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Severe accident: M6 Lancashire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Lancashire northbound severe accident, at J31 for A59 Preston New Road.

M6 Lancashire - M6 lane closed on exit slip road northbound at J31, A59 (Samlesbury), because of an accident.

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

Manchester attack: 12 weeks on
Twelve weeks after the Manchester attack, a bereaved mother explains how she is trying to cope with what happened.
Wayne Rooney

Striker Wayne Rooney says he is "focusing on Everton" rather than an international recall after scoring his 200th Premier League goal.

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Wayne Rooney's best Everton goals at Goodison Park
Watch three of Wayne Rooney's early strikes for Everton after he netted his 200th Premier League goal v Man City.
Raheem Sterling

Jonathan Jurejko

BBC Sport

Raheem Sterling salvages a point for 10-man Manchester City as Everton are denied victory after Wayne Rooney scores his 200th Premier League goal.

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Man City put absolutely everything on pitch - Guardiola
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says his side "put absolutely everything on the pitch" in their 1-1 Premier League draw with Everton which saw a first-half red card for defender Kyle Walker.
Everton happy to have Rooney back - Koeman
Everton boss Ronald Koeman praises Wayne Rooney, saying he is "happy" the striker is back at the club after scoring his 200th Premier League goal in Monday's 1-1 draw at Manchester City.
Everton fans

Everton warn fans not to wear club colours if they are travelling to Croatia for Thursday's Europa League second leg against Hajduk Split.

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Severe accident: M60 Greater Manchester clockwise

BBC News Travel

M60 Greater Manchester clockwise severe accident, at J25 for A560.

M60 Greater Manchester - Very slow traffic on M60 clockwise at J25, A560 (Bredbury), because of an accident involving lorry and a car earlier on.

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

Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cheshire northbound severe disruption, between J17 for A534 Sandbach and J18 for A54 Middlewich.

M6 Cheshire - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M6 northbound between J17, A534 (Sandbach) and J18, A54 (Middlewich), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Severe accident: M6 Cheshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cheshire southbound severe accident, at J21 for A57.

M6 Cheshire - M6 exit slip road closed and slow traffic southbound at J21, A57 (Woolston), because of an accident.

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

Our live coverage across the day

That's all from us for now, but we'll be back from 08:00 on Tuesday with more of the latest news, sport, travel and weather from across the region.

In the meantime, this page will be updated automatically with content from across the BBC.

Blackpool council sold off its 41,000 deckchairs, but they may now be making a comeback.
Blackpool council sold off all of its 41,000 deckchairs, but they may now be making a comeback.

Weather: Cloudy evening set to scupper eclipse chances

Eclipse watchers might be disappointed to hear it's looking like we're in for a cloudy night.

The eclipse will be total across parts of the US, but a partial eclipse will be visible in clearer parts of the UK from about 20:00.

Alas, here in the North West it will stay rather murky with mist and fog over the hills.

Tuesday will be mainly dry and cloudy, though a few showers are possible.

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Football: Crewe manager pushes players for more wins

Graham McGarry

Crewe Alexandra commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

Crewe Alexandra manager David Artell says his players need to get into the mindset of winning games.

General view of Crewe Alexandra's ground
Nigel Roddis/Getty Images

The Alex are 10th in League Two and remain unbeaten after three league games.

Some of these lads haven't been used to winning games of football and that's what we've got to get to. It's got to be that mindset of every game, we're going to win the game. When we get that right, we'll be difficult to stop because we've got some really, really good players."

David ArtellCrewe Alexandra manager

Football: Man City vs Everton preview

BBC Sport

Manchester City face Everton tonight for city's first home fixture of the Premier League season.

Manchester City fans
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You can read a full preview and see what the pundits think about the clash here.

The match kicks off at 20:00.

Search for man accused of kicking and choking dogs

A man was seen kicking and choking two dogs in Lancashire, prompting an RSPCA appeal for information.

Bright Street in Padiham

The alleged attack happened in Padiham, Lancashire, on 17 August, the animal charity said.

The man was walking through the Bright Street when he was said to have set upon the black and white border collie and tan coloured bull terrier-type dog.

He was said to have lifed one of the pets off the ground by its lead.

The offender was described as white, wearing a maroon and blue striped hat, checked shirt, grey tracksuit bottoms with stripes down the leg, green wellies and a blue bodywarmer.

Boys arrested over garage 'arson'

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

A teenager and an 11-year-old boy have been arrested on suspicion of arson after a garage fire in Crewe at the weekend.

Cheshire Police says the building on Collins Street was well alight when they and the fire service arrived yesterday morning.

They say they now believe it was started deliberately and arrested the 11-year-old and 16-year-old on suspicion of arson as well as other offences including theft.

The pair have now been released under investigation.

Chris Samba

Preview followed by live coverage of Tuesday's EFL Cup game between Aston Villa and Wigan Athletic.

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Merseyside MP backs tougher hate crime stance

Liverpool Wavertree MP Luciana Berger has welcomed new guidance from the Crown Prosecution Service telling prosecutors in England and Wales to treat online hate crimes as seriously as those committed face-to-face.

Luciana Berger

The CPS announced the tougher guidelines in response to a rise in abuse on social media.

Labour MP Ms Berger has been the target of death threats and anti-Semitic abuse online in the past.

I happen to be resilient and I am very fortunate to have a strong support network and as a member of parliament I have a voice, but there are plenty of people who may not have any of those things. We need to treat all victims of crime, online or offline in the same way.

Luciana BergerLabour MP

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 very slow traffic on M6 northbound between J18, A54 (Middlewich) and J19, A556 (Knutsford), because of a broken down lorry.

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

Football: Man City's Samir Nasri joins Turkish side Antalyaspor

BBC Sport

Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri has joined Turkish side Antalyaspor on a two-year contract.

Samir Nasri
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The France player, 30, signed from Arsenal for £25m in 2011 and made 129 Premier League appearances for City.

He won two league titles and a League Cup during his time at the Etihad, but spent last season on loan at Spanish club Sevilla.

Nasri was pictured boarding a flight to Turkey on Sunday, before he completed a medical.

Elderly woman has life savings stolen by fraudsters

An 84-year-old-woman has had her life savings stolen by two men who posed as workmen at her home in Merseyside, police said.

Park Brow Drive

Police are appealing for information following the theft at the home in Park Brow, Kirkby, on 17 August.

Two men promised to carry out repairs to the woman's home but left with cash after searching the property.

One is described as white, aged between 25 and 30, of average build, brown haird and wearing a high visibility yellow vest.

The other is described as mixed-race and of a similar age, build and hair colour. He was wearing a red and pink checked shirt.

Garage fire cause investigated

Jodie Looker

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

The cause of a garage fire's being investigated in Crewe.

Cheshire Fire Service says the building on Collins Street was well alight when they arrived yesterday morning.

Smoke coming from garage fire site
Cheshire Fire Service

They say they cordoned it off and worked to protect an on-site workshop.

The service says the Environment Agency was also called out as water was running off the area and into a nearby brook.

Captain Kirk in Coronation Street TV Twitter tease

Could Star Trek legend William Shatner be boldly going to the Coronation Street studios?

The Canadian actor set tongues wagging after posting an ambiguous quip on Twitter.

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Shatner, who played Captain Kirk in the sci-fi series, drew attention to the soap's official Twitter account following him, and liking two of his tweets.

He wrote: "Uh oh!", followed by a blushing and shocked emoji.

The soap has yet to confirm whether Shatner will appear in the show.

But if he was to teleport onto the cobbles he would follow in the footsteps of fellow Star Trek stalwart Patrick Stewart, who made his acting debut on Corrie some 50 years ago.

Latest headlines for the North West

  • Two people have been hit by a train in Holmes Chapel, police said
  • Fire crews are continuing to deal with a large industrial fire in Bootle
  • Burnley have signed striker Chris Wood from Leeds United for a club record transfer fee, thought to be about £15m
Bolton Wanderers logo at Macron Stadium

Andrew Aloia

BBC Sport

Sports Shield BWFC, which owns more than a third of the shares in Championship club Bolton Wanderers, is liquidated.

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Weather: Cloudy with rain at times

BBC Weather

It will be cloudy this afternoon with rain at times. This will turn heavy over the next few hours and it will feel fairly cool. Highs of 18C.

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Your say: The landmarks that mean you're nearly home


We asked you on the BBC Radio Facebook page what are the landmarks that mean you're near the end of your journey home to Staffordshire and Cheshire?

It was after, at the weekend, BBC News posted a story about the sights across the country which loom large above the landscape and make us think that home is near.

Part of Rugeley Power Station and Jodrell Bank

Michelle Bird wrote: "Always see a sign for Nantwich and then I know I'm on the right route to Stoke-on-Trent."

Martyn Dixon posted: "Years ago it was the head gear and towers of Hem Heath and Florence collieries northbound, just before junction 15 on the M6."

Nadine Lindsey responded: "Well, it's always been Rugeley Power Station. When they demolish those cooling towers it will be a sad day!"

And Patricia Smith added: "Jodrell Bank means not long to go."

Access all areas at Man City

Man City v Everton (20:00 BST)

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

BBC Sport
BBC Sport
BBC Sport

They have been busy at the Etihad Stadium this summer.

Tonight's game against Everton gives Manchester City a chance to show off the improvements they have made to the main stand this summer.

This includes new dressing rooms.

And, having had a tour on Friday, I can confirm if manager Pep Guardiola wants to get his point across, and stands on the City badge shown in the picture, his voice will boom around the room.

And, fans who have shelled out for Tunnel Club hospitality will see the players as they head on to the pitch, and leave it for that matter - pay close attention if someone is unlucky enough to get sent off.

At the end, they will even be able to watch them conducting their post-match TV news conferences.

It is not quite as open as sports events are in the United States but is about as 'access all areas' as you are likely to get in England.

Sailors leave Merseyside shores for round-the-world race

Twelve yachts that will travel around the globe have set sail from Liverpool.

More than 700 amateur sailors - led by professional skippers - are involved in the 11th edition of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.

They are expected to finish in Liverpool on 28 July next year.

Race co-founder Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, who was the first person to sail solo and nonstop around the world, said: "This requires give and take - people aren't used to that these days."

Thousands of people lined the waterfront as the fleet paraded on the River Mersey before starting the first leg of the race, which will end in Punta del Este, Uruguay.

Samir Nasri

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri joins Turkish side Antalyaspor on a two-year contract.

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Severe disruption: M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise severe disruption, at J16 for A666.

M60 Greater Manchester - Slow traffic on M60 anticlockwise at J16, A666 (Pendlebury), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened. Travel time is 15 minutes. Congestion to J18, M62 (Simister Island).

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