data.Malnutrition refers to deficiencies, excesses or imbalances in an individual's intake of energy and or nutrients.Under-nutrition can result in low weight or height for age or a child being underweight.'It is important to be vigilant'Children who are overweight or obese may also be at risk due to poor diet while illness can affect the body's ability to absorb nutrients.Ada Garcia, public health nutritionist at the University of Glasgow, said: "Monitoring true undernutrition associated to poverty is important for the identification of cases needing clinical treatment and for the provision of social care. "In a population, independent of wealth, there will always be a number of children who are not growing according to the expected growth curves and standards and those cases need to be documented and monitored. "In the UK the threshold for true poverty-associated undernutrition in childhood is very mild but it is important to be vigilant."