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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."

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.

Sir Ian McKellen extends 80th birthday tour

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

Sir Ian McKellen.
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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
BBC

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.

Football Ventures set for Bolton takeover

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

Bolton Wanderers
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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.

Weather: More rain on the way, then brightening up

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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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Weather: Rain expected to ease

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This afternoon should see rain easing and becoming more intermittent - although it will remain rather cloudy.

A cool day in store, with highs of 12C.

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Bolton administrators chose preferred bidder

BBC Sport

A preferred new owner to take over Bolton Wanderers has been identified by administrators, the club has confirmed.

Bolton's Macron Stadium
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In a statement on its website, it said the preferred bidder has also agreed to inject £1m into the club to rebuild the squad for the coming season.

It is hoping to sign the deal on Thursday.

I can assure all Bolton Wanderers fans that the preferred bidder has both the financial ability and the determination to turn around the fortunes of this great football club.

Paul AppletonDavid Rubin & Partners

Weather: Another wet day in store

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It will be cloudy this morning with widespread rain becoming persistent and heavy in some areas.

BBC Weather forecast for the North West of England

The Met Office has issued a yellow flood warning, which is in place until 12:00.

But the rain should ease this afternoon and become more intermittent. A cool day, with highs of 13C.

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North West weather: Wet and breezy

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Most parts of the region will see plenty of rain throughout Tuesday.

A brisk north-easterly wind will mean temperatures struggle to highs of 13C.

North West weather: Wet and breezy

Today's weather: Don't forget your brolly!

Today will start out sunny for most of the region but rain will move in later. The further north of the region will stay drier for longer. Highs of 18C.

The North West's weather forecast for Monday 10 June 2019

Weather for Monday 10 June 2019

The North West's weather forecast for Monday 10 June 2019

Ann Widdecombe bemoans 'liberal tyranny' after gay science row

Ann Widdecombe says she does not regret her comments about sexuality, which have led to some of her theatre appearances being cancelled.

Ann Widdecombe
PA

Venues in Altrincham in Greater Manchester, Devon and Surrey have axed tour dates of her show after she suggested science could "produce an answer" to being gay.

Miss Widdecombe said her comments had been "distorted" on social media and that theatres refusing to host shows were "denying free speech".

Her critics have accused her of waging an "anti-LGBT campaign".

The Brexit Party MEP denied this and told the BBC:

This is now the grip that I call the liberal tyranny and I think we have got to fight it.

'Shocking' rape of woman inside property

A woman has been raped by a stranger inside a property in Bolton.

Westgate Avenue, Bolton
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Police were called to Westgate Avenue shortly after 09:10 BST on Thursday after a report a woman in her 40s had been attacked.

It is believed her attacker had been seen on the street a short time before the rape took place at about 08:30, Greater Manchester Police said.

He is described as white, skinny, in his 20s, and was wearing a grey tracksuit top and blue bottoms.

Rain stops play in Liverpool again

Lancashire 449, Leicestershire 288 & 26-1

Just two more overs managed on Merseyside and off they come again - so they are taking lunch.

It is starting to look like Lancashire are going to be denied the chance of victory by the weather for the second game running, following last week's two lost days in Gloucestershire at Cheltenham College.

Time for BBC Radio Leicester's Richard Rae to put his hat on again . . .

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Sir Ian McKellen backs 'Pride in Ageing' for LGBT over-50s
Sir Ian McKellen says while the law has changed, attitudes to older LGBT people "haven't altogether".

Foxes not following the sun

Lancashire 449, Leicestershire 288 & 5-1 (match resumes 11:00)

Leicestershire's Mark Cosgrove says one of the things holding back the Foxes has been the generally poor early summer weather. And it has not been at its best for them again in Liverpool this week.

"It's been tough this season," the Australian told BBC Radio Leicester. "It feels like we've never seen the sun. As soon as we get our pads on the lights come on and the clouds come in."

Cosgrove hit a season's best 70 against Lancashire at Aigburth which, aided by 87 from South African Dieter Klein and 37 apiece from debutant wicketkeeper Harry Swindells and Callum Parkinson, came within 12 runs of saving the follow-on.

But the Foxes, 5-1 overnight for the loss of nightwatchman Chris Wright, still believe they can save the game.

Mark Cosgrove was LBW at Liverpool to fellow thirty-something Graham Onions
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Mark Cosgrove was LBW at Liverpool to fellow thirty-something Graham Onions

"We're really disappointed not to avoid the follow-on because the boys at the lower end batted so well," said Cosgrove.

"It's a pretty nice wicket - you might get the odd one jump up at you or keep low but most of those are every half hour or so and it's not one of those pitches that's a minefield. We showed there are no demons and that we can bat really well and deep. You never know - if we bat well in those first two session we might even get a little lead and you never know where that could take us at the back of the game."

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Man 'fighting for life' after being hit by bus

A 28-year-old man is in a critical condition in hospital after being hit by a double-decker bus in Stockport.

Hyde Road
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The man was struck on Hyde Road at the junction with Station Road in Woodley at about 19:35 on Tuesday.

The pedestrian was taken to hospital with serious head injuries.

PC Darren White said he was "fighting for his life".

Greater Manchester Police said the driver of the bus remained at the scene to speak with officers but no arrest had been made.

Headache for Horton in Liverpool

Mike Perkins

BBC Sport

Captaincy is one of cricket's many great puzzles - but you have to feel for Leicestershire skipper Paul Horton against his former side Lancashire.

There was no danger that Horton would do anything other than bowl on one day one, having seen his side rolled out for 80 on their last visit to Lancashire in the One-Day Cup in April - and with the tendency of out ground cricket to provide trickier batting surfaces.

His captain sensible approach appeared to have been rewarded when Lancashire were reduced to 128-5. And, even when Liam Livingstone got going, when Horton turned to the off spin of Colin Ackerman, it brought a mistimed slog, dropped by another Lancs old boy Callum Parkinson.

Livingstone completed a century as Lancashire went on to post 449. And Horton's luck hasn't changed with the bat. After 37 minutes of difficult work, he edged onto his pad and the ball looped up agonisingly to allow the quick footed Tom Bailey to take a superb diving return catch.

Woman's body found at Salford house

A woman's body has been found at an address in Salford, prompting a murder investigation.

Greater Manchester Police
BBC

Greater Manchester Police said officers were called to a property on Manchester Road in Walkden just before 02:10 and found the remains of a woman in her 20s.

A man in his 30s, who was at the address, has been taken to hospital and remains in a critical condition, a force spokesman said.

Police hunt Salford burglar

Police are hunting a convicted burglar from Salford who is wanted on recall to prison.

Scott Walker
GMP

Scott Taylor, 25, who is also known as Scott Walker, was freed from prison in February after being jailed for burglary in 2018 - but has since breached the terms of his release.

He is known to have links to Bolton, Morecambe and Keighley in West Yorkshire.

Sedbergh stall holder passes £50,000 mark for hospital

A Sebergh market stallholder is celebrating with her customers today after raising £50,000 for the Christie Hospital in Manchester.

Mary Kendal
Sedbergh Market

Mary Kendal started raising money for the hospital in Manchester in 2011 after her daughter survived cancer with the help of treatment there.

After a series of car boot sales, she started running a bring and buy stall at Sedbergh and on 29 May her running total passed £50,000.

She will be providing cake and non-alcoholic wine for her customers and friends this morning.

Foxes confident of good reply

Lancashire 449 v Leicestershire (match resumes 11:00)

Leicestershire are facing an uphill battle on Merseyside this morning as, following yesterday's two lost sessions, and given the much-improved weather forecast, they launch their bid to overhaul Division Two leaders Lancashire's first-innings total of 449.

But Foxes fast bowler Chris Wright - who weighed in with two late wickets - is confident that they can respond well.

"It is a slow pitch and not easy to bowl on," he told BBC Radio Leicester. "If you're slightly off line and length it sits up to be hit. If we can play well against the new ball I expect us to get a decent score. But we need to win four or five of the sessions to get something. We certainly feel late in the game it will take some turn so hopefully you will see our spinner Callum Parkinson later on."

Former Essex and Warwickshire fast bowler Chris Wright has taken 21 first-class wickets for his new county this season
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Ex-Essex and Warwickshire fast bowler Chris Wright has taken 21 first-class wickets for his new county this season

Although Lancashire have rested England Test star Jimmy Anderson this week, and are also without Saq Mahmood at Aigburth, fellow fast bowler Tom Bailey is keen to make his mark with the ball following his 57 with the bat.

"As long as the weather holds, we have the bowlers on this pitch to get 20 wickets," Bailey told BBC Radio Lancashire.

Weather: A dry clear night

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Rain will clear away to the north through the evening to leave it generally dry overnight, with plenty of clear spells. Lows of 11C.

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Livingstone finds his red ball touch

Lancashire 347-7 v Leicestershire

Lancashire all-rounder Liam Livingstone is the first to admit that he has not found it easy to readjust to red-ball cricket this season, following his time in the IPL with Karachi Kings, followed by two One-Day Cup games on his return for the Red Rose.

But he got it right at in Liverpool yesterday, as he started slowly and patiently to help rebuild Lancashire's innings from 128-5, before blossoming into a fine aggressive knock of 114, his first Championship century since August 2017.

"I've spent a lot of time playing white ball cricket," he told BBC Radio Lancashire. "And I've been beating myself up about why I can't bat for a long time and be nice and patient. It doesn't just come back that easily. But I've worked quite hard over the last couple of weeks to get back into a red-ball rhythm."

Liam Livingstone
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Livingstone's efforts, backed by a half-century from his fellow former Lancs skipper Steven Croft and further supplemented by a late unbroken stand of 64 between Josh Bohannon and Tom Bailey, had helped Lancs to within three runs of a fourth batting point by the close.

But it was not all toil for Leicestershire, especially their young debutant wicketkeeper Harry Swindells, who safely pouched three catches.

"Being a Leicester lad, making my debut is all I've dreamt of so it was a very proud moment for me and my family and a day I'll remember for the rest of my life," he told BBC Radio Leicester. "There is a big build up and you think about a lot of stuff beforehand but when you get out there it's just another game."