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NHS bosses plan £20m 'efficiency' cuts

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Stephen Topping

Health bosses in Cheshire are aiming to cut £20m from their budgets by next March.

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That's the proposal from both NHS Vale Royal and NHS South Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) which have the same governing body and cover the middle and south of the county.

The NHS has told all its health organisations to be more efficient while still delivering the same quality of service.

The two CCGs are also planning to merge with East Cheshire CCG and West Cheshire CCG next year, subject to approval from doctors.

Often the care that is better quality is not necessarily more expensive – often quality care is more efficient care. If you can put in a system whereby someone is seen once rather than multiple times and it is better quality, then it will be more efficient.”

Dr Jonathan GriffithsChairman of NHS Vale Royal CCG

Biker badly hurt in tractor crash

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

A motorcyclist's been seriously hurt in a crash with a tractor on the border of Staffordshire and Cheshire.

B5500 at junction with Back Lane

Police said the crash happened on the B5500 in Balterley, between Crewe and Newcastle-under-Lyme, just before 11:00, at the junction with Back Lane.

The ambulance service said the man was taken to the Royal Stoke University Hospital.

North West weather: Some bright spells but risk of rain

BBC Weather

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
Family handout
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.

Butcher jailed for triple stabbings

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

A butcher who police say stabbed three men after a night out has been jailed for 12 years.

Marian Minu
Cheshire Police

Marian Minu admitted carrying out the attacks outside a nightclub in Crewe, Cheshire, in March.

Cheshire Police said he went home to get a knife after arguing with another man on Nantwich Road.

The victim was stabbed in the stomach and back. Officers said Minu then stabbed two men who tried to help their friend.

The 34-year-old, from Nantwich Road, pleaded guilty to wounding with intent, two charges of unlawful wounding and possession of a knife.

Sunshine garden honours BBC presenter Dianne Oxberry

A garden designed in memory of BBC presenter Dianne Oxberry is to go on show at an annual RHS Flower Show.

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

The Sunshine Garden is being designed for the show at Tatton Park in Cheshire by award-winning Lancashire gardener Lee Burkhill.

Oxberry's husband Ian Hindle said the theme was "absolutely fantastic" as "she was always bright and cheerful".

Weather: Dry with lingering cloud

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

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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North West weather: Clouding over but staying dry

BBC Weather

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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HS2 will 'short change' the North, say peers

BBC Weather

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

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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North West weather: Sunny evening and dry night

BBC Weather

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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Cheshire MP receives unusual interruption in the Commons

BBC Politics

Cheshire MP Antoinette Sandbach was on the receiving end of an unusual interruption during Prime Minister's Questions earlier.

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Uncertainty over future of Crewe's player of the year

Graham McGarry

Crewe Alexandra commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

Crewe Alexandra manager David Artell says he doesn't know if player of the year, Perry Ng, will still be at the club next season.

David Artell with Perry Ng
Crewe Alexandra

Ng (pictured, right) made nearly 50 appearances last season and was named Supporters’ Player Of The Year and and got the Players’ Player award.

I'm not here looking to sell him. Does he deserve a move? Probably. At what price? That's not for me to decide, it's for the buying club, the chairman and the board to decide. He's done well, it wouldn't surprise me if he was here, it wouldn't surprise me if he left."

David ArtellCrewe Alexandra manager

Weather: Sunny day ahead

BBC Weather

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

BBC Weather

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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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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Labour strikes deal to take control of Cheshire East Council

Labour and independent councillors have done a deal to take over the running of Cheshire East Council.

Cheshire East count

The Conservatives lost their majority on the authority for the first time in its ten year history at last month’s local elections.

The party's majority was eaten away by Labour, which gained nine seats, and candidates representing hyper-local independent interests.

Conservatives occupy 34 of the council's 82 seats.

Labour and independents agree deal to run council

Phil McCann

Cheshire Political Reporter, BBC News

A deal's been done for the Labour Party to run Cheshire East Council, along with independent councillors.

Cheshire East Council's HQ

It's after the Conservatives lost control of the authority in this month's local elections, the first time in the 10 years of the council's existence.

The combined forces of Labour and the Independent group would allow them to command a majority so they're going to serve together on the cabinet, under a Labour leader.

But, over the next year, they say they will work to abolish the cabinet and will run the council through a series of committees that'll be shared among all the political groups.

Drink-drive footballer crashed into wall

Chelsea footballer Danny Drinkwater has been banned from driving after ploughing his Range Rover through a wall in Cheshire while twice the legal drink-drive limit.

Danny Drinkwater
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The 29-year-old and two female passengers were treated for minor injuries after the crash in Mere on 8 April.

Stockport Magistrates' Court heard he caused £50,000 of damage to the car.

Drinkwater admitted drink-driving and was banned for 20 months.

Footballer banned for drink-driving in Cheshire

Footballer Danny Drinkwater has been banned from the roads for 20 months and must carry out 70 hours of community service after admitting drink-driving.

Danny Drinkwater

The 29-year-old Chelsea midfielder, who has three England caps, was two and a half times the legal limit when he crashed his £125,000 Range Rover through a wall at about 00:30 on 8 April in Mere, Cheshire.

Drinkwater, who had two women passengers in the car, caused £50,000 damage to his car and suffered a graze to his forehead.

He gave a reading of 87mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath, with the legal limit being 35mcg.

He admitted drink-driving at Stockport Magistrates' Court when he appeared for a brief hearing before District Judge Mark Hadfield.

Newly-weds repeat their wedding for the bride's 93-year-old mother who could not attend.
Elizabeth Mannion-O'Keeffe's 93-year-old mother was too frail to attend the first wedding.

North West weather: Sunny spells but rain later

BBC Weather

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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Judge visits serial rape accused in jail

A man accused of 21 offences including eight rapes has been visited by a judge in prison after refusing to appear in court.

Joseph McCann
Met Police

Joseph McCann, of Aylesbury, is charged with the kidnap and rape of eight alleged victims aged between 11 and 71.

The offences are alleged to have been committed between 20 April and 5 May, in London, Watford, Cheshire, Manchester and Lancashire.

Mr McCann was arrested in Congleton in Cheshire following a police manhunt.

Signalling fault causing rail delays

BBC News Travel

A fault with the signalling system at Alsager is causing disruption to journeys, with the service between Stoke-on-Trent and Crewe suspended.

Buses are currently operating between these stations.

Disruption is expected until 10:30, said National Rail.

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North West weather: Cloudy with patchy rain

BBC Weather

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".

Esther McVey announces Conservative leadership bid

Former cabinet minister and the MP for Tatton Esther McVey has announced she will stand for leader of the Conservative Party.

Esther McVey

She told Talk Radio she had "enough support" from fellow MPs to "go forward" once Theresa May stands down.

International Development Secretary Rory Stewart has announced he will run and Commons leader Andrea Leadsom has said she is "considering" doing so.

The former Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, from Liverpool, said:

I've always said quite clearly that if I got enough support from colleagues then, yes, I would, and now people have come forward and I have that support."

North West weather: Cloudy with some rain

BBC Weather

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

BBC Weather

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

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Weather: Rain and drizzly spells

BBC Weather

Tonight will stay generally cloudy with further spells of rain or drizzle.

The brisk easterly wind should gradually ease as it turns more north-easterly. Lows of 7°.

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Kerry Katona fined £500 for failing to send child to school

Cheshire-born singer Kerry Katona has been fined £500 for failing to send one of her children to school.

Kerry Katona

The former member of Atomic Kitten had previously denied the charge but her solicitor entered a guilty plea on her behalf at Brighton Magistrates' Court.

The prosecution said Katona, who lives in Crowborough, East Sussex but is originally from Warrington, had "failed to engage" over the issue.

But Ed Fish, defending, said work commitments meant she sometimes had to take the child to work with her.

North West weather: Rainy afternoon and feeling cool

BBC Weather

Cloudy skies and spells of rain and drizzle this afternoon. It will feel cool too with highs of 11C.

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New leader for Cheshire East Tories after election losses

Phil McCann

Cheshire Political Reporter, BBC News

The leader of Cheshire East Council’s Conservative Party is to stand down after the party lost 19 seats in last week’s local elections and control of the authority.

Rachel Bailey
Cheshire East Council

The party's majority was eaten away by Labour, which gained nine seats, and candidates representing hyper-local independent interests.

Conservatives occupy 34 of the council's 82 seats.

Wybunbury councillor Janet Clowes will replace Rachel Bailey later this month after she was unanimously elected by her party colleagues at a meeting last night.

Man charged with kidnap and rape

A man who was arrested in Cheshire earlier this week has been charged with kidnapping and raping a woman.

Joseph McCann
Met Police

Joseph McCann is accused of the attack on a 21-year-old woman who was abducted at knifepoint in Watford in the early hours of 21 April.

The 34-year-old, of Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, was arrested on Monday and is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court later.

Prosecutors are considering a file of evidence relating to a number of other allegations, the Met Police said.

North West weather: Dull, rainy day

BBC Weather

A cloudy, dull day and the rain will stick around across the afternoon too. Expect brisk winds and highs of 11C.

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