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How a darts player went from having £2,000 in the bank to winning £200,000 in prize money.
How a darts player went from having £2,000 in the bank to winning £200,000 in prize money.
Usually found in Peru, alpacas are joining people on treks in the Pennines.
Usually found in Peru, alpacas are joining people on stress-busting treks in the Pennines.

Severe accident: M56 Greater Manchester westbound

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M56 Greater Manchester westbound severe accident, at J5 for .

M56 Greater Manchester - One lane blocked on M56 westbound at J5, Manchester Airport, because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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Fire union condemns mayor's budget plan

Greater Manchester's mayor should scrap his "insulting" planned cuts to fire services, the firefighters' union has said.

Andy Burnham and a firefighter

An emergency motion at the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) conference condemned Andy Burnham's three-year plan to cut his fire budget by £12.8m.

The mayor revealed proposals in March to cut jobs, close fire stations and reduce fire appliance crew numbers.

A statement from Mr Burnham blamed government spending limits.

North West weather: Some bright spells but risk of rain

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There will be some bright or sunny intervals this afternoon, but there is a chance of a few showers too. A fairly cool-feeling afternoon with some winds and highs of 19C.

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UK knife crime: The first 100 fatal stabbings of 2019

One hundred people have been fatally stabbed in the UK so far this year.

Fifteen have happened in the North West, including 17-year-old Yousef Makki, a Manchester Grammar School student from Burnage, who died after being stabbed in the street in Hale Barns in March.

Yousef Ghaleb Makki
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Fatal stabbing victims

Knife crime in England and Wales rose to record levels in 2017-18 with the number of fatal stabbings the highest since Home Office records began in 1946.

The police have made arrests in nearly all of the cases and have charged suspects in 85.

Weather: Dry with lingering cloud

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It is set to be a dry day, however areas of cloud will tend to linger. Cooler than Thursday.

Generally gentle to moderate winds. Maximum temperature 16 to 19C.

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Manchester Arena attack: 'It feels like we're stuck in 2017'
The parents of Saffie Roussos, the youngest victim of the Manchester Arena attack, speak of their struggle.

North West weather: Clouding over but staying dry

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It should remain largely dry through tonight. There will be some clear periods at times but with rather a lot of cloud heading west too.


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Fifteen held in dawn raids targeting organised crime

Fifteen people have been arrested after dawn raid on suspected drug dealers and other organised crime across the North West.

Merseyside Police made ten arrests over drug dealing
Mersesyide Police
Merseyside Police made ten arrests over drug dealing

Ten people were arrested in Mersesyide and Greater Manchester in connection with drug pushing in Liverpool city centre.

Homes in the Toxteth, Anfield, Tuebrook and Crosby areas, as well as in Greater Manchester, were continuing to be searched.

Raid on Oldham home
Greater Manchester Police raided seven properties in Oldham

In Oldham, seven properties were searched as park of a crackdown on an organised crime group working across the wider north of England.

Greater Manchester Police arrested five men on suspicion of robbery and burglary offences.

HS2 will 'short change' the North, say peers

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HS2 will not offer value for money and risks "short changing" the North of England, a group of peers has warned.


A report from the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee also said it was "far from convinced" the new high-speed railway will be built within the £55.7bn budget.

It said the project should not go ahead without a new assessment of its costs and benefits.

The government said it "fundamentally disagreed" with the report.

North West weather: Dry and sunny

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The sunshine is back again for another dry day, although it will feeler cooler. Make the most of it before the rain returns tomorrow. Highs of 18C.

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Women is sexually harrassed on Greater Manchester tram
A woman sexually harassed on Greater Manchester's Metrolink says it "crossed a whole new line".

North West weather: Sunny evening and dry night

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Fine this evening with sunshine. Overnight, it will remain dry with mainly clear skies, but there could be a few mist patches forming.

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Public transport abuse 'all too common'

A woman sexually harassed on a tram said the abuse, which she filmed and posted on social media, was "all too common".

Charlotte Green
Charlotte Green

Journalist Charlotte Green tweeted a clip of the ordeal on a Metrolink service between Oldham and Manchester's Exchange Square.

It shows a man making lewd comments and sexual gestures before threatening a passenger who tried to intervene.

Ms Green, 26, said the system needed to change.

Lawyer is new Lord Mayor of Manchester

A human rights lawyer who has served on Manchester City Council for 15 years has started his year of office as the city's lord mayor.

Councillor Abid Latif Chohan
Manchester City Council

Councillor Abid Latif Chohan, who represents Longsight ward, is also an active trade unionist.

His wife Azra will serve as Lady Mayoress for six months with his daughter Aisha serving for the second half of his year.

The councillor, who is the the founder and chair of the British Pakistani Cultural Association, said it was "with huge honour that I take up the mantle of Lord Mayor".

Weather: Sunny day ahead

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Any early mist patches will lift to leave today dry and fine with sunshine.

The sunshine will be hazy as times due to high cloud. It will be a warm day for most.

Maximum temperature 22C.

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North West weather: Late sunshine and dry overnight

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Fine this evening with lots of late sunshine. It will stay dry overnight with mainly clear skies. A few mist patches may form overnight ahead of another dry, fine and sunny day tomorrow.

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Sale sign Springbok prop Oosthuizen

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Sale have signed South Africa prop Coenie Oosthuizen on a three-year deal.

Coenie Oosthuizen
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The 30-year-old will join from the Super Rugby side Sharks and is Sale's latest Springbok recruit following Lood de Jager's move.

Oosthuizen has won 30 caps for South Africa, making his debut against England in 2012 and last playing for the Springboks in November 2017.

"Coenie joining us, along with Lood, is a huge statement of where we want to be," said Sale boss Steve Diamond.

He joins Sale's growing South African contingent that includes scrum-half Faf de Klerk, fly-half Robert du Preez, centre Rohan Janse van Rensburg and hooker Akker van der Merwe.

Weather: Dry with plenty of sunshine

Rich Davis

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Any early mist patches will lift to leave today dry and fine with plenty of sunshine, although high cloud will make the sunshine hazy at times. Warm with a light breeze.

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Fine this evening with lots of late sunshine. It will then remain dry overnight with mainly clear skies. A few mist patches may form overnight. A light breeze.

Maximum temperature 21C.

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North West weather: Late sunshine and dry overnight

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Late sunshine to end of the day - which saw pleasant highs of 19C. It will stay dry overnight with mostly clear skies and just a little wispy high cloud.

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Tyson Fury 'living life like a training camp'

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British heavyweight Tyson Fury says he loves boxing "more than ever" and lives his life "like a training camp" as he prepares for his Las Vegas debut against German Tom Schwarz on 15 June.

Tyson Fury

Fury, 30, made his comeback after a 32-month absence in June 2018 and earned a stunning draw with WBC champion Deontay Wilder in December.

The Schwartz fight will be his first under a lucrative deal with ESPN.

"It is something I am enjoying as an athlete, a person and boxer," he said.

Warning over texting at the wheel

Highways England has released footage of a van driver texting at the wheel while driving on the M60 near Eccles in Salford.

The driver was among more than 3,000 drivers filmed by three unmarked HGV 'supercabs' in the past year.

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North West weather: Sunny spells but rain later

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This afternoon there will be some sunny spells but showers will break out later which will be heavy and thundery at times. Cool with light winds and highs of 11C.

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North West weather: Cloudy with patchy rain

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A mostly cloudy start with some patchy rain, but cloud will gradually break during the morning and rain will ease as sunny spells develop. Showers, heavy and thundery at times through the afternoon with highs of 13C.

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Weather: Rain and light winds tonight

Tonight will be mainly cloudy with some rain at times, although it may turn drier and clearer later in the night.

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Winds will be light and of variable direction, with lows of 6C.

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How love for presenter inspired charity

The "overwhelming" outpouring of love and affection after the death of BBC North West Tonight presenter Dianne Oxberry inspired an ovarian cancer charity in her name, her husband said.

The former Radio 1 host died from ovarian cancer aged 51 at the Christie Hospital in Manchester in January.

Her husband Ian Hindle said he set up the Dianne Oxberry Trust to raise awareness for the "silent killer".

Arts events planned to mark Peterloo Massacre anniversary

A summer programme of events will commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre.

Billy Bragg

At least 11 people were killed and 400 were injured when a troop of sabre-wielding cavalrymen charged into a huge workers' protest in Manchester.

A talk on freedom of speech with Billy Bragg will launch 150 events across Greater Manchester from June to August.

Music, exhibitions and performances inspired by the themes of protest, democracy and freedom will feature.

Man subjected woman to 'despicable' sex attack on Manchester flight

An man who admitted subjecting a woman to a "despicable" prolonged sexual attack on a flight from Mumbai to Manchester has been jailed.

Hardeep Singh
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Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said Hardeep Singh, 36, who is from the city of Hoshiarpur in India but was based in Gateshead on a six-month tourist visa, attacked the victim as passengers nearby slept.

The assault continued for 15 minutes until the victim, who is aged in her 20s, managed to struggle free and alert cabin crew.

Officers were waiting at Manchester Airport to arrest Singh when the plane landed.

A judge at Manchester's Minshull Street Crown Court sentenced Singh to 12 months in prison after he admitted three counts of sexual assault.

GMP said he will be deported back to India once he has served his sentence.

North West weather: Cloudy with some rain

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The rest of the day will be rather cloudy and there will be occasional showers or rain - with some heavy and prolonged. Gentle winds and feeling cool with highs of 11C.

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The popular BBC weather forecaster died in January
The "overwhelming outpouring" after TV presenter Dianne Oxberry's death inspires a cancer charity.

North West weather: Cloudy with showers

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Another cloudy day with showers sticking around. The winds have dropped though and we are in for highs of 10C.

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