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Super Shed scoops a top prize

For most of us a shed is a fairly tatty building at the bottom of the garden where we keep tools and junk. But that's certainly not the case for one shed owner on Merseyside.

Tracy Lewis' Owl House

This is the Owl House by Tracy Lewis from Hightown, Sefton. And her rather spectacular design has won her the Eco Category in the 2015 annual Shed of the Year competition... Resembling an owl due to the unique curved wooden window frames, its made entirely from cob, recycled plywood and collected recycled glass bottles and even has a grass roof. Used for relaxing in, it contains a bed and comfy chairs and overlooks the dunes at Hightown.

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Traffic update: rush hour problems on motorways

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One lane is blocked due to an accident with two vehicles involved on the M6 Southbound between Junction 19 for the A556 (Knutsford) and Junction 18 for the A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel).

There are also reports of a lane blocked on the M60 exit slip road at Junction 12 for the M62 / M602 (Eccles Interchange).

On the M66 Southbound the exit slip road is closed due to animals on road at Junction 3 (Hollins).

£5 million cash boost for new cancer centre in Manchester

A new cancer research unit is to receive a cash boost of £5 million from Cancer Research UK. It's all part of a drive to transform personalised medicine for cancer treatment and it follows the recent launch of a new cancer research building in Manchester.

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The teams at the centre will analyse the genetic makeup of patients' individual cancers and the information will then be used to help doctors pick the best treatments, including radiotherapy, chemotherapy and new drugs.

In Greater Manchester alone, about 13,200 people are diagnosed with cancer every year -- which is 36 people every day.

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PC Neil Doyle trial: fellow officers give evidence of Christmas attack

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The fellow officers of PC Neil Doyle who were injured in the assault that killed the off-duty officer last December, are giving evidence in the trial of three men accused of his murder.

PC Michael Steventon denied he had held back PC Doyle from a confrontation with his attackers in court this morning.

PC Steventon continually denied there was ever a single moment he considered PC Doyle may cause violence. When he was asked whether there was 'a conspiracy of silence' and he was 'protecting the memory' of his 'esteemed colleague', he said 'no'.

PC Neil Doyle, who was 36, suffered an injury to an artery in his neck and died in hospital during a Christmas night out last December.

Timmy Donovan, Andrew Taylor and Christopher Spendlove, who are all from Merseyside, deny all the charges against them.

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