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  1. That's all for for now. Thanks for joining us

    That's all from our live coverage for Wednesday. Many thanks for joining us.

    We'll be back from 09:00 on Thursday with more of the latest on the coronavirus pandemic and all of the rest of the day's news.

    Have a good night. And stay safe.

  2. Cricket star's World Cup shirt raises £65k

    A shirt worn by Lancashire wicketkeeper Jos Buttler in England's World Cup final victory last summer has raised more than £65,000 for two London hospitals.

    Buttler was wearing it when he sealed a historic World Cup final victory for England against New Zealand in July.

    He put the shirt on eBay last week to raise money for two specialist centres dealing with the coronavirus response.

    The unwashed jersey, signed by all of England World Cup squad, attracted 82 bids and sold for £65,100.

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    Video caption: England's Jos Buttler is auctioning a World Cup shirt to raise money to fight coronavirus.
  3. Free travel on Merseyside bus and trains for NHS staff

    NHS staff will be able to travel for free on buses and Merseyrail trains across the city region, regional mayor Steve Rotheram has announced.

    Lime Street

    The free travel starts on Friday on production of a valid NHS photo staff pass.

    The announcement was made jointly with transport operators Arriva, Stagecoach and Merseyrail.

    Mr Rotheram said:

    Quote Message: We want to do everything we can to support our front-line NHS workers as they bravely battle the coronavirus.
    Quote Message: The advice of course remains that people should only travel if absolutely necessary during this period of lockdown.

    The announcement follows the suspension of the Mersey Tunnel tolls in March.

  4. Knowsley Council thanks public for conduct during pandemic

    Knowsley Council building

    Knowsley Council has thanked volunteers, businesses and residents for their conduct throughout the virus outbreak so far.

    The authority said it had 400 people calling their support line to volunteer, while retailers and logistics firms in the area have been offering help with deliveries and food banks.

    The council also showed appreciation for residents displaying rainbows in their windows and clapping for carers and front-line workers every week.

    A spokesman said: .

    Quote Message: At such a difficult time for everyone in our communities, we can all be proud that there are so many good news stories to share, and so many people doing all they can to help out others.
  5. Terror suspect unable to attend court due to 'self-isolation'

    A terror suspect accused of plotting to fight against so-called Islamic State was unable to attend his latest court hearing because he is "self-isolating".

    Former soldier Daniel Burke from Manchester is being held in custody after being charged with three terrorism offences.

    Old Bailey

    His case was brought before Mr Justice Sweeney at the Old Bailey on Wednesday.

    But the 32-year-old was unable to appear via video link from prison as he is self-isolating due to the virus pandemic, the court heard.

    The defendant, who allegedly expressed a desire to travel to Syria to fight for Kurdish militia, was charged in December last year after being stopped at a port.

  6. Manchester Arena bomb plotter's murder sentencing postponed

    The sentencing of Hashem Abedi, who was found guilty of murdering the 22 people who died in the Manchester Arena bombing, has been postponed amid the virus outbreak.

    Hashem Abedi

    The brother of bomber Salman Abedi had been due to be sentenced on 23 and 24 April at the Old Bailey.

    Parties in the case have been informed that the date needed to be changed due to the travel restrictions in place to tackle the spread of coronavirus.

    The sentencing date will be reviewed at the end of the month, the court said.

  7. Family pay tribute to 'witty and humble' Ronald Brown

    The family of a man who died in a road traffic collision in Trafford have paid tribute to a "loyal and loving dad, son, brother and friend".

    Ronald Brown

    Ronald Brown, 56, died at the scene of a road traffic collision on Seymour Grove on Saturday.

    Paying tribute to his family said:

    Quote Message: He would give the shirt off his back to help anyone in need, and his positive nature touched everyone he met.
    Quote Message: He was witty and humble, but also determined and motivated. He would always take the time to encourage us in our various endeavours, and provide support whenever we needed it.
  8. Men wanted after licking hands and wiping them on food in Sainsbury's

    CCTV image of two offenders

    Two men who licked their hands and wiped them them over meat, fresh produce and fridge handles in a supermarket are wanted by police.

    A Sainsbury’s store in Morecambe had to be thoroughly disinfected and items destroyed after the "utterly despicable" act, Lancashire Police said.

    The pair, both in their early 20s, entered the store on Lancaster Road at about 13:45 on 4 April.

    Police have today released CCTV images of the offenders in a bid to identify them.

    CCTV image of offender

    Both were described as white with black hair and facial hair.

    One was wearing a black jacket black tracksuit bottoms and grey trainers, the other was wearing a black jacket, white hoodie, black tracksuit bottoms and hiking boots.

    Insp James Martin, of Lancashire West Police, said:

    Quote Message: It is utterly despicable and I would appeal for anyone who knows who these people are to get in touch.
    Quote Message: During this current time we have seen many examples of people displaying the very best of humanity. This pair are sadly displaying some of the worst.
  9. Moorland blaze 'started deliberately'

    A wildfire in Lancashire may have been started deliberately, the fire service has said.

    Fifty firefighters tackled the blaze off Sunnyhurst Lane in Darwen at about 17:10 BST on Tuesday.

    Blaze near Sunnyhurst Lane

    The fire covered an area of about 400 metres by 100 metres and an investigation is continuing.

    Lancashire's chief fire officer said he believed the fire was started on purpose or as the result of an uncontrolled barbecue.

    Mr Johnston called on the public to "please help us to help you", adding "we really don't need this" amid the coronavirus pandemic.

  10. Tesco tells people to visit stores as online demand soars

    BBC Business News

    Tesco has said that most food will still need to be purchased in-store amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    Shoppers outside Tesco

    The supermarket giant said it wasn't able to meet demand as more shoppers stay at home, despite the fact it has increased its online grocery shopping capacity by more than 20%.

    It said in the first weeks of the virus, there was "significant panic buying", with sales up almost a third.

    Tesco said that had now subsided with food stocks "returning to normal".

  11. Murder probe after man shot dead at house

    A man has been shot dead at a house on Merseyside.

    The 20-year-old victim was shot through the window of a property in Harrington Road, Litherland at about 23:00 on Tuesday, Merseyside Police said.

    Harrington Road, Litherland

    The force said he was taken to hospital but pronounced dead a short time later, and his family have been informed.

    Det Insp Tracey Martin described it as a "violent and tragic killing" and said a murder inquiry was under way. Any witnesses are urged to contact police.

    The street remains cordoned off and officers will remain in Harrington Road and the surrounding area for the next few days as they investigate, she added.

  12. Message from Wuhan: 'Please learn from our mistakes'

    The Chinese city of Wuhan, where the coronavirus pandemic originated, is finally lifting its 11-week quarantine as infections and deaths have tailed off.

    As they emerge from their long lockdown, residents share the lessons they've learned from the outbreak, and offer encouraging words to the rest of the world.

    Video by Meiqing Guan from BBC Chinese, and Grace Tsoi.

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    Video caption: Coronavirus: 'Please learn from Wuhan's mistakes'
  13. New device helps NHS staff open doors without touching handle

    A new device to help health workers open doors without touching the handles has been invented at Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool.

    The Distancer, which has a special hook to open door handles and a flat end to push doors open can be worn by staff to reduce the risk of coming into contact with coronavirus, which can survive on hard surfaces for up to 72 hours.

    Nurse with The Distancer

    Alder Hey’s clinical director of innovation Iain Hennessey came up with the idea.

    He said:

    Quote Message: Transmission of the virus from surfaces like door handles represents a real risk to frontline workers and patients.
    Quote Message: The Distancer will help reduce risk of contact transmission and give greater peace of mind to healthcare professionals as they move around hospitals.

    It was designed and created by 3D LifePrints, who are based in Alder Hey’s innovation hub.

    All staff at Alder Hey will be given one and there have already been orders placed from NHS trusts in the UK and the USA.

  14. Key worker abused and spat on in 'disgraceful' attack

    A key worker was verbally abused and spat on in a "disgraceful" assault in Ellesmere Port, police said.

    Westminster Road

    It happened at about 18:30 on 2 April when the woman was approached by a group of teenagers as she was getting out of her car on Westminster Road.

    The group verbally abused her, kicked her car and one offender spat at her clothing, police said.Cheshire Police declined to reveal the nature of the woman's job.The force is asking for help in finding the group of teenagers, aged 13-18, who spoke with local accents and were wearing dark clothing with scarves around their faces.

    Some were on bikes and left by a nearby alleyway.PC Chris Francis said:

    Quote Message: I struggle to comprehend such disgraceful and completely unacceptable behaviour during what is a challenging and difficult time for us all.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

  15. Inside Manchester's Nightingale Hospital

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    Video caption: Manchester Central conference centre has been converted into a new hospital

    The BBC has been given a glimpse inside a new temporary hospital in Manchester which will treat coronavirus patients.

    Manchester Central convention centre has been converted into NHS Nightingale Hospital North West, and is due to open by the end of the week.

    Work started on 28 March and the hospital will be able to provide treatment for up to 750 coronavirus patients.

    The first of the government's emergency field hospitals, in London's ExCel centre, opened last week.

  16. Blackpool attractions to go virtual for Easter

    Visitor attractions in Blackpool will go virtual for the bank holiday weekend to encourage people to stay at home - with a series of live streams and other online offerings planned.

    Blackpool promenade

    The council's tourism department Visit Blackpool said people will be able to take a look behind-the-scenes at the illuminations, follow a video tour of the Grand Theatre and take virtual rides at the Pleasure Beach theme park.

    A spokesman for Visit Blackpool said:

    Quote Message: Easter 2020 is going to be very different; very quiet and that’s the way we need to keep it.
    Quote Message: But just because you can’t come to Blackpool for Easter doesn’t mean we can’t bring Blackpool to you.”