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Summary

  1. Latest updates on Wednesday 18 July

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Severe disruption: A62 Greater Manchester southbound

BBC News Travel

A62 Greater Manchester southbound severe disruption, from Heron Street to Chapel Road.

A62 Greater Manchester - A62 Manchester Road in Oldham closed southbound from the Heron Street junction to the Chapel Road junction, because of a police incident.

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

Woman walking home

Bev Holder

BBC Shared Data Unit

Places with the highest premature mortality rates include Manchester, Blackpool, Middlesbrough and Hull.

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Severe disruption: M6 Lancashire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Lancashire northbound severe disruption, from J31A for B6242 Fulwood Row to J32 for M55 J32.

M6 Lancashire - Stationary traffic on M6 northbound from J31a, B6242 (Longridge) to J32, M55 (Broughton Interchange), because of a rolling road-block and a police incident.

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

Severe disruption: A5116 Cheshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A5116 Cheshire both ways severe disruption, from Beechway to Mill Lane.

A5116 Cheshire - A5116 Liverpool Road in Bache closed in both directions from the Beechway junction to the Mill Lane junction, because of a police incident.

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

Zoumana Bakayogo

Tranmere Rovers re-sign unattached former Leicester City and Crewe defender Zoumana Bakayogo on a one-year contract.

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Toumani Diagouraga

League Two club Swindon Town sign midfielder Toumani Diagouraga on a free transfer from Fleetwood Town.

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Severe disruption: M6 Lancashire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Lancashire northbound severe disruption, from J29 for A6 to J30 for M61.

M6 Lancashire - Two lanes closed and heavy traffic on M6 northbound from J29, A6 (Lostock Hall) to J30 M61.

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

Severe accident: M6 Lancashire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Lancashire southbound severe accident, from J30 for M61 to J29 for A6.

M6 Lancashire - Stationary traffic on M6 southbound from J30 M61 to J29, A6 (Lostock Hall), because of all traffic being temporarily held and an accident.

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

Climb Blackpool's Big One rollercoaster
Blackpool Pleasure Beach is taking thrill seekers to the top of the Big One rollercoaster by foot.

Severe disruption: M60 Greater Manchester clockwise

BBC News Travel

M60 Greater Manchester clockwise severe disruption, between J26 for and J27 for A560 Crookilley Way.

M60 Greater Manchester - One lane closed on M60 clockwise between J26, Bredbury and J27, A560 (Portwood Roundabout), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M60 Greater Manchester clockwise

BBC News Travel

M60 Greater Manchester clockwise severe disruption, between J9 for and J10 for .

M60 Greater Manchester - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M60 clockwise between J9, Trafford Park and J10, Trafford Centre, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Liverpool and England's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is expected to miss the majority of the new season, says Reds boss Jurgen Klopp

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Paul Pogba

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho hopes World Cup winner Paul Pogba "understands why he was very good" during the tournament.

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Ed Chamberlain

Salford Red Devils sign utility back Ed Chamberlain on a two-year deal following a successful loan from Widnes.

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Saffie rose created in memory of youngest Manchester attack victim
The Saffie rose was created to remember the youngest victim of the Manchester Arena attack in 2017.

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That's it from us until 08:00 on Thursday, when we'll be back with more news, sport, travel and weather updates from across the region.

Until then, our colleagues will publish updates automatically on this page.

Have a great evening.

North West weather: Late sunshine and dry night ahead

BBC Weather

Showers will fade allowing for some spells of late evening sunshine. Expect a dry and partly cloudy night, with clear spells.

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Saffie rose created for youngest Manchester bomb victim

A rose in memory of the youngest victim of the Manchester Arena bomb attack has been unveiled.

The eight-year-old from Leyland - whose middle name was Rose - was one of 22 people killed in the explosion outside an Ariana Grande concert in May 2017.

Her parents Andrew and Lisa commissioned the flower in their daughter's honour.

It has been launched in the North West Tonight garden at the RHS Tatton Park flower show.

Motorcyclist dies after crash with car

A motorcyclist has died in a collision with a car in Liverpool, police have said.

East Prescot Road
Google

Merseyside Police said the rider of the motorbike, who was in his 20s, collided with a car at the junction of East Prescot Road and Ashover Avenue shortly after 14:30 yesterday.

He was taken to hospital for treatment to a head injury, but died a short time later.

The man’s next of kin have been informed and an investigation is under way into the circumstances of the crash.

Men wanted over Bolton street robberies

Police are searching for three men in connection with several street robberies in Bolton where people were threatened and had phones, wallets and belts stolen.

CCTV of wanted men
GMP

Officers were called to three robberies in Bolton town centre on 15 April.

In each incident, which police believe are linked, the victims were approached by three men.

Det Con David Fox said:

People should not have to fear for their safety on the streets of Bolton, and we are doing everything we can to catch the men responsible for these crimes.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

Girl, 15, among five held in caravan park raids

Five people including a 15-year-old girl have been arrested following raids at a Rochdale caravan park as part of an investigation into a string of burglaries and car thefts.

Roch Vale Caravan Park
Google

Six vehicles at Roch Vale Caravan Park were targeted as part of the police raid, entitled Operation Marzipan.

Two men, aged 55 and 20, and a 35-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of money laundering.

A 52-year-old man was being questioned on suspicion of burglary while the teenage girl was held on suspicion of cannabis cultivation.

Scott Wharton

Blackburn Rovers defender Scott Wharton signs a new three-year deal to keep him with the club until June 2021.

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Fire crews 'damping down' warehouse blaze

Firefighters remain at the scene of a blaze at a warehouse full of household waste in Liverpool, with crews damping down the last remnants of the fire.

Warehouse fire
Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service said residents and businesses close to the site in Kirkdale can now open their windows and doors and there is no risk to the public.

The blaze broke out at the recycling plant in Foster Street on Tuesday.

Liverpool boxer on why he still has 'things to prove'

BBC Sport

Liverpool's Tony Bellew has won a world title at cruiserweight and is now fresh from two heavyweight wins over David Haye.

Tony Bellew
BBC

In his first BBC Sport column, he talks through the fight dilemmas he now faces and mental toughness.

He said:

People say I have climbed to the top and it literally has been a climb. I have reached a point where things have changed as I'm no longer fighting out of financial necessity, which has been the case 99% of the time.

In my mind I've had a lot of big fights, but in reality I've only had two - against David Haye - with mega earnings involved. I was secure money-wise after the first Haye fight, so what am I fighting for now? The bottom line is I still have things to prove.

Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cheshire northbound severe disruption, between J19 for and J20 for .

M6 Cheshire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M6 northbound between J19, Knutsford and J20, Lymm Interchange, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Liverpool councillor offered to take insult row 'outside'

A row between two Liverpool councillors threatened to turn violent amid divisions on Brexit and the future of the city's mayor at a party meeting.

Councillor Peter Mitchell
Liverpool City Council

Tempers frayed when councillor Peter Brennan called Labour colleague Peter Mitchell a "rat" on Monday.

Mr Mitchell said he regretted "offering to continue the conversation outside" before the pair were separated.

The confrontation came ahead of a meeting where the city's Labour Mayor Joe Anderson will face three key votes.

Heatwave 'decimating' Christmas trees

Customers could be hit by a hike in Christmas tree prices later this year, a farmer in the north west of England has warned.

Richard Rainford of Rainford's Christmas Tree Land in Merseyside estimates the heatwave has claimed about a quarter of his crop.

He believes up to 10,000 of his firs, which normally sell for about £50 each, have been destroyed so far.

Police hunt for hit-and-run suspect

David Leslie Hansen
Metropolitan Police

Police are on the hunt for a man suspected of hitting a lorry in a stolen car and causing life-changing injuries to one person before driving away.

David Leslie Hansen, 26, from east London, is wanted on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, aggravated vehicle taking and failing to stop at the scene of an accident.

Officers believe Mr Hansen was driving a stolen Ford Focus - with false plates - when he collided with a stationary lorry on the A13 in Romford on 18 March.

As a result of the crash, the person in the passenger seat of the lorry suffered life-changing injuries.

Mr Hansen is about 5ft 7ins tall and is known to frequent east London and Liverpool.

Hillsborough campaigner accepts honorary doctorate

A respected Hillsborough campaigner has been awarded an honorary doctorate in philosophy by Edge Hill University in Lancashire.

Professor Phil Scraton
Edge Hill Univeristy

Professor Phil Scraton spent three decades working alongside bereaved families and survivors of the 1989 football disaster.

His initial research, commissioned by Liverpool City Council and based at Edge Hill, criticised the Taylor Inquiry and media coverage following the disaster.

He was also a founder member of the INQUEST charity, which supports families of people who have died in custody.

Severe accident: M61 Lancashire southbound

BBC News Travel

M61 Lancashire southbound severe accident, from J8 for A6 to J6 for A6027.

M61 Lancashire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M61 southbound from J8, A6 (Chorley) to J6, A6027 (Horwich), because of an accident.

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

North West weather: Mixed afternoon ahead

BBC Weather

A partly cloudy afternoon with a mixture of warm, sunny spells and a few showers. Light winds and highs of 21C.

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Severe accident: M6 Cheshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cheshire southbound severe accident, from J21A for M62 J10 to J20 for .

M6 Cheshire - M6 closed, long delays and stationary traffic southbound from J21a, M62 J10 (Croft Interchange) to J20, / (Lymm Interchange), because of a serious accident involving two cars. Congestion to J22 (Newton Le Willows).

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

Ivan Toney

A man is given a 12-month community order for racially aggravated harassment after sending Newcastle's Ivan Toney an abusive tweet.

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Severe disruption: M6 Merseyside southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Merseyside southbound severe disruption, between J23 for A49 East Lancashire Road and J22 for Winwick Link Road.

M6 Merseyside - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 southbound between J23, A49 (Haydock) and J22, Winwick (Newton Le Willows), because of a lorry having a tyre changed.

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