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  1. Woman admits killing man hit by moving tram at Manchester Victoria
  2. Nelson man served with anti-slavery order over couple held in 'appalling' conditions
  3. Manchester to York railway line to be digitally-controlled, government announce
  4. Four passengers arrested after Liverpool-bound flight diverted to Bristol
  5. North West football stars inducted into Hall of Fame
  6. Updates on Friday 22 September

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Weather: Plenty of dry weather in store

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Outbreaks of drizzly rain will clear through the evening, leaving a largely dry night with a few clear spells.

There will be just a few showers over the weekend

Winds will steadily ease and it will be milder than last night.

After some early brightness, Saturday will be largely cloudy with the odd spot of light rain or drizzle. Cloud will thin later to give a fine end to the day.

It will be changeable over the next few days with rain possible on Sunday and Monday, perhaps heavy in places. Largely dry on Tuesday with sunny spells. Warmer than recently with milder nights.

TransPennine railway line 'to be controlled digitally'

The TransPennine rail line between Manchester and York could be the first intercity route in the UK to become digitally-controlled, the transport secretary has said.


Network Rail will be given up to £5m to develop technology to "help improve reliability and safety", Chris Grayling said.

Critics warn digital rail is expensive and the route needs upgrading.

The RMT union accused Mr Grayling of "hypocrisy and hot air".

Four arrested after EasyJet plane diverts

Four passengers have been arrested on suspicion of drunken behaviour on board a flight from Barcelona to Liverpool.


The EasyJet flight was diverted to Bristol Airport at about 23.30 on Thursday over the incident.

The suspects were held on suspicion of offences linked to being drunk on board an aircraft, police said.

They were two 29-year-old men, a 26-year-old woman and a 21-year-old man who remain in police custody.

Anti-slavery order served against Nelson man who kept couple in 'appalling' conditions

A man who housed Polish couple in "poor living conditions and forced them to carry out manual labour" has been served with a slavery and trafficking risk order, police have said.

Living conditions for forced labourers in Nelson
Lancashire Police

Mohammed Riaz, of Manchester Road in Nelson, was handed the order following a hearing at Blackburn Magistrates Court.

Lancashire Police said an outbuilding at Riaz's address where the couple lived was made from "materials acquired from skips" and conditions inside were "appalling".

A spokesman said the pair were "forced to work long shifts, sometimes for nearly 17 hours", were "not permitted breaks" and were "were paid very little or sometimes nothing at all".

Handing down the order, Judge James Clarke said he rejected Riaz's evidence that he "expected nothing" from the couple and was satisfied the 64-year-old "controlled many aspects of their lives".

He added:

The payment of £4 per day was in reality a bare subsistence and meant that they had no choice but to remain. I am satisfied that he treated them as individuals at his beck and call with no real freedom to refuse.

The order means no-one can "live or sleep in outbuildings at Riaz’s address, he is not to knowingly employ anyone paid under the minimum wage and he is to notify police of anyone undertaking work at his property", a police spokesman said.

He added that the couple who had been housed in the outbuilding "continue to be supported to ensure that they do not become victims again and can move forward rebuilding their lives".

Bumbling police tweet '80-year ban' for dangerous driver

Bumbling traffic police were forced to backtrack after wrongly claiming a dangerous driver was banned for 80 years.

GMP Traffic

Mohammed Ahsan, 20, of Hibbert Street, Manchester, was actually disqualified for two years after pleading guilty at Manchester Magistrates' Court.

The GMP Traffic Twitter account announced the inflated ban along with a video of Ahsan's crash.

It then posted: "It wasn't a typo! He is actually banned for 80 years!"

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GMP later apologised for the "confusion" but did not clarify how the error had been made.

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Police officers praised for life-saving response

The swift response of a group of police officers who helped save the life of a collapsed cyclist in Widnes on Tuesday has been praised by their superiors and ambulance staff.

Lunts Heath Road

A PC was called to help the 69-year-old man, who was "unconscious and unresponsive" on Lunts Heath Road.

The constable called for back up and began CPR, before five more officers then arrived with oxygen and a defibrillator.

After using the defibrillator, the man became "responsive" and was talking with officers when paramedics arrived.

They told the officers that "if it was not for their intervention and excellent first aid, the man’s condition could have proved fatal", a Cheshire Police spokesman said.

Ch Insp Simon Parsonage said it "was excellent work by all officers involved, who had a collapsing timeframe in which to make vital and critical decisions".

He added:

I have no doubt in my mind that the actions of these officers saved this man’s life. Their quick thinking and excellent first aid helped keep this man alive until the paramedics attended the scene.

The police spokesman said the cyclist remained in hospital "in a stable condition".

Severe disruption: M62 Cheshire eastbound

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

M62 Cheshire - M62 lane closed on entry slip road eastbound at J8 Burtonwood Road, 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

Five Banksy murals sell for £3.2m

Five murals by street artist Banksy have been sold to a buyer from the Middle East for £3.2m.

Banksy mural
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The works, which include his famous 40ft (12m) by 20ft (6m) Liverpool Rat, were sold to a Qatari buyer.

Consultancy Samuel Beilin and Partners sold the Liverpool murals on behalf of a client who wished to remain anonymous.

Some of the works had been due to be part of a new defunct street art gallery in the city's Chinatown.

Missing 17-year-old girl is found safe

A 17-year-old girl who went missing earlier this month has been found.

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The girl, from Rochdale, who was last seen on 7 September but may have been spotted later in Blackpool, has been found safe and well.

A 32-year-old man who was wanted on suspicion of child abduction and on recall to prison has been traced.

Greater Manchester Police said the girl was "currently with officers who are providing her with support".

Badger cull protesters on patrol in Cheshire

Badger culling protesters have been out on patrol in Cheshire trying to help save the animals.

The county is one of 11 new areas given government approval for a cull - in a bid to curb the spread of tuberculosis to cattle.

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Severe accident: A627(M) Greater Manchester northbound

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A627(M) Greater Manchester northbound severe accident, between A664 Rochdale Road and J3 for M62.

A627(M) Greater Manchester - Very slow traffic on A627(M) northbound between A664, Ship Inn Roundabout and J3, M62 (Rochdale), because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Hall of Fame honour for footballer union pioneer

As was mentioned earlier, one of the nine footballing inductees into the National Football Museum's Hall of Fame last night was Manchester United's pre-WW1 captain Charlie Roberts - who not only led them to two league titles and an FA Cup win, but also helped set up the first footballers representative body, the Association of Football Players' and Trainers' Union - or, as it was popularly known, the Players' Union.

Charlie Roberts
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Roberts and fellow United star Billy Meredith helped set up the union in 1907, but while it was popular with players, the Football Association refused to recognise the body.

Two years later, the FA threatened to suspend union members, but after the United players refused to back down - a move that saw a fixture cancelled, as the club was unable to field a team - the sport's governing body relented and the union survived.

The Players' Union eventually became the Professional Footballers' Association, the organisation that now represents players in England.

Passengers on Liverpool-bound flight arrested after unscheduled landing

Four passengers have been arrested after a flight from Barcelona to Liverpool was forced to make an unscheduled landing at Bristol Airport.

Easyjet plane

Three men and a woman were taken off EasyJet flight EZY7208 at about 23:30 last night after an incident on board, Avon and Somerset Police said.

They are being held on suspicion of offences linked to being drunk on an aircraft.

A police spokesman has asked anyone who may have filmed what happened on their mobile phones to get in touch.

Three jailed over targeted car shooting

Three men have been jailed after a man was shot in the chest as he sat in a car during a targeted attack.

Owais Ashfaq, Ahmed Mohammed and Hasnain Khan
West Yorkshire Police

The 24-year-old man was seriously injured when he was hit on Cemetery Road in Dewsbury on 1 February.

At Leeds Crown Court, Owais Ashfaq, 18, of Gladstone Street, Bradford, was sentenced to 17 years in prison.

Hasnain Khan, 18, of Carrington Street, Bradford, and Ahmed Mohammed, 18, of Bowling Green Lane, Manchester, were both jailed for 15 years.

Woman admits tram 'push' death

A woman has admitted killing a man who was hit by a tram at Manchester's Victoria station.


Charissa Brown-Wellington, 31, from Oldham, was originally charged with the murder of Philip Carter, 30, who died at the station on 11 June.

At a hearing at Manchester Crown Court she admitted manslaughter, which was accepted by the prosecution.

Brown-Wellington was remanded into custody and will be sentenced at the same court on 30 October.

Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku

Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku says he wants the club's fans to "move on" from their controversial chant about him.

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Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire southbound

BBC News Travel

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

M6 Cheshire - Queuing traffic and one lane blocked on M6 southbound between J18, A54 (Middlewich) and J17, A534 (Sandbach), because of a broken down lorry.

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

Bomb disposal team attending 'suspicious item' in Bolton

Police and bomb disposal experts are attending reports of a "suspicious item" found in a street in Bolton.

Appledore Drive

The item, which is not thought to be terrorism-related, was found on Appledore Drive at about 11:55.

Officers are waiting for a bomb disposal team to arrive.

Several roads have been closed including Appledore Drive, Croyd Close, Saunton Avenue, Lime Tree Drive and Stitch Mi Lane.

Weather: Gusty with outbreaks of rain

BBC Weather

Cloudy this afternoon with some outbreaks of rain and hill fog. It will also be windy, particularly around exposed coasts. Highs of 14C.

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Centre boasts world's largest bug hotel

A world record-breaking hotel for insects has been built at a wetlands centre.

Bug hotel

The house at Martin Mere Wetland Centre in Burscough, Lancashire, is nearly twice as big as the previous record holder at 18.46 cubic metres.

Its residents include leafcutter bees, mason bees, spiders, moths, a peacock butterfly, a frog and a bat.

Manager Nick Brooks said they wanted to provide a habitat for the insects that also got the local community involved.

Latest headlines for the North West

  • A woman admits the manslaughter of a man who was hit by a moving tram at Manchester's Victoria station
  • A man will appear before Wirral Magistrates' later charged with attempted murder after a man suffered slash injuries in Wallasey
  • A tenth person is arrested in the investigation over the death of an 18-year-old man in Moss Side

Woman admits manslaughter of man hit by tram

A woman has admitted causing the death of a man who was hit by a moving tram at Manchester's Victoria station in June.

Tram at Manchester Victoria

Philip Carter, 30, fell between the platform and a tram at the station at about 19:45 BST on 11 June.

Charissa Brown-Wellington, from Oldham, pleaded guilty to manslaughter at Manchester Crown Court.

The 31-year-old was remanded in custody to face sentencing at the court on 30 October.

BreakingWoman admits killing man hit by tram

A woman has admitted killing a man who was hit by a moving tram at Manchester's Victoria station in June.

£6m reserve 'will boost flood protection'

A new nature reserve in Lancashire will be a bird haven as well as improving flood protection, the government said.

Black-tailed godwits

Environment Minister Therese Coffey said the £6m Ribble Estuary scheme will create hundreds of acres of salt marsh.

The Environment Agency said the project will provide an important habitat for avocets, black-tailed godwits and pink-footed geese.

It will also strengthen and raise sea defences behind the site to protect properties and farmland.

North West footballers inducted into Hall of Fame

Steven Gerrard and Gary Speed are among nine former footballers to have been inducted into the National Football Museum's Hall of Fame last night.

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Gerrard, who spent 17 years at Liverpool, is now the club's U18s manager, while Speed, who played for Everton and Bolton Wanderers in his career in 22-year career, died in 2011.

Gary Speed
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The Hall of Fame ceremony in Manchester also saw former Chelsea player Frank Lampard and two of England's greatest Lionesses, Kelly Smith and Rachel Yankey, honoured, alongside pre-WW1 Manchester United captain Charlie Roberts.

Roberts, who played 271 times for the club, led United to two league titles and the 1909 FA Cup.

Charlie Roberts
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West Ham legend Billy Bonds, Arsenal great Bob Wilson and paralympian Alistair Patrick-Heselton were the others to be inducted.

Killer's extra jail time for online posts

A hit-and-run killer has had his jail term increased after he put posts on social media from inside prison.

Aidan McAteer and Violet-Grace Youens

Aidan McAteer was jailed after hitting Violet-Grace Youens, aged 4, in a stolen car he had driven at 80mph in a 30mph zone, in Merseyside, on 24 March.

He fled to Amsterdam but later admitted causing death by dangerous driving and was jailed in May for nine years and four months.

In the summer, he marked his 24th birthday by posting an image of a card.

Severe accident: M6 Cheshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cheshire northbound severe accident, between J18 for A54 Middlewich and J19 for A556.

M6 Cheshire - Very slow traffic on M6 northbound between J18, A54 (Middlewich) and J19, A556 (Knutsford), because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Attempted murder charge after man found with slash injuries

A man has been charged with attempted murder after a man was found with head, back and arm injuries in Wallasey.

Hothfield Road

A man in his 30s was taken to hospital, where he was treated for slash injuries after he was attacked at about 13:05 yesterday.

A meat cleaver was found close to the scene on Hothfield Road and is being forensically tested.

A 38-year-old man will appear before Wirral Magistrates' later.

Ben Barba

Gary Smee

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St Helens all but seal a place in the play-offs with victory at 12-man Salford in their final Super 8s match.

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Last D-Day landing craft wins £5m grant

The last surviving D-Day tank landing craft has been awarded a £4.7m grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The 183ft (57m) vessel LCT 7074 later became a floating nightclub before sinking in a semi-derelict condition at Birkenhead Docks.

LCT 7074

It was raised from the water in 2014 and taken to Portsmouth for storage.

The vessel is being restored and put on display at Portsmouth's D-Day Museum in time for the 75th anniversary of the landings in 2019.

Ilkay Gundogan

Manchester City's Ilkay Gundogan is expected to return to training in the next couple of days after spraining his knee against West Brom.

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Government to announce digitally-controlled rail upgrade

The transport secretary will be in Manchester later to announce plans to make the rail line from there to York the first intercity route in the country to be digitally-controlled.

Rail passengers
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Network Rail will be given up to £5m for the technology which it said will be used to improve the reliability of trains.

Chris Grayling says it is part of efforts to cut journey times between Leeds and Manchester to 40 minutes by 2022.

Rodgers' Sterling wage claim rejected

BBC Sport

Brendan Rodgers did not keep the wages of England winger Raheem Sterling deliberately low during his time at Liverpool, according to a source close to the Manchester City player.

Raheem Sterling
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Speaking on Tuesday, Rodgers said Sterling was playing for England while earning £2,000 a week at Anfield, but that his wages eventually had to be increased because of his form.

Rodgers' version was dismissed by the source, who said Sterling was on £1,500 at Liverpool, with his wages rising to £35,000 a week as soon as he turned 18.

It is understood Liverpool agreed to pay Sterling £1,000 a week from his 17th birthday, following his arrival from QPR as a 15-year-old in 2010.

Girl, 17, missing with violent prisoner

A missing 17-year-old girl is believed to be with a wanted man who has a history of violence, police said.

Chloe Campbell and Craig Moran

Detectives believe Chloe Campbell and Craig Moran, 32, both from Rochdale, may be in Blackpool after they were spotted at Pleasure Beach.

Moran has a history of violence and is wanted on a recall to prison for breaching the terms of his licence.

He is now also wanted on suspicion of child abduction due to Chloe's age, Greater Manchester Police said.

Tenth arrest in Sait Mboob murder investigation

An 18-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder as part of the investigation into the death of a man in Moss Side.

Sait Mboob
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Sait Mboob, 18, died from stab wounds after fight in Crosshill Road in August.

The arrested 18-year-old man remains in police custody.

A 17-year-old boy has previously been charged with three counts of attempted murder and eight others have been released pending further inquiries.

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