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City news in 250 words: Tuesday 20 June

Free HIV home testing kits, waiting lists for ops on the up and care worker murder conviction

Published on June 21st 2011.

City news in 250 words: Tuesday 20 June

UP TO FIFTY PEOPLE have been injured in a crash on the M62 near Eccles. Five vehicles collided on the motorway yesterday at around 3.10pm. Two of the vehicles, which were coaches, were carrying children from a primary school trip. Thirty ambulances were sent to the scene, though only minor injuries occurred.

WAITING LISTS FOR OPERATIONS at Greater Manchester hospitals have increased, reports say. At Pennine, Tameside and Salford, the eighteen week operation target has doubled in twelve months. The waiting times, which relate only to non-emergency procedures and surgeries, include operations such as heart and eye surgery.

HIV HOME TESTING KITS are being distributed for free for the first time in Greater Manchester. People will be able to order the kits online, which includes a small needle to prick their fingers. The blood sample is then placed on a card and sent off for diagnosis. The kits are being offered to anyone over 16 in the Greater Manchester area. Patients will be contacted about results two weeks after taking the test.

TWO BROTHERS HAVE BEEN CONVICTED of murdering a care worker in Greater Manchester on News Years Day. Owen Carl Roche, 22, and his 17-year-old brother Direece Roche, stabbed Adam Steele, 23, to death on Lancaster Road in Salford. Owen Carl Roche was convicted of manslaughter at Manchester Crown Court on Monday.

This week in 1839: Victoria Bridge opened over the Irwell opposite Manchester Cathedral. An earlier bridge held a prison with cells flooded by the river.

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