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  1. Six former library buildings in Lancashire up for sale
  2. Oldham fan banned for send 'abusive' tweet to manager
  3. Liverpool lottery plan opposed by Lib Dems
  4. Concern grows for missing Moston man, 79
  5. Updates on Friday 30 December

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  1. Wishing you a Happy New Year!

    That's it for 2016! Happy New Year and best wishes for 2017 from everyone at the BBC in the North West.

    We'll be back on Tuesday 3 January with the latest news, sport, weather and travel - join us from 08:00.

    Remember if you want to share news, tip-offs or photographs you can always contact us via emailFacebook or Twitter.

  2. Manchester plans New Year's Eve Mannequin Challenge world record attempt

    Manchester is planning a Guinness World Record attempt for a Mannequin Challenge for this New Year's Eve.

    Fireworks over Manchester Town Hall

    The challenge is a viral Internet video trend where people "freeze" like mannequins for the camera.  

    It is hoped 12,000 people will join celebrations in the city and will help in the attempt by standing still and being filmed for the record attempt. 

    There will also be a 10 minute firework display above the Town Hall in Albert Square as part of the family friendly event - which is alcohol free.

  3. Friday night basketball action live on the BBC

    BBL action continues across the BBC this evening as Glasgow Sharks welcome Cheshire Phoenix to the Emirates Arena in Glasgow.

    Glasgow go into the game as favourites, sitting in third place in the table, whilst the Phoenix are struggling at the wrong end of the table in 10th place after 13 games.

    You can watch all the action live on the BBC Sport website, app and selected connected TV's from 19:30 GMT by clicking here. If you want to learn more about the BBC's coverage from the BBL and WBBL in 2016-2017 click here.

    Glasgow Rocks v Cheshire Phoenix
  4. Ambulance warning for New Year's Eve party-goers

    North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) is gearing up for its busiest night of the year with a warning for New Year's Eve party-goers.

    New Year's Eve scene in Manchester

    Last year, NWAS responded to 3,560 incidents on New Year’s Eve between 18:00 and 06:00 the following day.

    Ambulance chiefs are reminding people out celebrating to think twice before dialling 999, which is for life-threatening or potentially life-threatening emergencies only. 

    Shaun Murray, Dispatcher for NWAS, said: “New Year’s Eve is a time to celebrate and have fun, but please don’t let your night end in disaster. 

    "Remember to drink sensibly and if you’re out and about, dress appropriately, stay with friends and keep your taxi money separate."

  5. 'Inadequate' Oldham GP surgery put in special measures after CQC inspection

    A general practice surgery in Oldham has been put in special measures after being rated "inadequate" by health inspectors.


    Springfield House Medical Centre was given the lowest possible grade when assessed by the Care Quality Commission for safety, effectiveness, and quality of leadership.

    The CQC said the Huddersfield Road surgery also "requires improvement" when it comes to the care it provides patients and its "responsiveness".

    The practice has yet to comment.

  6. Football: Jose Mourinho says Man Utd yet to receive an acceptable bid for any player

    BBC Sport

    Manchester United have not had a good enough offer for any player they are ready to sell, boss Jose Mourinho says.

    Morgan Schneiderlin
    Image caption: Morgan Schneiderlin wants to leave Manchester United

    Mourinho will let unhappy players go but said United had "not received one single offer they are going to accept".  

  7. Preston's Black Horse Hotel - one of England's hidden architectural gems

    The BBC has been on a tour of England's hidden architectural gems - including the Black Horse Hotel in Preston.

    The pub is an ornate three-storey building in the city centre that boasts three postal addresses - with a door on each of the three streets it is located on.

    Black Horse Hotel
    Black Horse Hotel

    When it was built in 1898, it was the tallest building in Preston. Robinsons Brewery, which owns the building, says it is a "typical building of its time".

    On the inside, not a lot has changed since the 19th Century.

    From the mosaic flooring to the ceramic semi-circular bar counter, the landlord Daniel Taylor said the interior gives a "completely different" impression compared to the outside.

    "This is very much a historical pub," he said.

    "I love it… you can tell it has barely been changed over the years; it's just a lovely piece of architecture."  

  8. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise

    BBC Travel

    M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise severe disruption, at J9 for A5081.

    M60 Greater Manchester - M60 lane closed on exit slip road and slow traffic anticlockwise at J9, A5081 (Trafford Park), because of a broken down vehicle.

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  9. Football: Da Silva brothers remember life at Man Utd

    BBC Sport

    Middlesbrough defender Fabio da Silva and his brother, Rafael, recall fond memories of playing for Manchester United before Boro's trip to Old Trafford.

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    Video caption: Da Silva brothers remember life at Man Utd

    Watch more from the Da Silva brothers on Football Focus, Saturday 31 December from 12:00 GMT on BBC One, the BBC Sport website and app.

  10. CCTV appeal following Oswaldtwistle off-licence robbery

    Police in Lancashire have released CCTV images of a man they want to speak to in connection with a robbery at an off-licence in Oswaldtwistle.

    CCTV in Oswaldtwistle

    It happened at about 19:45 on Wednesday night at Bargain Booze on Union Road. 

    A man threatened the shop assistant saying he had a knife, before ripping the cash drawer from the desk.

    He then ran off with the drawer.

  11. Football: Oldham ban supporter for 'abusive' tweet

    BBC Sport

    Oldham have banned a supporter from home games for the rest of the season for sending an "abusive and threatening" tweet aimed at the family of manager Stephen Robinson.

    Oldham Athletic

    Police had investigated the message and met with both parties.

    However the Robinson family have decided not to take any further action.

  12. Wirral plastic surgeon to help injured Syrian children

    A top plastic surgeon from Wirral is heading out to the Middle East to help children injured in Syria. 

    Dr Ali Juma from Spire Murrayfield Hospital will be flying out to Lebanon in January. 

    His mission comes 12 months after he helped Syrian refugees in Jordan - and he says he "felt compelled" to return.

  13. Football: AFC Blackpool v Widnes game postponed after break-in

    AFC Blackpool has been forced to call off Saturday's game against Widnes after damage caused in a recent break-in.

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  14. Weather: Murky afternoon

    BBC Weather

    A dull, cloudy and murky afternoon with a chance of drizzle. Highs of 11C.

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    Video caption: A dull, cloudy and murky afternoon with the chance of drizzle. Highs of 11C.

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    Severe accident: M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise

    BBC Travel

    M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise severe accident, between J15 for M61 and J13 for A572.

    M60 Greater Manchester - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M60 anticlockwise between J15, M61 (Swinton Interchange) and J13, A572 (Worsley), because of an accident.

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  16. Your pictures: Hazy morning skies

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Thanks to BBC Weather Watchers pottererpete, Jean's Jewels and Runcorn 1 for uploading these images of hazy morning skies across the region today.

    Poulton le Flyde
    Ashton in Makerfield

    Have you got a photograph of the weather you would like to share? Why not join the BBC Weather Watchers and upload your report.  

  17. Creamfields drug smuggler jailed

    Warrington Guardian

    A 24-year-old man who was caught trying to smuggleClass A drugs into Creamfields Festival in Daresbury has been jailed.

  18. Rehearsals under way for Liverpool's International Horse Show

    Rehearsals get under way today for the Liverpool International Horse Show. 

    The event at the Echo Arena features world class riders and horses competing over three days, starting tomorrow - along with live music entertainment and the Shetland Pony Grand National. 

    Liverpool International Horse Show
  19. Shop worker tackles 'knife-wielding robber'

    A shop worker in Timperley has been injured while tackling a would-be robber, Greater Manchester Police said.

    When the employee of the Nisa store, on the corner of Heyes Lane and Park Road, refused to hand over cigarettes at about 17:30 on Thursday, the suspect threatened him with a knife.

    The shop worker suffered minor cuts to the left hand side of his body while attempting to disarm him.

    He was able to detain the robber until officers arrived, said police.

    The suspect, a boy aged 15, was arrested on suspicion of robbery before being released on bail pending further inquiries until 29 January.