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Summary

  1. Driver admits causing cousins' deaths in Oldham hit-and-run
  2. North West has highest proportion of inactive people in UK, charity claims
  3. Fire breaks out in a row of shops in Lancaster city centre
  4. Big increase in drone incidents across most of the North West, figures show
  5. Blackpool and Southport to benefit from government funding
  6. Updates on Monday 3 April

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Everton's 18-year-old midfielder Tom Davies signs a new five-year deal with the Premier League club.

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Our live coverage across the day

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

Weather: showers overnight; brightening up tomorrow

Outbreaks of rain will spread from the west this evening bringing low cloud and areas of hill fog. The rain will become light and patchy overnight.    

Manchester's Tuesday forecast
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Manchester's Tuesday forecast

Any rain will soon clear in the morning, though giving rise to a bright and sunny day.  

Police reviewing Ripper-linked cases

Police have confirmed they are reviewing historical unsolved cases linked to the Yorkshire Ripper

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The Sun  newspaper has claimed that Peter Sutcliffe, who now calls himself Peter Coonan, has been interviewed in prison about 17 unsolved attacks.

Sutcliffe was given 20 life terms in 1981 for murdering 13 women and attempting to kill seven more.

Two of the victims - Jean Jordan, 21, and 41-year-old Vera Millward - were from Manchester.

He was  moved to Frankland Prison in Durham in August  after a health tribunal ruled he no longer required treatment for any mental disorder.  

Rugby League: Salford owner wants Super League salary cap increase

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Salford Red Devils owner Marwan Koukash has reiterated his desire for Super League to increase the salary cap .

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Currently, clubs in England's top flight can spend £1.85m on their squad, with another £175,000 allowed for a marquee player outside of that.

Koukash called from an increase in the cap in 2013 when he bought Salford and hopes to discuss the matter at a Super League meeting this week.

Shots fired at car in Litherland

Shots were fired at an empty car in Litherland on Sunday evening, Merseyside Police said.

Kirkstone Road North, Litherland
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Officers were called to the Kirkstone Road North area at about 21:55 following reports of gunshots.

A police spokesman said they found a Toyota car that had "damage consistent with a firearms discharge". 

The spokesman added that nobody was in the car at the time and initial inquiries "have not identified anyone that was injured as a result of this incident".

Severe disruption: M602 Greater Manchester eastbound

BBC News Travel

M602 Greater Manchester eastbound severe disruption, between J2 for A576 Gilda Brook Road and J3 for A57 Regent Road.

M602 Greater Manchester - Lane blocked and slow traffic on M602 eastbound between J2 A576 Gilda Brook Road and J3, A57 (Regent Road Roundabout), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Questioning continues after man and woman bitten by dogs in Bolton

A man is still being questioned after a man and woman were bitten by two pit-bull type dogs.

Armed officers were called to Queen's Park on Sunday morning after reports six dogs were dangerously out of control. They shot two of them. 

A man, 38, was arrested on suspicion of affray and allowing a dog to be dangerously out of control in public.  

He remains in police custody. 

Video from Hamzah Barjit.  

Murder charge over house fire death

A man has been charged with murder over the death of a 47-year-old man whose body was found following a Salford house fire .

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Firefighters found Thomas Jones inside a property in Berry Street, Clifton, at about 12:30 on 22 March.

A post-mortem examination concluded he died from multiple stab wounds, police said.

Alan Maidment, 40, of Ludlow Avenue, Salford, is due to appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates' Court later.

Police said a 37-year-old woman and a 41-year-old man who were arrested on suspicion of murder will face no further action.

Hameed's hand injury not serious

BBC Sport

England opener Haseeb Hameed did not suffer serious damage after having to retire hurt with a hand injury while playing for Lancashire.  

Haseeb Hameed
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The 20-year-old was struck after facing only 23 balls against Cambridge MCCU at Fenner's on Sunday.

It was his first innings since undergoing sinus surgery.

"Haseeb has been reviewed by the club's hand specialist this morning and scans have cleared him of any bone damage," said a statement by Lancashire.

"He will be assessed over the coming days."

Severe disruption: M53 southbound

BBC News Travel

One lane is closed and heavy traffic due to broken down vehicle on M53 Southbound between J1 Wallasey Tunnel Approach / A5139 Dock Road / A554 and J2 (Moreton Spur).

Lane one (of three) is closed.

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

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Three teenagers bailed over St Helens stabbing

Three more teenagers have been released on bail after a 14-year-old boy was stabbed in the street in St Helens. 

The victim remains in a stable condition in hospital following the attack on Parr Stocks Road on Friday night. 

Another 17-year-old boy arrested was bailed over the weekend.

Council chief looks back at Manchester's transformation

Nina Warhurst

BBC North West Political Editor

Manchester City Council's veteran chief executive Sir Howard Bernstein has retired.

Sir Howard Bernstein
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Sir Howard was 17 when he walked in to Manchester Town Hall to start his first job as a junior clerk. His first task? Pot washing.

The boy from Cheetham Hill would walk out 46 years later credited with transforming the city.

"Ever since I was a boy I knew I wanted to make a difference to the people of Manchester", he said.

Football: Liverpool's Mignolet helps build confidence

BBC Sport

BBC Sport's Match of the Day followed Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet as he helped build confidence and leadership skills in a younger generation at the club's foundation.  

The 29-year-old Belgian international helped the Reds beat Everton 3-1 in Saturday's Merseyside derby.

Severe disruption: M58 Greater Manchester eastbound

BBC News Travel

M58 Greater Manchester eastbound severe disruption, at M6 J26.

M58 Greater Manchester - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M58 eastbound at M6 J26, Orrell Interchange, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Leaving care: The financial reality

Victoria Derbyshire

For many people, moving on from a childhood spent in care can be hard.

As some councils in England offer council tax relief to ease the transition for adult care leavers, BBC reporter Ashley John-Baptiste  asks what difference it might make .  

Ashley John-Baptiste
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Seven councils told care leavers this month they do not have to pay council tax until they are 22 or, in some cases, 25.

They have joined four authorities, including one in Cheshire, that already have a similar policy in place.

Cheshire East Council, which has approximately 240 care leavers, says the cost to the council will be approximately £17,000 every year.  

Severe disruption: M60 Greater Manchester clockwise

BBC News Travel

M60 Greater Manchester clockwise severe disruption, between J12 for M62 and J14 for M61.

M60 Greater Manchester - One lane closed on M60 clockwise between J12, M62 (Eccles Interchange) and J14, M61 (East Lancs Road), because of a broken down car. Traffic is coping well.

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

'Most wanted' child sex offender jailed

A man who went on the run for nearly three years and became one of Britain's most wanted fugitives has been jailed.

Stephen Carruthers
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Stephen Carruthers, from Bury, fled the UK but was later arrested when he was admitted to a French hospital following a car crash.

The 43-year-old, of no fixed address, was convicted of 29 child sex charges, including 21 counts of making indecent images of children.

He was jailed for three years and eight months at Carlisle Crown Court.

Latest headlines for the North West

Fire breaks out at city centre cafe

A fire has broken out at a city centre cafe  in Lancaster. 

Fire on Mary Street, Lancaster
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About 50 firefighters have been dealing with the blaze at Amy's Tea Shop in Mary Street since about 12:40.

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service said the flames are being fanned by high winds. No injuries have been reported.

It is not yet known whether the fire has spread to neighbouring shops. One witness said nearby buildings have been evacuated.

Severe disruption: M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J18 for M62 and J17 for A56 Prestwich.

M60 Greater Manchester - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M60 anticlockwise between J18, M62 (Simister Island) and J17, A56 (Prestwich), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Cancer surgeon says patient notes went 'missing'

A breast cancer surgeon accused of carrying out unnecessary operations has  told a jury that patient notes had "gone missing" .

Ian Paterson
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Ian Paterson, of Altrincham, denied accusations that he did not make notes and also said the lack of records was "frustrating".

Mr Paterson, 59, is on trial at Nottingham Crown Court and denies 20 counts of wounding with intent.

The procedures relate to nine women and one man and were carried out between 1997 and 2011.

Blaze rips through Lancaster city centre shop roof

Firefighters continue to tackle a blaze that has broken out in a row of shops in Mary Street, Lancaster.

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There are no reports of any injuries.

Biker, 30, dies in crash

A motorcyclist has died after a crash with a car in Cheshire.

Welsh Road, Childer Thornton,
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The 30-year-old man, from Birkenhead, was injured in Welsh Road, Childer Thornton, near Ellesmere Port at about 13:00 on Sunday. 

He was pronounced dead at Arrow Park Hospital.

Police are appealing for witnesses. 

Weather: Becoming showery this afternoon

BBC Weather

Outbreaks of rain will arrive from the west later this afternoon, and it will also turn breezy.

Tonight will be cloudy with some patchy rain at times.

Lows between 9 and 10C expected across the region.

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Fire breaks out in row of shops in Lancaster

A fire has broken out in a row of shops in Lancaster city centre.

Fire on Mary Street, Lancaster
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About 50 firefighters are dealing with a blaze in Mary Street after it was reported earlier.

There are no reports of any injuries but the flames are being fanned by high winds, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service said.

Oldham hit-and-run: Man admits causing girls' deaths

A man has admitted causing the deaths of two cousins by careless driving in a hit and run crash on New Year's Eve.


          Family handout showing victims Helina Kotlarova, 12, and Zaneta Krokova, 11
Family handout

Zaneta Krokova, 11, and Helina Kotlarova, 12, were holding hands when they were struck crossing a road in Oldham.

Hungarian driver Gabor Hegedus, 38, pleaded guilty at Manchester's Minshull Street Crown Court.

Severe accident: M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise severe accident, at J14 for M61 affecting J16 for A666.

M60 Greater Manchester - One lane closed and slow traffic on M60 anticlockwise in Salford at J14, M61 (East Lancs Road), because of an accident. Congestion to J16, A666 (Pendlebury).

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

North West least active region in UK

Physical inactivity levels in the North West are the highest in the UK, figures from the British Heart Foundation show .

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The statistics show 47%, or 2.7 million adults, are insufficiently active. 

More than 20 million people in the UK are physically inactive, with the charity warning that inactivity increases the risk of heart disease and costs the NHS around £1.2bn each year.

Football: Mourinho's scathing assessment of Shaw

BBC Sport

Jose Mourinho says he cannot compare Luke Shaw's training, commitment, focus or ambition to Manchester United's other left-back options.

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Manchester United: Jose Mourinho questions Luke Shaw's commitment

Three teenagers held over St Helens stabbing

Three teenagers are being questioned by Merseyside Police over the stabbing of a 14-year-old boy in St Helens.

The teen was knifed in his body on Parr Stocks Road on Friday and is in a stable condition in hospital.

A 17-year-old from the area has already been released on bail.

Government funding boost for North West coast attractions

Blackpool and Southport will benefit from part of a £40m government funding boost for 30 coastal projects around the UK.

Southport Pier
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A new conference centre is planned for Blackpool's Winter Gardens, while Southport Pier will use its share of the money to help promote the area to birdwatchers. 

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Football: Man City trio included in England Women's Euro squad

BBC Sport

Three Manchester City players will make their tournament debuts for England Women at this summer's Euro 2017 .

Defender Demi Stokes, midfielder Isobel Christiansen and striker Nikita Parris have all been named in head coach Mark Sampson's 23-strong squad. 

Liverpool's Alex Greenwood is also included, despite currently being out with a long-term injury.

The tournament, which starts on 16 July, will take place in the Netherlands and England's first match is against Scotland on 19 July.  

Man charged after woman, 75, hit by car

A man has been charged after a 75-year-old woman who was hit by a car was left in life-threatening condition.

Manchester New Road in Middleton
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The woman was struck shortly after 21:30 on Friday in Manchester New Road in Middleton, Greater Manchester.

She was taken to hospital with multiple injuries.

A 39-year-old man, from Blackley, has been charged with causing serious injury by dangerous driving, and failing to provide a specimen for analysis.

Liverpool to pay tribute to Hillsborough victims at Bournemouth game

Liverpool will pay tribute to the 96 supporters who died as a result of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster during this week's game against Bournemouth at Anfield

The Kop paying tribute to 96
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One minute's applause will take place before kick-off on 15 April, and fans on the Kop will reveal a commemorative mosaic.

Players will wear black armbands as a mark of respect and tributes will be displayed on LED boards surrounding the pitch. There will also be a commemorative edition of the matchday programme.

The club is looking for volunteers to help lay out the mosaic and asked people interested  to get in touch .  

There will be no Hillsborough memorial service at Anfield this year, after the Hillsborough Family Support Group, decided the 2016 service would be the final one to be held at the stadium.

Entertainer dies day after 81st birthday

Former entertainer and theatre producer Duggie Chapman has died , aged 81.

Duggie Chapman
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One of Lancashire's showbusiness veterans, Chapman produced stage shows for more than 50 years and made more than 100 appearances on the BBC.

Born in Burnley, he began his career with an appearance in a feature film aged 11 and was awarded an MBE in 2009 for services to light entertainment.

His partner, Beryl Johnson, said "showbusiness was Duggie's life" and he "will be sorely missed".

She said he died at about 06:00 on Saturday - a day after his birthday.  

Attempted rape arrest after woman attacked

A man has been arrested after a woman was sexually assaulted in Merseyside.

A woman was attacked in bushes near to Oak Lane on the side of Croxteth Country Park at about 19:50 on Thursday.

A 39-year-old man, from Huyton, has been arrested on suspicion of attempted rape.

He is in police custody for questioning.