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Warrington celebrate

Ben Currie scores the winning try on his return from long-term injury as Warrington beat Wigan to keep their top-eight hopes alive.

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Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande tells Manchester her "heart is still there" after being made an honorary citizen.

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Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Belgium winger Adnan Januzaj joins Real Sociedad from Manchester United after the clubs agree a fee of about £9.8m.

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Severe disruption: M60 Greater Manchester clockwise

BBC News Travel

M60 Greater Manchester clockwise severe disruption, between J13 for A572 and J14 for M61.

M60 Greater Manchester - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M60 clockwise between J13, A572 (Worsley) and J14, M61 (East Lancs Road), because of a broken down car.

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

Staff ban council leader urged to quit

The leader of Lancashire County Council has been urged to quit after banning its chief executive and four other officers from briefings he attends.

Geoff Driver

Conservative Geoff Driver is one of four men being investigated over council financial irregularities.

Chief executive Jo Turton said she had been requested by Mr Driver not to attend briefings where he was present.

Labour group leader Azhar Ali said the ban was "wildly inappropriate" and has asked the government to step in.

Mr Driver has not responded to the request to resign or the allegations against him.

Severe disruption: M6 Lancashire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Lancashire southbound severe disruption, at A59 Preston New Road.

M6 Lancashire - M6 lane closed on exit slip road southbound at A59 Preston New Road, because of a broken down lorry. Traffic is coping well.

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

Listen: Andy Burnham says 'Westminster has failed the north'

Charlotte Rose

BBC Radio Sheffield Political Reporter

Andy Burnham has been speaking to me at the "People's Powerhouse" conference which has been taking place in Doncaster today.

In a speech, the Mayor of Greater Manchester warned that in the past developers have rushed up new buildings without serious consideration of the impact on communities where these sites were being built.

He also urged council leaders across Yorkshire to sort out their devolution deals and stated that he felt delays in getting elected mayors in our region is holding back all of the north of England:

Body discovered in Fleetwood

The body of a man has been found in a street in Fleetwood, with police treating the death as "unexplained".


The man, believed to be in his 40s, was found by a member of the public on Bold Street about 03:00 on Tuesday, Lancashire Police said.

Anyone with information is urged to contact officers.

Topping out ceremony at new Blackpool police HQ

Building work on Blackpool's new £24m police headquarters has reached a milestone.

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A topping out ceremony has taken place to mark the highest point of the building.

It will replace the Bonny Street station in the town centre and is due to be completed next year.

Sean O'Loughlin

Wigan Warriors captain Sean O'Loughlin is set to play his 400th game for the club when they take on Warrington Wolves on Thursday.

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ICYMI - 'Tennis saved my life'


'Tennis saved my life'

In case you missed it in yesterday's coverage, this is a great story about how tennis can transform lives.

Four years ago Tony Costa from Llandudno in North Wales weighed 26-and-a-half stone, having struggled to deal with the death of his five-month-old son.

He lost some weight through a diet club but had "plateaued" and was "losing interest" and needed something to keep him going.

"Tennis came at the right time," Tony says. This year Tony's son would've been 20 years old and he and his wife Caroline held a memorial tennis match at a local club.

"We shone some light on some darkness - and we have tennis to thank for that."

If you want to follow Tony's lead and get into tennis, read our Get Inspired guide.

MP criticises 'unacceptable' 150-mile journeys for heart disease patients

Manchester Central MP Lucy Powell has said it is "unacceptable" that patients with specialist heart problems in the region may need to travel up to 150 miles for treatment.

Lucy Powell

The NHS is reviewing the number of specialist centres it has for congenital heart defects across the country, including services at Manchester Royal Infirmary.

Ms Powell blamed staff shortages for adding to the hospital's problems.

Severe accident: A666 Lancashire northbound

BBC News Travel

A666 Lancashire northbound severe accident, between Birch Hall Avenue and M65 J4 Darwen.

A666 Lancashire - A666 Blackburn Road in Blackburn closed and queuing traffic northbound between the Birch Hall Avenue junction and Darwen, because of an accident.

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

Green belt land near Appleton

Phil McCann

Cheshire Political Reporter, BBC News

Plans to build nearly 9,000 homes on green belt land around Warrington over the next 20 years are revealed.

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Christian Walton

League One side Wigan Athletic sign Brighton goalkeeper Christian Walton on a season-long loan.

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Severe accident: A5038 Merseyside both ways

BBC News Travel

A5038 Merseyside both ways severe accident, between A5054 Boundary Street and A567 Stanley Road.

A5038 Merseyside - A5038 Commercial Road in Liverpool closed and slow traffic in both directions between the A5054 Boundary Street junction and the A567 Stanley Road junction, because of an accident involving a car and bike.

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

Dani Alves

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Manchester City miss out on one of their summer transfer targets as Brazil full-back Dani Alves joins Paris St-Germain.

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Latest headlines for the North West

Geoff Driver

Lancashire's council leader must stop banning senior staff from meetings or resign, the opposition says.

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Olivier Ntcham

Andy Burke

BBC Sport Scotland

Midfielder Olivier Ntcham says Celtic's Moussa Dembele helped persuade him to make his £4.5m switch from Manchester City on a four-year deal.

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Severe accident: M6 Cheshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cheshire southbound severe accident, at J19 for A556.

M6 Cheshire - M6 entry slip road partially blocked and heavy traffic southbound at J19, A556 (Knutsford), because of an accident involving two cars.

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, at J18 for M62.

M60 Greater Manchester - M60 lane blocked on exit slip road anticlockwise at J18, M62 (Simister Island), because of a broken down mini bus. Traffic is coping well.

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

Boris Johnson vows to help Chennai Six

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has said it's time six Britons - including a former soldier from Chester - "languishing in an Indian jail" are brought home.

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The men, known as the Chennai Six were jailed for five years in India in January of last year for firearms offences.

The men - including Ray Tindall, from Chester - were working on an anti-piracy ship when they were arrested in 2013.

Mr Johnson said the UK will "leave no stone unturned" after facing fresh pressure to bring them home.

Thomas Cook wins holiday sickness case

Travel company Thomas Cook says it has won a legal victory against a fake holiday sickness claim and plans to challenge other such claims in court.

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It comes after a family tried to win up to £10,000 in damages for food poisoning on a trip to the Canary Islands.

A judge at Liverpool County Court dismissed the case on Monday after concluding they were not sick.

It follows reports of a "huge rise" in fake sickness claims by UK tourists.

Severe accident: A671 Lancashire both ways

BBC News Travel

A671 Lancashire both ways severe accident, between Pennine Road and Alma Street.

A671 Lancashire - A671 Rochdale Road in Bacup closed in both directions between the Pennine Road junction and the Alma Street junction, because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Jim Bentley

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley admits he feared the worst for a fan after helping him when he fell ill at a club dinner.

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Morecambe fans pay for manager Jim Bentley's fine
Morecambe manager Jim Bentley is touched by the fans' generosity after they club together to pay his £1,000 fine.

Couple arrested in tax fraud probe

A 50-year-old man and a woman, 37, have been arrested in connection with a suspected £2.9m tax fraud, HM Revenue and Customs said.

British currency

A property in Cheadle Hulme and a business in Manchester were searched during morning raids on Tuesday.

HMRC officers seized money, computers and business and personal records.

The couple, who were released pending further inquiries, are suspected of not declaring their true personal income and business affairs.

Ariana Grande

Manchester council pays tribute to the arena attack victims and makes Ariana Grande an honorary citizen.

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Acid attack victims' fund tops £50k

More than £55,000 has been raised for two victims of an acid attack left with life-changing injuries.

Resham Khan
Resham Khan

Manchester student Resham Khan was celebrating her 21st birthday with her cousin Jameel Muhktar when acid was thrown at them through their car window in Beckton, east London, on 21 June.

A total of £55,953 has been raised and Ms Khan has backed a petition due to be sent to the home secretary calling for acid sales to be restricted by licence.

John Tomlin, 24, has been charged.

Manchester Airport passengers hit record numbers

Manchester Airport has seen a record number of passengers pass through its three terminals in the last 12 months.

Manchester Airport

Some 27 million people jetted in or out of the UK's third largest airport for the first time in its 79-year history.

Woman, 34, dies in crash with lorry

A woman has died in a crash with a lorry near Carnforth, Lancashire.

A6 near Carnforth

The 34-year-old was in a Honda Civic travelling on the A6 towards Carnforth near Tarn Lane early this morning when the crash happened.

Neither her three-year-old son, who was in the car with her, nor the 57-year-old lorry driver, was hurt in the collision.

Lancashire Police is appealing for anyone who witnessed the crash at 09:00 BST to contact the force.

Latest headlines for the North West

  • Manchester Central MP Lucy Powell criticises sending some patients with congenital heart problems on a 150-mile journey for treatment
  • The death of a man whose body was found in Fleetwood is being treated as "unexplained"
  • More than £50,000 is raised for a Manchester student and her cousin who were the victims of an acid attack in east London

Mo Farah mistakes Noel Gallagher for brother Liam at gig

BBC Entertainment and Arts

Olympic gold medallist Sir Mo Farah got his Oasis brothers mixed up when he enjoyed a selfie with Noel Gallagher at a U2 gig and mistook him for Liam.

Mo Farah and Noel Gallagher
Sir Mo Farah/Instagram

Mo stopped to have his picture taken with Noel, who was supporting the band with his own outfit High Flying Birds.

He then posted the image online with the Twitter caption:

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Manchester's bike hire scheme is "misunderstood" after a spate of vandal attacks
Rental company Mobike admits "teething troubles" after bikes were stolen, dumped or vandalised.