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  1. Updates on Friday 7 April
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Monday

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Our live updates have finished for the day, but we'll be back from 08:00 on Monday with more of the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Weather: Spells of sunshine with light winds

    BBC Weather

    Staying dry overnight with variable amounts of cloud, but also some clear spells. Lows of 5C.

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    Video caption: Weather

    After a chilly start, it will be a fine and increasingly sunny day on Saturday with most seeing almost clear blue skies by the afternoon. Highs of 18C.  

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  3. Domestic abuse victims turned away from refuges, charity claims

    Refuges in Lancashire are turning away women because there are not enough places, the manager of Chorley and South Ribble Women's Refuge Centre has claimed.

    Figures from the charity Women's Aid show one in four women cannot find a place due to national budget cuts.

    Liz Staunton told BBC Radio Lancashire it means victims of domestic abuse are having to travel further.

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    Video caption: Liz Staunton talking to BBC Radio Lancashire
  4. Football: Are 10 draws really better than five wins Jose?

    BBC Sport

    Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says drawing 10 games, rather than winning five and losing five, show a team is on the right track for the future.

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    Video caption: Jose Mourinho: Crazy football maths with the Man Utd manager
  5. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A662 Greater Manchester eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    A662 Greater Manchester eastbound severe accident, between Market Street and Henry Street.

    A662 Greater Manchester - A662 Manchester Road in Droylsden blocked and very slow traffic eastbound between the Market Street junction and the Henry Street junction, because of an accident.

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

  6. Grand National 2017: Up for a laugh on Ladies Day

    Liverpool ladies are not taking themselves too seriously today as they enjoy a day out with friends at Aintree racecourse - one woman even came wearing her own liquorice hat.

    Ladies Day

    And Dave's stag do have come dressed for the occasion in matching shirts.

    Ladies Day 2017
  7. Latest headlines for the North West

    • A man from Manchester who offered to care for a sick neighbour has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for causing his death
    • A number of activists chain themselves to the gates of a deep drilling company " in solidarity " with campaigners opposed to fracking for shale gas in Lancashire
    • A Wirral couple charged after the death of a two-year-old boy have appeared at Liverpool Crown Court
  8. Birthday group take stranger on holiday

    A group of friends planning a trip to Majorca asked a complete stranger to go with them when a friend dropped out - because he had the same name.

    Joe McGrath and his new friends in Majorca

    The 10 friends from Bristol turned to Facebook and found a Joe McGrath in Stockport who agreed to go on the paid-for trip for a 30th birthday.

    The 21-year-old said they were "an absolutely lovely group of people".

    "They messaged 15 other Joe McGraths on Facebook and only one was stupid enough to reply, and that was me," he said.

  9. Violent carer who killed vulnerable MS sufferer is jailed

    A man suffering from multiple sclerosis was repeatedly assaulted and later killed by his carer, a court was told.  

    Christopher McAllister

    Paul Roddy, 56, died after being attacked by Christopher McAllister, 30, of Priory Street, Warrington.

    Mr Justice Turner at Manchester Crown Court told McAllister his victim "was dependant on your care but you were violent and hastened his death".

    McAllister, who his defence said was "incapable of being a carer", was jailed for 10 years for manslaughter.

  10. Football: Liverpool forward is to miss rest of season with knee injury

    BBC Sport

    Liverpool forward Sadio Mane is set to miss the last seven games of the season with a knee injury.

    Sadio Mane

    Mane, 24, was taken off after colliding with Leighton Baines in  Saturday's 3-1 home victory over Everton.

    Manager Jurgen Klopp said he was "pretty sure" Mane needed surgery, leaving it "pretty much impossible for him to play again this season".

    The £34m signing from Southampton has started all but five of Liverpool's league games this campaign.

  11. Key Blackpool route set to reopen

    One of Blackpool's main commuter routes will reopen later after being closed for five months.

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    Video caption: Crossley's bridge

    Crossley's bridge on Plymouth Road has been closed since November as part of a £6m project to replace the structure.

    Steelwork on the bridge, which is located next to Layton railway station, has been replaced.

  12. Ladies Day 2017: It's not just the girls who get dressed up

    It's not just the ladies getting dressed up today at Aintree - these guys have travelled from Amsterdam in some jazzy suits to join in the fun.

    Men at Ladies Days 2017
  13. Manchester Gorton by-election: Eleven candidates confirmed

    Eleven candidates have been confirmed to run in the Manchester Gorton by-election .

    Sir Gerald Kaufman

    Nominations have closed for the 4 May poll, which follows the death of long-serving  Labour MP Sir Gerald Kaufman  in February.

    Sir Gerald, 86, was the longest-serving MP in Westminster having served the constituency for more than 30 years.

    The by-election takes place on the same day as the  first election  of a mayor for Greater Manchester.

    The candidates are:

    • Kemi Abidogun, Christian Peoples Alliance
    • Peter Clifford, Communist League
    • The Irrelevant Johnny Disco, Official Monster Raving Loony Party
    • Phil Eckersley, UKIP
    • George Galloway, Independent
    • David Michael Hopkins
    • Shaden Jaradat, Conservative
    • Mohammed Afzal Khan, Labour
    • Sufi Miah Khandoker, Independent
    • Jess Mayo, Green Party
    • Jackie Pearcey, Liberal Democrats
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  15. Former England footballer has kidney op

    Former Manchester United, Blackburn and Burnley footballer Andrew Cole has undergone a kidney transplant operation .

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    Video caption: I denied I was ill for ages - Andy Cole

    The 45-year-old, who also played for Newcastle United and Blackburn Rovers, suffered kidney failure after contracting an airborne virus in 2015.

    The operation at Manchester Royal Infirmary was part of his treatment for focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, a spokesman for Manchester United said.

    He added that Cole would be "taking a break" from his club ambassador role.

  16. Council approves next phase of Ten Streets plan

    A plan that could "redefine Liverpool's future" has passed its latest hurdle at Liverpool Council.

    Ten Streets

    The city's cabinet has approved the next stage of the regeneration of the "Ten Streets" plan for north Liverpool, following a month-long consultation.

    The area, off Regent Road, has been earmarked as a new creative and technological hub which could create more than 2,500 jobs.

    Cabinet agreed that the council's officers should be authorised to produce a document incorporating the consultation findings, which would be the blueprint to judge planning applications in the regeneration area.