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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

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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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Football banning order for man who abused Liverpool player

A man has been given a three-year football banning order after being found to have abused a Liverpool player.

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John Brook, 54, was charged with a racially or religiously aggravated public order offence after verbally abusing the player at the Liverpool v Huddersfield Town game on 26 April.

Brook, of Imperial Road, Huddersfield, was fined and given the ban at South Sefton Magistrates' Court on Friday.

Match commander, Supt Paul White, said it was "a despicable incident" and thanked stewards and officers at the game for their "diligence".

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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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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Liverpool investigate five fans over sale of Champions League final tickets

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Liverpool have identified five supporters who have tried to sell their Champions League final tickets on secondary ticketing platforms.

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It comes after opponents Spurs announced they've handed indefinite bans to three of their season ticket holders who did the same.

The Reds say they will fully investigate five fans who have been found to have listed their tickets online and say lifetime bans from Anfield could follow.

Selling or offering to sell tickets without the permission of the club is a criminal offence - and the club are warning that fans who do go down this route are not guaranteed to get what they pay for.

Man held over speeding double decker bus

A man has been arrested on suspicion of drug driving after a double decker bus was seen speeding through Liverpool.

Stolen bus at car wash in Liverpool
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The red bus, which Merseyside Police believe was stolen, was spotted being driven erratically down Townsend Lane in Anfield at 01:30.

It was later found damaged in front of a car wash on nearby Queens Drive.

The man, from Walton and aged 24, was also held on suspicion of aggravated vehicle taking, damaging a vehicle and driving without a licence or insurance.

Everton Ladies boss plans up to eight new signings

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Everton Ladies hope to sign between six and eight new players this summer, says manager Willie Kirk.

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After their 10th-place finish this term, the Toffees have finished second from bottom in the Women's Super League for two consecutive seasons.

The WSL transfer window opens on 14 June for 12 weeks.

"We're going to have six or seven departures and we'll bring in six, seven or possibly eight players," Kirk told BBC Sport.

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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Hundreds held in county lines crackdown

Nearly 600 suspected members of county lines drugs gangs have been arrested across the UK in the past week, the National Crime Agency has said.

500 men and 86 women were arrested in raids in Norfolk, Suffolk, Cheshire, Bedfordshire and other areas.

Police forces led by the National County Lines Coordination Centre also seized cocaine worth £176,780; £312,649 in cash; and 46 weapons.

County line drugs gangs - linked by a network of mobile phone lines and often coercing children and vulnerable adults - travel out of their usual urban territory and into rural areas to sell drugs.

The NCA estimates there are about 2,000 city-based gangs - mostly from London, Birmingham and Merseyside - exploiting young people to sell drugs in smaller towns.

Batsman 'headbutted' bowler during cricket match

A batsman has been suspended over claims he headbutted a bowler who got him out during a heated cricket match.

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Eccleston Cricket Club tweeted that there were "shocking scenes" after the opposition batsman was given out caught behind on Sunday.

The Lancashire cup game was abandoned and Merseyside's Rainhill Cricket Club have suspended their player.

The police are not thought to have been called but an investigation has been launched by the local cricket board.

Reds stopper becomes goodwill ambassador

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker has been appointed a goodwill ambassador for the World Health Organization.

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The 26-year-old stopper and his wife Dr Natalia Loewe Becker, a medical doctor and health advocate from Brazil, were both named goodwill ambassadors for health promotion.

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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New rail services between north Wales and Liverpool

The first rail services directly linking north Wales, Cheshire and Liverpool have started running for the first time in more than 40 years.

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Direct daily trains between Wrexham and Liverpool are among the 215 additional weekly services.

Two Wrexham to Liverpool services will run each day from Monday to Saturday, with one in the opposite direction.

The services are being introduced thanks to Network Rail's upgrade of the Halton Curve track in Cheshire.

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.

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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.

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

EasyJet chief defends Champions League final flight costs

Easyjet chief executive Johan Lundgrenhas defended his airline's high ticket prices to fly to Madrid for the Champions League final between Tottenham and Liverpool on 1 June.

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Football fans complained to BBC Radio 5 live that flights around that date cost £1,000 instead of the typical £250.

But Mr Lundgren said the price was higher than average because there had been an "enormous" surge in demand.

"That is actually how the system works," he said.

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.

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Fatal stabbing victims
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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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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
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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
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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.

Everton launderette: Community puts 'spin' on wash day
A not-for-profit launderette opens where people can do their washing and attend arts and social events.

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".

Headteacher wins £10,000 prize for Ofsted inspection play

A primary school headteacher has won a £10,000 playwriting prize for his comedy about a disastrous Ofsted inspection.

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Headless, by Colin Dowland, won the 2019 Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize.

The headteacher in the play is found drunk and unconscious and locked in a toilet on the day inspectors visit.

Mr Dowland said his job was perfect inspiration because "in school something ridiculous happens every day".

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.

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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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Fan groups call for Champions League final ticket subsidies

Liverpool fans union Spirit of Shankly and Tottenham Hotspur Supporters' Trust have urged their clubs to use income from the competition towards ticket prices.

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The Liverpool group claim their club will generate more than £90m from this year's Champions League campaign, with a further £3.4m if the Reds win.

Spurs have declined, saying it would remove the incentive for Uefa to "price sensibly in the future", while Liverpool have not yet responded to the suggestion.

The groups also asked the clubs to extend season ticket payment deadlines to allow fans time for another pay-day after the final, which Tottenham have agreed to.

Manchester City, Etihad Stadium

Manchester City are criticised over a video that appears to show players and staff joining in a song celebrating Liverpool fans being "battered in the street".

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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
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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.