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  1. Updates on Thursday 5 May
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Friday

Live Reporting

By Rachael Connors

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

  2. Weather: Warm and sunny

    BBC Weather

    Warm and dry with plenty of sunshine this afternoon.

    Weather Thurs pm

    A dry and chilly night will follow with variable amounts of cloud and some clear spells at times.  

  3. Charity seeks to help in Aleppo

    A Manchester humanitarian charity is preparing to feed thousands more people caught up in the conflict in Syria.


    Human Appeal has already helped 42,000 people. 

    Chief Executive Othman Moqbel says the charity is trying to provide food and shelter to people who have been caught up in the fighting around the city of Aleppo.   

  4. Murdered soldier Lee Rigby's mother speaks about her son

    Lyn Rigby, whose son was murdered by extremists three years ago, explains how she heard the news of his death. 

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    Video caption: Mother of Lee Rigby speaks about death of her son

    She said her son was "full of life" and she could "never forgive" his killers. 

  5. Delays expected into the rush hour after M6 collision in Cheshire

    Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service says delays are expected "for some time" following a crash on the M6 in Cheshire between junctions 18 and 19 northbound. 

    M6 collision

    Two heavy goods vehicles, one of which was a tanker, and two cars were involved with two casualties trapped inside the vehicles.

    M6 collision
  6. Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

    This afternoon's top stories: 

    • One lane re-opens after a serious accident closed the northbound M6 in Cheshire
    • A man died after a "violent attack" and robbery by a group of people in Leigh
  7. Foundation set up to 'honour' Lee Rigby

    The mother of Lee Rigby - the Middleton soldier who was murdered by extremists in Woolwich nearly three years ago - says she wants people to remember her son as more than just a victim of a terrorist attack.

    Lee Rigby

    Lyn Rigby has now set up the Lee Rigby Foundation in honour of her son. "The idea is to help bereaved families of those who served in the armed forces," she told the BBC.

    "We never had much help when Lee was murdered. It is a way to honour Lee and he would be very proud."

  8. Autism-friendly garden designed for RHS Tatton Flower Show

    Shea from Northwich says gardening has helped transform her son Eoghan after he was diagnosed with autism. 

    Now she's been commissioned to design an autism-friendly garden for the RHS Tatton Flower Show.

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    Video caption: Mum from Northwich designs autism friendly garden for Tatton
  9. M6 crash: one lane reopens to allow traffic to pass the scene

    One lane of the M6 has reopened to allow traffic to pass the scene, police have said. 

    It comes after a car and a lorry crashed on the motorway between junctions 18 and 19 this afternoon. No one was seriously hurt.

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  10. Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

    This afternoon's top stories: 

    • One lane has been re-opened after a serious accident closed the northbound M6 in Cheshire
    • A man died after a "violent attack" and robbery by a group of people in Leigh, police said
  11. Boxing: Khan ready to defy logic against Alvarez

    BBC Sport

    Amir Khan is a changed man as he looks to upset Saul Alvarez and claim his world title.

    Alvarez and Khan

    The man charged with cultivating a plan to upset the odds is trainer Virgil Hunter. "Virgil has totally changed my boxing style," says Khan, who trains out of Hunter's gym in the San Francisco Bay Area of California.

  12. M6 crash: Second person freed from crash

    Firefighters have released a second person who was trapped in a car involved in the M6 crash in Cheshire. 

    They are being transported to hospital by air ambulance.

    Police are diverting vehicles from the area. 

  13. Entertainment: What does it mean to be a Smith?

    Chris Long

    Entertainment reporter

    Poet Jackie Kay has gone in search of what it means to have the most common surname in the UK.


    Kay's 30 Days of The Smiths aims to investigate what it is to be a Smith, find links between the people born with the name and the Manchester band and play with the notion that "if you listen to the word 'Smith', you hear the sound of the word 'myth'. 

  14. M6 crash: One person freed from HGV

    Firefighters have freed a person who was trapped in a lorry after a serious crash on the M6 in Cheshire. They have been taken by ambulance to hospital. 

    Four vehicles were involved in a crash at about 12:10 between junction 18, Middlewich and junction 19, Knutsford. 

    Another person remains trapped in a car. 

  15. Football: Were City 'afraid' at the Bernabeu?

    Chris Waddle

    Former England winger on BBC Radio 5 live

    Manchester City were too cautious and lacked creativity and tempo in their Champions League exit to Real Madrid.

    City at the Bernabau

    It's no disgrace at all, losing to Real Madrid, it's just the manner of the defeat.

  16. Travel: Severe delays on M6 after crash

    BBC Travel

    There are severe delays on the M6 northbound between junction 18, Middlewich, and junction 19, Knutsford, because of a multi-vehicle crash in the roadworks area. 

    Congestion is going back to junction 17, Sandbach.

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