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  1. Manchester climate protest over: Five arrested

    Five people have been arrested for blocking traffic in a climate change protest in Manchester city centre.

    Great Ancoats Street was closed this morning after protesters from Extinction Rebellion glued themselves to concrete blocks, causing major travel disruption in the city centre.

    Two men and three women were arrested for public nuisance and obstruction of the highway.

    The road, which was blocked for over five hours, has now re-opened, said police.

    GMP statement
  2. Austerity 'devastating' for young people with disabilities

    BBC Radio Stoke

    The effect of austerity cuts on young people with disabilities has been "absolutely devastating" according to a charity in Crewe.

    Ian Chalmers runs Hopes and Beams in the town, which helps young disabled people and the elderly.

    Therapist helping teenage girl with learning difficulties during child therapy. Top view hand detail of a therapist with patient. - stock photo

    “I work with lots of families with special needs children and it affects the whole family," he said.

    "It pervades everything that they do is very stressful, they have to fight for every single thing for their child and often provision is just not given."

    “Whatever political party gets in power, there’s got to be systematic change as the only way for things to progress,” he said.

  3. DRAFT Manchester road reopens after climate protest

    Great Ancoats Street has now re-opened, Transport for Greater Manchester has said.

    The road was closed this morning after protesters from Extinction Rebellion blocked traffic, causing major travel disruption in the city centre.

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  4. East Cheshire backed Leave in EU referendum

    One of the biggest issues at the polls is inevitably Brexit and it could be fertile ground for Leave supporting parties in Crewe.

    Crewe and Nantwich comes under Cheshire East Council, which counted the votes in the EU Referendum in 2016.

    In total, 113,163 voted to Leave while 107,962 backed Remain.

    Cheshire East results

    But according to research by Dr Chris Hanretty at the University of East Anglia, Crewe and Nantwich even more forcefully backed Brexit in 2016.

    Although Cheshire East Council did not release results by constituency, Dr Hanratty estimated 60.3% of people in Crewe and Nantwich voted in favour of Leave, based on a research model of constituencies.

  5. The big issues for Crewe: Jobs, schools and transport

    Phil McCann

    Cheshire Political Reporter, BBC News

    There have been billions and billions of pounds of cuts over the last nine, nearly 10 years now.

    Councils have really born the brunt of it and that’s meant things like libraries closing and bus services being cut back.

    Here in Cheshire East there are far fewer buses in the evenings and on Sundays.

    Crewe bus station

    However Crewe is, economically, a successful place.

    There are lots of jobs that are available. More jobs are being created but often they are low paid and insecure, like zero-hour contracts. People are now working but are in in-work poverty.

    School funding is also a huge issue here that led to protests in Nantwich at the last election two years ago.

  6. Travel advice issued following climate protest in Manchester

    A demonstration by climate change protest group Extinction rebellion is causing major traffic disruption in Manchester.

    Transport for Greater Manchester has published travel advice for people driving and using bus local bus services.

    Roads closed due to climate change protest

    The following roads are affected:

    • Great Ancoats Street - currently closed eastbound from the junction of Oldham Road to Old Mill Street
    • Westbound - closed from its junction of Pin Mill Brow to Store Street

    Surrounding roads are currently experiencing congestion including:

    • A6 London Road southbound from Newton Street
    • Great Ancoats Street travelling from Pollard Street to Pin Mill Brow
    • Oldham Street, Stevenson Square and Lever Street
  7. 'If HS2 doesn't come to Crewe, what then?'

    Rebecca Woods

    BBC News

    Ian Smyth, Mick Cartwright and Neil Jones

    Crewe and Nantwich is one of the UK's most marginal constituencies, with Labour taking the seat from the Conservatives in 2017 by just 48 votes.

    With days to go until another general election, what issues are firing up voters?

  8. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M65 Lancashire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M65 Lancashire eastbound severe accident, after J2 for M61 J9.

    M65 Lancashire - Temporary closure and stationary on M65 eastbound after J2, M61 J9 (Clayton Brook), because of an accident.

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

  9. Climate protesters glue themselves to concrete blocks

    Climate change activists have glued their hands to concrete blocks as part of a protest about air pollution in Manchester.

    Extinction Rebellion protesters say Great Ancoats Street is one of the most polluted roads in Greater Manchester.

    A number of demonstrators have blocked the road in both directions stopping motorists and buses getting into the city centre.

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  10. Climate change protest hits city centre traffic

    There is travel disruption in Manchester this morning as climate change activists Extinction Rebellion block traffic in he the city centre.

    Great Ancoats Street is closed between Oldham Road and Store Street and diversions are in place.

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  11. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M60 Greater Manchester clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M60 Greater Manchester clockwise severe disruption, at J18 for M66 M62.

    M60 Greater Manchester - M60 lane closed on exit slip road to the M66 Northbound and it's slow clockwise at J18, M66 (Simister Island), because of a lorry having a tyre changed.

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

  12. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A62 Greater Manchester northbound

    BBC News Travel

    A62 Greater Manchester northbound severe disruption, at Spencer Street.

    A62 Greater Manchester - A62 Manchester Road in Oldham blocked and queues northbound at the Spencer Street junction, because of a fire at pub.

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

  13. Climate protesters block traffic in Manchester city centre

    Climate change protest group Extinction Rebellion have blocked a main road in Manchester this morning.

    Police said they are at the scene of the demonstration on Great Ancoats Street and are working to reopen the road.

    Protest in Manchester city centre
  14. Your questions answered: Minimum wage

    Gemma runs a domestic cleaning company in Crewe and is concerned that an increase in minimum wage will mean she will struggle to employ more people.

    She wanted to know what the main political parties are promising when it comes to a national minimum wage.

    Money in purse, generic

    All the parties plan to increase minimum wage to £10 an hour according to Faisal Islam, the BBC's economics editor.

    The Conservatives say they will phase this in gradually reaching that wage by 2024 for workers over 21, which represents about 4 million people.

    Labour will bring the policy in much sooner if elected - aiming to raise the minimum wage by April 2020. They'll also roll it out to all workers, including 16-20-year-olds, which would be about six-and-a-half million workers.

    Want to know if the minimum wage is enough to live on? Read this report from the BBC's personal finance reporter.