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  1. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise severe disruption, at J24 for A57.

    M60 Greater Manchester - M60 lane closed on exit slip road anticlockwise at J24, A57 (Denton Island), because of a broken down car. Traffic is coping well.

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

  2. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M53 Cheshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M53 Cheshire northbound severe disruption, from J10 for A5117 to J9 for A5032 Station Road.

    M53 Cheshire - One lane closed on M53 northbound from J10, A5117 (Little Stanney) to J9, A5032 (Ellesmere Port), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  3. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Cheshire northbound severe disruption, from J22 for A49 Winwick Link Road to J23 for A580 East Lancashire Road.

    M6 Cheshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 northbound from J22, A49 (Newton Le Willows) to J23, A580 (Haydock), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  4. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M56 Cheshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M56 Cheshire westbound severe accident, at J11 for A56 Chester Road.

    M56 Cheshire - M56 lane closed on exit slip road and slow traffic westbound at J11, A56 (Preston Brook), because of an accident.

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

  5. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M602 Greater Manchester westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M602 Greater Manchester westbound severe disruption, from J2 for A576 Gilda Brook Road Trafford Park to J1 for M62.

    M602 Greater Manchester - One lane closed and slow traffic on M602 westbound from J2, A576 (Trafford Park) to J1, M62 (Eccles Interchange), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  6. Wigan's Victorian chapels to be restored

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A pair of Victorian chapels in Wigan are to be "brought back to life" by a council-funded restoration project.

    Ince Chapel

    The Grade II listed buildings in Ince cemetery will receive a £100,000 investment having become derelict in recent years, the Local Democracy Reporting Service said.

    They were designed by the architect of Manchester Town Hall, Alfred Waterhouse, and built in 1855, but have become dilapidated, with trees breaking through their roofs, a council spokesman said.

    Ince Chapel

    The investment in the Church of England and Roman Catholic chapels forms part of a new council programme to improve its heritage sites.

  7. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M62 Greater Manchester westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M62 Greater Manchester westbound severe disruption, from J12 for M60 to J11 for A574 Birchwood Way.

    M62 Greater Manchester - One lane closed and slow traffic on M62 westbound from J12, M60 (Eccles Interchange) to J11, A574 (Birchwood), because of a broken down vehicle. In the roadworks area.

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

  8. Attack left Man City fan 'close to death'

    BBC Sport

    A Manchester City fan has revealed how doctors told him he was close to death after being attacked following the club's Champions League win in Schalke.

    Man City players celebrate a goal against Schalke in the first leg

    Paul Worth, from Urmston in Greater Manchester, was struck over the head after a violent confrontation with two Schalke supporters on 20 February.

    He was left in a coma and remained in a German hospital until last week.

    "I've had staples in the back of my head, my jaw rewired and lost a tooth," the 32-year-old posted on Facebook.

  9. Jury cannot 'solve' Hillsborough disaster

    The jury in the Hillsborough disaster trial should not try to "solve" the tragedy and has been warned not to "translate heartbreak and sadness into a conviction", a court heard.

    Graham Mackrell

    Former Sheffield Wednesday secretary Graham Mackrell's barrister made the comments in his closing speech.

    Mr Mackrell, 69, denies a health and safety offence at Preston Crown Court.

    Former match commander David Duckenfield, 74, denies gross negligence manslaughter of 95 people.

    Jason Beer QC said Mr Mackrell was a man of "entirely good character" and the jury were being asked by the prosecution to "change someone from being a law abiding person to a criminal".

    The prosecution allege Mr Mackrell, as club secretary and safety officer, failed to take reasonable care over the number of turnstiles allocated to Liverpool fans.

  10. Policing Cheshire badger cull cost £1.3m over two years

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    The policing of badger culling in Cheshire has cost taxpayers more than £1.3m in the past two years.

    Badgers

    Cheshire Police's cull operation was the second most expensive in the country last year, topped only by Devon and Cornwall, the Local Democracy Reporting Service said.

    The force spent £484,892 last year, following a spend of £831,093 in 2017. Figures show 472 badgers were killed.

    Two cows

    The government has allowed culling in 32 areas across 10 counties in England to tackle Bovine tuberculosis.

    Police forces are paid for the work by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

    A spokesman for Defra said the "average cost" of policing has "declined significantly", adding:

    Quote Message: Bovine TB is the greatest animal health threat to the UK and costs taxpayers more than £100m each year".
  11. 'Good' rating for city's new health trust

    Eight out of nine hospitals in a newly formed Greater Manchester health trust have been rated as "outstanding" or "good" in its first inspection.

    Manchester Infirmary

    The Care Quality Commission gave Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust a "good" overall rating after visits in October and November.

    Manchester Royal Eye Hospital was the first dedicated eye hospital in the UK to receive "outstanding" status.

    Manchester Royal Infirmary was deemed as "requiring improvement", however.

  12. Up to half of Greater Manchester hate crimes have no suspect

    Greater Manchester Police closed almost half of hate crime investigations last year without identifying a suspect, according to official figures.

    GMP Police Officer

    The Home Office found GMP fared the worst in England and Wales - shutting 46% of cases with no-one in the frame.

    GMP said it recognised it has "a way to go to reassure communities".

    The hate crime offences include racially or religiously aggravated assault, harassment and criminal damage.

    The figures released related to offences from September 2017 until September last year.

    GMP - which had more than 5000 recorded offences during that period - acknowledged it had "a lot of work to do" to ensure hate crimes were dealt with "in the best ways that we can".

  13. Jodie Comer: Female roles should be as complex as Villanelle

    BBC Newsbeat

    Liverpool's Jodie Comer says her Killing Eve character Villanelle is how "every female role should be".

    Jodie Comer as Villanelle

    Not that she thinks every role needs to be a sadistic-but-charming assassin - but that parts should be complex.

    "Sometimes they're not strong, they do make mistakes and we get to explore all these emotions," she told Newsbeat at the Royal Television Society awards.

    Jodie won best actress, beating co-star Sandra Oh.