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Summary

  1. Northern and Merseyrail staff staging 24-hour strike action
  2. Thousands of commuters facing disruption to journeys
  3. Merseyrail services to finish by 19:00
  4. Northern Rail: 'Very few trains running after 17:00'
  5. Updates on Monday 13 March

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's all for tonight from the North West Live team - we'll be back with our three regular services for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire, Merseyside and west Cheshire, and Lancashire from 08:00 on Tuesday.  

    Until then, have a lovely evening - goodnight!

  2. The Korean who got famous doing British accents

    Korean Billy shot to internet fame after his series of video guides on Britain's accents and dialects became a resounding hit on Facebook.

    He was inspired to start after hearing northern accents - but which is his favourite? 

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    Video caption: Meet the young man behind a series of viral videos on the accents and dialects of Britain.
  3. Weather: Mild night ahead; cloudy tomorrow but warm for the time of year

    BBC Weather

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    Video caption: Cloud will thin this afternoon for some bright spells. Feeling mild with highs of 12C.

    More from BBC Weather

  4. Burnley paedophile jailed for child sex offences

    A 60-year-old man has been jailed after admitting a string of child sex offences.

    Peter Kennedy

    Peter Kennedy, of Dunoon Street, Burnley, pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assault on a child under 13 and two counts of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

    He was jailed for eight years at Burnley Crown Court for the offences committed in October 2016.  

    Kennedy was also given an eight year extended licence, a lifetime Sexual Harm Prevention Order and will remain on the sex offenders register for life.

    Quote Message: “Peter Kennedy is a particularly dangerous and predatory paedophile who committed several offences against two young boys and two young girls. from Det Sgt Steve Munro
    Det Sgt Steve Munro
  5. Crufts top prize won by Miami the Spaniel

    An American Cocker Spaniel named " Afterglow Miami Ink " has been crowned Best In Show at this year's Crufts.  

    Afterglow Miami Ink

    The two-year-old pup, from Blackpool, won Saturday's Gundog group and was handled by owner Jason Lynn.

    Mr Lynn praised the breed - with its distinctive long-flowing and tricolour coat and high-set tail - for its merry temperament.

    The winning owner said: "He's pretty special and honestly I'm speechless. I'm absolutely shocked and thrilled."

  6. Football: Rooney ruled out of FA Cup quarter-final against Chelsea

    BBC Sport

    Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has been ruled out of tonight's FA Cup quarter-final at Chelsea , leaving his side without a recognised striker.  

    Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimopvic

    Rooney collided with Phil Jones in training and misses out with a leg injury, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic begins a three-game ban for  elbowing Bournemouth's Tyrone Mings.  Forwards Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford are also missing.

    Chelsea coach Antonio Conte has a fully-fit squad at his disposal.

    You can hear full commentary on BBC Radio Manchester from 19:45.

  7. Boy, 15, rescued from quicksand

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    Video caption: A 15-year-old boy had to be rescued after he was trapped in Morecambe Bay
  8. Merseytravel warning to commuters

    Merseytravel is warning Merseyrail passengers not to leave their journeys to the last minute.

    Services are already running down for the evening.

  9. Surgeon 'would give breast op to wife'

    A doctor had an "unnecessary" operation to remove a breast after being told she had cancer that could turn aggressive at any time, a court heard.

    Ian Paterson

    GP Rosemary Platt said her surgeon, Ian Paterson, said he would recommend his own wife to have the same procedure if in the same position.

    Mr Paterson, 59, of Castle Mill Lane, Ashley, Altrincham, has denied 20 counts of wounding with intent on nine women and one man.

    His trial has heard he carried out the operations for "obscure" reasons.

  10. Partner sought for River Mersey garden development

    Liverpool City Council is seeking a partner to create “a cultural garden suburb” on the banks of the River Mersey.

    
          An impression of what the proposed Liverpool development might look like.

    The authority has unveiled the next stage of its vision for the former International Festival Gardens site.

    The 90 acre site, which lies 10 minutes drive south of the city centre, is to be promoted as Festival Park Liverpool.

    The city council, which took control of the site last year, appointed architects to create a draft plan and held a public consultation last year for feedback on transforming the northern zone of the site into a major visitor and cultural destination.

    Quote Message: We need a partner, or partners, to help realise the vision and create a cultural garden suburb which will have no equal in the UK. from Joe Anderson Mayor of Liverpool
    Joe AndersonMayor of Liverpool
  11. Man Utd short of attacking options for Chelsea clash

    Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has been ruled out of the FA Cup quarter-final at Chelsea, leaving his side without a recognised senior striker.

    PA

    Rooney collided with Phil Jones in training and misses out with a leg injury, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic begins a three-game ban for  elbowing Bournemouth's Tyrone Mings.

    Marcus Rashford is ill and Anthony Martial is also out injured.

    Chelsea coach Antonio Conte has a fully-fit squad at his disposal.

  12. All Merseyrail train services will finish by 19:00 tonight

    All Merseyrail services in and out of Liverpool are to finish by 19:00 tonight.

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  13. Merseyrail services winding down for the evening

    Merseyrail service update
  14. Merseyrail station closures

    Merseyrail has provided a list of stations which will remain closed for the rest of the day because of industrial action.

    Merseyrail list of stations closed
  15. Rail strike: What is a driver-only operated train?

    You may have heard of a driver-only operated train - but what does that mean for passengers on the rail network?

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    Video caption: What are driver-only-operated trains?

    Rail staff who are members of the RMT union at Northern, Southern and Merseyrail are on a 24-hour strike in a dispute over the role of guards.  

    Management at all three companies have said they want a negotiated solution and deny jobs will be lost. 

  16. Latest headlines in the North West

    • One of Poland's  most wanted offenders  is extradited after being arrested arriving in Lancashire on a ferry
    • Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has been ruled out of the FA Cup quarter-final at Chelsea, leaving his side without a recognised striker
  17. Football: Joyce leaves Wigan after four months

    BBC Sport

    Championship strugglers Wigan Athletic have parted company with boss Warren Joyce after only four months.  

    Warren Joyce

    The Latics  lost 1-0  at home to fellow relegation candidates Bristol City on Saturday to leave them four points from safety with nine games remaining.

    Former Manchester United Under-21 manager Joyce, 52,  took over  in November after Gary Caldwell's sacking but only won six of 24 games in charge.

    Assistant manager Graham Barrow will take charge for the rest of the season.

  18. 'Most wanted' Polish paedophile extradited

    One of Poland's most wanted offenders  has been extradited after being arrested arriving in Lancashire on a ferry.

    Marian Dorobek

    Marian Dorobek was detained at Heysham Port after travelling from the Isle of Man on 1 February.

    The 68-year-old was wanted after being convicted in his absence of rape and child sex offences.

    Dorobek was held under the Extradition Act 2003 and was handed to Polish authorities on 10 March. He has since been deported to serve his sentence.

  19. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Cheshire northbound severe disruption, between J18 for A54 Middlewich and J19 for A556.

    M6 Cheshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 northbound between J18, A54 (Middlewich) and J19, A556 (Knutsford), because of a broken down van. In the roadworks area.

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