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  1. Updates on Friday 2 March:
  2. More than 200 motorists spend the night on M62 due to snow chaos
  3. M62 motorway to stay closed 'into the weekend', BBC understands
  4. Rochdale residents take hot drinks and food to trapped drivers
  5. Most transPennine routes are closed to traffic

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Adam Le Fondre

A draw between Reading and Bolton at the Madejski Stadium does little to ease either side's Championship relegation fears.

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Nemanja Matic

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BBC Sport

Nemanja Matic scores a stoppage-time winner as Manchester United come from 2-0 down to win at Crystal Palace, who stay in the relegation zone.

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Preston bus lane cameras 'about cutting congestion', says councillor

Reacting to the news that 100 motorists are still being fined for straying into Preston town centre's bus lanes, County Councillor Keith Iddon, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: "We have put out a lot of information to make people aware of the bus lanes. We also increased both the permanent and temporary signing before we brought back enforcement last year.

"There are many signs around the city centre and on various approaches to the city, which make people aware of the bus lanes.

"The aim of these bus lanes is to reduce congestion which has affected the city centre at certain times. We’re happy if we don’t make a penny from the cameras, as it means that people are doing the right thing.

"I am encouraged to note that the numbers are down by over 40% for December and January compared to last year , which shows that the message is getting across to many drivers and I hope that this trend continues."

Oldham man in court over shop explosion that killed five

An Oldham man has appeared in court charged over a shop explosion in Leicester which killed five people.

The scene of the blast

The Polish supermarket and a flat above it were destroyed in the explosion on the evening of 25 February.

Arkan Ali, 37, of Drake Close, Oldham, is charged with manslaughter and arson along with the store's owner Aram Kurd, 33, and Hawkar Hassan, 32.

The defendants were remanded in custody by Leicester magistrates and will appear at Leicester Crown Court via video link on 3 April.

Leanne and Darren McKie

A court hears Darren McKie killed his wife after she discovered he made a loan application in her name.

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Bailiffs sent to Blackpool Football Club

Blackpool Gazette

Former Blackpool Football Club director Valeri Belokon has begun legal enforcement against the club's owner Owen Oyston by sending bailiffs to its Bloomfield Road stadium.

Rugby League: Saints trounce Salford

BBC Sport

Rugby League Super League leaders St Helens made short work of Salford as they ran in six tries to make it four wins out of four, with the match finishing 34 points to 2 on Sunday.

Blackpool FC: Belokon sends out bailiffs to recoup Oyston cash

Lawyers acting for former Blackpool director Valeri Belokon have sent bailiffs to retrieve assets from the club's owners, the Oyston family, BBC Radio Lancashire reports.

Owen Oyston

The Oystons were ordered to buy out Mr Belokon's company VB Football Assets after a civil trial in November 2017.

However, a deadline to pay a £10m instalment was missed in February.

"Mr Belokon continues to have the interests of the club at heart," law firm Clifford Chance said.

The Oyston family still have to pay at least £20m of the £31m owed to Latvian businessman Belokon following November's judgement.

Valeri Belokon

An initial payment of £10m was made within 28 days of the case ending, with a second similar sum due last month.

"We can confirm that our client is continuing to take steps to enforce the payment of the judgment debt that is owed to it by Owen Oyston, Karl Oyston and Blackpool Football (Properties) Limited," the statement continued.

"Mr Belokon emphasises that the actions being taken by bailiffs in Blackpool are not directed at Blackpool Football Club Limited or the football related assets."

Muddy lessons at Liverpool outdoor pre-school
Children at Nature to Nurture pre-school in Merseyside are being taught outdoors.
Blackpool are unbeaten in their past five League One games

Lawyers for ex-Blackpool director Valeri Belokon confirm they sent bailiffs to retrieve assets from the club's owners.

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Inspector 'strangled detective wife and dumped body in lake'

A police inspector strangled his detective wife before dumping her body in a lake, a court has heard.

Leanne McKie and husband Darren

Darren McKie, 43, denies murdering his wife Leanne McKie, 39, a detective constable, whose body was found in Poynton Lake in Cheshire in September last year.

Opening the trial at Chester Crown Court, Nigel Power QC, prosecuting, showed the jury dashcam footage from a police car of Mr McKie walking in Wilmslow at 01.31 and 02.10 on 29 September.

At 03.45 that day Mrs McKie's body was discovered at the lake.

Mr Power said: "She was in shallow water, but she hadn't drowned. She had been strangled to death."

He said friends had described the couple, who had three children, as the "perfect family", but there were money problems.

Bus lane road sees more then 100 motorists a day fined

More than 100 motorists a day are being fined for straying into Preston’s town centre bus lanes.


Drivers who ignore the signs on Fishergate face a £60 fine.

The scheme has netted Lancashire County Council more than £400,000 since December.

When the cameras were first brought in, thousands of drivers had to be refunded after an adjudicator ruled the signs were inadequate.

Teenagers held over Liverpool stab attack

Two 15-year-old boys have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder over the stabbing of a 38-year-old man in Liverpool last month.

Aldwark Road, Dovecot

Merseyside Police said the boys, from Dovecot and Huyton, were released on bail pending further inquiries.

The man was stabbed in the back man as he walked along Aldwark Road, Dovecot, after being approached by a group.

A police spokesman said the victim remains in a stable condition in hospital, where he has received treatment to a number of stab wounds and a jaw injury.

Candle tribute planned for Liverpool murder victim

Family and friends of Yusuf Sonko will light candles in his memory later in Liverpool on what would have been his 19th birthday - almost a year after he was shot and killed in the city.

Yusuf Sonko
Merseyside Police

Yusuf was shot in the head on a Toxteth street in June last year. No one has been charged with his murder, despite repeated appeals for information from his family.

They have appealed for an end to the "no grass" culture they believe has prevented the teenager's killers being caught.

More than 35 firefighters tackled Tarleton blaze

Lancashire Post

More than 35 firefighters battled a serious blaze in a joiner's workshop in Tarleton, fire services have said.

How bingo is being changed forever

A radically different form of bingo is attracting younger players to the game.

Prehistoric fossil sheds light on early birdlife

A tiny fossil of a prehistoric baby bird is helping scientists at the University of Manchester understand how early forms of birdlife came into existence in the age of the dinosaurs.

Fossil bird
Raul Martin

The nearly complete skeleton is of a chick from a group of prehistoric birds called enantiornithes, dating back about 250 million years.

The university said the 5cm long bird is one of the smallest known avian fossils discovered and could offer an invaluable insight into the lives of early birdlife.

The lead author of the study, Dr Fabien Knoll, from The University of Manchester’s Interdisciplinary Centre for Ancient Life said by analysing the fossil's bone development it "can look at a whole host of evolutionary traits".

Mayor demands Metrolink is 'held to account' over tram delays

Greater Manchester's mayor Andy Burnham has called for "more accountability" from the region's Metrolink tram system - following repeated severe delays in recent weeks.


A report into issues with the service on 19 February will be published later today, after the mayor demanded urgent talks with the system's operators.

Mr Burnham said the report will show there were "communications failures at the very least", and the way Metrolink recovered from recent technical problems "wasn't good enough".

He called for more "accountability to the travelling public" and said he would introduce a monthly "performance report" for the system.

"The incident we had a couple of weeks ago, it was a problem with the overhead lines, it damaged every tram that went through," he said.

"Those things sadly can happen on any transport system. The question is how do you recover from them and that wasn't good enough.

"That's why I'm saying I want stronger arrangements in place so the public can hold the system to account. And it's not just late-running services, it's cancellations as well. We need all that data in the public domain.

"I'm introducing a new regime for Metrolink. It's the right thing to do."

You can listen to the mayor speaking on BBC Radio Manchester on iPlayer

Rachel Shenton, Maisie Sly and Chris Overton

After two ex-stars of the soap win an Oscar we look at other former cast members who've gone on to bigger and better things.

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Boy, 17, guilty of claw hammer murder

A teenager who bragged about "being a psychopath" has been found guilty of murdering a man with a claw hammer.

Murder scene Newton-le-Wilows

Richard Percival, known as Dickie, was found dead at his home in Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside, on 18 August.

The 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, claimed he attacked the 71-year-old because he had made sexual advances towards him.

The teenager, who also stole cash from the victim, was convicted of murder at Liverpool Crown Court on Friday.

Flood warning in place for Wyre Estuary

A flood warning has been issued to coincide with the high tide on the Wyre Estuary in Lancashire at 13:30.

Flood sign

The Environment Agency said: "Tidal spray and onshore flooding may occur on roads and promenades, while some properties along the coast may be affected."

Agency staff have checked flood defences and will continue to monitor sea levels and weather conditions.

Warrington Wolves: Four fans hit with banning orders

BBC Sport

Warrington Wolves have issued banning orders to four fans after incidents during their 18-10 Super League win at Widnes Vikings.

Warrington Wolves v Widnes Vikings

Smoke bombs were set off in the away end concourse at half-time in the game on 16 February, and a flare was also thrown onto the pitch.

"The club, and the sport of rugby league, will not tolerate the behaviour displayed," a club statement said.

Radio DJ makes guest appearance on drums with rappers

Broadcaster Jeremy Vine surprised a teenage audience when he made a guest appearance as drummer for Manchester rap outfit Y.O.U.N.G in London.

The Radio Two stalwart was invited to perform with the band after asking them to appear on his show last year, and because of his teenage experience drumming in a series of punk bands with his brother, the comedian Tim Vine.

With names such as Wait and See, The Sharp Suits, Two Can Talk and The Flared Generation, they never made it musically, although The Flared Generation once got a review in Smash Hits magazine but only as “the most unfashionable punk band in the country.”

Y.O.U.N.G frontman Chez Davis said: “We couldn’t believe it when Jeremy said he was going to perform with us. It was an epic night and one that will live long in the memory."

Jeremy Vine (centre) with Y.O.U.N.G.
Cuffe And Taylor
Jeremy Vine (left) and The Flared Generation
Cuffe and Taylor

Jailed £1m scam boss back with the NHS

Manchester Evening News

An NHS manager who was locked up for a £1m con went back to work for the health service after being freed.

Warrington Wolves' win against Widnes Vikings was their first of the 2018 Super League season

Warrington Wolves issue banning orders to four fans after crowd incidents in their 18-10 away win at Widnes Vikings.

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Hunt for region's forgotten memorials

A call for people in the North West to reveal the region's more obscure memorials has been made by Historic England.

Abraham Lincoln memorial Manchester
David Dixon/Geograph

The public body responsible for championing and looking after England’s historic environment wants photographs and information about the North West’s lesser-known memorials, especially those that are well-loved by small groups or communities.

Historic England said among the lesser known memorials in the region is the Abraham Lincoln statue in Manchester recalling how workers boycotted cotton from the southern states of the USA in the American Civil War.

It also cites the Heroes of the Engine Room Memorial on Liverpool's waterfront which honours the 244 engineers who lost their lives in the Titanic disaster as they remained in the ship to supply the ship with electricity and other amenities for as long as possible.

Titanic Engineers Memorial Liverpool
Liverpool Crown Court

Richard Percival, 71, died from a lethal blow to his head after he was attacked by the boy at his home.

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Severe disruption: M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J17 for A56 Prestwich and J16 for A666 affecting J18 for M62.

M60 Greater Manchester - Very slow traffic on M60 anticlockwise between J17, A56 (Prestwich) and J16, A666 (Pendlebury), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J18, M62 (Simister Island).

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

'Dangerous' icicles removed from railway bridge

Family of hit-and-run death gran want more done to tackle off-road bikes

Relatives of a great-grandmother who was killed by a teenager on a scrambler say "something must change".

May Laidlaw with husband Tommy
Family Photograph

May Laidlaw, 78, was hit as she crossed a road in Liverpool in December. A 14-year-old boy was detained after admitting causing death by dangerous driving and failing to stop.

Mrs Laidlaw's family said they want police to have more powers to tackle people who use illegal scrambler bikes.

A police chief said he believed some bikes were 'like a weapon'.

This story will be explored in detail on BBC Inside Out North West at 19:30 on BBC One, or via iPlayer for 30 days afterwards.

Severe disruption: M60 Greater Manchester clockwise

BBC News Travel

M60 Greater Manchester clockwise severe disruption, between J16 for A666 and J17 for A56 Prestwich.

M60 Greater Manchester - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M60 clockwise between J16, A666 (Pendlebury) and J17, A56 (Prestwich), because of a broken down van.

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

Severe disruption: M62 Greater Manchester westbound

BBC News Travel

M62 Greater Manchester westbound severe disruption, between J20 for A627 and J19 for A6046.

M62 Greater Manchester - Two lanes closed and slow traffic on M62 westbound between J20 A627(M) Rochdale and J19, A6046 (Heywood), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Severe disruption: M62 Cheshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M62 Cheshire eastbound severe disruption, between J9 for A49 and J10 for M6.

M62 Cheshire - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M62 eastbound between J9, A49 (Winwick) and J10, M6 (Croft Interchange), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Man treated for shotgun wounds after attack in Whiston

A man in his 30s suffered gunshot wounds in an attack in Merseyside on Sunday evening, police have said.

Lyneham, Whiston

Armed police were called to Lyneham, Whiston at around 20:30 GMT after reports of a shooting.

Shortly afterwards a man in his 30s attended hospital with wounds to his back and legs, believed to have been caused by a shotgun.

His wounds were not life-threatening, said Merseyside Police.

Det Insp Matt Smith said: "To fire any weapon in the street at any time is incredibly reckless and we will act on all information from the community to establish what has happened."

Severe disruption: M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J13 for A572 and J12 for M62 affecting J18 for M62.

M60 Greater Manchester - Queuing traffic on M60 anticlockwise between J13, A572 (Worsley) and J12, M62 (Eccles Interchange), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J18, M62 (Simister Island).

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

Severe disruption: M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J13 for A572 and J12 for M62.

M60 Greater Manchester - One lane blocked and heavy traffic on M60 anticlockwise between J13, A572 (Worsley) and J12, M62 (Eccles Interchange), because of a broken down car.

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