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Severe disruption: M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise severe disruption, at J17 for Whitefield Interchange Prestwich.

M60 Greater Manchester - M60 exit slip road closed anticlockwise at J17, Whitefield (Prestwich), because of flooding.

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

North West weather: Turning wet overnight

BBC Weather

Northern parts of the region will hang onto sunshine into the evening, while cloud is starting to build further south.

Rain will move in overnight with temperatures falling as low as 9C.

North West weather: Turning wet overnight

Afghanistan players in Manchester restaurant altercation

BBC Sport

Some members of the Afghanistan squad were involved in an altercation at a Manchester restaurant on Monday, which resulted in the police being called.

Akbars Manchester
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It is thought the unnamed members of the squad took exception to being filmed by a member of the public and confronted him.

Greater Manchester Police confirmed that officers attended Akbar's restaurant shortly after 23:15 BST.

No arrests were made and investigations are ongoing.

Disruption warning as mainline upgrade looms

Acton Grange junction
Network Rail

Passengers using the West Coast mainline face two weeks of disruption and replacement buses as work is carried out to upgrade track.

Work costing £27m will begin on 20 July to replace rails, equipment and overhead lines at Acton Grange junction, near Warrington, which is used by 260 trains each day.

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Network Rail said services between Birmingham and Edinburgh would be replaced by buses on the section between Crewe and Preston.

There will be no direct trains between Blackpool and London Euston and passengers should connect via Preston.

Direct services from Preston and Wigan to London Euston will be diverted via Manchester Piccadilly.

The work is due to be completed by 4 August.

Severe congestion: M56 Greater Manchester eastbound

BBC News Travel

M56 Greater Manchester eastbound severe congestion, from J4 for Simonsway to J2 for A560 Altrincham Road.

M56 Greater Manchester - It's slow on M56 eastbound from J4, Simonsway (Wythenshawe) to J2, A560 (Sharston).

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

England captain Morgan scores record 17 sixes at Old Trafford

BBC Sport

Cricket fans at Old Trafford were treated to a spectacular display of big hitting as England captain Eoin Morgan clubbed 17 sixes - a record by a single player in a one-day innings.

Morgan's incredible 148 from just 71 balls helped England post Afghanistan a daunting target of 398 to win.

Here are three of Morgan's biggest hits, coming within a single over to bring up his century.

Morgan reaches an extraordinary century with three sixes in an over

England's 397-6, helped by 90 from Jonny Bairstow and 88 from Joe Root, was their highest World Cup total and their tally of 25 sixes broke their own record for a team in an ODI.

A few minutes ago, Afghanistan were 27-1 in reply.

Graphic showing Eoin Morgan's sixes
BBC Sport

North makes rail investment plea to next PM

HS2 artist's impression
HS2

The UK's next prime minister has been urged to end "damaging uncertainty" by giving their backing to HS2 lines north of the Midlands and a new line linking Liverpool with Hull.

Council leaders and elected mayors have jointly addressed a letter to each of the candidates in the Conservative Party leadership race to seek clear commitment to the projects.

HS2 proposed route map
BBC

Only the first phase of the £56bn HS2 project between London and Birmingham has so far been approved and Transport Secretary Chris Grayling is being urged to win over sceptics before parliament debates links to Manchester and Leeds next year.

The government is considering plans for the £39bn east-west Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) line, dubbed the "Crossrail of the North".

The letter said it was "only through the full delivery of both HS2 and NPR that the North can see truly transformative benefit".

Severe disruption: M61 Greater Manchester northbound

BBC News Travel

M61 Greater Manchester northbound severe disruption, from J5 for A58 Snydale Way to J6 for A6027 De Havilland Way.

M61 Greater Manchester - One lane closed on M61 northbound from J5, A58 (Westhoughton) to J6, A6027 (Horwich), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Yousef Makki death: Murder accused admits possessing knife

A 17-year-old boy accused of murdering a grammar school pupil has admitted possessing a knife before the start of his trial.

Yousef Makki, 17, who dreamed of becoming a heart surgeon, was stabbed to death on 2 March on a street in Hale Barns, Greater Manchester.

The accused, who denies murder, pleaded guilty to a charge of perverting the course of justice.

But he denied conspiracy to commit robbery, Manchester Crown Court heard.

Yousef Makki
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Yousef, who was from Burnage, Manchester, had won a scholarship to attend Manchester Grammar School.

A second defendant, also 17, pleaded not guilty to perverting the course of justice and conspiracy to robbery but admitted a charge of possession of a knife.

Neither teenager can be named because they are under 18.

A trial before Mr Justice Bryan, scheduled to last two weeks, is expected to begin later in the week.

Jeremy Kyle snubs request to appear before MPs

Jeremy Kyle has turned down a request to appear before MPs investigating reality TV.

ITV axed The Jeremy Kyle Show - which was filmed in Salford - in May, following the death of participant Steve Dymond.

Jeremy Kyle
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The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Committee then launched an inquiry into reality TV.

Senior executives involved in the show will appear in front of MPs on 25 June, but the star's representatives told the committee he would not give evidence.

The committee's chairman Damian Collins said: "We believe that Mr Kyle is an important witness to the committee in its work and we will be pursuing this matter with Mr Kyle's representatives to see if we can find a date when he will appear or to understand fully the reasons why he is not able to appear."

Driver flees scene of crash after wreckage closes slip road

M61 crash wreckage
GREATER MANCHESTER POLICE

A driver who fled the scene of a crash which closed a motorway slip road during rush hour is being hunted by police.

Pictures shared by Greater Manchester Police on social media showed wreckage strewn across the M61 southbound access road to the A580 near to Walkden after the crash at 04:40.

The force is trying to locate the driver of the silver Chevrolet Captiva who left the scene on foot.

Debris has been cleared and police are due to reopen the road this morning.

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Bowls under threat amid council cuts

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Bowls stock image
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Bowling greens across Bolton face closure if the town’s council presses on with cost-cutting plans to slash its maintenance budget.

A 2,000-name petition has called for the council to halt proposals to reduce its spend by £67,000 over the next two years.

The council wants to hands the responsibility for tending greens to the clubs that use them, but opponents say players would struggle to pay membership fees of up to £80 a year that would be needed to fund maintenance.

Bowls stock image
BBC

Clive Fenn, the secretary of Bolton Parks Veterans Amateur Bowling Association, said many elderly players relied on the game for exercise and social interaction.

Moss Bank Bowling Club chairman Chris Barnes said council-owned greens were already suffering at the hands of poor maintenance, with some left unplayable after going “three or four days” between being mowed.

The leader of Bolton Council, David Greenhalgh, said the authority wanted to work with the clubs “to find a solution which works for everyone”.

Cricket World Cup weather
While it's set fine and dry for England v Afghanistan at Old Trafford today, heavy showers could delay the start of play tomorrow at Edgbaston.

Old Trafford hosts England's cricketers

BBC Sport

Old Trafford hosts England's 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup clash against Afghanistan today and, wait for it... the sun is out!

The action will be live on the BBC Sport website, with play due to get under way at 10:30.

Eoin Morgan
Getty Images

England are hopeful captain Eoin Morgan will return after suffering back spasms during their previous game.

Transport for Greater Manchester said it expected roads around the ground to be congested and has urged fans to use Metrolink trams to reach the stadium.

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Severe accident: A58 Greater Manchester both ways

BBC News Travel

A58 Greater Manchester both ways severe accident, from Crimble Lane to Gorton Street.

A58 Greater Manchester - A58 Rochdale Road East in Heywood partially blocked and it's heavy in both directions from the Crimble Lane junction to the Gorton Street junction, because of an accident.

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

'Lost' Wind in the Willows puppets return to Manchester

Wind in the Willows puppets
WATERSIDE

Puppets from an animated version of The Wind in the Willows have returned home, 30 years after they were feared lost.

Twenty-five figures - including Ratty, Mole and Toad - have been donated to the Waterside Arts Centre in Sale.

The figures were created in the 1980s by Manchester-based animation studio Cosgrove Hall, which also made Danger Mouse and Chorlton and the Wheelies.

They had been kept in storage for 26 years and were only rediscovered recently when they were put up for auction.

Severe disruption: M61 Greater Manchester southbound

BBC News Travel

M61 Greater Manchester southbound severe disruption, from J4 for A6 Watergate Lane to J3 for A666 St Peters Way.

M61 Greater Manchester - One lane closed and queues on M61 southbound from J4, A6 (Farnworth) to J3, A666 (Kearsley Spur), because of a car that's broken down.

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

Severe accident: M61 Greater Manchester southbound

BBC News Travel

M61 Greater Manchester southbound severe accident, at J2 for A580 East Lancashire Road.

M61 Greater Manchester - M61 exit slip road to to the A580 East Lancashire Road closed and queues southbound at J2 A580 East Lancashire Road, because of a serious accident involving car. Congestion to J4 A6 (Farnworth).

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

Severe accident: M61 Greater Manchester both ways

BBC News Travel

M61 Greater Manchester both ways severe accident, at J1 for M60 J15.

M61 Greater Manchester - M61 exit slip road blocked at J1, M60 (Swinton Interchange), because of an accident.

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

Manchester mural celebrates suffragette movement
The artwork commemorates the "sacrifice and spirit" of the suffragettes, artist Venessa Scott says.

Severe accident: A664 Greater Manchester eastbound

BBC News Travel

A664 Greater Manchester eastbound severe accident, from Thompson Street to Sudell Street.

A664 Greater Manchester - A664 Rochdale Road in Ancoats closed and queues eastbound from the Thompson Street junction to the Sudell Street junction, because of an accident. Diversion in operation - via A62 Oldham Road.

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

UFC: Tyson Fury, Michael Rashford & Jesse Lingard send support to Brendan Loughnane
Manchester's Brendan Loughnane is hoping for a career with the UFC when he fights on Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender series in Las Vegas this week.

Ex-law lecturer denies child sex offences

An ex-university law lecturer has denied in court that he carried out a string of sex attacks on young girls.

Julian Myerscough
Suffolk Police

Julian Myerscough who is originally from Bolton is accused of abusing three girls between 2001 and 2010. He denies 11 charges, including two of raping a child under 13.

Appearing in the witness box, the defendant was asked if he had interfered sexually with the victims.

Mr Myerscough, who was a lecturer at the University of East Anglian, replied: "No, never. No."

Brexit referendum aftermath sees 'rise in extremism'

BBC Radio Manchester

Political extremism has increased since the 2016 Brexit referendum, the head of terrorism investigations in the North West has told BBC Radio Manchester.

Armed police officer
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Det Supt Will Chatterton said dealing with far-right extremism was a real challenge, with "open hostility" towards politicians.

He said the unit's cases included "horrific sentiments" posted online.

The Home Office said it was "committed to stamping out extremism in all its forms".

St Mary’s Church, Lymm in Cheshire

The bells of St Mary’s Church, Lymm in Cheshire
Bells on Sunday comes from St. Mary’s Church, Lymm in Cheshire.   In 1712 there were four bells at St. Mary’s, which were later recast into a ring of five by Abraham Rudhall of Gloucester.   After further changes in the nineteenth century the Whitechapel bell foundry again recast and added to the ring to make the full octave we hear them ringing.

'Sewage' in Leeds & Liverpool canal kills more than 1,000 fish

"Sewage" or "farm run-off" may have caused the death of more than 1,000 fish during a "pollution incident" in a canal, a waterways charity has said.

Dead fish
BBC

Boat owners reported seeing fish in a "distressed" state on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal at Leigh on Thursday, the Canal and Rivers Trust (CRT) said.

Hydrogen peroxide has now been added to the water to increase oxygen levels.

Fisheries officer Paul Breslin said something that was not "immediately toxic" was probably to blame.

It's a fur cop: Police trap runaway rabbit in Eccles

Traffic police officers have captured a fluffy suspect who tried to hop off in Eccles.

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Top Gear's return with new hosts Flintoff and McGuinness praised by critics

BBC Entertainment and Arts

"Gentler, kinder and all the better for it."

Chris Harris, Paddy McGuinness and Freddie Flintoff
BBC

The Guardian's Tim Dowling is among the critics welcoming the return of Top Gear with its new hosts - racing driver Chris Harris, retired cricketer Freddie Flintoff and comic Paddy McGuinness.

"There was likeability as the hosts opened the show," reported Digital Spy's Alistair McGeorge.

The Telegraph's Michael Hogan said the presenters' "chemistry was immediate, their camaraderie warm".

Overnight viewing figures showed an average of 2.54 million viewers which represented a 12.7% share of the audience, making it BBC Two's most watched programme of the day.

By comparison, the launch of the previous series of Top Gear drew an overnight average audience of 1.97 million in February.

Weather: Bright spells break through showers

BBC Weather

This afternoon will have bright spells together with a few showers although these should tend to fade away later on.

BBC Weather forecast in the North West of England

Blustery, with a brisk south-westerly wind. Highs of 17C.

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Man 'critical' after 'violent' burglary

A man has been seriously injured and three others hurt after a "violent" burglary at a property in Wigan.

Wellfield Road, Wigan
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Greater Manchester Police said it happened in Wellfield Road on Sunday afternoon.

Four people were taken to hospital including a 43-year-old man who remains in a critical condition.

Six people - including three men treated in hospital - have been arrested in connection with the incident.

A 23-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary.Three men - aged 18, 24 and 51 - and two women aged 19 and 44 are being held on suspicion of assault.

Paul Pogba

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Manchester United staff greeted news of Paul Pogba's desire to leave Old Trafford with a sigh. Is he worth it or should they sell him?

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Artwork highlights air pollution problems

A giant artwork at MediaCity is highlighting global air pollution as part of Greater Manchester's first Clean Air Week.

Pollution pod
BBC

The pollution pods replicate the air breathed in cities such as Beijing and New Delhi as well as in Manchester.

Simon Warburton, transport strategy director of Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), said research shows air pollution in the region is linked to 1,200 premature deaths every year, with omissions from car exhaust pipes the main source.

The air pollution we have around our cities now is very different to the air pollution talked about in the 1950s and 1960s. This is air pollution you can't immediately see around us but it is having real impact on our health.

Simon WarburtonTfGM

He said the pollution pods gives "a real sense of what it feels like" making the "invisible more visible" for people to understand and contribute to plans to improve air quality in Greater Manchester.

Tyson Fury: I'm a chubby guy who comes to have fun

BBC Sport

Manchester's Tyson Fury says he does not take himself too seriously following a ruthless display to stop Tom Schwarz in the second round in Las Vegas.

Tyson Fury: I'm a chubby guy who comes to have fun

India vs Pakistan: Fans light up Old Trafford

BBC Sport

India versus Pakistan in the World Cup is as close to a rock concert as cricket will come.

What a spectacle! Bollywood star Ranveer cheers Babar wicket

There was nothing genteel or quiet about this, no sounds of sandwiches being unwrapped or flasks of tea being opened.

It's the noise which will linger in the memory. And the colourful costumes.

Oh, and the numbers. The numbers are staggering: 700,000 ticket requests, 600 media requests, a reported one billion TV viewers.

'At school, I was told I was ugly'

At school, Rekha Sharma was told she was ugly and would never have a professional career.

"At school, I was told I was ugly... but I know my worth."

She was born with a rare condition called hemifacial microsomnia, which means one side of her face is underdeveloped.

She was also born without a jaw joint and with a cleft lip and palate and has undergone numerous operations since since childhood.

Rehka is now a successful solicitor in Manchester.

She's critical of the Asian introduction system which she says is "flawed" but remains hopeful that people's prejudices will not get in the way of her finding a partner.