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Severe accident: A59 Merseyside southbound

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A59 Merseyside southbound severe accident, from Liverpool Road South to M58.

A59 Merseyside - A59 closed southbound from the Liverpool Road South junction to Switch Island, because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Former Great Britain scrum-half Bobbie Goulding says it helps him following drug problems.
Former Great Britain scrum-half Bobbie Goulding says keeping fit helps him following drink and drug problems.

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

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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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

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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
Mersesyide Police
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
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.

Violent crime 'a health issue' says Merseyside police commissioner

The "disease" of serious violence on Merseyside should be treated as a public health issue, the region's police commissioner has said.

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Jane Kennedy made the claim at the launch of a new Violence Reduction Partnership aimed at tackling the root causes of violent crime.

It follows the success of a similar model in Scotland, which saw the number of homicides fall by half in a decade.

Ms Kennedy said it could take ten years to "really turn things around".

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.


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

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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

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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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National search for missing Wakefield teenager Nicole

Police officers are trying to find a missing 16-year-old girl who's been missing from Wakefield for five days.

Nicole Harris
West Yorkshire Police

Nicole Harris was last seen in the Quebec Street area of the city, but a national search has now started for her.

She is known to have links to various parts of the country including South Yorkshire, Shropshire, Humberside, Merseyside and North Wales, West Yorkshire Police said.

Nicole who is described as a "vulnerable teenager", is 5ft 3ins tall and has long brown hair and a burn scar on the side of her nose.

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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Wanted armed robber found hiding in loft

A convicted armed robber wanted on recall to prison has been found hiding in the loft of a house in Merseyside.

Winchester Avenue, Waterloo

Edward Metcalfe, 38, was found at an address in Winchester Avenue, Waterloo earlier.

A Merseyside Police spokeswoman said he had been arrested and taken back into custody after breaching the terms of his release under licence.

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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Severe disruption: M58 Merseyside eastbound

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M58 Merseyside eastbound severe disruption, between A59 and J1 for Maghull Lane.

M58 Merseyside - Rolling road-block and emergency repairs on M58 eastbound between A59, Switch Island and J1, Maghull (Kirkby).

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

North West weather: Sunny spells but rain later

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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.

Tributes follow reports of Freddie Starr's death

Tributes have been paid to comedian Freddie Starr who has reportedly died, aged 76.

Freddie Starr

The Merseyside-born comic, impressionist, singer and actor was found dead inside his home in the Costa Del Sol region of Spain, the Sun said.

The BBC has not been able to confirm the reports.

Comedian Bobby Davro described him as "the funniest man I have ever seen", while presenter Amanda Holden said he should be "remembered with a smile".

North West weather: Cloudy with patchy rain

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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".

Teacher who kissed pupil spared ban

A teacher who sat on a pupil's knee on a train and "spontaneously" kissed him after drinking alcohol has been sacked but can continue teaching.

Merchant Taylors' school
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Rachel Clint, who was head of geography at Merchant Taylors' School in Merseyside, was found guilty of unacceptable professional conduct.

The kiss took place on a train after a Year 13 leavers event on 19 May 2017 while other pupils filmed it.

She will be not be banned because the incident was "isolated", a panel ruled.

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

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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

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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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North West weather: Rainy afternoon and feeling cool

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

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North West weather: Dull, rainy day

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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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Weather: Some heavy showers

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Tonight will have showers at first with more persistent rain moving in later on, with some heavy bursts possible.

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Winds will freshen from the east. Lows of 8°.

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North West weather: Cloudy with some rain

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This afternoon will be fairly cloudy with showers, some of which could become heavy. A few sunny intervals at times, light winds and highs of 12C.

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