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Severe disruption: M61 Greater Manchester northbound

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M61 Greater Manchester northbound severe disruption, at J4 for A6 Watergate Lane.

M61 Greater Manchester - M61 exit slip road partially blocked and it's slow northbound at J4, A6 (Farnworth), because of a break down.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M61 Greater Manchester northbound

BBC News Travel

M61 Greater Manchester northbound severe disruption, from J2 for A580 East Lancashire Road to J4 for A6 Watergate Lane.

M61 Greater Manchester - One lane closed and it's slow on M61 northbound from J2 A580 East Lancashire Road to J4, A6 (Farnworth), because of a lorry having a tyre changed.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Weather: Sunny spells and showers

BBC Weather

The rain should continue to peter out to leave sunny spells and a few showers through the rest of this afternoon.

Highs of 17C.

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Ambulance crews battled to save man who fell into lake

Police say the man who died after falling into Windermere earlier this week was 57 and from Heversham, near Milnthorpe.

Emergency services were called to Glebe Road, one of the busiest tourist areas in the Lake District, just before 13:00 on Wednesday, and medical staff from the ambulance and air ambulance tried in vain to save the man's life.

Police say the coroner has been informed, and they have no reason to be suspicious about the man's death.

Plans for 23-storey city tower block approved

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Plans for a 23-storey residential tower block in Salford have been approved by councillors despite a lack of affordable housing in the proposal.

Tower block
Jeffrey Bell architects

Developers Silverlane have been given the green light to demolish parts of Vicarage Grove to build 272 apartments in three interlinked buildings, of four, six and 23 storeys, in Eccles.

Labour ward councillor Michael Wheeler said the additional homes in the centre would bring "immeasurable benefits" to the town centre and help drive down anti-social behaviour.

Conservative councillor Bob Clarke described the design as "appalling" and a "blot" on the landscape and was among those concerned about there being no affordable housing.

The application was approved with conditions that would allow the appearance to be softened.

Weather: More rain on the way, then brightening up

BBC Weather

A cloudy and wet start with persistent and heavy rain in places.

Rain should gradually ease and clear during the day with some sunny spells expected this afternoon.

Highs of 17C.

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Weather: Rain expected to ease

BBC Weather

This afternoon should see rain easing and becoming more intermittent - although it will remain rather cloudy.

A cool day in store, with highs of 12C.

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Weather: Another wet day in store

BBC Weather

It will be cloudy this morning with widespread rain becoming persistent and heavy in some areas.

BBC Weather forecast for the North West of England

The Met Office has issued a yellow flood warning, which is in place until 12:00.

But the rain should ease this afternoon and become more intermittent. A cool day, with highs of 13C.

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North West weather: Wet and breezy

BBC Weather

Most parts of the region will see plenty of rain throughout Tuesday.

A brisk north-easterly wind will mean temperatures struggle to highs of 13C.

North West weather: Wet and breezy

Today's weather: Don't forget your brolly!

Today will start out sunny for most of the region but rain will move in later. The further north of the region will stay drier for longer. Highs of 18C.

The North West's weather forecast for Monday 10 June 2019

Weather for Monday 10 June 2019

The North West's weather forecast for Monday 10 June 2019

Ann Widdecombe bemoans 'liberal tyranny' after gay science row

Ann Widdecombe says she does not regret her comments about sexuality, which have led to some of her theatre appearances being cancelled.

Ann Widdecombe

Venues in Altrincham in Greater Manchester, Devon and Surrey have axed tour dates of her show after she suggested science could "produce an answer" to being gay.

Miss Widdecombe said her comments had been "distorted" on social media and that theatres refusing to host shows were "denying free speech".

Her critics have accused her of waging an "anti-LGBT campaign".

The Brexit Party MEP denied this and told the BBC:

This is now the grip that I call the liberal tyranny and I think we have got to fight it.

Rain stops play in Liverpool again

Lancashire 449, Leicestershire 288 & 26-1

Just two more overs managed on Merseyside and off they come again - so they are taking lunch.

It is starting to look like Lancashire are going to be denied the chance of victory by the weather for the second game running, following last week's two lost days in Gloucestershire at Cheltenham College.

Time for BBC Radio Leicester's Richard Rae to put his hat on again . . .

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Sir Ian McKellen backs 'Pride in Ageing' for LGBT over-50s
Sir Ian McKellen says while the law has changed, attitudes to older LGBT people "haven't altogether".

Foxes not following the sun

Lancashire 449, Leicestershire 288 & 5-1 (match resumes 11:00)

Leicestershire's Mark Cosgrove says one of the things holding back the Foxes has been the generally poor early summer weather. And it has not been at its best for them again in Liverpool this week.

"It's been tough this season," the Australian told BBC Radio Leicester. "It feels like we've never seen the sun. As soon as we get our pads on the lights come on and the clouds come in."

Cosgrove hit a season's best 70 against Lancashire at Aigburth which, aided by 87 from South African Dieter Klein and 37 apiece from debutant wicketkeeper Harry Swindells and Callum Parkinson, came within 12 runs of saving the follow-on.

But the Foxes, 5-1 overnight for the loss of nightwatchman Chris Wright, still believe they can save the game.

Mark Cosgrove was LBW at Liverpool to fellow thirty-something Graham Onions
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Mark Cosgrove was LBW at Liverpool to fellow thirty-something Graham Onions

"We're really disappointed not to avoid the follow-on because the boys at the lower end batted so well," said Cosgrove.

"It's a pretty nice wicket - you might get the odd one jump up at you or keep low but most of those are every half hour or so and it's not one of those pitches that's a minefield. We showed there are no demons and that we can bat really well and deep. You never know - if we bat well in those first two session we might even get a little lead and you never know where that could take us at the back of the game."

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Man 'fighting for life' after being hit by bus

A 28-year-old man is in a critical condition in hospital after being hit by a double-decker bus in Stockport.

Hyde Road

The man was struck on Hyde Road at the junction with Station Road in Woodley at about 19:35 on Tuesday.

The pedestrian was taken to hospital with serious head injuries.

PC Darren White said he was "fighting for his life".

Greater Manchester Police said the driver of the bus remained at the scene to speak with officers but no arrest had been made.

Headache for Horton in Liverpool

Mike Perkins

BBC Sport

Captaincy is one of cricket's many great puzzles - but you have to feel for Leicestershire skipper Paul Horton against his former side Lancashire.

There was no danger that Horton would do anything other than bowl on one day one, having seen his side rolled out for 80 on their last visit to Lancashire in the One-Day Cup in April - and with the tendency of out ground cricket to provide trickier batting surfaces.

His captain sensible approach appeared to have been rewarded when Lancashire were reduced to 128-5. And, even when Liam Livingstone got going, when Horton turned to the off spin of Colin Ackerman, it brought a mistimed slog, dropped by another Lancs old boy Callum Parkinson.

Livingstone completed a century as Lancashire went on to post 449. And Horton's luck hasn't changed with the bat. After 37 minutes of difficult work, he edged onto his pad and the ball looped up agonisingly to allow the quick footed Tom Bailey to take a superb diving return catch.

Woman's body found at Salford house

A woman's body has been found at an address in Salford, prompting a murder investigation.

Greater Manchester Police

Greater Manchester Police said officers were called to a property on Manchester Road in Walkden just before 02:10 and found the remains of a woman in her 20s.

A man in his 30s, who was at the address, has been taken to hospital and remains in a critical condition, a force spokesman said.

'Magnificent' trees vandalised in Salford

Two sycamore trees which have been in Salford for 50 years have been vandalised and will need to be removed, the city council says.

Salford City Council

The trees near the A580 in Worsley were discovered with a ring around each tree removed right down to the bare wood, using a process known as girdling.

As a result, both trees will die as they cannot draw up water or food because of the breach in the bark.

The vandalised grafitti
Salford City Council

Councillor David Lancaster said the authority would now have to use "scarce public money" to remove them.

Appealing for witnesses to the work being done, he said the matter had been reported to police.

He added:

It looks as if a chainsaw was used and it would have taken 15 to 20 minutes of work to do this.

Whoever is responsible has deliberately set out to kill these two magnificent trees – this is not just a random bit of vandalism.

Sedbergh stall holder passes £50,000 mark for hospital

A Sebergh market stallholder is celebrating with her customers today after raising £50,000 for the Christie Hospital in Manchester.

Mary Kendal
Sedbergh Market

Mary Kendal started raising money for the hospital in Manchester in 2011 after her daughter survived cancer with the help of treatment there.

After a series of car boot sales, she started running a bring and buy stall at Sedbergh and on 29 May her running total passed £50,000.

She will be providing cake and non-alcoholic wine for her customers and friends this morning.

Foxes confident of good reply

Lancashire 449 v Leicestershire (match resumes 11:00)

Leicestershire are facing an uphill battle on Merseyside this morning as, following yesterday's two lost sessions, and given the much-improved weather forecast, they launch their bid to overhaul Division Two leaders Lancashire's first-innings total of 449.

But Foxes fast bowler Chris Wright - who weighed in with two late wickets - is confident that they can respond well.

"It is a slow pitch and not easy to bowl on," he told BBC Radio Leicester. "If you're slightly off line and length it sits up to be hit. If we can play well against the new ball I expect us to get a decent score. But we need to win four or five of the sessions to get something. We certainly feel late in the game it will take some turn so hopefully you will see our spinner Callum Parkinson later on."

Former Essex and Warwickshire fast bowler Chris Wright has taken 21 first-class wickets for his new county this season
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Ex-Essex and Warwickshire fast bowler Chris Wright has taken 21 first-class wickets for his new county this season

Although Lancashire have rested England Test star Jimmy Anderson this week, and are also without Saq Mahmood at Aigburth, fellow fast bowler Tom Bailey is keen to make his mark with the ball following his 57 with the bat.

"As long as the weather holds, we have the bowlers on this pitch to get 20 wickets," Bailey told BBC Radio Lancashire.

Weather: A dry clear night

BBC Weather

Rain will clear away to the north through the evening to leave it generally dry overnight, with plenty of clear spells. Lows of 11C.

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Livingstone finds his red ball touch

Lancashire 347-7 v Leicestershire

Lancashire all-rounder Liam Livingstone is the first to admit that he has not found it easy to readjust to red-ball cricket this season, following his time in the IPL with Karachi Kings, followed by two One-Day Cup games on his return for the Red Rose.

But he got it right at in Liverpool yesterday, as he started slowly and patiently to help rebuild Lancashire's innings from 128-5, before blossoming into a fine aggressive knock of 114, his first Championship century since August 2017.

"I've spent a lot of time playing white ball cricket," he told BBC Radio Lancashire. "And I've been beating myself up about why I can't bat for a long time and be nice and patient. It doesn't just come back that easily. But I've worked quite hard over the last couple of weeks to get back into a red-ball rhythm."

Liam Livingstone
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Livingstone's efforts, backed by a half-century from his fellow former Lancs skipper Steven Croft and further supplemented by a late unbroken stand of 64 between Josh Bohannon and Tom Bailey, had helped Lancs to within three runs of a fourth batting point by the close.

But it was not all toil for Leicestershire, especially their young debutant wicketkeeper Harry Swindells, who safely pouched three catches.

"Being a Leicester lad, making my debut is all I've dreamt of so it was a very proud moment for me and my family and a day I'll remember for the rest of my life," he told BBC Radio Leicester. "There is a big build up and you think about a lot of stuff beforehand but when you get out there it's just another game."

Weather: Cloudy and wet day

Unsettled day with cloudy and wet weather. Patchy rain - heavy at times particularly in the afternoon with the odd rumble of thunder. Feeling colder. It will clear by the early evening.

Highs of 14 or 15C.

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Weather: Dry and sunny start

BBC Weather

A dry and sunny start to the day will continue throughout the day with clear conditions. Feeling a bit fresher. Highs of 19C.

Severe accident: M61 Greater Manchester southbound

BBC News Travel

M61 Greater Manchester southbound severe accident, from J4 for A6 Watergate Lane to J3 for A666 St Peters Way.

M61 Greater Manchester - One lane closed on M61 southbound from J4, A6 (Farnworth) to J3, A666 (Kearsley Spur), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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'Engaging demeanour and encyclopaedic knowledge'

BBC Radio Manchester's Richard Stead has paid tribute to his colleague and friend Jonathan Ali, who has died at the age of 50.

Jonathan Ali interviewing a woman
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He said:

Jonathan - or Jali to everyone who knew him - was one of those larger-than-life characters who knew everyone.

His engaging demeanour meant local councillors and MPs would call him first if they had a story, while his encyclopaedic knowledge of World War One saw him join the BBC's coverage of the centenary.

But if there was one story that really made a difference, it was his reporting on child sexual abuse.

He headed investigations into grooming gangs in Rochdale and into abuse at two children's homes, work which led to the poet Lemn Sissay receiving an apology from Wigan Council for the abuse he had suffered as a child.

That was journalism at its best.