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Summary

  1. Anfield 'Boot Room' legend Ronnie Moran has died aged 83
  2. Man dies in Salford house fire
  3. Lancashire devolution 'unlikely', says Blackpool Council leader
  4. Major road upgrades in Manchester and Liverpool 'could be scrapped'
  5. Plea for focus on Blackpool in post-Brexit strategy
  6. Liverpool to reimagine The Beatles' Sgt Pepper in eclectic arts festival
  7. Updates on Wednesday 22 March

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

Severe disruption: A5067 Greater Manchester eastbound

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A5067 Greater Manchester eastbound severe disruption, between Boundary Lane and Higher Cambridge Street.

A5067 Greater Manchester - A5067 Cavendish Street in Manchester closed and heavy traffic eastbound between the Boundary Lane junction and the Higher Cambridge Street junction, because of a police incident.

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

Weather: Rain and snow overnight

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It will be cloudy with rain and snow over the south Pennines.

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This will be easing northwards overnight. 

Drier and clearer spells will develop to the south.

Liverpool man wanted on prison recall

Police are appealing for help in tracing a 29-year-old man from Liverpool after he failed to comply with his prison release conditions.

Mark Johnston
Merseyside Police

Mark Johnston was jailed for 13 years in February 2010 after being convicted of criminal damage and recklessly endangering life following an incident in Southport in 2009. He was released on licence last year.

He is described as white, medium build, about 6ft (1.82m), with dark brown hair and hazel eyes.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police.

'Our debt to Brian Epstein is huge'

Liverpool is marking the 50th birthday of The Beatles' Sgt Pepper album by asking a dizzying array of performers to reinterpret the songs in the city.  

Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller said one of his works will be about Brian Epstein in the year of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles manager's death

Mr Deller told the  World At One  how the "world would be very different place" without Brian Epstein's involvement with The Beatles.

MP calls for probe into health bosses' 'scandalous pay rises'

An MP has slammed as "scandalous" pay rises given to bosses at the Liverpool Clinical Care Commission Group (CCG).

Rosie Cooper, Labour MP for West Lancashire, called on Prime Minster Theresa May to investigate pay increases of up to 80% at the CCG.

The MP said the pay rises were revealed in a Freedom of Information request to the CCG for the 2014/15 period.

Mrs May confirmed that NHS England would be investigating the "remuneration of members" of the governing body of Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group.

Nobody from the CCG was available for comment.

London attack: Runshaw College students 'safe'

A group of students at a college in Leyland who on a trip to London during what police are treating as a terrorist incident are safe and well.

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A woman has died on Westminster Bridge and there are a number of other casualties including a police officer was also stabbed in the nearby Houses of Parliament by an attacker, who was shot by police.

Edge Hill student injured in Westminster attack

A student from Edge Hill University who was on a trip to Westminster when what police are treating as a terrorist incident took place has been injured.

Westminster incident
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The university confirmed all 13 students have been accounted for, along with a lecturer.

Travis Frain, from Darwen, is being treated in hospital.

The BBC understands his injuries are not thought to be serious.

A university spokesman said Mr Frain's mother had been informed of the incident.

A woman has died on Westminster Bridge and the attacker struck several pedestrians as he drove a car across the bridge, before crashing it into railings.

Anybody with any concerns can call 01695 650415.

Headlines for the North West

  • A 10-year-old girl left with cerebral palsy following complications during her birth at the Royal Blackburn Hospital has her compensation more than doubled to £9m
  • A man who stabbed a love rival to death in a "jealous rage" in Manchester  is jailed

Edge Hill University students on politics trip during Westminster attack

Students from Edge Hill University were on a politics trip to Westminster   at the time what police are treating as a terrorist incident took place, it has emerged.

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A woman has died on Westminster Bridge in central London and a police officer was also stabbed in the nearby Houses of Parliament by an attacker, who was shot by police.

He struck several pedestrians as he drove a car across the bridge, before crashing it into railings.

The university has set up incident room to deal with inquiries.

Loose goose causing traffic chaos on M60

BBC News Travel

A wandering goose is causing delays on the clockwise M60 between junction 10 and 11 near to the Trafford Centre in Greater Manchester.

Severe accident: M60 Greater Manchester clockwise

BBC News Travel

M60 Greater Manchester clockwise severe accident, between J13 for A572 and J15 for M61.

M60 Greater Manchester - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M60 clockwise between J13, A572 (Worsley) and J15, M61 (Swinton Interchange), because of a multi-vehicle accident.

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

Compensation doubled for girl left with cerebral palsy after birth complications

A 10-year-old girl who was left with cerebral palsy after birth complications has had her compensation more than doubled to £9m.

Royal Blackburn Hospital
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The East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust has been ordered to pay an extra £5.5m after the Lord Chancellor revised an initial settlement of £3.5m due to the government updating the way lump sums paid to recipients are invested.

The family's solicitor Leonie Millard said: "It vastly improves the long term future financial ability to meet her needs for the rest of her life."

A spokesperson for the trust, which runs the Royal Blackburn Hospital where the girl was born, said it noted the court’s approval of the settlement, adding it wished "the family well for the future".

Severe disruption: M60 Greater Manchester clockwise

BBC News Travel

M60 Greater Manchester clockwise severe disruption, between J13 for A572 and J15 for M61.

M60 Greater Manchester - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M60 clockwise between J13, A572 (Worsley) and J15, M61 (Swinton Interchange), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

MPs in Westminster lockdown after 'police officer stabbed'

A police officer has been stabbed in the Houses of Parliament in central London, Commons leader David Lidington has said.  

He told MPs the "alleged assailant was shot by armed police" following a "serious" incident.

MPs and staff inside Parliament were told to stay inside their offices.

Morecambe and Lunesdale MP David Morris is among those currently in lockdown and said one of his colleagues saw it happen.

Scotland Yard said it was called to a firearms incident on Westminster Bridge amid reports of several people injured. 

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Headlines for the North West

  • A 10-year-old girl left with cerebral palsy following complications during her birth at the Royal Blackburn Hospital, has her compensation more than doubled to £9m  
  • A man who stabbed a love rival to death in a "jealous rage" in Manchester  is jailed

In pictures: Ronnie Moran

Former Liverpool captain and coach Ronnie Moran has died at the age of 83, but who was he?

Ronnie Moran (right)
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  • Crosby-born Moran made 379 appearances for Liverpool between 1952 and 1966 and was the club's longest-serving employee when he retired in 1999
  • He joined the Reds' coaching staff in 1966 and twice filled in as caretaker manager - after Kenny Dalglish's resignation in 1991 and following Graeme Souness' heart surgery in 1992
  • Moran enjoyed success as a player after twice winning the old Division One title
  • Renowned for his shrewd knowledge, he was a crucial part of the club's infamous Boot Room, alongside the likes of Bill Shankly and Bob Paisley
Ronnie Moran (left), Kenny Dalglish and Roy Evans
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Moran, Paisley and Joe Fagan
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Man cleared of causing girl's death by dangerous driving

A man has been cleared of causing the death of a four-year-old girl by dangerous driving.

Gladstone Road, Neston
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Peter Williams, 62, of Poulton Road, Wallasey, Wirral, denied causing  Esme Weir's death by dangerous driving  on 13 January in Gladstone Road, Neston.

He was acquitted after a trial at Liverpool Crown Court.

Over To You Blaine Stott

The latest volunteer to take over BBC Radio Manchester's airwaves in the Over To You project, is Blaine Stott.

He says he's "just a regular guy"  #OverToYou ...

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The project sees 100 non-journalist volunteers "take over" the airwaves for a week who will get the chance to present, report, produce or create digital content with something close to their heart .

Further talks planned to avert Grand National race day rail strike

Further talks to avoid fresh strikes by Merseyrail workers over driver-only operated trains are being planned.

Merseyrail train
BBC

On Monday, negotiations broke down and no agreement was reached in the dispute between the RMT union and Merseyrail.

A second day of industrial action is planned for 8 April, on Grand National day at Aintree. The first 24-hour strike took place on 13 March.

Merseyrail managing director Jan Chaudhry Van Der Velde has invited RMT officials to further discussions and he said he is optimistic the planned strike on 8 April will be called off.

Calls for 'Ask for Angela' safety campaign in Manchester

A safety campaign in which people who are feeling unsafe on a date can ask for help using a code-word should be introduced in Manchester, an MP has said.

Ask for Angela poster
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John Leech, former Liberal Democrat MP for Withington and now Disbury West councillor, said  Ask For Angela  could "dramatically increase the safety of people in Manchester" and should be "as soon as is humanly possible".

Ask For Angela  which is a play on the word (guardian) angel, was the brainchild of Lincolnshire County Council and has been rolled out in other areas. 

It encourages people to discreetly ask for help by going to the bar and "Ask for Angela" - a phrase aimed at alerting bar staff to the cry for help so they can help defuse the situation.

Manchester City Council is yet to comment.

Weather: Cold with rain and snow showers

BBC Weather

A spell of heavy rain is already moving across the North West, with snow likely at higher levels. It will also feel cold in a brisk north-easterly breeze.

Highs of 7C are expected.

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Lancashire devolution 'unlikely'

Devolution in Lancashire is unlikely to happen, the chairman of the shadow Lancashire Combined Authority has conceded.

Councillor Simon Blackburn
BBC

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) ordered councils to rewrite their devolution plans after two of the county's 15 councils withdrew support.

Simon Blackburn, who is also leader of Blackpool Council, said the authority was looking at other ways of working together following a meeting yesterday.

In February, the DCLG said the devolution application was "redundant if Fylde pulls out".

Man in court on murder charge

A man has been remanded in custody charged with the murder of a 47-year-old man.

Bridge Court
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Delton Jones, 19, of Burleigh Mews, Liverpool, is accused of murdering Jonathan Povey in Exeter, Devon.

Police were called to Bridge Court, Exe Street, in the early hours of Friday morning by ambulance staff.

Mr Povey, who also originated from Liverpool, was taken to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital where he died.

Mr Jones has also been charged with being concerned in the supply of heroin and cocaine. He will next appear at Exeter Crown Court on 20 April.

Man jailed over 'jealous rage' murder

A man who stabbed a love rival to death in a "jealous rage" in Harpurhey has been jailed.

Steven Chadwick
GMP

Steven Chadwick, 30, (pictured above) suffered knife wounds to the stomach, legs and arm in Carslake Road, Harpurhey, on 29 August last year.

He was taken to hospital but died four days later.

Ryan Donnellan 30, of Gunson Street, Manchester was sentenced to life with a minimum term of 25 years for murder at Manchester Crown Court.

Ryan Donnellan was sentenced to life with a minimum 25 years
GMP

The football club that teaches troubled kids

Everton Free School is the first school run by a Premier League football club , taking on students who have not been able to stay in mainstream education. The BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme has been given exclusive access to the school.  

Life for Liam, aged 15, hasn't been easy.

Liam, whose full name we have not used, has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism, and witnessed domestic violence while growing up.

His own mental health has also been a worry, and he has been the target of bullies. All of this had a big impact on his time at school, and by the time he was entering his teens, options for his education were running out.

Plea for focus on Blackpool in post-Brexit strategy

The government must broaden its focus from the major cities to small towns in England including Blackpool if it is to make an economic success of Brexit, a new report warns.  

Blackpool
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The research by independent think tank Localis is calling for the government to focus on areas it claims do not have the economic infrastructure to cope when Britain leaves the European Union.

Prime Minister Theresa May unveiled plans for a new, more interventionist, industrial strategy, designed to boost the post-Brexit UK economy in a green paper published in January.

Deadline over school funding plans

BBC North West Tonight

A consultation ends today on plans to change the funding formula for schools, which could mean big cuts to some in Cheshire. 

There was a protest in Sandbach at the weekend , as campaigners fear school budgets in the Cheshire East Council area could end up being among the lowest in the country.

Protesters in Sandbach
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The national funding formula proposals would reduce spending per pupil in Cheshire East to just under £4,200, which is among the lowest in the country. 

The protest in Sandbach follows a similar  demonstration staged in Nantwich  last month.  

The government announced the  new national formula  for schools to address "inconsistent" funding levels. 

The  consultation  for the proposals closes today.

Teen accused of murder remanded in custody

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A teenager has been remanded in custody charged with the murder of a 47-year-old man in Exeter. 

Delton Jones, of Burleigh Mews, Liverpool, has been accused of murdering Jonathan Povey last week.

Police were called to Bridge Court in Exeter on Friday morning by ambulance staff.

Mr Povey, who was also from Liverpool, was taken to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital where he died.

Mr Jones, 19, has also been charged with being concerned in the supply of heroin and cocaine. His lawyer Warren Robinson did not make a bail application when Mr Jones appeared before a judge at Exeter Crown Court. 

Mr Jones was remanded in custody and will appear at the Exeter court again on 20 April.

Sgt Pepper reimagined for anniversary

BBC Entertainment and Arts

Liverpool is marking the 50th birthday of The Beatles' Sgt Pepper album by asking a dizzying array of performers to reinterpret the songs in the city.

The Beatles in 1967
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From choirs to cabaret performers and musicians to artists, each will stage an event inspired by a different track.

The album - released on 1 June 1967 - regularly comes towards the top of lists of the greatest albums ever made.

The Liverpool festival takes place in May and June and is split into two halves - one for each side of the LP.

Increase in crash on M6 in 'smart motorway' crashes

Russell Truran

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

The number of crashes on the M6 between junctions 16 and 19 near Knutsford in Cheshire has risen since roadworks began there last year.

M6 motorway
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Figures obtained from Cheshire Police by BBC Radio Stoke show there were 533 crashes between February and December 2016 - up 4.5% on the same period in 2015 when there were 510.

Work started  in December 2015 on making that stretch of the motorway into a so-called smart motorway , with variable speed limits and the hard shoulder opened to traffic in busy periods. 

Highways England said safety is its top priority and it urges drivers to stick to the 50mph limit through the roadworks.