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  1. North West Live

    That's it from the North West Live team for another week - we'll be back on Monday at 08:00 with more of the region's latest news, sport, travel, and weather updates.

    Until then, updates from our colleagues across the BBC will be published automatically on this page.

    Have a lovely weekend!

  2. Cammell Laird warns striking workers: 'No customers, no jobs'

    Bosses at Merseyside shipbuilder Cammell Laird have warned striking workers of further job losses if industrial action continues.

    Striking Cammell Laird workers

    Members of the Unite union at the Cammell Laird site in Birkenhead have started a programme of strikes at the Birkenhead site over plans to cut 291 jobs.

    The union said this will now be extended from mid-December until mid-January.

    John Syvret, Cammell Laird's chief executive, said it was already losing work to other shipyards as a result of the strikes:

    Quote Message: This strike action has facilitated a loss of over £1.5m worth of business already, and with growing concerns from other customers more losses are imminent.
    Quote Message: It may be obvious but put simply, without customers there are no jobs at all.

    Unite assistant general secretary Steve Turner said shipyards across the country faced a "growing crisis".

    Quote Message: It is time Cammell Laird started working constructively with Unite, and for everyone with an interest in a strong future for UK shipbuilding, to come together to protect vital skills and jobs before they are lost forever.
  3. Nou Camp to host Catalans Dragons v Wigan Warriors Super League match

    BBC Sport

    Barcelona's Nou Camp will host rugby league for the first time next year, with Catalans Dragons facing Super League champions Wigan on 18 May.

    Nou Camp, Barcelona

    Catalans, based 120 miles from Barcelona in the French city of Perpignan, were invited to the ground by the La Liga giants after winning rugby league's Challenge Cup in August.

    Wigan chairman Ian Lenagan said it will be a "landmark moment" for the game.

    "It will provide a shot in the arm for the new-era of Super League," he added.

    The Nou Camp is the biggest stadium in Europe, with a capacity of 99,354.

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    Severe accident: M62 Greater Manchester westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M62 Greater Manchester westbound severe accident, between J12 for M60 and J11 for A574.

    M62 Greater Manchester - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M62 westbound between J12, M60 (Eccles Interchange) and J11, A574 (Birchwood), because of an accident. In the roadworks area.

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

  5. Broadbottom transforms into Harry Potter world for The Christie

    Budding wizards and witches are invited to visit Broadbottom in Tameside this Sunday as it morphs into a fantastical Harry Potter world, in aid of The Christie.

    Harry Potter scene

    Inspired by J.K. Rowling's best-selling book, the village has an action-packed line-up of activities Potterheads will love.

    Hedwig fans will love the owl display at Lymefield Garden Centre and nearby Lymefield Arts and Craft Centre will be host to wand-making sessions and a Triwizard Training Maze.

    From 14:00 there will be a Magical Market in the village Community Centre selling Harry Potter-themed goods.

    For more information visit the New Street Christmas Window Facebook page.

  6. Boxing: How Tyson Fury went from 1lb baby to heavyweight champion

    BBC Sport

    "When I put my hand on his small frame, I could feel the life in him. I said to the doctor 'he will make it'."

    John Fury - father of Bolton-based fighter Tyson Fury - recalls the day he cradled his newborn son, weighing just 1lb.

    John Fury with Tyson Fury

    Born three months prematurely in the summer of 1988, the future heavyweight champion of the world was given a slim chance of survival.

    Twenty-eight years later, his fight was with depression - a struggle so ugly that his father says his son has now "nearly died twice".

    "He has defied the odds since day one," adds John Fury. "Maybe this is just who he is."

    Tyson Fury fights Deontay Wilder in Los Angeles on Saturday evening (04:00 GMT, Sunday morning).

    Read more on BBC Sport

  7. Merseyside food banks to hand out free bus tickets

    Thousands of free bus tickets are to be handed out to people travelling to food banks across Merseyside this winter.

    food bank
    Image caption: The use of food banks has risen in recent years

    The 3,000 tickets will be paid for by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and the bus companies Stagecoach and Arriva.

    City Region Mayor Steve Rotheram said that while the need for such a move was "heartbreaking", it was a "duty" that he "could not shirk".

    There has been a sharp increase in demand for food banks in recent years.

  8. 'More cities interested in Knife Angel sculpture'

    Here are some more photos of the operation to transport a 27ft tall sculpture from its home near Oswestry to Liverpool's Anglican cathedral.

    The Knife Angel was made out of 100,000 bladed weapons that had been collected by police forces around the UK and was created to raise awareness of knife crime.

    Despite the high winds and heavy rain yesterday morning, it was successfully loaded on to the back of a lorry.

    Knife Angel
    Knife Angel
    Knife Angel

    A metal frame had to be made to allow it to be lifted on and off the lorry and since going to Liverpool, its creators say they've been contacted by other cities interested in hosting it.

  9. Man sold stolen HMP Forest Bank prison goods on eBay

    A man has been sentenced for selling CDs, DVDs and games worth over £100,000 that were stolen from a prison in Salford.

    HMP Forest Bank
    Image caption: HMP Forest Bank in Salford is a Category B prison for men

    Charlie Corrigan, 27, put the items, taken from HMP Forest Bank, on auction site eBay.

    He pleaded guilty to money laundering and was given a nine-month suspended sentence and 150 hours community service at Manchester Crown Court.

    Carl Byron, 37, and Anthony Bradbury, 31, were jailed for theft and money laundering earlier this month.

    Corrigan, of Haslam Street, Bury, who was the brother of Bradbury's partner at the time of the offences, had his sentence suspended for 12 months.

  10. Mo Salah: The footballer giving away thousands to help Egyptians

    BBC Sport

    Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has enjoyed an incredible year on the pitch, finishing as the Premier League's top scorer last season.

    Now he's been shortlisted for the BBC's African Player of the Year, BBC Sport takes a look at some of the acts of generosity that have endeared him, not just to Liverpool supporters, but to football fans across the world.

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    Mohamed has been a pure human being since he was young," said Hamdi Nooh, the coach at Arab Contractors, his first professional club.

    When he was 10. there was a dog that had puppies under the stands at his local club in his village of Basyoun.

    "Salah used to carry food to the training pitch all the way from his house every day to feed the puppies. He's always been like that. He has a big heart and loves to be giving."

    Stories of his generosity are legion: a father revealing Salah was funding his son's leukaemia treatment, a donation towards nursery facilities in Basyoun where he has built a religious institution where children can also study.

    This week, Salah spoke out on behalf of Egypt's stray cats and dogs tweeting with the hashtag "no to animal rights violations".

    The winner of BBC African Footballer of the Year will be announced on Friday, 14 December.

  11. Clare's Law: Why women refuse police help over partner's past

    A law which gives gives people potential access to a partner's criminal history is being refused by the people it was designed to help, official figures show.

    Generic shot of domestic violence

    Clare's Law - officially known as The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme - was named after 36-year-old Clare Wood from Salford who was killed by a man with a history of violence in 2009.

    The law allows people to ask police if their partner has a violent past and if they could be at risk.

    But figures obtained by the BBC through Freedom of Information requests to police forces in England and Wales suggest some women are refusing to engage with police.

    The BBC looks at the reasons why.

  12. North West weather: Sunshine and blustery showers

    BBC Weather

    More sunshine and blustery showers expected this afternoon - with the wind strong at times. Highs of 9C.

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    Video caption: More sunshine and blustery showers expected this afternoon. Highs of 9C.

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  13. Abduction arrests as missing teen found

    Four men have been arrested on suspicion of child abduction after a missing teenage girl was found in West Yorkshire.

    Greater Manchester Police

    The girl, who was reported missing in Manchester, was found in Leeds on 17 November.

    Two men aged 23, a 22-year-old and a 27-year-old, have been bailed by police pending further inquiries.

    Police said the girl is being supported by a team dealing with children at risk of criminal and sexual exploitation.

    A 50-year-old man was arrested in the Burnage area of Manchester but later released without charge.

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    Severe congestion: M56 Cheshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M56 Cheshire eastbound severe congestion, between J16 for A5117 and J12 for A557.

    M56 Cheshire - Severe delays on M56 eastbound between J16 A5117 and J12, A557 (Runcorn). Travel time is 75 minutes.

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

  15. Merseyside man killed in Taliban attack 'was brave warrior'

    A Merseyside man who was killed in a Taliban attack on a security compound in Afghanistan was "a brave warrior", a colleague has said.

    Luke Griffin, 33, from Merseyside, was among five G4S employees who died when gunmen stormed the firm's Kabul base.

    Luke Griffin

    Wayne Davis, who worked with Mr Griffin, described him as a "professional operator" who "took the fight to the enemy".

    Mr Davis, who had previously worked alongside Mr Griffin in Afghanistan said staff involved in the firefight would be finding it difficult to come to terms with the death of such a "warm-hearted" colleague.

    Quote Message: You can guarantee that we'd all, to a man, wish to have been there side by side with Luke.
    Quote Message: You are now gone Luke, but will never be forgotten.
  16. Children's care home worker guilty of Cheshire child abuse

    In case you missed it - here's our story from last night about a children's care home worker who was found guilty of a string of historical child sex offences against young boys.

    Bruce McLean

    Bruce McLean, 62, was convicted of 19 charges of indecent assault against four boys while working at children's homes in Derbyshire and Cheshire.

    He would win their trust by giving gifts and treats such as trips to Manchester United's Cliff training ground, Chester Crown Court heard.

    Judge Patrick Thomson told McLean to expect a custodial sentence.

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    Severe disruption: M62 Cheshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M62 Cheshire eastbound severe disruption, at J9 for A49.

    M62 Cheshire - M62 lane closed on exit slip road eastbound at J9, A49 (Winwick), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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