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  1. Good morning: Join us for today's live coverage

    Good morning! Welcome to North West Live.

    We're here until 18:00 with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather from across the region.

    To share news, tip-offs or photographs you can contact us via email, Facebook or Twitter.

  2. 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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    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

  4. 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.

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    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

  6. 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:

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    Video caption: Andy Burnham on devolution in the north of England.
  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. ICYMI - 'Tennis saved my life'


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    Video caption: '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.

  10. 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.

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    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

  12. Phil McCann

    Cheshire Political Reporter, BBC News

    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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    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