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Weather: Clear and breezy this evening

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Showery rain will push in from the west this evening before clearing to leave tonight largely dry with the chance of the odd shower.

It will be a windy night with lows of 11C.

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Driver's narrow escape as metal poles smash into car

A motorist narrowly escaped serious injury after a van load of poles smashed into his vehicle on the M56 in Greater Manchester.

Pole escape
Ceri Holmes

It closed part of the motorway during the evening rush hour yesterday.

The driver's wife posted photographs of the lucky escape on Twitter

She said: "My husband is completely shook up as he honestly thought he has just scraped death."

Pole escape
Ceri Holmes

BreakingSuspended reality TV show head teacher quits Salford school

A head teacher who starred in the Channel 4 series Educating Greater Manchester has resigned as Executive Head of Harrop Field Fold School in Salford.

Drew Povey

Drew Povey was suspended in July in an investigation over record-keeping at the school in Little Hulton, the BBC understands.

Hundreds of peoplesigned a petitioncalling for him to be reinstated.

Mr Povey said: "The time has arrived where I can no longer sit quietly under the threat of 'you cannot comment or you will breach your code of conduct'."

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Yellow warning for wind overnight

Storm Helene will tonight bring our first proper spell of autumn gales this year as hills and coastal areas could experience wind gusts of up to 65mph overnight.

The Met Office has issued a yellow "be aware" warning for the North West.

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Stansfield's music helping dementia residents

The singer Lisa Stansfield will visit a care home for people with dementia in Prestwich today to see how music therapy is helping residents

Lisa Stansfield

The sessions at the Heathlands Care Home are run by the charity Nordoff Robbins.

Next week, the singer will perform a fundraising gig for the charity in Manchester.

Male domestic abuse: Not enough support for victims, says charity

Male domestic abuse victims are suffering a lack of support despite a sharp rise in attacks, a charity said.

Police in England and Wales recorded 149,248 incidents in 2017 - more than double the number reported in 2012.

According to data obtained by BBC Inside Out North West, over the past five years, domestic abuse reports have surged 352% across Greater Manchester to 8,988 in 2017, tripled in Merseyside (to 3,184) and Cheshire (to 2,533), and increased 70% in Lancashire (to 2,231).

The Home Office urged "all victims to come forward and report this horrific crime" and said support was available.

Weather: Mostly dry and mild

BBC Weather

A bright start with a few misty patches that will readily disperse.

Through the day, cloud will build, allowing for the odd shower, but many places will stay dry with some further bright intervals. Highs of 22C.

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Funeral for children killed in house fire

A pipe and drum band lead the funeral cortege for four children killed in an arson attack.

Funeral held for children who died in Walkden arson attack

Hundreds of people are attending the funeral of four children killed in a firebombing attack on their home.

Walkden house fire victims
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Demi Pearson, 15, her brother Brandon, eight, and sisters Lacie, seven, and Lia, three, were killed in the blaze in Walkden, Greater Manchester, last year.

Their mother Michelle Pearson, 36, is unable to attend as she recovers from injuries suffered in the blaze.

Grandmother Sandra Lever said due to "unforeseen medical circumstances" she could not attend St Paul's Church.

Firefighters guard of honour

Ms Pearson, a mother-of-six has been in hospital since the attack in December, and learned that four of her children were dead after coming out of a four-month coma.

Her family said she had wanted to attend the funeral despite still being very poorly after suffering a series of infections.

Among those attending, firefighters formed a guard of honour outside the church.

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Weather: Sunshine and showers

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Any brightness at first will give way to thickening cloud with the odd shower, but a growing chance of more general rain later.

Highs of 17C.

Regeneration 'offers little' to majority

Developer-led regeneration has "done very little" for the vast majority of Greater Manchester, a report has said.

Manchester skyline
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The Alliance Manchester Business School report said it had created "islands of private affluence" and neglected services like "decent housing and transport" for the wider population.

It called for a new long-term vision.

Greater Manchester Combined Authority said the report was "surprising" as the authors had called for something that already exists.

Weather: Spells of sunshine

BBC Weather

Spells of sunshine this morning, along with areas of cloud and the chance of the odd shower.

BBC Weather forecast in the North West of England

This afternoon, there will be some sunny spells but still with one or two showers. Rather breezy.

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Weather: Dry and bright spells

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Today looks set to be mostly dry and bright with spells of sunshine.

BBC Weather forecast for the North West of England

There's a chance of one or two brief showers, but these should be quite light with highs of 16°.

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Weather: More rain on the way

Cloud will build this evening with further outbreaks of rain moving in tonight including some heavy downpours.

BBC Weather forecast for the North West

Becoming drier, clearer and cooler during the early hours with lows of 11 degrees.

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Trafford has 'highest number of inadequate care homes in England'

Trafford has the highest proportion of care facilities rated inadequate or needing improvement, a BBC study has found.

Woman walking with zimmer frame in care home
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The investigation found watchdogs judged one in every five care homes in England not good enough.

In Trafford 37 of its 86 social care settings - 43% - are rated either inadequate or in need of improvement.

Salford and Tameside also have more than a third of providers rated less than good.

Providers say that while poor care must be tackled the Care Quality Commission rating system was "inconsistent".

Wanted man 'actively hiding' from police

A convicted drug dealer wanted by police on recall to prison is "actively hiding", officers have said.

Christopher Glover

Christopher Glover, 33, has links to Bury.

Greater Manchester Police have called on anyone with information about his whereabouts to come forward, anonymously if they wish.

Weather: Mostly dry with odd showers

Any lingering overnight rain will clear south this morning.

BBC Weather forecast for the North West

It will then be mostly dry with a few sunny spells, but often a lot of cloud. Just the odd shower possible. A breezy day with highs of 16C.

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Weather: Heavy rain and moderate breeze

There is going to be rain over most of the region throughout the evening and during much of the night.

The rain will be heavy at times and there will be a moderate southwesterly breeze.

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Weather: Cloudy and persistent rain

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This morning, some early brightness but cloud will thicken as rain starts to move from the west.

BBC Weather forecast for the North West of England

This afternoon will be cloudy and the rain will become more persistent.

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Police are investigating after video of an attempted robbery surfaced on social media.

North West weather: Sunny spells and showers

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Some sunny spells going into this evening, but also a lot of cloud around with some showers too.

These showers will become increasingly isolated, and it will be fairly breezy. Highs of 16C.

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Wallaby-related police call-outs revealed

We don't always bring you Isle of Man news, but we couldn't resist this one... who knew there was a colony of about 160 wallabies living wild on the island?

And new data obtained by the BBC reveals they have caused a string of police incidents from forcing a car to swerve and crash to an ocean rescue.

POliceman with wallaby
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The marsupials flourished after a pair escaped from a wildlife park in 1965.

Nine police incidents involving the animals happened in the past five years, data obtained by the BBC shows.

North West weather: Sunny spells and showers

BBC Weather

Some sunny spells through the day, but also a good deal of cloud around with some showers too. The showers are expected to become isolated later and it will be a fairly breezy day. Highs of 16C.

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Environment Agency tweets photo of dried-up reservoir

This is how Woodhead reservoir in Longdendale, which usually supplies water to the North West, looks after the hot and dry summer.

Environment Agency

The North West Environment Agency tweeted the photograph and said "many reservoirs" in the North West had been left "low of water".

Low water levels can cause damage to wildlife and the environment.

The agency asked for anyone who spotted anything unusual due to dry weather to get in touch.

North West weather: Late sunshine and odd shower

BBC Weather

Late spells of sunshine and a few showers this evening.

The showers are then expected to become isolated through tonight to leave many places dry with clear spells, but one or two showers will persist.

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North West weather: Showery afternoon but brighter later

Wet for a time this afternoon with further showery rain. However, this will move away to leave some sunny spells later on. Highs of 14C.

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Greater Manchester mayor backs fresh referendum as 'last resort'

A second referendum would be divisive but a price worth paying to prevent the "catastrophic damage" of a no-deal Brexit, Greater Manchester's mayor has said.

Andy Burnham said he would support a fresh referendum as a "last resort"

Andy Burnham said he would support a fresh vote only as a "last resort" to prevent the UK leaving the European Union with no agreement.

He said it could "widen" divisions and even "create social unrest".

The government said it was "confident of a mutually advantageous deal".

North West weather: Cloudy morning but sunny later

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A mostly cloudy day with a risk of some spots of rain. A sunnier afternoon though with highs of 15C.

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