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  1. Thanks for joining us

    That's the end of our live updates for today and for this week. We'll be back on Wednesday at 09:00 to bring you the latest on the coronavirus and its impact on our region.

    In the meantime, you can find further information and updates about the coronavirus crisis here.

    Thanks for joining us and if you want to get in touch with us, please email us at

    And we'll leave you with this amazing piece of beach art, which was created by two people who live near Blackpool beach.

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  2. 'Spider-Man' joggers send neighbours into a spin

    Two men who have been dressing as Spider-Man on their daily run have proved popular on the web among families in lockdown.

    Stockport Spider Man

    Jason Baird and Andrew Baldock have been jogging in Stockport dressed as the superhero to spread joy among their neighbours.

    The friends have become known as the "Stockport Spider-Men".

    "I'll do this every day as long as my legs hold out. It's just to keep everyone smiling," said Mr Baird.

    The 34-year-old, who runs a martial arts school in the town, said his friend first dressed up as the comic book character on a live video call to some of their students.

    The next day Mr Baldock went around his estate in the same costume, so Mr Baird decided to follow suit by borrowing a Spider-Man outfit from an acquaintance.

  3. Police share more pictures of rainbows spotted across the borough

    Greater Manchester Police has shared more pictures of children's rainbows across the borough on its Facebook page.

    Pictures of rainbows have been springing up in windows across the country to "spread hope" during the coronavirus outbreak.

    Children with rainbow drawings
  4. National League's three divisions suspended indefinitely

    BBC Sport

    The three divisions of England's National League have been suspended indefinitely because of coronavirus.

    The competition had been originally postponed until 3 April but that has now been extended following a board meeting on Tuesday.

    It comes after all non-league football in steps three to seven wasended immediately on Thursdaywith no promotion or relegation.

    The National League said it was looking at "how best to conclude" the season.

    But it is not yet known if the competition, which is made up of the National League, National League North and National League South, will also be cancelled with all results expunged.

    Stockport County currently lie seventh in the National League, occupying the final play-off place, while AFC Fylde and Chorley sit in the bottom two places, facing relegation.

    One league down, both Altrincham and Chester are in contention for promotion in the National League North, placed fifth and seventh respectively, while Southport sit mid-table in 12th and Curzon Ashton lie just above the relegation zone in 18th.

  5. What would you say to a stranger to give hope and joy for the future?

    The Lowry in Salford is asking people to take part in a mass creative writing activity to send letters of hope and joy to strangers and help "cultivate an attitude of hope".

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  6. Rochdale food parcels were 'additional supplies', says Defra

    We reported earlier that Rochdale Council topped up "unhealthy" government food supplies for people most at risk from Covid-19.

    Food items

    It said the first delivery, received on Monday, consisted of chocolate bars, biscuits, cordial, teabags, noodles and an apple.

    Council leader Allen Brett called on the government to improve them and claimed other areas are getting "more nutritionally balanced" ones.

    The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has responded by saying the items were to supplement councils' provisions and "should not be confused with" its food boxes containing enough food for one person for a week it was delivering directly to vulnerable people.

  7. Public asked to report takeaways ignoring new rules

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    People living in Trafford are being asked by the council to report takeaways not complying with the new restrictions issued by the government.

    Takeaway pizza

    Trafford Council said it has instructed restaurants and cafes to not allow customers into their buildings when picking food up.

    The guidelines also include staggering customer collection times, and only taking orders over the telephone and online.

    Councillor Mike Freeman said:

    Quote Message: Takeaways can perform an important role in our communities, especially for our key workers but we want to ensure they are safe and that they offer a sensible and careful approach to customers.

    Residents who spot takeaways breaking the rules are being encouraged to email Trafford Council.

  8. Lancashire trust offers help on 'how to challenge unhelpful thoughts'

    Dealing with the coronavirus crisis can take a mental toll on anyone, so a Lancashire NHS trust is offering some "practical tips and advice" on dealing with low mood.

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  9. New job starters 'petrified' over wage help scheme

    BBC News England

    People who started jobs in March have been left "petrified" after discovering thousands are not eligible for government wage grants.

    Job Search computer

    Chancellor Rishi Sunak outlined a scheme where companies could apply for a grant worth 80% of their employees salaries - up to £2,500 a month.

    But in order to qualify, workers would have had to start their new job by 28 February, meaning a significant number have fallen through the cracks.

    Many have called the cut-off "unjust".

  10. Worried Matalan depot staff in Knowsley can stay at home

    Matalan staff who claimed they were being put at risk from coronavirus in a packed warehouse have been told they can stay at home.

    Matalan workers

    Staff had complained about the lack of social distancing at the Knowsley distribution centre on Merseyside.

    The GMB union said allowing workers to stay home was "a big win for the health and safety of our members".

    A spokesman for Matalan said it took its responsibility to look after staff "extremely seriously".

    The move would ensure that anyone wanting to stay at home would have access to government's furlough scheme to pay 80% of their wages, he added.

  11. RSPB provide DIY bird bath tutorials

    The RSPB team in Leighton Moss nature reserve have provided online tutorials on how to make bird baths while people are staying home.

    The charity is encouraging residents to bird watch, and to make feeds from simple items:

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  12. NHS workers offered free travel on Blackport buses

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    NHS workers will be able to travel free of charge on buses operated by Blackpool Transport from today.

    Blackpool Transport bus

    Bus services in the town have been reduced, but are still running for key workers.

    Blackpool Council, which owns the company, said it wants "to recognise the fantastic job our NHS workers are doing in these testing times".

    NHS staff should show their work pass to drivers when boarding.

  13. Manchester over-65s to receive activity packs

    More than 600 elderly residents living in Manchester will receive activity packs to keep them engaged while staying at home.

    Activity pack letters and drawings

    Volunteers from community charity Manchester Cares have posted 630 letters of support, drawings and poems to people aged over 65 suffering from loneliness.

    The Alone Together packs contain an activity to complete for each day in April.

  14. Call for artists to create coronavirus 'creative legacy' project

    Artists and other creative types based in Greater Manchester are being encouraged to help create a coronavirus "creative legacy" project.


    The Greater Manchester Combined Authority is offering artists who may have lost their jobs a chance to apply to be granted one of 60 commissions worth £500 each.

    All forms of art work are being welcomed including music, poetry, theatre, writing, gaming, and performance.

    Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham said:

    Quote Message: This is a positive intervention designed to create a lasting legacy – one that demonstrates our appreciation of our local artists, creatives, composers and storytellers, and the vital role they will play in our civic recovery over the coming months and years.

    To receive an application form email

  15. How (not) to cut your hair at home

    Merseyside actor Stephen Graham is among a growing number of people having their haircut at home as the coronavirus pandemic has caused hairdressers to close.

    Some brave individuals, or their family members, have given it a go themselves - with mixed results...

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    Video caption: How (not) to cut your hair at home
  16. Circus clowns find a way to work from home

    Brothers and neighbours Mooky and Mr Boo haven't let coronavirus social distancing stop them from practising their routine.

    They've found a way to rehearse at a safe distance - and entertain the neighbours while they're at it!

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  17. Virus warning issued over garden rubbish fires

    People are being warned not to burn rubbish in their gardens by the fire service - as it could affect people suffering from coronavirus and other health conditions.

    Merseyside Fire said it was "essential" to understand the impact and risk smoke from burning waste can have on people.

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  18. Are you up to the loo roll challenge?

    The #loorollchallenge has become something of a social media phemomenon during the coronavirus pandemi, with people filming their best attempts at using the rolls to do keep-uppies.

    Here are some of the latest attempts from around the region.

    Are you a toilet roll trickster or are your skills only bog standard?

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  19. Enforcement 'a last resort' for Merseyside Police

    Merseyside Police will "engage with and encourage citizens to do the right thing" during the coronavirus crisis, Chief Constable Andy Cooke has said.

    Police officers have been told to take a "consistent" approach when ensuring people comply with emergency measures aimed at curbing coronavirus.

    In a tweet, Mr Cooke - who is self-isolating after testing positive for coronavirus - said the force "will use enforcement as a last resort".

    Merseyside Police Chief Constable Andy Cooke
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