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  1. Latest updates on Friday 13 July

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's all from the live team for now, but we'll be back from 08:00 on Monday with more of the latest news, sport, travel and weather from around the region.

    In the meantime, this page will be updated automatically with content from across the BBC.

    Have a great weekend.

  2. North West weather: Showers will ease for dry and clear night

    BBC Weather

    A risk of showers continues into this evening, but in general they will tend to die away leaving mainly dry and clear periods tonight.

    There could be some areas of mist and fog forming.

    Saturday will be mainly dry and fine with any early areas of mist and fog lifting to leave long spells of sunshine.

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    Video caption: Risk of showers continues into the evening, but will ease for a mainly dry, clear night.

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  3. Care home boss jailed for £4m fraud

    A "despicably greedy" care home owner who preyed on wealthy, elderly residents to fund a lavish lifestyle has been jailed for 21 years.

    David Barton
    Image caption: David Barton had a fleet of luxury cars and several homes

    David Barton, 64, conned residents of Barton Park nursing home in Southport out of more than £4m over 16 years.

    Judge Steven Everett told Liverpool Crown Court it was the "most brazen" case of fraud he had ever seen.

    Barton was convicted of a string of charges including conspiracy to defraud after a trial which lasted a year.

  4. Autistic juggler wins circus slot

    A 19-year-old from Wigan has won a national competition to find the next star of the circus.

    Jordan Dickinson, who has autism, only started juggling with the Blackpool Tower Circus two years ago.

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    Video caption: An autistic teenager from Wigan has won a competition to find the next star of the circus.
  5. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M60 Greater Manchester clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M60 Greater Manchester clockwise severe accident, from A56 Chester Road J7 to M60 J8.

    M60 Greater Manchester - One lane closed on M60 clockwise from A56, Stretford to M60 J8, Carrington, because of an accident involving four cars.

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

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    Severe disruption: M6 Lancashire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Lancashire northbound severe disruption, between J32 for M55 J32 and J33 for .

    M6 Lancashire - One lane closed on M6 northbound between J32, M55 (Broughton Interchange) and J33, Galgate, because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

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    Severe disruption: M62 Greater Manchester westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M62 Greater Manchester westbound severe disruption, between M62 J20 and M62 J19.

    M62 Greater Manchester - One lane closed on M62 westbound between M62 J20, Rochdale and M62 J19, Heywood, because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  8. Life term for Prince George attack plotter

    An Islamic State group supporter who called for an attack on Prince George has been jailed for life with a minimum of 25 years.

    Husnain Rashid

    Husnain Rashid, 32, of Leonard Street in Nelson, Lancashire, also posted messages threatening people travelling to the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia.

    Judge Andrew Lees said Rashid made it clear the prince "and other members of the Royal family should be viewed as potential targets".

    Rashid admitted four terrorism charges.

  9. North West weather: Brightening up and staying warm

    BBC Weather

    Sunny spells this afternoon but also the risk of some showers breaking out.

    The showers could be locally heavy and potentially thundery, although not everywhere will catch a shower.

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    Video caption: Sunny spells this afternoon but also the risk of some showers. Highs of 22C.

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    Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Cheshire southbound severe disruption, at J19 for A556 Chester Road.

    M6 Cheshire - M6 lane closed on exit slip road and very slow traffic southbound at J19, A556 (Knutsford), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  11. Rain helps 'smouldering spots' on Winter Hill as fire still alight

    The rain is helping with the moorland fire at Winter Hill, but crews are still there, Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service says.

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  12. Poundworld to close further stores

    Another 80 Poundworld stores will be closed, resulting in 1,024 job losses, the company's administrators have said.

    Poundworld store

    The latest announcement means 105 of the company's 335 stores are now earmarked for closure.

    The following stores in the North West will shut:

    • Birkenhead
    • Blackburn
    • Bolton
    • Bolton Breightmet
    • Bootle
    • Chester
    • Liverpool
    • Manchester
    • Southport

    Administrators Deloitte said talks to sell remaining parts of the business continue.

  13. Man who urged Prince George attack given life sentence

    An Islamic State group supporter who called for an attack on Prince George has been jailed for life with a minimum of 25 years at Woolwich Crown Court for a string of terrorism offences.

    Husnain Rashid

    Husnain Rashid admitted three counts of engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts, and was given a life sentence for each.

  14. Discounted bus travel for Liverpool's apprentices

    Apprentices in the Liverpool City Region are to get discounted bus travel.

    Steve Rotheram

    The initiative's being announced by the region's mayor Steve Rotheram, and will see 19 to 24 year-olds eligible for half-price travel passes.

    It's part of a speech he'll be giving later about the importance of bus services to the public, businesses and the local economy.

    Mr Rotheram said he hoped it would encourage more young people to take up apprenticeship opportunities.

  15. Parents' anger over Build-A-Bear 'pay your age' offer

    Parents have said they will no longer shop at Build-A-Bear Workshop, after its cheap teddy offer caused queues of up to eight hours.

    Build-A-Bear, Bullring

    The toy shop was offering UK customers a chance to buy any bear for the price of their child's age.

    Customer Jenn Harrison, who travelled from Leigh to the Arndale Centre in Manchester with her husband and two children, said she was "annoyed" by the situation.

    She said they were repeatedly told to go away and come back when the line had reduced by security and Build-A-Bear staff.

    The company has issued vouchers to all UK Build-A-Bear Bonus Club members.