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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

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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 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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

Sir Ian McKellen extends 80th birthday tour

Sir Ian McKellen is extending his solo tour marking his 80th birthday year.

Sir Ian McKellen.

The actor has already performed at 80 venues, raising £2m for theatre charities by the time the current run ends in Orkney in August.

He has now announced 80 more shows, at the Harold Pinter Theatre in London's West End.

Sir Ian said the tour has been "a joyful birthday present to myself".

"I've played mainly in theatres I knew well as a young theatregoer and actor," he said.

"On my birthday, I was in Bolton Town Hall, where my dad used to work."

Sir Ian was born in Burnley and grew up in Wigan.

Disabled woman 'nearly died' after Bolton Council care cuts

A disabled woman whose care package was cut by more than half has told how she almost died after it was reduced.

Kim Jaye

Kim Jaye, who has difficulty carrying out basic tasks, ended up in intensive care after she split six stitches when she was left without a carer.

Bolton Council was criticised in a report for its "flawed assessment" of Ms Jaye's case which cut her care from 67 hours-a-week to 25.

The council apologised and said it was reviewing its assessment methods.

Robbie Williams invests in Liverpool arts school LMA

Robbie Williams has bought a stake in Liverpool performing arts academy, LMA.

Robbie Williams and LMA students

The ex-Take That star, who mentored the centre's LMA Choir during his time as an X Factor judge, will help the academy to expand globally, starting with the launch of a London campus.

He said he hoped to "motivate the next generation of pop stars".

Williams will hold a 20% stake, becoming a co-owner alongside founders Richard and Simon Wallace, and former Tesco chief executive Terry Leahy.

Hundreds of buildings still have 'unsafe' cladding

More than 200 high-rise buildings in England with cladding similar to that used on Grenfell Tower have yet to begin work to remove it.

The message on this Salford block says it has dangerous cladding

Out of 328 buildings that still have aluminium composite material (ACM) cladding, 221 are awaiting work to start.

Events on Friday will mark the second anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire in which 72 people died.

Ahead of the second anniversary of the fire, campaigners projected messages on to tower blocks in Salford, Newcastle and London which they said were unsafe.

The government will pay £200m to remove ACM from privately owned blocks.

Football Ventures set for Bolton takeover

BBC Sport

Bolton Wanderers are set to be taken over by the Football Ventures consortium, BBC Radio Manchester reports.

Bolton Wanderers
Rex Features

Administrators announced on Thursday that they had identified a preferred new owner for the League One club.

Final offers were received from five parties before Wednesday's deadline.

The successful bid met the criteria outlined by the administrators, including proof of funds for the next two years and EFL approval.

Man used Grindr in child sex abuse plot

A man who admitted using online dating site Grindr in a plot to sexually abuse a child has been jailed.

Mauricio Vinas (left) Liverpool Crown Court (right)
Merseyside Police (left)

Mauricio Vinas, 31, of Hopkins Close, St Helens, pleaded guilty to arranging or facilitating the commission of a child sex offence.

Merseyside Police arrested Vinas in May after he arranged to meet another man on the social media site in order to commit a sexual offence against a child.

He was sentenced to 11 years at Liverpool Crown Court on Thursday and handed a sexual harm prevention order and placed on the sex offenders' register for life.

Woman seriously hurt after being hit by a car

A woman has been seriously injured after she was struck by a car in Preston yesterday.

Deepdale Road

The 45-year-old woman was walking on Deepdale Road when she was hit by a Renault Megane at about 08:15 BST.

The driver of the car, a 37-year-old man from Preston, was not injured, said police.

Lancashire Police said she suffered leg and head injuries and appealed for anyone for information to come forward.

Plans for 23-storey city tower block approved

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Plans for a 23-storey residential tower block in Salford have been approved by councillors despite a lack of affordable housing in the proposal.

Tower block
Jeffrey Bell architects

Developers Silverlane have been given the green light to demolish parts of Vicarage Grove to build 272 apartments in three interlinked buildings, of four, six and 23 storeys, in Eccles.

Labour ward councillor Michael Wheeler said the additional homes in the centre would bring "immeasurable benefits" to the town centre and help drive down anti-social behaviour.

Conservative councillor Bob Clarke described the design as "appalling" and a "blot" on the landscape and was among those concerned about there being no affordable housing.

The application was approved with conditions that would allow the appearance to be softened.

Severe accident: M61 Lancashire southbound

BBC News Travel

M61 Lancashire southbound severe accident, after J8 for A674 Millennium Way.

M61 Lancashire - One lane closed and it's slow on M61 southbound after J8, A674 (Chorley), because of an accident.

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

Royle Family star leads licence fee demo

Royle Family star Ricky Tomlinson has led a protest outside the BBC's northern headquarters against plans to axe free TV licences for the over-75s.

Ricky Tomlinson

The actor, 79, and about 60 pensioners demonstrated at MediaCityUK in Salford - the home of BBC 5 Live and BBC Sport.

"I don't think the BBC should be funding this at all - I think the government should be," he said.

The Department for Culture Media and Sport said it was "disappointed" with the BBC

Weather: More rain on the way, then brightening up

BBC Weather

A cloudy and wet start with persistent and heavy rain in places.

Rain should gradually ease and clear during the day with some sunny spells expected this afternoon.

Highs of 17C.

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