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  1. Latest updates on Friday 22 June

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Watering garden with water from hosepipe

The ban will affect people in north-west England, but other firms say they have no plans to follow suit.

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Reality Check: Do hosepipe bans work?

Reality Check

A hosepipe ban in the North West of England comes into force on 5 August. But do they work?

The answer is that they probably do, although the reductions in water demand tend not to be huge.

BBC Reality Check takes a closer look.

Hosepipe
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Parents of blood biker 'overwhelmed' by support

Sian Hall

BBC Radio Cumbria

The parents of a Cumbrian blood biker who died while delivering NHS supplies say they've been overwhelmed with support since the accident.

Russell Curwen
Lancashire Police

Russell Curwen, who was 49 and from Kendal, died in May, after a collision with a car in Lancaster.

Hundreds of fellow blood bikers and other riders were at his funeral.

His parents, Pat and Ken, were speaking in Kendal last night when Freemasons presented a new motorcycle, named after their son, to the volunteer service.

Detail of new motorbike showing name
BBC

Whatever they do won't bring him back, but it's great to think something is in his memory."

Pat Curwen

All this celebrity which is brought upon him accidentally, it's just unbelievable, we just can't get a handle on it."

Ken Curwen

Hosepipe ban: Hot weather impact on water reserves

BBC weather presenter Simon King has tweeted about the recent above average temperatures and below average water reserves leading to a hosepipe ban in North West England.

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A school is praised for its imaginative teaching methods, which include "Come Dine With Me" lessons.

'Mortar round' found in Formby

A "mortar round" has been found on Altcar Road in Formby, Merseyside Police say.

A cordon is in place from Stephensons Way to the Formby Bypass.

Police say there is no risk to the public but are asking people to avoid the area.

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Hosepipe ban: Who is exempt?

From 08:00 on 5 August, the use of hosepipes in North West England will be banned - but there are some exemptions.

For example, using hosepipes for health and safety reasons, medical treatment and on grass on some parts of sports recreation grounds is permitted.

Full details can be found here: United Utilities' Temporary Ban on Water Use

Watering flowers with a hosepipe
PA

There is good news if you are a Blue Badge holder, as there is a "discretionary universal exemption" for those who meet a set criteria.

Robert Light, Northern Chair for the Consumer Council for Water, said:

We’ve been assured that Blue Badge holders and customers on the company’s Priority Services Register will be exempt from any restrictions but we’d urge any other vulnerable customers who are unable to use a watering can, for instance, to get in touch with the company.

In the meantime we’d encourage customers to keep using water wisely and for the company to do everything in its power to reduce the amount of water lost through leaking pipes, in the hope that we may still be able to avoid restrictions.

Severe accident: M6 Cheshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cheshire northbound severe accident, from J21 for A57 Manchester Road to J21A for M62 J10.

M6 Cheshire - Very slow traffic and two lanes closed on M6 northbound from J21, A57 (Woolston) to J21a, M62 J10 (Croft Interchange), because of an accident.

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

Hosepipe ban: What does it mean exactly?

United Utilities has announced that people in North West England face a hosepipe ban from 5 August.

But what does that mean exactly? Worst case is you could be fined £1,000.

Here is a list of answers to the most commonly asked questions.

Water levels have fallen at Dove Stone Reservoir on Saddleworth Moor
PA

Hosepipe bans, in case you wondered, are covered by the 1991 Water Industry Act.

Further definitions may be found in the 2010 Water Use (Temporary Bans) Order.

Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cheshire northbound severe disruption, from J17 for A534 Old Mill Road Sandbach to J18 for A54 Middlewich Road Middlewich.

M6 Cheshire - One lane blocked and queuing traffic on M6 northbound from J17, A534 (Sandbach) to J18, A54 (Middlewich), because of a broken down recovery vehicle. In the roadworks area.

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

Hosepipe ban: Dos and don'ts

As millions of people in the north west of England face the first hosepipe ban of the summer in England, we look at the dos and don'ts during a ban.

Hosepipe
BBC

On its website, United Utilities gives this advice.

The main restrictions include:

  • Watering a garden and/or plants using a hosepipe
  • Cleaning a private car, van, motorbike, trailer, caravan or leisure boat using a hosepipe
  • Filling or maintaining a domestic swimming pool, paddling pool or ornamental fountain
  • Cleaning walls or windows using a hosepipe
  • Using a water from a hosepipe for domestic recreational use
  • Cleaning paths or patios using a hosepipe
  • Cleaning other artificial outdoor surfaces using a hosepipe

You can still use water outdoors if you:

  • Use tap water to fill a bucket or watering can
  • Use grey water, which is water that’s been used before, such as bath water
  • Have your own water supply, such as a private borehole

Severe disruption: M62 Cheshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M62 Cheshire eastbound severe disruption, from J11 for A574 Birchwood Way to J12 for .

M62 Cheshire - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M62 eastbound from J11, A574 (Birchwood) to J12, / (Eccles Interchange), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Fire crews tackle Manchester industrial unit blaze

Fire crews in Manchester have been tackling a blaze at three industrial units overnight.

Crews were called to Briscoe Lane just before 00:30 this morning.

Twelve fire engines remain at the scene.

Briscoe Lane will remain shut for some time but parts of Alan Turing Way have now reopened.

The building is part of a complex of industrial units used to store books and kitchen appliances and people living in Newton Heath are being advised to keep their windows shut.

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The decommissioned ambulance

The driver has been charged with offences including dangerous driving and failing to stop.

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Millions to face hosepipe ban in North West

Millions of people will be affected by the first hosepipe ban of the summer in England.

Water levels are low at Wayoh Reservoir near Bolton
PA

United Utilities said a temporary ban, affecting seven million people in the North West of England from 5 August, would "safeguard essential supplies".

It said reservoir levels were already low and that hot weather was forecast for the rest of July.

Other water companies across England said they had adequate supplies and had no plans to impose similar bans.

Weather: Patchy cloud with some sunny spells

BBC Weather

The sunshine returns, but there will be some patchy cloud at times and a small risk of a few spots of rain. Highs of 19C.

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Severe accident: M67 Greater Manchester eastbound

BBC News Travel

M67 Greater Manchester eastbound severe accident, at J1A for A6017 Ashton Road Denton.

M67 Greater Manchester - M67 lane closed on exit slip road eastbound at J1a, A6017 (Denton), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M60 Greater Manchester clockwise

BBC News Travel

M60 Greater Manchester clockwise severe disruption, at J24 for M67.

M60 Greater Manchester - Heavy traffic and one lane blocked on M60 clockwise at J24, M67 (Denton Island), because of a broken down car.

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

Severe disruption: M62 Greater Manchester eastbound

BBC News Travel

M62 Greater Manchester eastbound severe disruption, at J20 for A627.

M62 Greater Manchester - M62 lane closed on entry slip road and heavy traffic eastbound at J20 A627(M) J20 Rochdale, because of a lorry having a tyre changed.

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

Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cheshire northbound severe disruption, between J17 for A534 Old Mill Road Sandbach and J18 for A54 Middlewich Road Middlewich.

M6 Cheshire - Heavy traffic and one lane blocked on M6 northbound between J17, A534 (Sandbach) and J18, A54 (Middlewich), because of a broken down lorry. In the roadworks area.

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

Severe accident: M6 Cheshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cheshire southbound severe accident, from J19 for A556 Chester Road to J18 for A54 Middlewich Road Middlewich.

M6 Cheshire - Two lanes closed and slow traffic on M6 southbound from J19, A556 (Knutsford) to J18, A54 (Middlewich), because of an accident.

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

Severe disruption: M56 Greater Manchester westbound

BBC News Travel

M56 Greater Manchester westbound severe disruption, from J2 for A560 Altrincham Road to J5 for .

M56 Greater Manchester - M56 closed and stationary traffic westbound from J2, A560 (Sharston) to J5, Manchester Airport, because of a police incident. Diversion in operation - solid circle, leave the M56 at J2 via the A560 southbound, Simonsway eastbound, Shadow Moss Road southbound and Ringway Road to re-join the M56 westbound at J5.

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

Severe accident: M60 Greater Manchester clockwise

BBC News Travel

M60 Greater Manchester clockwise severe accident, at J10 for B5214 Barton Road.

M60 Greater Manchester - The main road is closed, with traffic being routed around the junction and back on again, on M60 clockwise at J10, B5214 (Trafford Centre), because of a multi-vehicle accident.

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

Danny Lloyd

Peterborough United midfielder Danny Lloyd moves to National League club Salford City for an undisclosed fee.

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Severe disruption: M6 Greater Manchester southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Greater Manchester southbound severe disruption, from J27 for A5209 Crow Orchard Road to J26 for A577.

M6 Greater Manchester - One lane closed on M6 southbound from J27, A5209 (Standish) to J26, A577 (Orrell Interchange), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cheshire northbound severe disruption, from J19 for A556 Chester Road to Js20,20A M56 J9.

M6 Cheshire - One lane closed on M6 northbound from J19, A556 (Knutsford) to Js20,20A (Lymm Interchange), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe accident: M65 Lancashire westbound

BBC News Travel

M65 Lancashire westbound severe accident, from J8 for A6068 to J7 for A6185 Dunkenhalgh Way Rishton.

M65 Lancashire - One lane closed on M65 westbound from J8, A6068 (Accrington) to J7, A6185 (Rishton), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Joe Root

England's Joe Root and Jos Buttler are available for the upcoming Roses matches when Yorkshire travel to Old Trafford.

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Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cheshire southbound severe disruption, between J19 for and J18 for Middlewich.

M6 Cheshire - One lane blocked and queuing traffic on M6 southbound between J19, Knutsford and J18, Middlewich, because of a broken down car.

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

Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cheshire southbound severe disruption, between J19 for and J18 for Middlewich.

M6 Cheshire - One lane blocked and queuing traffic on M6 southbound between J19, Knutsford and J18, Middlewich, because of a broken down car.

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

North West weather: Clear spells ahead and feeling fresher

BBC Weather

Some clear spells are expected overnight with the chance of one or two showers, particularly through the early hours. A fresher night.

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Best friends graduate after 17 years as classmates

Two lifelong friends have graduated from Edge Hill University after spending 17 years in the same classes through school.

Leona Woodward and Caitlin Nicholas
Edge Hill University

Leona Woodward and Caitlin Nicholas, both 22 and from St Helens, discovered a mutual interest in working with children during their school years which led to them both applying to study BA (Hons) Children and Young People’s Learning and Development at Edge Hill.

The pair met on their first day in reception class at St Helens St Thomas of Canterbury primary school and then attended De La Salle High School followed by Carmel College.

Caitlin said: "Although we’re now separating after going through 17 years of education together, we will still stay in touch, and only live five minutes apart so we still see each other regularly."

Manchester United striker Alexis Sanchez

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Striker Alexis Sanchez misses the start of Manchester United's tour of the United States as he has been unable to get a visa.

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Man charged after fatal road crash

A man has been charged with causing death by careless driving following a fatal crash in Saffron Walden.

Andrew Dodds, 35, of Knutsford, Cheshire, was arrested on July 2 2017 after a white Volkswagen Polo left the road and hit a tree at around 00:30.

Clinton Smith, 33, who was a passenger in the vehicle, died following the crash in Chestnut Avenue.

Dodds is due to appear at Chelmsford Crown Court on August 13.

Passengers 'seriously injured' in crash

BBC Radio Stoke

Two people have been seriously injured as a car they were travelling in was involved in a crash with an HGV.

A 21-year-old man from Middlewich and 19-year-old woman from Crewe were passengers in the car traveling along Nantwich Road in Wimboldsley near Middlewich.

The pair had to be cut free from the vehicle and and were taken to Royal Stoke Hospital in the early hours of yesterday.

The drivers of both the lorry and the car were uninjured.

Severe accident: M6 Cheshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cheshire southbound severe accident, at J18 for Middlewich.

M6 Cheshire - M6 lane closed on entry slip road and very slow traffic southbound at J18, Middlewich, because of an accident.

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

Man's street shooting was 'reckless'

A gunman who shot a man in Merseyside has been described as "despicable" and "incredibly reckless" by police.

Northwood, Kirby
Google

The victim remains in a critical condition after the shooting in the Northwood area of Kirkby on Sunday afternoon.

Supt Tammy Garvey-Jones said: "This was a despicable, appalling incident that has happened in a residential area.

"I would plead with anyone who lives, works or was travelling through the area to come forward with any information that could help us."