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  1. Updates on Friday 19 May
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume at 08:00 on Monday

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Football: New one-year deal for Crewe defender

Graham McGarry

Crewe Alexandra commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

Defender Perry Ng has signed a new deal with Crewe Alexandra.

Perry Ng signing contract

The club says the 21-year-old has put pen to paper on a 12-month deal which has the option of another year, depending on appearances.

Ng has made 26 appearances for the Alex in all competitions and played in both defence and midfield last season.

Election 2017: The Cheshire town with fewer than 100 voters unregistered

BBC Politics

There's a place in Cheshire where fewer than 100 of the adult population are not registered voters.

In Congleton, out of a total of 76,548 adults, 76,465 are registered to vote.

Bridge Street, Congleton

The BBC England Data Unit combined the latest Office for National Statistics data for December 2016, showing the number of registered voters per constituency, with the official population estimates.

They also found some areas of the country where more than a third of people in their constituency are not registered.

The deadline to register in time for the UK general election is 23:59 today.

Man charged over Blackburn assault

Three men have been injured in an assault in Blackburn.

Darwen Street in Blackburn

The men were found with a number of injuries in Darwen Street about 04:25 on Saturday.

A 28-year-old man has been charged with assault, attempted assault and affray.

A 22-year-old man from Blackburn was arrested on suspicion of affray and is in police custody.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police.

UK firm designs 'world's most affordable solar lamp'

A UK design consultancy has teamed up with a giant Chinese manufacturer to produce what they say is the world's most affordable solar lamp.

Solar lamp

Manchester-based firm Inventid designed the SM100 solar light, which retails for $5 (£3.85) in African countries.

It was developed in collaboration with China's Yingli and charity Solar Aid.

The hand-sized lamp runs for eight hours when fully charged. As well as a stand, it has strap slots so it can be used as a head torch or tied to a bike.

BBC Weather Watcher photos: Sunny Cheshire

BBC Weather Watchers

It's been a warm day of sunshine for much of the area and in Cheshire our BBC Weather Watchers have been snapping away.

Here are two from users Sky Watcher in Wybunbury and Mustnt in Alsager

Sky Watcher
Peter Handscomb

Peter Handscomb's 76-ball century for Yorkshire is the highlight on day four as their Roses match with Lancashire is drawn.

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Replica F-35 aircraft installed at BAE Systems' site

A full-scale replica of a fifth generation F-35 Lightning II aircraft has been installed at the entrance of a BAE Systems' site.

Aircraft at Salmesbury
BAE Systems

The model has been placed alongside the English Electric Lightning aircraft to showcase the Samlesbury site’s heritage in developing and manufacturing world-class aircraft.

The replica has been built from a scanned digital model.

The arrival of the F-35 Lightning II represents the present and bright future of advanced manufacturing at the Samlesbury site, and it is fitting it should sit alongside the Lightning which represents our proud heritage.

Simon BeeGeneral manager of BAE Systems Samlesbury

Inquest date for missing tourist after remains found

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

An inquest into the death of a man who went missing in 2005 on holiday will open this Friday.

Steven Cook

Earlier this year, human remains found in a well on a Greek island were confirmed by police to be Steven Cook, 20, from Sandbach, Cheshire.

He was last seen outside a pub in Malia, Crete, asking for directions.

An inquest into his death will be opened at Warrington Coroner's Court on Friday afternoon.

Severe accident: M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise severe accident, at J17 for A56 Prestwich affecting J19 for A6046.

M60 Greater Manchester - Two lanes closed and slow traffic on M60 anticlockwise at J17, A56 (Prestwich), because of an accident involving a lorry and car. In the roadworks area. Congestion on M62 to J19, A6046 (Heywood).

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

Football: Dyche positive after Burnley retain Premier League status

BBC Lancashire Sport

Burnley manager Sean Dyche says the club's achievements during the season far outweigh a frustrating end to the campaign.

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The Clarets retained their Premier League status after finishing 16th - six points clear of the relegation zone.

Burnley's 11 wins came at Turf Moor.

Jake Kirby

National League club Tranmere Rovers extend the contracts of Jake Kirby, Evan Gumbs, Adam Buxton, Mitchell Duggan and Liam Ridehalgh.

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Parascender critical after airfield crash

A parascender has suffered life-threatening injuries after crashing at an airfield.

City Airport in Barton

The 55-year-old man, who is a member of the Bollington Parascenders, was injured landing at City Airport in Barton, Salford, about 08:00 yesterday.

The British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association are supporting Greater Manchester Police in its investigation.

Sgt Lee Westhead said: "I am particularly keen to speak to individuals with photographs or videos of the incident or the aftermath."

Parascending is a recreational sport where a person attached to a parachute is towed behind a vehicle before being released.

Ian Brady and Nathan Turvey

Listeners were asked to guess the identity of the serial killer from a series of musical clues.

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Wheatsheaf shopping centre

The 11-year-old fell from an escalator at the Wheatsheaf shopping centre in Rochdale.

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Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini says he has the "trust" of his team-mates and manager Jose Mourinho.

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Severe accident: A58 Greater Manchester both ways

BBC News Travel

A58 Greater Manchester both ways severe accident, at Heap Brow.

A58 Greater Manchester - A58 Bury New Road in Heywood closed and heavy traffic in both directions at the Heap Brow junction, because of an accident.

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

Severe accident: M6 Cheshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cheshire northbound severe accident, between J18 for A54 Middlewich and J19 for A556.

M6 Cheshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 northbound between J18, A54 (Middlewich) and J19, A556 (Knutsford), because of an accident.

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

Trapped swan rescued from fishing wire

A swan has been rescued after becoming trapped in fishing wire in a reservoir.

Rescued swan
Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service

The swan was found in Appleton Reservoir in Park Lane, Warrington in Cheshire, at about 18:15 yesterday.

Firefighters in the animal rescue team managed to get the bird on to the embankment safely.

It was then handed over the RSPCA.

Liverpool memorial stone for Victoria Cross hero Albert White

A World War One hero who survived the Battle of the Somme has been honoured with a commemorative stone in Liverpool, a century after he was killed.

Albert White
Liverpool City Council

Albert White, 25, was killed in France after storming an enemy machine gun post in order to save his comrades.

The Liverpool-born sergeant was awarded the Victoria Cross for his "conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty".

A stone has been laid at Liverpool Parish Church, one hundred years after he died in May 1917.

Biker's family told of fatal crash

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

The family of a motorcyclist have been told of his death, police say, as they investigate a crash with a lorry on the M6 in Cheshire.

Cheshire Police says the 53-year-old man from Midway, Derbyshire, died at the scene after the northbound collision just before junction 18 on Saturday morning.

Gardeners bidding for RHS Chelsea Flower Show success

Lamont Howie

Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

Staffordshire and Cheshire gardeners hoping to scoop gold at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show will find out today if they've been successful.

Local entrants at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

The most prestigious event in the Royal Horticultural Society's calendar has got under way in London today.

Woman stabbed in head and neck

A woman has been taken to hospital with injuries to her head and neck following a stabbing.

Princes Avenue

Police were called to a property in Princes Avenue, Liverpool, at about 11:20 following reports a man was armed with a knife.

The woman's injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

Princes Avenue

A 40-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of wounding.

Police remain at the scene conducting house-to-house inquiries.

Lunch in the Roses match

BBC Sport

It's the lunch break on the final day of the Roses match between Lancashire and Yorkshire at Old Trafford:

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The game still seems to be heading for a draw but you can listen to ball-by-ball coverage of the rest of the clash here.

Severe disruption: M6 Lancashire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Lancashire southbound severe disruption, between J28 for B5256 and J27 for A5209.

M6 Lancashire - One lane closed on M6 southbound between J28, B5256 (Leyland) and J27, A5209 (Standish), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Nathan Broadhead

Wales youth international Nathan Broadhead signs a new contract with Everton which will see him stay at the club until 2020.

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Lloyd Roby

Recent Widnes Vikings debutant Lloyd Roby extends his contract with the Super League club until the end of the 2019 season.

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho's Manchester United will be in Dublin on 2 August for a pre-season match against Italian side Sampdoria.

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Weather: Sunny spells developing

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC weather presenter

A warm and dry afternoon with some decent sunny spells developing, although some light rain is likely over the hills. Highs of 21C.

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Arrests in Spain over alleged plot to smuggle cannabis to Liverpool

Twenty-four people have been arrested over a suspected plot to smuggle drugs to Liverpool from Spain.


Spanish police said they were holding 21 people who were allegedly planning to ship a haul of cannabis to the city hidden in packs of marble tiles.

Merseyside Police arrested three further suspects.


Leslie Baines

The prosecution alleges he was an accomplice in a robbery, where a shopkeeper's neck was cut.

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Latest headlines for the North West

Southampton end season without a win in five home matches

BBC Sport

Southampton's miserable home form continued as Peter Crouch struck the only goal of the game to help Stoke to a first away win since January on the final day of the season.

Peter Crouch rose to head home his 10th goal in all competitions this season

The home side enjoyed the majority of possession but Nathan Redmond's lob on to the bar on the stroke of half-time was their best moment until Crouch pounced.

The striker's 10th goal of the season arrived when he headed home a Geoff Cameron cross and they deserved the lead after creating openings throughout.

Southampton rallied late on as Jack Butland produced fine saves to deny Steven Davis, James Ward-Prowse and Sofiane Boufal but Claude Puel's side end the campaign without a win in five games at St Mary's.

Football: Leek Town name Crewe's Baker as new manager

Graham McGarry

Crewe Alexandra commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

Crewe Alexandra's head of recruitment Neil Baker is back in charge at Leek Town.

The club announced today that Baker will return as manager with immediate effect.

Neil Baker

Baker takes over from Ant Danylyk who, along with his assistant Paul Donnelly, were relieved of their duties after the Blues failed to make their end-of-season play-offs.

Baker will have Jamie Cullerton as his assistant while Simon Bell will remain on the coaching staff.

Gomes in action for England under 16s

Imran Rahman-Jones

Newsbeat reporter

The first Premier League footballer to be born in this millennium made his debut this weekend, but what do we know about him?

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Motorcyclist injured in crash

A 28-year-old motorcyclist has suffered serious leg injuries in a crash.

Pope Lane in Penwortham

The man also has a suspected broken wrist after the crash involving a car in Pope Lane, Penwortham near Preston, at about 16:00 yesterday.

The driver of the car suffered minor injuries.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police.