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  1. Updates on Wednesday 7 June
  2. News, sport, weather and travel reports resume at 08:00 on Thursday

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's it for today. Enjoy the rest of the evening and we'll be back with more news, sport, weather and travel tomorrow at 08:00.

  2. Weather: Wet and windy overnight

    BBC Weather

    Rain will spread across the region during the evening, with strengthening winds along the coast. Low cloud is also likely over hilly areas. Lows of 11C expected.

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    Video caption: Weather

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  3. Can you match the pledge to the party?

    Young voters in Manchester have tried to match the manifesto pledges to the correct party - with varying degrees of success.

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    Video caption: Voters in Manchester try and match the manifesto pledges to the correct party
  4. 'Failures' led to boy's death in Blackburn children's home

    Staff at a children's home missed opportunities to find drugs and alcohol on a 16-year-old boy who died in their care, an inquest has heard.

    Danny Sewell-French

    Danny Sewell-French was found dead in his room at Cherry Tree Resource Centre in Blackburn on 2 October 2016.

    He was intoxicated with a mixture of alcohol, morphine and buprenorphine.

    Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, which runs the home, said it had since "rigorously reviewed" its safety procedures.

  5. Latest headlines for the North West

    • A man who shot a young father in the head in Bolton and tried to claim his victim shot himself is jailed for a minimum of 30 years
    • Failures by staff to find drugs and alcohol on a teenager at Blackburn children's home led to his death, an inquest hears
    • A 21-year-old man arrested on suspicion of the murder of 18-year-old Yusuf Sonko in Liverpool is released on bail
  6. Lancashire Police appoint new Assistant Chief Constable

    A new assistant chief constable has been appointed in Lancashire.

    Terry Woods

    Terry Woods, who is currently chief superintendent at Lancashire Constabulary, will take over from Mark Bates who retires later this year.

    Ch Supt Woods has worked with the force for 21 years, starting as a constable in Burnley.

    He said:

    Quote Message: It is an absolute honour to have been selected as an ACC in Lancashire, a county I have been proud to serve for 21 years. I look forward to playing my part in the future of policing and serving the communities of Lancashire going forward.
  7. Relatives of those killed in terror attacks promote unity

    The mother of Middleton's Lee Rigby, who was murdered by terrorists in 2013, and the father of Tim Parry, who died in the Warrington bomb in 1993, have spoken out against terrorism in the wake of the attacks in London and Manchester.

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  8. Concern for missing Blackpool woman

    There is growing concern over the disappearance of an elderly woman from Blackpool.

    Theresa Currie

    Theresa Currie, 83, was last seen at about 09:10 at an address on Beechfield Avenue.

    She failed to tell her family where she was going and has not been in touch with them since.

    Mrs Currie, who has links to Preston and Blackburn, is described as white, 4ft 9ins (1.49m), and of slim build with white curly hair and glasses.

    She was last seen wearing a bluey-lilac jacket and grey trousers.

    Quote Message: We are extremely concerned for Mrs Currie’s welfare given her age and as she is in receipt of medication which we know she doesn’t have in her possession. from PC Jay Warburton Blackpool Police
    PC Jay WarburtonBlackpool Police
  9. Over the Rainbow: How this powerful song has soundtracked history

    BBC Music

    At the very end of Sunday's One Love Manchester concert, after the big celebrity singalong, Ariana Grande took to the stage for a solo encore and sang a highly emotional version of Over the Rainbow.

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    Video caption: Somewhere Over The Rainbow is the final song at One Love Manchester

    It was the perfect song for the moment - a song well known to everyone watching, one that speaks to young and old alike, always bringing with it a universe of hope and optimism against a backdrop of yearning.

    And at that moment, in front of those fans, it reduced both Ariana and her audience (in Old Trafford and watching at home) to tears.

    It's not the first time that this Oscar-winning song has offered hope and consolation to people in extreme circumstances, as BBC Music's Fraser McAlpine have been finding out.

  10. Man guilty of 'door knock' murder

    A man who gunned down a young father and tried to claim his victim shot himself has been jailed for life and ordered to serve a minimum of 30 years.

    Michael Blake

    Michael Blake, 28, was led away from his home in Westhoughton, Bolton, to a van and shot before being dumped in an alley on 3 May 2016.

    Nathan Daniels, 28, of Stockport, was found guilty of murder at Manchester Crown Court.

    Four other men linked to the killing will be sentenced later.

  11. Appeal bid granted over fracking decision

    Campaigners have won the right to appeal against a government decision to allow fracking at a site in Lancashire.

    Protesters

    Preston New Road Action Group claim there were "legal errors" when approval was given to allow shale gas to be extracted in Little Plumpton.

    The Court of Appeal granted a leave to appeal on grounds including the government misinterpreted and wrongly applied policy.

    Energy firm Cuadrilla was "confident consent will not be overturned".

  12. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A678 Lancashire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    A678 Lancashire eastbound severe accident, at A6078 Higher Eanam.

    A678 Lancashire - One lane closed and slow traffic on A678 Copy Nook eastbound in Blackburn at the A6078 Higher Eanam junction, because of an accident.

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

  13. Man held over Yusuf Sonko shooting released

    A 21-year-old man arrested on suspicion of the murder of an 18-year-old in Liverpool has been released on bail as investigations continue.

    Yusuf Sonko

    Yusuf Sonko was found on Tagus Street, Toxteth in Liverpool at about 20:30 on Friday and later pronounced dead.

    A 16-year-old has been charged with attempted wounding in relation to an incident before the shooting of the teenager.

  14. Two men arrested after shots fired at house in Accrington

    Two men have been arrested after shots were fired in Accrington.

    Two shots were fired at a house on Richmond Road just before 22:00 on Monday, police say.

    A woman in her sixties suffered injuries to her and arm, which are not thought to be serious.

    Two men, aged 26 and 28 and from Accrington, have been arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm and assault with intent.

    The 26-year-old is also being held on suspicion of criminal damage.

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    Severe disruption: M60 Greater Manchester clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M60 Greater Manchester clockwise severe disruption, between J16 for A666 and J17 for A56 Prestwich affecting J13 for A572.

    M60 Greater Manchester - One lane closed and slow traffic on M60 clockwise between J16, A666 (Pendlebury) and J17, A56 (Prestwich), because of a broken down lorry and recovery work. Travel time is ten minutes. Congestion to J13, A572 (Worsley).

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

  16. Weather: Dry and sunny afternoon

    BBC Weather

    A dry afternoon with some good spells of sunshine. Highs of 16C.

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    Video caption: A dry afternoon with some good spells of sunshine. Highs of 16C.

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    Severe accident: A678 Lancashire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    A678 Lancashire eastbound severe accident, at A6078 Higher Eanam.

    A678 Lancashire - One lane closed and slow traffic on A678 Copy Nook eastbound in Blackburn at the A6078 Higher Eanam junction, because of an accident.

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

  18. General election 2017: All about Brexit? Not in the North West

    Nina Warhurst

    BBC North West Political Editor

    This was supposed to be the Brexit election, but across the North West, voters are divided over a much larger range of issues.

    UK and EU flags

    In Heywood and Middleton, there's a belief that only UKIP can deal with security, while in Liverpool, support for Labour stems from Jeremy Corbyn being "a real Labour leader".

    Green supporters in Lancaster are wondering voting for the party is a good use of a vote and Lib Dems in Cheadle are considering a shift to the Tories because of the desire for no more change.

    Read more about what the North West is considering here.

  19. Noel Gallagher donates song royalties to Manchester fund

    BBC Music

    The Oasis classic Don't Look Back In Anger has shot back up the charts this week after it was sang spontaneously by crowds at a vigil for the victims of the Manchester attack.

    Noel Gallagher

    Coldplay then covered it at the One Love Manchester gig, after The Courteeners earlier knocked out a rendition of the 1995 hit at their own Old Trafford Cricket Ground gig.

    Now, songwriter Noel Gallagher is giving all royalties from all new sales and streams of the track to the families of the victims.

    Oasis, along with other One Love Manchester performers, including Ariana Grande and Coldplay, have seen huge sales boost this week after the concert, according to the official charts company.

    Last night, Radio X DJ Gordon Smart defended the songwriter saying: “I’ve seen some unpleasant headlines about Noel and why he never played the gig in Manchester at the weekend.

    Quote Message: As soon as Don’t Look Back In Anger started to appear spontaneously at the vigils, he made sure all the royalties went to the families. That was before any gig was mentioned.

    Noel's brother Liam, who sang another Oasis track Live Forever with Coldplay on Sunday night, later criticized his older sibling for not being in attendance, however Chris Martin thanked Noel for giving his "blessing and encouragement" to use the tracks.