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Severe traffic congestion's predicted this weekend due to the closure of one of North West's major motorways

A section of the M56 near Manchester Airport will be closed in both directions because a bridge over the motorway is being demolished. People heading to the airport on one of the busiest weekends of the year for holiday flights are being urged to plan ahead and use diversions.


One Direction offer fans chance to join them in Miami for charity

One Direction
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Fans can enter the competition by donating £5 which will go towards Stand Up To Cancer, a joint fundraising campaign led by Cancer Research UK and Channel 4. The prize includes return flights to Miami, accommodation, tickets to the final show of the Where We Are tour and a chance to meet the band on October 5. The winner will also receive signed merchandise.

Harry Styles
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Harry Styles from Cheshire and the other band members say they've been working with the charity Stand Up to Cancer for a while and they wanted to offer a very special prize to raise money for research.

"This is an incredible prize that One Direction have given and we're so grateful to them for their support.

We've made amazing progress against cancer in the past few decades but more than one in three of us in the UK will develop cancer in our lifetime so we can't afford to stand still.

Cancer is a complex disease - there are more than 200 types and thousands of subtypes, which is why funding more research is imperative to be able to find a cure."

– Claire Rowney, Stand Up to Cancer

If you want to enter the competition then you can click here to find all the details.


Victim's mum urges Liverpool to get behind Pride March

Michael was beaten to death
Michael Causer was the victim of a homophobic killing Credit: Causer family

The mother of a gay teenager, murdered in Liverpool, is urging the city to get behind the annual Pride March on the sixth anniversary of her son's death tomorrow. Marie Causer says she thinks of her son as the final preparations are made for the event on Saturday.

"He'd have been so excited he wouldn't have been able to sleep."

She says there will two opportunities to remember the teenager who was beaten to death, because he was gay, at a party. The first will be during speeches at the start of the March on St George's Plateau at 11am on Saturday. The second will be during a 2 minute silence at the main waterfront stage at 5.45pm.

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