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Severe accident: M6 Lancashire southbound

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M6 Lancashire southbound severe accident, at J29 for M65 J1.

M6 Lancashire - Temporary closure and stationary on M6 southbound at J29, M65 J1 (Lostock Hall), because of an accident.

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

Severe disruption: M66 Greater Manchester southbound

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M66 Greater Manchester southbound severe disruption, from J1 for A56 Walmersley Road to J2 for A58 Rochdale Road.

M66 Greater Manchester - Temporary closure and stationary on M66 southbound from J1, A56 (Ramsbottom) to J2, A58 (Bury), because of a police investigation.

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

Severe disruption: M66 Greater Manchester southbound

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M66 Greater Manchester southbound severe disruption, at J1 for A56 Walmersley Road.

M66 Greater Manchester - M66 entry slip road closed and queues southbound at J1, A56 (Ramsbottom), because of a police investigation.

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

Severe accident: B5197 Lancashire both ways

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B5197 Lancashire both ways severe accident, from A59 County Road to A570 Park Road.

B5197 Lancashire - B5197 Aughton Street in Ormskirk partially blocked and it's very slow in both directions from the A59 County Road junction to the A570 Park Road junction, because of an accident.

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

Severe disruption: M6 Greater Manchester southbound

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M6 Greater Manchester southbound severe disruption, from J26 for M58 to J25 for .

M6 Greater Manchester - One lane closed on M6 southbound from J26, M58 (Orrell Interchange) to J25, Bryn, 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

North West weather: Plenty of sunshine

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A good deal of dry weather with sunny spells this afternoon, with just a small chance of one or two light showers.

Highs of 18C.

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Man arrested after teenager stabbed in Preston

A woman and a 16-year-old girl have been injured in a stabbing in Preston.

Derry Road
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The woman, in her 30s, was stabbed in the arm and face at a house on Derry Road at 21:25 on Thursday.

Thee teenager suffered an injury to her head when she tried to intervene, police said.

None of the injuries are thought to be life-threatening.

A 33-year-old a man has been arrested on suspicion of assault.

Man hurt by 'substance' in street attack

A man has had an "unknown substance" thrown at him during a street attack, which also saw him suffer a suspected cheekbone fracture, police have said.

Harold Street, Burnley
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The 42-year-old man was found by officers called to Burnley's Harold Street at about 19:30 BST on Thursday.

It is believed a substance similar to pepper spray was used in the attack.

The man and emergency service personnel were given treatment in hospital for the effects of the substance, Lancashire Police said.

School outdoors centre gets go-ahead for extension

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Ellis Butcher

A centre near Appleby providing holidays in rural Eden for children from Liverpool has been given the nod for a £300,000 expansion plan, despite noise concerns from neighbours.

Knowsley Enterprise Academy, based at Kirkby, provides outdoor adventure holidays for primary children at the former Ormside Station building, catering for 700 children a year.

Architects' drawing of plan
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Steve Dumbell from the development company said the extension would increase the centre’s capacity from 32 to 49 beds and also means people with disabilities can be welcomed to the site for the first time.

The parish council objected and 15 neighbouring residents wrote to the council, but none appeared at the planning meeting and Mr Dumbell said the noise might have come from a nearby campsite.

Council reclaims troubled Guild Hall

Preston City Council has taken back ownership of the city's troubled Guild Hall.

Preston Guild Hall
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The authority has seized control of the lease it agreed with businessman Simon Rigby when he became owner in 2014.

The venue recently closed after being placed into administration by Mr Rigby.

He said he was now seeking legal advice after claiming he was not officially informed by the council of its decision.

'It's helped our attendees' mental health'

BBC Sport

A cup of tea and a chat can be a lifeline to some in society who feel isolated and alone.

Wigan Athletic's Extra Time Hub
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As loneliness can grow stronger as we get older, 12 English Football League clubs are helping to bring together retired and semi-retired people in their local communities.

With Loneliness Awareness Week (17-21 June) taking place, BBC Sport went to see how Wigan Athletic's Extra Time Hub is working to combat loneliness in older people.

North West weather: Dry and bright

Scattered showers are predicted for the north west this morning but the weather will start to settle as the day progresses.

Temperatures are expected to reach 18C.

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Severe disruption: M6 Lancashire southbound

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M6 Lancashire southbound severe disruption, from J34 for A683 Bay Gateway to J33 for A6 Preston Lancaster Road Lancaster South.

M6 Lancashire - M6 blocked southbound from J34, A683 (Lancaster) to J33, A6 (Lancaster South), because of an overturned car.

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

Seventh man charged over shooting death

A seventh man has been charged with murder following the shooting of a 21-year-old man on Merseyside.

Miguel Reynolds
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Miguel Reynolds, from Manchester, was shot dead on Assissian Crescent in Netherton, Sefton, in June 2018.

Joseph McKeever, 28, of Howard Florey Avenue in Netherton, has also been charged with conspiracy to possess a firearm and ammunition, and conspiracy to commit robbery.

He is scheduled to appear at Liverpool Magistrates' Court on Friday.

Police 'must re-examine' party death

The death of a man at a house party is to be re-examined by police after a coroner said there was insufficient evidence to rule out unlawful killing.

Gareth Roberts
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Gareth Roberts, of Preston, died after a fight at a house in Fulwood in 2018.

Two people were arrested on suspicion of murder, but were later released without charge.

Adjourning the 36-year-old's inquest, Preston coroner Richard Taylor said he would send the case "back to police for them to investigate this further".

Severe accident: M6 Lancashire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Lancashire southbound severe accident, from J34 for A683 Bay Gateway to J33 for A6 Preston Lancaster Road Lancaster South.

M6 Lancashire - Temporary closure and stationary on M6 southbound from J34, A683 (Lancaster) to J33, A6 (Lancaster South), because of an accident.

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

Rapist jailed for historical sex assaults

A man has been jailed for 16 years for the rape of a young girl in Melling, Sefton in the early 2000s.

William Bresnahan
Merseyside Police

William Bresnahan, 75, of Waddicar Lane, Melling was found guilty of three counts of raping a girl under 16 and three counts of indecent assault.

The crimes had been reported to police in April 2017.

Bresnahan was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court to 16 years in prison with an extended one year on licence.

Severe disruption: M61 Greater Manchester southbound

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

M61 Greater Manchester - One lane closed on M61 southbound from J6, A6027 (Horwich) to J5, A58 (Westhoughton), 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

Boy, seven, injured in car crash

A seven-year-old boy needed hospital treatment after a crash involving a Nissan Juke in Bacup.

The young boy suffered a fractured collarbone and eye socket after the crash on Pennine Road at about 16:45 BST on 18 June.

He was taken to Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool.

Lancashire Police are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

Pennine Road
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Weather: Dry and bright

A few showers this morning but dry and bright conditions to look forward to later.

Temperatures set to rise to 18C.

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Weather: Dry clear night with a gentle breeze

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One or two showers are possible tonight, but in general most places should simply remain dry with clear periods. Just a gentle breeze. Lows of 11C.

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Man, 85, beaten and robbed at knifepoint

An 85-year-old man has been tied up, beaten and robbed at knifepoint in his home in Wigan.

Glenbranter Avenue, Ince
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Two men broke in to the house in Glenbranter Avenue, Ince in the early hours of this morning.

They escaped with cash, cigarettes and alcohol.

The man's in hospital with his injuries, Greater Manchester Police said.

Seventh man held in murder investigation

A seventh man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering Miguel Reynolds in Sefton last year.

Miguel Reynolds
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Mr Reynolds, from Manchester, was fatally shot in Assissian Crescent, Netherton, Sefton in June 2018.

Six men were charged with his murder last week.

Merseyside Police said a 28-year-old man, from Netherton, has been arrested on suspicion of murder and conspiracy to rob.

Severe accident: M61 Greater Manchester northbound

BBC News Travel

M61 Greater Manchester northbound severe accident, at J6 for A6027 De Havilland Way.

M61 Greater Manchester - M61 lane blocked on exit slip road and queues northbound at J6, A6027 (Horwich), because of an accident involving two cars.

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

Severe accident: M6 Lancashire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Lancashire northbound severe accident, before J33 for A6 Preston Lancaster Road Lancaster South.

M6 Lancashire - It's very slow on M6 northbound before J33, A6 (Lancaster South), because of a temporary closure and an accident, which is now on the hard shoulder.

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

Anderson and Onions for England?

Lancashire beat Derbyshire by 10 wickets

Lancashire all-rounder Liam Livingstone says England could do worse than having not just one 36-year-old but two spearheading the Test attack against Australia this summer.

England's all-time top Test wicket taker Jimmy Anderson is, of course, a shoo-in for the Ashes series. He now has 28 scalps in five Division Two matches in 2019.

But former Durham paceman Graham Onions, 42 days his junior and not used by England since June 2012, is not far behind with 25 wickets, after the pair finished off Derbyshire.

Jimmy Anderson and Graham Onions have taken 53 Division Two wickets between them this summer
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"Jimmy Anderson and Graham Onions are bowling as well as I've seen," Livingstone told BBC Radio Lancashire. "The way they bowled in this game was outstanding.

"They were unplayable at times on that pitch. Certainly, fielding at second slip you feel you are in the game every ball. If they went into the first Test as an opening bowling pair I'm sure Australia would struggle."

Accrington Stanley score Marseille friendly coup

League One Accrington Stanley have landed a coup by arranging to host French giants Olympique de Marseille for a pre-season friendly.

The 10-time Ligue 1 winners will travel to face Accrington on 11 July, but work to re-surface the pitch at the Wham Stadium means the game will be played at the AJ Bell Stadium in Salford, home to Salford Red Devils and Sale Sharks.

The likes of former Manchester City striker Mario Ballotelli could feature for Marseille in the warm-up fixture.

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The club's managing director David Burgess said: "The chairman got wind that Marseille were coming over for a two-week training camp [and] got on to the club direct and 24 hours later we're stood here at Salford Reds setting up a pre-season friendly.

"Certainly in friendly terms, it's as big as it comes for us."

Boy in hospital after being run over

A seven-year-old boy was taken to hospital with a broken collarbone and fractured eye socket after being knocked down by a car in Bacup, said Lancashire Police.

The child was hit by a Nissan Juke on Pennine Road at 16:45 on Tuesday and taken to Alder Hey Hospital.

Pennine Road, Bacup
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Police have appealed for witnesses and motorists with dashcam footage to contact them.