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Weather: Spells of sunshine with light winds

BBC Weather

Staying dry overnight with variable amounts of cloud, but also some clear spells. Lows of 5C.

After a chilly start, it will be a fine and increasingly sunny day on Saturday with most seeing almost clear blue skies by the afternoon. Highs of 18C.  

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Fears parking fees at Wirral country parks will have 'catastrophic' effect on trade

Runcorn and Widnes World

Business owners are urging the council to scrap parking charges at Wirral's country parks, fearing they will have a "catastrophic" impact on visitors and nearby trade .

Domestic abuse victims turned away from refuges, charity claims

Refuges in Lancashire are turning away women because there are not enough places, the manager of Chorley and South Ribble Women's Refuge Centre has claimed.

Figures from the charity Women's Aid show one in four women cannot find a place due to national budget cuts.

Liz Staunton told BBC Radio Lancashire it means victims of domestic abuse are having to travel further.

Football: Are 10 draws really better than five wins Jose?

BBC Sport

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says drawing 10 games, rather than winning five and losing five, show a team is on the right track for the future.

Severe accident: A662 Greater Manchester eastbound

BBC News Travel

A662 Greater Manchester eastbound severe accident, between Market Street and Henry Street.

A662 Greater Manchester - A662 Manchester Road in Droylsden blocked and very slow traffic eastbound between the Market Street junction and the Henry Street junction, because of an accident.

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

Grand National 2017: Up for a laugh on Ladies Day

Liverpool ladies are not taking themselves too seriously today as they enjoy a day out with friends at Aintree racecourse - one woman even came wearing her own liquorice hat.

Ladies Day

And Dave's stag do have come dressed for the occasion in matching shirts.

Ladies Day 2017

Latest headlines for the North West

  • A man from Manchester who offered to care for a sick neighbour has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for causing his death
  • A number of activists chain themselves to the gates of a deep drilling company " in solidarity " with campaigners opposed to fracking for shale gas in Lancashire
  • A Wirral couple charged after the death of a two-year-old boy have appeared at Liverpool Crown Court

Birthday group take stranger on holiday

A group of friends planning a trip to Majorca asked a complete stranger to go with them when a friend dropped out - because he had the same name.

Joe McGrath and his new friends in Majorca
Joe McGrath

The 10 friends from Bristol turned to Facebook and found a Joe McGrath in Stockport who agreed to go on the paid-for trip for a 30th birthday.

The 21-year-old said they were "an absolutely lovely group of people".

"They messaged 15 other Joe McGraths on Facebook and only one was stupid enough to reply, and that was me," he said.

Violent carer who killed vulnerable MS sufferer is jailed

A man suffering from multiple sclerosis was repeatedly assaulted and later killed by his carer, a court was told.  

Christopher McAllister
Cavendish Press

Paul Roddy, 56, died after being attacked by Christopher McAllister, 30, of Priory Street, Warrington.

Mr Justice Turner at Manchester Crown Court told McAllister his victim "was dependant on your care but you were violent and hastened his death".

McAllister, who his defence said was "incapable of being a carer", was jailed for 10 years for manslaughter.

Football: Liverpool forward is to miss rest of season with knee injury

BBC Sport

Liverpool forward Sadio Mane is set to miss the last seven games of the season with a knee injury.

Sadio Mane

Mane, 24, was taken off after colliding with Leighton Baines in  Saturday's 3-1 home victory over Everton.

Manager Jurgen Klopp said he was "pretty sure" Mane needed surgery, leaving it "pretty much impossible for him to play again this season".

The £34m signing from Southampton has started all but five of Liverpool's league games this campaign.

Key Blackpool route set to reopen

One of Blackpool's main commuter routes will reopen later after being closed for five months.

Crossley's bridge on Plymouth Road has been closed since November as part of a £6m project to replace the structure.

Steelwork on the bridge, which is located next to Layton railway station, has been replaced.

Ladies Day 2017: It's not just the girls who get dressed up

It's not just the ladies getting dressed up today at Aintree - these guys have travelled from Amsterdam in some jazzy suits to join in the fun.

Men at Ladies Days 2017

Manchester Gorton by-election: Eleven candidates confirmed

Eleven candidates have been confirmed to run in the Manchester Gorton by-election .

Sir Gerald Kaufman

Nominations have closed for the 4 May poll, which follows the death of long-serving  Labour MP Sir Gerald Kaufman  in February.

Sir Gerald, 86, was the longest-serving MP in Westminster having served the constituency for more than 30 years.

The by-election takes place on the same day as the  first election  of a mayor for Greater Manchester.

The candidates are:

  • Kemi Abidogun, Christian Peoples Alliance
  • Peter Clifford, Communist League
  • The Irrelevant Johnny Disco, Official Monster Raving Loony Party
  • Phil Eckersley, UKIP
  • George Galloway, Independent
  • David Michael Hopkins
  • Shaden Jaradat, Conservative
  • Mohammed Afzal Khan, Labour
  • Sufi Miah Khandoker, Independent
  • Jess Mayo, Green Party
  • Jackie Pearcey, Liberal Democrats

Latest headlines for the North West

Former England footballer has kidney op

Former Manchester United, Blackburn and Burnley footballer Andrew Cole has undergone a kidney transplant operation .

The 45-year-old, who also played for Newcastle United and Blackburn Rovers, suffered kidney failure after contracting an airborne virus in 2015.

The operation at Manchester Royal Infirmary was part of his treatment for focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, a spokesman for Manchester United said.

He added that Cole would be "taking a break" from his club ambassador role.

Council approves next phase of Ten Streets plan

A plan that could "redefine Liverpool's future" has passed its latest hurdle at Liverpool Council.

Ten Streets
Liverpool City Council

The city's cabinet has approved the next stage of the regeneration of the "Ten Streets" plan for north Liverpool, following a month-long consultation.

The area, off Regent Road, has been earmarked as a new creative and technological hub which could create more than 2,500 jobs.

Cabinet agreed that the council's officers should be authorised to produce a document incorporating the consultation findings, which would be the blueprint to judge planning applications in the regeneration area.

Forensic science students to help police at crime scenes

Forensic science students at the University of Central Lancashire are to work with Lancashire Police's crime scene investigators, examining fingerprints, footprints and DNA.

Forensic lab

A new Forensics Academy will be based at Lancashire Constabulary HQ in Hutton and students will have placements in the lab and out in the field with police officers. 

Rob Flanagan from Lancashire Police said students would get "real life experience", improving their employability, and all their work would be in line with police's ISO accreditaton, the quality standards for evidence. 

[The academy] will deliver real operational benefits and put Lancashire on the map in the field of forensic investigations.

Clive GrunshawLancashire PCC

Manchester to get share of £24m for new heating scheme

Manchester is one of nine councils across the country to get a share of £24m for a new heating scheme for the city. 

The money is the first round of funding from a £320m pot to pay for projects designed to provide cleaner and cheaper heat and hot water. 

Two schemes in Manchester have been selected:

  • The Civic Quarter Heat Network to help power the Town Hall amongst others
  • The St John's Heat Network - a power plant for the new St John's development at Quay Street

Ladies Day 2017: Liverpool ladies bring touch of glamour to Aintree

It's the biggest day on Liverpool's fashion calendar and Ladies Day 2017 at Aintree is well and truly under way.

Ladies Day racegoers
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Ladies Day 2017
Ladies Day 2017

Away from the fashion parade, racing began at 13:40 - the glamorous crowds have been streaming in all morning to watch the runners and riders.

Fracking protesters target drilling firm

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Anti-fracking activists have chained themselves to a deep drilling company's gates "in solidarity" with campaigners  opposed to fracking in Lancashire.

Protestors outside a drilling company
Reclaim the Power

Reclaim the Power said it targeted Marriott Drilling in Chesterfield as it had links to a company behind the UK's first horizontal fracking site. 

The pressure group also said the action was "in solidarity" with campaigners opposed to fracking in Lancashire

Ten people have been arrested in connection with the demonstration. 

This protest is the latest in a fortnight of action against companies Reclaim the Power believes has links to the fracking industry. 

Weather: Pleasantly warm this afternoon

BBC Weather

It will feel fairly warm this afternoon with plenty of sunshine around the North West.

Staying dry overnight with variable amounts of cloud, but also some clear spells. Where skies remain clear it will turn cold enough for a touch of frost and patchy fog.

Lows of 5C are expected.

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Severe accident: A554 Merseyside westbound

BBC News Travel

A554 Merseyside westbound severe accident, between Shore Road and Argyle Street.

A554 Merseyside - A554 Hamilton Street in Birkenhead blocked and heavy traffic westbound between the Shore Road junction and the Argyle Street junction, because of an accident.

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

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Judge explains 'vulnerability' comments

Judith Moritz

BBC North of England Correspondent

During the sentencing of Mustafa Bashir, Judge Richard Mansell QC also took time to explain the comments that he made during his original sentencing about the victim's vulnerability.

Judge Mansell drew criticism  from domestic abuse campaigners  and  several MPs  when he told the court the victim was not vulnerable as she was "an intelligent woman with a network of friends" and a degree.

He explained in court today that he had been referring to guidelines which are in place across all courts, issued by the Sentencing Guidelines Council, about the vulnerability of witnesses.

There is something like a measuring index, looking at different factors which can make a victim especially vulnerable, that can include not having a support network, having come here from another country, not being about to speak the language, not having friends and independence.

He said he was pointing out “that although Mustafa Bashir’s wife was plainly vulnerable, she did have a network of friends and that she had been to university, she had some independence".

He added that he wanted to make the point today that there had been some misunderstanding and he didn’t want Bashir’s wife to go away thinking that she hadn’t been believed.

'Not a shred of evidence' wife-attacker had cricket contract

Judge Richard Mansell QC, who has jailed Mustafa Bashir for 18 months after he was "fundamentally misled" by the cricketer, ordered the 33-year-old back to court under the "slip rule" which allows judges to re-sentence if new information comes to light.

Mustafa Bashir
Cavendish Press

At today's hearing, Bashir denied telling probation officers or his lawyers that he had a job offer to play professional cricket and instead it was suggested there had been a "series of misunderstandings".

He had, in fact, only played as a semi-professional in the Bolton Cricket League and on two occasions had net session practice with Leicestershire - who denied any knowledge of him.

Judge Mansell had asked Bashir to produce evidence of any job offer but said the defendant had produced only a "handful of emails" and "not a shred of evidence" to support his claims.

Imposing the new sentence, the judge told him:

You were clearly making a claim to the court you had a career in professional cricket ahead of you which was false.

You made that quite clearly in the hope you would avoid a prison sentence.

There's not a shred of evidence you were ever chosen to play for Leicestershire County Cricket Club, let alone you had received any offer of a full time contract.

'Cricket lie' wife-attacker jailed

A man who admitted attacking his wife with a cricket bat and forcing her to drink bleach has been jailed after a judge said the court was "misled" over a cricket contract .

Mustafa Bashir
Pat Isaacs/Cavendish

Mustafa Bashir, 33, was spared a custodial term in March after a judge heard he would lose out on a cricket contract with Leicestershire.

Judge Richard Mansell QC, reviewing the sentence at Manchester Crown Court, said he was "fundamentally misled".

He sentenced Bashir to 18 months.

Cricketer's claims rejected by judge

A cricketer from Middleton has been jailed for 18 months after a judge reviewed his suspended sentence because of claims he had made about having a professional contract.

Mustafa Bashir, 33, received a suspended sentence at Manchester Crown Court in March for assaulting his wife.

Judge Richard Mansell QC did not impose a custodial term after hearing Bashir would lose out on a contract with Leicestershire if he were jailed.  

Mustafa Bashir
Pat Isaacs/Cavendish

Today, the judge said he rejected Bashir's claims that a series of misunderstandings led to untrue information being given to the court. 

Judge Mansell said there was "no misunderstanding... you were clearly making a claim to court you had professional cricket contract. I was fundamentally misled by you".

Bashir, of Hebers Court, was said to have used a cricket bat to beat his wife, who he is no longer with, and forced her to drink bleach.

Breaking Cricketer 'fundamentally misled' judge who gave him suspended sentence for domestic abuse

A cricketer from Middleton has been jailed for 18 months after he "fundamentally misled" a judge.

Mustafa Bashir, 33, received a suspended sentence at Manchester Crown Court in March for assaulting his wife, but his sentence was reviewed this morning.

Ladies Day 2017: Liverpool's stylish ladies arrive at Aintree

Olympic gold medalist Sam Quek is looking glam for Ladies Day at Aintree.

She'll be judging the winner of the Style Awards later.

Ladies Day 2017
Ladies Day 2017

Jodie from Wallasey (above) is celebrating her 21st at Ladies Day today and these ladies (below) coordinated their outfits by accident.

Ladies Day 2017

Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cheshire northbound severe disruption, between J20 for A50 and J21 for A57 affecting J18 for A54 Middlewich.

M6 Cheshire - One lane closed, queuing traffic and long delays on M6 northbound between J20, A50 (Lymm Interchange) and J21, A57 (Woolston), because of emergency repairs. Congestion to J18, A54 (Middlewich).

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

Cricketer Mustafa Bashir faces sentence review

A cricketer from Middleton who was spared jail for domestic abuse is in court this morning to have his sentence reviewed.  

Mustafa Bashir
Pat Isaacs/Cavendish

Mustafa Bashir, 34, received a suspended sentence at Manchester Crown Court in March for assaulting his wife.

Judge Richard Mansell QC did not impose a custodial term after hearing Bashir would lose out on a professional cricket contract if he were jailed.

Bashir, of Hebers Court, was said to have used a cricket bat to beat his wife, who he is no longer with, and forced her to drink bleach.

BBC North West Tonight's Dave Guest is in court:

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Grand National 2017: Gates open for Ladies Day at Aintree

It's Ladies Day at Aintree and the gates are open.

Today, it's all about the fashion and the much sought-after Style Award.

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Cricket: Lancashire Thunder appoint Hazell as captain

BBC Sport

England spinner Danielle Hazell has been named Lancashire Thunder captain as part of the player allocations for the Women's Cricket Super League.

Danielle Hazell
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All 18 centrally-contracted England players will appear in the competition, running from 10 August to 1 September.

Hazell, 28, moves from Yorkshire Diamonds, with all-rounder Danielle Wyatt, 25, the only other England player to change clubs.

Wyatt, who played for Lancashire last season, has joined the Southern Vipers.

Dean of Liverpool to become Bishop of Sheffield

The Dean of Liverpool Cathedral has been named as the next Bishop of Sheffield.

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The Very Reverend Dr Pete Wilcox has been in charge of the cathedral since September 2012.

Philip North, the current Bishop of Burnley, turned down the role last month after fellow clergy in Sheffield objected to his stance against ordaining women priests.

Mr North said the level of opposition meant accepting the offer would be counter-productive.

Latest headlines for the North West

  • A Greater Manchester hospital trust turned away more ambulances from its A&E departments than anywhere else in the country, figures reveal
  • Former Manchester United star Andrew Cole has a kidney transplant operation
  • Lancashire begin the  new County Championship season  with a fixture against Essex