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  1. Updates on Friday 23 June

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Shivnarine Chanderpaul

Stephan Shemilt

BBC Sport

Shivnarine Chanderpaul's century helps Lancashire defy Warwickshire on day one of the day-night Championship match.

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"You have met sorrow with solidarity", Prince Charles said at Manchester Town Hall
Charles said came to Manchester to express "pride" and " pay tribute to your resilience."

Severe accident: A585 Lancashire both ways

BBC News Travel

A585 Lancashire both ways severe accident, between M55 J3 and Greenhalgh Lane affecting A583 Blackpool Road.

A585 Lancashire - A585 in Esprick closed and queuing traffic between Kirkham and the Greenhalgh Lane junction, because of a serious accident. Diversion in operation - Greenhalgh Lane, Weeton Road for Southbound traffic and vice versa for Northbound traffic. Congestion to the A583 Blackpool Road junction.

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

Ex-armed forces tackle trauma with art

Former servicemen and women in Manchester have been learning to become sculptors to help them recover from traumatic experiences during their service.

Their finished sculptures have gone on display in an exhibition at Salford's Lowry Hotel.

Bootle cladding 'not the same' as material used on Grenfell Tower

Merseyside's head of fire safety says there is nothing to suggest the cladding removed from two tower blocks in Bootle is the same type used on London's Grenfell Tower.

Cygnet and Wren House
Google

Andy Groom said his teams have been brought in to remove the panels on Cygnet and Wren House on St James Drive, following safety checks.

Cygnet House resident Susan Pierce, who lives on the tenth floor, has praised the work everyone is doing.

Broady loses in first round at Eastbourne

BBC Sport

Stockport's Naomi Broady has been beaten 6-2 6-7 (7-9) 6-1 by Czech world number 44 Kristyna Pliskova in the first round at Eastbourne.

Naomi Broady
Allsport/Getty Images

Broady prevailed in the second set tie-breaker after Pliskova raced through the first set, but the Czech ultimately overpowered her to clinch the game.

Six great photos of Staffordshire and Cheshire

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

Here are six more of the fantastic photos you've sent in from across Staffordshire and Cheshire.

To send your pictures of the area in, email them or put them on Instagram, adding the tag #bbcstoke to show you agree to share them.

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Severe accident: A56 Lancashire northbound

BBC News Travel

A56 Lancashire northbound severe accident, between M66 J1 and A682 affecting J18 M62.

A56 Lancashire - Delays and queuing traffic on A56 Edenfield Bypass northbound in Edenfield between the M66 J1 junction and the A682 junction, because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Travel time is one hour. Congestion on M60 to J18, M62 (Simister Island).

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Bishop visits mosque during Eid celebrations

The Bishop of Burnley has joined worshippers at one of the town's mosques for the celebrations marking the festival Eid-al-Fitr and the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Bishop Philip North in Burnley mosque
Diocese of Blackburn

The Rt Rev Philip North was welcomed by the congregation at the Masjid Ibrahim Mosque, where he passed on greetings and told them that the "disciplines of Ramadan – of fasting and hospitality – are an inspiration to all people of faith".

He also spoke of building bridges between faiths and of "the ongoing need to create good relationships and friendships which are built on hospitality and honesty, as well as being loving and compassionate".

Burnley Islamic Cultural Centre's Mozaquir Ali said the community was "honoured" by the bishop's visit and backed his call to "continue to build good relationships".

Town set for invasion of huge blue balls

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

Giant blue balls are going to appear for three days in Crewe.

They're part of an arts programme in the east Cheshire area called Shift, which celebrates "digital arts and tech".

The artwork
SHIFT

Made up of huge blue globes which play digital sounds, the artists behind the work entitled Colony say they appeal to two-year-olds and 80-year-olds alike.

The installation goes up in the Market Square from Friday.

Former military personnel tackle trauma by creating sculptures
The servicemen and women are sculpting to help cope with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Severe disruption: M60 Greater Manchester clockwise

BBC News Travel

M60 Greater Manchester clockwise severe disruption, between J13 for A572 and J14 for M61.

M60 Greater Manchester - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M60 clockwise between J13, A572 (Worsley) and J14, M61 (East Lancs Road), because of a broken down lorry.

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Football: AFC Fylde sign Salford goalkeeper

BBC Lancashire Sport

AFC Fylde have completed their fifth signing of the summer with Salford City goalkeeper Jay Lynch joining on a two-year deal.

Jay Lynch
AFC Fylde

The 24-year-old began his career as a trainee with Manchester United, and has also had spells with Bolton and Accrington.

Lynch joins Jordan Tunnicliffe, Lewis Montrose, Zaine Francis-Angol and Henry Jones who have been recruited ahead of the debut National League season.

Severe disruption: M60 Greater Manchester clockwise

BBC News Travel

M60 Greater Manchester clockwise severe disruption, between J6 for A6144 and J8 for A6144.

M60 Greater Manchester - One lane closed on M60 clockwise between J6, A6144 (Sale) and J8, A6144 (Carrington), because of a broken down lorry. Traffic is coping well.

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Five high-rise blocks fail fire tests

Five high-rise buildings in Manchester will have cladding removed after it failed the government's fire tests following the Grenfell Tower disaster.

Westcott Court, Lower Moss Lane, Hulme
Google

Housing association One Manchester said the tower blocks in Hulme and Rusholme will not be evacuated during the work.

A spokesman said all tenants have been informed and there will be a 24-hour security watch at each block.

A contractor has been hired and "work will commence as soon as possible", he said.

The One Manchester blocks affected are:

  • Westcott Court, Lower Moss Lane, Hulme
  • Fulton Court, Boundary Lane, Hulme
  • Duffield Court, Brennan Close, Hulme
  • Worsley Court, Wilmslow Road, Rusholme
  • Platt Court, Wilmslow Road, Rusholme

Severe disruption: M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J18 for M62 and J17 for A56 Prestwich.

M60 Greater Manchester - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M60 anticlockwise between J18, M62 (Simister Island) and J17, A56 (Prestwich), because of a broken down motorcycle.

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El Hadji Diouf: I am not a bad guy

Stanley Kwenda

BBC Africa

El Hadji Diouf is a hero in Senegal. Everywhere he goes, he is mobbed by fans both young and old - but in England, he is remembered more for his controversial antics than for his football talent.

El Hadji Diouf
AFP/Getty Images

It is a trait that followed him in the English league clubs he played for - from Liverpool and Blackburn Rovers to Bolton Wanderers, with a spell in Scotland as well.

Diouf was aggressive, spat at opponents and confronted match officials as well as opponents.

But now in his retirement, he is telling his story.

Severe disruption: M56 Cheshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M56 Cheshire westbound severe disruption, between J14 for A5117 and J15 for M53.

M56 Cheshire - One lane blocked on M56 westbound between J14, A5117 (Hapsford) and J15 M53, because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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Niall Evalds

Versatile youngster Niall Evalds signs a new two-year contract with Super League strugglers Salford City Reds.

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Severe accident: M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise severe accident, at J16 for A666 affecting J20 for A627.

M60 Greater Manchester - One lane closed, very slow traffic and delays on M60 anticlockwise at J16, A666 (Pendlebury), because of an accident involving three cars. Congestion on M62 to J20 A627(M) Rochdale.

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

Severe accident: M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise severe accident, between J16 for A666 and J15 for M61 affecting J19 for A6046.

M60 Greater Manchester - One lane closed, very slow traffic and delays on M60 anticlockwise between J16, A666 (Pendlebury) and J15, M61 (Swinton Interchange), because of an accident involving two lorries and recovery work. Travel time is around 65 minute. Congestion on M62 to J19, A6046 (Heywood).

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

Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cheshire southbound severe disruption, between J21A for M62 and J21 for A57 affecting J22 for A49.

M6 Cheshire - Very slow traffic on M6 southbound between J21a, M62 (Croft Interchange) and J21, A57 (Woolston), because of a broken down car and a rolling road-block. Congestion to J22, A49 (Newton Le Willows).

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County Championship's round of day-night games

BBC Sport

The England and Wales Cricket Board has sanctioned an entire round of Championship matches to be played on a day-night basis, using pink balls with black seams.

Pink cricket ball
Getty Images

There will be nine matches in total - with Lancashire facing Warwickshire in an away fixture.

Play started at 14:00, with 'lunch' at 16:00 and 'tea' at 18:40 or later, depending on the over rates of the teams. The close should be at about 21:00 - although it is quite likely play could go on as late as 22:00 on some days if there are weather interruptions.

Lancashire and England pace bowler James Anderson says he is unsure about the matches:

I've had no experience with pink balls. I don't think the batsmen are hugely in favour of it.

All the reports I've heard of day-night Test matches are that the twilight period is really difficult to bat in.

It's great all the England players are available, not just because it's a pink-ball game, but a round of county games with all the England players available is a stronger one, and probably a more exciting one.

Emyr Huws and Bersant Celina

Ipswich Town have a bid accepted for Cardiff's Emyr Huws and hope to conclude a deal for Manchester City's Bersant Celina.

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Severe disruption: M62 Cheshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M62 Cheshire westbound severe disruption, at J8 for Burtonwood Road.

M62 Cheshire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M62 westbound at J8 Burtonwood Road, because of a broken down vehicle.

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Football game in memory of Manchester attack victim

A "caring, loving and beautiful" woman killed in the Manchester terror attack has been remembered at a charity football match.

Kelly Brewster
Twitter

Kelly Brewster, 32, from Sheffield, was among 22 people who died in the suicide bomb attack at a pop concert at Manchester Arena in May.

Hundreds of people attended the fundraising event at the Sheffield Works Department Sports and Social Club.

Money raised is to go to the We Love Manchester fund.

Charity football match
BBC

Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire southbound

BBC News Travel

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

M6 Cheshire - Heavy traffic and one lane blocked on M6 southbound between J19, A556 (Knutsford) and J18, A54 (Middlewich), because of a broken down van. In the roadworks area.

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BreakingMan dies after taking MDMA

One man has died and four others are in a critical condition after taking what is believed to be a form of the drug MDMA over the weekend, Greater Manchester Police has said.

Severe disruption: M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

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

M60 Greater Manchester - M60 lane closed on exit slip road anticlockwise at J16, A666 (Pendlebury), because of a broken down car and recovery work. Traffic is coping well.

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