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  1. Rise in disability hate crime over blue badge parking, charity claims

    A Lancashire disability charity says there has been a rise in hate crime incidents relating to blue badge parking.

    Blue badge

    Quoting statistics from an insurance firm, Disability Equality North West said people with "invisible" disabilities are most likely to face prejudice when parking in a blue badge space.

    The charity's service manager Mark Buckley says it is difficult for people with impairments to get a blue badge and if anyone suspects abuse, they should report it to the local authority rather than confronting the person.

  2. 'No hard feelings', says Sale's Strauss

    BBC Sport

    Josh Strauss says he has "no hard feelings" for Glasgow Warriors after his contract was not renewed and welcomes a fresh start at Sale Sharks.

    Josh Strauss

    The South Africa-born back-row is also determined to retain his Scotland place despite moving to England's top flight.

    "If you play well for your club and focus on your club, good things will come your way," he told BBC Scotland.

    "I am sad to be leaving Glasgow, but I am looking forward to new challenges in a competition I haven't played in."

  3. Election 2017: What can't you do in a polling station?

    BBC Politics

    People across Staffordshire and Cheshire are heading to polling stations today to cast their vote.

    But there are things you can and can't do when you are in there.

    Dog outside polling station

    The BBC website has been looking at questions like: "Can you take a selfie?"; "can you tweet about voting?" and "can you bring a pet?".

    You can find answers to those and other questions on the website here.

  4. Chief constable visits Manchester attack victim

    Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins went to see one of the victims of the Manchester attack yesterday.

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  5. England Under-20s: Is this the country's next golden generation?

    BBC Sport

    England have reached the semi-finals of the Under-20 World Cup for the first time in 24 years.

    Ademola Lookman

    They play Italy in South Korea today at 12:00 for a place in the final, with previous U20 sides having failed to win a single game at the tournament in the past two decades.

    Among their ranks are a host of future North West stars, including Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson, Liverpool trio Ovie Ejaria, Dominic Solanke and Sheyi Ojo, and five Evertonians - Jonjoe Kenny, Kieran Dowell, Ademola Lookman, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Callum Connolly.

    So is this 2017 side a potential 'golden generation'? Will they get their break in the Premier League? Are they the future England squad for the 2022 World Cup? BBC Sport's Jack Skelton has been finding out.

  6. Blaze hits recently-shut Salford pub

    A fire has torn through a pub in Salford just four days after it closed down.

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    Video caption: An investigation has been launched into the cause of the fire

    About 30 firefighters were called at 01:30 to deal with the blaze at Sam Platt's pub in Trafford Wharf Road.

    The first floor and roof of the building, which is believed to have been empty, were well alight when crews arrived, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said.

    No injuries have been reported. Trafford Wharf Road remains closed.

    An investigation has been launched into the cause of the blaze.

  7. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise severe accident, between J17 for A56 Prestwich and J16 for A666.

    M60 Greater Manchester - Queuing traffic on M60 anticlockwise in Manchester between J17, A56 (Prestwich) and J16, A666 (Pendlebury), because of a rolling road-block and an accident.

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

  8. Virgil van Dijk: Liverpool apologise & end interest in defender

    BBC Sport

    Liverpool have apologised to Southampton over "any misunderstanding" and ended their interest in defender Virgil van Dijk.

    Saints had said they would report Liverpool to the Premier League over an alleged illegal approach for him.

    The 25-year-old centre-back is wanted by a number of clubs and had stated his preference for a move to Anfield.

    Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp had made signing the Netherlands international a top priority.

  9. Man shot in thigh in Liverpool street

    A man has been shot in Speke - the fifth shooting on Merseyside in a week.

    The victim, in his 40s, is recovering from a thigh injury after being fired at on Eastern Avenue at about 21:50 last night.

    Paramedics and armed police attended the scene and the man was taken to hospital for treatment.

    Motorists are advised that Eastern Avenue is currently closed from the junction of Central Avenue to Alderwood Avenue.

  10. General election 2017: Increased security at polling stations

    Police say there will be increased security at polling stations across the region today as people cast their vote in the general election.

    High visibility patrols will be supported by armed police following the recent terror attacks in Manchester and London.

    Police say they are there to reassure voters and there is no intelligence to suggest any specific threat.

  11. Manchester attack: Man arrested over arena bombing

    A 20-year-old man has been arrested over the Manchester Arena terrorist attack after handing himself in to police.

    Police have made 21 arrests and released 12 people without charge since the Manchester attack

    He became the 21st person to be arrested after the attack, which killed 22 people and injured 116 as they left an Ariana Grande concert on 22 May.

    Some 12 have been released without charge. Nine remain in custody.

    Last night, another 20-year-old was detained in Manchester on suspicion of offences against the Terrorism Act.

  12. Latest headlines for the North West

    • Police say there will be increased security at polling stations across the region, including patrols by armed officers in some areas, following the recent terror attacks
    • A 20-year-old man has been arrested following the Manchester Arena terrorist attack after handing himself in to police
    • A man has been shot in Speke - the fifth shooting on Merseyside in a week
  13. General election 2017: Polling stations open

    Polling stations have opened in the North West and across the UK for voting in the general election.

    Polling Station

    There are more than 2,700 candidates vying for 533 seats in England out of the UK's total of 650.

    Registered voters are able to cast their ballots to choose their Members of Parliament until 22:00.

    Counting will then take place overnight, with the winners declared in the early hours of Friday.

  14. Weather: Heavy rain

    BBC Weather

    Heavy rain and windy. Some dry spells later but thundery showers too. Highs of 19C.

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    Video caption: Heavy rain and windy. Some dry spells later but thundery showers too. Highs of 19C.

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