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  1. Updates on Tuesday 4 April
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Wednesday

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Live updates from the North West have finished for the day, but we'll be back from 08:00 on Wednesday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the region.

Weather: Clear spells turning cloudier

BBC Weather

Clear spells are expected this evening but it will gradually turn cloudier overnight. 

It will remain largely dry and mild but some patchy rain may affect hilly areas. Lows of 8C

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Boy, 11, racks up £6,000 iPad game bill

An 11-year-old boy unwittingly spent almost £6,000 playing online games over two weekends after accessing the family's iTunes account.

Alfie Dobson
BBC

Roy Dobson, from Chorley, had linked the account to his credit card, and son Alfie was able to spend £99 on more than 50 in-app purchases.

He said he wants to warn other parents how easy it is to run up huge bills as the charges "racked up and racked up".

Technology giant Apple has agreed to refund the family.

Boy, 16, arrested over firearms find

A 16-year-old boy has been arrested after four firearms and other weapons were seized by police during a raid on a house in Kensington earlier.

The teenager is being held on suspicion of possession of firearms and ammunition.

Fraudster stole £700,000 while working for solicitor firms

Manchester Evening News

A ‘shameless' fraudster who swindled £700,000 while working at two Greater Manchester solicitor firms has been jailed.

Man in court over Bolton park dog attack

A man has appeared in court after a man and woman were bitten by dogs in a park in Bolton.

Police near the scene of the attack
Alan Yates

Armed police shot dead two pitbull-type dogs in Queens Park, Bolton on Sunday.

Daniel Hennessy, of Halliwell, Bolton is charged with two counts of allowing dogs to be dangerously out of control, affray and possession of cannabis.

The 39-year-old appeared before Bolton magistrates and was remanded in custody for a hearing at the town's crown court on 2 May.

Arrests over the Fall's drummer assault on train

Two men have been arrested after the Fall's drummer Keiron Melling was assaulted at Smithy Bridge station in Greater Manchester. The pair, both aged 26 and from Blackburn, are being held on suspicion of occasioning grievous bodily harm.

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Will.i.am sets video for new single on Corrie cobbles

Will.i.am
BBC

Rap anglophile  Will.i.am  decided to make the video for his new single Fiyah on the cobbled terraces of Weatherfield as "an appreciation of British culture".

The clip sees the Black Eyed Peas rocking up to the Rovers Return for a swift half, although in the lyrics he claims he'll "spend a hundred-fifty grand in here," which makes you wonder what else they keep behind the bar. 

His collaborator India Love is later seen chilling out by the slot machine, before Will.i.am heads out on to the famous cobbles with his dance troupe for the closing routine, as flames lick their feet. 

It remains unclear whether Karl Munro started this blaze, but seeing as he's four years into a 25-year jail term for his previous arson attack on the Rovers (and murdering Sunita), it seems unlikely.

Body-in-suitcase trial: Gambler 'murdered friend to steal identity'

An "insatiable gambler" murdered his friend to assume his identity and clear huge debts, a court has heard.

Yang Liu
GMP

Ming Jiang spent £178,000 at 235 Casino in Manchester in the two weeks after he allegedly killed Yang Liu  (pictured), Minshull Street Crown Court was told. 

It is claimed Mr Jiang murdered the 36-year-old and dumped his body in a suitcase in a remote Derbyshire lay-by so he could use Mr Liu's funds to repay gambling debts of £273,115.

Mr Jiang, 43, denies murder and the trial continues.

Latest headlines for the North West

  • An "insatiable gambler" spent nearly £180,000 in a casino days after murdering his wealthy friend from Salford and dumping his dismembered body by the roadside. 
  • A new statue of Emmeline Pankhurst in Manchester will "inspire women to rise up and demand their rights",  its creator has said .  
  • A Catholic priest who sexually abused a teenage student at a Lancashire college breached his position of trust in a "spectacular and horrific" way, a court has heard.

Football: Man Utd's Shaw has 'no excuse to be overweight or unfit'

BBC Radio 5 live

Danny Mills says there is no excuse for Manchester United defender Luke Shaw to be overweight or unfit.

The former England right-back was speaking in response to  Jose Mourinho questioning Luke Shaw's commitment to the Old Trafford club.

More Preston drivers to get bus lane fine refunds

More people who have been fined for driving in bus lanes in Preston are to be refunded, Lancashire County Council has confirmed.

Fishergate, Preston
Google

It follows a ruling last month that bus lane signage on Fishergate was not good enough after  23,000 motorists were fined a total of £1.3m.

That decision by the Traffic Penalty Tribunal (TPT) Adjudicator led  the council to promise refunds to those fined for driving between Mount Street and Corporation Street.

Now, the authority has said drivers caught on a bus lane camera turning right from Butler Street will also be repaid.

Suffragette statue will 'inspire women'

A new statue of Emmeline Pankhurst will " inspire women to rise up and demand their rights ", its creator has said.

Emmeline Pankhurst statue design
BBC

Hazel Reeves' work will stand in Manchester's St Peter's Square and depicts the suffragette leader making a speech while standing on a chair.

It was chosen from six possible designs by a committee after a public vote.

Helen Pankhurst, Emmeline's great granddaughter, said it was a "simple yet very powerful evocation of one of the most iconic women in history".

Man helped imam murder suspect avoid capture

A 25-year-old man has been found guilty of helping the alleged killer of a Rochdale imam evade justice.

Jalal Uddin
GMP

Mohammed Syadul Hussain, of Oswald Street, Rochdale, was convicted on Monday of assisting an offender with the intention to impede the apprehension of a murder suspect.

The offence relates to the alleged flight of Mohammed Kadir to Syria following the murder of Imam Jalal Uddin (pictured), 71, who was bludgeoned to death in February 2016 at a children's playground.

Hussain is due to be sentenced at Manchester Crown Court, Crown Square on Thursday.

Mohammed Hussain Syeedy, 21, also from Rochdale was convicted of murder in September for life for driving the imam's killer to the park before the attack.

Council offers condolences after St Petersburg explosion

Manchester City Council is to send its condolences to St Petersburg following yesterday's possible suicide attack  between two metro stations in Russia.

Man in St Petersburg
Reurters

The number of people killed has risen to 14, with a further 49 injured.

The explosion on Monday was caused by a bomb possibly detonated by a man whose body parts were found on the train, Russian investigators say.

Manchester and St Petersburg have had a sister-city relationship, with a strong focus on cultural exchange, since 1962.

This was a horrendous attack on people going about their everyday business and our thoughts and sympathies are with those all affected. Manchester has a tradition of friendship with the people of St Petersburg which dates back more than half a century and transcends politics.

Sue Murphy, deputy council leader

Dog's pitch invasion halts play

A dog invaded the pitch and halted play in the EvoStik Premier League clash between Halesowen Town and Skelmersdale United.  

The beagle took to the Grove ground during the first half of Saturday's game and play had to be suspended for six minutes.

Dave Hawley, Halesowen Town's commercial manager, said: "It was crazy - everyone was trying to get it and it kept running off."

Eventually its owner, Halesowen defender Asa Charlton, successfully tackled it so the match could resume.

Halesowen ended up winning 1-0.

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The Fall's drummer Keiron Melling beaten in 'horrific assault' on train

BBC Newsbeat

The drummer from The Fall has been attacked on a train.

Keiron Melling
BBC

Keiron Melling  was left with serious head injuries  after being beaten and stamped on, and is now recovering at home.

British Transport Police released CCTV images of two men they want to speak to in connection with the attack between Manchester and Blackburn.

In an appeal for witnesses, investigating officer DS Stephen Kite described it as a "horrific assault".

Severe disruption: M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise severe disruption, at J8 for A6144.

M60 Greater Manchester - M60 lane closed on exit slip road anticlockwise at J8, A6144 (Carrington), because of a broken down car. Traffic is coping well.

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

Football: Liverpool still waiting on Mane injury

BBC Sport

Liverpool's Sadio Mane will miss Wednesday's match with Bournemouth, but Jurgen Klopp says it is "possible" the Senegal forward could be ruled out for the rest of the Premier League season.

Sadio Mane
EPA

Mane, 24, had to be taken off after suffering a knee injury in  Saturday's 3-1 home victory over Everton.

There were reports that Mane, a £34m signing from Southampton last summer, might  miss the rest of the campaign.

But manager Klopp said: "It is not 100% clear. We have to wait a bit."

Boarding school 'venue for abuse by priest'

A Catholic priest who sexually abused a teenage student breached his position of trust in a " spectacular and horrific " way, a court has heard.

St Joseph's College in Upholland
Doug Elliot

Father Michael Higginbottom, 74, is accused of abusing the boy while he was a teacher at St Joseph's College in Upholland in the 1970s.

It was a venue for "mental, physical and sexual abuse', Liverpool Crown Court was told.

He denies four counts of a serious sexual offence and indecent assault.

The boy was aged between 13 and 14 at the time of the alleged abuse.

Fracking operation to cost police '£450k a month'

Policing the fracking operation in Lancashire will cost the force an additional £450,000 a month while it continues, police have said.

Police at Preston New Road
BBC

Protests have been held at the Little Plumpton site since shale gas extraction was approved in 2016.

More officers are needed as activity increases, costing an extra £200k this financial year, said a spokesman.

Last month, the Home Office said the force would  "continue to have" resources " to keep communities safe".

Graphene sieve makes seawater drinkable

BBC Science and Environment

A Manchester-based team of researchers has created a graphene-based sieve capable of removing salt from seawater .  

Graphene-based membranes
UNI MANCHESTER

The sought-after development could aid the millions of people around the world who are without ready access to clean drinking water.

The graphene oxide sieve will now be tested against existing desalination membranes.

It has previously been difficult to manufacture graphene-based barriers on an industrial scale.

Reporting their results in  the journal Nature Nanotechnology , scientists from the University of Manchester, led by Dr Rahul Nair, shows how they solved some of the challenges by using a chemical derivative called graphene oxide.

Football: Defender Matt Lowton extends Burnley deal

BBC Sport

Burnley defender Matt Lowton has extended his contract at Turf Moor to the end of the 2019-2020 season.

Matthew Lowton
Getty Images

The 27-year-old right-back had just over 12 months left on his previous deal which he signed on arriving from Aston Villa for a reported initial £1m in June 2015.

Cancer surgeon 'rushed' patient's op

A cancer surgeon accused of carrying out unnecessary mastectomies rushed a woman into an operation instead of exploring whether antibiotics could treat her, a court heard.

Ian Paterson
Trinity Mirror

Breast surgeon Ian Paterson denies 20 counts of wounding with intent against nine women and one man.

He assumed Rachel Butler had already been offered them by her GP and said she had "no alternative" to surgery.

She "seemed of a mind to get on with it", he told Nottingham Crown Court.

The court heard the 59-year-old, from Altrincham, said Mrs Butler was suffering "chronic inflammation" in her left nipple, near an area where he had carried out an operation on her six years earlier.

Statue unveiled for renowned suffragette

Abbie Jones

Reporter, BBC North West Tonight

This is the winning design of a statue for Manchester-born suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst.

Statue
BBC

Hazel Reeves' depiction of the women's rights campaigner was chosen to be immortalised from a shortlist of 20 inspiring females following a public vote.

The full-sized statue will take its place alongside the 16 male statues and one of Queen Victoria in Manchester city centre on International Women’s Day, March 2019. 

Death threat claims halt inquest

Claims a man received a death threat over a drug debt before he was found dead at sea have halted an inquest.

Ruthin coroner's office
Google

The body of Austin Bellew, 41, from Llandudno, Conwy county, was found off Hoylake, Wirral, in February.

His sister, Sandra, told the hearing officers were "dismissive" of the threat claim and did not investigate.

The inquest at Ruthin, Denbighshire, was adjourned with North Wales Police given 28 days to provide a statement.

Weather: Dry with sunny spells

BBC Weather

It will be dry this afternoon with variable amounts of sunshine.

Cloud will build this evening with some light rain or drizzle at times, mainly over hills.

Lows of 8C.

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Football: Everton's Ramiro Funes Mori's knee surgery 'success'

Everton defender Ramiro Funes Mori has started his comeback from the knee injury he suffered while on international duty.

The 26-year-old Argentinian was forced off after 36 minutes during the World Cup qualifier against Bolivia last week with a torn meniscus.

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Decision due on Cheshire forest holiday lodges plan

Plans for holiday lodges to be built in a forest in Cheshire will be decided by councillors later.

Delamere Forest
BBC

The Forestry Commission has applied to Cheshire West and Chester Council to build 67 timber lodges in the northern tip of Delamere Forest.

It said the plan will be "eco-friendly" and help pay for improvements to visitor facilities. 

Some councillors claim it will "ruin" the area. A decision is expected to be made at a Planning Committee meeting at 16:00.

Latest headlines for the North West

  • Manchester Airports Group has called for a temporary deal to protect Britain's air connectivity while negotiations over Brexit take place 
  • Councillors will decide on an application to build 67 lodges in Delamere Forest in Cheshire later
  • An oil refinery in Cheshire has been fined £1.65m   following a major explosion at the plant three years ago

Severe disruption: M62 Greater Manchester eastbound

BBC News Travel

M62 Greater Manchester eastbound severe disruption, between J18 for M60 and J19 for A6046 affecting J16 for A666.

M62 Greater Manchester - Queuing traffic on M62 eastbound between J18, M60 (Simister Island) and J19, A6046 (Heywood), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion on M60 to J16, A666 (Pendlebury).

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

Man charged with Blackburn stabbing

A man has been charged with stabbing another man in Blackburn.

Queens Park Road in Blackburn
Google

The victim, 23, was found with a stab wound in his arm on Queens Park Road at about 07:00 on Friday.

A 50-year-old man from Blackburn will appear in court later.

Oil refinery fined £1.65m over blast in Ellesmere Port

An oil refinery in Cheshire has been fined £1.65m  following a major explosion at the plant three years ago.

Ellesmere Port oil refinery
HSE

The blast at Stanlow Manufacturing Complex in Ellesmere Port on 14 November 2013 caused damage estimated at more than £20m. No-one was injured.

Operators Essar Oil UK Ltd pleaded guilty at Liverpool Crown Court to an offence under the Health and Safety at Work Act.

As well as the fine, the firm was also ordered to pay almost £58,000 legal costs.

Manchester Airport calls for Brexit deal for UK air routes

Manchester Airports Group has called for a temporary deal to protect Britain's air connectivity while negotiations over Brexit take place.

Manchester Airport
Manchester Airport

The company, which also own several other airports across the UK, says an interim arrangement will mean passengers and airlines can plan with confidence. 

A government spokesperson acknowledged the importance of aviation to the economy, but did not provide details on whether a temporary deal was on the cards.

Football: Savage admits 'losing perspective' in Blackburn FA Cup tie

BBC Radio 5 live

Robbie Savage has admitted he wanted team-mate Morten Gamst Pederson to miss a chance for Blackburn in the 2007 FA Cup semi-final with Chelsea.

The former Rovers captain was dreading the thought of missing out on a potential final due to a broken leg sustained at Watford earlier in the 2006/07 season.  

New scheme to help trace people with dementia who go missing

A scheme to help protect people with dementia in case they go missing has been launched by police in Cheshire. 

It encourages carers and family to register key information about the person, such as medication, address and phone number. 

Nurse holding an old man's hand
Getty Images

Last year the force dealt with more than 6,500 reports of missing people, many living with dementia. 

The so-called Herbert Protocol is an online system which police hope will cut the time it takes officers to find someone. 

Relatives and carers can also log details such as where the person likes to visit or former jobs. 

Cyclist, 13, 'critical' after lorry crash

A 13-year-old boy is in a critical condition after a crash in Middleton.

Heywood Old Road
Google

The boy was cycling along Heywood Old Road about 11:45 yesterday when he was hit by a blue Volvo lorry. He remains in a critical condition in hospital with serious head injuries.

The driver of the lorry – a man in his 30s – stopped at the scene and spoke to police.

The boy’s family are currently at the hospital with him and are understandably devastated. We are continuing to offer our support to them. We need to know exactly what happened and have been carrying out enquiries to try and establish this.

PC Michelle Quinn Serious Collision Investigation Unit

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