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  1. Thanks for joining us

    That's all from our live coverage for Thursday. Many thanks for joining us.

    We'll be back from 09:00 on Friday with more of the latest on the coronavirus pandemic and all of the rest of the day's news.

    Have a good evening.

  2. Police officers enjoy 'wedding day'

    A pair of police officers from Greater Manchester who should have been getting married today have been given a wedding day with a difference by their colleagues.

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  3. Comedian defends lockdown visit to parents

    Comedian John Bishop has taken to social media to defend a visit to his parents after facing criticism online.

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    The Scouse comic faced angry responses after posting a picture of himself visiting his parents, despite the shot clearly showing he was observing social distancing rules.

    Reposting the picture, he responded to criticism and said he had only visited them as he had been travelling nearby while en route to his father-in-law's funeral.

    He said during the brief visit, he "followed all the guidelines and obviously I would not break any rules that would affect the NHS or frontline workers".

    He added:

    Quote Message: I understand social media allows people a window into your life and I do not overdo it because a moment of joy like this can easily be turned into a moment of judgement from the ill informed.
    Quote Message: However, I am reposting [the picture] because for me, it illustrates what this country is all about - love and family - which even in the worst of times holds us together, even if those that we love are out of reach.
  4. Port operator says 'inaccuracies' in P&O claims

    The operator of the docks at the Port of Liverpool has said there are some "inaccuracies" in a claim from P&O Ferries which said its Liverpool to Dublin service has been "indefinitely delayed" after its vessel was prevented from leaving the English port.

    The company said Peel Ports presented the ferry company with a sudden demand for payment of almost £600,000.

    However, Peel Ports, the owner of The Mersey Docks and Harbour Company rejected those claims.

    A spokesman said: “The Port of Liverpool plays a vital role in many critical supply chains from all over the world.

    "Customers who refuse to pay their bills put these other supply chains at risk. Any decision to detain a vessel is always taken as a last resort and only when there is a significant debt to repay.


    "While we understand that we are in unprecedented times, the UK Government has announced multiple financial interventions that will support companies with short-term funding issues as a result of Covid-19."Other ferry services from Liverpool to both Dublin and Belfast continue to operate, with multiple departures per day and spare capacity."

  5. Covid-19 testing rolls out in Oldham care homes

    Oldham Council together with the NHS is rolling out testing for care home staff and residents, and is one of the first areas to do so.

    Oldham skyline

    The authority is also setting up more distribution centres for PPE that will go to care home staff staff.

    Councillor Zahid Chauhan, cabinet member for health, said:

    Quote Message: We are doing everything we can to support them and to minimise risk

    Oldham Civil Centre will be lit up blue tonight as people clap for the NHS in the now-traditional gesture.

  6. Love Island lying PC escapes policing ban

    Love Island contestant Mike Boateng has admitted lying to take a day off work "out of panic", a police disciplinary panel heard.

    Mike Boateng

    The ex-Greater Manchester constable claimed there were problems with a flight home from New York.

    He felt "victimised" and breached standards after incidents including a colleague calling him a "gorilla", the panel heard.

    Boateng was not barred from serving as a police officer.

  7. Ventilator built by Airbus and F1 approved

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    The first new medical ventilator to treat people with severe symptoms of Covid-19, built by Airbus at Broughton near Chester, and F1 has been approved in the UK.

    Man building ventilator

    Hundreds of the Penlon Prima ESO2, which is an updated version of an existing model, are expected to be built for hospitals over the next week.

    It is hoped about 1,500 can be made each week by the start of May.

    The government has said it needs to increase ventilator stocks from 10,000 to 18,000 to cope with the pandemic.

    But some have cast doubt on whether it can meet this goal fast enough.

  8. Deacon who left medicine for church returns to NHS front line

    A deacon who left medicine to join the church has gone back to the NHS front line to help fight coronavirus because there was "a need and an ask".

    Susan Salt

    The Reverend Dr Susan Salt spent more than 30 years as a physician before joining Blackburn Diocese in 2019.

    She decided to rejoin Blackpool Victoria Hospital after the government called on retired medics to return.

    She said she hoped her experience meant she could support patients "spiritually and mentally as well as physically".

  9. Manchester 'human fly' climber dies aged 89

    Renowned British climber Joe Brown, from Manchester, has died at the age of 89.

    Joe Brown

    He was a pioneer of rock climbing during the 1950s and 1960s and was known as the "human fly".

    In 1955, he became the first man to reach the summit of Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world.

    He also climbed a new route up the Old Man of Hoy, which stands just off the isle of Hoy in Orkney, in 1967 - a feat which he repeated 15 years later for a BBC broadcast - and conquered Everest, Mustagh Towers in Pakistan and Latok II, also in Pakistan.

    Latok II is known as one of the most technically demanding climbs in the world.

    In 26 years, he did not have a single fall and was appointed CBE in the New Year Honours list in 2011.

    The UK Climbing organisation said he died "peacefully at home" in Llanberis, Snowdonia.

  10. 'Dedicated' Bolton health care worker dies

    A popular health care assistant who was "dedicated to patient care" has died after contracting coronavirus.

    Lourdes Campbell

    Lourdes Campbell, who was part of the Bolton NHS Trust nursing team, died at Royal Bolton Hospital on Wednesday, chief executive Fiona Noden said.

    She said the 54-year-old, who was from the Philippines, had always been "quiet, diligent and compassionate".

    To lose "a friend and colleague" of almost 13 years was "devastating", she added.

  11. Council calls for more foster carers in lockdown campaign

    Wigan Council is asking prospective foster parents to start their applications due to increased demand during the lockdown.

    A spokeswoman for the council said that many residents financial circumstances have changed due to the coronavirus, leading to more children needing to be placed in stable homes.

    Wigan Town Hall

    The authority says it will offer virtual interviews and video home tours to reduce face-to-face contact and streamline the process for prospective foster families.

    Councillor Jenny Bullen, cabinet member for families, said:

    Quote Message: Due to the current public health emergency there is an increased demand for foster placements.
    Quote Message: As a result, we are urging those who may have been thinking about fostering for a while, or those who may not have previously considered it but feel they can offer a loving home, to begin the process now.
  12. 'Home working' outdoors not allowed, police say

    Police have been told to stop people "home-working" in parks or sitting on public benches for long periods of time.

    Guidance to officers in England says neither activity is likely to be a "reasonable excuse" for someone to leave their home in the lockdown.

    Police near people sat in park

    But the advice says people can move to a friend's address for a cooling-off period "following arguments at home".

    It says such moves must be "genuine" and "measured in days, not hours".

    The three-page document, entitled "what constitutes a reasonable excuse to leave the place where you live", is designed to help police enforce the emergency restrictions that came into effect three weeks ago and are set to be extended.

    It has been produced by the National Police Chiefs' Council and the College of Policing, and appears to be drawn from guidelines issued by the Crown Prosecution Service.

  13. Will council tax be suspended for people struggling to pay bills?

    BBC Political Reporter for Merseyside Claire Hamilton asked Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson if council tax in the city will be suspended for people struggling to pay bills. This is what he had to say:

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  14. Bomb squad destroy explosive device in Cheshire garden

    Bomb squad officers were called after an explosive device was found in the front garden of a house in Cheshire, police confirmed.

    Bomb squad in Watrrington

    Birtles Road in Warrington was cordoned off and nearby homes evacuated following the discovery at 14:15 BST on Wednesday.

    A controlled explosion was carried out after the improvised device was assessed by a specialist team.

    An investigation is ongoing, police said.