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Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney is "under-appreciated" despite being one of the 10 best British players ever, says former England striker Gary Lineker.

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Philippe Coutinho

Preview followed by live coverage of Wednesday's Champions League game between Liverpool and 1899 Hoffenheim.

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Severe disruption: A6068 Lancashire both ways

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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

Weather: More showers on the way

Showers will become more frequent through the evening, with some heavy and thundery rain crossing the region overnight.

It will remain rather warm and humid with some hill fog.

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Plastic whale on beach sends anti-pollution message

A ten-metre long whale made entirely from plastic has been placed on display in Blackpool by campaigners hoping to raise awareness about pollution.

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The stunt is part of a national campaign, supported by former Emmerdale actress Roxanne Pallett.

The giant model has been covered with the same amount of plastic that campaigners say pollutes the ocean every second.

Two men arrested in Warrington terrorism probe

Here's a recap of one of our more prominent stories of the day - two men aged 30 and 32 have been arrested by counter terrorism police after a search of two addresses in Warrington.

Police are searching two addresses

The North West Counter Terrorism Unit arrested the men after executing warrants in Gough Avenue and Watkins Street on Sunday.

It said they were part of an ongoing counter terrorism operation and not linked to the Manchester Arena attack.

Searches are continuing at the homes while police question both men.

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Football: Rooney nets 200th Premier League goal

Everton striker Wayne Rooney has become the second player to score 200 goals in the Premier League, following in the footsteps of his fellow former England captain Alan Shearer.

Wayne Rooney and Pep Guardiola
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The veteran hitman's first-half goal looked to have secured a win over Manchester City at the Etihad.

But Raheem Sterling's late effort made it an unbeaten start for both sides.

The 31-year-old is the leading all-time scorer for both his country - with 53 - and Manchester United, for whom he scored 253 times in 13 years.

Rooney says he is now focusing on his club rather than an international recall.

Osborne steps in to keep 'HS3' plans on track for northern England

Former Chancellor George Osborne has reiterated his call for high-speed rail lines across the north of England from Liverpool and Hull.

High-speed train

Mr Osborne, who launched the "Northern Powerhouse" initiative, called on the present Tory government to get behind his so-called HS3 plans in an article in the Financial Times.

He admitted "it will not be cheap", but said it would "bring seven million extra people - and three times the number of businesses - within a 90-minute journey time of one of the northern cities".

The government said it was "investing billions of pounds" to "better connect communities" across the north.

The Northern Powerhouse Partnership, which is chaired by former Tatton MP Mr Osborne, is launching a campaign for the new-high speed connection, starting with a line across the Pennines.

North will 'speak for itself' over HS3

Former Chancellor George Osborne has urged Theresa May to commit to building high-speed rail lines across the north of England, from Liverpool to Hull.

But Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham has said northern England would "speak for itself" tomorrow at a transport summit for political and business leaders, in Leeds.

George Osborne

Mr Osborne said "HS3", which he had approved in government, would help the prime minister to "relaunch her premiership".

A "full-blown attempt to rebalance the economy of Britain" was needed, he added.

Mr Osborne launched the Northern Powerhouse project during his time at the Treasury, promising new funding and powers for cities, including Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds.

But, in Tuesday's Financial Times, he wrote there had since been a "systematic attempt" by Mrs May's advisers to "eradicate all mention of the initiative".

Are Blackpool's deckchairs making a comeback?

Over the last few years, Blackpool Council has sold off all of its 41,000 deckchairs. The council made £2m a year from their hire, but couldn't justify the cost of maintaining them.

But they might be making a comeback thanks to Maria Hopwood, who bought 6,000 chairs from the council, renting them out to wedding and garden parties.

Maria told the BBC she “felt sorry” for the deckchairs and that they are “part of our heritage".

Football: Teams in action for EFL Cup second round


Several teams from the North West will play in the Carabao Cup's second round tonight.

Accrington Stanley are at home to Premier League West Brom, while Wigan Athletic face a tricky away tie at Villa Park.

You can read a full line up of the fixtures here.

Latest headlines for the North West

  • A 15-year-old boy is arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after another boy was stabbed in a park in Timperley
  • Protesters who fear Southport and Formby Hospital could be downgraded stage a demonstration during a visit by health secretary Jeremy Hunt
  • Police are concerned for the welfare of two boys missing from a care home in Carnforth
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Boy, 15, held on suspicion of attempted murder

A 15-year-old-boy has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after another boy was stabbed in a park in Greater Manchester.

Pickering Lodge Park

The 16-year-old victim was taken to hospital with a chest wound following an attack at Pickering Lodge Park, Timperley, at about 17:55 on Monday.

He remains in hospital in a critical but stable condition.

Police said a 16-year-old boy was also assaulted.



Weather: Warm with widespread heavy showers

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Warm with sunny spells this afternoon, although showers will begin to move in and become more widespread as the day goes on. Highs of 23C.

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North West stars confirmed for Strictly series

Two North West stars have been confirmed for the next series of Strictly Come Dancing.

Gemma Atkinson
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The line-up includes Bury-born actress and radio presenter Gemma Atkinson, and chef Simon Rimmer, from Wallasey.

Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman will return to host the series, which will be the first not to have Len Goodman as a judge.

It starts on 9 September.

Simon Rimmer

Search for missing teenagers

Police say they are concerned for the welfare of two boys who were last seen in Carnforth three days ago.

Destiny Ema and Mehdi Aitsilarbi
Lancashire Police

Destiny Ema, 13, (pictured, left) and Mehdi Aitsilarbi, 16, were last seen at about 20:00 in the Square Lane area of the Lancashire town on Saturday.

Mehdi is white, 5ft 9in and slim with dreadlock-style hair. Destiny is black, 5ft 8in, with a short afro-style haircut.

The pair were in care, and anyone with any information is asked to contact police.

Stabbed ponies' owner laments 'disgusting and barbaric' attack

The owner of two Shetland ponies stabbed in a field in Preston says it was a "disgusting and barbaric" attack.

Darkinson Lane

Seven-year-old Lucas died from slash wounds to his neck and hind area following the attack on Sunday morning.

The animal's mother Matilda, who was rescued seven years ago after being mistreated, is recovering after being found in a field in Lea with similar injuries.

Police have warned horse owners in the area to remain vigilant.

You don't expect it to happen to you. I still can't process what has actually happened. We are in the middle of nowhere and have no enemies.

Khrystinea FarnworthOwner of Matilda and Lucas

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Two cars set on fire in Burnley driveways

Two cars were "deliberately" set alight on driveways in Burnley, with police investigating whether the fires were linked.

Wellfield Drive

The first blaze broke out in The Spinney about 02:34. Firefighters said the heat from the fire began to affect two houses.

Just under 30 minutes later, a second car was torched on nearby Wellfield Drive.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Lancashire Police.

Two held on suspicion of terror offences

Two men have arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences in Warrington.

Gough Avenue in Warrington

The men, aged 32 and 30, were held following raids at two addresses in Gough Avenue and Watkins Street by officers from the North West Counter Terrorism Unit on Sunday.

Officers remain at the scene.

Police said the arrests were part of an ongoing investigation and are not connected to the Manchester Arena attack.

I know people will be concerned about the nature of the activity, but I hope they will also be reassured at the positive action that has been taken.

Ass Ch Con Darren MartlandCheshire Police

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Manchester attack: 'The tears are never far away'

Figan Murray lost her 29-year-old son Martyn Hett in the Manchester attack on 22 May.

Twenty-two people were killed and 116 injured in the suicide bombing on the Manchester Arena.

Mrs Murray says she now feels unable to return to working as a therapist and may "never be able to offer psychological support to anybody".

Here, she explores how the events have affected her and others mentally.

Shetland pony stabbed to death

A Shetland pony died after being stabbed in a "deliberate attack" in Preston, police have said.

The attack happened on Sunday morning on land off Darkinson Lane in Lea.

A second pony was left with injuries to its neck and hind area.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police.

Man dies after being hit by train

Sarah Robertson

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

A man's died and a woman's been left with "life-changing injuries" after being hit by a train in South Cheshire.

British Transport Police and paramedics were called to Holmes Chapel railway station yesterday afternoon.

Holmes Chapel Railway Station

Both people - in their 60s - were taken to the trauma centre at Royal Stoke hospital, where the man died last night.

Officers are treating the incident as "unexplained" and are working to establish what happened.

'Snapchat race' driver killed friend

A driver has been jailed for causing a crash which killed his friend as he tried to reach 100mph to film footage for Snapchat.

Ricafort Gamboa

Ricafort Gamboa, 25, from Bolton, raced along country roads near Aberystwyth, while friends inside his car filmed him on their mobile phones.

But his Citroen C3 smashed into a wall, killing Ernest Pideli, 18 and injuring two others, Swansea Crown Court heard.

Gamboa admitted causing death and serious injury by dangerous driving.

Man wanted over dad's street-stab murder

Police investigating the murder of a young father of one have named a man they want to speak to in connection with the death.

Tyrone Patrick

Mike Grimshaw, 34, was stabbed in the neck outside his home in Royton Avenue, Sale, on 20 July.

Greater Manchester Police want to speak to Tyrone Patrick, 32, from Trafford.

A 31-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy arrested on suspicion of murder have been released while inquiries continue.