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  1. We return at 08:00 on Tuesday with more news, sport, travel and weather updates from across Greater Manchester and east Cheshire
  2. Updates on Friday 29 April

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By Jon Lowe

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Live updates for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire have finished for the day but we'll be back from 08:00 on Tuesday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the region. Have a great Bank Holiday weekend, and let's hope it warms up a bit!

  2. Weather: Cold night with widespread frost

    BBC Weather

    Showers will ease during the evening leading to clear spells.

    Weather forecast

    Patchy mist or fog may form with temperatures dropping towards freezing in most areas.

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  3. Sport: Entire FC United board to step down

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    The entire board of National League North club FC United will stand down ahead of a proposed EGM.

    FC United

    Four members, including one of the club's founders Adam Brown, have already left - with general manager Andy Walsh leaving in the summer. 

    The club has also been forced to make a public apology to another of its founders, John-Paul O’Neill, for allowing “misguided rumours” to spread over his involvement in threats to club staff.

  4. Coming up

    Roger Johnson

    Presenter, BBC North West Tonight

    On North West Tonight at 18:30:

    • One of the youths jailed for the murder of Garry Newlove in 2007 loses his bid for early release
    • Customers have called for cuts in water bills after United Utilities topped a list of the most profitable companies in the region
  5. Lightning strike hits Wigan home

    A family escaped unhurt after lightning struck their home in Wigan.

    Lightning strike

    The strike left a huge hole in the roof and set fire to the loft.  

    Firefighters from Hindley put the blaze out which started at about 19:20 BST on Thursday.

  6. Newlove killer loses High Court bid to have sentence reduced

    A man who murdered a father-of-three outside his home in Warrington has lost a renewed bid to be released early from prison.

    Jordan Cunliffe

    Jordan Cunliffe was 16 when he was jailed for a minimum of 12 years in 2008 after Garry Newlove, 47, was kicked to death in Warrington in 2007.

    Mr Newlove died in hospital two days after being attacked by three people.

  7. Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

    This afternoon's top stories:

    • A man who murdered a father-of-three outside his home in 2007 loses a High Court bid to be released early from prison
    • Three men questioned for the murder of Jalal Uddin in Rochdale are bailed
    • Greater Manchester's Police and Crime Commissioner calls for an independent committee to look into what lessons can learnt from the Hillsborough tragedy
  8. Travel: Three-car accident on M62

    BBC Travel

    One lane is closed on the eastbound M62 between junction 21 Milnrow and junction 22 Rishworth Moor because of an accident involving three vehicles.

    Congestion back to junction 18 M60, Simister Island.

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  9. MP claims taxi safety rules are out of date

    A Greater Manchester MP will raise the issue of taxi safety in the Commons.

    Andrew Gwynne

    The Labour MP for Denton and Reddish, Andrew Gwynne, has been granted a debate to discuss licenses after complaining some authorities handed them out too easily.  

  10. Sport: Nardiello among group of players to leave Bury

    BBC Sport

    Bury have announced six players will leave Gigg Lane this summer.

    Danny Nardiello

    Danny Nardiello, Chris Eagles, Rob Lainton, Kiel O'Brien, Marcus Poscha and Reece Brown will be released.  

  11. Fixture scheduling hindering City's Champions League hopes - Pellegrini

    BBC Manchester Sport

    Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini says he is disappointed the club have not been given more time to prepare for their crucial Champions League tie against Real Madrid on Wednesday.

    Manuel Pellegrini

    City face Southampton in the Premier League on Sunday - just three days before travelling to Spain for their semi-final second leg.

    Real play Real Sociedad in La Liga on Saturday.

  12. Sport: Weather thwarts Aces' Friday meeting

    BBC Manchester Sport

    Belle Vue Aces' first official fixture at the National Speedway Stadium has been postponed again because of a waterlogged track.  

    Belle Vue Aces

    The Manchester-based club has been forced to cancel a number of fixtures at its new £8m home since it was opened in March, due to track repair and weather-related issues.

  13. Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

    This afternoon's top stories:

    • A man who murdered Salford-born Garry Newlove in Warrington in 2007 has lost a High Court bid to be released early from prison 
    • Police say a woman who is missing from her home in Warrington could be in Blackpool
    • A child actor has won a role in the award winning tv show Game of Thrones
  14. Burnham urges greater effort to deal with anti-semitism allegations

    The Shadow Home Secretary and MP for Leigh, Andy Burnham, has accused the Labour leadership of being slow to deal with allegations of anti-semitism within the party.

    Andy Burnham

    A week before the local elections, Labour has suspended the MP Naz Shah, and Ken Livingstone who is a member of its national executive.  

  15. Men bailed in connection with Jalal Uddin murder

    Three men who were being questioned in connection with the murder of Jalal Uddin in Rochdale have been bailed.

    Jalal Uddin

    The 64-year-old died after being attacked in February.

  16. Sport: Will United delay Leicester's title challenge?

    Guy Mowbray

    BBC Match of the Day commentator

    BBC football commentator Guy Mowbray believes Manchester United will deny Leicester City the chance to win the Premier League title on Sunday.

    Old Trafford

    "I bet you've heard the same as me this week a few times: 'I think United will beat Leicester', said Mowbray.

    Leicester need just three points to be crowned champions.

    "It will have to be properly earned at Old Trafford though, with United motivated by their chase for a top-four finish and possibly a US-style 'not in our house' approach."

  17. Travel: Queues on M60 due to broken down lorry

    BBC Travel

    One lane is blocked with queuing traffic on clockwise M60 between junction 17 Prestwich and junction 18, M62 Simister Island.

    Congestion stretches back to junction 11, Barton.  

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