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Weather: Mostly clear with misty patches

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will remain dry tonight, with mostly clear skies and light winds. One or two mist patches could also develop.

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North West weather: Dry and sunny

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A dry, fine and rather warm afternoon, with sunny spells. Some cloud and light winds with highs of 18C.

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Serial rape accused refuses to appear in court

A man accused of 21 offences including eight rapes across England has refused to attend a plea hearing at the Old Bailey.

Joseph McCann
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Joseph McCann, 34, was arrested near Congleton, Cheshire, and was due to appear via video-link from Belmarsh Prison.

But he did not appear on the screen and a dock officer confirmed he had refused to leave his cell.

Mr Justice Edis set a provisional six-week trial at the Old Bailey to start on 11 November.

He indicated that Mr McCann should be informed that, if he chose not to attend his trial, it would happen in his absence.

Mr McCann is charged with 21 offences against eight people, aged between 11 and 71, over a two-week period between 21 April and 5 May.

A string of alleged offences is said to have happened in Lancashire and Greater Manchester.

Attenborough praises Saddleworth Moor fire marshal scheme

Sir David Attenborough has praised a group of volunteers who have offered to patrol sprawling moorland to prevent wildfires from destroying the area.

Sir David Attenborough

More than 100 people have signed up to the safety marshal scheme to protect Dovestone Reservoir and surrounding Saddleworth Moor area this summer.

The area of "outstanding natural beauty" has been repeatedly ravaged by fires - most recently in April.

Sir David described the scheme as a "most valuable initiative".

North West weather: Dry and fine

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A dry and fine day with a mix of sunshine and cloud. Feeling warm with highs of 17C.

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Weather: Dry with clear periods

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Any daytime showers will slowly fade in the evening, to leave the night dry with clear periods and just the odd mist patch.

Thursday will remain largely dry with sunny spells, although there is once again a chance of an isolated shower or two developing.

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North West weather: Hazy, sunny afternoon

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Partly cloudy this afternoon, with hazy, sunny spells. There will be a few light showers around, but most places will stay dry with highs of 16C.

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Disability rugby team's minibus stolen

Salford Red Devils' learning disability rugby team has pulled out of a major weekend festival after its minibus was stolen.

Salford Red Devils Foundation learning disability bus
Salford Red Devils

The team was due to appear at the Super League's Magic Weekend festival at Anfield in Liverpool on Sunday.

They were due appear in a game at half time of the clash between St Helens v Castleford Tigers.

The club said players were "really disappointed" they will not be playing.

North West weather: Mainly dry day

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A chance of a couple of showers this morning but expect a largely dry day with sunshine and highs of 16C.

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Weather: Mostly dry with some drizzle

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It will dry for much of the night and there will be some clear periods.

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It will become cloudier later in the night and there may be some light rain or drizzle at the end of the night. Lows of 9°.

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North West weather: Dry and sunny

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This afternoon will be dry and sunny, and it will feel pleasantly warm too with highs of 17C.

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Police dog handler denies assaults

A police officer accused of setting his dog on suspects to inflict serious injuries has been given three awards in his 11-year career, a jury heard.

PC Paul Jackson

Giving evidence at his trial at Preston Crown Court. PC Paul Jackson denied assaulting anyone.

Prosecutors allege the Greater Manchester Police (GMP) officer used the dog to "vent his contempt" for five men during a series of arrests.

PC Jackson, 36, denies five counts of wounding with intent.

North West weather: Dry and sunny

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A dry morning and more sunshine on the way. It will feel warm too with highs of 17C.

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North West weather: Dry and bright afternoon

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A bright and sunny afternoon and it will feel reasonably warm too.

It should stay dry, with only a slight chance of showers and highs of 17C.

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Thousands affected by Manchester Airport delays

About 13,000 people have been affected by delays at Manchester Airport caused by problems with the fuel supply.

Shaun Waring and Sheree Hogg
Sheree Hogg
Sheree Hogg (right) and partner Shaun Waring at the airport before their flight was cancelled

Flights to Tenerife, Belfast and Milan were among 87 cancelled on Sunday, while others were delayed by hours.

The airport has apologised, saying the issues were resolved by 03:00 and flights are operating as planned apart from four cancelled Flybe flights.

Sheree Hogg, from Preston, said she was "gutted" to miss out on a trip to Rome for her 30th birthday.

The surprise holiday was a present from her fiancé Shaun Waring, who had been planning the trip for months.

Commuters braced as railway timetables change

The new National Rail summer timetable has come into effect, with 1,000 new train services being introduced across Great Britain.

People waiting at train station
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Last year, an extensive shake-up led to weeks of chaos on the Northern network after the operator tried to introduce 1,700 extra services.

That led to huge delays and cancellations with more than 15,000 services cancelled over the past twelve months due to the failed implementation of the timetable.

This year, Northern says it intends to bring in just 210 extra services including brand new trains on long distance routes connecting larger towns in the North.

The operator says it will monitor the latest changes carefully and respond quickly to any problems.

Manchester Airport: Flights cancelled and delayed after fuel problem

A "power issue" that affected fuel supply caused dozens of flights to be cancelled at Manchester Airport.

Queues at the easyJet desk at Manchester Airport
Daniel Shortall
Queues at the easyJet desk at Manchester Airport

Flights to Tenerife, Belfast and Milan were among 87 cancelled, while others were delayed by hours.

Passengers said they were stuck on grounded planes for two to three hours because of the problems, which began on Sunday afternoon.

Manchester Airport said the issue was resolved at 03:00 with a small number of delays and cancellations expected today.

North West weather: Dry and bright

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A bright and sunny Monday. Staying dry and feeling warm with highs of 15C.

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Fire union condemns mayor's budget plan

Greater Manchester's mayor should scrap his "insulting" planned cuts to fire services, the firefighters' union has said.

Andy Burnham and a firefighter

An emergency motion at the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) conference condemned Andy Burnham's three-year plan to cut his fire budget by £12.8m.

The mayor revealed proposals in March to cut jobs, close fire stations and reduce fire appliance crew numbers.

A statement from Mr Burnham blamed government spending limits.

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

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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Manchester Arena attack: 'It feels like we're stuck in 2017'
The parents of Saffie Roussos, the youngest victim of the Manchester Arena attack, speak of their struggle.

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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Racist graffiti man 'had Brexit on mind'

A man who daubed "no blacks" on the door of a Salford family home which left a 10-year-old boy "terrified" has been jailed.

"No Blacks" graffiti daubed on door
Jackson Yamba
The graffiti was painted on three doors at the block of flats

Vaughan Dowd, 54, vandalised the front door of Jackson Yamba's home, five days after the family moved in.

Dowd, of Irlam Square, Salford, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to racially aggravated criminal damage.

Jailing him for 12 months, a judge told him it was an "outpouring of racism".

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.

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.