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  1. Updates on Thursday 26 May
  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 for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire have finished for the day but we'll be back from 08:00 on Friday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the region.

  2. Weather: Rain clearing throughout the night

    Dianne Oxberry

    Weather presenter, BBC North West Tonight

    Any lingering rain will gradually clear through the night, with some clear spells at times.

    Weather

    It will be a mild night with some mist patches forming in prone locations such as around Mossley.

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  3. Moss Side stabbing: Seventh arrest in Abdul Hafidah murder probe

    A seventh teenager has been arrested in connection with the death of an 18-year-old man who was hit by a car and then stabbed in Manchester.

    Abdul Hafidah

    Abdul Hafidah, 18, died in hospital from a stab wound to the neck after the attack in Moss Side on 12 May.

    Police said a man, 19, from Moss Side is being held on suspicion of murder.

  4. Man Utd: Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he has 'made my choice' over move

    BBC Sport

    Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he has decided on his next move but remained coy on a possible transfer to Premier League club Manchester United.

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    Video caption: Man Utd: Ibrahimovic plays coy over links

    The 34-year-old, who is leaving Paris St-Germain after his contract expired, said he has had "many" offers from around the world.

    "The future is written," he said. "I made my choice a long time ago. I just have to push the button."

    Asked about a move to United, he responded: "Let's see what happens."

  5. Missing man found safe

    Missing John Benbow, 81 who was last seen in Heaton Moor on Wednesday afternoon has been found safe and well, Greater Manchester Police says.

  6. Benefit sanction hitting city's poor, says Salford mayor

    Benefits sanctions are plunging the poor and desperate into crisis in Salford, a new report by the council has said.

    Paul Dennett

    Salford's new mayor, Labour's Paul Dennett, said some local people are struggling to afford food, heating and essential costs, and the problem is particularly affecting young people.

    "These people have been doing all they possibly can but it seems to me that the Job Centre and Department for Work and Pensions aren't really interested in understanding their very specific individual circumstances when agreeing things like work capability assessments," he said.

    The Department for Work and Pensions said the sanctions regime is a necessary part of the benefits system.

  7. Latest headlines from Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

    This afternoon’s top stories:

    • A further teenager is arrested on suspicion of murder after an 18-year-old man died in an attack in Moss Side
    • The new mayor of Salford, Paul Dennett, claims benefits sanctions are leaving people unable to afford food, heating and essential costs
    • Plans for more than 1,000 houses next to the M62 in Warrington are approved
  8. Company fined for importing 'dangerous' Frozen dolls

    A company has been fined £4,000 for importing dangerous dolls based on the Disney cartoon Frozen.

    Frozen Dolls

    Manchester Council Trading Standards said the company "imported dolls with button cell batteries which were too easy for a child to access".

    C&Q Trading Limited, in Derby Street, Cheetham Hill, Manchester, admitted failing to test the toys for safety and was fined £4,000. It was also ordered to pay £827.30 costs and a £170 victim surcharge.

    Its director Ms Jianxin Chen, 47, Moston, was given a two-month suspended jail sentence.

  9. Teenager banned from Gorton for two years after terrorising residents with anti-social behaviour

    Chase Periera, 17, of Greymare Lane, Beswick, has been handed a criminal behaviour order for anti-social behaviour.

    Greater Manchester Police said his behaviour caused “fear and anxiety” to residents living in the Gorton South community for a long period of time.

  10. Police chief speaks out about psychoactive substances

    As new legislation has come into force banning psychoactive substances - previously known as legal highs, a police chief has spoken out about the drugs.

    His comments come after nine people in Rochdale fell seriously ill in recent days.

    legal highs

    Assistant chief constable Garry Shewan said: "We have seen the devastating effects psychoactive substances can have and we will use this legislation to make sure they are no longer on sale and will continue to work with drugs agencies to safeguard those most vulnerable."

  11. Meet Jose Mourinho's Manchester United backroom staff

    Manchester Evening News

    Manchester Evening News

    Jose Mourinho is set to be joined at Manchester United by the core of his backroom staff who have followed the Portuguese coach from job to job for the last 14 years.

    The 53-year-old is on course to be named as Louis van Gaal successor this week. When the official announcement is made it’s likely to detail the support network Mourinho has chosen at Old Trafford.

  12. Latest headlines from Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

    This afternoon’s top stories:

    • Police investigating the murder of Abdul Hafidah who was hit by a car and then stabbed in Manchester earlier this month have now made seven arrests
    • The new mayor of Salford, Paul Dennett, claims benefits sanctions are leaving people unable to afford food, heating and essential costs
    • Plans for more than 1,000 houses next to the M62 in Warrington have been approved. Eleven hundred homes will now be built at the Omega site near junction eight
  13. Psychoactive substances 'can cause major harm'

    A health chief in Greater Manchester has warned about the chemicals contained in psychoactive substances.

    Her warning came after nine people in Rochdale fell seriously ill in recent days.

    Wendy Meredith, Greater Manchester's Director of Population Health, said: "It's imperative that people know that much like other synthetic drugs that are illegal, the chemicals these substances contain are very powerful and untested - and can cause major harm." 

  14. Travel: Queues in Bury in roadworks area

    BBC Travel

    Traffic is queuing in the roadworks area on the A58 Rochdale Road eastbound in Bury between the Tinline Street junction and Bury. 

    Congestion is stretching back to junction 3 of the M66, Hollins and to the Heap Brow junction.

    Read more BBC Travel.

  15. Magazine: I had to leave my partner to lose weight

    Celena gained five stone (32kg) during the first three years of her relationship with her partner Pete. 

    She describes how the couple, from Warrington, broke the cycle of unhealthy eating by spending 10 weeks apart.  

    Celena and Pete