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  1. Updates on Friday 15 April
  2. Greater Manchester Live returns at 08:00 on Monday with more news, sport, travel and weather updates

Live Reporting

By Bronwyn Jones

All times stated are UK

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

  2. Weather: Chilly with frost and ice in places

    BBC Weather

    Any rain and snow showers will gradually clear away south-eastwards, with clear spells following from the north. 

    Weather forecast

    Temperatures will begin to fall away overnight, going as low as 4C.

    More from BBC Weather  

  3. Coming up on North West Tonight

    Roger Johnson

    Presenter, BBC North West Tonight

    On North West Tonight at 18:30:

    • A man has been charged in connection with historical indecent assaults.
    • The family of a woman killed by a herd of cattle are urging others to be aware of the dangers posed by cows and their young calves.
  4. Cricket: Lancashire coaching trio sign new deals

    BBC Sport

    Lancashire head coach Ashley Giles has signed a new contract that will keep him at Old Trafford until 2018. 

    Ashley Giles

    Coaches Glen Chapple and Mark Chilton have also signed new deals.

    Lancashire begin the new season on Sunday with a four-day Championship game against Nottinghamshire.

  5. Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

    This evening's top stories:

  6. United midfielder could miss rest of season

    BBC Sport

    Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger is unlikely to play for the club again this season, says manager Louis van Gaal.

    Bastian Schweinsteiger

    The 2014 World Cup winner tore a knee ligament during training ahead of Germany's friendly against England in March.

  7. Footballer given suspended jail sentence for contempt of court in false whiplash claim

    Semi-professional footballer Gary Burnett - who falsely claimed he had suffered whiplash injuries in a road accident - has been given suspended prison sentence.   

    Gary Burnett

    The 25-year-old, who played for Northwich Victoria at the time, said he suffered the injury in a crash outside a McDonald's drive-thru in Birkenhead in October 2013.

    But the day after claiming he was injured, he tweeted: "Nice little trek to Kendal later for footy".

    He was given four months, suspended for a year, for being in contempt of court.

  8. Travel: Lane closure on M61 due to accident

    BBC Travel

    One lane closed on the southbound M61 between junction 8 Chorley and junction 6, Horwich because of an accident between and lorry and a car. 

    More from BBC Travel

  9. Former teacher accused of sex offences

    A former teacher at a boys school in Rochdale has been charged with 19 sexual offences against two pupils.

    Knowl View

    David Higgins, 76, is accused of committing offences at Knowl View residential school between 1969 and 1970.

  10. Cheshire East Council Supreme court bid over new homes

    Cheshire East Council is going to the supreme court, in a bid to make it more difficult for developers to build new homes in rural areas of the county. 


    The council wants more powers over where new housing developments can be built. 

    It follows a decision by the courts to allow more than 100 homes to be built near Nantwich, after local planners refused permission.      

  11. Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

    This afternoon's top stories:   

    • The family of a Manchester woman - killed by a cow while on holiday in Northumberland - have spoken of the dangers of being around cattle. 
    • Tributes have been paid to Phil Sayer - the former BBC Radio Manchester presenter - who has died
  12. Greater Manchester hospitals to take Chorley patients

    Hospitals in Greater Manchester are gearing up for additional pressures on their services over the next few days following the temporary closure of Chorley Hospital's A&E

    Ambulance at Chorley hospital

    The trust said there wasn't enough senior doctors to provide a safe 24-our service in Chorley's A&E.

    Ambulances will be taking patients to Bolton, Wigan, Preston and Blackburn instead.     

  13. Krista Pennington stole £200k from relative with dementia

    A woman who stole more than £200,000 from a relative with dementia has been jailed for three years and four months.

    Krista Pennington

    Krista Pennington, of Derbyshire Avenue, Stretford, was convicted at Manchester Minshull Street Crown court of fraud by abuse of position.  

  14. Netball: Central contracts are step forward- Helen Housby

    BBC Sport

    Manchester Thunder shooter Helen Housby believes England's new central contracts are "a step in the right direction." 

    Helen Housby

    She says they will help the team compete with Australia and New Zealand.  

  15. Update: Gas pipe repairs in Rochdale

    National grid has said repairs to a gas substation in Rochdale, which led to an evacuation, should be completed by the end of the day. 

    Whitworth Road

    A total of 50 people had to be moved out of their homes on Whitworth Road for several hours last night when a car crashed into the substation, rupturing the pipe.