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North West weather: Dry and sunny

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This afternoon will be dry and sunny, and it will feel pleasantly warm too with highs of 17C.

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Police dog handler denies assaults

A police officer accused of setting his dog on suspects to inflict serious injuries has been given three awards in his 11-year career, a jury heard.

PC Paul Jackson
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Giving evidence at his trial at Preston Crown Court. PC Paul Jackson denied assaulting anyone.

Prosecutors allege the Greater Manchester Police (GMP) officer used the dog to "vent his contempt" for five men during a series of arrests.

PC Jackson, 36, denies five counts of wounding with intent.

North West weather: Dry and sunny

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A dry morning and more sunshine on the way. It will feel warm too with highs of 17C.

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North West weather: Dry and bright afternoon

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A bright and sunny afternoon and it will feel reasonably warm too.

It should stay dry, with only a slight chance of showers and highs of 17C.

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Thousands affected by Manchester Airport delays

About 13,000 people have been affected by delays at Manchester Airport caused by problems with the fuel supply.

Shaun Waring and Sheree Hogg
Sheree Hogg
Sheree Hogg (right) and partner Shaun Waring at the airport before their flight was cancelled

Flights to Tenerife, Belfast and Milan were among 87 cancelled on Sunday, while others were delayed by hours.

The airport has apologised, saying the issues were resolved by 03:00 and flights are operating as planned apart from four cancelled Flybe flights.

Sheree Hogg, from Preston, said she was "gutted" to miss out on a trip to Rome for her 30th birthday.

The surprise holiday was a present from her fiancé Shaun Waring, who had been planning the trip for months.

Commuters braced as railway timetables change

The new National Rail summer timetable has come into effect, with 1,000 new train services being introduced across Great Britain.

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Last year, an extensive shake-up led to weeks of chaos on the Northern network after the operator tried to introduce 1,700 extra services.

That led to huge delays and cancellations with more than 15,000 services cancelled over the past twelve months due to the failed implementation of the timetable.

This year, Northern says it intends to bring in just 210 extra services including brand new trains on long distance routes connecting larger towns in the North.

The operator says it will monitor the latest changes carefully and respond quickly to any problems.

Manchester Airport: Flights cancelled and delayed after fuel problem

A "power issue" that affected fuel supply caused dozens of flights to be cancelled at Manchester Airport.

Queues at the easyJet desk at Manchester Airport
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Queues at the easyJet desk at Manchester Airport

Flights to Tenerife, Belfast and Milan were among 87 cancelled, while others were delayed by hours.

Passengers said they were stuck on grounded planes for two to three hours because of the problems, which began on Sunday afternoon.

Manchester Airport said the issue was resolved at 03:00 with a small number of delays and cancellations expected today.

North West weather: Dry and bright

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A bright and sunny Monday. Staying dry and feeling warm with highs of 15C.

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Severe disruption: M62 Cheshire eastbound

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M62 Cheshire eastbound severe disruption, from J11 for A574 Birchwood Way to J12 for M60 J12.

M62 Cheshire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M62 eastbound from J11, A574 (Birchwood) to J12, M60 (Eccles Interchange), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

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.

Severe disruption: M62 Cheshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M62 Cheshire eastbound severe disruption, from J11 for A574 Birchwood Way to J12 for M60 J12.

M62 Cheshire - One lane blocked on M62 eastbound from J11, A574 (Birchwood) to J12, M60 (Eccles Interchange), because of a broken down Motorcyclist. Traffic is coping well. In the roadworks area.

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

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 disruption: M62 Greater Manchester westbound

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M62 Greater Manchester westbound severe disruption, between J12 for M60 J12 and J11 for A574 Birchwood Way.

M62 Greater Manchester - One lane closed on M62 westbound between J12, M60 (Eccles Interchange) and J11, A574 (Birchwood), 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: M62 Greater Manchester westbound

BBC News Travel

M62 Greater Manchester westbound severe disruption, between J12 for M60 J12 and J11 for A574 Birchwood Way.

M62 Greater Manchester - One lane closed on M62 westbound between J12, M60 (Eccles Interchange) and J11, A574 (Birchwood), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

HS2
HS2

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

BBC Weather

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.

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

BBC Weather presenter

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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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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