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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday 14 July
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates resume at 08:00 on Monday

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  1. North West weather: Dry and sunny

    BBC Weather

    A dry afternoon with some sunshine but there will be a fresh breeze. Highs of 15C.

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    Video caption: A dry afternoon with some sunshine but there will be a fresh breeze. Highs of 15C.

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  2. Could Tories steal Labour's thunder over troubled hospital?

    Claire Hamilton

    Political Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyide

    A bit of good news on the future of the Royal Liverpool Hospital appears tantalisingly close.

    Labour MPs and local political leaders have been banging the drum all week at the party’s conference, maximising the impact of having this unfinished “monument to greed” - to quote Walton’s Dan Carden - on their doorstep.

    They claim that once again a crisis in the north is being ignored.

    It would be interesting if the Conservative government was to try to steal their thunder on the eve of Jeremy Corbyn’s big speech and announce a publicly funded rescue package for the new hospital.

    As things stand, the conference is due to debate the situation on Wednesday morning.

  3. Fight following Wigan v Forest game

    Nick Smith

    BBC News Online

    Greater Manchester Police have launched an appeal for information following a "large-scale" fight between Nottingham Forest fans.

    Police are reviewing CCTV following the incident, which happened after Hillal Soudani netted a late equaliser for Forest.

    A number of fans were injured following the incident, which happened at the DW Stadium on 18 August.

    DW Stadium
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    Severe accident: M6 Cheshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Cheshire northbound severe accident, at J18 for A54 Middlewich Road Middlewich.

    M6 Cheshire - Stationary traffic on M6 northbound at J18, A54 (Middlewich), because of all traffic being temporarily held and an accident involving two lorries. In the roadworks area.

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

  5. Salford family describes life in boarded up 'ghetto' estate

    A family in Salford say they're scared of living in an estate that has become a magnet for anti-social behaviour.

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    Video caption: Families' misery in 'ghetto' estate

    Almost all of the 150 homes surrounding the Preston family are now empty - as the council prepares to demolish the site for regeneration.

    Sandra Preston says "I feel as though I'm living in a ghetto... all you see is boarded up windows and doors and you don't see any people".

  6. Stalled Royal Liverpool Hospital PFI deal could be ditched

    The Private Finance Initiative deal to build the new £335m Royal Liverpool Hospital could be scrapped following the collapse of Carillion.

    New Royal Liverpool Hospital

    The trust that runs the hospital refused to confirm reports the government would take over but said an option to "terminate" the project agreement will be discussed later.

    Work on the hospital halted in February when the construction giant folded.

    The Department of Health and Social Care called the reports "speculation".

    A Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust spokesman said its board would discuss several options and added it aimed to restart building as soon as possible.

    Earlier this month trust chiefs admitted the Royal might not be finished until at least the middle of 2020.

  7. 'I'd fight King Kong but I must stop'

    BBC Sport

    Liverpool boxer Tony Bellew suggested undisputed cruiserweight world champion Oleksandr Usyk could be his final opponent because "I'm a danger to myself".

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    Video caption: I'd fight King Kong if I were allowed - Bellew

    The 35-year-old faces Ukraine's Usyk, who has won all 15 of his professional fights, at the Manchester Arena on 10 November.

    "The sooner I stop, maybe the better because I'll fight anyone - King Kong, if I was allowed I would," Bellew said.

    "I've had an exit strategy planned for quite a while now," he told BBC Sport.

    "If I don't stop now, my wife will divorce me after four or five months and that's not the plan," he added.

  8. Three more held in dawn raids targeting drug dealing

    Three more men have been arrested after cocaine worth £142,000 was seized in Cheshire this morning - bringing the total number of arrests to 15.

    Drugs raid in Cheshire

    Ten men in Warrington and one man in Widnes all aged between 19 and 41, a 23-year-old man from Carlisle in Cumbria and two men in East Yorkshire were held.

    A 28-year-old man currently serving a prison sentence was also being questioned.

    All were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply class A drugs.

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    Severe accident: M6 Cheshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Cheshire northbound severe accident, between J17 for A534 Old Mill Road Sandbach and J18 for A54 Middlewich Road Middlewich.

    M6 Cheshire - Two lanes blocked and queuing traffic on M6 northbound between J17, A534 (Sandbach) and J18, A54 (Middlewich), because of an accident involving two lorries. In the roadworks area.

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

  10. Man arrested after teenager raped in Manchester

    A man has been arrested on suspicion of rape after an 18-year-old woman was attacked as she walked home from a night out in Manchester, police have said.

    Sackville Street, Manchester

    The woman was raped at a property off Sackville Street at about 02:00 on Sunday.

    The suspect, also aged 18, remains in police custody for questioning.

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    Severe disruption: M62 Greater Manchester westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M62 Greater Manchester westbound severe disruption, at M62 J20.

    M62 Greater Manchester - M62 lane closed on entry slip road westbound at M62 J20, because of a broken down car. Traffic is coping well.

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

  12. Twelve arrested and cocaine worth £142k seized in Cheshire

    Twelve men have been arrested in early morning raids targeting a suspected drug dealing gang operating in Warrington, and further north in Cumbria.

    Police raids at Cheshire home

    Fourteen homes were searched by more than 140 officers, and £142,000 worth of cocaine was seized.

    Nine men in Warrington and one man in Widnes, aged between 19 and 41, were arrested alongside a 23-year-old man from Carlisle.

    A 28-year-old man currently serving a prison sentence has also been questioned.

    All were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply class A drugs.

    Det Ch Supt Aaron Duggan, the Constabularies Head of Crime, said:

    Quote Message: This investigation focused on an influential and established organised crime group in Warrington and I hope the action taken today further reassures the community.
    Quote Message: There is misery behind every drug deal. With the public’s continued support in providing us with key information to help us tackle serious and organised crime, we can help keep vulnerable people and our communities stay safe.
  13. Armed escort for rain-hit newlyweds

    A bride and groom got an unexpected armed escort to their wedding reception after passing police officers saved them from the pouring rain.

    Alexandra and Michael Dunbar

    Alexandra and Michael Dunbar were braving the weather when a Merseyside Police armed response unit stopped and offered a lift in Sefton on Saturday.

    Father of the bride Chris Latham said the officers saved Mrs Dunbar's dress from getting "absolutely filthy".

    The force later tweeted that the officers were her "something blue".

    The couple, from Walton in Liverpool, had been walking to their reception at Aigburth Peoples Hall after being married at Sefton Park Hotel.

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    Severe accident: M60 Greater Manchester clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M60 Greater Manchester clockwise severe accident, between J17 for A56 Bury New Road Prestwich and J18 for M66 J4.

    M60 Greater Manchester - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M60 clockwise between J17, A56 (Prestwich) and J18, M66 J4 (Simister Island), because of an accident.

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