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Wednesday across the NW

Mainly dry with sunny spells. Cloud bubbling up later, risk of an odd shower and feeling cool.

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Man charged with Leigh woman's murder

A man has been charged with murder after a woman was found dead in the garden of a house in Wigan.

Thomas Flanagan, 57, of Wigan Road, Leigh, will appear before Wigan Magistrates' Court later today.

Police were alerted just after midnight yesterday with a call from a member of the public who reported concerns for the welfare of a woman who lives at the house.

The victim, believed to be in her late 50s to early 60s, has not been named. She was found dead in the back garden.

A Home Office post-mortem examination will take place later to establish the cause of death.

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Prescott autobiography completed by player's wife

The wife of charity fundraiser and former Rugby League legend Steve Prescott, has completed her late husband's autobiography.

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Steve Prescott's autobiography has been completed by the player's wife Credit: Steve Prescott Foudation

Steve died in November 2013 from a rare form of cancer. During his illness Steve undertook many charity and endurance challenges, raising half-a-million pounds for charity.

Super League's Man Of Steel award was renamed for Steve Prescott.

You can find out more about the ongoing charity work of the Steve Prescott Foundation at www.steveprescottfoundation.co.uk.

Police 'must maintain professional standards' online

Police workers in the region have been investigated for breaching social media guidelines. New figures over a 5 year period show Greater Manchester Police reported the most investigations.

In Lancashire one constable resigned over "excessive and inappropriate use of the internet" at work. One Facebook post showed a staff member asleep on duty. Deputy Chief Constable Ian Hopkins says it's important staff maintain professional standards online.

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