Saturday will be a dry and settled day with a good dose of sunshine. Feeling pleasantly warm in shelter from a fairly cool easterly breeze. Highs to 14°C.
An annual festival celebrating cannabis is set to take place in a park in Manchester this weekend. The event at Platt fields park in Fallowfield, is part of a series worldwide campaigning for the legalisation of marijuana. Around 500 people went to the festival last year - with police making no arrests despite people openly smoking cannabis.
Manchester Thunder coach Tracey Neville hopes the team can build on their unbeaten record in Superleague.
Thunder, the reigning champions, host the Hertfordshire Mavericks at the Manchester arena today and are hoping for a record crowd. Neville says the season's efforts will mean very little if they produce a top draw performance against the Mavericks.
The Liverpool-based charity bearing the name of the entertainer Roy Castle is marking 25 years.
Our correspondent Rob Smith looks back at Roy's legacy and the work of the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation.
Lancashire paceman James Anderson has equalled Sir Ian Botham as England's top Test wicket-taker after taking his 383rd scalp against the West Indies in Antigua.
Anderson, on the occasion of his 100th Test cap, had Marlon Samuels caught at gully by James Tredwell to share Botham's place in the history books.
The great all-rounder has stood alone as the nation's most prolific bowler for 23 years, but Anderson is now in position to set a new mark for future generations to follow.
Only 13 players in the history of the game have taken more wickets than 32-year-old Anderson, who began the odyssey with a five-for on debut in 2003.
A murder investigation is underway after the bodies of two women were found in the Bootle area of Merseyside.
Detective Superintendent Tim Keelan, said officers went to an address in Worcester Road after calls about the safety of a woman living there.
The body of a woman believed to be in her late 20s was found with multiple injuries.
He went on: “At about a 4am today (Friday 17 April) enquiries led officers to a property on Brookhill Road. When no answer was received the officers gained entry. A search of the property resulted in the discovery of the body of woman aged in her 50s.
“Both deaths are being treated as suspicious.
"At this time the causes of death have yet to be established and Home Office post mortems will be carried out. Formal identification is still to take place and officers have contacted the next of kin of the women. Family Liaison Officers have also been appointed.
"Officers from Sefton CID are leading the investigation, house-to-house enquiries are underway, both scenes remain sealed for forensic examination and a search is on-going in the area. CCTV is also being sought.''
“The investigation into these deaths is at an early stage and although the motive is unclear at this time, officers believe the offender may be known to the victims.
"I am appealing to anyone who has any information which could help us with our inquiries, especially anyone who has seen any suspicious activity around either properties in the last week, to contact the Major Incident Team on 0800 230 0600, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
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Police trying to identify the mother of a newborn baby found abandoned inside public toilets just hours after being born have released a short video of the child they have named 'April'.
Merseyside Police are keen to trace the mother of the girl, who was named after the month of her discovery by staff at the Ormskirk Hospital where she is being treated.
Emergency services were called to Silcock's Amusement Arcade on Nevill Street in Southport at about 6.50pm on Thursday 16 April after staff found a baby abandoned inside the disabled toilets.
The video, released by police today, show the baby girl dressed in a floral-patterned pink baby grow provided by the staff.
A police spokesman said there was evidence to suggest the baby was "born where she was found".
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Liverpool's Balotelli and Sturridge have been named as being among football's 'most abused' players - according to report.Read the full story ›