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Train strikes announced for October

Commuters using Northern Rail services have been warned to brace themselves for further strike action which has been scheduled to take place in October.
Transport
Average speeds on the M60 less than 15mph

Average speeds on the M60 less than 15mph

If the region’s drivers wonder why it takes them so long to negotiate the edges of Manchester, new research could provide the answer.

Transport
Dozens of concerned residents called 999 after spotting the flames and huge plumes of smoke at Chantry Place, Harrow.

Major disruption for London bound travellers after fire at timber yard

Major disruption is expected for train passengers hoping to travel to London today following a major blaze at a London timber yard.
Transport
Here are the locations to avoid in the North West

Roads alert as storm Aileen heads towards North West

Highways England are urging drivers to take extra care on motorways and major A roads overnight and tomorrow morning during Storm Aileen.
North West
Forecasters say that adeepening area oflow pressurewill bring very strong winds across much of England and Wales and are warning thatgusts of 75mph may be possible in exposed locations such as the coast

AMBER WARNING: Storm Aileen to hit Lancashire

Residents in the North West are being warned to prepare for strong winds and heavy rain ahead of Storm Aileen which is set to batter the county later today.
News
Picture of  Carl Siddall posted by the Cheshire Police Twitter account

Cheshire Police search for 'violent' convict who absconded from open prison

Police are hunting a convict who has absconded from prison this weekend. Carl Siddall, aged 33, is wanted after fleeing on Saturday, from HMP Thorn Cross, an open prison near Warrington, Cheshire.
Crime

Video of man elbowing woman in face goes viral

A video of an assault allegedly in a Morecambe takeaway has been viewed more than 120,000 times on Facebook (Warning: the video contains scenes some viewers may find upsetting).

North West
Although forecasters are warning to keep your umbrellas handy as a shower or two are still possible.

BBQs or big coats? Weekend weather predictions for the North West

Weather across the North West for the weekend looks set to be a mixed bag but if you're planning a barbecue, Saturday seems to be the better day according to forecasters.
News
Train users hoping to travel home from the illuminations should find alternative methods of transport

First day of Northern Rail strike hits travellers

A reduced service on Northern Rail is operating today as part of the first day of planned strike action by RMT union members.
Transport
Shane Ridge (centre) with mum Sue Ebbs and brothers Liam (6) and Connor (16)

Joy for Lancashire man threatened with deportation

A relieved young man who was being threatened with deportation, despite being born and bred in Pendle, can continue his life here after he received an apology from the Home Office.

North West
A cyclist, who admitted to being drunk in charge of  a bike, has been prosecuted under a  140 year old law.

Drunk cyclist locked up and prosecuted under 140 year old law

A Lycra- clad cyclist, who decided to push his bike home from a pub instead of riding it, ended up being arrested, locked up and hauled before a court to face a "rare" prosecution under a 140- year-old law.

North West

Thunderstorms hit the county

Many people woke up with a bang this morning after a thunderstorm passed across the western part of the county.
News 2
Shane Ridge (centre) with mum Sue Ebbs and brothers Liam (6) and Connor (16)

Born and bred Lancashire man threatened with deportation

A young man, born and bred in Lancashire, is being threatened with deportation because he is not officially a British citizen.

North West

PICTURES: Thousands turn out to Morecambe Comic-Con

Visitors from across the country donned fancy dress for the town's second comic book festival on Monday (August 29).
Arts
It's August Bank Holiday but what does the weather have in store for us here in the North West?

August Bank Holiday weather forecast for the North West

It's August Bank Holiday but what does the weather have in store for us here in the North West?
News
Cases of meningitis and blood poisoning caused by a highly virulent strain of Men W bacteria increased from 22 cases in England in 2009/10 to 210 in 2015/16.

Vaccination warning for new students after surge in meningitis cases

Students are being urged to get vaccinated to protect themselves against meningitis before starting university amid "rapid increases" of cases of a deadly bug

Health
Colin Cooper

Man hired £16k cherry picker and tried to sell it

An aggrieved boss of a bricklaying firm hired a £16,000 cherry picker then tried to sell it for less than half price on a website.

North West
Death crash nurse banned from roads again after second smash

Death crash nurse banned from roads again after second smash

A nurse convicted of causing the death of his teenage nephew in a motorway smash seven years ago has been banned from the roads again after causing a head-on collision in Wigan.

North West
Abid Hussain

Drugs gang who flooded north west with cocaine and heroin jailed

A drugs gang who were part of a conspiracy to supply Class A and B drugs throughout the north west have been jailed for a total of more than 40 years, say police.
Crime

Seven-year-old asks Jeremy Corbyn: "When will you be Prime Minister?"

Jeremy Corbyn was asked about his plans to become Prime Minister by a seven-year-old girl when he visited a museum in Lancashire.

North West
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