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The sassy group, with members as young as four, won the contest in the Netherlands.
The sassy group, with members as young as four, were crowned European champions in the Netherlands.

Man jailed for raping girl 17 times

A man who repeatedly raped a girl under the age of 13 has been jailed after admitting the attacks.

Luiz Assuncao

Luiz Assuncao, 41, from Drummond Square, Wigan, pleaded guilty to assaulting her on 17 occasions between April 2018 and March 2019.

Commending his victim for her "bravery in coming forward", a GMP spokesman said he was caught after she told her mother what happened.

Assuncao was sentenced to 13 years in prison at Bolton Crown Court.

Rail delays on West Coast Main Line at Preston

Rail services through Preston are facing long delays after a power surge damaged overhead electric wires.

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Northern said the line between Preston and Bolton had been closed and customers should expect delays of up to an hour, while Virgin Trains reported that some services between Wigan North Western and Preston had been cancelled.

Virgin also said disruption could continue on the line until about 18:15.

BBC North West Tonight's Steve Saul, who is at Preston station, tweeted pictures of the choas passengers are facing.

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North West weather: Dry and sunny afternoon

BBC Weather

A dry, warm and sunny afternoon, with some patchy cloud. One or two showers may also form, although these will be isolated. Highs of 16C.

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Man guilty of toddler punch murder

A man who repeatedly punched a toddler left in his care has been convicted of her murder.

Ella-Rose Clover
Ella-Rose Clover was temporarily left in the care of Michael Wild

Ella-Rose Clover died in 2018 due to "internal bleeding and cardiac arrest following the deliberate infliction of blows", Liverpool Crown Court heard.

Her mother Pagan Clover broke down in tears as Michael Wild was convicted.

She had left Ella with the girl's godmother, Sharleen Hughes, who then left the 22-month-old with her 31-year-old partner Wild while she did errands.

Magic Weekend: Super League's annual carnival of rugby league

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The rugby league posts are up at Liverpool's Anfield stadium as the annual Super League festival - the Magic Weekend - heads for Merseyside with six matches over two days.

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If you are wondering what to expect, wonder no more.

Here are five great reasons to get involved at the Magic Weekend.

The Bitter Sweet Symphony dispute is over

One of rock music's most famous injustices has finally been resolved.

For 22 years, Wigan band The Verve have had to forfeit all royalties for their hit Bitter Sweet Symphony to The Rolling Stones.

The song has been embroiled in a lengthy legal battle as it samples an orchestral version of The Stones' song The Last Time.

As a result, writer Richard Ashcroft had to sign over his rights to Mick Jagger and Keith Richards - until now.

The Verve's Richard Ashcroft on the end of Bitter Sweet Symphony dispute

North West weather: Dry, warm and sunny

BBC Weather

There will be a good deal of dry, warm and sunny weather today, with some patchy cloud and highs of 16C. But there's a risk of one or two showers later.

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Weather: Mostly clear with misty patches

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will remain dry tonight, with mostly clear skies and light winds. One or two mist patches could also develop.

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North West weather: Dry and sunny

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A dry, fine and rather warm afternoon, with sunny spells. Some cloud and light winds with highs of 18C.

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Serial rape accused refuses to appear in court

A man accused of 21 offences including eight rapes across England has refused to attend a plea hearing at the Old Bailey.

Joseph McCann
Met Police

Joseph McCann, 34, was arrested near Congleton, Cheshire, and was due to appear via video-link from Belmarsh Prison.

But he did not appear on the screen and a dock officer confirmed he had refused to leave his cell.

Mr Justice Edis set a provisional six-week trial at the Old Bailey to start on 11 November.

He indicated that Mr McCann should be informed that, if he chose not to attend his trial, it would happen in his absence.

Mr McCann is charged with 21 offences against eight people, aged between 11 and 71, over a two-week period between 21 April and 5 May.

A string of alleged offences is said to have happened in Lancashire and Greater Manchester.

Attenborough praises Saddleworth Moor fire marshal scheme

Sir David Attenborough has praised a group of volunteers who have offered to patrol sprawling moorland to prevent wildfires from destroying the area.

Sir David Attenborough

More than 100 people have signed up to the safety marshal scheme to protect Dovestone Reservoir and surrounding Saddleworth Moor area this summer.

The area of "outstanding natural beauty" has been repeatedly ravaged by fires - most recently in April.

Sir David described the scheme as a "most valuable initiative".

North West weather: Dry and fine

BBC Weather

A dry and fine day with a mix of sunshine and cloud. Feeling warm with highs of 17C.

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Weather: Dry with clear periods

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BBC Weather

Any daytime showers will slowly fade in the evening, to leave the night dry with clear periods and just the odd mist patch.

Thursday will remain largely dry with sunny spells, although there is once again a chance of an isolated shower or two developing.

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North West weather: Hazy, sunny afternoon

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Partly cloudy this afternoon, with hazy, sunny spells. There will be a few light showers around, but most places will stay dry with highs of 16C.

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North West weather: Mainly dry day

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A chance of a couple of showers this morning but expect a largely dry day with sunshine and highs of 16C.

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Weather: Mostly dry with some drizzle

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It will dry for much of the night and there will be some clear periods.

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It will become cloudier later in the night and there may be some light rain or drizzle at the end of the night. Lows of 9°.

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North West weather: Dry and sunny

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This afternoon will be dry and sunny, and it will feel pleasantly warm too with highs of 17C.

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Police dog handler denies assaults

A police officer accused of setting his dog on suspects to inflict serious injuries has been given three awards in his 11-year career, a jury heard.

PC Paul Jackson

Giving evidence at his trial at Preston Crown Court. PC Paul Jackson denied assaulting anyone.

Prosecutors allege the Greater Manchester Police (GMP) officer used the dog to "vent his contempt" for five men during a series of arrests.

PC Jackson, 36, denies five counts of wounding with intent.

North West weather: Dry and sunny

BBC Weather

A dry morning and more sunshine on the way. It will feel warm too with highs of 17C.

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North West weather: Dry and bright afternoon

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A bright and sunny afternoon and it will feel reasonably warm too.

It should stay dry, with only a slight chance of showers and highs of 17C.

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Thousands affected by Manchester Airport delays

About 13,000 people have been affected by delays at Manchester Airport caused by problems with the fuel supply.

Shaun Waring and Sheree Hogg
Sheree Hogg
Sheree Hogg (right) and partner Shaun Waring at the airport before their flight was cancelled

Flights to Tenerife, Belfast and Milan were among 87 cancelled on Sunday, while others were delayed by hours.

The airport has apologised, saying the issues were resolved by 03:00 and flights are operating as planned apart from four cancelled Flybe flights.

Sheree Hogg, from Preston, said she was "gutted" to miss out on a trip to Rome for her 30th birthday.

The surprise holiday was a present from her fiancé Shaun Waring, who had been planning the trip for months.

Commuters braced as railway timetables change

The new National Rail summer timetable has come into effect, with 1,000 new train services being introduced across Great Britain.

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Last year, an extensive shake-up led to weeks of chaos on the Northern network after the operator tried to introduce 1,700 extra services.

That led to huge delays and cancellations with more than 15,000 services cancelled over the past twelve months due to the failed implementation of the timetable.

This year, Northern says it intends to bring in just 210 extra services including brand new trains on long distance routes connecting larger towns in the North.

The operator says it will monitor the latest changes carefully and respond quickly to any problems.

Manchester Airport: Flights cancelled and delayed after fuel problem

A "power issue" that affected fuel supply caused dozens of flights to be cancelled at Manchester Airport.

Queues at the easyJet desk at Manchester Airport
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Queues at the easyJet desk at Manchester Airport

Flights to Tenerife, Belfast and Milan were among 87 cancelled, while others were delayed by hours.

Passengers said they were stuck on grounded planes for two to three hours because of the problems, which began on Sunday afternoon.

Manchester Airport said the issue was resolved at 03:00 with a small number of delays and cancellations expected today.

North West weather: Dry and bright

BBC Weather

A bright and sunny Monday. Staying dry and feeling warm with highs of 15C.

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How a darts player went from having £2,000 in the bank to winning £200,000 in prize money.
How a darts player went from having £2,000 in the bank to winning £200,000 in prize money.
Catalans Dragons.

Matt Newsum

BBC Sport

Catalans Dragons are keen to return to Barcelona’s Nou Camp after a record Super League crowd watched their win over Wigan.

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Usually found in Peru, alpacas are joining people on treks in the Pennines.
Usually found in Peru, alpacas are joining people on stress-busting treks in the Pennines.
Former Great Britain scrum-half Bobbie Goulding says it helps him following drug problems.
Former Great Britain scrum-half Bobbie Goulding says keeping fit helps him following drink and drug problems.

Fire union condemns mayor's budget plan

Greater Manchester's mayor should scrap his "insulting" planned cuts to fire services, the firefighters' union has said.

Andy Burnham and a firefighter

An emergency motion at the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) conference condemned Andy Burnham's three-year plan to cut his fire budget by £12.8m.

The mayor revealed proposals in March to cut jobs, close fire stations and reduce fire appliance crew numbers.

A statement from Mr Burnham blamed government spending limits.