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Summary

  1. Key updates on Friday 26 April

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M67 Greater Manchester eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M67 Greater Manchester eastbound severe disruption, at J3 for A627 Clark Way.

    M67 Greater Manchester - M67 lane closed on exit slip road and heavy traffic eastbound at J3 A627 Clark Way, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  2. Labour takes charge of council

    Phil McCann

    Cheshire Political Reporter, BBC News

    Cheshire East Council's first Labour leader has been elected by councillors today.

    Sam Corcoran

    The move comes after the Conservatives lost their majority on the authority in this month's elections.

    It's the first time in the authority's 10-year history that the Tories haven't been in charge.

    Labour’s Sam Corcoran was supported by a group representing most independent candidates along with the Liberal Democrats.

  3. North West weather: Hazy, sunny afternoon

    BBC Weather

    Partly cloudy this afternoon, with hazy, sunny spells. There will be a few light showers around, but most places will stay dry with highs of 16C.

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    Video caption: Partly cloudy this afternoon, with hazy, sunny spells and highs of 16C.

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  4. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M62 Merseyside westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M62 Merseyside westbound severe accident, at J7 for A57 Warrington Road.

    M62 Merseyside - Queuing traffic on M62 westbound at J7, A57 (Rainhill Stoops), because of an accident and all traffic being temporarily held on the exit slip road.

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

  5. Give Solskjaer time at Man Utd, says Robin van Persie

    BBC Sport

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the right man to lead Manchester United and must be given a fair chance to reverse their decline, former striker Robin van Persie told BBC Sport.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Alex Ferguson

    After impressing as interim manager following the sacking of Jose Mourinho, ex-United forward Solskjaer oversaw a dismal end to the season as they missed out on a top-four finish.

    But Van Persie said:

    Quote Message: I think it's the perfect match, it's just they're having a bad spell.
    Quote Message: Back in the day it was normal for a manager to get time. Nowadays if you lose six games, you're out. Is that the solution?
    Quote Message: Give someone time, especially if it's a kid from the club.
  6. Manchester remembers 22 killed in bomb attack

    Here's or fully updated story so far, as tributes are made to the victims of the Manchester bombing on the second anniversary of the attack.

    Manchester terror attack victims

    Twenty-two people were killed and hundreds injured in the 2017 suicide bombing at Manchester Arena.

    Many people marked the anniversary on Twitter with #OneLoveManchester #WeStandTogether and #ManchesterRemembers all trending.

    A Manchester City Council spokesman said this year's anniversary would be marked with a "more intimate" commemoration.

    A low-key memorial service will take place at St Ann's Church later, the city council said.

    The "personal and private event" for families and emergency services will take place from 14:00 BST.

    Manchester Cathedral will also be open throughout the day for people to "spend some time in quiet reflection and prayer".

  7. 'You are with me always' - Ariane Grande's mum tweets message to Manchester

    Joan Grande, the mother of pop star Ariane Grande, has tweeted a message to Manchester on what is the second anniversary of the terror attack in the city.

    Twenty-two people were killed and hundreds injured in the suicide bombing at Manchester Arena in 2017.

    Salman Abedi, 22, detonated a home-made device at the end of a concert by Ariana Grande as children and adults began leaving the venue.

    In a tweet, Joan Grande said: "I love you, I send you a warm hug, today and forever."

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  8. Disability rugby team's minibus stolen

    Salford Red Devils' learning disability rugby team has pulled out of a major weekend festival after its minibus was stolen.

    Salford Red Devils Foundation learning disability bus

    The team was due to appear at the Super League's Magic Weekend festival at Anfield in Liverpool on Sunday.

    They were due appear in a game at half time of the clash between St Helens v Castleford Tigers.

    The club said players were "really disappointed" they will not be playing.

  9. Hand-crafted hearts mark Manchester bomb anniversary

    Hand-crafted heart decorations have been left around Manchester as the city remembers the victims of the 2017 attack.

    People have been encouraged to share photographs of the hearts using the hashtag #aheart4MCR.

    Fabric hearts in Manchester city centre

    Joyce Tewen, from Ardwick, said she was moved by the heartwarming scenes in St Ann’s Square as people stopped to pick-up a heart and remember the victims.

    Joyce Tewen, 45, from Ardwick

    The 45-year-old, who has three children aged seven to 20, said it was a “beautiful” way to mark the sombre occasion.

    She said:

    Quote Message: I’ve taken a photo of all the hearts so I can show my children as it’s important that they understand what happened.

    Alexander McBurney travelled into Manchester on a bus from Heywood to pay tribute to those affected by the terror attack.

    Alexander McBurney

    The 48-year-old also made the trip to St Ann’s Square last year to remember those who lost their lives.

    He said:

    Quote Message: It’s just the right thing to do. I can’t think of a community or city that has come together as much as Manchester. It’s outstanding.