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  1. Updates on Tuesday 28 March
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates return from 08:00 on Wednesday

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That's it from us today. We'll be back on Wednesday at 08:00 with more news, sport, travel and weather updates from across the North West of England. Until then, have a lovely evening.  

Manchester band's video changes each time you view it

BBC Newsbeat

Manchester band Shaking Chains have released a new music video that is configured so that you will never see the same thing twice .

Shaking Chains
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An algorithm automatically pulls in short clips from video-sharing sites like YouTube when you hit play on  Midnight Oil .

The short bits of footage are shown back to back with the band's track playing over the top.

"It pulls clips from the internet based on search terms," explains drummer Jack Hardiker, who came up with the idea.

"It started with 600 [terms], based on the contents of the song and also is a reflection on society right now, warts and all."

Everton's new ground sinking fears

Everton may have scored a spectacular own goal by planning to build their new stadium on the banks of the River Mersey, an academic has warned .

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The Toffeemen last week agreed a deal to  buy land on which to build a £300m arena  at Bramley Dock in Liverpool.

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Manchester Metropolitan University researcher Graeme Heyes said forecasts suggest the site could be under water by 2100 due to rising sea levels.

Liverpool City Council declined to comment. Everton could not be reached

Floral tributes left at scene of fatal St Helens crash

Floral tributes have been left at the scene of a crash in St Helens for four-year-old Violet-Grace Youens who died on Saturday. Her grandmother remains seriously ill.

Floral tributes Violet Grace Youens
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Police are investigating the suspected hit-and-run on Prescot Road on Friday and are urging people who helped one of the suspects flee the country to "search their conscience".  

Floral tributes Violet Grace Youens
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A 27-year-old man from St Helens has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving - a third man questioned has been released on bail.

Man charged with murder after Blackpool baby death

A man has been charged with murder following the death of a six-week-old baby in Blackpool. 

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The child was taken from a house in Wyre Grove to Blackpool Victoria Hospital at about 04:00 on 10 March. He died five days later at Manchester Children’s Hospital.

A post-mortem examination showed the baby died as a result of head injuries.  

David Christie, 35, of Wyre Grove was initially charged with Section 18 wounding but following the baby’s death, he has been charged with murder, police said.

He is due to appear at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

Liberal Democrats' Carl Cashman launches Liverpool Metro Mayor campaign

The Liberal Democrats candidate for Metro Mayor of the Liverpool city region, says he'll fight to keep a "strong relationship" between Merseyside and the EU if elected.

Councillor Carl Cashman
BBC

Speaking as he launched his manifesto at the party’s HQ in Prescot, Knowsley, Carl Cashman said the EU had not turned its back on Liverpool during the 80s and 90s, and that the city region should maintain close links with Brussels after Brexit. 

Councillor Cashman, 25, is the leader of the Liberal Democrats on Knowsley Council. He says he’d open a Liverpool city region embassy in Brussels if elected. 

The election for the first ever Metro Mayor of the Liverpool city region will be held on 4 May. 

You can see a full list of candidates here .

Former footballer calls for help for players to become match officials

BBC Lancashire Sport

Footballers need more financial help if they are to become full-time referees, a former Burnley, Bolton and Preston striker says.

Tony Philliskirk, who is currently an academy coach at Oldham Athletic, trained as a referee after retiring from the game in 1998.

The 52-year-old quit to take up a coaching role at Oldham Athletic despite reaching the standard to officiate in the Northern Premier League.

You can hear an extended interview with Philliskirk from 18:00, on BBC Radio Lancashire .

Councillor urges people affected by New Ferry explosion to get in touch

More than 100 people were evacuated from their homes after the blast on Saturday evening.

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Two people were seriously hurt and 31 others injured  when several buildings collapsed in the blast in Wirral .

An investigation into the cause is continuing.

Latest headlines for the North West

  • Half of the businesses in a town hit by a huge suspected gas explosion are "out of action" and "some may never reopen", a residents' group claims
  • Greater Manchester's Police and Crime Commissioner calls for an urgent review after a man is given a suspended jail term despite repeated attacks , one with a cricket bat, on his wife
  • A rape victim whose attack led to a judge saying drunk women were putting themselves in danger has defends the comments , saying the judge was "right" 
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Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana suffers a thigh injury while playing for England that could keep him out for up to a month.

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Greater Manchester's PCC calls for urgent review of domestic abuse sentence

Greater Manchester’s Police and Crime Commissioner has criticised a judge's comments after he gave a man who attacked his wife with a cricket bat a suspended 18-month jail term

Mustafa Bashir
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Mustafa Bashir, 34, also forced bleach into her mouth, but the judge said his sentence took into account his wife was not "vulnerable". 

Tony Lloyd said Richard Mansell QC's comments were "dangerous" and "ignorant" and "perpetuated myths and misconceptions". 

He is writing to the Attorney General and the Justice Secretary Liz Truss calling on them to review the case and address the comments.

This man subjected his wife to a life of torment, fear and violence, the scars of which will be with her for a very long time to come. I call on the Attorney General to urgently review this case and restore public faith in our criminal justice system and bring hope to victims.

Tony Lloyd Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner

Wirral explosion-affected businesses 'may never reopen'

Half of the businesses in a town hit by a huge suspected gas explosion are "out of action" and "some may never reopen", a residents' group has claimed .

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Images (top) show the aftermath of the collapse and the building beforehand (below)

Thirty businesses cannot trade because of collapsed or damaged buildings, New Ferry's Residents' Association said.

Two people were seriously hurt and 31 others injured in the blast in Bebington, Wirral on Saturday evening.

The site remains a crime scene as Merseyside Police investigate the cause of the explosion.

I don't think the traders can come back from this. If that building comes down I have no livelihood, nothing.

I'm a single mum. I've got a rented home. My 10-year-old son keeps asking what's wrong. I can't explain how bad it is going to be. It could be weeks or months before we even know. It's bleak."

Ann GrimesThe Cleveland pub

Man jailed over Wirral sexual assault

A man has been jailed for five years and four months for sexually assaulting a teenager in an alleyway.

Malon Bakasa
Merseyside Police

Malon Bakasa, 32, of Hinton Street, Litherland pleaded guilty to sexual assault at Liverpool Crown Court.

He was arrested after the attack in Tranmere, Wirral in September 2015 which was featured on BBC's Crimewatch.

Amputee ex-soldier 'prisoner in own home'

An ex-solider who had his leg amputated seven months ago is " a prisoner in his own home " after council delays to installing a lift at his door, he said.

Former physical training instructor Ernie Moore, 80, was told his house would be modified within weeks of him returning from hospital in October.

But he said Lancashire County Council failed to provide a step lift and he is "still a prisoner" in his Padiham home.

The council said: "We are sorry for our part in the delay."

Professor Brian Cox to play Postman Pat scientist

BBC Entertainment and Arts

Professor Brian Cox may know his way around a black hole and a Higgs boson particle, but how will he fare on Postman Pat's home turf of Greendale?

Professor Ryan Farrow and Postman Pat
CBeebies

Find out this week when he appears on the CBeebies cartoon show as Professor Ryan Farrow, a space expert friend of Greendale's resident inventor Ted Glen.

The University of Manchester professor's arrival is especially big news for Pat, who's always wanted to be an astronaut.

Postman Pat and the Space Suit airs on Wednesday at 07:25.

Professor Brian Cox and Professor Ryan Farrow
CBeebies

Football: Coleman injury can 'motivate Everton'

BBC Sport

Everton will use the horrific injury suffered by Seamus Coleman as added motivation for Saturday's derby against Liverpool , says captain Phil Jagielka.

Seamus Coleman and Phil Jagielka
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Coleman, 28, will miss several months after breaking his leg when playing for Republic of Ireland against Wales.

"That's one thing Seamus will want us to do, to play well and get some good results," said Jagielka

Everton - seventh in the Premier League - travel to Manchester United three days after facing Liverpool at Anfield.

Severe disruption: M60 Greater Manchester clockwise

BBC News Travel

M60 Greater Manchester clockwise severe disruption, at J13 for A572.

M60 Greater Manchester - One lane blocked and heavy traffic on M60 clockwise at J13, A572 (Worsley), because of a broken down car.

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

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Wirral explosion: Council appeal for residents to get in touch

An urgent appeal is being made by Wirral Council for people affected by the New Ferry explosion to get in touch for help. 

Ten people are now in temporary accommodation but many more, believed to be staying with friends and family, are yet to contact the local authority for support, said a council spokesman.

Two people were seriously hurt and more than 30 injured when several buildings collapsed following a suspected gas blast in New Ferry on Saturday night. 

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Scene in Bebington
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Merseyside Police, Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, Wirral Council, the Health and Safety Inspectorate and National Grid are continuing to investigate the cause of the blast.

Severe disruption: M62 Cheshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M62 Cheshire westbound severe disruption, at J9 for A49.

M62 Cheshire - M62 lane closed on exit slip road and very slow traffic westbound at J9, A49 (Winwick), because of a broken down lorry.

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

'Iron lung' shown to students in polio campaign

Students in the Ribble Valley are being shown a model of a medical device that was used in the past to save thousands of lives.

Iron lung

Polio sufferers with breathing problems were kept alive by what is known as an "iron lung".

A model of one has been built by Rotary International which is taking it around schools as part of a campaign to completely eradicate the disease from the planet.

Gary Barlow lands role in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

BBC Entertainment and Arts

Take That star Gary Barlow has revealed he has a part in new Star Wars film The Last Jedi .

Gary Barlow
PA

Frodsham's finest revealed the news on ITV's Lorraine show on Monday.

"I'm not a stormtrooper but I am in it," Barlow said. But he refused to give away any clues as to what part he would play.

The Last Jedi follows on from The Force Awakens, featuring Rey (Daisy Ridley) and runaway stormtrooper Finn (John Boyega). The film is out in December.

Severe accident: M61 Greater Manchester southbound

BBC News Travel

M61 Greater Manchester southbound severe accident, between J4 for A6 and J3 for M61 affecting J5 for A58.

M61 Greater Manchester - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M61 southbound between J4, A6 (Farnworth) and J3, M61 (Kearsley Spur), because of a multi-vehicle accident. Travel time is around 20 minutes. Congestion to J5, A58 (Westhoughton).

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

Football: Morecambe wages delayed for third time

BBC Sport

Players and staff at League Two club Morecambe have had their wages paid late for the third time this season .  

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The Shrimps have had  financial problems  all season amid uncertainty over the club's ownership, and a  court case  is currently ongoing over a possible takeover by businessman Joseph Cala.

Owner Graham Burnard told BBC Radio Lancashire a delay in an international bank transfer caused the late payments.

Morecambe have lost six games in a row to drop to 19th in the table.

Work starts on replacing Wirral bridges

Work begins today on replacing two of the four bridges between Birkenhead and Wallasey. 

Diversions are in place for several months.

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Weather: Increasing chance of thundery showers

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Showery outbreaks of rain will arrive from the southwest this afternoon, possibly turning heavy and thundery in places. Some areas will still some brighter spells.

A mild and cloudy night will follow with further outbreaks of rain, some of them heavy.

Overnight lows of 10C.

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Surgeon denies ops were 'unnecessary'

A surgeon has denied he carried out " completely unnecessary " operations for financial gain.

Ian Paterson
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Breast surgeon Ian Paterson is accused of causing wounding with intent to nine women and one man at two West Midlands hospitals.

It is alleged he exaggerated or invented cancer risks and claimed payments for more expensive procedures in some cases.

But the 59-year-old described the allegations as "abhorrent".

Mr Paterson, from Altrincham, Greater Manchester, worked at hospitals run by the Heart of England NHS Trust and Spire Healthcare.  

MPs criticise cricket bat attack sentence

Two MPs have criticised a judge over a suspended jail term given to a man who attacked his wife with a cricket bat .

Mustafa Bashir
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Mustafa Bashir, 34, also forced bleach into her mouth, but the judge in Manchester said his sentence took into account his wife was not "vulnerable".

Labour's Jess Phillips said social status had no bearing on domestic violence while Conservative Anna Soubry called for the sentence to be reviewed.

Ms Phillips said she was raising the case with the attorney general.

Bashir of Hebers Court in Middleton, Rochdale, admitted two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm at Manchester Crown Court. 

Judge Richard Mansell said his decision on the sentence was guided by the fact his then wife was not vulnerable as she was "an intelligent woman with a network of friends" and a degree.

Latest headlines for the North West

  • A motorcyclist is being sought after failing to stop when his motorbike hit a police car in Southport
  • Wirral Borough Council are making an urgent appeal for people affected by the New Ferry explosion to get in touch for help  
  • The owner of Morecambe FC says the club's players and staff have not been paid for March due to a delay in an international bank transfer

Man arrested after motorbike hits police car in Southport

An investigation is under way after a motorcyclist failed to stop after hitting a police car in Southport.

Hargreaves Street
Google

A police officer suffered bruising in the incident on Hargreaves Street at about 19:30 last night. 

An 18-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of unauthorised taking of a motor vehicle.

A search for a second person who left the scene is taking place.

Police investigate Stockbridge Village shooting

Detectives are investigating reports of a shooting in Stockbridge Village, Knowsley. 

Officers were called to The Birches last night by paramedics who were treating a 27-year-old man for a hand injury, believed to be a gunshot wound. 

CCTV footage from the area is now being viewed.

Football: Morecambe players yet to receive March salary

BBC Lancashire Sport

Morecambe Football Club's staff and players have not been paid on time for the third time this season.

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The club's owner Graham Burnard says the money should have been available today but that there has been a delay in an international bank transfer.

Gorton by-election date expected to be announced

The Labour party is expected to move a writ in the House of Commons later to trigger the by-election in the parliamentary seat of Manchester Gorton. 

Sir Gerald Kaufman
BBC

The seat has been left vacant since the death of Sir Gerald Kauffman on 27 February.

Sir Gerald was MP for more than 30 years. 

The by-election is expected to take place on 4 May, the same day as county council elections in Lancashire and mayoral elections for Greater Manchester and the Liverpool City Region.

Emergency 'throw line' installed at country park

Oli Constable

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

An emergency "throw line" has been installed at a Yorkshire country park, dedicated to a teenager who died in Lancashire in 2011.

Dylan Ramsay, 13, from Chorley, died when swimming in a quarry  six years ago.

Throwline Board
Beckie Ramsay

The new board, at Ulley Country Park in Rotherham, will act as a warning to people near the water and also house a potentially life-saving piece of equipment.

Words can't describe how proud I am at the legacy my son has left. Lives will be saved through education, awareness and prevention."

Beckie Ramsay

Severe disruption: M6 Cumbria southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cumbria southbound severe disruption, between J36 for A590 and J35 for A601.

M6 Cumbria - M6 partially blocked southbound between J36, A590 (Kirkby Lonsdale) in Kendal and J35 A601(M) Carnforth in Carnforth, because of an obstruction on the road. Traffic is coping well.

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

Police appeal over missing Liverpool mum, 25

Police are appealing for help in finding a missing 25-year-old woman from Liverpool.

Sophie Callaghan
Merseyside Police

Sophie Callaghan, from Toxteth, went missing with her 10-week old baby boy last week.

She was last seen on 22 March in Prescot and is described as being white and of a slight build.

Latest headlines for the North West

  • Former South Yorkshire Chief Constable David Crompton is at the High Court to challenge his removal from office over comments he made following the Hillsborough inquests
  • A rape victim whose attack in Manchester prompted a judge to say drunken women were putting themselves at risk has  defended the judge's comments
  • A delegation of north-west business leaders will set off later for meetings with potential investors in Silicon Valley