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- Updates on Wednesday 29 March
- News, sport, weather and travel updates return from 08:00 on Thursday
Becoming more breezy with rain in some parts turning heavy overnight.
Highs of 13C.
Professor Brian Cox may be an old hand at presenting, but now he's got a new string to his bow - voicing an animated physicist in the CBeebies show, Postman Pat .
The University of Manchester professor made his debut as the voice of Professor Ryan Farrow, a space expert friend of the show's resident inventor Ted Glen, this morning.
You can watch the episode, named Postman Pat and the Space Suit, above.
A railway line closed in 1964 could reopen as a heritage line for steam engines if new plans come to fruition.
Businessman Neil McArthur's £30m plan would see a footpath and cycleway run alongside six miles (9.5km) of tracks between Salford and Trafford.
A proposed "Hillsborough law" that would demand police officers and other public authorities to be open and truthful in inquest proceedings has been introduced to Parliament.Copyright: HofC
Former Shadow Home Secretary and Leigh MP Andy Burnham said the establishment had failed to learn lessons from the Hillsborough cover-up, as he introduced draft legislation through a 10-minute rule motion.
The Public Authority (Accountability) Bill would make it a criminal offence for the police and other public bodies to cover up wrongdoing at inquests.
It would also give bereaved families the same resources as public bodies to make their case at inquests.
The bill was approved at the first stage and will be given a second reading on 12 May.
Wales captain Ashley Williams says he "felt sick inside" when he realised Everton team-mate Seamus Coleman had broken his leg in Friday's World Cup qualifier in Dublin.Copyright: Getty Images
Coleman will leave hospital after surgery for a double break, suffered in a tackle that saw Neil Taylor sent off.
Williams also revealed Taylor wanted to see Coleman in hospital and sent him a text message from the Aviva Stadium.
"Neil was gutted. He was sitting on the floor virtually in tears," he said.
A surgeon has denied telling a patient she risked a ticking time bomb of breast cancer, a court has heard .Copyright: Trinity Mirror
Ian Paterson, 59, of Castle Mill Lane, Ashley, Altrincham, said he had never used that "frightening analogy" in his life.
The trial previously heard Patricia Welch was led to believe she was a cancer "ticking bomb" and was wrongly encouraged to have a mastectomy.
Mr Paterson denies 20 counts of wounding with intent. The procedures relate to nine women and one man and were carried out between 1997 and 2011.
A rare Star Wars toy bought at a Lancashire market stall in 1980 has sold for more than £10,000 at auction .Copyright: Vectis
Its original owner paid "pocket money prices" for the Jawa figure in Bacup when he was a boy.
The toy, which originally sold for about £1, came with a limited edition vinyl cape and had never been opened.
It was expected to fetch between £5,000 and £6,000 at the Vectis auction in Thornaby-on-Tees but went to an international buyer for £10,200.
Cheshire West and Chester Council is to move out of its headquarters in Chester, seven years after moving in.Copyright: Google
The authority says the move will help save £2.4m.
Staff will be moved to council sites in Winsford and Ellesmere Port, but the council insists it will retain a "smaller presence" in Chester in other buildings it currently owns.
Teams from the Environment Agency (EA) have been testing temporary flood barriers in Ribchester today.Copyright: BBC
The barriers are used to reduce the impact of flooding to homes and businesses, as well as the clean-up required after a flood.
The EA has a total of 25 miles (40km) of temporary barriers and 250 high volume pumps, stored around the country.
A community hub has opened giving support to people affected by a suspected gas explosion on Merseyside.Copyright: BBC
Up to 100 residents and 30 business owners hit by the blast in Bebington, Wirral are being offered help from a team of advisers at New Ferry village hall.Copyright: BBC
Two people were seriously hurt and 31 others injured in the explosion on Saturday evening.
The site remains a crime scene as police investigate the cause.
Police are trying to reunite a family with their five-month-old dog.
Bobby, a Shih Tzu cross Maltese, was stolen from a house on Hancock Street in Stretford yesterday.Copyright: GM Police
Melissa Briscoe, the owner, said: "I have three young children and they are absolutely heartbroken. They just keep asking me when he’s coming home."
Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 7635.
Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho was on the score sheet last night as he helped Brazil become the first side to seal their place at the World Cup finals in Russia next year .Copyright: Reuters
Their 3-0 win over Paraguay, along with defeats for Argentina and Uruguay, means they cannot finish lower than fourth in South American qualifying.
Central Lancaster High School plans to close its sixth form next year because of low pupil numbers and reduced funding.
The mother of a man believed to have left the country after a four-year-old girl was killed by a car has pleaded for her son to contact police .
Violet Grace Youens died after being struck by a stolen vehicle while walking through St Helens, Merseyside, on Friday.
Police are trying to trace Aidan McAteer, 23, who is believed to have left the country hours after the crash.
His mother Alicia contacted police after seeing his photo on the internet.
- The mother of a man believed to have left the country after a four-year-old girl was killed, pleads for her son to contact police
- Merseyrail publishes timetable for the day of the RMT strike, which will take place on Grand National Day
- Staff and players at Morecambe Football Club are paid after a banking delay
Members of the Jewish community in Manchester are being invited to a meeting this weekend ahead of the Manchester Mayoral Election in May.Copyright: David Dixon, geograph
The Jewish Representative Council in partnership with the Jewish Leadership Council and King David Schools will host a debate which will focus on issues such as the rise of anti-Semitism, security and representation of the local community.
It takes place on Sunday, between 19:30-21:30, at King David High School.
Candidates who have declared their intention to stand in the election:
- Sean Anstee - Conservative
- Jane Brophy - Liberal Democrat
- Andy Burnham - Labour
- Marcus Farmer - Independent
- Stephen Morris - English Democrats
- Shneur Odze - UKIP
- Will Patterson - Green Party
Work has begun to create an ecology park on the site of the multimillion-pound Rossall coastal defence scheme.Copyright: David Dixon, geograph
The site, which is also classed as a biological heritage site because of the rare species of flora and fauna that grow there, will be known as Larkholme Grasslands.
As well as seating, pathways and bridges, the ecology park will feature aluminium grassland beacons, hand-carved wooden artworks and an artwork trail based on folklore and myth surrounding the local coastline.
The new sea defences are due to be completed in November 2017, and Larkholme Grasslands in spring 2018.
Merseyrail has published its Grand National timetable, which includes "key services" running every 7 and a half minutes between Liverpool city centre and Aintree on 8 April - the day of the RMT strike.Copyright: Merseyrail
The 24-hour strike is planned to take place on Grand National Day only and will not affect other days of the Grand National Festival.
Members of the RMT are walking out for 24 hours in a row over driver-only operated trains.
Merseyrail said on 8 April, there will be "fewer trains or no trains at all" on other parts of the network, although rail replacement buses will run on certain lines and services on "key bus routes".
BBC North West Political Editor
Prime Minister Theresa May has agreed to meet Wirral South MP Alison McGovern to discuss what will happen next in New Ferry after the explosion which devastated the area on Saturday night.