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  1. Updates on Friday 11 August

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    Severe disruption: M62 Greater Manchester eastbound

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    M62 Greater Manchester eastbound severe disruption, between J19 for A6046 Middleton Road and J20 for A627.

    M62 Greater Manchester - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M62 eastbound between J19, A6046 (Heywood) and J20 A627(M) J20 Rochdale, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  2. Race to rehome ill woman's 70 cats

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    Video caption: Marlene Brewer needs to rehome her cats after being given a terminal diagnosis.
  3. Football museum pays tribute to 'late, great' Jimmy Armfield

    Manchester's National Football Museum has paid tribute to the "late, great" Blackpool and England full-back Jimmy Armfield on what would have been his 83rd birthday.

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    Armfield, who was capped 43 times and was part of the World Cup-winning squad in 1966, died from cancer in January.

  4. Bee aware - Manchester art trail due to end

    Art lovers have just a few days left to catch Manchester's bees.

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    Video caption: Bee in the City trail creates a buzz in Manchester

    The trail, named Bee in the City, features more than 100 large and small bees located around the city centre, suburbs and Manchester Airport.

    Street artist Kelzo is one of those who has designed a bee.

    His work, named Bee Lieve in Manchester, wanders round landmarks including the Palace Hotel and Central Library, as well as mills and the now-demolished Sun Inn pub.

    It also pays homage to the Manchester's Roman links, showing the bee riding a chariot and wearing a Roman helmet.

    The bees remain on show until Sunday and will later be auctioned off.

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    Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire southbound

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    M6 Cheshire southbound severe disruption, between J18 for A54 Middlewich Road Middlewich and J17 for A534 Old Mill Road Sandbach.

    M6 Cheshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M6 southbound between J18, A54 (Middlewich) and J17, A534 (Sandbach), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  6. Southport Pier renovation project hits third phase

    Multimillion-pound improvement works on Southport Pier are set to continue in October.

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    Sefton Council said the third phase of the £2.9m project will see the construction of a second retail kiosk, essential power upgrades, a refurbished pavilion and timber decking repairs.

    The work is scheduled to run until Christmas and during this time, the pier and pavilion will be closed to the public from the halfway house to the pavilion.

    The landward section will remain open to the public, including the recently-completed kiosk.

    The final phase of works planned in 2019 will see improved access and restoration of the Marine Lake railings.

    Phases one and two included extensive structural repairs and painting.

  7. 'Cowardly' armed robbers stole from sisters

    Two sisters in their eighties have been threatened by two men and a boy with screwdrivers who forced entry to their home in Trafford, police have said.

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    Police were called to Welwyn Close, Davyhulme at about 14:50 on Thursday and told the men had stolen cash and a mobile phone.

    The men are described as white and in their 20s, while the boy is said to be white and about 16.

    Det Insp Terry Chatterton said it was a "cowardly robbery that has targeted an elderly woman and her sister in their own home, leaving them understandably terrified".

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    Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire northbound

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    M6 Cheshire northbound severe disruption, from J18 for A54 Middlewich Road Middlewich to J19 for A556 Chester Road.

    M6 Cheshire - Lane closed and slow traffic on M6 northbound from J18, A54 (Middlewich) to J19, A556 (Knutsford), because of a broken down vehicle. In the roadworks area.

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

  9. Liverpool Waterfront car park set for demolition next month

    The multi-storey Waterfront car park in Liverpool, which was ravaged by fire on New Year’s Eve, is due to be demolished next month.

    Waterfront carpark fire

    A report, which is to go before Liverpool City Council’s cabinet on 28 September, says detailed logistical plans have been drawn up to take down the car park, which has 1,191 vehicles inside it - of which 1,033 are completely burnt out.

    None of the cars have been removed before demolition, because of safety concerns about the residual strength of the building.

    Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service recently concluded that temperatures during the blaze reached 1,000°C - far higher than the previous estimate of 600°C.

    Work will only start once agreement is received from the Association of British Insurers regarding the approach to the demolition and the process of removing personal belongings from the cars that are not burnt out, the council said.

    An application for a new nine-floor car park for 1,650 vehicles at Monarch’s Quay will be considered by the planning committee on 9 October.