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Weather: Cold with clear spells

BBC Weather

The wind will ease this afternoon leading to a dry night with clear spells and areas of high cloud.

Tonight a widespread frost will develop leading to lows of -2C.

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Metrolink tram damaged after pantograph comes loose

A Metrolink tram has been damaged after a fault with an overhead line caused its pantograph to come loose.

Detached pantograph

Glass on a door shattered when the mechanism, which conducts electricity, fell from its roof near Salford's MediaCityUK at about 1230 GMT.

No-one was injured, but passengers were evacuated near the Broadway stop, a Transport for Greater Manchester spokesman said.

Services from Cornbrook to Eccles and MediaCityUK have been disrupted

Weather: Cold and dry with some sun

BBC Weather

It will be dry and fine but cold his afternoon with winter sunshine.

The sunshine will turn hazy later as high cloud increases and brisk winds ease.

Highs of 6C.

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Gangland murders 'execution, pure and simple'

Judge Mr Justice William Davis described the murders of two men by gangland killer Mark Fellows as “execution, pure and simple”.

Both Paul Massey and John Kinsella were "notorious" criminals in the Manchester and Merseyside underworld and murdered as a result of a deadly feud between rival gangs in Salford.

Paul Massey murder scene
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Mr Justice Davis said: "Whatever the background of Mr Kinsella and Mr Massey, the impact on their families of their murders have been devastating.”

Addressing “gun for hire” Fellows at Liverpool Crown Court, he added: "I have never had to deal with a contract killer of your kind before. There are few judges who have. Just punishment in your case requires you to be kept in prison for the rest of your life."

'Mr Big' Paul Massey murder: Hitman gets life in jail

A gangland hitman who gunned down a crime boss known as "Mr Big" has been given a whole-life sentence.

Mark Fellows
Greater Manchester Police

Nicknamed "The Iceman", Mark Fellows, 38, shot notorious crime figure Paul Massey, 55, with an Uzi sub-machine gun outside his Salford home in July 2015.

Mob "fixer" John Kinsella, 53, from Liverpool, was shot dead by Fellows three years later.

Fellows' accomplice Steven Boyle, 36, who acted as a "spotter" in Kinsella's killing, was jailed for murder.

Speeding drink-driver fell out of car before police breath test

A speeding driver who was asked for a breath test fell out of his car before he was found to be nearly three times the legal drink drive limit.

Breath test generic

In a tweet, police in Manchester told how the driver was stopped on Whitworth Street West in the city centre in the early hours.

"He then fell out of his car and then blew 100 [mg of per 100 ml of breath] on a roadside test" police said.

The legal limit is 35mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath.

Who was underworld 'enforcer' John Kinsella?

Gangland enforcer "Scouse John" Kinsella had been an influential figure in the underworld, whose fearsome reputation was called upon to help footballer Steven Gerrard.

John Kinsella
John Kinsella was a pallbearer at Paul Massey's funeral

An expert in judo and jujitsu from Everton, Liverpool, he had the sway to stop a thug nicknamed The Psycho from threatening to "maim" the then Liverpool FC and England midfielder.

He was contacted by the Gerrards after the former Liverpool captain was "terrorised" by the mobster.

A letter was read to the jury at Lincoln Crown Court from Gerrard's father Paul which said that, for two years, The Psycho attempted to extort money from his son - and threatened to "maim" him - until Mr Kinsella stepped in.

Steven Gerrard
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He was known as "Scouse John" to the A-Team crime gang in Salford, and was a pallbearer at Massey's funeral.

There, he launched a graveside attack on another mourner, Stephen Lydiate, Massey's brother-in-law, who was arrested and interviewed over the murder.

Mr Kinsella had criminal connections with gangsters in the Netherlands and at the time of his death had "significant debts" owed to other crime figures, with a number of enemies wanting him dead.

Who was gangland shooting victim Paul Massey?

Paul Massey was a well-known figure in his home town of Salford, had once ran as mayoral candidate and was regarded as a top tier "target" criminal by police.

Paul Massey

The 55-year-old was born and raised in Ordsall in the 1960s and his criminal convictions began when he was aged just 12.

Mr Massey ran several "security companies" which controlled nightclubs and other businesses in Manchester and had links to the city's drug-induced rave scene.

He was jailed for 14 years in April 1999 for a savage knife attack outside a nightclub in Manchester city centre. He was arrested in Amsterdam.

In his 2012 campaign to become the elected mayor of Salford he said he would rid the streets of drugs.

Stickers appeared on lamp posts warning that smack dealers would get "smacked".

He was still under investigation by the regional organised crime squad for money laundering shortly before his death, although the precise nature of his recent activities were not discussed in detail.

Gangland hitman was 'cold-blooded killer'

Gangland killer Mark Fellows was a "cold-blooded" killer who shot gangland figure Paul Massey 18 times from an Uzi sub-machine gun, Liverpool Crown Court heard.

Mark Fellows

Fellows, 38, from Warrington, sent Massey diving for cover when he shot the so-called "Mr Big" five times at his home in Salford in July 2015.

His second hit, three years later, came when Liverpool-based "enforcer" John Kinsella was shot twice in the back while walking his dog with his partner in Rainhill, Merseyside.

Fellows had cycled up to carry out the assassination in May 2018 and finished it by shooting Mr Kinsella twice in the head with a Webley revolver as he lay dying.

He was convicted of both murders at Liverpool Crown Court.

Gangland killer 'smiled' at guilty verdicts

A man accused of murdering two gangland figures smiled and nodded as a jury convicted him of killing Paul Massey, 55, and his friend John Kinsella, 53.

Mark Fellows
Greater Manchester Police

Mark Fellows, from Warrington, nodded as he was found guilty of murdering Mr Massey at his home in Salford.

Salford mobster Paul Massey died after being gunned down with an Uzi machine gun outside his home in the city in July 2015.

Three years later, Fellows shot dead John Kinsella in a "cold-blooded" execution while out on a walk with his girlfriend near his home in Rainhill near St Helens.

His co-accused Steven Boyle, dropped his head and also gave a wry smile as he was found guilty of murdering Mr Kinsella but cleared of murdering Mr Massey.

Some relatives of the victims left Liverpool Crown Court in tears while other members of the Massey and Kinsella families shook hands with detectives who had worked on the case.

Man guilty of two gangland gun murders

A man has been found guilty of murdering an underworld "Mr Big" and a mob "fixer" following a gangland feud.

Mark Fellows
Mark Fellows was convicted of two murders

Paul Massey, 55, and his friend, 53-year-old John Kinsella were "notorious" within organised crime circles in the North West, Liverpool Crown Court heard.

They were gunned down as part of a deadly clash between rival gangs.

Mark Fellows, 38, of Warrington, was convicted of the murders after a trial. He was cleared of the attempted murder of Kinsella's partner Wendy Owen.

Steven Boyle, 36, was also found guilty of Kinsella's murder, but jurors cleared him of murdering Massey and the attempted murder of Ms Owen.

Paul Massey and John Kinsella
Paul Massey & John Kinsella

How did your MP vote on Brexit deal?

BBC Politics

After days of debate MPs have decisively rejected Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal by 432 votes to 202.

Nearly 120 Conservative MPs voted against their leader. To find out how your MP voted click on this link.

Parliament votes on Brexit

North West weather: Cloudy night with some drizzle

BBC Weather

Lots of cloud is expected to linger in to tonight, thick enough to give a spot or two of light rain or drizzle. Fairly mild but it will be breezy.

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Weather: Cloudy start but brighter later

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Lots of cloud this morning and there will be a few patches of light rain or drizzle.

This afternoon skies will remain overcast, with the odd spot of drizzle still possible.

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North West weather: Light cloud and odd patch of drizzle

BBC Weather

Any clear spells are expected to give way to growing amounts of cloud through tonight.

Most areas will be dry but the cloud could thicken enough to give the odd patch of drizzle.

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No trains between Bolton and Salford Crescent

BBC News Travel

Trains between Bolton and Salford Crescent are suspended due to the "emergency services dealing with an incident", Network Rail has said.

Disruption is expected to continue until approximately 16:00, the rail operator added.

Weather: Cloudy, windy and brighter later

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Large areas of cloud this morning but for most, it will be dry and there should be some sunny intervals as well.

This afternoon, it will be dry with areas of cloud but equally, some sunshine too.

Sunny spells expected in the afternoon

North West weather: Cloudy with some patchy rain

BBC Weather

It will be mostly cloudy with some patchy light rain and drizzle expected as we move into tonight, and especially during the early hours.

A windy night ahead and into Saturday, which will be a mainly cloudy day.

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Dianne Oxberry: Gordon Burns remembers 'outstanding broadcaster'

Throughout the day we have been sharing tributes to BBC presenter Dianne Oxberry who has died following a short illness aged 51.

Gordon Burns and Dianne Oxberry

In a tweet, her former co-presenter Gordon Burns, who was the face of North West Tonight for almost 15 years, said he is "heartbroken" as he paid tribute to "an outstanding broadcaster" and "brilliant colleague".

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BBC Weather team 'saddened' by Dianne Oxberry's death

The BBC Weather team say they are "saddened" by the news of the death of "friend and colleague" Dianne Oxberry who has died aged 51.

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Tributes have been pouring in on social media to the TV presenter who was a familiar face in the North West, after first joining North West Tonight in 1994.

Books of condolence have been opened for staff and visitors to sign at:-

  • Quay House, MediaCity in Salford Quays
  • BBC Radio Merseyside in Liverpool
  • BBC Lancashire in Blackburn

Some of Dianne Oxberry's best TV moments

Tributes have been pouring in for BBC presenter Dianne Oxberry who has died yesterday.

The 51-year-old became a much-loved broadcasting institution in northwest England, where she presented the weather forecast from 1994 until December last year.

We look back at some of her best TV moments.

The BBC television and radio presenter died from cancer
Tributes have been pouring in for the BBC weather presenter who has died from cancer aged of 51.

'Always smiling': Manchester singer remembers Dianne Oxberry

Manchester singer Rowetta has tweeted a tribute to BBC presenter Dianne Oxberry who died yesterday aged 51.

The singer, best known for her recordings with the Happy Mondays, described the radio and TV presenter as "always so lovely to me, always smiling".

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Dianne Oxberry 'will be truly missed': Your tributes

Tributes have been pouring in for BBC weather presenter Dianne Oxberry who has died from cancer at the age of 51.

Viewers and listeners have been giving their reaction and remembering her warm personality

Dianne Oxberry and Gordon Burns

Steven Brown, via Facebook

I did cry this morning for some strange reason. I guess Dianne had more of an effect on me than I thought. Her warmth transmitted through the TV and radio. That is a gift that can't be taught... Thank you for being there.

Adrian Long, Freckleton, Lancashire

For @BBCNWT viewers this genuinely feels like the sudden loss of a dear friend. A graceful, professional, witty and warm presence in our homes for over 20 years.

Phillipa Brazendale, via Facebook

Sat here in tears. Met Dianne through walking the dogs. Never too important to stop and chat, to make a fuss over everyone's dogs. Will be truly missed by so, so many people. God speed xx.

Book of condolence for Dianne Oxberry

A book of condolence has been opened in Quay House reception at Media City in Salford for staff and visitors to sign.

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BBC colleagues remember 'funny and talented' Dianne Oxberry

TV presenters have been paying tribute to their former colleague Dianne Oxberry, who died yesterday aged 51.

Dianne Oxberry's first appearance on North West Tonight in 1994

In a tweet, Good Morning Britain presenter Ranvir Singh described Dianne as "gorgeous, funny, honest. And that was just off-screen."

ITV presenter Ross King paid tribute to a "very talented and lovely lady".

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And Dianne's former North West Tonight colleague Dan Walker said he was "privileged" to work with her, adding she was "as loved and admired in the office as she was by the viewers".

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Dianne Oxberry death leaves BBC colleagues 'devastated'

BBC colleagues have been paying tribute to presenter Dianne Oxberry, who has died from cancer aged 51, and remembering some of her most famous TV moments.

In an emotional interview on BBC Radio Manchester, North West Tonight presenter Roger Johnson quoted comedian Peter Kay who invaded one of her weather forecasts by hugging her and telling her:

"God love Dianne Oxberry - you made the sun shine for everybody!"

Johnson said: "For me, those words are Dianne's epitaph.

Oxberry was well-known nationally on Radio 1, where she worked alongside Simon Mayo and Steve Wright.

In a tweet her former Radio 1 colleague Simon Mayo said he was "devastated" at the news.

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Weather: A chilly evening

BBC Weather

This evening and through tonight is expected to be mainly dry with clear spells breaking through and slow-moving banks of cloud.

It will be a chilly night with lows of 4C.

Alex Hamilton

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Weather: Patchy rain

BBC Weather

Mostly cloudy this afternoon with some patchy light rain or drizzle possible at times.

Chance of a few bright or sunny spells later. Feeling milder.

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Cumbrian paramedic pioneers new training role

One of the county's paramedics is the first in the country to take on a new role to help train the next generation of life-savers.

Vinnie Romano is already one of eight consultant paramedics, and he now has an expanded role to improve education and training.

Side of ambulance

Man calls 999 over 'cheating' partner

A man phoned 999 to request a DNA test because he feared his partner was "sleeping around".

During the call to the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS), the spurned lover asks for an ambulance to be sent to his home to perform the test on his "cheating" partner.

An exasperated operator can be heard informing him that the number should only be used for emergencies.

The NWAS released the recording to remind people to use the number to report life-threatening situations and not domestic disputes.