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Summary

  1. Anfield 'Boot Room' legend Ronnie Moran has died aged 83
  2. Man dies in Salford house fire
  3. Lancashire devolution 'unlikely', says Blackpool Council leader
  4. Major road upgrades in Manchester and Liverpool 'could be scrapped'
  5. Plea for focus on Blackpool in post-Brexit strategy
  6. Liverpool to reimagine The Beatles' Sgt Pepper in eclectic arts festival
  7. Updates on Wednesday 22 March

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Live updates from the North West have finished for the day, but we'll be back from 08:00 on Thursday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the region.

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    Severe disruption: A5067 Greater Manchester eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    A5067 Greater Manchester eastbound severe disruption, between Boundary Lane and Higher Cambridge Street.

    A5067 Greater Manchester - A5067 Cavendish Street in Manchester closed and heavy traffic eastbound between the Boundary Lane junction and the Higher Cambridge Street junction, because of a police incident.

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

  3. Weather: Rain and snow overnight

    Charlie Slater

    BBC Weather presenter

    It will be cloudy with rain and snow over the south Pennines.

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    Video caption: Weather

    This will be easing northwards overnight. 

    Drier and clearer spells will develop to the south.

  4. Liverpool man wanted on prison recall

    Police are appealing for help in tracing a 29-year-old man from Liverpool after he failed to comply with his prison release conditions.

    Mark Johnston

    Mark Johnston was jailed for 13 years in February 2010 after being convicted of criminal damage and recklessly endangering life following an incident in Southport in 2009. He was released on licence last year.

    He is described as white, medium build, about 6ft (1.82m), with dark brown hair and hazel eyes.

    Anyone with any information is asked to contact police.

  5. 'Our debt to Brian Epstein is huge'

    Liverpool is marking the 50th birthday of The Beatles' Sgt Pepper album by asking a dizzying array of performers to reinterpret the songs in the city.

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    Video caption: Brian Epstein "sacrificed his life" for The Beatles says Jeremy Deller

    Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller said one of his works will be about Brian Epstein in the year of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles manager's death

    Mr Deller told the  World At One  how the "world would be very different place" without Brian Epstein's involvement with The Beatles.

  6. MP calls for probe into health bosses' 'scandalous pay rises'

    An MP has slammed as "scandalous" pay rises given to bosses at the Liverpool Clinical Care Commission Group (CCG).

    Rosie Cooper, Labour MP for West Lancashire, called on Prime Minster Theresa May to investigate pay increases of up to 80% at the CCG.

    The MP said the pay rises were revealed in a Freedom of Information request to the CCG for the 2014/15 period.

    Mrs May confirmed that NHS England would be investigating the "remuneration of members" of the governing body of Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group.

    Nobody from the CCG was available for comment.

  7. London attack: Runshaw College students 'safe'

    A group of students at a college in Leyland who on a trip to London during what police are treating as a terrorist incident are safe and well.

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    A woman has died on Westminster Bridge and there are a number of other casualties including a police officer was also stabbed in the nearby Houses of Parliament by an attacker, who was shot by police.

  8. Edge Hill student injured in Westminster attack

    A student from Edge Hill University who was on a trip to Westminster when what police are treating as a terrorist incident took place has been injured.

    Westminster incident

    The university confirmed all 13 students have been accounted for, along with a lecturer.

    Travis Frain, from Darwen, is being treated in hospital.

    The BBC understands his injuries are not thought to be serious.

    A university spokesman said Mr Frain's mother had been informed of the incident.

    A woman has died on Westminster Bridge and the attacker struck several pedestrians as he drove a car across the bridge, before crashing it into railings.

    Anybody with any concerns can call 01695 650415.

  9. Headlines for the North West

    • A 10-year-old girl left with cerebral palsy following complications during her birth at the Royal Blackburn Hospital has her compensation more than doubled to £9m
    • A man who stabbed a love rival to death in a "jealous rage" in Manchester  is jailed
  10. Edge Hill University students on politics trip during Westminster attack

    Students from Edge Hill University were on a politics trip to Westminster at the time what police are treating as a terrorist incident took place, it has emerged.

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    A woman has died on Westminster Bridge in central London and a police officer was also stabbed in the nearby Houses of Parliament by an attacker, who was shot by police.

    He struck several pedestrians as he drove a car across the bridge, before crashing it into railings.

    The university has set up incident room to deal with inquiries.

  11. Loose goose causing traffic chaos on M60

    BBC News Travel

    A wandering goose is causing delays on the clockwise M60 between junction 10 and 11 near to the Trafford Centre in Greater Manchester.

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    Severe accident: M60 Greater Manchester clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M60 Greater Manchester clockwise severe accident, between J13 for A572 and J15 for M61.

    M60 Greater Manchester - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M60 clockwise between J13, A572 (Worsley) and J15, M61 (Swinton Interchange), because of a multi-vehicle accident.

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

  13. Compensation doubled for girl left with cerebral palsy after birth complications

    A 10-year-old girl who was left with cerebral palsy after birth complications has had her compensation more than doubled to £9m.

    Royal Blackburn Hospital

    The East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust has been ordered to pay an extra £5.5m after the Lord Chancellor revised an initial settlement of £3.5m due to the government updating the way lump sums paid to recipients are invested.

    The family's solicitor Leonie Millard said: "It vastly improves the long term future financial ability to meet her needs for the rest of her life."

    A spokesperson for the trust, which runs the Royal Blackburn Hospital where the girl was born, said it noted the court’s approval of the settlement, adding it wished "the family well for the future".

  14. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M60 Greater Manchester clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M60 Greater Manchester clockwise severe disruption, between J13 for A572 and J15 for M61.

    M60 Greater Manchester - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M60 clockwise between J13, A572 (Worsley) and J15, M61 (Swinton Interchange), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  15. MPs in Westminster lockdown after 'police officer stabbed'

    A police officer has been stabbed in the Houses of Parliament in central London, Commons leader David Lidington has said.  

    He told MPs the "alleged assailant was shot by armed police" following a "serious" incident.

    MPs and staff inside Parliament were told to stay inside their offices.

    Morecambe and Lunesdale MP David Morris is among those currently in lockdown and said one of his colleagues saw it happen.

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    Video caption: David Morris speaking to BBC Radio Lancashire

    Scotland Yard said it was called to a firearms incident on Westminster Bridge amid reports of several people injured. 

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  16. Headlines for the North West

    • A 10-year-old girl left with cerebral palsy following complications during her birth at the Royal Blackburn Hospital, has her compensation more than doubled to £9m  
    • A man who stabbed a love rival to death in a "jealous rage" in Manchester  is jailed
  17. In pictures: Ronnie Moran

    Former Liverpool captain and coach Ronnie Moran has died at the age of 83, but who was he?

    Ronnie Moran (right)
    • Crosby-born Moran made 379 appearances for Liverpool between 1952 and 1966 and was the club's longest-serving employee when he retired in 1999
    • He joined the Reds' coaching staff in 1966 and twice filled in as caretaker manager - after Kenny Dalglish's resignation in 1991 and following Graeme Souness' heart surgery in 1992
    • Moran enjoyed success as a player after twice winning the old Division One title
    • Renowned for his shrewd knowledge, he was a crucial part of the club's infamous Boot Room, alongside the likes of Bill Shankly and Bob Paisley
    Ronnie Moran (left), Kenny Dalglish and Roy Evans
    Moran, Paisley and Joe Fagan
  18. Man cleared of causing girl's death by dangerous driving

    A man has been cleared of causing the death of a four-year-old girl by dangerous driving.

    Gladstone Road, Neston

    Peter Williams, 62, of Poulton Road, Wallasey, Wirral, denied causing  Esme Weir's death by dangerous driving  on 13 January in Gladstone Road, Neston.

    He was acquitted after a trial at Liverpool Crown Court.