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- Report shows computer delays in child grooming inquiries in Greater Manchester
- Businesses in Wirral hope to be given chance to assess blast damage
- A sexual predator has been found guilty of breaking into women's homes in Colne and Nelson in order to assault them
- The funeral of a former Liverpool John Moores University student who was killed in Goa takes place in Donegal
- Police raid suspected cannabis farms across the region
- Updates on Thursday 30 March
Remaining cloudy and mild with rain for some parts.
Highs of 15C.
BBC Radio Lancashire's mid-morning team have travelled to CERN in Geneva with students from Accrington for Women in Science Week.
CERN is the home of the large Hadron Colider. The team will be exploring why only 10% of scientists are women.
It is the Merseyside derby on Saturday so test your knowledge of the men who have defined this fixture over the Premier League years.Copyright: Rex
Plans to transfer Liverpool community health services to an underperforming trust have been scrapped .Copyright: Science Photo Library
NHS Improvement, which monitors care providers, said it was "not continuing" the switching of services to Bridgewater Community Healthcare (BCH) from Liverpool Community Health Trust.
The former was rated as "requiring improvement" by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in 2016.
BCH chief executive Colin Scales said the news was "extremely disappointing".
Scottish Power is spending £36m on managing trees next to power lines , in a bid to reduce damage during storms.Copyright: Scottish Power
The contracts, over the next three years, mean employment for 200 people across southern and central Scotland, north Wales and Merseyside.
The energy company has used aerial 3D laser mapping technology to assess the areas of most risk.
Scottish Power said that could help assess tree growth rates in order to plan maintenance.
A magistrate who did not report the fact that a criminal suspect was living at his home has been sacked.Copyright: BBC
Dennis Barry, who heard cases in Greater Manchester, failed to disclose that the family acquaintance had been arrested on suspicion of harassment.
He also failed to report the individual was later sent to prison, the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office said.
Judicial heads ruled his behaviour had amounted to "serious misconduct" and removed him from the bench.
A man, 23, has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after a four-year-old girl was hit and killed by a car.Copyright: Merseyside Police
Violet Grace Youens died after being struck while walking through St Helens, Merseyside, on Friday.
The BBC understands the 23-year-old arrested is Aidan McAteer who police were trying to trace.
Evertonian boxer Tony Bellew says Liverpool and Everton are at a "very, very similar level" during a round-table discussion about the upcoming Merseyside derby on the Premier League Show.
Local Government Secretary Sajid Javid has been in Lancashire this afternoon to discuss potential new enterprise zones.Copyright: David Morris MP
Mr Javid attended a meeting in Morecambe with local MP David Morris and business leaders from across the district.
In January, the Prime Minister Theresa May suggested that the idea of an enterprise zone in north Lancashire should be "looked into".
A nurse who laughed as he showed colleagues a "revolting" video of a woman having a sex toy removed has been struck off .Copyright: Agency photograph
Sanjeev Varghese, 44, admitted showing the footage on WhatsApp to fellow workers at Manchester Royal Infirmary while on a shift in October 2014.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) found him guilty of misconduct in November, but a decision to strike him off was suspended pending an appeal.
A High Court judge ruled it was right.
Lancashire's James Anderson says he does not intend to retire after next winter's Ashes series.Copyright: Getty Images
The swing bowler from Burnley, 34, said that he would be "over the moon" if the team won the Test series, and has "no interest" in stopping now.
Meanwhile, England Test captain Joe Root says having predecessor Alastair Cook in the side will be integral to both his and the team's future success.
M62 West Yorkshire westbound severe accident, between J23 for A640 and J22 for A672.
M62 West Yorkshire - Very slow traffic on M62 westbound between J23, A640 (Huddersfield) and J22, A672 (Rishworth Moor), because of an accident involving lorry earlier on.
To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time
Asons Solicitors has been shut down by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).
A number of residents and business owners are being allowed back to their properties following a suspected gas explosion.Copyright: Getty Images
Two people were seriously hurt and 31 others injured in the blast in New Ferry, Wirral on Saturday evening.
More than 100 people were evacuated from their homes, but those living further away from the blast can now return, Wirral Borough Council said.
More residents should be allowed access to their homes over the next 24 hours.
A high-speed police chase in Bury was "necessary and proportionate", an Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) found.Copyright: Google
A woman suffered serious injuries when a stolen Honda Civic, driving at more than 100mph, crashed into her on Bolton Road West in May last year.
In-car video footage, and audio recordings of the two police constables in the police car, were examined by the IPCC investigator.
The final report can be found here .
- Plans to transfer Liverpool community health services to an underperforming trust are scrapped
- An investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission finds that a high-speed police chase in Bury was "necessary"
- A Lancashire soldier becomes the first woman in 10 years - and only the second in history - to be made a Beefeater at the Tower of London
Fifa has opened proceedings against Wales full-back Neil Taylor after his leg-breaking challenge on Republic of Ireland's Seamus Coleman.Copyright: Getty Images
The Everton player, 28, was taken off on a stretcher after the tackle, which saw Taylor sent off during last Friday's World Cup qualifier in Dublin.
Coleman was taken to hospital and required surgery on a double break.
Taylor, 28, will be suspended for the qualifier in Serbia in June, but could have his one-game ban extended by Fifa.
A consultation over the planned closure of a sixth form in Lancaster will run until the end of May, Lancashire County Council has said.Copyright: Google
Central Lancaster High School asked the council to begin a closure consultation due to concerns about the sixth form's financial and educational viability.
The council is proposing to permanently lower its age range from 11-18 years to 11-16, with effect from 31 August 2018.