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  1. Driver admits causing cousins' deaths in Oldham hit-and-run
  2. North West has highest proportion of inactive people in UK, charity claims
  3. Fire breaks out in a row of shops in Lancaster city centre
  4. Big increase in drone incidents across most of the North West, figures show
  5. Blackpool and Southport to benefit from government funding
  6. Updates on Monday 3 April

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Live updates from the North West have finished for the day, but we'll be back from 08:00 on Tuesday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the region.

  2. Weather: showers overnight; brightening up tomorrow

    Outbreaks of rain will spread from the west this evening bringing low cloud and areas of hill fog. The rain will become light and patchy overnight.    

    Manchester's Tuesday forecast
    Image caption: Manchester's Tuesday forecast

    Any rain will soon clear in the morning, though giving rise to a bright and sunny day.  

  3. Police reviewing Ripper-linked cases

    Police have confirmed they are reviewing historical unsolved cases linked to the Yorkshire Ripper

    Peter Sutcliffe

    The Sun  newspaper has claimed that Peter Sutcliffe, who now calls himself Peter Coonan, has been interviewed in prison about 17 unsolved attacks.

    Sutcliffe was given 20 life terms in 1981 for murdering 13 women and attempting to kill seven more.

    Two of the victims - Jean Jordan, 21, and 41-year-old Vera Millward - were from Manchester.

    He was  moved to Frankland Prison in Durham in August  after a health tribunal ruled he no longer required treatment for any mental disorder.  

  4. Rugby League: Salford owner wants Super League salary cap increase

    BBC Sport

    Salford Red Devils owner Marwan Koukash has reiterated his desire for Super League to increase the salary cap .

    Super League launch photo

    Currently, clubs in England's top flight can spend £1.85m on their squad, with another £175,000 allowed for a marquee player outside of that.

    Koukash called from an increase in the cap in 2013 when he bought Salford and hopes to discuss the matter at a Super League meeting this week.

  5. Shots fired at car in Litherland

    Shots were fired at an empty car in Litherland on Sunday evening, Merseyside Police said.

    Kirkstone Road North, Litherland

    Officers were called to the Kirkstone Road North area at about 21:55 following reports of gunshots.

    A police spokesman said they found a Toyota car that had "damage consistent with a firearms discharge". 

    The spokesman added that nobody was in the car at the time and initial inquiries "have not identified anyone that was injured as a result of this incident".

  6. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M602 Greater Manchester eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M602 Greater Manchester eastbound severe disruption, between J2 for A576 Gilda Brook Road and J3 for A57 Regent Road.

    M602 Greater Manchester - Lane blocked and slow traffic on M602 eastbound between J2 A576 Gilda Brook Road and J3, A57 (Regent Road Roundabout), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  7. Questioning continues after man and woman bitten by dogs in Bolton

    A man is still being questioned after a man and woman were bitten by two pit-bull type dogs.

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    Video caption: A woman had been bitten on the hand and a man was bitten on the leg, police said

    Armed officers were called to Queen's Park on Sunday morning after reports six dogs were dangerously out of control. They shot two of them. 

    A man, 38, was arrested on suspicion of affray and allowing a dog to be dangerously out of control in public.  

    He remains in police custody. 

    Video from Hamzah Barjit.  

  8. Murder charge over house fire death

    A man has been charged with murder over the death of a 47-year-old man whose body was found following a Salford house fire .

    Berry Street in Clifton

    Firefighters found Thomas Jones inside a property in Berry Street, Clifton, at about 12:30 on 22 March.

    A post-mortem examination concluded he died from multiple stab wounds, police said.

    Alan Maidment, 40, of Ludlow Avenue, Salford, is due to appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates' Court later.

    Police said a 37-year-old woman and a 41-year-old man who were arrested on suspicion of murder will face no further action.

  9. Tourist's scorpion souvenir surprise

    A woman returning from a holiday in Bali finds an exotic stowaway among her souvenirs .

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    Video caption: A tourist finds she brought home more than a souvenir from a trip to Bali
  10. Hameed's hand injury not serious

    BBC Sport

    England opener Haseeb Hameed did not suffer serious damage after having to retire hurt with a hand injury while playing for Lancashire.  

    Haseeb Hameed

    The 20-year-old was struck after facing only 23 balls against Cambridge MCCU at Fenner's on Sunday.

    It was his first innings since undergoing sinus surgery.

    "Haseeb has been reviewed by the club's hand specialist this morning and scans have cleared him of any bone damage," said a statement by Lancashire.

    "He will be assessed over the coming days."

  11. Severe disruption: M53 southbound

    BBC News Travel

    One lane is closed and heavy traffic due to broken down vehicle on M53 Southbound between J1 Wallasey Tunnel Approach / A5139 Dock Road / A554 and J2 (Moreton Spur).

    Lane one (of three) is closed.

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

  12. Latest headlines for the North West

  13. Three teenagers bailed over St Helens stabbing

    Three more teenagers have been released on bail after a 14-year-old boy was stabbed in the street in St Helens. 

    The victim remains in a stable condition in hospital following the attack on Parr Stocks Road on Friday night. 

    Another 17-year-old boy arrested was bailed over the weekend.

  14. Council chief looks back at Manchester's transformation

    Nina Warhurst

    BBC North West Political Editor

    Manchester City Council's veteran chief executive Sir Howard Bernstein has retired.

    Sir Howard Bernstein

    Sir Howard was 17 when he walked in to Manchester Town Hall to start his first job as a junior clerk. His first task? Pot washing.

    The boy from Cheetham Hill would walk out 46 years later credited with transforming the city.

    "Ever since I was a boy I knew I wanted to make a difference to the people of Manchester", he said.

  15. Football: Liverpool's Mignolet helps build confidence

    BBC Sport

    BBC Sport's Match of the Day followed Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet as he helped build confidence and leadership skills in a younger generation at the club's foundation.  

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    Video caption: Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet helps build youngsters confidence

    The 29-year-old Belgian international helped the Reds beat Everton 3-1 in Saturday's Merseyside derby.

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    Severe disruption: M58 Greater Manchester eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M58 Greater Manchester eastbound severe disruption, at M6 J26.

    M58 Greater Manchester - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M58 eastbound at M6 J26, Orrell Interchange, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  17. Leaving care: The financial reality

    Victoria Derbyshire

    For many people, moving on from a childhood spent in care can be hard.

    As some councils in England offer council tax relief to ease the transition for adult care leavers, BBC reporter Ashley John-Baptiste  asks what difference it might make .  

    Ashley John-Baptiste

    Seven councils told care leavers this month they do not have to pay council tax until they are 22 or, in some cases, 25.

    They have joined four authorities, including one in Cheshire, that already have a similar policy in place.

    Cheshire East Council, which has approximately 240 care leavers, says the cost to the council will be approximately £17,000 every year.  

  18. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M60 Greater Manchester clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M60 Greater Manchester clockwise severe disruption, between J12 for M62 and J14 for M61.

    M60 Greater Manchester - One lane closed on M60 clockwise between J12, M62 (Eccles Interchange) and J14, M61 (East Lancs Road), because of a broken down car. Traffic is coping well.

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

  19. 'Most wanted' child sex offender jailed

    A man who went on the run for nearly three years and became one of Britain's most wanted fugitives has been jailed.

    Stephen Carruthers

    Stephen Carruthers, from Bury, fled the UK but was later arrested when he was admitted to a French hospital following a car crash.

    The 43-year-old, of no fixed address, was convicted of 29 child sex charges, including 21 counts of making indecent images of children.

    He was jailed for three years and eight months at Carlisle Crown Court.