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  1. Wirral man missing for 25 years 'may have been murdered and buried by M53'
  2. National Grid say no gas mains fault was found near site of New Ferry explosion
  3. Man arrested over death of four-year-old girl hit by suspected stolen car in St Helens
  4. Lancashire squash star becomes first Briton in 66 years to win second British Open title
  5. Updates on Monday 27 March

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  1. Local Live updates on Monday

    That's about it from us today. We'll be back tomorrow at 08:00 with more news, sport, travel and weather updates from across the North West of England. Until then, have a lovely evening.

  2. Weather: a dry night in store

    Tuesday will be largely dry, although with a few light showers as the day progresses.

    There will be plenty of sunny spells though, with a top temperature of about 14C.

  3. Police hunting man "abroad" in connection with death of 4-year-old girl

    A third man wanted in connection with the death of a four-year-old girl who was killed in a car crash has fled "abroad", police said.

    CCTV of men police want to trace
    Image caption: Police have issued CCTV images of two men they would like to speak to about what happened

    Four-year-old Violet Grace Youens  died on Saturday,  a day after the vehicle mounted the pavement in St Helens.

    A 27-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving earlier today after a 23-year-old, from Prescot, was arrested on suspicion of being a passenger in a stolen vehicle. 

    Now police are hunting a third man, also 23 and seen in a blue t-shirt on CCTV, who they say left the country shortly after the fatal smash.   

    Quote Message: We believe that a second male, aged 23, who we would like to speak to is abroad. He left approximately three hours after the incident. We have been in contact with the authorities of the country where we believe he is.” from Detective Chief Inspector Chris Sephton Merseyside Police
    Detective Chief Inspector Chris Sephton Merseyside Police
  4. 'I've not moved on' - Rio Ferdinand shares his struggle with grief

    Rio Ferdinand opens up about how hard it has been to cope with his wife's death.

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    Video caption: 'I've not moved on' - Rio Ferdinand shares his struggle with grief

    Rio Ferdinand's wife, Rebecca, died of breast cancer in 2015. 

    The former England football captain and Manchester United defender reveals how hard he's found life without her and how he has struggled to cope with his grief. 

    Watch Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum and Dad on BBC One at 21:00 on Tuesday. 

  5. Latest headlines for the North West

    • A boy who punched a man and left him unconscious in the road before he was then killed by a careless driver in Ashton-under-Lyne  has been detained for five years
    • A man has been held on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after  a four-year-old girl died after being struck by a car   in St Helens
    • Police want to trace a man in connection with a double assault in Accrington in May
    • Three women have successfully challenged the "old dinosaurs" who tried to block their attempts to get on the committee at a Conservative club in Blackpool  
  6. Wirral blast 'most frightening experience of my life'

    A man who was forced from his home in the blast in Wirral on Saturday said it was the "most frightening experience" of his life.

    Christopher Power and explosion site

    Two people were seriously hurt and 31 others injured when several buildings collapsed in the blast in Bebington.

    Actor Christopher Power, 48, said he had collapsed in shock after witnessing the devastation.

    More than 100 people were evacuated from their homes. An investigation into the cause is continuing.

    Quote Message: I was asked to leave my house and I just collapsed in the street with shock and exhaustion.
    Quote Message: It's your home, the place you live, breathe, spend time with family and friends, when that is taken away from you it's just devastating." from Christopher Power Resident
    Christopher PowerResident
  7. Lancashire welcomes new Dean of Blackburn

    A new Dean of Blackburn has been officially inducted at the city's cathedral.

    The Very Rev. Peter Howell-Jones

    The Very Rev. Peter Howell-Jones, 55, comes to Blackburn Diocese from his previous role as Vice-Dean of Chester Cathedral.

    The new Dean was chosen by an appointment panel chaired by Jack Straw, the former MP for Blackburn and Foreign Secretary.

    Dean Peter said he had been "overwhelmed" by the level of support and added: “I will now be taking time to listen to people and hear more about the current issues in the town and around the diocese."

  8. Community shop raise concerns over future following New Ferry explosion

    Wirral Globe

    Owners of a charity shop that was destroyed by the explosion in New Ferry are concerned about a lack of official information coming from the emergency team co-ordinating clean-up operations.

    New Ferry explosion
  9. St Helens bridge to light up for girl who died after suspected hit-and-run

    The Steve Prescott Bridge in St Helens will be lit violet tonight in memory of four-year-old Violet Grace Youens who died after a suspected hit-and-run in the town.

    Steve Prescott Bridge
  10. Football: Clark switch vindicated by Bury form

    BBC Sport

    Bury manager Lee Clark says his players have vindicated his decision to leave Kilmarnock and join the club last month.

    Lee Clark

    Clark left Scottish side Kilmarnock to join the Shakers, despite them being in 21st place and two points from safety.

    Since then, the former Birmingham and Blackpool manager has turned things around, losing just one of his eight games in charge to move them up to 17th, four points above the drop zone.

    "We couldn't have asked any more from this group of players," Clark said.

  11. Three women successfully challenge Tory club 'dinosaurs'

    Three women have successfully challenged the "old dinosaurs" who tried to block their attempts to get on the committee at a Conservative club in Blackpool.

    Tyldesley Conservative Club

    Tyldesley Conservative Club has been ordered to pay £9,000 in an out-of-court settlement to Irene James, 67, Amanda Mitchell, 45, and Ellen Whiteley, 57, and £26,000 in legal costs after they brought a legal action for unlawful discrimination.

    Ms James said they had been "vilified" by other members for bringing the action but they are still determined to serve on the committee as they have ideas to boost the club. 

    She said:

    Quote Message: It was not about the money; we did it for all the women in the club.
    Quote Message: They picked on the strongest women as we were prepared to stand up for our rights.

    The club committee was unavailable for comment.  

  12. Happy Mondays star calls for referendum on fracking

    Mark Berry, aka Bez from legendary 90s band Happy Mondays, says a referendum is needed over the future of fracking.

    The 52-year-old, who tried but failed to become Salford's MP in the 2015 general election, joined a group of protesters demonstrating outside energy firm Cuadrilla's site on Preston New Road in Little Plumpton.

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    Video caption: Mark "Bez" Berry

    Meanwhile, protesters are also demonstrating outside two quarry sites in Over Kellet, near Lancaster.

    The campaign group Reclaim the Power are trying to disrupt the supply chain to companies who provide material to the industry.

  13. Latest headlines for the North West

  14. Appeal made after Accrington assaults

    Police want to trace a man from Oswaldtwistle after a double assault in Accrington.

    Darren MacKenzie

    Two men were attacked between 03:15 and 04:50 at the Voodoo Lounge on Willow Street in May.  

    Darren MacKenzie, 29, who is also known as ‎Darren Young, is wanted in connection with the attacks.

    He is described as white, stocky build and has links to the Accrington, Hyndburn and Blackburn areas.

  15. Boy, 13, survives Blackburn factory roof fall

    A 13-year-old boy was airlifted to hospital after falling 15ft (4.5m) through a factory roof , police said.

    Scene of the fall

    The accident happened on the Moorings Close Industrial Estate, off Bolton Road in Blackburn, shortly before 17:00 on Sunday.

    The teenager, who was playing with friends at the time, escaped with a broken nose, cuts and bruises.

    He was taken by air ambulance to the Royal Blackburn Hospital before moving to  Alder Hey Children's Hospital.

  16. Boxing: Crolla meeting with Burns 'a possibility'

    BBC Sport

    Manchester boxer Anthony Crolla will consider moving up to Ricky Burns' weight class to pursue "big fights" following his rematch defeat by Jorge Linares on Saturday.

    Anthony Crolla and Jorge Linares

    After the  WBA lightweight title defeat  to Venezuelan Linares, promoter Eddie Hearn raised the prospect of Crolla moving to light-welterweight.

    "With the notice I'd certainly grow into that," said Crolla, 30.

    A move up opens the prospect of facing the winner of Scot Burns' unification bout with Julius Indongo on 15 April.

  17. Boy, 16, detained for five years over McDonald's punch death

    A boy who punched a man and left him lying unconscious in the street, where he was killed by a careless driver, has been detained for five years.

    Bradley Moore

    The 16-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, hit Bradley Moore outside a McDonald's restaurant in Ashton-under-Lyne in July 2016.

    Shortly after, the 43-year-old was struck by Jonathan Carter's car.

    The teenager was convicted of Mr Moore's manslaughter following a trial in January and sentenced to five years in youth detention at Manchester Crown Court.

    Carter, 44, was found guilty of causing death by careless driving and given a nine-month suspended jail sentence.

  18. FA Cup: Liverpool Ladies 2-0 Notts County Ladies

    BBC Sport

    Liverpool Ladies scored two first-half goals as they beat Notts County Ladies to secure a place in the Women's FA Cup semi-finals

          Natasha Harding's strike gave Liverpool a telling half-time lead

    Caroline Weir gave the hosts a third-minute lead with a long-range shot that was fumbled by England goalkeeper Carly Telford.

    The draw for the semi-finals will take place live on BBC Radio 5 Live at 14:45 BST on Monday, 27 March. 

  19. Man, 27, held over road death of four-year-old girl

    A 27-year-old man from St Helens has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after a four-year-old girl was knocked down and killed on Friday.

    Violet Grace Youens

    Violet Grace Youens  died on Saturday  after being struck by a car when it mounted the pavement on Prescot Road, St Helens, police said. 

    The man has been detained at a police station in Merseyside to be interviewed.

  20. Call for regulated bus services after budget limitations revealed

    Transport bosses in Greater Manchester say there is no budget left to subsidise more bus services, after Arriva, Stagecoach and First Manchester announced 20 routes would either be reduced or axed from next month.

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    Video caption: Lianna Etkind

    About £15m is spent on maintaining the bus network in areas where operators say it is not financially viable every year.

    Lianna Etkind from the Campaign for Better Transport says regulated bus services would mean better value for money.