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More armed police patrols for Cheshire

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

Cheshire Police say they're increasing the number of patrols of armed officers at different places and events across the county this weekend.

The force says it's in response to the increase in the UK terror threat level following Monday's attack in Manchester and is aimed at reassuring people.

Elaine McIver
Family handout

It adds that it has also opened books of condolence for people to reflect as one of the victims of the attack was off-duty Cheshire Police officer Elaine McIver.

Washing-up liquid appeal for oil-covered swans

John Acres

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

A Cheshire animal rescue centre says it needs donations of washing-up liquid so it can keep cleaning oil off swans.

An animal centre that deals with swans caught in oil spills appeals for washing-up liquid

The RSPCA at Stapeley Grange says it sees between 20 and 50 a year from places like the docks at Liverpool and canals.

The charity says it needs the washing-up liquid to safely clean them as, without that, they can die because their waterproofing is damaged.

Football: Crewe move to sign experienced defender

Graham McGarry

Crewe Alexandra commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

Crewe Alexandra have signed the central defender Michael Raynes from Carlisle United.

The 29-year-old becomes manager David Artell's second signing this week.

Michael Raynes
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Raynes comes with a wealth of experience having played nearly 500 games.

The former Rotherham Oxford and Scunthorpe defender was part of Carlisle United's side that reached the League Two play-off semi-finals this season.

He was offered a new contract by the Cumbrians.

Weather: Sunny and warm afternoon

Lots of sunshine this afternoon with highs of 27C. Clear but muggy night ahead.

Bank Holiday: Journeys on parts of M6 set to 'more than triple'

BBC News England

Journey times on the M6 through Staffordshire and Cheshire are expected to more than triple due to bank holiday traffic this afternoon, a traffic company says.

More than 15 million "leisure" car journeys are expected to be made over the weekend with road expected to be at their busiest between 13:00 and 20:00.

Traffic on motorway
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Traffic information company Inrix warned some journeys could take up to four times longer and flagged the M6 between junctions 15 and 19 as one of the busiest routes.

The RAC was expecting the busiest late May bank holiday on the roads in four years with "bumper-to-bumper" congestion.

Weather: Hot and humid

Plenty of sunshine, slight breeze but feeling humid. Highs of 27C.