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'Extra care' needed during cold snap in Greater Manchester

Police in snow
Image caption Police said people should be "prepared for any possible deterioration in the weather"

Greater Manchester Police has warned people to "take extra care and stay safe" during the current cold snap.

More than 60 schools in Greater Manchester were closed on Friday due to snow.

The Young Voices show featuring 7,000 children singing at Manchester Arena was rescheduled for 8 February.

Officers are telling motorists to check their route before travelling and to make sure they are equipped for the freezing conditions.

Two football league matches were called off due to frozen pitches; Bury FC v Stevenage and Rochdale v Gillingham.

The Blue Square Bet Premier match at Hyde was also cancelled.

Manchester Airport said it had a few flights cancelled due to weather at other airports but it remains open.

Asst Ch Con Ian Wiggett, from Greater Manchester Police, said all should be "prepared for any possible deterioration in the weather".

He said: "During the cold weather it is particularly important that residents look out for older and vulnerable neighbours who may be at risk.

"If you should get stuck when out in your car having extra warm clothes, a hot drink, snack and a fully charged mobile phone in your vehicle should help you get mobile or stay comfortable till help arrives."

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