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  1. Latest updates on Friday 8 June

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  1. Cheshire PC convicted of raping 13-year-old girl

    A police officer described as a "committed paedophile" has been found guilty of raping a 13-year-old girl in the back of his car.

    PC Ian Naude, 30, joined Cheshire Constabulary "to gain the keys to a sweetshop" and meet his victims, his trial heard.

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  2. Paedophile PC suspected of offences before police job

    A "committed paedophile" police officer was named as a suspect in three sex cases before he was appointed by Cheshire Police, it has been revealed.

    The force said it was discovered in the recruitment process that there was an allegation Ian Naude, who is 30 and from Market Drayton, had raped a woman.

    It said the recruitment process was put on hold, but resumed when no further action was taken.

    Ian Naude

    Later when the police began to investigate Naude following his arrest, they found he had also been a named suspect in two child grooming allegations, reported to Staffordshire Police and West Mercia Police in January and February 2017.

    But an investigation by the Independent Office of Police Conduct into the vetting process and employment of Naude found there was no case to answer for misconduct for any individual officer.

    Naude was found guilty of raping a 13-year-old girl and a number of other sexual offences earlier today.

    Quote Message: In light of this case, the constabulary has looked long and hard at its own recruitment and screening programme for new recruits to see whether this type of incident can be avoided in the future." from Acting chief constable Janette McCormick Cheshire Police
    Acting chief constable Janette McCormickCheshire Police
  3. Council shelves vote over Calderstones Park homes plan

    Claire Hamilton

    Political Reporter, BBC Radio Mersesyide

    Councillors in Liverpool have voted not to debate controversial plans to build 51 luxury homes on land near one of the city's largest parks because of an ongoing judicial review.

    Protesters at Calderstones Park

    Campaigners believe the land on the Harthill Estate in Allerton is part of Calderstones Park and should not be built on.

    Last week, they put their case to a two-day judicial at the High Court in Manchester, which is not expected to rule for several weeks.

    On Wednesday evening, Labour argued it would not make sense to debate the proposals in public until the result of the review is known.

    The city's Liberal Democrat opposition, who have previously tabled a motion calling for the plans to be scrapped, claimed Labour's argument was "bogus".

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    Severe disruption: M61 Lancashire southbound

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    M61 Lancashire southbound severe disruption, from J9 for M65 J2 to J8 for A6.

    M61 Lancashire - One lane closed on M61 southbound from J9, M65 J2 (Clayton Brook) to J8, A6 (Chorley), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

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

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    Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire northbound

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    M6 Cheshire northbound severe disruption, from J17 for A534 Old Mill Road Sandbach to J18 for A54 Middlewich Road Middlewich.

    M6 Cheshire - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M6 northbound from J17, A534 (Sandbach) to J18, A54 (Middlewich), because of a broken down lorry. In the roadworks area.

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

  6. Award for Manchester attack vigil poet Tony Walsh

    Ian Youngs

    Entertainment and Arts Reporter, BBC News

    Tony Walsh, the poet who captured the spirit of Manchester at a vigil the day after the 2017 attack on the city's arena, was among the winners at the inaugural Manchester Culture Awards.

    Tony Walsh

    Walsh - aka Longfella - won best performance for his rousing rendition of his poem This Is The Place in Albert Square which he read on 23 May 2017.

    The bombing after an Ariana Grande concert left 22 people dead and hundreds injured.

    Walsh led a round of applause at Wednesday's ceremony for the victims and those who had helped survivors.

  7. Officer told to expect lengthy sentence for girl's rape

    A Cheshire Police officer has been told by a judge to "prepare for a very significant sentence indeed" after being found guilty of raping a 13-year-old girl.

    Ian Naude, who is 30 and from Market Drayton, was also found guilty by a jury at Liverpool Crown Court of four counts of attempting to arrange the commission of a child sex offence and one count of arranging the commission of a child sex offence in relation to five other complainants aged between 12 and 15.

    Crown Court

    He had already admitted 30 other offences, including inciting children to engage in sexual activity, causing children to watch sexual acts and misconduct in a public office.

    The case was adjourned to 13 December for a pre-sentence report.

  8. Bulger killer had 'better life' after toddler murder

    One of the killers of Merseyside toddler James Bulger has claimed he had a "better life" in prison as a result of the murder.

    Robert Thompson

    Robert Thompson said he had become "a better person" behind bars as he apologised for the killing in a statement to the parole board in 2001.

    In the statement, obtained for a Channel 5 documentary, Thompson, now 36, said he was "desperately sorry".

    The parole board said it was not able to comment on the statement.

    James Bulger
  9. Arena bomber's brother 'extradited' soon

    The brother of Manchester Arena bomber Salman Abedi will be extradited to the UK by the end of the year, according to Libya's prime minister.

    Hashem Abedi

    Hashem Abedi was arrested in the country shortly after the 2017 suicide attack that killed 22 people.

    Fayez Al Sarraj told the BBC that Libya was "fully co-operating" with British authorities and denied that there were any delays on the country's part.

    The Home Office said it would not be commenting at this stage.

  10. Student sleeps rough for five nights to empathise with homeless

    A student has spent five nights homeless on the streets of Manchester to highlight the plight of those who sleep rough.

    Randy Agyemang, originally from Milton Keynes, stayed near St Peter's Square and the Fallowfield area of the city.

    Mr Agyemang said he was "terrified" at times but said he wanted to know what it was like to be homeless.

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    Video caption: Randy Agyemang wanted to highlight the plight of those who sleep rough
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    Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire northbound

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    M6 Cheshire northbound severe disruption, from J19 for A556 Chester Road to J20 for M56 J9.

    M6 Cheshire - One lane closed on M6 northbound from J19, A556 (Knutsford) to J20, M56 J9 (Lymm Interchange), because of vehicle tyre change. Traffic is coping well.

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

  12. Esther McVey quits cabinet over Brexit deal

    The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Esther McVey has resigned from the cabinet over the Government's Brexit deal.

    The Merseyside-born Conservative MP for Tatton tweeted her letter of resignation telling the Prime Minister the deal "does not honour the result of the referendum".

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    Severe accident: M56 Cheshire eastbound

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    M56 Cheshire eastbound severe accident, from J7 for A556 Chester Road to J6 for A538 Wilmslow Road.

    M56 Cheshire - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M56 eastbound from J7, A556 (Bowdon) to J6, A538 (Hale Four Seasons Roundabout), because of an accident.

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

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    Severe accident: A676 Greater Manchester both ways

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    A676 Greater Manchester both ways severe accident, between B6202 College Way and Lanchester Drive.

    A676 Greater Manchester - A676 Deane Road in Bolton closed and queuing traffic in both directions between the B6202 College Way junction and the Lanchester Drive junction, because of an accident. Diversion in operation - for Stagecoach bus service 540 via College Way, St Helens Road and Hulton Lane.

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