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  1. Updates on Friday 24 March
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates return from 08:00 on Monday

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Live updates from the North West have finished for the day, but we'll be back from 08:00 on Monday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the region.  

Don't forget, the clocks go forward

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The clocks go forward one hour at 01:00 this Sunday, marking the start of British Summer Time .

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Football: Man City fined for incidents relating to Champions League tie

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Manchester City have been fined £15,573 by Uefa for incidents in the home leg of their Champions League last-16 tie with Monaco on 21 February.  

Manchester City v Monaco

Europe's governing body said the fine related to a pitch invasion, objects being thrown and a late kick-off.

City  won the match 5-3  at Etihad Stadium but  lost the return 3-1  and went out on the away goals rule.

Meanwhile, City have accepted a Football Association charge relating to Sunday's league game with Liverpool.

They were charged with failing to "ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion".

Severe accident: A58 Merseyside both ways

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A58 Merseyside both ways severe accident, between Dunriding Lane and B5413 Lugsmore Lane.

A58 Merseyside - A58 Prescot Road in St Helens closed and very slow traffic in both directions between the Dunriding Lane junction and the B5413 Lugsmore Lane junction, because of a serious accident.

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

Gary Lineker meets Man Utd star Juan Mata for The Premier League Show
Gary Lineker meets Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata for The Premier League Show.

Ex-youth scout held over 'sex offences'

A former youth football scout, who worked for Liverpool in the 1980s, has been arrested by police investigating allegations of historical sex abuse.

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Police said an 84-year-old man was arrested and charged with a number of "non-recent sexual offences".

Harry Dunn is understood to have worked with Liverpool and Rangers in the 1980s and later with Chelsea.

Cricket: Lancashire squad well balanced - Chapple

BBC Sport

Lancashire head coach Glen Chapple says the club's signings this winter have given the squad a good mix of youth and experience ahead of the new season.

Glen Chapple
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All-rounder Ryan McLaren, batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul and wicketkeeper Dane Vilas have all joined the county.

"We've got a great balance, we're going to be playing teams with at least seven home-grown players," Chapple, 43, told  BBC Radio Lanacshire.

Lancashire face Essex in their opening County Championship match on 7 April.

Latest headlines for the North West

  • A man, 35, and a woman, 32, have been arrested in Manchester in connection with the Westminster terror attack in London, the Met Police confirm

Severe accident: M56 Cheshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M56 Cheshire eastbound severe accident, between J15 for M53 and J14 for A5117.

M56 Cheshire - Heavy traffic and one lane closed on M56 eastbound between J15 M53 and J14, A5117 (Hapsford), because of an accident.

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

Prince Charles visits student injured in Westminster attack

Travis Frain, the Lancashire student injured in the Westminster terror attack on Wednesday, has shared an image of Prince Charles visiting him at Kings College Hospital in London.

Travis Frain and Prince Charles
Travis Frain

The 19-year-old from Darwen was struck on Westminster Bridge as the attack began, suffering multiple fractures to his hand and leg. 

New Everton stadium 'could host Games'

Everton's new stadium will be a "key part" of Liverpool's bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games , the city's mayor has said.

Everton's Goodison stadium
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Goodison Park is one of the oldest football stadiums

The club announced a deal to acquire land at Bramley Moore Dock on which to build the new £300m ground on Thursday.

Mayor Joe Anderson said talks about using the stadium, which will seat 50,000, will happen "in due course".

Liverpool has expressed an interest in hosting the event in 2022 after the  original hosts Durban pulled out .

Severe accident: M61 Greater Manchester northbound

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M61 Greater Manchester northbound severe accident, at J2 for M60.

M61 Greater Manchester - Two lanes closed and heavy traffic on M61 northbound at J2, M60 (Walkden), because of an accident.

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

Shia LaBeouf Trump protest shut down

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An anti-Donald Trump art protest led by actor Shia LaBeouf , which moved to Liverpool after being forced out of the US, has been shut down after one day.

Shia LaBeouf
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The project, a live stream entitled He Will Not Divide Us, began in New York in January but moved location twice when opponents tried to disrupt it.

It was taken on by the Fact arts centre in Liverpool on Wednesday.

But it was halted by police on Thursday when people climbed on to the roof to reach a flag that was being streamed.

Latest headlines for the North West

  • A man, 35, and a woman, 32, have been arrested in Manchester in connection with the Westminster terror attack in London, the Met Police confirm
  • Police investigating the escape of Liverpool prisoner Shaun Walmsley have arrested three people on suspicion of assisting an offender

Westminster attack: 'Strongest assurances' from Greater Manchester Police

Greater Manchester Police is offering the "strongest assurances of support" following the arrest of a man and a woman in Manchester, believed to be in connection with the Westminster terror attack.

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In light of an arrest in Manchester overnight, I want to offer my strongest assurances that we are here to support our communities and will robustly investigate any reports of hatred towards anyone.

Terrorist acts and hate crimes are committed by a tiny minority of people and are not representative of the public.

We need to work together to defeat those who seek to destroy our communities with hate, fear, and violence.

Ass Ch Con Rob Potts Greater Manchester Police

Football: Manchester City anti-doping breaches revealed

BBC Sport

Manchester City broke the Football Association's anti-doping rules three times in less than five months , the governing body has said.  

Manchester City

The Premier League club also failed to take notice of a written warning sent three weeks before the final breach.

City were  fined £35,000  last month but the written reasons have now been released.

A first-team player missed a test on 1 September 2016 because the hotel address provided was no longer correct.

In addition, City also failed to inform the FA of an extra first-team training session on 12 July 2016, while anti-doping officials were unable to test reserve players on 7 December, 2016 because six of them had been given the day off without the FA being informed.

BreakingWestminster attack: Second arrest in Manchester

A 32-year-old woman has been arrested in Manchester in connection with the Westminster terror attack in London, the Met Police have confirmed. 

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A 35-year-old man was arrested in the West Didsbury area overnight. It is believed the woman was arrested this morning. 

A total of 11 people have been arrested as part of the investigation.  

By-election winner disqualified after candidacy broke Electoral Commission rules

A candidate in a Lancashire by-election has been disqualified despite winning the ballot, Blackburn with Darwen Council has confirmed.

Ballot box

Labour's Adam Holden, who works for a company owned by the local authority, secured a majority of 277 in the Highercroft ward last night. 

However, Electoral Commission rules state anyone who is employed by a government-owned organisation in the same area is automatically disqualified from standing.

Mr Holden says he was unaware of the ruling.

The council says the election will now be re-run.

Bury College closed for rest of day after 'security threat'

Bury College says it will stay shut for the rest of the day after it received a "threat" earlier. 

Bury College

Staff and students were evacuated this morning after a "potential threat to security". 

The college said the evacuation was precautionary but advised students to return home. 

Three held in hunt for escaped prisoner

Police hunting for a convicted murderer who escaped custody in Liverpool have arrested three men .

Shaun Walmsley
Merseyside Police
Shaun Walmsley was one of four men convicted of a "vicious" murder in 2014

Shaun Walmsley was  sprung from custody by two armed men  last month as he was getting into a cab with prison officers at Aintree University Hospital.

Officers detained the men on Friday after executing warrants at properties in Walton, Fazakerley and Manchester.

The men - aged 45, 64, and 42 - are being held suspicion of assisting an offender, Merseyside Police said.

Westminster attack: Car removed from West Didsbury

A car has been taken away from a street in West Didsbury where a man is believed to have been arrested in connection with the Westminster terror attack in London. 

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Man charged with drink or drug driving after pedestrian killed

A man has been charged over the death of a pedestrian who was hit by a car.

Nick Farrimond
Lancashire Police

Nicholas Farrimond, from Bamber Bridge, (pictured) died at the scene after being hit by a Peugeot on Pope Lane, Whitestake, in August 2016, Lancashire Police said.

Police said the 35-year-old was found during a search near the car, which was on its side in a nearby field.

Leo McCarthy, 32, of Robin Hey in Leyland, has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving and driving whilst unfit through drink or drugs.

He is due to appear at Preston Magistrates Court on 30 March.

Westminster attack: Man, 35, arrested in West Didsbury

BBC Home Affairs Correspondent Daniel Sanford said: "The centre of this police investigation now, having identified [the attacker] and his close circle of family and friends, is to try and work out if anyone out there knew what he was planning. 

Scotland Yard

"On that subject we hear police have made, what they call, two significant arrests overnight. One in the West Midlands and one in the north west. 

"He is believed to be a 35-year-old man arrested in the West Didsbury area of Manchester. 

"So the investigation is moving quite fast but still at this point the police don't quite know where it will lead them."

Women's Champions League quarter-final: Fortuna Hjorring 0-1 Manchester City Women

BBC Sport

Carli Lloyd's first goal for Manchester City Women ensured they took a lead into the second leg of their Women's Champions League quarter-final against Danish champions Fortuna Hjorring.

Man City

Lloyd's first-half header was the only goal of the first leg in a game City were unlucky not to win by more.

The USA midfielder rose unmarked to meet a Jane Ross cross on 30 minutes.

Severe disruption: M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J14 for M61 and J13 for A572 affecting J17 for A56 Prestwich.

M60 Greater Manchester - Queuing traffic and one lane closed on M60 anticlockwise between J14, M61 (East Lancs Road) and J13, A572 (Worsley), because of a broken down vehicle. Congestion to J17, A56 (Prestwich).

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Arrests over 'suspicious' baby death in Lancashire

The death of a baby from Lostock Hall is being treated as suspicious, police said .

Royal Preston Hospital
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The ambulance service treated a 19-month-old baby girl at about 09:30 on Thursday at a house in Lostock Hall.

The girl died a short time later at the Royal Preston Hospital.  

An 18-year-old woman and two men, aged 18 and 19, from Lostock Hall have been arrested.

Weather: Dry and sunny across the North West

BBC Weather

It will be mostly sunny and mild this afternoon with occasional bands of light cloud.

Widespread sunshine will continue into the evening, followed by a clear and cold night. Frost will also form away from major cities.

Lows tonight between 2 and 4C.

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Westminster attack: Man arrested in Manchester, BBC learns

Police are believed to have arrested a man in the West Didsbury area of Manchester, in connection with the Wesminster terror attack in London. 

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Lambs 'skip and jump' round daffodils

Lisa Turner from Warrington, Cheshire sent this photo of a new-born baby lamb enjoying the sunshine at just five days old. 

The lambs have been skipping and jumping around the daffodils, she said.

Lamb and daffodil
Lisa Turner

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Severe accident: M55 Lancashire eastbound

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M55 Lancashire eastbound severe accident, between J3 for A585 and J1 for A6.

M55 Lancashire - One lane closed on M55 eastbound between J3, A585 (Kirkham) and J1, A6 (Fulwood), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Bury College evacuated after 'security threat'

Staff and students at Bury College are being sent home after the college received a "threat", police say.

Bury College

Greater Manchester Police officers are currently on site at the Market Street site after receiving a call at 10:50 this morning.

They say the evacuation is precautionary but are working to establish the full circumstances.

Bury College, which was closed following the incident, said it was working with police to investigate a "potential threat to our security".

Latest headlines for the North West

  • Police say two more "significant arrests" - one of them in the North West - have been made in connection with the terror attack in London on Wednesday
  • A man is charged with death by dangerous driving and driving whilst unfit through drink or drugs after a crash near Preston in August
  • Staff and pupils at Bury College have been evacuated after the college received a "threat" to its security

Football: What Everton's proposed new home looks like

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The Premier League club have agreed a deal with Peel Holdings to acquire land on which to build the new £300m stadium close to the River Mersey.    

Liverpool City Council said it would act as a guarantor to help Everton secure funding for the project.  

No timescale for completing the stadium has been announced but  the Liverpool Echo say   Everton have considered a plan to move in for the start of the 2020-21 season.

Charity walk raises awareness for people without access to water

More than 200 school children in Lancashire have completed a 3.7 mile (6 km) charity walk by carrying water in their backpacks.

The event, called 'Walk4Water', was organised by the Rotary Club and involved four schools from Lytham and Warton.

The children took part to experience the plight of rural children in Africa who have to walk miles to find drinking water.

The money raised will be used for clean water, sanitation and hygiene for communities on the continent.

Man charged after fatal Preston crash

A 32-year-old man from Leyland has been charged in connection with a crash near Preston in August.


Leo McCarthy was charged with causing death by dangerous driving and driving whilst unfit through drink or drugs. 

Nicholas Farrimond, 35, from Bamber Bridge, died after a car mounted a grass verge and struck him close to the junction of Pope Lane and Green Lane in Whitestake on 29 August.

McCarthy is due to appear at Preston Magistrates on 30 March.

David Haye told to explain pre-Tony Bellew fight behaviour

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David Haye has been called before boxing authorities to explain his behaviour in the build-up to his heavyweight bout with Liverpool's Tony Bellew.


Haye graphically described injuries he hoped to inflict on Bellew in the run-up to  last month's stoppage defeat.

The former world heavyweight champion must appear before the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) on 12 April.

The BBBofC believes Bellew's behaviour improved after  both fighters were warned  days before the bout.

Railway bridge closures ahead of line upgrade

Two bridges in Chorley face overnight closures next month to allow Network Rail continue work ahead of electrification of the line between Manchester and Preston.

Lyons Lane bridge

Brook Street bridge will be closed for 16 nights from 2 April - apart from Fridays, with closures on Lyons Lane bridge for 12 nights from 22 April. Both bridges will be closed between 22:00 and 06:00.

The height of walls will be increased to improve public safety ahead of the installation of electric wires. Fencing will also be upgraded to improve security.