Tony Morris, the Granada Reports presenter who tragically died two years ago, has been honoured with a posthumous doctorate.
The presenter died in August 2020 after a battle with cancer, leaving fans devastated.
Tony presented ITV’s North West regional news programme for 17 years and was much-loved in our region.
The award was issued by the University of Salford to recognise his life and career, with his daughters, Becky and Natalie, going to the graduation ceremony at the Lowry Theatre to accept the honorary award.
Natalie said, as per ITV News: “We’ve always been so incredibly proud of everything he’s achieved… So to have that recognised with all those people there, it just felt very fitting and very right.”
Becky added: “His favourite part of the job was being able to talk to young prospective students who were considering a career in the media.
“One very important piece of Tony Morris advice: Do not be put off by what the job description says. Get your a*** in the room and figure it out!”
Lucy Meacock, Tony’s co-presenter at Granada Reports, is now Chancellor of the University of Salford, and she led the ceremony.
She paid tribute to Tony, with the pair first reporting the news alongside each other back in 2003.
Lucy said: “For those of you who weren’t lucky enough to know Tony, remember the name Tony Morris because he will always be a great inspiration and important role model for all of us.
“A truly remarkable broadcaster, a wonderful colleague and a great friend.”
Police end search for Moors Murders victim Keith Bennett
Police have ended the search for Keith Bennett on Saddleworth Moor after finding no human remains.
Last week, an author claimed to have found evidence of the possible burial site for the twelve-year-old, who was kidnapped and murdered by Ian Brady and Myra Hindley in 1964.
Greater Manchester Police (GMP) began searching the area on September 29th but said today there was ‘no evidence of the presence of human remains’.
More to follow…
Andy Burnham says Avanti West Coast must improve or ‘contract should be terminated’
Avanti is running a heavily reduced timetable as a result of ‘unofficial strike action’
Andy Burnham has urged the Transport Secretary to make Avanti West Coast run more trains to Manchester or terminate the firm’s contract.
In a letter to Anne-Marie Trevelyan, the mayor of Greater Manchester said he wants Avanti to run at least two services between Manchester and London per hour by the end of the month – or have their contract removed altogether.
The Department for Transport has today placed the train firm on a short-term contract to challenge it to deliver the urgent increase in services required.
Back in August, the train company announced it would be reducing its services between Manchester and the capital to just one per hour as a result of ‘unofficial strike action’ by ASLEF members.
And over the last three weeks, an average of 10% of Avanti West Coast services between Manchester and London were either cancelled or significantly late.
Over this same three-week time period, over a quarter of services (27%) have failed to arrive on time, according to Granada Reports.
Yet while Avanti has said it plans to return to an increased timetable by December 11th, Burnham said it should happen sooner, and is calling for two trains per hour by the end of October, and three trains by December.
In his letter, Burnham wrote: “Unless this happens and is clearly communicated, train travel between our most important economic regions will continue to be chaotic, forcing people into their cars or into abandoning plans to travel entirely.
“These dreadful conditions would be unacceptable at any time but are particularly so now given the wholesale collapse of the timetable, something no other train company is experiencing at anything like this scale.
“Passengers face other challenges too. Tickets are still only being released a few days in advance, making planning for individuals and businesses impossible.
“Without this commitment, I will be unable to support a new contract for Avanti.”
In response, a spokesperson for Avanti West Coast said: “We are already delivering on our commitment to increase the number of services we are running between Manchester and London, with three or four trains an hour departing Manchester Piccadilly at the key times of the day.
“We remain focused on providing a reliable train service for our customers and restoring a full timetable of three trains an hour all day between London and Manchester, in December.
“Our revised timetable, with no reliance on overtime, is also proving more reliable – in the last week, we have run 300 trains between London and Manchester, with approximately one in thirty of them cancelled, mainly because of short-notice sickness.
“That compares with one out of thirteen trains cancelled back in mid-July.
“Nevertheless, we know that at the moment we’re not delivering the service our customers rightly expect and we apologise for the enormous frustration and inconvenience this is causing.
“We would like to thank our customers for their patience and understanding.”
Tributes pour in for ‘gorgeous’ mum killed in Liverpool dog attack
Police say five American bulldogs have since been ‘humanely destroyed’
Tributes have been pouring in for the ‘gorgeous’ mum who was mauled to death by five dogs in Liverpool.
Ann Dunn, sixty-five, died after being attacked by five American bulldogs in a property on St. Brigids Crescent, Vauxhall.
Merseyside Police were called out by paramedics on Monday October 3rd at around 4:25pm. However, Ann’s injuries were too serious and she was pronounced as dead at the scene.
Police say five American bulldogs, which were found inside the property, were handed over and have now been humanely destroyed.
Officers also confirmed that a thirty-one-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of owning a dog dangerously out of control. He remains in custody.
Following the news of her death, people who knew Ann have paid their own tributes to the mum and grandmother on social media.
One person wrote on Facebook: “RIP gorgeous lady, still can’t believe it Ann. Had some good times with you I will never forget.”
She added: “I am all so heartbroken for you kids and family right now. Don’t want to even think how they feeling… So happy I got [sic] have old chat with you on Friday even though it was only for 10 minutes, keeping looking over your family.”
Another social media user added: “Heart breaking thinking of all the family, devastated for yous all. R.I.P lovely Ann.”
Liverpool John Moores University, where Ann worked as a cleaner, also paid tribute to their ‘hard-working and dedicated’ employee.
They said: “The university community is absolutely shocked and devastated by this tragic loss and to lose Ann in this way is just heart-breaking. Ann was hard-working and dedicated and had so many friends across the organisation. It’s just awful and she will be terribly missed.
“Our thoughts at this time are with her family and loved-ones.”
Detective Inspector Katie Coote added: “This is clearly a very distressing incident and our thoughts are with the family and friends of the lady who died.
“Our enquiries remain ongoing as we seek to establish what has happened and I would urge anyone who could assist our enquiries to get in touch.”