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Summary

  1. Latest updates on Friday 8 March

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. Blackpool: Boycotting supporters set for emotional return after Oyston exit

    BBC Sport

    When Bloomfield Road opens its doors on Saturday, in excess of 14,000 Blackpool fans will welcome a new dawn for the seaside town that has its team back.

    Blackpool fans

    Following an excruciating wait, the League One visit of Southend United marks the end of the Oyston family's turbulent reign and an emotional return for the crowds.

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  3. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M62 Greater Manchester westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M62 Greater Manchester westbound severe accident, from J12 for M60 J12 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 an accident. In the roadworks area.

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

  4. Warning over 'tram-surfing' danger

    Transport bosses have issued a warning about the dangers of "tram-surfing" after dozens of cases were recorded on Greater Manchester's Metrolink network in the past year.

    Metrolink

    Transport for Greater Manchester said 68 incidents had seen children as young as 11 clinging to the outside of trams.

    CCTV revealed one example of two people "recklessly" riding on a tram on the Altrincham line.

    TfGM urged people to report incidents and parents to be aware of the dangers.

  5. Uefa backs VAR penalty decision for Man Utd

    BBC Sport

    Uefa has backed the video assistant referee system's decision to award Manchester United an injury-time penalty that knocked Paris St-Germain out of the Champions League.

    Diogo Dalot handles ball in penalty area

    Diogo Dalot's shot hit Presnel Kimpembe's arm but was only deemed a spot-kick after the VAR intervention.

    Injured PSG forward Neymar called the decision a "disgrace".

    But Uefa said the distance the ball covered was "not short" and Kimpembe's arm was "not close" to his body.

  6. North West weather: Rainy afternoon ahead

    BBC Weather

    A cloudy and wet afternoon with brisk winds and highs of 9C.

    Video content

    Video caption: A cloudy and wet afternoon, with brisk winds and highs of 9C.

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  7. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M58 Greater Manchester both ways

    BBC News Travel

    M58 Greater Manchester both ways severe disruption, at M6 J26.

    M58 Greater Manchester - M58 partially blocked and heavy traffic at M6 J26, Orrell Interchange, because of a broken down car. On the roundabout.

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

  8. 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). In the roadworks area.

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

  9. Maxine Peake to portray 'dark side' of singer Nico

    Nico, the chanteuse who was the original femme fatale of 1960s art-rock, is to be portrayed in a new stage show in Manchester starring Maxine Peake.

    Maxine Peake as Nico

    The German-born singer is best known for her vocals on the seminal 1967 album The Velvet Underground and Nico.

    But the show, titled The Nico Project, will focus on her bleak 1968 solo album The Marble Index. She later faded from the limelight and died in 1988.

    The show will be staged in July at the Manchester International Festival.

  10. Barnoldswick .... is it Yorkshire or Lancashire?

    Boundary changes more than 40 years ago moved Barnoldswick from Yorkshire to Lancashire.

    Video content

    Video caption: Is Barnoldswick in Yorkshire or Lancashire?

    But not everybody has accepted it - here two friends from the town argue it out.

  11. Liverpool: Steven Gerrard says 'wound is still open' after 2014 title slip

    BBC Sport

    Steven Gerrard says the "open wound" created by Liverpool's failure to win the Premier League in 2014 will not be healed even if Jurgen Klopp ends their 29-year wait for the title this season.

    Steven Gerrard at Chelsea game in 2014

    Captain Gerrard's costly slip gifted Chelsea a goal at Anfield in a game that ended in defeat and ultimately led to Manchester City winning the title.

    "This wound's been open since my experience [in 2014]," said Gerrard.

    "I hope Liverpool [win] but it won't make my wound feel any different."

  12. Body found in brook 'not suspicious'

    Police investigating the discovery of a woman's body in a brook say they "do not believe her death is suspicious".

    Union Street

    Officers were called on Wednesday morning after a member of the public saw the body near Union Street, Darwen.

    A specific cause of death could not be found by a post-mortem examination so further tests will take place, Lancashire Police said.

    "For now our priority is identifying who the woman is and tracing her family," a spokesperson said.

  13. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M62 Cheshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M62 Cheshire westbound severe disruption, at J11 for A574 Birchwood Way.

    M62 Cheshire - M62 entry slip road partially blocked westbound at J11, A574 (Birchwood), because of a broken down van. Traffic is coping well. In the roadworks area.

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

  14. Baby Pearl death mum questioned twice

    The mother of a baby girl whose body was found in woodland had faced police probes over the deaths of two of her other children, an inquest has heard.

    Cot being taken to scene of baby find
    Image caption: A cot was seen being taken to the area where the baby girl was discovered in Heywood

    The baby, named Pearl by detectives, was discovered in Bluebell Woods in Heywood, Greater Manchester, in April.

    Four of Leah Howarth's children, including Pearl, were deceased with three investigated but no further action taken, Rochdale Coroner's Court heard.

    A coroner recorded a narrative verdict.

  15. Manchester United 'shocked' by fan's stabbing

    Manchester United said the club was "shocked" to hear that one of its fans was stabbed in Paris after their dramatic Champions League win against Paris St-Germain on Wednesday.

    Manchester United v PSG

    A 44-year-old man had emergency surgery after being stabbed in the chest.

    He is being treated at the Georges Pompidou European Hospital in the French capital but is expected to be released on Sunday or Monday.

    In a statement the club said:

    Quote Message: We were shocked to hear about the incident with one of our fans who was stabbed while in Paris for the Champions League game.
    Quote Message: Everyone at the club wishes him well during his recovery.
  16. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M6 Lancashire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Lancashire southbound severe accident, from J32 for M55 to J31A for B6242 Bluebell Way.

    M6 Lancashire - Stationary traffic on M6 southbound from J32, M55 (Broughton Interchange) to J31a, B6242 (Longridge), because of all traffic being temporarily held and an accident.

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

  17. Swastika flag 'nothing ideological', National Action accused claims

    A man accused of being in a banned neo-Nazi group has told a court his ownership of a Swastika flag was "nothing ideological".A Swastika flag was found at Mr Trubini's Warrington home

    Swastika flag was found at Mr Trubini's Warrington home

    Michal Trubini, 36, from Warrington, denies membership of National Action.

    The organisation was banned in December 2016 under terrorism legislation.

    Mr Trubini said he "never considered" himself part of the group but agreed he was a "nationalist". He said it was a "spur of the moment decision" to buy a Nazi flag found in his home.