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Severe disruption: M62 Greater Manchester westbound

BBC News Travel

M62 Greater Manchester westbound severe disruption, between J20 for A627 and J19 for A6046.

M62 Greater Manchester - One lane blocked and very slow traffic on M62 westbound between J20 A627(M) Rochdale and J19, A6046 (Heywood), because of a broken down car. In the roadworks area.

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

Severe disruption: M62 Greater Manchester westbound

BBC News Travel

M62 Greater Manchester westbound severe disruption, between J19 for A6046 and J18 for M60.

M62 Greater Manchester - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M62 westbound between J19, A6046 (Heywood) and J18, M60 (Simister Island). In the roadworks area.

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

Fatal crane collapse: Fundraising for teenager memorial

Jennifer Harby

BBC News Online

A fundraising campaign has been launched to pay for a memorial bench in memory of a teenager who died in Wednesday's fatal crane collapse.

Flowers in Crewe at crane collapse site

Rhys Barker, 18, from Castleford was named alongside David Newall, 36, from Bradford as the two building site workers who died on Dunwoody Way on Wednesday.

Mr Barker's former school's principal said one of his friends was fundraising for money for a memorial bench in the school grounds and students had organised a balloon release in his memory.

How a young Manchester graduate 'helped Allies win WW2'

The story of Beatrice Shilling, a pioneering young engineering graduate of the University of Manchester whose ingenuity saved many pilots' lives and arguably helped the Allies win World War Two, is being told as part of a BBC programme.

Beatrice Shilling

As the Battle of Britain raged in the summer of 1940, a fatal flaw in the design of engines used in two of the RAF's mainstay aircraft - the Hurricane fighter-bomber and the iconic Spitfire fighter plane - became apparent.

When they dived and encountered negative g-forces, the carburettor in their Rolls-Royce Merlin engines would often flood, resulting in them cutting out - a pilot's worst nightmare in a dogfight.

The solution to the problem - a small metal disc that restricted fuel flow - was created by Beatrice and became known amongst pilots, in an playful but respectful manner, as "Miss Shilling's orifice".

Her story features in Invented in the North West on BBC One at 19:30.

Ben Barba

Andrew Aloia

BBC Sport

St Helens' appeal against Ben Barba's 12-match ban is taking an "inordinately long" time to hear, says the club's chairman.

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Cladding removed from Wythenshawe flats

Wythenshawe Community Housing Group has removed cladding from a new building, Village 135, to reassure residents after test results indicated "it could be made of similar materials" to those in the Grenfell fire.

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Man jailed for trying to import 'child-like sex doll'

Monica Rimmer

Journalist, BBC Online

A man who attempted to import a child-like sex doll into the country has been jailed in what Cheshire Constabulary say is the first case of its kind in the UK.

Andrew Dobson, pleaded guilty at Chester Crown Court to one count of importing an indecent object, one count of possessing indecent images of children and two counts of making indecent images of children.

Andrew Dobson
Cheshire Police

Dobson, 49, of Merrivale Road, Wistaston has been sentenced to two years and eight months in jail and will be put on the sex offenders register for life.

Cheshire Police says border forces seized a parcel from Hong Kong at East Midlands Airport and found inside an "obscene" child-like doll.

The force says they then searched Dobson's house and indecent images of children were found on his computer.

The sex doll
Cheshire Police

How many Harrys do you need to set a World Record?

They've done it - a world record has been set in Bolton to mark 20 years since the release of the first Harry Potter novel.

Girls dressed as Harry Potter

A total of 676 school children from across the town gathered at Smithills Hall - beating the record for the most people dressed as Harry Potter in one place.

The previous record had been set in March 2015 by 521 children at a school in Horsham, West Sussex.

Cladding samples from nine Salford tower blocks sent for testing

Cladding on nine high-rise blocks in the Pendleton area of Salford has been identified as being made from aluminium composite material (ACM) - the cladding which has been linked to the Grenfell Tower fire in London.

Samples of the cladding are being sent to the Department for Communities and Local Government to be tested independently by fire experts.

Pendleton Together, the management company that runs the blocks in Salford, said they realised questions about the cladding were a "real concern" for residents.

The firm said every householder in a high-rise block is to have a home visit to carry out basic fire safety checks on doors and smoke alarms, while patrols of buildings are being carried out "as a precautionary safety measure".

The same firm also runs a number of high-rise blocks in Yorkshire and Lancashire.

Pendleton residents 'worried' about cladding

Graham Worrall, who lives in a nine-storey building in Salford, is waiting to hear whether the cladding on it is a cause for concern.

He says residents are really worried - and that they were told "nothing at all" before refurbishment was carried out:

We weren't told what kind of cladding was going to be put up, what kind of insulation was going to be installed behind the cladding.

It was a complete refurbishment of the whole block. It was part of a PFI project.

How many Harrys? Bolton children break world record

A world record for the most people dressed as Harry Potter in one place has been set in Bolton to mark 20 years since the release of the first novel about the schoolboy wizard.

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Children from across the town gathered at Smithills Hall to try to beat the record of 521, which was set in March 2015 by a school in West Sussex.

Baby dressed as Harry Potter

Sonia Greenacre from Guinness World Records says they've beaten that by some margin:

It was absolutely wonderful - all the children made such a great effort.

There's 676 of them here. It was an officially amazing moment.

Actor Hugh Grant appeals for return of WW2 veteran's medals

Actor Hugh Grant has offered £1,000 for the return of four World War Two medals which were lost at a motorway service station.

Alfred Barlow
Blind Veterans UK

Alfred Barlow, 95, of Stockport, Greater Manchester, was returning from a pilgrimage to Normandy, France, on 8 June when he noticed they were missing.

He was at Norton Canes Services, near Walsall on the M6 Toll.

Mr Barlow said their loss was "very distressing" and he wanted to pass them on to his grandson "which makes it even more upsetting".

Severe accident: M602 Greater Manchester westbound

BBC News Travel

M602 Greater Manchester westbound severe accident, between J2 for A576 Gilda Brook Road and J1 for M60.

M602 Greater Manchester - Very slow traffic on M602 westbound between J2 A576 Gilda Brook Road and J1, M60 (Eccles Interchange), because of an accident involving a lorry.

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

Funeral for 'inspirational' bomb victim

Mourners gathered clutching single blooms at the funeral of Lisa Lees, who was killed in the Manchester attack.


The 47-year-old from Royton, Oldham was among 22 people who died in the suicide bombing at Manchester Arena, on 22 May.

She was killed while waiting in the foyer to pick up her daughter with her friend, Alison Howe, who also died and whose funeral took place earlier at the same church - St Anne's in Oldham.

Daughter India said Ms Lees was the "best mum in the universe".

Lisa Lees' coffin leaves St Anne's Church

Stewart Whittingham

Reporter, BBC News Online

Hundreds of people stood in the road outside St Anne's Church in Royton during the funeral of Manchester Arena attack victim Lisa Lees.

Goldfrapp and Pearl Jam songs were played during the service.

St Anne's Church

Fatal crane collapse: Floral tributes continue to be laid at site

John Acres

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

Floral tributes have continued to be laid at the site where a crane crashed in Crewe, killing two men.

Floral tributes

Local councils, a union and staff at the nearby Bombardier Transport factory have been among those laying flowers.

Meanwhile Steven Hogben, a Labour councillor on Cheshire East Council, said he drove past the site a few minutes before the accident.

He said he had thought the crane looked "amazingly high".

"It was a tall crane which only appeared a few days ago," he said. "I'm not aware of any concerns having been raised about it."

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Cladding removed for fire safety concerns

Cladding is being removed from a tower bock in Manchester despite an inspection by the fire service which concluded it is safe.

cladding being removed

Tests showed decorative cladding on Village 135 in Wythenshawe could be made of materials similar to those used on Grenfell Tower, the council said.

Wythenshawe Community Housing Group was concerned about 78 panels in one area.

It said the panels were being removed in order to reassure residents.

Weather: Cool with outbreaks of rain

BBC Weather

Patchy rain will continue throughout the afternoon, especially over the hills. It will also feel fresh in the westerly breeze. Highs of 17C.

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'Beautiful angel' tribute at Lisa Lees funeral

Lisa Lees and her husband and Anthony were together for 23 years and had spent their honeymoon in India.

"She was the best wife a man can have," he said. "I can't believe she has been taken away from me.

"Life will never be the same without her."

Her daughter Lauren added: "She is now a beautiful angel."

St Anne's Church

Lisa Lees: 'She will live in our hearts forever'

Stewart Whittingham

Reporter, BBC News Online

Rev James Read read out a tribute from Lisa Lees' daughter, Lauren.

"Our mum was not just a mum, she was also our best friend," she said.

"Myself and India were very close to her and we were so proud to have her as our mum.

"As long as we have each other, part of her will be always with us. She will live in our hearts forever."

St Anne's Church

Lisa Lees 'would have wanted us to carry on - she was such a loving person'

Stewart Whittingham

Reporter, BBC News Online

The service at St Anne's Church heard Lisa Lees got her first job aged 13 at a newsagents.

She worked at Oldham College as a beauty tutor and recently studied for a degree.

Rev James Read said: "She had so many plans for the future. But she was taken on that awful awful day.

"She would have wanted us to carry on - she was such a loving person."

Lisa Lees
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Severe disruption: M60 Greater Manchester clockwise

BBC News Travel

M60 Greater Manchester clockwise severe disruption, at J13 for A572 affecting J12 for M62.

M60 Greater Manchester - One lane closed and slow traffic on M60 clockwise at J13, A572 (Worsley), because of a broken down car. Congestion to J12, M62 (Eccles Interchange).

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

Hundreds attend Manchester Attack victim's funeral service

Stewart Whittingham

Reporter, BBC News Online

Mourners are queuing ahead of the funeral of Lisa Lees.

Ms Lees, 47, died with her friend Alison Howe, 45, during last month's attack at Manchester Arena.

Speakers have been erected outside the church for the benefit of those not be able to fit inside.

All 676 children had to have a scar drawn on their forehead, a tie, glasses and a wand.
The record was set 20 years after the release of first novel.

Cortege arrives for Lisa Lees funeral

Stewart Whittingham

Reporter, BBC News Online

The cortege carrying Manchester Attack victim Lisa Lees has arrived at St Anne's Church in Royton.

Funeral cortege

Her coffin, which was pulled by two white horses, had 'Lisa' in pink letters on the side surrounded by pink butterflies, along with the word 'MUM' in white roses.

Ms Lees' husband Anthony and her two daughters India and Lauren were comforted by the vicar as they entered the church.

Madonna's Vogue was played as the family went inside.


St Anne's Church

St Anne's Church

Man arrested after Walton shooting

A man has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm after a shooting in Walton.

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The incident happened about 09:15 on Hornby Road, close to HMP Liverpool.

Officers attending the scene found a damaged grey Renault Megane.

Police say there are no reports of any injuries.

Man seriously hurt in attack by gang of men

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

A man's suffered serious injuries to his face after he was attacked by a gang of up to nine men in a park in Crewe.

Joey the Swan park

Cheshire Police says the 18-year-old was assaulted as he walked with a friend through the Joey the Swan Park in Wistaston on Saturday night.

The force says, as well as his injuries, the victim's been left extremely shaken.