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  1. Goodnight: Our live coverage across the day

    That's it for today. Enjoy the rest of the evening and we'll be back with more news, sport, weather and travel tomorrow at 08:00.

  2. Voters to go to polls in historic elections

    Residents in Greater Manchester and Liverpool City Region will vote for their region's first elected mayor tomorrow.

    ballot box

    It comes as more political powers are decentralised from the government.

    County council elections will also take place across Lancashire.

    Polling stations will be open across the North West from 07:00 to 22:00.

  3. Eight charged over anti-fracking protests

    Eight people have been charged with obstructing a road at fracking site in Lancashire.

    Little Plumpton fracking site

    Protests have been held at Preston New Road near Little Plumpton, since energy firm Cuadrilla was given permission to extract shale gas there in 2016.

    Five woman and three men aged between 63 and 26 have been charged with wilful obstruction of a highway.

    They have been bailed to appear at Blackpool Magistrates' Court on 15 May.

  4. Windows grant scam couple sentenced

    A Merseyside couple have been given a suspended prison sentence for defrauding double glazing customers in north Wales out of £50,000.

    woman closing window

    Susan and Terence Greer admitted conning vulnerable people into believing grants were available for their windows and doors.

    They advertised their company Green extensively until they were stopped by Denbighshire Council in 2013.

    They also lied about selling top quality glass, Mold Crown Court heard.

  5. Deputy returning officer stands down over mayoral election retweet

    The deputy returning officer at Trafford Council has stood down from her role in tomorrow's Greater Manchester mayoral election after appearing to endorse one of the candidates on social media with a retweet. 

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    After a complaint was made, the council said it believed Ms Hyde had not knowingly endorsed council leader Sean Anstee but said she had stepped down "in the interests of ensuring public confidence in the election process".

  6. 'Clown mask' burglars rob pregnant woman

    Armed men in clown masks have robbed a pregnant woman and her partner in their home, police say. 

    Man in clown mask

    Shortly after 22:15 last night, officers were called to Leigh Road, Wigan after the men smashed through the rear patio doors before forcing the woman to the ground. 

    One of the offenders then threatened the woman’s partner with an axe and demanded cash. 

    The pair fled towards Thomas Street with a significant amount of money and an Omega watch. 

    The woman was taken to hospital as a precaution but was not seriously injured.     

    Quote Message: I’m particularly interested in speaking to any local pawn brokers that have been approached with a watch... anyone who recognises the men in the CCTV stills. from Det Con Ian Deary Greater Manchester Police
    Det Con Ian DearyGreater Manchester Police
  7. Latest headlines for the North West

    • Energy firm Centrica announces investment of £60m in its gas production operation in Morecambe Bay
    • A man is shot in the leg in Kirkby, Merseyside Police say
    • Residents in Greater Manchester and Liverpool City Region will get to vote for their region's first elected mayor tomorrow 
  8. Madeleine McCann remembered at grandparents' church

    A special Mass marking the 10th anniversary of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann is being celebrated at a church attended by her grandparents.

    Madeleine McCann

    Parishioners of Our Lady of the Annunciation Church in Liverpool will pray for Madeleine and her family in the service starting at 18:00.

    Services are also taking place in her parents' village in Leicestershire and the Portuguese resort of Praia Da Luz where she disappeared from her family holiday apartment at the Ocean Club complex in 2007.

  9. Peter Kay reflects on final Car Share reaction

    Comedian Peter Kay called up Becky Want’s show on BBC Radio Manchester again today to reflect on the reaction to his announcement that his sitcom Car Share will not be returning. 

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  10. Town halls buy back Right-to-Buy homes

    Alex Homer

    Councils have spent millions buying back homes they sold at a discount under Right-to-Buy laws to meet housing shortages. 

    aerial view of houses

    BBC News looked at local authority areas where waiting lists rose for four consecutive years since 2011 and chose 10 at random. 

    Among the findings:

    • Oldham spent £60,000 on two flats it sold for £27,260 but also spent £100,000 refurbishing them for use as council homes
    • Bolton said they had not bought back any

    Housing charities blame a lack of investment in social housing.

    The government has vowed to build more affordable houses and in February called the current market "broken".

    The Right-to-Buy policy was introduced by the Conservatives in the 1980s, allowing council house tenants to buy their homes at a discount.

  11. Man shot in leg in Kirkby

    A man has been taken to hospital after being shot in the leg in Kirkby, police say.

    Police at scene in Kirkby

    Officers were called to reports that a man had been shot at about 13:15 on Park Brow Drive near to the junction of Broad Lane.  

    Police at scene in Kirkby

    Broad Lane has been cordoned off and police are asking people to avoid the area.

    Parents and carers of children at Park Brow Primary are asked to access the school via County Road.

  12. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M60 Greater Manchester clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M60 Greater Manchester clockwise severe disruption, near J8 for A6144.

    M60 Greater Manchester - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M60 clockwise near J8, A6144 (Carrington), because of a broken down lorry. In the roadworks area.

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

  13. Lennon expected to make full recovery

    Aaron Lennon

    Lennon expected to make full recovery

    Aaron Lennon

    Aaron Lennon is not suffering from a long-standing mental health issue and is expected to make a full recovery in the short term, BBC Sport understands.

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  14. Latest headlines for the North West

    • A man is shot in the leg in Kirkby, Merseyside Police say
    • Eight people are charged with obstructing a road at the Preston New Road fracking site
    • Energy firm Centrica announces investment of £60m in its gas production operation in Morecambe Bay
  15. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M60 Greater Manchester clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M60 Greater Manchester clockwise severe disruption, between J9 for A5081 and J10 for B5214.

    M60 Greater Manchester - Heavy traffic on M60 clockwise between J9, A5081 (Trafford Park) and J10, B5214 (Trafford Centre), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. In the roadworks area. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

  16. Wirral blast: Demolition decision due on 10 properties, council says

    Most of the homes damaged by an explosion in New Ferry are going to be repaired but the council is "closely assessing" 10 properties which could be demolished, residents are told. 

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  17. Rugby League: Salford Red Devils winger receives eight-match ban for racial abuse

    BBC Sport

    Salford Red Devils winger Justin Carney has been given an eight-match ban after being found guilty of racially abusing Toronto Wolfpack player Ryan Bailey.  

    Justin Carney

    The 28-year-old was sent off by referee Jack Smith in the 26th minute of the Super League club's Challenge Cup fifth-round win on 23 April.

    Carney pleaded guilty to an abuse charge but contested its severity.

    He served the first game of his ban in the win over Widnes on Sunday, meaning he will miss a further seven games.

  18. Anti-fracking protests continue at Little Plumpton site

    A demonstration by anti-fracking protesters at Preston New Road near Little Plumpton is not affecting work at the site and trucks are able to get in and out, Energy firm Cuadrilla said.  

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    Protests have been held at the site since work started on 5 January. Cuadrilla has previously said drilling would start in the spring.

  19. Hospital visitor ban lifted after norovirus outbreak

    A ban on visiting patients at Arrowe Park Hospital in Wirral following an outbreak of the norovirus bug has been lifted.

    Arrowe Park Hospital

    Four wards were closed to visitors on 24 April before the ban was extended to all wards on Thursday.

    The hospital has reopened to visitors but has limited three wards to two per patient.

    Chris Oliver, director of operations at Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the hospital, urged visitors who have had symptoms of sickness and diarrhoea within the last 48 hours not to visit the hospital or go to A&E "unless it is a genuine emergency”.