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 stress-busting treks in the Pennines.
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The award-winning comedian died of cancer in 2016 aged 62.
Greater Manchester's mayor should scrap his "insulting" planned cuts to fire services, the firefighters' union has said.
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.
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.
The police have made arrests in nearly all of the cases and have charged suspects in 85.
The parents of Saffie Roussos, the youngest victim of the Manchester Arena attack, speak of their struggle.
Fifteen people have been arrested after dawn raid on suspected drug dealers and other organised crime across the North West.
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.
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 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.
A woman sexually harassed on Greater Manchester's Metrolink says it "crossed a whole new line".
A woman sexually harassed on a tram said the abuse, which she filmed and posted on social media, was "all too common".
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.
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, 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".
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.
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.
Sale have signed South Africa prop Coenie Oosthuizen on a three-year deal.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tonight will be mainly cloudy with some rain at times, although it may turn drier and clearer later in the night.
Winds will be light and of variable direction, with lows of 6C.
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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".
A summer programme of events will commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre.
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.
An man who admitted subjecting a woman to a "despicable" prolonged sexual attack on a flight from Mumbai to Manchester has been jailed.
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.
The "overwhelming outpouring" after TV presenter Dianne Oxberry's death inspires a cancer charity.