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Summary

  1. Latest updates on Friday 18 January:
  2. Bury teenager in induced coma after 'taking drugs'
  3. Liverpool City Region to face council tax rise to fund mayor
  4. Oldham man jailed for murdering five people in shop explosion
  5. Liverpool park homes plan 'dead' after judicial review
  6. Manchester gang who flew chemist from Hungary to make drugs jailed
  7. Liverpool invite 104-year-old fan to celebrate birthday at Anfield

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

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    Severe disruption: M60 Greater Manchester clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M60 Greater Manchester clockwise severe disruption, at J15 for M61.

    M60 Greater Manchester - One lane closed on M60 clockwise at J15, M61 (Swinton Interchange), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

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    Severe disruption: M65 Lancashire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M65 Lancashire westbound severe disruption, at J4 for A666 Earcroft Way Darwen.

    M65 Lancashire - M65 lane closed on exit slip road westbound at J4, A666 (Darwen), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

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    Severe accident: A6 Lancashire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A6 Lancashire both ways severe accident, from Lytham Road to St Vincents Road.

    A6 Lancashire - A6 Garstang Road in Fulwood closed and queuing traffic in both directions from the Lytham Road junction to the St Vincents Road junction, because of an accident involving four vehicles.

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

  4. North West weather: Dry afternoon but rain later

    BBC Weather

    Dry for most of the time this afternoon, with some sunshine developing at times. Cloud will thicken later on though, bringing a chance of rain by dusk. Brisk winds and highs of 11C.

    Cooler tonight with some clear spells.

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    Video caption: A mainly dry afternoon with cloud thickening later and a chance of rain. Highs of 11C.

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  5. Lancashire girl with cancer receives 3,000 birthday cards

    A girl with cancer's dreams came true when she received thousands of birthday cards from strangers around the world.

    Tia Taggart

    Tia Taggart, from Padiham, Lancashire received more than 3,000 greetings when she turned 10 following an appeal on Facebook.

    Her family put out the appeal on social media after seeing how much Tia loved receiving "Get Well Soon" cards while she was in hospital.

    "Thank you for making my birthday so special," said Tia.

  6. Nine charged after raids to halt drugs supply ring

    Nine people have been charged after police raids to stop the alleged supply of drugs from Liverpool to Torquay.

    Seized bikes

    Five Liverpool men, three Torquay men and a man of no fixed address were charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs.

    Large quantities of cash, drugs, vehicles worth about £40,000, including motorbikes, and a stun-gun were seized on Thursday.

    All the accused, aged 20 to 57, are due to appear before Plymouth magistrates.

  7. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M62 West Yorkshire westbound severe accident, from J23 for A640 New Hey Road to J22 for A672.

    M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M62 westbound from J23, A640 (Huddersfield) to J22, A672 (Rishworth Moor), because of an accident. Matrix sign set to 40 mph.

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

  8. Hospital doctor's knifepoint carjacking

    A doctor was held up at knifepoint and had her car stolen at a hospital in Greater Manchester.

    Royal Oldham Hospital

    The female medic was approached by four men as she walked to her car at Royal Oldham Hospital, on Friday 15 March, said a police spokesman.

    The robbers threatened her with a knife before making off in the Audi Q2.

    Hospital bosses said it was the latest in series of crimes at the site and extra guards were being brought in to escort staff to their vehicles.

    Greater Manchester Police have also stepped up patrols in the area.

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    Severe disruption: M62 Cheshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M62 Cheshire westbound severe disruption, at J11 for A574 Birchwood Way.

    M62 Cheshire - M62 lane closed on entry slip road and slow traffic westbound at J11, A574 (Birchwood), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  10. Drugs gang who forced boy, 15, to be dealer is jailed

    A family-run drug gang who forced a vulnerable 15-year-old boy to sell drugs for them has been jailed.

    Brothers Ratib Ali, 20 and Asad Ali, 19, and Janaid Rehman 18, from Rochdale, were caught as part of a special operation by Greater Manchester Police into drugs supply and modern slavery.

    Ratib Ali, Asad Ali, Janaid Rehman

    The force said the trio made and received hundreds of calls every day to and from people buying drugs and a "large quantity of cash" was found during a search of a home on Royds Street West in April last year.

    Inquiries later revealed the teenage boy - who owed the men money - was being threatened by them into selling class A drugs.

    He is now being supported by specialist officers.

    • At Minshull Street Crown Court earlier, Ratib Ali was sentenced to four years after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine and conspiracy to supply heroin.
    • Asad Ali was sentenced to four years and nine months after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine and conspiracy to supply heroin.
    • Janaid Rehman was sentenced to two years after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine
  11. Boys, 15, arrested over 'meat cleaver' attack

    Two 15-year-old boys have been arrested amid reports a pupil was cut with a meat cleaver during a brawl.

    Chadderton

    The victim, who was also 15, suffered cuts to his leg during a fight in Burnley Lane, Chadderton, Oldham.

    A video of the alleged attack on Thursday was shared on social media. It apparently shows pupils fighting.

    Two teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of affray, attempted assault and possession of a bladed article, police said.