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Severe disruption: M53 Cheshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M53 Cheshire southbound severe disruption, from J9 for A5032 Station Road to J10 for A5117.

M53 Cheshire - Temporary closure and stationary on M53 southbound from J9, A5032 (Ellesmere Port) to J10, A5117 (Little Stanney), because of a vehicle on fire.

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

Man charged with assaulting two men

A man has been charged after two men were attacked in Crewe at the weekend.

Cheshire constabulary
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A 44-year-old man was attacked in Maplins Moss Place on Saturday night, and a 41-year-old assaulted on nearby Broughton Road.

Both were taken to hospital with facial injuries.

A 30-year-old man from Wilmslow has been charged with grievous bodily harm and actual bodily harm.

He's set to appear at Chester Crown Court in August.

Second stage of new high speed rail line approved

MPs have approved the second stage of the multi-billion pound high speed rail project which will see the route extended from Birmingham to Crewe.

The government says HS2 is vital to the economy - but critics say the cost to the public purse and the environment could be too high.

Crewe stationb
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HS2 is due to arrive in Crewe by 2027 and the station will become a hub when the line later extends to Manchester.

Cheshire East Council has said Crewe station needs a new main entrance, a new road bridge and extra parking to accommodate thousands of extra HS2 passengers.

North West weather on Monday 15 July

There will be plenty of sunshine to start the week.

There will be some cloud but it should remain dry with temperatures going up to the mid-20s.

Severe disruption: M56 Cheshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M56 Cheshire eastbound severe disruption, from J15 for M53 J11 to J14 for A5117.

M56 Cheshire - One lane closed on M56 eastbound from J15 M53 J11 to J14, A5117 (Hapsford), because of animals on the road. Traffic is coping well.

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

Chris Kamara reacts to police e-fit 'lookalike'

Football pundit Chris Kamara has posted a tongue-in-cheek response to a "lookalike" police e-fit.

Chris Kamara and efit
Chirs Kamara/Humberside Police

Humberside Police uploaded the suspect image, of a moustached man wearing a hard hat, to its social media accounts on Tuesday.

It received a raft of responses, with many suggesting it resembled the former professional footballer.

In response, Kamara, who played for a host of clubs, including Swindon, Brentford, Stoke and Leeds, tweeted a photo of himself wearing DIY gear and urged people not to be alarmed.

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'Regularly cars in hedges' - villagers want speed cameras

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

Speed cameras are being demanded by people in a village in Cheshire as they claim it's a hotspot for high speeds and crashes.

The A530 in Bradfield Green
BBC

The A530 drops from 50mph to 30mph as it goes through Bradfield Green, near Crewe.

But villagers have told BBC Radio Stoke of cars flouting the limit and repeatedly coming off the road in recent months.

Last month, Cheshire Police caught a driver going at 94mph in the 30 zone.

The force said it carries out speed checks on local roads every week and use the data to identify hot spots, which it uses with Cheshire East Council and the fire service to find long-term solutions.

We've had accidents that have closed the road for up to four, six hours, were we've had to park away from the house in a car. There are regularly cars in hedges that just seem to get pulled out and towed away."

Louise ColensoLocal business owner

North West weather on Monday 8 July

A cloudy and overcast start to the week.

There are also chances of patchy light rain and drizzle heading into the evening with temperatures reaching 20C.

RSPCA appeals for towels and bedding

BBC Radio Stoke

The RSPCA in south Cheshire is making an urgent appeal for towels and bedding.

It's team at Stapeley Grange uses them to care for sick animals, but is unable to re-use them, because of the risk of spreading disease.

Towels
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The charity says it needs the extra towels and bedding, because it has seen an increase in the number of baby birds and other animals recently.

Council blunder sees drivers wrongly given 675 fines

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

Hundreds of drivers are set to get refunds after a council admitted it wrongly gave them parking fines.

One of the car parks, on Chapel Street, Sandbach
Google

Cheshire East Council issued them over nearly three-and-a-half years from October 2015 for seven car parks in Alsager, Sandbach and Holmes Chapel.

But now the authority's admitted that due to a legal technicality, 675 fines weren't enforceable at a total cost of £19,467.

Drivers who received one are being urged to claim back their money.

Geoff Thomas plans final Tour de France charity ride

BBC Midlands Today

Former England, Wolves and Crewe Alexandra footballer Geoff Thomas says he will cycle the full Tour de France route for the last time in 2020.

Geoff Thomas
BBC

In 2003, the 54-year-old was given three months to live after being diagnosed with leukaemia.

Two years later, and just months after finding out he was in remission from cancer, he first took on the full route of the cycling event for charity, one day ahead of the professionals.

Cure Leukaemia today announced he'll ride it again for one final time next year and is looking for 14 amateur cyclists to join him to help raise £1m.

Meet the new police puppy recruits Keo and Logan
Labrador Keo and Dutch Herder Logan are working with the North Wales and Cheshire Police Alliance dog unit.

North West weather: Dry and bright day ahead

It will be mainly dry and bright today with temperatures set to reach 19C.

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Who is Simon Byrne?
Simon Byrne sworn in as new PSNI chief constable

Police hunt arsonists who torched industrial site

A fire at an industrial site in Warrington is being treated as an arson attack, police have confirmed.

Fire
Cheshire Constabulary

Firefighters spent 12 hours tackling the blaze involving wooden pallets at Forward Works on Bridge Lane, Woolston, shortly before 23:00 on Saturday.

The fire caused £100,000 worth of damage, police have said.

A second fire at WH Capper, which went out by itself before any damage was caused to the building, is also believed to have been started deliberately.

North West weather: Bright and sunny spells

Bright and sunny spells are predicted for today with highs of around 17C.

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