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  1. Nigerian Manchester United fans electrocuted watching match

    At least seven people died after an electric cable fell on fans watching a Manchester United match on TV in Nigeria, police say.

    Manchester United

    The high-tension cable fell on a crowded shack showing the Europa League quarter-final against Anderlecht in the southern city of Calabar.

    At least 30 people were taken to hospital by local ambulances and police who arrived quickly at the scene.

    English football has a large and passionate following in Nigeria.

  2. Man jailed for abducting Lancashire teenager

    A man who had sex with a 13-year-old girl from Nelson and abducted her has been sentenced to 11 years and six months.

    Dean Hughes

    Dean Hughes, 48, befriended the young girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, and abducted her on two occasions, leading to police investigations across Lancashire and Cumbria.

    Hughes was found not guilty of rape but guilty of having sex with a child and taking a child without lawful authority, after a trial at Preston Crown Court. 

    Dale Beresford, 23, was given a 12-month suspended sentence for abduction. 

  3. Somerset on top at Old Trafford

    Lancashire 64-6 v Somerset - lunch

    Scott Read

    BBC Radio Manchester Sport

    Somerset's Lewis Gregory

    Somerset have cashed in on both the conditions and some generous batting from Lancashire, to utterly dominate the morning session.  

    Under thick cloudy skies in Manchester, the seamers have conjured up just enough movement through the air to create doubt about whether to play or leave, and six wickets later Lancashire have their final recognised batsman together trying to salvage something from the innings. 

    Josh Davey was handed the new ball and set the standards right for the start with the wicket of Haseeb Hameed, his second duck in as many innings.

  4. Two arrested in illegal dumping probe

    Two men have been arrested after 25,000 tonnes of waste is dumped in sites across the North West, North East and the Midlands.

    Image caption: Tonnes of waste was left at Wilbraham Street in Everton in August

    Dawn raids were carried out at five addresses connected to addresses in Staffordshire, Herefordshire and Hertfordshire.

    Waste has been dumped at 17 sites.

    A third person is helping police with their inquiries.

  5. Latest headlines for the North West

    • Police are hunting a man who kidnapped a couple at gunpoint from their home in Wigan then forced them to take hundreds of pounds out of a nearby cash machine
    • The Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is told it must improve its services to patients 
    • British cities interested in hosting the 2022 Commonwealth Games, including Liverpool, have been asked by the UK government to submit proposals for staging the event
  6. Wigan robber wanted 'cash for dying daughter'

    Police are hunting a man who kidnapped an elderly couple from their home at gunpoint, forced them to withdraw hundreds of pounds from a cash machine and then drove them back again- before leaving the "petrified" woman with a kiss on the hand. 

    Andrew Evans

    Police said Andrew Evans, 26, from Wigan, claimed he needed the money to buy a present for his dying daughter. 

    He bundled the couple, who are in their late 70s, into their own car to get the cash - and then crashed it having been seen speeding at up to 70mph.

    Evans is wanted for robbery and kidnap over the raid.

  7. UK cities to submit 2022 Games plans

    British cities interested in hosting the 2022 Commonwealth Games have been asked by the UK government to submit proposals for staging the event.

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    Liverpool has expressed its interest in staging the Games -initially launching a bid to host the 2026 Commonwealth Games, but after Durban withdrew from hosting the games in 2022, the city said it wanted to host the earlier event.  

  8. Cricket: Lancashire vs Somerset

    Lancashire's cricketers return to county championship action this morning with a first home match of the campaign against Somerset. 

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    Play is underway at Old Trafford from 11:00.

  9. Festival of Steam on the Isle of Man

    A convoy of vintage steam engines will be taking on the Isle of Man TT race course later.

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    They are touring the island as part of the Festival of Steam.   

  10. Latest headlines for the North West

    • An elderly couple were kidnapped and robbed in Wigan, police say
    • The Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is told it must improve its services to patients  
    • Firefighters remain at the site of a warehouse fire in Cheshire
  11. Cream to receive Freedom of Liverpool

    The music event promoter Cream, founded in Liverpool 25 years ago, is receiving the Freedom of the City later. 

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    It has been awarded in recognition of its outstanding contribution to the music and event industry, showcasing Liverpool to millions worldwide.   

    And the man behind the concept, James Barton, is being made a Citizen of Honour to recognise his "significant and unique" contribution to the city.

  12. Elderly couple kidnapped and robbed in Wigan

    Police are investigating the kidnapping and robbery of an elderly couple in Wigan.

    A man armed with a gun and a knife forced his way into their home in Lowton on Thursday 16 March, police said.

    The couple were taken in their own car to a cash machine in Golborne town centre, and ordered to withdraw hundreds of pounds. 

    The man then drove them home before taking the car, which was later found crashed into a roundabout. 

  13. Lancashire hospital trust 'requires improvement'

    The Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been told it must improve its services to patients. 

    Royal Preston Hospital

    The Care Quality Commission (CQC) found problems with capacity and flow of patients, waiting in accident and emergency wards and staff shortages at the Royal Preston Hospital and Chorley and South Ribble Hospital. 

    Overall the trust was rated as "requires improvement", although caring was rated as "good". 

    The Trust's Chief Executive, Karen Partington, said work is well underway to make the necessary improvements.

  14. Carjacking victim slashed in Hyde

    Police are searching for two men who stole a man's car while armed with a knife and baseball bat in Hyde earlier this month.

    Werneth Low Road

    The 30-year-old victim, who was cut with the knife, was approached on Werneth Low Road on 9 April by two men demanding he hand over the keys to his BMW. 

    The car was found a short time later in Hattersley. 

    A 31-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of robbery and handling stolen goods and later released.  

  15. Warrington man, 95, to be sentenced for trying to kill wife

    A 95-year-old man from Warrington is due to be sentenced later for trying to kill his elderly wife. 

    Denver Beddows has admitted attempting to murder his 88-year-old wife Olive at their home in Dam Lane in Woolston in February. 

    He told Liverpool Crown Court earlier this month that it was an act of mercy. 

    Mrs Beddows suffered serious injuries but is now recovering.

  16. Southport MP says parliament has become 'too focused on Europe'

    Southport MP John Pugh has been explaining why he wont be defending his seat at the general election in June.

    John Pugh

    The Liberal Democrat says he had been planning to retire in 2020 when the next poll had been due but decided to stand down after the Prime Minister announced a snap election.  

    The 68-year-old, who has held the seat since 2001, told BBC Radio Merseyside that parliament has become "too focused on Europe".

    Quote Message: From now on I'm afraid, and probably after the next election for many years, it is going to be unpicking the huge legislative involvement we have with Europe.
    Quote Message: Almost the entire bandwidth of Westminster was taken up with the issue of Brexit and I know Brexit is an important issue... but there are other things that I thought were important and imperative" from John Pugh Southport MP
    John PughSouthport MP
  17. Burnley FC 'working to improve' stadium accessibility

    Burnley Football Club is "working on improvements" after being named as one of 13 Premier League clubs which were criticised for not providing adequate disabled facilities.

    Turf Moor

    In a report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission, the club is named for making limited progress with improving accessibility.

    Quote Message: We are aware of the current situation and fully committed to ensuring we meet the legal obligations laid down to us by the appropriate date of August, 2018.
    Quote Message: We recognise the issues involved and are working closely with the relevant authorities, the Premier League and a design team to meet the necessary requirements. from Stadium and operations manager Doug Metcalfe
    Stadium and operations manager Doug Metcalfe
  18. New Labour candidate for Leigh as Burnham to step down as MP

    A new Labour candidate will be selected for the Leigh constituency for the forthcoming general election after MP Andy Burnham announced he would step down.

    Andy Burnham

    Mr Burnham is Labour's candidate in the upcoming mayoral elections for Greater Manchester.

    Labour's National Executive Committee is to decide on a candidate.

    It is expected his replacement is unlikely to be a candidate from the local area. Labour is defending the seat with a majority of more than 14,000. 

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    The other Greater Manchester mayoral candidates:

    Sean Anstee - Conservative

    Mohammad Aslam - Independent

    Jane Brophy - Liberal Democrat

    Marcus Farmer - Independent

    Stephen Morris - English Democrats

    Shneur Odze - UKIP

    Will Patterson - Green Party

    Local authorities included in the mayoral region: Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan