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Weather: Wet and windy overnight

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Rain will spread across the region during the evening, with strengthening winds along the coast. Low cloud is also likely over hilly areas. Lows of 11C expected.

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Can you match the pledge to the party?

Young voters in Manchester have tried to match the manifesto pledges to the correct party - with varying degrees of success.

'Failures' led to boy's death in Blackburn children's home

Staff at a children's home missed opportunities to find drugs and alcohol on a 16-year-old boy who died in their care, an inquest has heard.

Danny Sewell-French
Farleys Solicitors

Danny Sewell-French was found dead in his room at Cherry Tree Resource Centre in Blackburn on 2 October 2016.

He was intoxicated with a mixture of alcohol, morphine and buprenorphine.

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, which runs the home, said it had since "rigorously reviewed" its safety procedures.

Latest headlines for the North West

  • A man who shot a young father in the head in Bolton and tried to claim his victim shot himself is jailed for a minimum of 30 years
  • Failures by staff to find drugs and alcohol on a teenager at Blackburn children's home led to his death, an inquest hears
  • A 21-year-old man arrested on suspicion of the murder of 18-year-old Yusuf Sonko in Liverpool is released on bail

Lancashire Police appoint new Assistant Chief Constable

A new assistant chief constable has been appointed in Lancashire.

Terry Woods
Lancashire Police

Terry Woods, who is currently chief superintendent at Lancashire Constabulary, will take over from Mark Bates who retires later this year.

Ch Supt Woods has worked with the force for 21 years, starting as a constable in Burnley.

He said:

It is an absolute honour to have been selected as an ACC in Lancashire, a county I have been proud to serve for 21 years. I look forward to playing my part in the future of policing and serving the communities of Lancashire going forward.

Relatives of those killed in terror attacks promote unity

The mother of Middleton's Lee Rigby, who was murdered by terrorists in 2013, and the father of Tim Parry, who died in the Warrington bomb in 1993, have spoken out against terrorism in the wake of the attacks in London and Manchester.

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Concern for missing Blackpool woman

There is growing concern over the disappearance of an elderly woman from Blackpool.

Theresa Currie
Blackpool Police

Theresa Currie, 83, was last seen at about 09:10 at an address on Beechfield Avenue.

She failed to tell her family where she was going and has not been in touch with them since.

Mrs Currie, who has links to Preston and Blackburn, is described as white, 4ft 9ins (1.49m), and of slim build with white curly hair and glasses.

She was last seen wearing a bluey-lilac jacket and grey trousers.

We are extremely concerned for Mrs Currie’s welfare given her age and as she is in receipt of medication which we know she doesn’t have in her possession.

PC Jay WarburtonBlackpool Police

Over the Rainbow: How this powerful song has soundtracked history

BBC Music

At the very end of Sunday's One Love Manchester concert, after the big celebrity singalong, Ariana Grande took to the stage for a solo encore and sang a highly emotional version of Over the Rainbow.

It was the perfect song for the moment - a song well known to everyone watching, one that speaks to young and old alike, always bringing with it a universe of hope and optimism against a backdrop of yearning.

And at that moment, in front of those fans, it reduced both Ariana and her audience (in Old Trafford and watching at home) to tears.

It's not the first time that this Oscar-winning song has offered hope and consolation to people in extreme circumstances, as BBC Music's Fraser McAlpine have been finding out.

Man guilty of 'door knock' murder

A man who gunned down a young father and tried to claim his victim shot himself has been jailed for life and ordered to serve a minimum of 30 years.

Michael Blake
Family

Michael Blake, 28, was led away from his home in Westhoughton, Bolton, to a van and shot before being dumped in an alley on 3 May 2016.

Nathan Daniels, 28, of Stockport, was found guilty of murder at Manchester Crown Court.

Four other men linked to the killing will be sentenced later.

Appeal bid granted over fracking decision

Campaigners have won the right to appeal against a government decision to allow fracking at a site in Lancashire.

Protesters
BBC

Preston New Road Action Group claim there were "legal errors" when approval was given to allow shale gas to be extracted in Little Plumpton.

The Court of Appeal granted a leave to appeal on grounds including the government misinterpreted and wrongly applied policy.

Energy firm Cuadrilla was "confident consent will not be overturned".

Latest headlines for the North West

Severe accident: A678 Lancashire eastbound

BBC News Travel

A678 Lancashire eastbound severe accident, at A6078 Higher Eanam.

A678 Lancashire - One lane closed and slow traffic on A678 Copy Nook eastbound in Blackburn at the A6078 Higher Eanam junction, because of an accident.

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

Man held over Yusuf Sonko shooting released

A 21-year-old man arrested on suspicion of the murder of an 18-year-old in Liverpool has been released on bail as investigations continue.

Yusuf Sonko
Merseyside Police

Yusuf Sonko was found on Tagus Street, Toxteth in Liverpool at about 20:30 on Friday and later pronounced dead.

A 16-year-old has been charged with attempted wounding in relation to an incident before the shooting of the teenager.

Two men arrested after shots fired at house in Accrington

Two men have been arrested after shots were fired in Accrington.

Two shots were fired at a house on Richmond Road just before 22:00 on Monday, police say.

A woman in her sixties suffered injuries to her and arm, which are not thought to be serious.

Two men, aged 26 and 28 and from Accrington, have been arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm and assault with intent.

The 26-year-old is also being held on suspicion of criminal damage.

Severe disruption: M60 Greater Manchester clockwise

BBC News Travel

M60 Greater Manchester clockwise severe disruption, between J16 for A666 and J17 for A56 Prestwich affecting J13 for A572.

M60 Greater Manchester - One lane closed and slow traffic on M60 clockwise between J16, A666 (Pendlebury) and J17, A56 (Prestwich), because of a broken down lorry and recovery work. Travel time is ten minutes. Congestion to J13, A572 (Worsley).

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

Weather: Dry and sunny afternoon

BBC Weather

A dry afternoon with some good spells of sunshine. Highs of 16C.

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Severe accident: A678 Lancashire eastbound

BBC News Travel

A678 Lancashire eastbound severe accident, at A6078 Higher Eanam.

A678 Lancashire - One lane closed and slow traffic on A678 Copy Nook eastbound in Blackburn at the A6078 Higher Eanam junction, because of an accident.

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

General election 2017: All about Brexit? Not in the North West

Nina Warhurst

BBC North West Political Editor

This was supposed to be the Brexit election, but across the North West, voters are divided over a much larger range of issues.

UK and EU flags
BBC

In Heywood and Middleton, there's a belief that only UKIP can deal with security, while in Liverpool, support for Labour stems from Jeremy Corbyn being "a real Labour leader".

Green supporters in Lancaster are wondering voting for the party is a good use of a vote and Lib Dems in Cheadle are considering a shift to the Tories because of the desire for no more change.

Read more about what the North West is considering here.

Noel Gallagher donates song royalties to Manchester fund

BBC Music

The Oasis classic Don't Look Back In Anger has shot back up the charts this week after it was sang spontaneously by crowds at a vigil for the victims of the Manchester attack.

Noel Gallagher
EPA

Coldplay then covered it at the One Love Manchester gig, after The Courteeners earlier knocked out a rendition of the 1995 hit at their own Old Trafford Cricket Ground gig.

Now, songwriter Noel Gallagher is giving all royalties from all new sales and streams of the track to the families of the victims.

Oasis, along with other One Love Manchester performers, including Ariana Grande and Coldplay, have seen huge sales boost this week after the concert, according to the official charts company.

Last night, Radio X DJ Gordon Smart defended the songwriter saying: “I’ve seen some unpleasant headlines about Noel and why he never played the gig in Manchester at the weekend.

As soon as Don’t Look Back In Anger started to appear spontaneously at the vigils, he made sure all the royalties went to the families. That was before any gig was mentioned.

Noel's brother Liam, who sang another Oasis track Live Forever with Coldplay on Sunday night, later criticized his older sibling for not being in attendance, however Chris Martin thanked Noel for giving his "blessing and encouragement" to use the tracks.

Look out! Buttler blast troubles cameraman

BBC Sport

There was a hairy moment for the camera operators at Sophia Gardens yesterday, as an unorthodox shot by Jos Buttler scooped the ball into the gantry.

The six helped the Lancashire batsmen to a quickfire 61 off 48 balls, a late flurry which saw England post a total of 310 and beat New Zealand in the Champions Trophy.

Latest headlines for the North West

  • Two men have been arrested after shots were fired at a house in Accrington
  • The family of a 19-year-old from Liverpool who was fatally stabbed in Flintshire has described him as a "wonderful young man"
  • Noel Gallagher is giving all royalties from all new sales and streams of the Oasis track Don't Look Back In Anger to Manchester attack victims

Severe disruption: M61 Greater Manchester northbound

BBC News Travel

M61 Greater Manchester northbound severe disruption, between J6 for A6027 and J8 for A674.

M61 Greater Manchester - One lane closed and slow traffic on M61 northbound between J6, A6027 (Horwich) and J8, A674 (Chorley), because of an overturned vehicle.

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

Stabbing victim Matthew Cassidy 'a wonderful young man'

The family of a 19-year-old from Liverpool who was fatally stabbed in Flintshire has described him as a "wonderful young man".

Matthew James Cassidy
BBC

Mathew Cassidy died in Connah's Quay on 29 May.

A man, also 19 and from Liverpool, has been remanded in custody to stand trial for murder in November.

Mr Cassidy's family said their loss was "tragic and devastating" and would be "forever etched in our hearts and on our minds".

Man used replica cowboy gun in KFC robbery

A man has been arrested in connection with a robbery at a fast food restaurant in Fleetwood.

KFC on Lord Street
Google

At about 16:30 on Monday, a man went into the KFC on Lord Street, jumped over the counter, pointed a replica silver cowboy-style revolver at staff and took £600 from the till, police said.

The arrested 40-year-old is being held on suspicion of robbery, burglary, possession of a firearm and a drug offence.

Rooney England days not over - Rashford

BBC Sport

Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford says team-mate Wayne Rooney's England career is "nowhere near over".

Rashford and Rooney scarves
Reuters

England travel to Scotland for a World Cup qualifier on Saturday and face France in a friendly three days later.

Rooney, 31, is England's all-time leading goalscorer with 53 in 119 appearances, but has been overlooked by coach Gareth Southgate for the games.

"Wayne is a massive influence around the whole squad," said Rashford, 19.

"He still has a lot to do in his career. There's still a lot trophies he'll hope to be playing for. Knowing Wayne, it's nowhere near over."

Rare WW2 paradummy found in Liverpool goes under hammer

A rare piece of British military history goes under the hammer in Liverpool later.

Paradummies - made to resemble humans - were dropped on D-Day during WW2 to deceive the Germans that a large paratroop drop was taking place.

One has been found in the attic of a house in north Liverpool and belonged to a man who collected military artefacts.

Paradummy
BBC

Known as Ruperts, the dummies were made of hessian cloth and filled with sand.

They were designed to explode on contact with the ground to hide their presence and purpose.

On D-Day, about 500 dummies were dropped at four locations in Normandy along with six SAS soldiers - as recordings of loud battle noises were played to divert the German troops from the real invasion.

The paradummy will be auctioned today and is estimated to fetch over £700.

Latest headlines for the North West

  • Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi may have used items stored in his car "to help assemble the device" he used to kill, police say
  • A man has been injured after a gunman fired at him in Kirkby - it is the fourth shooting on Merseyside in just six days
  • Manchester United have overtaken Real Madrid as the world's most valuable football team, according to business magazine Forbes

Dangerous dog owners 'will face consequences' if pet attacks, police say

Merseyside Police say the owners of potentially dangerous dogs will "face the consequences" if their pets are allowed to attack and injure people.

Andrew McGowan
Merseyside Police

The warning comes as 35-year-old Andrew McGowan from Dingle starts an 18 month jail term for allowing four dogs to escape and attack a two-year-old girl playing in a neighbour's garden.

Buttler helps England beat New Zealand to reach semi-finals

BBC Sport

Lancashire batsman Jos Buttler scores a rapid unbeaten 63 to help England reach 310 and secure an 87-run win against New Zealand at Sophia Gardens yesterday.

The win means England are into the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy.

It also means they can afford to lose their final group match, against Australia on Saturday, and still qualify for the last four.

Severe accident: M60 Greater Manchester clockwise

BBC News Travel

M60 Greater Manchester clockwise severe accident, between J12 for M62 and J13 for A572.

M60 Greater Manchester - Two lanes closed and very slow traffic on M60 clockwise between J12, M62 (Eccles Interchange) and J13, A572 (Worsley), because of an accident.

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

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho

Manchester United overtake Real Madrid as the world's most valuable football team, according to business magazine Forbes.

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Severe accident: A6 Greater Manchester northbound

BBC News Travel

A6 Greater Manchester northbound severe accident, at A5079 Slade Lane.

A6 Greater Manchester - A6 Stockport Road in Manchester blocked and very slow traffic inbound at the A5079 Slade Lane junction, because of an accident.

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

Man injured in Kirkby shooting

A man has been injured after a gunman fired at him in Kirkby - it is the fourth shooting on Merseyside in six days.

Sanderling Road
Google

The latest victim is in his 20s and has a leg injury after being shot at in Sanderling Road just before 21:00 last night.

Last week two men were shot and injured - one in Seaforth, the other in Fazakeley.

On Friday 18-year-old Yusuf Sonko was killed when he was shot in his head in Toxteth.

Severe accident: M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise severe accident, at J3 for A34 Kingsway.

M60 Greater Manchester - Queuing traffic on M60 anticlockwise at J3 A34 Kingsway, because of an accident and a rolling road-block.

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

Manchester attack: Salman Abedi may have stored bomb parts in car

Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi may have used items stored in his car "to help assemble the device" he used to kill, police have said.

Abedi's Nissan Micra
GMP

The white Nissan Micra was seized from Devell House in Rusholme on Friday.

Det Ch Supt Russ Jackson said Abedi made "repeated trips" to and from the car between 18 and 22 May, the day of his attack.

Meanwhile, police have arrested a man at Heathrow Airport in London in connection with the Manchester bombing.

Latest headlines for the North West

  • Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi may have used items stored in his car "to help assemble the device" he used to kill, police say
  • A man has been injured after a gunman fired at him in Kirkby - it is the fourth shooting on Merseyside in just six days
  • Manchester United have overtaken Real Madrid as the world's most valuable football team, according to business magazine Forbes

Weather: Dry, sunny day

BBC Weather

A dry day with plenty of sunshine. A cloudy afternoon and the wind will. Highs of 16C.

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