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An update on the fight in Farnworth. Victim left needing hospital treatment. More here


The police have called on the public's help following a "large scale fight" in Farnworth, in which a teenager was attacked after leaving a birthday party. See the story here.


We have some breaking news to bring you this afternoon. Two members of staff at the University of Bolton have been sacked after allegedly leaking information to the press about the vice-chancellor George Holmes. The pair concerned deny leaking any information. See the story here.


Motorists are still experiencing delays on the M61. The Highways Agency says traffic is expected to get back to normal by 10.30am.


There is currently slow traffic heading into Bolton on Deane Road coming upto Bolton College.




Did you get a sprinkling of snow where you are this morning? Email your pics to or tweet us @TheBoltonNews


There is also traffic which is heavier than usual on the M66 southbound, between the Edenfield Bypass and Simister Island. The earlier lane closure and flooding seems to be having a knock on effect across a lot of surrounding roads.


All lanes on the M60 which had earlier been closed due to flooding have now been reopened, but there is still congestion backing up to Junction 5 of the M61 at Westhoughton, and on the M60 as well.


Some residents woke up to snow this morning. Yes, that's right, snow at the end of March!


On our front page today, we bring you the story of how a bus driver, whose vehicle hit and killed a pensioner, was cleared of death by dangerous driving by a jury in just 38 minutes. Heartbroken David Diggle says he has been through 16 months of "sheer hell" since the incident.

Here's the story.


The wet weather we are experiencing this morning, is expected to clear later on, with sunny spells forecast for this afternoon. See here for our full weather forecast for Bolton.


Wet weather is affecting roads coming in and out of Bolton this morning. For our travel update, see here.


Good morning, and welcome to today's breaking news blog.

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