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Summary

  1. Northern and Merseyrail staff staging 24-hour strike action
  2. Thousands of commuters facing disruption to journeys
  3. Merseyrail services to finish by 19:00
  4. Northern Rail: 'Very few trains running after 17:00'
  5. Updates on Monday 13 March

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That's all for tonight from the North West Live team - we'll be back with our three regular services for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire, Merseyside and west Cheshire, and Lancashire from 08:00 on Tuesday.  

Until then, have a lovely evening - goodnight!

The Korean who got famous doing British accents

Korean Billy shot to internet fame after his series of video guides on Britain's accents and dialects became a resounding hit on Facebook.

He was inspired to start after hearing northern accents - but which is his favourite? 

Meet the young man behind a series of viral videos on the accents and dialects of Britain.

Burnley paedophile jailed for child sex offences

A 60-year-old man has been jailed after admitting a string of child sex offences.

Peter Kennedy
Lancashire Police

Peter Kennedy, of Dunoon Street, Burnley, pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assault on a child under 13 and two counts of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

He was jailed for eight years at Burnley Crown Court for the offences committed in October 2016.  

Kennedy was also given an eight year extended licence, a lifetime Sexual Harm Prevention Order and will remain on the sex offenders register for life.

“Peter Kennedy is a particularly dangerous and predatory paedophile who committed several offences against two young boys and two young girls.

Det Sgt Steve Munro

Crufts top prize won by Miami the Spaniel

An American Cocker Spaniel named " Afterglow Miami Ink " has been crowned Best In Show at this year's Crufts.  

Afterglow Miami Ink
PA

The two-year-old pup, from Blackpool, won Saturday's Gundog group and was handled by owner Jason Lynn.

Mr Lynn praised the breed - with its distinctive long-flowing and tricolour coat and high-set tail - for its merry temperament.

The winning owner said: "He's pretty special and honestly I'm speechless. I'm absolutely shocked and thrilled."

Football: Rooney ruled out of FA Cup quarter-final against Chelsea

BBC Sport

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has been ruled out of tonight's FA Cup quarter-final at Chelsea , leaving his side without a recognised striker.  

Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimopvic
Getty Images

Rooney collided with Phil Jones in training and misses out with a leg injury, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic begins a three-game ban for  elbowing Bournemouth's Tyrone Mings.  Forwards Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford are also missing.

Chelsea coach Antonio Conte has a fully-fit squad at his disposal.

You can hear full commentary on BBC Radio Manchester from 19:45.

Boy, 15, rescued from quicksand

A 15-year-old boy had to be rescued after he was trapped in Morecambe Bay

Surgeon 'would give breast op to wife'

A doctor had an "unnecessary" operation to remove a breast after being told she had cancer that could turn aggressive at any time, a court heard.

Ian Paterson
Trinity Mirror

GP Rosemary Platt said her surgeon, Ian Paterson, said he would recommend his own wife to have the same procedure if in the same position.

Mr Paterson, 59, of Castle Mill Lane, Ashley, Altrincham, has denied 20 counts of wounding with intent on nine women and one man.

His trial has heard he carried out the operations for "obscure" reasons.

Partner sought for River Mersey garden development

Liverpool City Council is seeking a partner to create “a cultural garden suburb” on the banks of the River Mersey.


          An impression of what the proposed Liverpool development might look like.
Liverpool Council

The authority has unveiled the next stage of its vision for the former International Festival Gardens site.

The 90 acre site, which lies 10 minutes drive south of the city centre, is to be promoted as Festival Park Liverpool.

The city council, which took control of the site last year, appointed architects to create a draft plan and held a public consultation last year for feedback on transforming the northern zone of the site into a major visitor and cultural destination.

We need a partner, or partners, to help realise the vision and create a cultural garden suburb which will have no equal in the UK.

Joe AndersonMayor of Liverpool

Man Utd short of attacking options for Chelsea clash

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has been ruled out of the FA Cup quarter-final at Chelsea, leaving his side without a recognised senior striker.

PA
PA

Rooney collided with Phil Jones in training and misses out with a leg injury, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic begins a three-game ban for  elbowing Bournemouth's Tyrone Mings.

Marcus Rashford is ill and Anthony Martial is also out injured.

Chelsea coach Antonio Conte has a fully-fit squad at his disposal.

All Merseyrail train services will finish by 19:00 tonight

All Merseyrail services in and out of Liverpool are to finish by 19:00 tonight.

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Merseyrail services winding down for the evening

Merseyrail service update
Merseyrail

Merseyrail station closures

Merseyrail has provided a list of stations which will remain closed for the rest of the day because of industrial action.

Merseyrail list of stations closed
Merseyrail website

Rail strike: What is a driver-only operated train?

You may have heard of a driver-only operated train - but what does that mean for passengers on the rail network?

Rail staff who are members of the RMT union at Northern, Southern and Merseyrail are on a 24-hour strike in a dispute over the role of guards.  

Management at all three companies have said they want a negotiated solution and deny jobs will be lost. 

Latest headlines in the North West

  • One of Poland's  most wanted offenders  is extradited after being arrested arriving in Lancashire on a ferry
  • Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has been ruled out of the FA Cup quarter-final at Chelsea, leaving his side without a recognised striker

Football: Joyce leaves Wigan after four months

BBC Sport

Championship strugglers Wigan Athletic have parted company with boss Warren Joyce after only four months.  

Warren Joyce
Rex Features

The Latics  lost 1-0  at home to fellow relegation candidates Bristol City on Saturday to leave them four points from safety with nine games remaining.

Former Manchester United Under-21 manager Joyce, 52,  took over  in November after Gary Caldwell's sacking but only won six of 24 games in charge.

Assistant manager Graham Barrow will take charge for the rest of the season.

'Most wanted' Polish paedophile extradited

One of Poland's most wanted offenders  has been extradited after being arrested arriving in Lancashire on a ferry.

Marian Dorobek
Macdonald-Amos, Sarah

Marian Dorobek was detained at Heysham Port after travelling from the Isle of Man on 1 February.

The 68-year-old was wanted after being convicted in his absence of rape and child sex offences.

Dorobek was held under the Extradition Act 2003 and was handed to Polish authorities on 10 March. He has since been deported to serve his sentence.

Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cheshire northbound severe disruption, between J18 for A54 Middlewich and J19 for A556.

M6 Cheshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 northbound between J18, A54 (Middlewich) and J19, A556 (Knutsford), because of a broken down van. In the roadworks area.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Motorcyclist critical after crash

A motorcyclist is fighting for her life after crashing in Urmston, Greater Manchester.

Crofts Bank Road, Urmston.
Google

The 20-year-old biker is in a critical condition in hospital after coming off her vehicle  at about 19.30 yesterday.

Police said the woman lost control of a red Honda motorbike on Crofts Bank Road when a White Vauxhall Zafira pulled out of Canterbury Road.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

“My thoughts are with the woman’s family at this difficult time.

PC Paul Hailwood GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit

Manhunt for armed robbers after Blackpool raids

Police are hunting armed robbers in Blackpool after a string of raids.

Lancs Police
Lancashire Police

There were six commercial robberies in Blackpool over the weekend and released several CCTV images as part of the investigation.

Officers are asking for the public’s help identifying the man pictured in connection with incidents, which took place between Friday and Sunday evening.

The first raid happened at about 19.15 on Friday at Ladbrokes in Whitegate Drive.

A man entered the bookmakers brandishing a knife before climbing over the desk and stealing £180 from the cash register.

Police are linking five further robberies in the area over the weekend in which staff were left "traumatised" after being threatened with a knife or a hammer.  

“We believe the offenders are still in possession of the knife and hammer used in the robberies so we would urge members of the public, for their own safety, not to approach either of them.

Sgt Stuart ReidBlackpool CID

Northern, Southern rail and Merseyrail staff on strike

Passengers appear to have largely stayed away from the rail network as staff from three train firms across England hold 24-hour strikes.


          Northern is winding down its services between 17:00 and 19:00
AFP/GETTY

Guards and drivers working for Merseyrail, Northern rail and Southern rail are taking action over proposals for driver-only-operated trains.

Up to 2,000 rail staff have walked out in the dispute, but limited disruption has been reported.

Merseyrail's services are due to finish by 19:00 and Northern will be "winding down" its timetable between 17:00 and 19:00.


          Merseyrail said it was running a "much reduced" service
BBC

Latest headlines in the North West

  • Rail accident investigators are examine Network Rail's management of a wall that collapsed onto railway lines in Liverpool

Disabled hit after care budgets devolved

Support for scores of severely disabled people in Greater Manchester has been cut since 2015, the BBC has learned.

Care generic
Getty Images

Care packages were reduced for 42% of the 662 who used to receive Independent Living Fund payments after councils took over Whitehall's budgets.

In Merseyside, East Cheshire and Lancashire the cuts were 24% of 658, 22% of 147 and 8% of 366 respectively.

The Local Government Association refused to comment on the figures and referred queries to specific councils.

Lime Street collapse: Network Rail under investigation

Rail accident investigators are examine Network Rail's management of a wall that collapsed onto railway lines in Liverpool.

Liverpool Lime Street station was forced to close for a week when 200 tonnes of debris fell on all four tracks between the city centre and Edge Hill Station in February.

Workers cleared the rubble and fixed overhead lines
Network Rail

The rubble fell from land at the top of a 20-metre (66ft) wall where there were a  number of shipping containers stacked behind.  

The  Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB)  said its investigation will establish the sequence of events while looking at:

  • The history of the wall and the site adjacent to it
  • Network Rail’s management of the wall
  • Findings of the structural examinations of the wall
  • The process used to examine the wall and the land supported by it
  • Any relevant underlying management factors

The results will be published on the  RAIB website .

What would Merseyrail driver-only trains look like?

Strike action is taking place across Merseyrail  over plans to introduce driver-only operated trains.

By 2020, Merseyside's rail network is due to be upgraded with a new fleet of 52 trains which will no longer need guards on board to operate the doors.

More than 220 guard and management posts will be lost with the introduction of the new trains.

The new fleet and platform modifications will cost £460m
Merseytravel
The new fleet and platform modifications will cost £460m
Merseytravel

The £460m project will see platforms altered to meet the new train's lower floors and trains fitted with a sliding step to bridge the gap between carriage and platform.

The existing Merseyrail fleet, originally designed in the 1950s, is almost 40 years old.

None of the permanent guards or guard managers would be forced to quit their employment,  Merseyrail said .   

Commonwealth Games: Liverpool poised as Durban looks doubtful

BBC Sport

Could Liverpool step in to stage the 2022 Commonwealth Games if South African city Durban pulls out?

Durban was awarded the Games in 2015 but an announcement about it pulling out is expected in the next 24 hours.  

Last month, Liverpool  expressed an interest  in staging the event.


          Liverpool's Pier Head hosted the opening stage of the Tour of Britain in 2014
Getty Images

A spokesperson for Liverpool city council said: "We had heard rumours that Durban might be unable to deliver the Commonwealth Games in 2022 and have already indicated to the government that we are very willing to host them instead."  

'Think now about journey home', warns Northern Rail boss

Northern Rail is urging passengers on routes affected by the 24-hour strike to plan their journeys ahead of this evening's rush hour.

Northern train
BBC

After today's disruption by RMT staff, Paul Barnfield, Regional Director at Northern, said: “We are now concentrating efforts on getting people home this evening.  

"We urge everyone wanting to travel home today to think now about their return journey.    

"Services on many routes will start to wind down from mid-afternoon onwards, with very few trains running after 17:00.  

Northern said it plans to run 980 services during the action period, about 40% of its normal timetable.

Rail strikes: Northern running 'very few trains after 17:00'

Northern services will wind down early this evening due to the RMT strike action with "very few trains running after 17:00", the rail company has announced. 

Passengers at Manchester's Victoria station
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Rail strike continues with no Merseyrail trains until 14:00

There will be no Merseyrail services until 14:00 today as strike action continues.

Guards have walked out for 24 hours in a row over plans to bring in driver-only-operated trains in 2020.

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A limited service has been running throughout the morning and trains stopped completely between 12:00 and 14:00.

Theresa May's official spokesman said the prime minister was "disappointed", adding: "The RMT should return to talks and help deliver the high-quality rail services that passengers deserve."

Latest headlines in the North West

Severe disruption: M61 Greater Manchester northbound

BBC News Travel

M61 Greater Manchester northbound severe disruption, between J1 for M60 and J2 for M60.

M61 Greater Manchester - One lane closed on M61 northbound between J1, M60 (Swinton Interchange) and J2, M60 (Walkden), because of a broken down car. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Commuters 'annoyed' with rail strike disruption

Rail passengers travelling from Preston have said they are "disappointed" and "annoyed" with the disruption caused by today's strike on Northern.

The 24-hour action by members of the RMT union is over the introduction of driver-only operated trains.

One commuter said: "I'm kind of disappointed in the rail service. They do a great job but it's not our fault for any disputes with the rail company."

Another said: "It's not very helpful considering I've got assignments to get in."

Northern is running  40% of its normal services.

Flip Out Chester investigates four 'serious injuries'

A trampoline park is investigating claims four people were "seriously injured" on an attraction in one month.

Sarah McManus
PA

Sarah McManus, 29, is said to be among those hurt on the "tower jump" at the Flip Out Park in Chester.

The personal assistant, from Oswestry, Shropshire, said she fractured her spine jumping into a foam pit from a 13ft (4m) high platform in January.

A spokesman for Cheshire trampoline park said the tower jump has been replaced by another attraction.

No 10 probe after Theresa May's schedule 'left on train'

The government is investigating claims that a document outlining the prime minister's schedule for a visit to Cheshire was left on a train.  

Theresa May
AFP

According to  the Mirror , the briefing note was found on the floor of a first-class carriage on a train heading from Manchester to Edinburgh in January.

The document identified details such as a private address where Theresa May was attending a dinner that evening.

A Cabinet Office spokeswoman said they had been made aware of the claims.