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Summary

  1. Two bicycles which had been set on fire may be linked to Toxteth murder, police say
  2. Blaze damages Salford pub four days after it closed
  3. BBC to air drama based on Bacup teenager's murder
  4. Increased security at some polling stations as general election voting takes place
  5. Updates on Thursday 8 June

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Yusuf Sonko shooting: Police probe two burnt bikes found in Toxteth

Police are investigating whether two burnt bikes found in Toxteth last night are linked to the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old in Liverpool.

Yusuf Sonko
Merseyside Police

Yusuf Sonko died from a single gunshot wound to the head after being found on Tagus Street, Toxteth on Friday evening.

Detectives are appealing for information about the bikes - which had been set on fire - found on a patch of land on the corner of Corinto Street and Upper Stanhope Street in Toxteth.

Forensic and CCTV inquiries are being carried out and police are asking anyone with dash-cam footage to get in touch.

Meet Merseyside's newest 'mini police'

A group of school children have become the latest recruits for Merseyside's "mini police" at a ceremony in Kirkby.

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Ten pupils from Millbrook Community Primary have been sworn in to act as ambassadors for the force in their local community.

As part of their new role, the children will take part in a number of activities, such as joining officers to talk to drivers abut the dangers of speeds and delivering assemblies to their schools about Halloween and Bonfire Night safety.

Netball Superleague: Tracey Neville hails 'one of the most competitive seasons'

BBC Sport

Expanding Superleague has made it "much more competitive" as the top four teams challenge for the title this weekend, says England head coach Tracey Neville.

The top division of British netball was expanded to 10 teams for this season, with Loughborough Lightning, Team Bath, Wasps and Manchester Thunder reaching the play-offs.

"This has been one of the closest seasons in recent years," said Bury-born Neville.

"Our league is getting better and becoming higher quality."

Loughborough face Team Bath in the first semi-final on Saturday before last season's beaten finalists, Manchester Thunder, take on one of the three new franchises in Wasps.

Sophie Lancaster drama to air on BBC

A new drama will be broadcast next week telling the story of a Lancashire woman who was killed ten years ago for the way she was dressed.

Sophie Lancaster
GMP

Sophie Lancaster and her boyfriend Robert Maltby were attacked in a Bacup park - she died thirteen days later.

Murdered for Being Different will air on BBC Three before being shown on BBC One and has the backing of Sophie's mum Sylvia, and Robert.

Mrs Lancaster said it brought back painful memories.

Abigail Lawrie and Nico Mirallegro
BBC

The drama sees Abigail Lawrie play Sophie Lancaster and Nico Mirallegro play Robert Maltby.

Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cheshire southbound severe disruption, between J19 for A556 and J18 for A54 Middlewich.

M6 Cheshire - M6 slip road from the services blocked and slow traffic southbound between J19, A556 (Knutsford) and J18, A54 (Middlewich), because of an overturned car.

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

Manchester attack: School tribute to 'lovely, popular' Megan Hurley

Megan Hurley, who died in the Manchester bomb attack, was a "lovely, popular girl", her headteacher has said.

The 15-year-old from Halewood was described by Halewood Academy Principal Gary Evans as "a friendly and well-mannered student who was always happy to chat with staff".

Megan Hurley
Merseyside Police

In a statement, he said:

She was progressing particularly well in science, geography and photography and was looking forward to doing her work experience in a nursery or school later this year.

Megan was one of 22 people killed in a suicide bombing at an Ariane Grande concert on 22 May.

Her older brother Bradley, a former Halewood Academy student, was seriously injured.

Pupils at the school have been offered counselling.

Latest headlines from the North West

  • Two bicycles which had been set on fire in Toxteth may be linked to the shooting of Yusuf Sonko on Friday evening, police say
  • A 20-year-old man is arrested over the Manchester Arena terrorist attack after handing himself in to police
  • A new drama will be broadcast next week telling the story of a Lancashire woman who was killed ten years ago for the way she was dressed

Severe disruption: M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J16 for A666 and J15 for M61.

M60 Greater Manchester - One lane closed on M60 anticlockwise between J16, A666 (Pendlebury) and J15, M61 (Swinton Interchange), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Weather: Cloudy afternoon with some showers

BBC Weather

A cloudy afternoon in store with some showers and highs of 19C.

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My cancer came back - Joe Thompson's story

BBC Sport

Rochdale midfielder Joe Thompson has already fought off cancer once but is now battling the disease a second time.

Thompson overcame nodular sclerosing Hodgkin lymphoma after a six-month course of chemotherapy while at Tranmere in 2014, but the illness returned and he was forced to stop playing football in March.

This week, Thompson, 28, was admitted to Christie's Hospital in Manchester for further chemotherapy and stem cell replacement.

Days earlier, Joe and his wife Chantelle spoke to BBC Sport's Simon Stone.

Severe disruption: M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J16 for A666 and J15 for M61.

M60 Greater Manchester - One lane blocked on M60 anticlockwise between J16, A666 (Pendlebury) and J15, M61 (Swinton Interchange), because of a broken down truck. Traffic is coping well.

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

Liverpool sings When I'm 64 for Sgt Pepper celebrations

A mass singalong of The Beatles' song When I'm 64 has taken place across Liverpool this morning as part of the city's celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the release of the band's album, Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

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BBC Radio Merseyside led the singing at Liverpool's waterfront and people at other sites joined in, including staff at Alder Hey Hospital and a signing choir at Knotty Ash primary school.

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Severe disruption: M56 Cheshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M56 Cheshire eastbound severe disruption, between J8 for A556 and J7 for A556.

M56 Cheshire - One lane closed on M56 eastbound between J8, A556 (Tatton) and J7, A556 (Bowdon), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Paul Turnbull

Chester complete the signing of Paul Turnbull on a two-year contract after the midfielder rejected a new deal at Barrow.

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Manchester attack: Ariana Grande 'proud and grateful' as tour resumes

BBC Entertainment and Arts

Ariana Grande has resumed her tour, just over two weeks after the terrorist attack at her Manchester Arena concert.

Ariana Grande
Instagram

Twenty-two people were killed and 116 injured in a suicide bombing after her gig on 22 May.

"First show back tonight. Thinking of our angels every step of the way. I love you with all my heart," the singer wrote on Instagram.

"Grateful for and incredibly proud of my band, dancers and entire crew. I love you I love you."

Latest headlines for the North West

  • Police say there will be increased security at polling stations across the region, including patrols by armed officers in some areas, following the recent terror attacks
  • A 20-year-old man is arrested over the Manchester Arena terrorist attack after handing himself in to police
  • The school of a Merseyside girl killed in the Manchester bombing pay tribute to her - describing her as a "lovely, popular" girl

Severe accident: M6 Cheshire southbound

BBC News Travel

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

M6 Cheshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 southbound between J19, A556 (Knutsford) and J18, A54 (Middlewich), because of an accident.

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

Train delays between Sheffield and Manchester

Adam Pinder-Smith

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

There are delays and cancellations on East Midlands Trains and Transpennine Express services between Sheffield and Manchester Piccadilly currently due to a fallen tree near Stockport and a person being hit by a train near Levenshulme.

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Tickets are being accepted on Cross Country services and Network Rail are working to reopen the line.

WW2 D-Day paradummy 'Rupert' sells for £2,500

A sand-filled paradummy which was created to deceive Nazi forces on D-Day has sold for £2,500 at auction.

Paradummy
BBC

Nicknamed Ruperts, hundreds were dropped by Allied forces away from the actual Normandy invasion site on 6 June 1944 to try and divert German troops.

They were designed to burst into flames on landing to avoid detection.

The hessian cloth dummy was found in the loft of a former soldier's house on Merseyside and bought by the House on the Hill Museum in Stansted, Essex.

Rise in disability hate crime over blue badge parking, charity claims

A Lancashire disability charity says there has been a rise in hate crime incidents relating to blue badge parking.

Blue badge
BBC

Quoting statistics from an insurance firm, Disability Equality North West said people with "invisible" disabilities are most likely to face prejudice when parking in a blue badge space.

The charity's service manager Mark Buckley says it is difficult for people with impairments to get a blue badge and if anyone suspects abuse, they should report it to the local authority rather than confronting the person.

'No hard feelings', says Sale's Strauss

BBC Sport

Josh Strauss says he has "no hard feelings" for Glasgow Warriors after his contract was not renewed and welcomes a fresh start at Sale Sharks.

Josh Strauss
Getty Images

The South Africa-born back-row is also determined to retain his Scotland place despite moving to England's top flight.

"If you play well for your club and focus on your club, good things will come your way," he told BBC Scotland.

"I am sad to be leaving Glasgow, but I am looking forward to new challenges in a competition I haven't played in."

Election 2017: What can't you do in a polling station?

BBC Politics

People across Staffordshire and Cheshire are heading to polling stations today to cast their vote.

But there are things you can and can't do when you are in there.

Dog outside polling station
AFP

The BBC website has been looking at questions like: "Can you take a selfie?"; "can you tweet about voting?" and "can you bring a pet?".

You can find answers to those and other questions on the website here.

Chief constable visits Manchester attack victim

Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins went to see one of the victims of the Manchester attack yesterday.

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England Under-20s: Is this the country's next golden generation?

BBC Sport

England have reached the semi-finals of the Under-20 World Cup for the first time in 24 years.

Ademola Lookman
EPA

They play Italy in South Korea today at 12:00 for a place in the final, with previous U20 sides having failed to win a single game at the tournament in the past two decades.

Among their ranks are a host of future North West stars, including Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson, Liverpool trio Ovie Ejaria, Dominic Solanke and Sheyi Ojo, and five Evertonians - Jonjoe Kenny, Kieran Dowell, Ademola Lookman, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Callum Connolly.

So is this 2017 side a potential 'golden generation'? Will they get their break in the Premier League? Are they the future England squad for the 2022 World Cup? BBC Sport's Jack Skelton has been finding out.

Blaze hits recently-shut Salford pub

A fire has torn through a pub in Salford just four days after it closed down.

About 30 firefighters were called at 01:30 to deal with the blaze at Sam Platt's pub in Trafford Wharf Road.

The first floor and roof of the building, which is believed to have been empty, were well alight when crews arrived, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said.

No injuries have been reported. Trafford Wharf Road remains closed.

An investigation has been launched into the cause of the blaze.

Severe accident: M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

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

M60 Greater Manchester - Queuing traffic on M60 anticlockwise in Manchester between J17, A56 (Prestwich) and J16, A666 (Pendlebury), because of a rolling road-block and an accident.

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

Virgil van Dijk: Liverpool apologise & end interest in defender

BBC Sport

Liverpool have apologised to Southampton over "any misunderstanding" and ended their interest in defender Virgil van Dijk.

Saints had said they would report Liverpool to the Premier League over an alleged illegal approach for him.

The 25-year-old centre-back is wanted by a number of clubs and had stated his preference for a move to Anfield.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp had made signing the Netherlands international a top priority.

Man shot in thigh in Liverpool street

A man has been shot in Speke - the fifth shooting on Merseyside in a week.

The victim, in his 40s, is recovering from a thigh injury after being fired at on Eastern Avenue at about 21:50 last night.

Paramedics and armed police attended the scene and the man was taken to hospital for treatment.

Motorists are advised that Eastern Avenue is currently closed from the junction of Central Avenue to Alderwood Avenue.

General election 2017: Increased security at polling stations

Police say there will be increased security at polling stations across the region today as people cast their vote in the general election.

High visibility patrols will be supported by armed police following the recent terror attacks in Manchester and London.

Police say they are there to reassure voters and there is no intelligence to suggest any specific threat.

Manchester attack: Man arrested over arena bombing

A 20-year-old man has been arrested over the Manchester Arena terrorist attack after handing himself in to police.

Police have made 21 arrests and released 12 people without charge since the Manchester attack
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He became the 21st person to be arrested after the attack, which killed 22 people and injured 116 as they left an Ariana Grande concert on 22 May.

Some 12 have been released without charge. Nine remain in custody.

Last night, another 20-year-old was detained in Manchester on suspicion of offences against the Terrorism Act.

Latest headlines for the North West

  • Police say there will be increased security at polling stations across the region, including patrols by armed officers in some areas, following the recent terror attacks
  • A 20-year-old man has been arrested following the Manchester Arena terrorist attack after handing himself in to police
  • A man has been shot in Speke - the fifth shooting on Merseyside in a week

General election 2017: Polling stations open

Polling stations have opened in the North West and across the UK for voting in the general election.

Polling Station
BBC

There are more than 2,700 candidates vying for 533 seats in England out of the UK's total of 650.

Registered voters are able to cast their ballots to choose their Members of Parliament until 22:00.

Counting will then take place overnight, with the winners declared in the early hours of Friday.

Weather: Heavy rain

BBC Weather

Heavy rain and windy. Some dry spells later but thundery showers too. Highs of 19C.

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