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

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All times stated are UK

  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 Friday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the region.

  2. Weather: Light rain for most

    Any light showers will ease early this evening, but then outbreaks of rain will spread from the south west.

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    Video caption: Alex Hamilton BBC afternoon weather 21 July 2016

    Some heavier bursts are possible, but most of the rain will be light.

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  3. Watch: RHS Flower Show opens at Tatton

    Visitors making the most of the sunshine are heading to Cheshire for the annual flower show at Tatton.

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  4. Football: Jose Mourinho backs England appointment

    BBC Sport

    Sam Allardyce is "the right person" to manage England, according to Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho.

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    Video caption: Allardyce right person for England - Mourinho

    "He is more than ready," Mourinho said of the current Sunderland manager. "He is a good motivator and can create a good team spirit."

  5. Wythenshawe transplant surgeons keep hearts beating

    Transplant surgeons at Wythenshawe Hospital have begun using a pioneering treatment that can keep a heart beating for up to eight hours after its been removed from a donor's body.

    Surgeon

    In traditional heart transplants, the donor organ is cooled in ice - but the new method aims to mimic the human body - by pumping warm, oxygenated blood, through the donated heart.

  6. Plane crash survivor returns to scene after 67 years

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    The last living survivor of a plane crash which killed 24 people when it struck a mist-covered hill on Saddleworth Moor in 1949 has decided to return to the scene for the first time since the tragedy.

    Stephen Evans

    Professor Stephen Evans was just five years old when the passenger plane crashed on its way to Manchester from Belfast. He and his parents survived, but his brother Roger, aged two, was killed.

    Recent publicity around a mystery man who apparently went to Saddleworth Moor to die – initially potentially linked to the plane crash – reawakened his interest in what happened to him as a child.

  7. Latest headlines from Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

    • A man is arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of a man in a Salford alley more than ten years ago
    • Transplant surgeons at Wythenshawe Hospital use a pioneering treatment that keeps a heart beating for up to eight hours after it is removed from a donor's body
  8. Murder arrest over Salford alley death

    A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a man died in Salford more than ten years ago.

    Paul Croft

    Paul Croft was beaten with a baseball bat in an alley near the Lord Nelson pub in Pendlebury on 24 March 2005.

    The 19-year-old died in hospital from head injuries seven days later, weeks before the birth of his twin sons.

    Following an investigation by Greater Manchester Police's Cold Case Unit, a 27-year-old man has been arrested and bailed, pending further inquires, police said.

  9. Interfaith communities hold peace prayer vigil to remember Nice attack victims

    Leading faith and non-faith community members of Bolton took part in an interfaith Peace Prayer Vigil on Wednesday evening to remember the victims of the Nice attack.

    peace vigil

    The event, organised by the Bolton Interfaith Council and Swaminarayan Mandir Temple in partnership with the Bolton Council of Mosques, was seen as an opportunity for members of the community to stand together against all forms of hate and violence by celebrating the diversity of Greater Manchester.  

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  10. Trafford Council's plans to improve Stretford town centre

    Trafford Council's beginning a consultation over plans to regenerate Stretford town centre. 

    underpass

    Measures included closing three of four underpasses in the area and reducing the speed limit on the main road.

    It is hoped the work could start early next year with the aim of making the area more attractive to residents and businesses.   

  11. Family denied justice after teacher who pleaded guilty to sexually abusing girls dies

    Bury Times

    Bury Times

    The family of a girl who was sexually abused by her singing teacher says justice has not been served after he hanged himself the day before he was due to be sentenced.  

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  13. Football: Dean Holdsworth says Allardyce is 'exceptional' manager

    Dean Holdsworth, who played under Sam Allardyce for four years at Bolton Wanderers, says he's an "exceptional" manager.

    Dean Holdsworth

    "He's second to none and I'm really excited by the fact that the FA have been, had the courage to appoint him. And I think it's a really interesting period now for England," he added.

    Allardyce is set to be confirmed as the new England manager today, succeeding Roy Hodgson, who resigned after England's disappointing Euro 2016 campaign.

  14. Man dragged along station platform after his leg became trapped

    A man has suffered a serious leg injury after his leg became trapped between a tram and the platform, dragging him along the platform.

    St Werburgh’s Road Metrolink station

    The incident happened at St Werburgh’s Road Metrolink station in Chorlton in the early hours of this morning, Transport for Greater Manchester said.

    An investigation is underway to establish what happened.

  15. Rugby League: Leigh Centurions sign St Helens back Matty Dawson

    BBC Sport

    Championship winners Leigh Centurions have signed St Helens utility back Matty Dawson for a five-figure transfer fee on a two-and-a-half-year deal.

    Matthew Dawson

    The 25-year-old joined Saints from Huddersfield Giants in 2013 and was contracted until the end of 2017.

    Former Castleford back Dawson, who operates mainly at winger or centre, scored 16 times in 70 outings.

  16. Weather: Sunny spells, with chance of a shower

    BBC Weather

    It will be mostly dry and bright, with sunny spells for most, but there will also be a few showers during the afternoon. 

    It is set to feel fresher, but still pleasantly warm in the sunshine, with light winds. 

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    Video caption: Alex Hamilton BBC afternoon weather 21 July 2016

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  17. Green Flag for Bolton park after £5m restoration

    Bolton's Queen's Park has been awarded a Green Flag after a £5m restoration.

    Leader of the Council, Councillor Cliff Morris, Friends of Queens Park member John Harding and Executive Cabinet Member Councillor Nick Peel

    The money has been used to dredge the lakes, repair walls and a fountain and create a new café and play area, as well as refurbishing the tennis court and games area.

    Judges for the scheme, which recognises the best green spaces across the country, praised the park as a "very lovely site that has been tastefully restored to its former glory."