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  1. Updates on Thursday 7 April
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Friday

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Live updates have now finished for the day, but we'll be back from 08:00 on Friday with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates from across Greater Manchester and east Cheshire.

  2. Weather: Largely clear with any showers becoming isolated

    BBC Weather

    Any showers during the evening will clear from most places by dawn, with patchy frost forming.

    Weather forecast

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  3. Coming up on North West Tonight

    Annabel Tiffin

    Presenter, BBC North West Tonight

    On tonight's programme:

    • A teenage girl gives evidence at the inquest into the death of Greater Manchester firefighter Stephen Hunt
    • The chair used by JK Rowling to write the first two Harry Potter books has been sold by a man from Salford for more than £250,000
  4. United 'lead the race' to sign striker

    BBC Sport

    BBC Sport Gossip Column

    The Gossip column reports Manchester United are leading the race to sign Paris St-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic when his contract expires at the end of the season - but a top-four finish is a must. (Daily Star)

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic
  5. When I'm cleaning windows

    Naomi Cornwell

    Reporter, BBC North West Tonight

    Stand back -  I'm in charge of a squeegee! I'm in Manchester at the window cleaning world-record attempt.

    Naomi Cornwell

    Terry 'Turbo' Williams set the Guinness World Record of 9.14 seconds in Blackpool in 2009, and is now in Manchester to see if he is still a "glass" above the rest.  

  6. Police hunt 'cowardly' theft who targeted veteran, 83

    Oldham Evening Chronicle

    Oldham Evening Chronicle

    Police are hunting a cowardly yob who attacked an 83-year-old with dementia and stole his beloved watch — which he has treasured since his days in the Special Forces.

    Frank Marchington
  7. Latest headlines from Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

    Today's top stories:

    • The inquest into the death of  firefighter Stephen Hunt hears two teenage girls stubbed out cigarettes in the doorway of a building which later caught fire
    • A historic Salford pub is to be knocked down to build luxury apartments, after plans were approved by councillors
    • Two men are charged by police over a banner which taunted Liverpool fans over the Hillsborough disaster ahead of a match at Old Trafford
  8. Football: Former Bolton striker Garry Jones dies aged 65

    BBC Radio Manchester Sport

    Former Bolton Wanderers striker Garry Jones has died, aged 65, the club has announced.

    Bolton Wanderers crest

    Jones, who scored 55 goals in 247 games between 1968 and 1975, was a guest of honour at a home game with Preston North End last month.

    His most "notable moment in a Bolton shirt came in October 1971" when he netted a hat-trick in a 3-0 League Cup victory over Manchester City.

  9. Salford Council votes to demolish Black Horse pub

    Salford Star

    Salford Star

    An historic pub in Salford -  the locally listed Black Horse pub - is to be demolished to make way for 399 flats in the Crescent conservation area.

    Black Horse pub
  10. Planners approve flats to replace historic pub

    Salford's planning committee has approved plans to demolish a historic Salford pub and build a luxury apartment complex.

    Black Horse pub

    The derelict Black Horse Hotel closed in 2000 with bookmaker Fred Done applying to fund the development of more than 400 apartments on the site in Salford Crescent.

    Historic England and the Victorian Society opposed the move but councillors agreed with officers to approve the scheme.

  11. Latest headlines from Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

    Today's top stories:

    • The inquest into the death of Greater Manchester firefighter Stephen Hunt hears that two teenagers stubbed their cigarettes out in the doorway of a building which later caught fire
    • A decision is due about whether a historic Salford pub will be knocked down to build a luxury apartment complex
  12. Police appeal over violence at Man Utd v Liverpool Europa League match

    Police have issued an appeal to trace nine men they want to speak to in connection with a violent disturbance at the Europa League last-16 second leg at Old Trafford.

    Men sought by police after violence at the match

    Liverpool and Manchester United fans were seen fighting in the stand and a child was injured after being hit by a plastic seat that was thrown. Five men were arrested.

    Det Sgt Stephen Warriner described them as "mindless thugs" who "paid absolutely no regard to the safety of those around them".

  13. Hillsborough banner: Two charged over 'murderers' taunt

    Two men have been "charged after a banner with the word "murderers" was displayed ahead of a match between Liverpool and Manchester United.  

    Offensive banner

    Police removed the sign from a bridge on the M602 ahead of the Europa League tie on 17 March after complaints it referred to the Hillsborough disaster.

    A 24-year-old from Oldham and a 20-year-old from Manchester have been charged with a public order offence.  

  14. Teenagers 'stubbed out' cigarettes near firefighter death site

    Two teenage girls who were smoking near a building that was the site of a fatal fire stubbed out their cigarettes in its doorway, an inquest was told.

    Fire scene

    One of the girls said they both stubbed out their cigarettes but one was knocked under the door.

    The fire at Paul's Hair World in Oldham Street, Manchester in July 2013, claimed the life of firefighter, Stephen Hunt.

    Both girls were arrested with one accused of arson in a charge which was later dropped.