Tuesday across the NW

Patchy light showers expected from the NW on Tuesday, but hopefully a fine evening in prospect

All downhill from midweek onwards

A fine weekend, certainly a memorable one in Liverpool with the Giants! Not sure that the heatwave will continue into August though...

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Twitter reaction to Bury's decision to cut bin collections to once every three weeks

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@lucymitv Think we pay more then our fair share in every conceivable tax to have them emptied on a weekly basis never mind every 3 weeks!

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@lucymitv Far too long Lucy, 2 weeks should be the maximum wait. Next the city council's be saying every 4 weeks or even monthly. #rubbish

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@lucymitv I can see a large percentage of the residents of Bury having to make a trip to the tip in the 3rd week. Me being one of them.

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@lucymitv we're struggling (family of 5) with the recent change to fortnightly collections in Liverpool. Bin is overflowing circa 10 days

Oscar-winning director Ron Howard to make Beatles' film

Oscar-winning director Ron Howard is to make a new documentary chronicling the early part of The Beatles' career, with the full support of the band and their families.

The Fab Four
The Fab Four Credit: PA

His film will focus on the period from their days performing in Liverpool's Cavern Club and their Hamburg residency up to their final paying concert in San Francisco's Candlestick Park in 1966.

Howard - who picked up an Academy Award for A Beautiful Mind - will cover what are known as "the touring years" in his film. After the Candlestick Park show, the Fab Four concentrated on the studio, playing publicly on only one other occasion with their rooftop gig in 1969 at their Savile Row HQ in London.

Ron Howard
Ron Howard Credit: PA

The new film is being made with the "full cooperation" of Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, as well as the widows of John Lennon and George Harrison - Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison.

Howard said he was "excited and honoured" to be working "on this astounding story of these four young men who stormed the world in 1964".

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McVey defends choice of dress for Cabinet reshuffle

Employment Minister and Wirral West MP Esther McVey has defended her choice of dress for Tuesday's Cabinet reshuffle.

Minister for Employment and Disabilities Esther McVey arrives in Downing Street
Minister for Employment and Disabilities Esther McVey arrives in Downing Street Credit: PA

Some newspapers referred to the dress as "thigh-flashing" to which Ms McVey replied it was just a "summery dress".

Speaking to ITV News, she said:

"I suppose we're starting a conversation. You've got to look at the positive side. And if the positive side is that there are more women in cabinet and if there's more powerful women in the country, that's positive. So for me, it's the start of a conversation.

"However that conversation starts, and if it is with a bit of thigh on show, well so be it. The most important thing is that women can go on and achieve."

– Wirral West MP Esther McVey

Suspected paedophiles held in nationwide crackdown

National Crime Agency officers
National Crime Agency officers Credit: PA

More than 100 suspected paedophiles have been arrested in the North West as part of a national blitz on child sex crime.

  • Greater Manchester Police - 46 people arrested
  • Merseyside Police - 26 people arrested
  • Cheshire Police - 21 people arrested
  • Lancashire - 16 people arrested
  • Cumbria - 4 people arrested

45 police forces have taken part in the swoops, dubbed Operation Notarise and led by the National Crime Agency (NCA).

NCA chiefs said those arrested nationally included doctors, teachers, scout leaders, care workers and former police officers.

The operation took six months to complete, and has included the arrest of 39 registered sex offenders.

NCA deputy director general Phil Gormley said:

“Some of the people who start by accessing indecent images online go on to abuse children directly. So the operation is not only about catching people who have already offended - it is about influencing potential offenders before they cross that line.”

– Phil Gormley, NCA deputy director general

Unemployment in North West falls by 10,000

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Fall in unemployment in the North West Credit: PA

Unemployment in the North West has decreased by 10,000 in the quarter to May, official figures have revealed.

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), a total of 253,000 people were unemployed in the region between March and May.

The region's unemployment rate was 7.3% and saw a drop of 3.8% during the period.

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