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  1. Cammell Laird strike action 'suspended' for four weeks
  2. Rail chaos report: 'Put passengers first', says regulator
  3. North West MEP Paul Nuttall quits UKIP
  4. £300m plan to regenerate Blackpool unveiled
  5. Tributes pour in for Buzzcocks singer Pete Shelley

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  1. Charges scrapped for 'spending a penny' at rail stations

    Toilets at three of England's busiest stations are to become free to use as a "long-overdue Christmas present for passengers", Network Rail has said.

    Toilet sign

    It currently costs 30 or 40p to spend a penny at Liverpool Lime Street, Manchester Piccadilly and Leeds.

    However, from 17 December, toilets will be free for passengers to use thanks to a £15m boost announced by Rail Minister Andrew Jones.

    A spokesman said it was the "first" of a number of planned improvements.

    In the year 2016/17, Network Rail received £4.8m from the stations that charge for using toilets.

    That was down from 2015/16, in which £5.4m was paid by passengers using toilets.

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    Severe disruption: M62 Cheshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M62 Cheshire eastbound severe disruption, from J11 for A574 Birchwood Way to J12 for .

    M62 Cheshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M62 eastbound from J11, A574 (Birchwood) to J12, / (Eccles Interchange), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  3. What now for the Premier League title race?

    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football

    Manchester City have blinked first, Liverpool have taken over at the top, and the Premier League title race is well and truly on.

    Pep Guardiola's reigning champions will remain favourites because of sheer weight of quality, but Liverpool hovered in their shadow in second place before their 4-0 win at Bournemouth and City's defeat at Chelsea sent them to the front.

    The Reds are now the only unbeaten team in the division so how, if at all, has this 90 minutes at Stamford Bridge changed the face of the title race?

    Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola
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    Severe disruption: M57 Merseyside southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M57 Merseyside southbound severe disruption, from J3 for B5198 to J2 for A57 Liverpool Road.

    M57 Merseyside - One lane closed on M57 southbound from J3, B5198 (Stockbridge Village) to J2, A57 (Prescot), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  5. Man dies after being hit by taxi

    A man has died after being hit by a taxi, shortly after he was released by police.

    Stockport Road, Levenshulem

    The man, who was in his 60s, was struck on Stockport Road, Longsight, Greater Manchester, at about 02:10 GMT.

    The taxi driver, is in 70s, remained at the scene and spoke with police. No arrests have been made.

    Greater Manchester Police said the dead man had been arrested hours earlier on suspicion of committing a public order offence and was issued with a fine.

  6. Emmerdale star denies pub bite

    An actor in TV soap Emmerdale has denied attacking a pensioner in a pub.

    Mark Jordon

    Mark Jordon, 53, who plays Daz Spencer in the ITV show, is accused of attacking the 68-year-old man in Oldham on the evening of 1 July.

    He pleaded not guilty at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court to wounding and common assault against the man, who allegedly had injuries including a bite.

    Mr Jordon, of Oldham, was granted unconditional bail until his trial.

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    Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Cheshire northbound severe disruption, at J18 for A54 Middlewich Road Middlewich.

    M6 Cheshire - M6 entry slip road partially blocked northbound at J18, A54 (Middlewich), because of a broken down car. Traffic is coping well. In the roadworks area.

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

  8. Negative press emboldens racist rhetoric - PFA

    BBC Sport

    Negative press coverage of Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling "emboldens racist rhetoric", says the Professional Footballers' Association.

    Raheem Sterling

    Sterling, 24, posted on Instagram on Sunday saying newspapers are helping to "fuel racism" by the ways in which they portray young black footballers.

    Sterling was allegedly racially abused during City's 2-0 defeat at Chelsea.

    "It is evident that he is often singled out and treated more harshly than his colleagues," said a union statement.

  9. Bouncer attack rugby player leaves hospital after head injury improves

    A rugby league player who was attacked and badly injured by security staff outside a Manchester nightclub has been released from hospital.

    Joe Sharratt

    St Helens academy player Joe Sharratt, 18, suffered a head injury in the assault outside Factory 251 nightclub on 2 December.

    The player was left with a bleed on the brain but has now made enough progress to return home, his club said in a statement.

    "Joe will continue to be monitored by Salford Royal," the club tweeted.

  10. Janelle Monae lined up for Manchester International Festival

    Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter and actress Janelle Monae is to make her debut at the Manchester International Festival next year, the festival's organisers have announced.

    Janelle Monae

    Monae will perform on the festival's opening night on 4 July, alongside fellow stars including Yoko Ono, Idris Elba and Kwame Kwei-Armah and Skepta.

  11. Leg of missing woman found in river

    A human leg found in a river has been confirmed as that of a woman who went missing a year ago.

    Marie Scott / River Irwell

    Officers from Greater Manchester Police received reports of human remains being found in the River Irwell at Salford on 28 November.

    DNA tests have since confirmed the limb belonged to Marie Scott, from Hale, Greater Manchester, who was reported missing on 18 December 2017.

    Her family has been left "distraught" at the news, police said.

    Officers said there are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances.

  12. University campus takeover 'great for economy'

    A university campus is going to be taken over by a new consortium which will offer healthcare courses to up to 5,000 students, it's been revealed.

    Crewe's university campus

    Manchester Metropolitan University announced in 2016 that it would be leaving the Crewe site next summer, saying at the time that it was "no longer academically or financially sustainable".

    Now a deal's been done to buy the campus which will be operated by the University of Buckingham in partnership with an Indian hospital operator and a company run by former Cheshire East Council leader Michael Jones.

    They'll offer medical and health courses.

    Crewe Town Council says it's "tremendous" news for the local economy.

  13. Who was the Thai bride dumped in the hills?

    Alex Moss

    Fourteen years ago a group of walkers found the body of a woman dumped in the Yorkshire Dales.

    Artist's impression of the dead woman

    Despite extensive police work in North Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cumbria, the woman's identity is yet to be uncovered.

    But forensic advances have at last offered a clue, giving weight to a new theory about the final years of her life.

    Detectives believe the woman was a "Thai birde" who had been living in a rural community in north Lancashire or south Cumbria and was murdered by her partner, then dumped outdoors.

    Here's an in-depth look into the background to this cold case investigation.

  14. Car crash man chased and stabbed to death

    A man was chased on foot and stabbed to death following a car crash in Lancashire.

    Michael Hart

    Michael Hart, 31, was chased to Broomfield Road, Fleetwood, from the crash site on Hatfield Avenue in the early hours of Sunday.

    He was stabbed by his attacker and died in hospital from his injuries.

    A 33-year-old Fleetwood man was arrested on suspicion of murder on Sunday following a public appeal to help trace him, Lancashire Police said.