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  1. Updates on Monday 18 July

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Live updates for 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 from across the region. 

  2. Weather: Warm and muggy

    It will be a warm, muggy and uncomfortable night with light winds. 


    Some patchy cloud may develop in places later in the night.  

  3. Football: Oldham sign central defender Cameron Burgess on loan from Fulham

    Oldham Athletic FC have signed central defender Cameron Burgess on loan from Fulham FC until January.

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  4. 'Sentimental jewellery' stolen from Gatley home

    Jewellery of "significant sentimental value" was stolen during a burglary in Gatley, police said.

    Necklace and ring

    Thieves broke into a home off Church Road between 1 and 4 July and stole jewellery and model cars which had been collected for 40 years.  

    Police said the theft caused "a great deal of emotional distress" and urged anyone with information to contact them. 

  5. Python dumped in Manchester is re-homed

    A 6ft carpet python found barely alive and dumped near a Manchester city bar has found a new home.

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    Video caption: Dumped 6ft pyhton finds a new home

    Adam Edwards, manager of Kiki bar, helped look after the snake before she was re-homed by a friend of the bar staff.

    The RSPCA is investigating how she was dumped after CCTV images emerged.

  6. Man shot with BB gun in Oldham

    A man has been shot with a BB gun in Oldham, Greater Manchester Police said. 

    Warren Lane

    The man parked his car outside his house on Warren Lane in Glodwick on Friday night, when he was approached by a man wearing a balaclava demanding money. 

    He shot the man several times - before running off. Police are appealing for witnesses. 

  7. Gang jailed over £1m drugs plot ran from Cheshire jail cell

    Fifteen people have now been jailed for smuggling a million pounds worth of drugs across the North West. 

    HMP Risley

    The operation was masterminded by Patrick White, from his prison cell at HMP Risley near Warrington, using illegally held mobile phones.   

    A total of 15 people have now admitted their part in the operation - and have been sentenced to a total of almost 95 years. 

  8. Man and his dog kayak 100 miles to raise money for animal charity

    A man is kayaking 100 miles with his pet dog, Max to raise funds for the RSPCA.

    John Oakley's journey from Goole, near Hull, will end in Warrington. 

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    Video caption: A man and his pet dog are kayaking 100 miles to raise money for the RSPCA.
  9. Manchester bids for Youth Capital 2019 title

    Manchester has confirmed it will bid to be the European Youth Capital in 2019. 


    Those behind the attempt say they want to "transform the image and aspirations" of young people in the city. 

    Manchester failed in its bid for 2018 - but had good feedback, so is trying again. 

  10. Wigan fire and ambulance station approved

    A new combined fire and ambulance station for Wigan has been approved by the council. 

    The existing fire station at Robin Park Road - close to the town centre - will be demolished before being replaced with a new building on the same site.

    Once the new base is completed, firefighters and paramedics will work side by side from next summer.   

  11. Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

    • Leaders of five combined authorities, including Greater Manchester, write to the prime minister saying the north of England needs a "strong voice" in Brexit negotiations
    •  A six foot-long (1.8m) snake finds a new home after being dumped in a bin in Manchester city centre.  
  12. Rochdale woman threatened in own bed by three armed men

    Three armed men broke into a woman’s home in Rochdale before threatening her in her own  bed, Greater Manchester Police said. 

    Franklin St, Rochdale

    They smashed a door at a house on Franklin Street and went upstairs before threatening the woman - aged in her 30s - with hammers and demanded money.

    The men were white and spoke with local accents. They were wearing black woollen balaclavas. They stole the woman’s purse and some jewellery.

    Quote Message: This incident has had a profound effect on the victim. She was not injured, but has been stripped of her sense of security within her own home and it is going to take some time for her to deal with what happened that morning. from Det Cons Russ Clarke GMP’s Rochdale division
    Det Cons Russ ClarkeGMP’s Rochdale division
  13. Week-long amnesty on psychoactive substances begins

    A week-long amnesty on psychoactive substances has begun in Greater Manchester with drop-off points at police stations.

    Spice psychoactive substance

    The drugs, previously known as 'legal highs' until they were outlawed in May, have been linked to serious health problems.

    Assistant Chief Constable Rob Potts said: “Calling these drugs ‘legal highs’ gives a false impression to the public and puts lives at risk."

    He said the amnesty "provides an ideal opportunity for anyone to dispose of these illegal drugs safely" at police stations.

  14. Wilkins 'in Priory for alcoholism rehab'

    Former Manchester United midfielder turned pundit Ray Wilkins is being treated at a rehabilitation centre for alcoholism, a court has heard.

    Ray Wilkins

    He was due to face magistrates in Uxbridge, west London, on Monday accused of drink-driving.

    But after the 59-year-old failed to appear, his barrister said he could not attend because he was on a 28-day residential rehabilitation course at the Priory Hospital in Woking, Surrey.

  15. Six-foot python dumped in a Manchester city centre bin rehomed

    A six foot-long (1.8m) snake has been found a new home after being dumped in a bin in Manchester city centre.


    Staff from Kiki Bar in Canal Street discovered the Australian carpet python coiled up inside a plastic box in a bin bag early on Sunday.

    CCTV footage suggested the reptile may have been dumped by a man at about 14:00 BST on Saturday. 

  16. New Northern Powerhouse minister appointed

    Conservative MP Andrew Percy has been appointed as the new Northern Powerhouse minister by Prime Minister Theresa May.

    Andrew Percy is the MP for Brigg and Goole, East Yorkshire

    The MP for Brigg and Goole replaces Stockton South MP James Wharton, who has moved to the Department for International Development.