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  1. Video content

    Video caption: Morpurgo's Christmas (fire) cracker

    A behind-the-scenes look at the making of the yuletide offering from children's author, Sir Michael Morpurgo.

  2. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M62 Greater Manchester eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M62 Greater Manchester eastbound severe disruption, from J19 for A6046 Middleton Road to J20 for A627.

    M62 Greater Manchester - One lane closed on M62 eastbound from J19, A6046 (Heywood) to J20 A627(M) Rochdale, because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

  3. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise severe disruption, from J21 for A6104 to J20 for A664 Manchester New Road.

    M60 Greater Manchester - One lane closed on M60 anticlockwise from J21, A6104 (Hollinwood) to J20, A664 (Higher Blackley), 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

  4. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M60 Greater Manchester clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M60 Greater Manchester clockwise severe disruption, from J17 for A56 Bury New Road Prestwich to J18 for M62 M66.

    M60 Greater Manchester - One lane closed on M60 clockwise from J17, A56 (Prestwich) to J18, M62 (Simister Island), 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

  5. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M62 Merseyside eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M62 Merseyside eastbound severe disruption, after J7 for A57 Warrington Road.

    M62 Merseyside - One lane closed and it's slow on M62 eastbound after J7, A57 (Rainhill Stoops), because of a break down.

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

  6. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M65 Lancashire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M65 Lancashire westbound severe accident, from J10 for A671 Cavalry Way Burnley to J9 for A679 Hapton.

    M65 Lancashire - M65 partially blocked and queues westbound from J10, A671 (Burnley) to J9, A679 (Hapton), because of an accident.

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

  7. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M62 Cheshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M62 Cheshire eastbound severe disruption, at J8 for A5281 Burtonwood Road Warrington West.

    M62 Cheshire - One lane closed and it's very slow on M62 eastbound at J8, A5281 (Warrington West), because of a break down.

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

  8. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M62 Greater Manchester westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M62 Greater Manchester westbound severe disruption, from J20 for A627 to J19 for A6046 Middleton Road.

    M62 Greater Manchester - One lane blocked and it's slow on M62 westbound from J20 A627(M) Rochdale to J19, A6046 (Heywood), because of a lorry that's broken down.

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

  9. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M58 Lancashire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M58 Lancashire westbound severe accident, at J3 for A570 Rainford Road.

    M58 Lancashire - M58 lane closed on exit slip road westbound at J3, A570 (Bickerstaffe), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

  10. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M6 Cheshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Cheshire northbound severe accident, at Knutsford Services.

    M6 Cheshire - One lane blocked and queues on M6 northbound at Knutsford Services, because of an accident.

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

  11. Points failure and a broken rail

    BBC News Travel

    A points failure at Crewe is causing disruption, the National Rail website reports. Trains may be cancelled or delayed by up to 30 minutes and disruption is expected until 09:00.

    Also, a broken rail near Droitwich Spa means trains are unable to run from Worcester Shrub Hill towards Birmingham Snow Hill. Services will be diverted to Birmingham New Street.

  12. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M62 Greater Manchester eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M62 Greater Manchester eastbound severe disruption, from J19 for A6046 Middleton Road to J20 for A627.

    M62 Greater Manchester - One lane closed on M62 eastbound from J19, A6046 (Heywood) to J20 A627(M) J3 Rochdale, because of a broken down van. Traffic is coping well.

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

  13. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

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

    M6 Cheshire - M6 lane closed on entry slip road southbound at J18, A54 (Middlewich), because of a break down.

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

  14. HS2: For and against

    HS2 is an important part of Crewe's future, or at least it could be if it gets the go-ahead.

    Parties are split: Labour and the Lib Dems would press ahead with high-speed rail while the Greens and Brexit Party have said they would scrap it. The Conservatives are on the fence while they wait for an independent review to be published.

    HS2

    Graham Dellow, from the Mid Cheshire Against HS2 campaign group, and Paul Coleman, from the South Cheshire Chambers of Commerce are on opposite sides of the argument.

    Mr Dellow says HS2 is just an expensive "duplication of an existing railway that does the job" and thinks it will be a "disaster" if whichever party gets into power continues with the project.

    Mr Coleman on the other hand thinks it's important to improve connectivity for the North and people and businesses will last for over 100 years - he also believes the prospect of HS2 is already bringing businesses to the area.