Cheshire

Council's first Labour leader to be voted in today

Phil McCann

Cheshire Political Reporter, BBC News

Cheshire East Council's first ever Labour leader is due to be elected by councillors today, after the Conservatives lost their majority on the council in the local elections.

Cheshire East Council headquarters
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Labour have reached an agreement with the Independent group to form a cabinet for the next year.

After that, they say the council will be run through a series of committees shared out between all the political groups.

North West weather: Mainly dry day

BBC Weather

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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Re-opening date put back for £11m bridge scheme

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

An £11m scheme to widen a bridge won't finish for at least another month, with the delay being blamed by a council on poor weather and utility firms.

Work in March to move the new bridge into position
Cheshire East Council

Sydney Road bridge in Crewe, Cheshire, was shut at the end of October so the crossing could be replaced with a wider structure to carry traffic in both directions.

But Cheshire East Council says bad weather earlier this year and delays with work carried out by utility firms has seen the re-opening date slip from the end of this month to the end of June.

Weather: Mostly dry with some drizzle

BBC Weather

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

BBC Weather forecast
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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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Appeal after jogger found collapsed in Runcorn

A jogger is in a serious condition in hospital after being found collapsed in Runcorn this morning.

The jogger was wearing this distinctive orange t-shirt
Cheshire Police

The man was found by a member of the public on the towpath of the Bridgewater Canal, near to Astmoor Industrial Estate, at about 06:45.

Cheshire Police said he was not carrying any identification, but was thought to be in his 50s, white and about 5ft 11ins tall with grey hair and a white beard.

He was wearing a bright orange T-shirt and has a number of distinctive tattoos.

He was taken to Warrington District General Hospital, where he is in a serious condition.

Anyone who may know the identity of the man is asked to contact Cheshire Police.

North West weather: Dry and sunny

BBC Weather

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.

Four 'arson attacks' on one street

Hazel Morgan

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

There have been four suspected arson attacks in four days on the same street.

They happened on Electricity Street, Crewe, between 9 and 12 May, with Cheshire Fire Service suspecting they were all started deliberately.

The old Electricity Works in Crewe
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Fire broke out in or near the derelict Electricity Works and people living nearby have called for the building to be properly secured.

The fire service says it's had the perimeter to the site locked.

BBC Radio Stoke has tried to contact the landowner but they have yet to come back with a response.