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Summary

  1. Updates on Tuesday 21 March
  2. Merseyrail staff to join RMT strikes announced for Grand National Day
  3. Cheshire twins 'had parents' ashes' in Dover cliff death fall, inquest finds
  4. George Galloway to stand as an independent in Gorton by-election
  5. Hundreds of people greet Prince Charles at Clitheroe food festival

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  2. Colin Parry: 'Respect but not forgiveness' for former IRA leader

    Peace campaigner Colin Parry - whose son was killed in an IRA bomb attack in Warrington in 1993 - says he is now able to remember the former IRA leader Martin McGuinness with respect.

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    Video caption: Colin Parry

    Mr Parry's 12-year-old son, Tim, was one of two people killed when two bombs exploded on Bridge Street leaving 54 people injured.

    Mr McGuinness, the IRA leader who turned peace negotiator and later became Northern Ireland's former deputy first minister, died earlier today.

    Colin Parry says that, while he cannot forgive the late Sinn Fein politician, he is glad he worked closely with him to promote peace.

  3. Football: Thanks for the memory Bastian

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    Bastian Schweinsteiger is heading for MLS side Chicago Fire in the USA but not before leaving us with memories of his final goal for the club.

    He scored this improvised effort in the 4-0 victory in the FA Cup Fourth Round against Wigan.

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    Video caption: Bastian Schweinsteiger: Scoring his last goal for Manchester United
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    Severe accident: M60 Greater Manchester clockwise

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    M60 Greater Manchester clockwise severe accident, between J10 for B5214 and J11 for A57.

    M60 Greater Manchester - One lane blocked and heavy traffic on M60 clockwise between J10, B5214 (Trafford Centre) and J11, A57 (Barton), because of an accident.

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

  5. Northern Education Trust academies criticised by watchdog

    An education trust which runs schools across the north of England is failing to improve standards, the education watchdog has said.  

    Northern Education Trust

    The Northern Education Trust took on "too many poorly performing schools" and had "unrealistic and unachievable" plans for improvement, Ofsted found.

    The trust runs academies on Tyneside, Wearside, Teesside, Northumberland, Yorkshire and Greater Manchester.

    The report does not reflect changes made since the inspections, it said.

  6. One-year manhunt continues for "dangerous" criminal

    Police are hunting a "dangerous" criminal who has been on the run for almost a year.

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    Neil Brennan, 33, failed to return to HM prison Thorn Cross in Warrington last May.

    Despite several arrest attempts and a wide scale search Brennan has still not been found.

    Police said he was known to change his appearance often and has been seen with short hair, glasses and a beard and also with a shaved head, no glasses and no beard.

    He is also known to call himself Tom Ford and it is believed he has links to Bury and Blackley in Greater Manchester and also spends time in Cheshire.

    A police spokesman said: "Brennan is known to be dangerous and the public are asked not to approach him if they see him, but contact police."

  7. Cosmetic surgery boss avoids driving ban over 'vodka in breakfast juice'

    Manchester Evening News

    A Manchester businesswoman has escaped a road ban after telling court she drank orange juice for breakfast - not realising it contained vodka.  

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    Severe disruption: M61 Greater Manchester southbound

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    M61 Greater Manchester southbound severe disruption, at J15 for M60.

    M61 Greater Manchester - M61 lane blocked on exit slip road to the M60 clockwise and queuing traffic southbound at J15, M60 (Swinton Interchange), because of a broken down lorry.

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

  10. Merseyrail staff to join RMT strikes on Grand National day

    Workers on Southern, Merseyrail and Northern services  are to hold fresh strikes on 8 April , the day of the Grand National, the RMT union has said.

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    The 24-hour industrial action is part of a continuing dispute over staffing and the role of conductors.

    A strike planned for 4 April on Southern routes was moved to 8 April after the company offered fresh talks.

  11. 'Mistrust' leads to council morale fall

    "Fear and mistrust" has led to morale at a scandal-hit council being at "rock bottom", a trade union has said .

    Peter Mullineaux

    South Ribble Borough Council elected a new leader in 2016 after a furore over the handling of claims taxi drivers were sexually exploiting children.

    Unison said a staff survey found staff proud to work there had fallen from 98% in 2015 to 33% in 2017 and that senior managers and councillors needed training on how to treat people with more respect.  

    The council's leader said the authority was tackling concerns "head on".

    Peter Mullineaux was elected leader in September after Margaret Smith  resigned  due to ill health.

  12. English Democrats launch Greater Manchester Mayor campaign

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    BBC Radio Manchester journalist

    The English Democrats candidate for Greater Manchester's first directly elected metro mayor has launched his manifesto.

    Stephen Morris is one of six candidates standing in the 4 May poll.

  13. Merseyrail workers to strike on Grand National day

    Workers on Southern, Merseyrail and Arriva Trains North are to strike on 8 April, the day of the Grand National, in disputes over staffing and the role of conductors, the RMT union has announced.

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    Severe disruption: M56 Cheshire eastbound

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    M56 Cheshire eastbound severe disruption, at J10 for A49.

    M56 Cheshire - M56 entry slip road closed and slow traffic eastbound at J10, A49 (Stretton), because of a police incident.

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

  15. Cliff-death twins 'had parents' ashes'

    Twins found dead at the foot of cliffs in Dover had rucksacks containing the ashes of the their dead parents , an inquest heard.

    Cliffs at Langdon Bay

    Twins Muriel and Bernard Burgess, aged 59, from Elton, Cheshire were discovered on New Year's Day.

    The "private and reclusive" siblings had struggled since their parents' deaths, the hearing was told.

    Coroner Patricia Harding recorded an open conclusion at the inquest at Archbishop's Palace in Maidstone, Kent.

    She said: "The evidence doesn't disclose to the required standard of proof whether there was an intention by them to take their own lives or was indeed simply a tragic accident."

  16. Boy bailed after boss 'hit by object'

    A 12-year-old boy has been bailed after Blackpool's manager was allegedly hit by an object in the dugout at Newport County on Saturday.

    Gary Bowyer

    The Football Association and the club have  both launched inquiries  after Blackpool boss Gary Bowyer was struck in his side's 3-1 win at Rodney Parade.

    Gwent Police has confirmed an arrest was made and the boy has been bailed pending further inquiries.

    It warned supporters they could face a ban from future matches.

  17. Latest headlines for the North West

    • The cliff deaths of a twin brother and sister from Cheshire could have been a 'tragic accident' a coroner says
    • A mother and child are left "traumatised" after shots are fired at their house in Gorton, police say
    • Union leaders claim morale is "rock bottom" among staff at South Ribble Council due to a culture of "fear and mistrust" 
  18. Anti-fracking protests 'need firm line'

    Police need to " take a firm line " on anti-fracking protesters who target businesses, company bosses have said.

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    Protests have been held at the Preston New Road site in Lancashire since  work began in January  and one group has now promised "escalated action".

    The local chamber of commerce said the tactics used by protesters were like those of "animal rights extremists".

    Lancashire Police said it provides an "effective and proportionate" response, while facilitating peaceful protest.

    Fifty-nine people were arrested at the site between 27 January and 17 March, with 47 of those being charged, police said.