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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday 21 July
  2. Boy, 12, charged with racist attack on teenager in Manchester park
  3. Mother of missing Blackpool teenager Charlene Downes to sue police
  4. Young father stabbed in the neck and dies in Sale
  5. Free speech row over Cheshire West council's Sun interview ban
  6. Council takes legal action over stalled Liverpool Chinatown development
  7. Racing at Haydock abandoned after stalls handler seriously injured

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Chinatown developers to 'vigorously' oppose legal proceedings

A company that Liverpool City Council is taking legal action against has said it will "vigorously" defend itself against the proceedings.

Chinatown Development Company Ltd had planned to build 790 new homes, a hotel, and shops on a derelict site near the Anglican Cathedral, but the £200m project stalled.

The council has demanded CDC forfeits two leases on the site and pays £950,000 by 10 August.

The relationship between CDC and the council "has broken down" and the company will "vigorously" defend itself against the proceedings, a company statement said.

Boy, 12, charged with racist attack in Manchester park

A 12-year-old boy has been charged after a racially aggravated assault on another boy in a park.

Plant Hill Park
Google

A 13-year-old boy was attacked in Plant Hill Park in Blackley on 24 June, Greater Manchester Police said.

The youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was charged with threatening a person with an offensive weapon in a public place.

He was also charged with racially aggravated assault, two counts of criminal damage and affray.

He has been remanded in custody and will appear at Manchester Youth Court later.

Ryan Nyambe

Blackburn Rovers defender Ryan Nyambe signs a new three-year deal with the club, with the option of a further 12 months.

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Racing at Haydock abandoned after serious injury

Racing at Haydock has been abandoned after a stalls handler was seriously injured.

Haydock race course
Getty Images

The injured man was taken to hospital by air ambulance after being run over by the mobile starting stalls.

"He's been been flown to hospital off site in an air ambulance, so we've abandoned racing," said clerk of the course Kirkland Tellwright.

The incident involving the stalls, from which horses begin races, happened before the race due off at 15:30 BST.

Chester student shaken by "scary" Kos earthquake

A Chester student has described being caught up in the Kos earthquake as a "scary situation".

Fallen statue
Lauren Duffy

Lauren Duffy, 20, was forced to spend the night outside her hotel after the 6.7-magnitude quake hit close to the Greek island, injuring 115 people,12 of them seriously.

She said broken marble statues were among the debris strewn at the Atlantis Hotel in Lambi.

The University of Chester broadcast production student who is on holiday with her mother and sister, is due to leave the island on 23 July.

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We were woken up by really aggressive shaking. We didn't know what it was. You couldn't find your balance. It was just a scary situation.

I think if the option came up to fly home early I think we would accept it at this stage.

Lauren DuffyStudent
Mikael Mandron

Colchester United sign Wigan Athletic striker Mikael Mandron on a two-year deal, for an undisclosed fee.

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Council takes legal action over Chinatown regeneration

Liverpool City Council has begun legal action against the company involved in the stalled Chinatown development.

Liverpool Chinatown plans
North Point Global

The authority is demanding the Chinatown Development Company Limited forfeits two leases on the site.

It's also issued a legal notice for an outstanding payment of £950,000 from the firm.

The £200m project to build hundreds of new homes, shops and a hotel was promised two years ago - but work hasn't yet started.

In the summer of 2016, the sales agent was accused of fraud, a council statement said.

Severe accident: M62 Greater Manchester eastbound

BBC News Travel

M62 Greater Manchester eastbound severe accident, between J21 for A640 and J22 for A672 affecting J15 for M61.

M62 Greater Manchester - Severe delays and queuing traffic for ten miles on M62 eastbound between J21, A640 (Milnrow) and J22, A672 (Rishworth Moor), because of an accident involving multiple vehicles earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Travel time is around 90 minutes. Congestion on M60 to J15, M61 (Swinton Interchange).

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

Latest headlines for the North West

  • Ex-Bury Council leader Mike Connolly has been suspended by Labour amid claims officials did not follow child protection rules for political reasons
  • A young father has died after being stabbed in the neck during a street row in Sale
  • Liverpool City Council is taking legal action against the company involved in the city's stalled Chinatown development

HMP Liverpool staff member arrested in corruption probe

A member of staff at HMP Liverpool has been arrested after allegedly helping to smuggle a mobile phone into the jail for a prisoner, the BBC understands.

HMP Liverpool
BBC

The 25-year-old woman was held on suspicion of misconduct in a public office and intentionally encouraging or assisting the commission of an offence.

She was questioned before being released while inquiries continue, Merseyside Police said.

Funeral date set for youngest victim of Manchester attack

The funeral of an eight-year-old girl who was the youngest victim to be killed in the Manchester Arena attack is to be held next week at Manchester Cathedral.

Saffie Roussos' father Andrew gave a BBC interview recently.

Saffie Roussos from Leyland will be the last of the 22 people killed in the blast to be laid to rest.

In a statement, her family said anyone who had been touched by her death was invited to attend the "celebration of [Saffie's] life".

The service will take place at the cathedral on 26 July.

Ken Anderson

Championship club Bolton Wanderers pay off a debt to HM Revenue & Customs that prompted a winding-up petition.

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Severe accident: M60 Greater Manchester clockwise

BBC News Travel

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

M60 Greater Manchester - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M60 clockwise between J16, A666 (Pendlebury) and J17, A56 (Prestwich), because of an accident involving a van. Congestion to J13, A572 (Worsley).

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

Three men charged in Colne death probe

Three men have been charged over the death of a man in Lancashire.

Venables Avenue, Colne
Google

The 50-year-old was found unconscious in Venables Avenue, Colne, on Tuesday and taken to hospital in a critical condition.

Lancashire Police said three men, aged 40, 41 and 64, have been charged with wounding.

They are due to appear at Burnley Magistrates' Court later.

Weather: Windy and rain likely

BBC Weather

Windy especially along the coast and over higher ground.

Weather

Heavy outbreaks of rain will continue for much of tonight. Towards dawn we will see some dry spells in the south, but with further rain in the north and east.

Highs of 19C. More from BBC Weather.

Ex-council leader Mike Connolly suspended in safeguarding row

Ex-Bury Council leader Mike Connolly has been suspended by Labour amid claims officials did not follow child protection rules for political reasons.

Simon Carter
Bury Council

The move follows reports which found council officers failed to act quickly enough after claims were made against a councillor before elections in 2015.

Simon Carter later admitted 16 charges of making indecent images of children.

Mr Connolly has previously said he was wrong to have given Carter a written reference on council-headed paper ahead of his sentencing, describing the former Labour councillor as "trustworthy, honest and reliable".

I have nothing to hide and want to be open and transparent. That is why I have referred myself to the standards committee. I have co-operated fully with the independent review and I will co-operate fully with this investigation

Mike ConnollyFormer leader, Bury Council

Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cheshire southbound severe disruption, between J19 for A556 and J18 for A54 Middlewich affecting J20 for M56.

M6 Cheshire - Very slow traffic on M6 southbound between J19, A556 (Knutsford) and J18, A54 (Middlewich), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J20, M56 (Lymm Interchange).

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

Summer getaway M6 journey times 'could triple today'

BBC News England

Journeys on the M6 through Staffordshire and Cheshire could take more than three times as long as usual today as families head off on their summer holidays.

Traffic information company Inrix said it usually takes around 50 minutes to go from junction 11 north to 20 but today it could be as long as 150 minutes.

M6 at junction 11 heading onto motorway
Google

They add that going southbound over the same stretch could also take longer, from 50 minutes to around 90 minutes.

The company said the busiest period is likely to be between 11:00 and 18:30.

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Leeds Rhinos sign hooker Brad Dwyer from Super League rivals Warrington Wolves on a two-year deal, starting next season.

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Murder probe after man stabbed in neck

A young father has died after being stabbed in the neck during a street row.

Royton Avenue
Google

Police were called to Royton Avenue in Sale, Greater Manchester at 23:10 BST on Thursday after reports of a scuffle involving a group of men.

The 34-year-old victim was treated at the scene and taken to hospital where he later died.

Detectives believe he was beckoned into the road by three men before he was fatally stabbed. A murder investigation has been launched.

Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cheshire southbound severe disruption, at Knutsford Services affecting J21 for A57.

M6 Cheshire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M6 southbound at Knutsford Services, because of a broken down van. Travel time is 40 minutes. Congestion to J21, A57 (Woolston).

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

Air traffic controllers warn of over-crowded skies

Air traffic controllers are warning that UK skies are running out of room amid a record number of flights.

Air Traffic
NATS

Today is likely to be the busiest day of the year, with air traffic controllers expecting to handle more than 8,800 flights, which is likely to be a record number.

They have called for a drastic modernisation in the way aircraft are guided across UK airspace.

It comes as the government launches a discussion to shape the UK's aviation industry for the next 30 years and the start of a £1bn investment programme to double the size of Manchester Airport's Terminal 2.

Funeral service for Arena bomb victim

The funeral of Manchester terror attack victim Kelly Brewster is due to take place later.

Kelly Brewster
GMP

Ms Brewster, 32, from Sheffield, was among 22 people who died in the suicide bomb attack at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena in May.

She had gone to the gig with her sister and niece, both of whom were injured in the explosion.

The service will feature a number of Ms Brewster's favourite songs along with tributes from family and friends.

Ms Brewster was a former City School pupil who worked for Irwin Mitchell Solicitors and insurance company Aviva.

Mum of missing Blackpool teenager to 'sue police'

The mother of missing teenager Charlene Downes says she is going to sue police over their handling of the investigation.

Charlene Downes
Lancashire Police

The 14-year-old from Blackpool disappeared on 1 November 2003. Her body has never been found.

Karen Downes said she is taking legal action over a 13-year gap in releasing CCTV images of the teenager's last day alive.

Lancashire Police has declined to comment.

Vigil to take place near 'arson attack' mosque

Prayers will be said later near a mosque in Manchester that was damaged in a suspected arson attack.

Manchester Islamic Centre
Google

The vigil will take place in Brookdale Park, in Newton Heath, near the NASFAT Islamic Centre.

Police and firefighters investigate a suspicious fire at a mosque

Greater Manchester Police said they were treating Monday's incident as a "hate crime".

Severe accident: M56 Greater Manchester westbound

BBC News Travel

M56 Greater Manchester westbound severe accident, at J2 for A560.

M56 Greater Manchester - M56 Sharston Link lane closed on exit slip road and heavy traffic westbound at J2, A560 (Sharston), because of an accident.

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

Jurgen Klopp and Philippe Coutinho

Manager Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool are not "a selling club" as he responds to reports of a £72m bid for Philippe Coutinho.

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Latest headlines for the North West

  • A 34-year-old father has died after being stabbed in the neck during an argument on a street in Sale
  • The mother of missing Blackpool teenager Charlene Downes said she is going to "sue police" over mishandling her murder case
  • Football: Liverpool do not want to sell midfielder Philippe Coutinho, says Klopp

Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cheshire southbound severe disruption, at J19 for A556 affecting J20 for M56.

M6 Cheshire - Very slow traffic on M6 southbound at J19, A556 (Knutsford), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. In the roadworks area. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J20, M56 (Lymm Interchange).

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

Free speech row over Cheshire West council's Sun interview ban

Councillors in Cheshire West and Chester have backed a vote that will prevent them from giving interviews to The Sun.

The Sun newspaper
BBC

It was a response to the newspaper's coverage of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster.

At the meeting last night, the plan was criticised by some councillors as an attack on freedom of speech.

Thirty-one councillors abstained from the vote, but the motion passed with 37 members' backing.

Work begins on Manchester airport expansion

Work will start today to build a £1bn expansion of Manchester Airport.

Manchester Airport
PA

Terminal Two will more than double in size and the airport will be able to handle around 45 million passengers a year - up from the current 30 million.

Construction work will take a decade to complete.

Collapsed road repairs 'could take months'

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

Repair work on a collapsed road in Nantwich could take as long as eight weeks, after damage caused by a burst water main.

Collapsed road
Cheshire East Council

Middlewich Road has been closed since Wednesday and Cheshire East Council says they're faced with no alternative but to keep the the road completely shut in the interests of public safety.

A United Utilities water main burst in the week and the authority says that caused the road to flood and damaged the edges of the carriageway.

The council says their timescale for full repairs is between six and eight weeks and admit it could even take longer, depending on what they find.

Marcus Rashford

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho describes his side's 2-0 pre-season win over Manchester City in Houston as "a very good training session".

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Latest headlines for the North West

  • A £1bn expansion of Manchester Airport, which will see Terminal Two double in size, begins today
  • Councillors on Chester West and Chester council have backed a vote that will prevent themselves and council staff from giving interviews to The Sun, in response to the way the newspaper covered the Hillsborough disaster
  • Manchester United have won the first derby on foreign soil. The Red Devils beat Manchester City 2-0 in Houston, Texas

Weather: More rain on the way

BBC Weather

Outbreaks of rain will arrive from the west today. They will be often heavy, with the risk of hail and thunder.

It will also be windy, especially along the coast and over higher ground.

Highs of 19C. More from BBC Weather.

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Weather: Cloudy with showers expected

BBC Weather

Some clear spells to begin with this evening.

The skies will turn increasingly cloudy towards midnight, with showers or patchy rain at times thereafter.

Highs of 18C. More from BBC Weather.

In pictures: 24 hours in England

The BBC's snapshot of a nation across 24 hours included Rob Gregory, a train dispatcher at Manchester Piccadilly station, and waved away the last service leaving the city for London.

Rob Gregory is a train dispatcher at Manchester Piccadilly station
BBC

The 35-year-old, from Cadishead, Salford, says he enjoys being around people and has met some famous faces in his work, including Sir Alex Ferguson, Eddie Izzard and Rita Ora.

"Sir Alex was in first class, and the food menu that day had dishes from around the world, including Australia. I made him laugh by doing an Aussie accent," he says.

"People think we just use the whistle and baton, but there's a lot more to the job than that. There's a lot of helping people.

"It's a cliché but every day really is different. I've never been one to be cooped up in an office."