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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday 31 March
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates return from 08:00 on Monday

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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 Monday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the region.

  2. Weather: Cloudy and mild with some rain

    BBC Weather

    Remaining cloudy and mild with some outbreaks of rain.

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    Video caption: Weather: Cloudy and mild with outbreaks of rain

    Highs of 12C.

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  3. Football: Ronald Koeman says Martin O'Neill did 'not protect' James McCarthy

    BBC Sport

    Everton manager Ronald Koeman has accused Republic of Ireland counterpart Martin O'Neill of as their row over the midfielder's fitness continues.

    James McCarthy

    McCarthy, 26, missed Everton's past two matches but linked up with the Republic squad in the international break.

    He suffered a recurrence of a hamstring injury, ruling him out of Saturday's derby at Liverpool.

    "We advised extreme caution. He was not fit to play," said Koeman.

  4. Wirral blast victim 'had just left home'

    A critically-ill man injured in a suspected gas blast had just left his home "just a couple of minutes before the explosion", his family have said .  

    Lewis Jones with his mother Maureen
    Image caption: Lewis Jones with his mother Maureen

    Lewis Jones, 21, had stepped out to see friends when the explosion  ripped through New Ferry, Wirral,  on Saturday.

    His family said they unsuccessfully tried his phone in the aftermath, but it was "only when we went outside that we found out what had happened".

    A woman was also seriously injured in the blast, which hurt 31 others.  

  5. Biker jailed for death crash

    A biker who fled after he hit and killed a man crossing a road in Manchester has been jailed for six years six months.

    Ryan Adshead

    Ryan Adshead, 24, of Gladeside Road, Benchill, admitted aggravated vehicle taking where death is caused, causing death by dangerous driving, unlawful driving, breach of suspended sentence and perverting the course of justice.

    Greater Manchester Police said  Adshead hit Jacinto Cabrera-Vargas, 67, on Rowlandsway, Wythenshawe, while riding at high speed with another motorcyclist, who has never been traced.

    Police also said Adshead's friends Paul Wood, 27, and Stacey Wood, 28, both of Braintree Road, Wythenshawe, lied that he was at their at the home at the time of the crash on 9 June 2015.

    Both admitted perverting the course of justice with Paul Wood jailed for a year and Stacey Wood receiving a one-year suspended jail term.

  6. Westminster attack arrest woman released

    A 32-year-old woman has been released following her arrest last week in Manchester over the attack in Westminster which saw three people fatally hit by a car and a police officer stabbed to death.

    Scene after Westminster attack

    Khalid Masood, from Birmingham, drove his hire car at pedestrians on Westminster Bridge and then attacked a police officer at the gates of Parliament on 22 March before being shot dead.

    A Metropolitan Police spokesman said the woman would face no further action.

  7. Major repair work begins at Wythenshawe Hall

    Major repair work began today to repair Wythenshawe Hall one year after a  fire caused extensive damage to the property.

    Wythenshawe Hall

    The fire crew who helped save the historic hall visited the home as work began to repair the roof and exterior.

    Wythenshawe Hall damage to roof
    Quote Message: “It was so rewarding for all of us who fought the fire to come back and see the progress that has been made.
    Quote Message: “It was a sad sight when we arrived on that night and we did all we possibly could to stop the fire from spreading although at times it seemed the battle could be lost.
    Wythenshawe Hall damage to windows
    Quote Message: “It has given us real pleasure to know that our efforts were not in vain and I feel so pleased that we could play our part in saving this piece of history for future generations.” from Pete Lamb Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service
    Pete Lamb Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service
  8. Isle of Man to Liverpool ferry's summer timetable begins

    A ferry service between the Isle of Man and Liverpool starts its summer timetable today .

    
          The Manannan ferry will operate a daily service between the Isle of Man and Liverpool

    The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company said the Manannan fast craft will operate a daily service to Liverpool from later on Friday.

    Crossings to both Belfast and Dublin will resume in April.

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    Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Cheshire northbound severe disruption, between J18 for A54 Middlewich and J19 for A556.

    M6 Cheshire - Heavy traffic and one lane closed on M6 northbound between J18, A54 (Middlewich) and J19, A556 (Knutsford), because of a broken down vehicle. In the roadworks area.

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

  10. Latest headlines for the North West

    • The director of three waste management firms involved in major fires in Stockport and Salford is jailed
    • Everton's bid to build a £300m stadium is backed by Liverpool City Council which is acting as guarantor
    • A swimming pool in north Lancashire, which has served the local community for 40 years, is set to close later due to council cuts 
  11. Metro Mayor election: Green candidate launches manifesto

    The Green party candidate to be the first ever Metro Mayor of the Liverpool city region says economic growth should not be pursued "at any cost".

    Tom Crone

    Speaking as he launched his manifesto, Tom Crone said, if elected, he would support small low-carbon businesses and seek to protect the city region's natural resources. 

    Cllr Crone, who leads the Green group on Liverpool City Council, says too often local authorities are in thrall to developers and big business.

    The Liverpool city region Metro Mayor election will be held on 4 May. You can see a full list of candidates here.

  12. Rugby Union: Meet Sale Sharks' identical twins Ben and Tom Curry

    BBC Sport

    Sale Sharks flankers and identical twin brothers Ben and Tom Curry discuss breaking into the first team at the Premiership side, their sibling rivalry - and how to tell them apart.

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    Video caption: Identical twins Ben and Tom Curry
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    Severe accident: M6 Lancashire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Lancashire northbound severe accident, between J33 for A6 and J34 for A683.

    M6 Lancashire - Very slow traffic and a lane blocked on M6 northbound between J33, A6 (Galgate) and J34, A683 (Lancaster), because of a multi-vehicle accident.

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

  14. Kop mosaic tribute to Anfield legend Ronnie Moran

    Liverpool will pay tribute to "club legend" Ronnie Moran  tomorrow ahead of the Merseyside derby at Anfield.

    Ronnie Moran

    The Kop will display a mosaic in memory of the former Liverpool player, captain, coach and caretaker manager who died last week aged 83 - he spent 49 years with the club.

    Fans are being asked to join players in a minute’s applause prior to kick-off against Everton.

  15. Preston student threatened and robbed

    A student in Preston has been threatened with a knife and had a bag containing a laptop stolen.

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    The incident happened at about 21:00 on 18 March, when the man was walking along Moor Park Avenue and was approached by three males, then robbed.

    The offenders ran off onto St Thomas' Road with the bag. One of them is described as black, about 6ft, of stocky build, wearing a black tracksuit and a balaclava.

    The other two are described as white, about 5ft 10in and of stocky build. 

  16. Director jailed over major waste fires

    The director of three waste management firms involved in major fires in Stockport and Salford has been jailed.  

    Fire at a recycling plant in Bredbury
    Image caption: The flames and smoke were visible across the Bredbury area in Stockport

    Barry Kilroe, of J25 Recyling Limited, Recovered Fuels Shipping Limited, and Asset and Land Group, admitted ten charges relating to waste management.

    A waste fire in Bredbury, Stockport, in 2013 burned for 41 days temporarily closing the M60 motorway. Another blaze in Salford in 2014 lasted 19 days.

    Kilroe was sentenced to 15 months at Manchester Minshull Crown Court.

  17. Hedgehog-like critters arrive at Chester Zoo

    Is it a mouse? Is it a hedgehog? With stripes more like a bumblebee meet the latest spiky addition to Chester Zoo.

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    Video caption: Hedgehog-like critters arrive at Chester Zoo
  18. Football: Defender Morgan signs new Wigan deal

    BBC Sport

    Wales international defender Craig Morgan has signed a new two-year deal at Wigan Athletic that will run until the summer of 2019.

    Craig Morgan

    Morgan, 31, has played 52 games for the Latics since  moving from Championship rivals Rotherham United  in June 2015 and has 23 international caps.

    He captained the side to the League One title last season, having previously done the same with Rotherham.

  19. Missing Morecambe sex offender sighted in Manchester

    Police say there has been a sighting of a sex offender from Lancashire who failed to turn up to court on Wednesday for sentencing. 

    John Gilbert Blacktop

    John Gilbert Blacktop, 81, of Marine Road West, Morecambe was convicted in his absence at Bradford Crown Court of historical child sex offences.

    He has since been seen in the Oxford Road area of Manchester at about 11:00 this morning, and was described as wearing a dark green blazer and burgundy shirt and carrying a large green suitcase.

    Police are asking anyone with information to contact them.

  20. Latest headlines for the North West

    • A Manchester man who set his sister on fire using a "petrol cocktail" is jailed for life
    • A Preston student is threatened and robbed, prompting a police appeal
    • Shops and businesses in New Ferry start to reopen less than a week after a suspected gas blast