Two Muslim schoolboys have been barred from classes because they will not shave off their beards. The 14-year-olds were placed in "isolation" at Mount Carmel Roman Catholic High School in Accrington, Lancashire. Headteacher Xavier Bowers said the matter was not one of religion but about dress code:
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Staying wintry. Sleet & snow showers dying out Friday. Continued risk of ice. Cold north wind by the weekend but dry with sunshine for many
The Met Office "Be Aware' for snow on Thursday has now been extended until Friday morning, and includes the risk of icy stretches
A number of schools have closed across the North West due to the poor weather. Get the details here.