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Severe accident: M61 Greater Manchester northbound

BBC News Travel

M61 Greater Manchester northbound severe accident, from J1 for M60 J15 to J3 for A666 St Peters Way.

M61 Greater Manchester - One lane closed on M61 northbound from J1, M60 (Swinton Interchange) to J3, A666 (Kearsley Spur), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M62 Greater Manchester westbound

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M62 Greater Manchester westbound severe disruption, at J18 for M60 J18.

M62 Greater Manchester - It's heavy on M62 westbound at J18, M60 (Simister Island), because of a break down.

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

Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire southbound

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M6 Cheshire southbound severe disruption, from J17 for A534 Old Mill Road Sandbach to J16 for A500 Stoke-On-Trent.

M6 Cheshire - One lane closed on M6 southbound from J17, A534 (Sandbach) to J16, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent), because of emergency repairs. Traffic is coping well.

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

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 - Lane blocked and it's heavy on M62 eastbound from J11, A574 (Birchwood) to J12, M60 (Eccles Interchange), because of a break down.

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

Severe disruption: A57(M) Greater Manchester westbound

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A57(M) Greater Manchester westbound severe disruption, at A5103 Princess Road.

A57(M) Greater Manchester - One lane blocked and it's very slow on A57(M) Mancunian Way westbound in Deansgate Locks at A5103 Princess Road, because of a break down.

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

Severe disruption: M61 Greater Manchester northbound

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M61 Greater Manchester northbound severe disruption, at J4 for A6 Watergate Lane.

M61 Greater Manchester - M61 exit slip road partially blocked and it's slow northbound at J4, A6 (Farnworth), because of a break down.

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

Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire northbound

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M6 Cheshire northbound severe disruption, from J18 for A54 Middlewich Road Middlewich to J19 for A556.

M6 Cheshire - One lane closed on M6 northbound from J18, A54 (Middlewich) to J19, A556 (Knutsford), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cheshire southbound severe disruption, from J17 for A534 Old Mill Road Sandbach to J16 for A500 Stoke-On-Trent.

M6 Cheshire - One lane closed on M6 southbound from J17, A534 (Sandbach) to J16, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent), because of emergency repairs. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cheshire northbound severe disruption, from J18 for A54 Middlewich Road Middlewich to J19 for A556.

M6 Cheshire - One lane closed on M6 northbound from J18, A54 (Middlewich) to J19, A556 (Knutsford), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M62 Greater Manchester eastbound

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M62 Greater Manchester eastbound severe disruption, from J20 for A627 to J21 for Milnrow Interchange.

M62 Greater Manchester - One lane closed on M62 eastbound from J20 A627(M) J3 Rochdale to Milnrow, because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M61 Greater Manchester northbound

BBC News Travel

M61 Greater Manchester northbound severe disruption, from J2 for A580 East Lancashire Road to J4 for A6 Watergate Lane.

M61 Greater Manchester - One lane closed and it's slow on M61 northbound from J2 A580 East Lancashire Road to J4, A6 (Farnworth), because of a lorry having a tyre changed.

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

Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire southbound

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M6 Cheshire southbound severe disruption, from J19 for A556 to J18 for A54 Middlewich Road Middlewich.

M6 Cheshire - One lane closed on M6 southbound from J19, A556 (Knutsford) to J18, A54 (Middlewich), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Jobs lost as Yorkshire Linen Company shuts it shops

More than 130 people have lost their jobs after a chain of linen shops went out of business.

Yorkshire Linen store
BBC

The Yorkshire Linen Company operated 19 stores across the north of England - including in Huddersfield, Hull, Keighley, Leeds and Wakefield - selling towels, bedding and curtains.

Its closure comes four months after the firm shut eight stores as part of a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) designed to keep the business going.

Administrator BDO said the closure was down to challenges on the High Street.

Severe accident: A59 Lancashire both ways

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A59 Lancashire both ways severe accident, from A671 Pimlico Link Road to Sawley Road.

A59 Lancashire - A59 in Chatburn closed and it's slow in both directions from the A671 Pimlico Link Road junction to the Sawley Road junction, because of an accident.

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

Severe accident: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

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M62 West Yorkshire eastbound severe accident, from J22 for A672 to J23 for A640 New Hey Road.

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed and queues on M62 eastbound from J22, A672 (Rishworth Moor) to J23, A640 (Huddersfield), because of an accident involving two cars.

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

Partner jailed for murder of St Helens mother-of-five

A man who killed his partner in a "prolonged" attack, causing more than 100 injuries, has been jailed for life.

Rachel Evans and Carl Harrison
Family handout/Merseyside Police

Carl Harrison, who previously admitted murder, making threats to kill and assault, stabbed mother-of-five Rachel Evans to death at his home in March.

The 47-year-old, of Hignett Avenue, St Helens, was ordered to serve a minimum of 18 years at Liverpool Crown Court.

Merseyside Police said it was hoped the sentence would give Ms Evans's children "even the smallest bit of closure".

Houghton Weavers singer dies at 69

Tony Berry, the lead singer of the Houghton Weavers, has died from cancer at the age of 69.

Tony Berry
Houghton Weavers

The folk band formed in 1975 in Westhoughton, Bolton and are well-known for songs including The Blackpool Belle and Sit Thi Deawn.

A message on the band's website said: "Tony was a wonderfully talented, thoughtful and kind person who touched the lives and hearts of so many over a lifetime of dedication to show business.

"Tony will be very sadly missed but will remain eternally in our hearts and thoughts."

Severe disruption: M58 Greater Manchester westbound

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M58 Greater Manchester westbound severe disruption, from M6 J26 to J6 for M58.

M58 Greater Manchester - One lane closed on M58 westbound from M6 J26, Orrell Interchange to J6, M58 (Up Holland), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

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

The daredevils who flew across an ocean

Dan Box

BBC News

A century ago, John Alcock and Arthur Brown made the first non-stop transatlantic flight.

John Alcock and Arthur Brown
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They flew from Newfoundland to County Galway. The then flew on to Manchester for a civic reception. It was a remarkable achievement.

Vickers Vimy departing St Johns, 14 June 1919
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They won the Daily Mail's reward of £10,000 and were knighted by King George just a few days later.

Read their story here.

Severe disruption: M65 Lancashire westbound

BBC News Travel

M65 Lancashire westbound severe disruption, at J8 for A56.

M65 Lancashire - M65 lane closed on entry slip road westbound at J8, A56 (Accrington), because of emergency services responding to a medical emergency.

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

The Beatles' first contract with Brian Epstein to be auctioned

The Beatles' first contract with manager Brian Epstein is expected to sell for about £300,000 at auction.

The Beatles
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Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and their first drummer Pete Best signed the document on 24 January 1962, before achieving worldwide fame.

"[Epstein] stopped them eating on stage," Gabriel Heaton, a specialist at the Sotheby's auction house, said.

"He made sure they played the songs properly and coherently, and he got them bowing at the end of a set."

Adam Harris custody death: Police sergeant cleared

A police officer has been cleared of misconduct over the death of a man who fell ill after his arrest.

Adam Harris
Family handout

The death of Adam Harris, 34, in Tameside on 20 April 2018 led to an investigation of a custody sergeant from Greater Manchester Police.

But the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said his decision not to immediately send Mr Harris to hospital was "considered, and rationalised".

An inquest found Mr Harris died of cocaine and alcohol poisoning.

Liverpool Youth Offending Service receives 'good' rating

Liverpool's Youth Offending Service (YOS) has been rated "good" with some "outstanding" areas following an official inspection.

Liverpool YOS
Liverpool City Council

But the HM Inspector of Probation report found its out-of-court processes were "inadequate" and required improvement.

The YOS offers support to young offenders aged between 10 and 18 as well as the victims of their crimes.

A team of inspectors examined every aspect of the team's work in March.

Police in Manchester 'committed' to reducing knife crime

Extra police officers will be deployed across Manchester every weekend of the summer in a new effort to tackle knife crime.

knives
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As well as officers conducting stop and searches, the council will be visiting schools to talk to children on the dangers of knife crime.

Police recorded 168 incidents between March and April.

Supt Umer Khan said: “The rise in knife crime has provoked concern and anxiety across communities so I am committed to addressing and reducing the number of attacks."

Weather: Sunny spells and showers

BBC Weather

The rain should continue to peter out to leave sunny spells and a few showers through the rest of this afternoon.

Highs of 17C.

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Ambulance crews battled to save man who fell into lake

Police say the man who died after falling into Windermere earlier this week was 57 and from Heversham, near Milnthorpe.

Emergency services were called to Glebe Road, one of the busiest tourist areas in the Lake District, just before 13:00 on Wednesday, and medical staff from the ambulance and air ambulance tried in vain to save the man's life.

Police say the coroner has been informed, and they have no reason to be suspicious about the man's death.

Severe disruption: M56 Cheshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M56 Cheshire eastbound severe disruption, from J12 for A557 to J11 for A56 Chester Road.

M56 Cheshire - One lane closed and it's heavy on M56 eastbound from J12, A557 (Runcorn) to J11, A56 (Preston Brook), because of a broken down van.

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

Cricket World Cup: India v Pakistan in Manchester prompts huge crowds

Thousands of cricket fans will head to Manchester this weekend ahead of the World Cup clash between India and Pakistan.

Pakistan and India fans
Reuters

Armed police will be part of a huge policing operation as the two countries face off at Old Trafford on Sunday.

It is one of sport's biggest games and bitterest rivalries which is likely to draw a global television audience of one billion.

More than 700,000 people applied for tickets to the game.

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire westbound severe disruption, from J23 for A640 New Hey Road to J22 for A672.

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed and it's slow on M62 westbound from J23, A640 (Huddersfield) to J22, A672 (Rishworth Moor), because of a break down.

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