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Summary

  1. Latest updates from Friday 1 March

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. Tony Bellew: I've made my money and I'm not coming back

    BBC Sport

    Former world cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew retired soon after losing to Oleksandr Usyk in November, ending an eventful 11-year career as a professional.

    Tony Bellew

    In his latest BBC Sport column the Liverpool boxer points to new challenges and gives a definitive view of the heavyweight hierarchy.

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    Severe accident: M6 Greater Manchester southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Greater Manchester southbound severe accident, at J24 for A58 Liverpool Road.

    M6 Greater Manchester - M6 partially blocked and queuing traffic southbound at J24, A58 (Ashton In Makerfield), because of an accident.

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

  3. BreakingEboney Cheshire: Drugs caused teenager's death

    Eboney Cheshire, 13, who died in "unexplained" circumstances at her home in Rainhill in December, died from MDMA toxicity, a post-mortem examination has found.

    More to follow

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    Severe accident: M60 Greater Manchester clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M60 Greater Manchester clockwise severe accident, from J9 for A5081 Park Way to J10 for B5214 Trafford Boulevard.

    M60 Greater Manchester - Two lanes blocked and very slow traffic on M60 clockwise from J9, A5081 (Trafford Park) to J10, B5214 (Trafford Centre), because of an accident.

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

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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 closed northbound at J18, A54 (Middlewich), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  6. Multimillion-pound cycling plans unveiled

    Plans have been unveiled to spend £137.3m on cycling and walking projects in Greater Manchester.

    Stockport cycleway

    A scheme to turn Levenshulme into a "mini-Holland" and a bridge linking bus and rail stations in Stockport are among 18 projects to be considered by transport bosses.

    Greater Manchester Combined Authority will fund £76.5m of the cost.

    The projects will form part of the region's Bee Network, aimed at encouraging people to walk and cycle.

  7. Morecambe Bay bridge idea dismissed by council leader

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Ellis Butcher

    The Government has no interest in footing half the bill for an £8bn bridge across Morecambe Bay, according to the leader of Barrow Council.

    David Pidduck has become the latest councillor to enter the debate after the scheme was roundly rejected by fellow Labour members on Tuesday.

    The concept of a bridge linking Barrow to the M6 at Lancaster has been revived recently by Conservative Alan Pemberton.

    But Mr Pidduck said the enormous cost and the bay’s protected status were serious obstacles likely to kill off the project.

    Barrow Council has expressed “in principle” support for a barrage along with South Lakeland District Council and Lancaster City Council.

    Mr Pemberton, the Conservative councillor for Hawcoat, responded: “The population of this area is forecast to reduce by thousands of people in the next 20 years. Our geographical isolation is the cause of it, so we have to try and find some way of improving that situation.”

  8. £300k study to look at better Lancashire Yorkshire road links

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A £300,000 government study is to examine if better road links can be forged between East Lancashire and parts of West Yorkshire,

    Motorway congestion

    Next month, Highways England is to analyse transport connections between the end of the M65 at Colne and place in Yorkshire including Skipton, Keighley and Bradford, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has announced.

    Mr Grayling said:

    Quote Message: This study is part of our ongoing work to ensure the routes between Lancashire and Yorkshire are fit for the future.

    The government said the corridor is home to many manufacturing industries which could benefit from improved roads, and the investment could boost economic growth.

    Highways England chief executive Jim O’ Sullivan said the study will also look at the M62, adding:

    Quote Message: This study will look at the issues currently facing road users in the trans-Pennine corridor, the extent to which the lack of strategic connection hinders growth, and options for improving those journeys and boosting economic growth.
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    Severe accident: M60 Greater Manchester clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M60 Greater Manchester clockwise severe accident, at J12 for M62.

    M60 Greater Manchester - One lane closed and slow traffic on M60 clockwise at J12, M62 (Eccles Interchange), because of an accident involving two cars.

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

  10. Chester Zoo baby elephant diagnosed with killer virus

    An elephant calf at Chester Zoo has tested positive for a life-threatening virus.

    Two-year-old Indali Hi Way is being treated for virus EEHV
    Image caption: Two-year-old Indali Hi Way is being treated for virus EEHV

    Two-year-old Indali Hi Way is being treated for endotheliotropic herpes virus (EEHV).

    Two calves died at the zoo last year after falling ill with EEHV, which is often fatal.

    Almost all Asian elephants carry the virus but it only develops into an illness for some and there is no vaccination against it.

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    Severe disruption: M53 Cheshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M53 Cheshire southbound severe disruption, at J7 for B5132 Netherpool Road.

    M53 Cheshire - One lane closed on M53 southbound at J7, B5132 (Overpool), 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

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    Severe disruption: M56 Cheshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M56 Cheshire eastbound severe disruption, after J9 for M6 J20.

    M56 Cheshire - One lane closed on M56 eastbound after J9, M6 J20 (Lymm Interchange), because of a vehicle fire. Traffic is coping well.

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

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    Severe disruption: A5067 Greater Manchester westbound

    BBC News Travel

    A5067 Greater Manchester westbound severe disruption, from Higher Cambridge Street to Wilmott Street.

    A5067 Greater Manchester - A5067 Cavendish Street in Manchester closed westbound from the Higher Cambridge Street junction to the Wilmott Street junction, because of emergency repairs.

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