Today's top stories from the Manchester Evening News include a huge rescue operation in the Northern Quarter after a man fell ill in a crane, a devious daughter who stole £20k from frail dad to play slot machines and the bollard sage that's causing a stir in Altrincham.

In case you missed them, we've put together some teasers below and links to full articles.

Here are the most-read stories from Manchester today (Friday, September 17).

Man, 42, who fell ill inside crane taken to hospital after huge rescue operation

A man was taken to hospital after falling ill while inside a crane.

Emergency services on Oldham Street after a man fell ill inside a crane

A huge emergency services presence was sparked on Oldham Road in the Northern Quarter in Manchester city centre earlier today.

Police officers, fire crews and paramedics were called to the scene at around 9.15am to reports that a man 'needed medical assistance' inside a crane cab.

A rescue operation was launched and specialist equipment and ladders were used to lower the man to the floor.

Oldham Road was closed off while emergency services dealt with the incident.

Ryan Thomas and Lucy Mecklenburgh's baby son rushed to intensive care after he was found blue in cot

Ryan Thomas had a parent's worst nightmare after his son was found blue in his cot.

The former Coronation Street star and fiance Lucy Mecklenburgh took to social media to speak about the incident with 18-month-old Roman.

Ryan Thomas has spoken out on the 'scariest time'

Ryan, who played Jason Grimshaw in the ITV soap, shared the 'scariest' moment on Instagram and revealed his little boy has been in intensive care for a week.

Alongside a picture of him cuddling Roman surrounded by machines in the hospital, the 37-year-old said: " No words can explain how grateful we are to have our little boy home safe after spending nearly a week in intensive care.

As parents it’s been one of the scariest times of our lives but with thanks to our amazing doctors & nurses we have king Roman back playing, smiling & more importantly eating, i would like to thank the @nhs and also @cosmic_charity who have been unbelievable. You both really are the real life superhero’s."

The bollard saga that's causing a stir in Altrincham

A saga over bollards in Altrincham town centre is causing a stir.

Cube-shaped blocks blocked the pavement from traffic along Stamford New Road - and doubled as seating.

The bollards have been damaged again

They were installed during the first phase of work to improve the town centre.

Before long, the blocks - which were so light people could pick them up - were repeatedly driven into and vandalised.

In August 2020, the council replaced the cubes with cylindrical blocks, at a cost of almost £30,000.

A year later, some of the bollards have been damaged.

But the thought of them being replaced at the cost of the taxpayer has left some people furious.

A spokesperson for community group Our Altrincham said: "The new bollards are no better than the last lot.

"Ultimately, whatever they look like, they are too low for drivers to see if they don’t have reversing sensors or cameras. That’s why they keep being lifted by vehicles pushing against them.

"They need to be removed and replaced with taller, more substantial structures."

Devious daughter who nicked £20k off frail dad to play slot machines jailed

A ‘shameless and devious’ daughter with a gambling addiction nicked £20,000 from her elderly father’s estate - and blew it on slot machines.

Yasmin Tattersall, 57, was caring for her now deceased 81-year-old father over a three-year period.

Yasmine Tattersall outside court

She was in charge of his debit cards.

He had privately-funded carers, who visited twice a day.

Meetings were held between the family and the company the carers worked for after they weren’t paid.

Despite coming to an agreement that Tattersall would sort the cash out, they were never paid.

Instead, she'd emptied her dad's account of his life savings - around £20,000 - Minshull Street Crown Court heard.

Tattersall, from Rochdale, admitted theft.

She has now been jailed for six months.

Man who fell between trams in Manchester city centre has had 'leg amputated' and remains critical

A man who fell between the gap of a double tram in Manchester city centrehas had ‘one leg amputated’ and remains in hospital in a critical condition.

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) says the man is ‘expected to pull through’ after the collision at the Metrolink stop at Exchange Square on September 11.

Police were on the scene from 11.30pm

Police had been called to reports of a man being hit by a tram just before 11.30pm, with officers conducting first aid before the man was taken to hospital by ambulance.

An investigation is ongoing according to TfGM, who updated the Metrolink and rail subcommittee of the Greater Manchester transport committee today (Friday).

Teen mortified as boyfriend dumps her by text weeks after she had his initial tattooed

A young woman has been left mortified after she got a tattoo of her boyfriend's initial - only for him to dump her by text just weeks later.

Megan Carey claims her then-boyfriend of around eight months agreed to get matching ink, with him including her name in his sleeve tattoo.

Megan Carey, 19, from Wigan, who was dumped just weeks after getting her boyfriend's initial tattooed

Despite only just getting back together after a break, the smitten 19-year-old took the drastic step of getting a delicate design of a love heart going into the letter 'J' on her bikini line in mid-August.

Megan thought they would be together forever.

The 19-year-old took the drastic step of getting the delicate design of a love heart going into the letter 'J' on her bikini line in mid August, thinking they would be together forever

But two weeks later, she says she woke up to a break-up text out of the blue after the pair had started arguing again - leaving her deeply regretting the rash decision to get inked.

The accountancy student is now warning other young girls to never get a tattoo relating to a partner, insisting it's a 'waste of time' and admits even the tattoo artist had laughed at her, while pals had tried to talk her out of it.

'Most ambitious senior recruitment process in GMP history' - Police appoint new commanders in every borough

Every borough in Greater Manchester now has its own district commander as part of what has been called the 'most ambitious senior recruitment process in GMP history'.

Six new chief superintendents and one that is currently serving with the force will be posted to a local policing district to fulfil Chief Constable Stephen Watson's promise to improve local leadership and partnership working.

Greater Manchester Police have appointed seven new district commanders in local policing overhaul

This means that Bolton, Bury, the City of Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan now have their own dedicated police leaders.

There have also been six further chief superintendents appointed in 'crucial roles' - such as in safeguarding and intelligence.

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