Live updates

Warning of North West snow disruption

Snow on the Pennines Credit: PA Pictures

The Met Office has issued a Yellow Alert of snow for North West England for Boxing Day.

Areas which could be affected are: Blackburn with Darwen, Blackpool, Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Halton, Lancashire, Merseyside and Warrington.

The Yellow Alert, which is the third most severe and means people should 'be aware,' is valid from 1100 on Friday December 26 to 0600 on Saturday.

Get a detailed forecast from the Met Office here.


Stores braced for busiest day of the year

More than 200 thousand shoppers are expected today Credit: PA

Shoppers are expected to hit the UK high street in force as retailers hope for their most profitable day ahead of Christmas.

The high street traditionally experiences its busiest day two days before the Christmas shut down.

Bosses at the Manchester Arndale shopping centre said they expected about 220,000 visitors and customers were spending more money this Christmas.

Scientists zoom in on the spread of lung cancer

Scientists in Manchester have taken microscopic images revealing the ties keeping cells together are severed when lung cancer takes over. Researchers discovered that the ties which lash cells together – controlled by a protein called TIAM1 – are chopped up when cell maintenance work goes wrong.

Normal cells (left) compared to cells with broken ties

Healthy cells routinely scrap old cell parts so they can be broken down and used again. But this process spirals out of control in lung cancer cells.

Experts believe targeting this recycling process could stop lung cancer from spreading by keeping the cells stuck firmly together.

Cancer research says there are almost 43,500 new cases of lung cancer in the UK each year. It is the most common cause of cancer deaths and kills more than 35,000 people here each year.


Merseyside Police Federation set up Memorial Fund for Pc Neil Doyle

The Merseyside Police Federation has set up a memorial fund in memory of Pc Neil Doyle.

The off-duty Liverpool officer was killed during a night out in the city in the early hours of Friday.

Two men have since been charged with his murder.

For further details of the Merseyside Police Federation fund click here

Load more updates