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  1. Latest updates on Friday 5 April

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's all from the live team for now, but we'll be back from 08:00 on Monday with more of the latest news, sport, travel and weather from around the region.

    In the meantime, this page will be updated automatically with content from across the BBC.

    Have a great weekend.

  2. Weather: Calm and bright for the Grand National

    Alex Hamilton

    BBC Weather

    There will be plenty of cloud tonight with clear spells in the early hours. Lows of 4C.

    Video content

    Video caption: More spinglike over the weekend

    It will feel more like spring with calmer weather over the weekend. It's not looking too bad for The Grand National on Saturday or the Manchester Marathon on Sunday.

    Maximum temperature 14C.

  3. Pinstickers' guide to Grand National runners & riders

    BBC Sport

    Do you pick your horse by the name? Or maybe you just like the jockey colours?

    Jockey colours

    BBC Sport have included all the details of runners, riders, trainers and form to help you decide who you will back at Saturday's big race at Aintree.

    Grand National 2019: Pinstickers' guide to Aintree runners & riders

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    Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Cheshire northbound severe disruption, from J18 for A54 Middlewich Road Middlewich to J19 for A556.

    M6 Cheshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 northbound from J18, A54 (Middlewich) to J19, A556 (Knutsford), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  5. Textile mill museum to reopen after three years

    A museum with the last surviving 19th Century steam-powered weaving mill in the world is to reopen for the first time in three years.

    Spinning Machine at Queen Street Mill

    Queen Street Mill Textile Museum in Burnley was closed with other museums in Lancashire to save money.

    Despite finding funding for other museums last year, Lancashire County Council could not reopen the former mill because of problems with its chimney.

    The Grade I-listed building will open next week with certain areas closed to the public for safety reasons.

    It is hoped the steam engine will run once the chimney repairs are complete.

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    Severe accident: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M62 West Yorkshire westbound severe accident, from J23 for A640 New Hey Road to J22 for A672.

    M62 West Yorkshire - Slow traffic on M62 westbound from J23, A640 (Huddersfield) to J22, A672 (Rishworth Moor), because of an accident, which is now on the hard shoulder. Matrix sign set to 40 mph.

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

  7. Funding threat in Chester hospital patient row

    Wales will no longer provide funding to Countess of Chester hospital if it refuses to take in its patients, the country's first minister has said.

    Sign for the Countess of Chester Hospital

    The hospital made a decision on Thursday that will impact thousands of people in Flintshire who use its services.

    Welsh patients can still use its A&E department and it will still accept maternity cases.

    The hospital said it would not be responding to Mark Drakeford's remarks.

  8. What would winning the Premier League title mean to the people of Liverpool?

    BBC Sport

    Liverpool are chasing their first league title since 1990, but what would it mean to the people of the city?

    Our colleagues at BBC Sport have been asking them.

    Tremarco outside The Arkles

    Paul Tremarco has run The Arkles pub, which is 200 yards from Anfield, for the past 10 years. A Liverpool season ticket holder for the past 45 years, it is the same job he did between 1990 and 1993.

    He said:

    Quote Message: I work downstairs and live upstairs. Every morning, I open my curtains and there is Anfield. I am passionate about the club and this is the perfect job at my time of life.
    Quote Message: We may be in the last eight of the Champions League, but everyone wants the Premier League, without a doubt. You can hear it in the conversations.
    Les Lawson with Robbie Fowler

    Toxteth resident Les Lawson has been to every Liverpool home game since the start of the 1976-77 season and is the chairman of the Merseyside branch of the official Liverpool supporters' club.

    He said:

    Quote Message: It's been that long since we won the league that it's the one trophy all Liverpool fans want to win.
    Quote Message: For the generations who haven't seen Liverpool win the league it would be an amazing experience.
    Quote Message: It is a priority, but we are battling against a magnificent Manchester City team so it's going to be difficult.

    Read the full story here.

  9. Question Time accused of bias over move

    The BBC has rejected claims of bias after it moved live filming of Question Time from Bolton to London.

    Question Time
    Image caption: The panel discussion was moved from Bolton to Dulwich "due to ongoing Brexit votes", said the BBC

    The programme said Thursday's show was broadcast from Dulwich to allow politicians attending Brexit debates at Westminster to take part.

    Some social media users said moving filming from Bolton, where 58% voted to leave the EU, ensured a pro-EU audience in London, which voted to remain.

    The BBC said it was looking for a new date to return to Bolton.

  10. Ticketmaster hack: Widnes firm launches damages claim

    More than 650 people are claiming for damages of up to £5m against Ticketmaster after the firm was a victim of hackers.

    Screengrab of Ticketmaster website

    Ticketmaster admitted it had suffered a security breach which affected up to 40,000 UK customers in June.

    Many claimants had "suffered multiple fraudulent transactions", while a third endured "significant stress", Widnes-based Hayes Connor Solicitors said.

    Ticketmaster has been approached for comment.

    The claim was issued at the High Court in Liverpool on Wednesday.

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    Severe disruption: M57 Merseyside northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M57 Merseyside northbound severe disruption, from J6 for A506 Valley Road to A59.

    M57 Merseyside - Stationary traffic on M57 northbound from J6, A506 (Kirkby) to A59, Switch Island, because of an overturned vehicle and all traffic being temporarily held.

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

  12. North West weather: Dry with sunny spells

    BBC Weather

    Most of the afternoon will be dry with the occasional bright or sunny interval. Just a small chance of a little rain, and warmer than recent days with highs of 13C.

    Video content

    Video caption: Most of the afternoon will be dry with the odd bright or sunny interval. Highs of 13C.

    More from BBC Weather

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    Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M62 West Yorkshire eastbound severe disruption, from J22 for A672 to J23 for A640 New Hey Road.

    M62 West Yorkshire - Stationary traffic on M62 eastbound from J22, A672 (Rishworth Moor) to J23, A640 (Huddersfield), because of all traffic being temporarily held and animals on the road.

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

  14. Glitz and glamour aplenty at Grand National Ladies Day

    From fabulous frocks to fantastic fascinators, it's all about the glitz and glamour of Ladies Day at Aintree today - as these happy punters will attest.

    Racegoers during Ladies Day of the 2019 Randox Health Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse

    The pink carpet has been rolled out and there are big prizes up for grabs in the "best dressed" competition as well as plenty of celebs to spot.

    V star Alison Hammond takes a selfie with The Real Housewives of Cheshire's Tanya Bardsley

    TV star Alison Hammond, who broadcasts for ITV's This Morning programme, was spotted taking a selfie with Tanya Bardsley from Real Housewives of Cheshire.

    Ladies at Aintree

    More than 50,000 people are expected at today's races despite a somewhat cloudy and breezy start to the day.

    Ladies Day at Aintree

    And let's not forget about the actual horse racing of course! The horse will be under starters orders at 13:45.

    The main one to watch is the 15:25 Melling Chase, while they'll be going over the national fences in the 16:05 Topham Chase.

  15. Disgraced breast surgeon victims still coming forward

    Victims of disgraced breast surgeon Ian Paterson are still coming forward two years after he was jailed following hundreds of botched operations.

    Ian Paterson

    The "sheer volume" of patients giving evidence to an independent inquiry has pushed back a report into his malpractice, an official said.

    Paterson is serving a 20-year sentence for 17 counts of wounding with intent.

    About 150 patients gave evidence last year and dozens more are understood to have since come forward.

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    Severe disruption: M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise severe disruption, at J24 for A57.

    M60 Greater Manchester - M60 lane closed on exit slip road and heavy traffic anticlockwise at J24, A57 (Denton Island), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  17. Frocks, hats and champers at the ready as Ladies Day opens at Aintree

    The gates are open at Aintree for the biggest day in Merseyside’s social calendar - and dozens of glamorous punters are already showing up donning their most stunning attire.

    Lady arriving at Aintree races

    A crowd of 50,000 is expected at the course for the popular day of racing action - when more than a few proseccos may be sampled of course.

    Women arriving at Aintree Racecourse for Ladies Day

    Traditionally today is more about the fashion than the racing.

    But it's not all about the best-dressed competitions, as the role women play in the sport will be celebrated today in the form of a Grand Women’s Summit.

    Lady at Aintree races

    Racing starts at 13:45 with the big race of the day being the JLT Melling Chase worth £250,000 in prize money.

    Women arriving at Aintree for Ladies Day