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  1. 'Enormous' £1m cannabis farm disguised in Darwen mill
  2. Bury 'two years behind' on special needs provision, Ofsted says
  3. Call for fox hunt law change after ruling in Macclesfield case
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Brazilian midfielder Fernando joins Turkish club Galatasaray from Manchester City for an undisclosed fee.

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Warrington come from behind to earn a hard-fought derby win at Widnes in the first game of the Qualifiers.

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That's all for Friday's live coverage, but we'll be back from 08:00 on Monday with more news, sport, travel and weather from across the region.

In the meantime this page will be updated automatically with material from across the BBC.

Thanks for joining us, and have a great weekend.

Weather: Turning drier

BBC Weather

The odd shower may continue overnight, but most will be dry with lengthy clear spells allowing it to turn chilly, especially in rural parts.

Thicker cloud will arrive in the south towards dawn, perhaps with a few showers.

More at BBC Weather.

Chihuahua puppy stolen at knifepoint

Dalai, Chihuahua puppy
Greater Manchester Police
Dalai the four-month-old Chihuahua.

A Chihuahua puppy has been stolen at knife point from its owner who has chased the thief in Manchester.

Four-month-old Dalai was sitting next to his owner outside his home in Addison Close, Ardwick on Thursday July 27 when a man grabbed him just after 23:00 BST.

Police said he gave chase but was then threatened with a knife by the thief's accomplice.

Det Con Tom Munnery of Greater Manchester Police said: “Dalai’s family have been left devastated by this and want nothing more than him returned safely. "

Juan Mata

Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata pledges to donate 1% of his salary to charity and calls for other footballers to do the same.

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Food 11 months past use-by-date for sale in Manchester shop

A Manchester convenience store has been fined more than £9,500 after food items were discovered on sale that were nearly a year past their use-by date.

Kashmir Mart

During a visit to Kashmir Mart in Cheetham Hill on 14 June 2016 council officers found a pack of sliced chicken tikka with a use-by date of 29 August 2015, six packets of sliced chicken breast with a use-by date of 17 November 2015 and 12 packs of mortadella with a use by-date of 3 June 2016.

Awaan Enterprises (UK) Ltd, who operate Kashmir Mart, pleaded guilty to having food on sale past its use-by date at Manchester Magistrates' Court.

The company was fined £8,000 and ordered to pay cost of £1,673.

The negligence of this company put the public at risk, if sold and unwittingly eaten these items could have made someone seriously ill and it is only luck and the diligence of our officers that prevented the worst-case scenario from unfolding.

Councillor Nigel MurphyManchester City Council
Adam Lallana

Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana is facing "a couple of months" out with a thigh injury, confirms Reds' manager Jurgen Klopp.

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Amir Khan and wife Faryal 'to split' according to their very public Twitter spat

Amir Khan has announced on social media that he and his wife Faryal are "to split".

Amir Khan and wife

He also seemingly accuses her of cheating on him with fellow boxer Anthony Joshua.

His wife has responded accusing Amir Khan of cheating: "I think he just needs some attention because boxing hasn't been going well."

Anthony Joshua has denied any relationship, saying he has "never even met" Faryal Makhdoom Khan.

James Anderson at Old Trafford

Lancashire rename the Pavilion End at Old Trafford after James Anderson, who is England's all-time leading wicket-taker.

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Severe accident: M62 Greater Manchester westbound

BBC News Travel

M62 Greater Manchester westbound severe accident, between J19 for A6046 and J18 for M60.

M62 Greater Manchester - Very slow traffic and one lane closed on M62 westbound between J19, A6046 (Heywood) and J18, M60 (Simister Island), because of an accident involving a car and lorry. In the roadworks area.

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

Two boys, 13, arrested over violent disorder

Two 13-year-old boys have been arrested as part of a clampdown on anti-social behaviour in Liverpool.

The youngsters were held alongside two 15-year-old boys after an alleged assault in Mill Street, Toxteth at 21:45 BST on Sunday, Merseyside Police said.

They are due to be questioned later.

Ch Insp Matt Boyle said: "We are taking appropriate action alongside partner agencies to prevent violence and disorder in the L8 area and deal with any offenders."

Call for fox hunt law change after ruling

Campaigners are calling for a change in the law after a decision not to charge anyone involved in a hunt that spilled on to a residential street.

Police probed reports hounds filled a street in Macclesfield, Cheshire, in February and allegedly killed a fox.

Lesley Martin from Cheshire Monitors said "the law needs to be strengthened" and loopholes must be tightened.

The CPS said there was not enough evidence to prove the animal's death was caused deliberately.

Blackpool Illuminations get £100,000 boost

Blackpool Gazette

Blackpool Illuminations

Blackpool Illuminations will be even brighter this year after getting a £100,000 sponsorship boost.

Damson Park

Solihull's opening match of the season against Chester on Saturday has been postponed because of safety concerns.

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Severe disruption: M6 Lancashire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Lancashire southbound severe disruption, between J32 for M55 and J31 for A59 Preston New Road.

M6 Lancashire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M6 southbound between J32, M55 (Broughton Interchange) and J31, A59 (Samlesbury), because of barrier repairs.

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

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Severe accident: M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise severe accident, between J14 for M61 and J13 for A572.

M60 Greater Manchester - Heavy traffic and one lane blocked on M60 anticlockwise between J14, M61 (East Lancs Road) and J13, A572 (Worsley), because of an accident involving a vehicle transporter and lorry. In the roadworks area.

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

IT glitch delayed degree results released

Students at a Lancashire college whose degree results were delayed by IT issues have finally got their grades four weeks later than scheduled.

Blackburn College

An anomaly with the data led Lancaster University to query the results from Blackburn College where a new IT system was operating.

The results should have been due on 7 July but could not be released until Lancaster University, which was the validating body, was happy data it received from the college was accurate.

A Blackburn College spokeswoman said: "Students are receiving their results today."

Man carrying axe pours petrol on shop worker

A man carrying an axe poured petrol over a staff member during an attempted robbery at ASDA in Leigh, police said.

Greater Manchester Police

He threatened to set the worker on fire in the store on Windermere Road at about 22.45 last Friday.

The offender (pictured), who was about 5ft 8ins and slim, was chased out of the shop and ran towards Leigh Road.

Police are appealing for information.

Fortunately [the staff member, who showed incredible bravery,] wasn’t injured but nobody should have to come into work and be put through such a traumatic experience when they are just trying to do their job.

Detective Constable Chris WaddicarGreater Manchester Police

Fracking firm 'getting away with' breach

A shale gas firm has been accused of "getting away with whatever they want to do" by anti-fracking protesters after breaching planning rules.

Fracking site
Jenny Coleman

Last month Cuadrilla took delivery of a drilling rig at its Little Plumpton site outside permitted working hours.

Lancashire County Council denied letting the firm off but did not demand the removal of the rig.

Campaigners have accused Cuadrilla of "riding roughshod" over planning enforcement policy.

Watchdog probes police response to siege

The way officers responded to a disturbance that led to a 26-hour siege in Greater Manchester is being investigated by the police watchdog.

Pemberton Way in Shaw
Iram Ramzan / Oldham Evening Chronicle

Police were sent to a house in Shaw, Oldham, in the early hours of 25 July amid concerns for a woman's welfare.

They later returned at 03:15 to reports of a man allegedly armed with a gun, holding a woman and two children hostage.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is now investigating.

Brad Potts

Barnsley sign midfielder Brad Potts from Blackpool for an undisclosed fee on a three-year contract.

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Weather: Dry and sunny

BBC Weather

Showers will tend to die away through the afternoon, leaving a largely dry and sunny end to the day.

A mostly dry night will follow, with some clear spells. However, southern parts may see thickening cloud spread in from the south towards dawn.

More from BBC Weather.

Parent killer deaths 'predictable', report says

The deaths of a husband and wife who were killed by their schizophrenic son were "predictable but not preventable", an independent review has found.

Timothy Brown
Merseyside Police

Timothy Brown, 47, was receiving help from Mersey Care when he stabbed his parents to death in 2014.

Paul and Dorothy Brown
Ian Leonard

Brown, of Devonshire Road, Toxteth, claimed a "spaceman" told him to kill his parents Paul, 73, and Dorothy, 66.

The review of his care and treatment found "fundamental errors" in his "structured risk management".

Niche Patient Safety, who carried out the investigation for NHS England, also found Brown had previously stabbed his grandmother's dog to death.

Referred to as 'S' in the review, Brown admitted manslaughter but denied murder and was detained at a secure mental hospital following a trial in March 2015.

It is our view that the homicide of S's parents was certainly predictable but was not preventable.

Niche Patient Safety review

Wolf-whistling parrot ruffles feathers

A Tesco store in Greater Manchester received complaints after customers received unwelcome attention.

Builders were accused of wolf-whistling at shoppers but when they protested their innocence, the real culprit was unmasked as a local character called Ted.

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Severe disruption: M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J23 for A6410 and J22 for A62 Manchester Road.

M60 Greater Manchester - Stationary traffic on M60 anticlockwise between J23, A6410 (Ashton Under Lyne) and J22, A62 (Failsworth), because of a rolling road-block.

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

Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool face Hoffenheim for a place in the Champions League group stage, while Celtic meet Astana and Everton play Hajduk Split in the Europa League play-off.

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England is his (and it owes him a living)

Ian Youngs

Entertainment and Arts Reporter, BBC News


The unauthorised Morrissey biopic England Is Mine is out in UK cinemas today - you can read what its director and star had to say about it.

Morrissey hasn't had anything to do with the film (apart from, you know, living his life) so Moz-watchers are waiting to see what he thinks of it.

One clue might be the fact he's just put England Is Mine T-shirts on his official online store. The title comes from the Smiths song Still Ill - "England is mine, it owes me a living."

Jack Lowden in England Is Mine
Essoldo Pictures
Jack Lowden plays Morrissey in England Is Mine

Coincidence? Is this a tacit endorsement? Does he figure that if anyone's going to cash in, it should be him? There's no rant about the film on his Facebook page yet - but the weekend is young.

Given his fierce protection of animal rights, there is an alternative version of the T-shirt with pictures of farmyard animals and the words "England is theirs and we owe them a living".

Drugs worth £66m seized in Hull: Six charged

Six men, including three from Manchester, Liverpool, and Southport, have been charged over a haul of drugs with an estimated street value of more than £66m.

King George Dock

UK Border Force officers stopped a lorry at the King George Dock, Hull, on 17 May as part of an ongoing operation by Greater Manchester Police's Serious and Organised Crime Group.

When the lorry was searched officers found about 58kg of cocaine and almost 84kg of heroin inside.

Police have charged six men with conspiracy to fraudulently evade duty, prohibition or provision and conspiracy to supply a Class A drug.

The men are due to appear at Manchester Crown Court on 31 August.

Rossendale house fire: Woman named as Leanne Collopy

A woman who died after being found with stab wounds following a house fire has been named.

Leanne Collopy
Lancashire Police

Leanne Collopy, 25, was pulled out of a house fire on Burnley Road, Rossendale, on Sunday night along with a baby girl and a 39-year-old man.

They were all taken to hospital, where the woman was found to have a number of stab wounds. She died on Thursday.

A 39-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and remains in hospital for treatment. The 23-month-old girl is also receiving treatment.

Police said they both suffered "a number of serious injuries".

Severe disruption: M62 Greater Manchester westbound

BBC News Travel

M62 Greater Manchester westbound severe disruption, between J19 for A6046 and J18 for M60 affecting J21 for A640.

M62 Greater Manchester - Very slow traffic on M62 westbound between J19, A6046 (Heywood) and J18, M60 (Simister Island), because of a broken down lorry and recovery work. Travel time is around 20 minutes. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J21, A640 (Milnrow).

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

Latest headlines for the North West

Severe accident: M62 Greater Manchester westbound

BBC News Travel

M62 Greater Manchester westbound severe accident, at J20 for A627.

M62 Greater Manchester - One lane blocked and heavy traffic on M62 westbound at J20 A627(M) Rochdale, because of an accident.

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

Severe disruption: M55 Lancashire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M55 Lancashire eastbound severe disruption, at J3 for A585.

M55 Lancashire - M55 lane closed on exit slip road eastbound at J3, A585 (Kirkham), because of a broken down car. Traffic is coping well.

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