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For many places it will stay fine and dry this evening and tonight, with some lengthy clear spells and light winds.Copyright: BBC
It may get rather chilly in sheltered rural parts overnight.
Plans have been approved for the redevelopment of the former BBC site on Manchester's Oxford Road.Copyright: BBC
The city council said the scheme includes a new square, a concert hall and a 36-storey tower block.
There will also be offices, leisure facilities, restaurants and nearly 700 apartments.
A 13-year-old boy has been sexually assaulted after being dragged into bushes while he was playing football along a path in Tyldesley.Copyright: BBC
The boy was attacked by a man in his 50s on Squires Lane, at about 13:30 on Wednesday, Greater Manchester Police said.
Det Ch Insp Michael Fraser said:"This would have been extremely distressing for the victim and we continue to offer our support to him."
Today's top stories include:
- A couple from Prestwich have admitted illegally importing puppies to the UK and running a so-called "puppy farm"
- Police are investigating a sexual assault on a teenage boy in Tyldesley
- Manchester's Piccadilly Gardens are to be closed for five months for repair work to the fountains
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Almost £70,000 worth of sofas have been seized from a warehouse in Cheetham Hill – after police went in looking for dodgy fizzy drinks.
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Laura Kiseliova, 36, and Raimondas Titas, 35, from Greater Manchester, admitted offences relating to hundreds of dogs and cats including fraud and failing to protect animals from suffering.
Manchester Crown Court heard 41 dogs and eight cats were found in a raid at the pair's former house in Prestwich. They are due to be sentenced in July.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has pulled out of Sunday's Soccer Aid charity game at Old Trafford.Copyright: PA
He was due to manage an England XI including ex-Arsenal keeper David Seaman and former United defender Phil Neville, plus a host of celebrities.
It would have been Mourinho's first Old Trafford match since his appointment.
The councillor responsible for Manchester city centre has promised he will walk in Piccadilly Gardens in his underwear if there is any problem with the restored fountain in the public space.Copyright: BBC
Councillor Pat Karney (right) said: "We are going to have the original fountain and I can guarantee it is going to work."
He added: "I will come round here on day one in my underpants if this doesn't work and you can throw water at me."
The gardens will be closed from September to January while the restoration work takes place.
More than 90% of people questioned say they feel safe in Manchester city centre at night, according to a poll commissioned by Manchester Community Safety Partnership.
The partnership, which is drawn from Manchester City Council, Greater Manchester Police and New Economy Manchester, also said 55% of people "felt very safe".
An estimated 150,000 people visit the city centre each weekend to enjoy the Manchester's night-life.
A bright and warm afternoon with some sunny spells.Copyright: BBC
The cloud will continue to break up with some decent sunny spells.
A 55-year-old motorcyclist from Greater Manchester has been killed in a crash involving a car on the Isle of Man.Copyright: Google
Manx Police said the man, from Bolton, was riding a BMW motorbike when it collided with a Citroen driven on Hailwood's Rise on the A18 Mountain Road at 06:45.
He was treated at the scene but was pronounced dead on arrival at Noble's Hospital.
A group of parents whose children have special needs is threatening legal action against an academy school in Trafford after accusing it of "discrimination".Copyright: BBC
The Dean Trust, which runs Ashton on Mersey in Sale, wants to send the pupils to Broadoak School in Partington.
Parents claim this would be "unlawful" as their children's Educational Health and Care Plan states they should attend Ashton on Mersey. The trust said the school was "oversubscribed".Quote Message: We would provide at Broadoak, as we do here, that specialised care and attention that those children deserve and need. from Councillor John Lamb Chair of governors at Ashton on Mersey School
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Manchester City Council is to spend £400,000 on repairing the fountains in the city's Piccadilly Gardens as part of a promise to improve the area.Copyright: Getty
The gardens will be shut for five months from September as work takes place on repairing underground tanks and pipes.