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  1. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Thursday

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

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

  2. Weather: Mostly dry with light winds

    BBC Weather

    It will be mostly dry tonight, with any rain across far south eastern parts soon clearing away.

    Weather forecast

    Clearer spells will then develop overnight and winds will remain light.

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  3. EU referendum: How to vote on polling day

    BBC Politics

    After a lengthy and at times heated campaign, voters will finally go to the polls tomorrow to vote on whether the UK remains or leaves the European Union.

    Here's everything you need to know about to how to cast your vote.

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  4. Is this the North West's prettiest EU referendum polling station?

    Polling stations can be rather dreary, but Elizabeth Gaskell's former house in Knutsford surely has to be a contender for the region's prettiest place to cast your vote in the EU referendum tomorrow.

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    What do you think? Is your polling station prettier than this one? Get in touch by emailFacebook or Twitter.

  5. Watch: Prince Harry joins children for rugby match

    Prince Harry showed off his rugby skills as part of a workshop with youngsters at a park in Stockport.

    Children said the prince was "encouraging" and he was someone "famous you never thought you would meet".

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    Video caption: Prince in Stockport encouraging youngsters to play rugby
  6. Football: Oldham and Wigan paired in League Cup draw

    BBC Manchester Sport

    The draw for the first round of the EFL Cup has been made.

    Oldham Athletic

    The most noticeable fixture for Greater Manchester clubs is Oldham's home tie against newly-promoted Championship club Wigan.

    Other local fixtures include Blackpool v Bolton, Rochdale v Chesterfield and Burton v Bury.

    Ties will be played week commencing 8 August.

  7. Business leaders look to boost UK-India trade deals

    Business leaders are meeting in Manchester to discuss how to increase trade between the UK and India.

    Factory worker

    The aim is to showcase opportunities for firms in both countries. 

    The sectors which already benefit include media, life sciences, healthcare and higher education. 

    According to the 2011 Census, there are more than 50,000 people of Indian origin living in Greater Manchester - and it is hoped business links will improve as a result.

  8. Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

    • The hospital where a woman died following a routine hernia operation denies weekend staffing levels contributed to her death.  
    • A commemorative event is under way in Piccadilly Gardens to mark the 42nd of the Labour MP, Jo Cox, who was killed last week
    • The Queen appoints the Venerable Mark David Ashcroft to be the next Bishop of Bolton
  9. Hospital denies weekend staffing levels contributed to woman's death

    The hospital where a woman died following a routine hernia operation has denied weekend staffing levels contributed to her death.

    Margaret Gleeson and family

    Margaret Gleeson, 70, (pictured with her family) died at Wigan's Royal Albert Edward Infirmary in October 2015 as a result of a rare complication two days after surgery for a hernia problem.

    In response to concerns raised at her inquest, Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Foundation NHS said it did not believe her death was the result of a shortage of resources at weekends.

    "The surgery was performed appropriately but, very sadly, Mrs Gleeson suffered an extremely rare complication which led to her condition deteriorating post-operatively."

    A spokesman said the trust accepts the coroner's conclusion and findings.

  10. Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

    This afternoon's top stories:

    • A coroner raises concerns about weekend staffing levels at Wigan Infirmary after a woman died following a routine operation
    • People are being warned not to approach a man who has been missing from a hospital mental health unit for a fortnight
    • The first phase of a £300m regeneration for Wigan is approved
  11. Coroner's concerns over hospital's weekend staffing after death of Wigan grandmother

    Clare Fallon

    BBC reporter

    A coroner has raised concerns about weekend staffing levels at a Wigan hospital after hearing how a grandmother died following a routine operation.

    Margaret Gleeson

    Recording that Margaret Gleeson, 70, died as a result of a rare complication, coroner Simon Jones ruled out neglect as a factor.

    But he said he would be writing to express concerns after a senior surgeon raised issues about the safety of patients at weekends.

    Mrs Gleeson died at Wigan's Royal Albert Edward Infirmary two days after a routine hernia operation.

  12. Football: Man City target Spain winger Nolito

    BBC Sport

    Spain winger Nolito is a summer transfer target for Manchester City.


    City will meet a £13.8m release clause in Nolito's Celta Vigo contract, which expires in 2018.

    The 29-year-old, who is on duty with his country at Euro 2016, has yet to decide his future, with his former club Barcelona also interested in him.

  13. Travel: Delays on M6 northbound in Cheshire

    BBC Travel

    There are long delays and very slow traffic on the northbound M6 between junction 19, Knutsford, and junction 20, Lymm Interchange, because of a broken down car.

    All lanes have reopened.  

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  14. Public told 'not to approach' man missing man from Manchester hospital

    People are being told "not to approach" a man who has been missing from a hospital in north Manchester for more than a fortnight.

    Christian Bradley

    Christian Bradley, 46, was last seen at North Manchester General Hospital's Park House mental health unit at about 11:15 on 7 June.

    Insp Tim Rudd said: “We would ask that anybody who thinks they may have seen him, do not approach him or attempt to interact with him, please contact police.”

  15. Cheetham Hill schoolchildren will meet astronaut Tim Peake

    Pupils at Temple primary in Cheetham Hill will meet astronaut Tim Peake after their school won the Mission X challenge.

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    Mission X focuses on fitness and nutrition to help students learn how astronauts train.

    Tim Peake returned from space at the weekend after a six-month mission orbiting earth on the International Space Station.

  16. Cheshire museum shortlisted for National Lottery award

    The Lion Salt Works Museum in Cheshire has been shortlisted for the Best Heritage Project in the 2016 National Lottery awards.

    Lion Salt Works Museum

    The Northwich museum is the only project in the North West to make the shortlist.

    Lion Salt Works opened last June after a 30-year campaign to save the UK’s last open pan salt making site.

    A four-year restoration transformed it from a dilapidated structure into a museum.