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  1. Updates on Wednesday 13 April
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Thursday

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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 Thursday with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates from across Greater Manchester and east Cheshire.

  2. Weather: Showers dying out leading to a mild night

    BBC Weather

    Showers quickly dying out with cloud spreading south to most areas by the morning, leading to a rather mild night.

    Manchester weather

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  3. Trainers shopper trusts 'helpful strangers' - and loses £260

    A shopper who tried to bypass a stores's one per customer policy gave his money to two "kind strangers" who fled with the cash, police have said.

    Market Street, Manchester

    The man had hoped to purchase some limited-edition trainers - so asked two men to buy them on his behalf.

    Greater Manchester Police said he was "briefly distracted" after handing over £260, and the pair left the shop.

  4. Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

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  5. Football: Uefa opens disciplinary action against Man City over fireworks

    BBC Sport

    Uefa has opened disciplinary proceedings against Manchester City after fireworks were set off last night.

    Disciplinary proceedings open against Man City

    Fireworks were set off during Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final victory over Paris St-Germain at the Etihad stadium.

    European football's governing body Uefa said the case would be dealt with by its control, ethics and disciplinary Body on 19 May.

  6. Legal aid cuts 'so bad' Salford law students offer free help

    Salford Online

    Salford University law students will offer free legal help to vulnerable people hit by benefits sanctions in a bid to overcome drastic and devastating cuts to legal aid.

    Legal aid cuts protest

    From next week students in Salford Business School will help guide people through the legal process and offer free training and support.

    Law students will be trained to act as "Community Companions".  

  7. Travel: Broken down car closes M56 slip road lane

    BBC Travel

    A lane is closed on the entry slip road on the M56 eastbound between the Bowdon roundabout and junction 7, Bowdon, because of a broken down car.

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  8. Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

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  9. Manchester tram driver 'may have been daydreaming' during collision

    A tram driver who struck a pedestrian in Manchester "may have been daydreaming", a report has found.

    Crash scene

    The Rail Accident Investigation Branch report into the collision said the driver, who had been involved in eight previous incidents, did not brake quickly enough.

    But it also said the pedestrian made no effort to move away from the tram.

    A Transport for Greater Manchester statement said Metrolink had an "excellent" safety record.  

  10. Gun amnesty: More than 120 weapons handed in so far

    More than 120 weapons have been handed in so far as part of Greater Manchester Police's two-week gun amnesty.


    The campaign has been running since 4 April in partnership with forces in Lancashire, Cheshire and Merseyside.  

    Greater Manchester's Chief Constable Ian Hopkins has rejected criticism from some quarters that offering an amnesty is not the way to deal with guns and gun crime.

  11. Reduced PCSO cover 'caused by rent cuts'

    Phil McCann

    Political reporter, Cheshire

    Two housing associations in Cheshire have stopped funding Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs), blaming rent reductions imposed by the government.


    Chancellor George Osborne announced last summer that social housing rents would fall by 1% each year until 2019.

    The housing providers said this forced them into "very difficult decisions". Cheshire Police said the areas affected would still have policing cover.  

  12. Inside the inflatable museum

    A blow-up version of Manchester Museum has begun its tour of schools with a launch in the city centre.

    Inflatable museum

    It has been set up to help with rising demand but also to encourage people from deprived areas to interact with exhibits.

    A museum spokesman said it could be set up in 30 minutes and would allow children to handle objects and specimens.

  13. Official launch of inflatable museum

    The inflatable version of Manchester Museum which is to tour schools in the region was officially launched in the city centre earlier.

    Inflatable museum launch

    It has been set up to help cope with rising demand for access to the museum's exhibits.

  14. Police seize 5,000 'dangerous dogs' over three years

    Almost 5,000 dogs suspected of being banned breeds have been seized by police in England and Wales over the past three years, including more than 500 in Greater Manchester and Cheshire.

    The pitbull terrier is one of the banned breeds

    The figures were released to the BBC following a series of Freedom of Information requests.

    Dangerous dogs

    The RSPCA wants the Dangerous Dogs Act to be changed so dogs are banned on the basis of behaviour not breed.

  15. Weather: Sunny with isolated showers

    BBC Weather

    Mainly dry and warm this afternoon with a fair amount of sunny spells.


    Isolated heavy showers could develop through the afternoon.

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