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  1. Updates on Friday 28 July

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Severe accident: M6 Lancashire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Lancashire southbound severe accident, between J28 for B5256 and J27 for A5209.

M6 Lancashire - One lane blocked and queuing traffic on M6 southbound between J28, B5256 (Leyland) and J27, A5209 (Standish), because of an accident.

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

Young music fans organised a church afternoon tea and dance to alleviate loneliness
Young festival-goers organised an afternoon tea and dance to alleviate loneliness among the elderly.

Lancashire County Council leader re-bailed

Mike Stevens

BBC Radio Lancashire political reporter

The leader of Lancashire County Council has been re-bailed until November by police who are investigating alleged financial irregularities at the authority.

Geoff Driver
BBC

Geoff Driver was arrested in May on suspicion of perverting the course of justice and witness intimidation.

Three other men, including Liverpool City Council's chief executive Ged Fitzgerald, were also held as part of the police investigation which began in 2013 and have also been bailed until 22 November.

The probe is into a council tendering contract.

Football: Bakayogo set to start for Crewe in Port Vale derby

Graham McGarry

Crewe Alexandra commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

Zoumana Bakayogo could be set to make his first start of the season for Crewe Alexandra this weekend.

Zoumana Bakayogo
crewealex.net

Bakayogo has fully recovered from a knee injury that kept him out of the side for the opening three fixtures.

The Alex manager David Artell says his 30-minute contribution as a substitute last weekend has put him in contention to play against Port Vale.

Severe accident: M6 Cheshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cheshire northbound severe accident, between J18 for A54 Middlewich and J19 for A556.

M6 Cheshire - Queuing traffic and one lane closed on M6 northbound between J18, A54 (Middlewich) and J19, A556 (Knutsford), because of an accident involving two lorries.

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

Things are '100%' okay between Klopp and Coutinho
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says there is no problem between him and midfielder Philippe Coutinho, who Barcelona have made three bids for.

Salford City Council holds meeting over cladding loan

Salford City Council is holding a special meeting to discuss borrowing £25m, so it can start work on replacing cladding on nine tower blocks which failed fire safety tests after the Grenfell tower disaster.

The buildings in Pendleton are among a total of 54 in the north west, where cladding did not pass the safety measures.

Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire southbound

BBC News Travel

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

M6 Cheshire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M6 southbound between J18, A54 (Middlewich) and J17, A534 (Sandbach), because of a broken down vehicle and recovery work. In the roadworks area.

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

Latest headlines for the North West

Cheshire chief constable suspended in misconduct probe

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

Cheshire's Chief Constable Simon Byrne has been suspended by the county's police and crime commissioner over an allegation about his conduct.

Simon Byrne
BBC

PCC David Keane says a local investigation's been carried out since late 2016 and he's now reviewed the report.

He says he believed there's a case for Mr Byrne to answer for gross misconduct "with regards to authority, respect and courtesy and discreditable conduct".

In December, the BBC understood that the complaint originated from an officer with the Cheshire force.

Mr Keane says there'll now be an independently chaired gross misconduct hearing and the deputy chief constable Janette McCormick will take on the role of acting chief constable.

Severe accident: M60 Greater Manchester clockwise

BBC News Travel

M60 Greater Manchester clockwise severe accident, between J16 for A666 and J17 for A56 Prestwich.

M60 Greater Manchester - Queuing traffic and two lanes blocked on M60 clockwise between J16, A666 (Pendlebury) and J17, A56 (Prestwich), because of an accident.

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

Football: Bolton Wanderers 3-2 Sheffield Wednesday

BBC Sport

Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal was involved in an altercation with a steward as Bolton reached the EFL Cup third round.

Carlos Carvalhal
Rex Features

Carvalhal and Bolton manager Phil Parkinson were both sent off late in the game following a confrontation sparked by a foul on Bolton's Filipe Morais.

The Owls' manager was then engaged in a heated discussion with a steward as he attempted to take a seat in the stands.

Greater Manchester Police confirmed they would taking no further action.

Latest headlines for the North West

What do you think about Liverpool's Williamson Square?

New ways to improve Williamson Square are being explored in Liverpool today.

Williamson Square
Google

Social enterprise PLACED is holding an event to discuss different ways the piazza could be used.

It says the square gets less footfall than other shopping locations in the city centre and it's a mishmash of design.

The square was originally laid out in 1745 and once had two theatres on the site.

Severe disruption: M65 Lancashire westbound

BBC News Travel

M65 Lancashire westbound severe disruption, at J7 for A6185 Rishton.

M65 Lancashire - M65 exit slip road closed westbound at J7, A6185 (Rishton), because of cows on the road. Traffic is coping well.

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

Football: Accrington Stanley 1-3 West Bromwich Albion

BBC Sport

West Brom's £12m summer signing Jay Rodriguez scored his first goal for the club as the Premier League side saw off League Two Accrington in the EFL Cup.

Jay Rodriguez
Rex Features

West Brom, captained by recent signing Gareth Barry, have won all three of their games this season, while defeat for John Coleman's side ended their perfect home record this term.

Car keys stolen from parking firm used by airport passengers

Up to 130 sets of car keys have been stolen from a site used by a meet-and-greet company offering long stay parking near Manchester Airport.

car being locked
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Four or five cars were also taken from a Car Park Manchester site in Hale, the Manchester Evening News reported.

Police said the exact numbers involved were not yet known because many of the vehicles' owners are still on holiday.

Car Park Manchester said they had reported the 18 August burglary but declined to comment further.

The BBC understands the company is not affiliated with Manchester Airport.

Football: Aston Villa 4-1 Wigan Athletic

BBC Sport

Scott Hogan scored two first-half goals in Aston Villa's convincing EFL Cup second-round triumph against Wigan.

Scott Hogan
Rex Features

Defeat ended the Latics' 100% start to the season, which sees them top League One, while Steve Bruce's side have now scored four goals in consecutive matches.

Severe accident: M55 Lancashire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M55 Lancashire eastbound severe accident, between J3 for A585 and J1 for A6.

M55 Lancashire - M55 partially blocked and very slow traffic eastbound between J3, A585 (Kirkham) and J1, A6 (Fulwood), because of an accident.

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

Severe disruption: M6 Merseyside northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Merseyside northbound severe disruption, at J23 for A580.

M6 Merseyside - M6 lane blocked on exit slip road and queuing traffic northbound at J23, A580 (Haydock), because of a broken down lorry and recovery work.

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

Latest headlines for the North West

  • Leaders from across the North are meeting at a cross party summit in Leeds to demand the government commits to HS3
  • Up to 130 sets of car keys have been stolen from a site used by a meet-and-greet company offering long stay parking near Manchester Airport
  • The public is being is being asked for their views about the future of Williamson Square in Liverpool

Weather: A wet start to the day

BBC Weather

Early rain will include heavy bursts during rush hour, particularly in Lancashire.

As the rain and cloud clears to the east, brighter, fresher weather will spread in from the coast by the start of the afternoon.

Highs of 20C. More from BBC Weather.

Severe accident: M60 Greater Manchester clockwise

BBC News Travel

M60 Greater Manchester clockwise severe accident, at J26 for A560 affecting J24 for M67.

M60 Greater Manchester - One lane closed and slow traffic on M60 clockwise at J26, A560 (Stockport East), because of an accident involving three vehicles. Congestion to J24, M67 (Denton Island).

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 J21 for A640 and J20 for A627.

M62 Greater Manchester - Slow traffic on M62 westbound between J21, A640 (Milnrow) and J20 A627(M) Rochdale, because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Severe accident: M56 Greater Manchester westbound

BBC News Travel

M56 Greater Manchester westbound severe accident, at J6 for A538.

M56 Greater Manchester - M56 lane closed on exit slip road westbound at J6, A538 (Hale Four Seasons Roundabout), because of an accident involving two vehicles and recovery work. Traffic is coping well.

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

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Severe disruption: A6068 Lancashire both ways

BBC News Travel

A6068 Lancashire both ways severe disruption, between Bent Lane and Keighley Road.

A6068 Lancashire - A6068 Keighley Road in Laneshaw Bridge closed and slow traffic in both directions between the Bent Lane junction and the Keighley Road junction, because of a shed load of animal produce.

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