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  1. Updates on Wednesday 27 July
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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 updates from across the region.

Weather: Dry, cool night ahead

BBC Weather

It should stay largely dry through the night with some clear spells developing, before cloud thickens from the west by dawn. It'll feel cooler than recent nights.

Weather forecast for 27 July

Courier staff 'lost work' over seriously ill son, MP Frank Field claims

Parents caring for their seriously ill child were told to return to work "immediately" or lose their courier delivery rounds, an MP has said.

MP Frank Field
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The couple from Greater Manchester were at the bedside of their son, six, who was on life-support after an emergency leg amputation. He later died.

Frank Field, said he had written to Prime Minister Theresa May, calling for an inquiry into Hermes UK.

In a statement, the courier company said it would investigate the case.

Rugby Union: Sale bring in full-back McGuigan

BBC Sport

Premiership side Sale Sharks sign former Exeter Chiefs utility back Byron McGuigan on a two-year deal.

Byron McGuigan
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The Namibia-born 26-year-old has also spent time with Glasgow Warriors, New Zealand side Bay of Plenty and South Africa's Border Bulldogs.

"It's a great opportunity for me as it is a club with great ambition," he said.

Man in ski mask armed with machete holds up cash delivery

Bolton News

The Bolton News

Men armed with a machete held up a cash delivery to a post office in Farnworth this morning – escaping with a quantity of money.  

New Bury Post Office, George Street, Farnworth

Man City approach Everton for Stones

BBC Sport

Manchester City are in talks with Everton over the possible signing of John Stones, who it is thought would cost about £50m.

John Stones
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John Stones

Guardiola confirms interest in Stones

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola confirms the club are trying to sign Everton and England defender John Stones.

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Latest headlines from Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • Police say they are increasing worried about a missing mother and her three-year-old daughter from Manchester
  • The new Northern Powerhouse minister insists the government is committed to boosting the northern economy after the sacking of the project's champion George Osborne
  • Plans to build a new private secondary school on green belt land near Macclesfield are approved

Travel: Breakdown on M62

A recovery team is on the way....

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Cricket: Must-win games for Lancashire

BBC Sport

Lancashire must win their three remaining games including today's clash with Derbyshire to stand any chance of reaching the quarter finals of the One-Day Cup.

Steven Croft
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 Listen to ball-by-ball commentary of all the action.  

Work to start on £1m potholes project

Work is starting on a £1m project to repair potholes in Rochdale. 

Rochdale Council using cash from the government's £250m Pothole Action Fund to improve the roads in the area. 

The authority's director of highways, Steve Reay, said compensation claims were a major factor in the cost to its road budget.

Mother and daughter missing in Manchester

A mother and her three-year-old daughter have gone missing in Manchester.

Mary Doyle and her child Leona Doyle

Police are "extremely concerned" for Mary Doyle, 36, and her child Leona Doyle, who were last seen on Friday at their home in Debdale.

The mother has not made contact since then and police are appealing for the public’s help to find the pair. 

Det Insp Muzemil Kernain said: "I would like to appeal directly to Mary to please get in touch with us to let us know you are both safe and fine."

Missing three-year-old Wilmslow boy found

A missing three-year-old boy who disappeared from a garden in Cheshire has been found.

The boy was last seen in the front garden at a property on Oakdean Court, Wilmslow at about 13:00.

Police were becoming "increasingly concerned" for his whereabouts.

BreakingThree-year-old boy missing after Wilmslow garden disappearance

A three-year-old boy is missing after disappearing from a garden in Cheshire.

Lewis Palmer was last seen at the front of a property in Oakdean Court, Wilmslow, at about 13:00.

He is described as mixed race with short curly hair and he was wearing bright blue top with orange shorts and no shoes.

Residents are being urged to check their gardens and outbuildings. Cheshire Police is appealing for information.

Latest headlines from Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

Consultant overtime: How Wigan hospital trust keeps fees down

A hospital trust in Greater Manchester has explained how it is avoiding paying premium overtime to consultants, after the BBC discovered a medic in Lancashire earned £375,000 in just a year.

An investigation found the overtime bill for consultants in the UK was £170m last year - an increase of a third on 2013-14. 

But Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust said specially-trained nurses carry out some of the routine work previously done by consultants - which reduces the amount paid in overtime.

Tim Burgess' tips on record store shopping

BBC Radio 5 Live

The Charlatans frontman and lover of vinyl Tim Burgess gives his tips on shopping for records from Piccadilly Records in Manchester.

The Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess gives his tips on shopping for records

The singer-songwriter and record label owner Tim Burgess talks about crossing the threshold into "a new world".

Sheff Utd sign Bury striker

BBC Sport

Sheffield United have signed Bury striker Leon Clarke on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

Leon Clarke
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Clarke scored 15 goals in 32 games for the Shakers in League One last season.

The 31-year-old has made almost 400 career appearances in spells with 16 clubs, including Coventry City, Wolves and Sheffield Wednesday.

Use of force 'not recorded' in GMP custody suites, inspectors find

The use of force in Greater Manchester Police custody suites is not recorded, monitored or analysed, a report has found.


Inspectors were "concerned" by the findings as recording the use of force would have provided learning opportunities and helped to ensure staff accountability.

The report by Martin Lomas, deputy chief inspector of prisons, and Dru Sharpling, HM Inspector of Constabulary, also said "exceptionally high demand" meant health care response times were not always met and most suites did not have effective drug and alcohol services.

It found police custody in Greater Manchester had improved, but could make further progress.

Campaign highlights dangers of trespassing on railway lines

North West Today

The dangers of playing on railway tracks are being highlighted in a new police campaign following 270 incidents of trespassing on train lines across the region last year. 

Over the past 10 years, almost 170 people in the UK have lost their lives after trespassing on railways with just under half of those killed under the age of 25.

BBC reporter John Maguire met Tom Crosby from Merseyside who suffered burns after grabbing an overhead wire on a railway as a teenager.

He is now working for Network Rail to warn of the dangers.

Travel: Congestion in Oldham

BBC Travel

Traffic is slow moving south on Broadway in Oldham, between the Middleton Road junction and Hollinwood in the roadworks area.  

Get the latest updates on BBC Travel

Cyril Smith child abuse probe: Hearings will not start until summer 2017

Public hearings into allegations of child abuse involving the late Rochdale MP Cyril Smith will not start until next summer at the earliest, a lawyer has said.

Cyril Smith

Smith, who died aged 82 in 2010, is accused of abusing children over at least three decades. 

The hearings, part of the Goddard inquiry into child sexual abuse, will examine his role in Rochdale focusing on two institutions the late Liberal MP was involved with.

They are Knowl View, a former residential home for boys, and Cambridge House, a hostel for working boys that closed in 1965.

Ben Emmerson QC, counsel to the Goddard inquiry, said the hearings will commence "soon" after the conclusion of hearings in the Lord Janner investigation, which are due to finish at the end of May 2017.

Wigan hospital trust uses specially trained nurses to 'save consultant fees'

Nick Triggle

Health Correspondent

With hospitals increasingly relying on premium overtime pay for consultants to do extra work, a hospital trust in Wigan has said it was making savings by using specially trained nurses instead.


Spending on high-cost overtime has risen by more than a third in the past two years in the UK to £170m, figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act suggest.

Andrew Foster, chief executive of Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation, said it was using nurses to take on work - leaving doctors free for more complex cases resulting in "less financial pressure".

He said it has cut waiting lists on average from 18 months to 18 weeks, adding "the bottom line is it's the patients who benefit".

GMP admits second illegal phone hacking incident

Manchester Evening News

Manchester Evening News

Greater Manchester Police has carried out a dramatic U-turn by finally admitting one of its anti-corruption officers deliberately and illegally hacked the mobile of a chief inspector.

Ch Insp John Buttress

It follows the case of the ex-partner of Ch Insp John Buttress - sacked by the force for gross misconduct - who was told her phone was hacked by detectives.  

Latest headlines from Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

Football: Man City boss imposes junk food ban

BBC Sport

New Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has banned junk food and exiled overweight players from first-team training.

Pep Guardiola
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Defender Gael Clichy says the Spaniard has told his players to avoid pizza, some juice and certain "heavy food".

City open their Premier League campaign at home to Sunderland on 13 August.

Pep Guardiola

Guardiola bans unfit Man City players

Man City boss Pep Guardiola excludes some of his players from first-team training until they meet certain weight targets.

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Exploring Manchester Town Hall's history

Rachael Connors

Reporter, BBC News Online

As Manchester City Council considers a £250m plan to repair Manchester Town Hall after a report warned the property was "seriously showing its age", here's a look back at the history of the imposing building.   

Manchester Town Hall
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  • Designed by architect Alfred Waterhouse, who also designed Manchester University's historic buildings
  • Constructed between 1868-77 at a cost of about £1m
  • Used as a backdrop for films including The Iron Lady, when it doubled as the Houses of Parliament
  • Grade I listed building, meaning it is of exceptional architectural interest and national importance

Travel: Four-car crash causing delays on M60

BBC Travel

A crash involving four vehicles is causing queues of about 10 miles and long delays on the M60, travelling anticlockwise between junction 15 and 13.

It means delays of about 40 minutes, with knock-on congestion on parts of the M61 and the M62.  

Get the latest updates from BBC Travel

Behind the scenes at the Kellogg's factory


A new series of TV documentary Inside the Factory opened with a behind the scenes tour of the Kellogg's plant in Trafford Park.  

The factory is believed to be the largest producer of breakfast cereal in Europe - capable of making more than a million boxes every 24 hours. 

The programme explores why many vitamins are added to breakfast cereal and follows the production of Weetabix, learning how every single grain of wheat is grown within a 50-mile radius of the factory.

Council considers Manchester Town Hall £250m repair plan

A progress report on a major plan to safeguard Manchester Town Hall and Albert Square will be considered by the council's executive later.

Manchester Town Hall

Repairs costing up to £250m are needed to fix Manchester's crumbling 19th Century town hall, the report said.   

No final decision on the plan or its budget will be made until autumn.

Latest headlines from Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • The trust which runs hospitals in Wigan and Leigh says it has taken steps to cut the amount it is paying consultants in overtime
  • A set of high-tech simulation suites used to train the next generation of nurses, midwives and counsellors will be officially opened at the University of Salford later
  • Rochdale Council is starting work on a £1m programme of repairs to potholes

Lost blue and gold macaw found in Chorlton

Manchester Evening News

Manchester Evening News

Have you lost a parrot? A blue and gold macaw was rescued by a member of the public Chorlton last night and police are appealing for the owner to come forward.

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What is it like living near a party house?

man with pillow

The shooting this week at a house in Surrey took place at a house hired out for a pool party.

There are an abundance of party houses available for hire in Greater Manchester with a three-night weekend costing just under £4,000. 

You would be limited to 20 people. But for an extra £100 per guest, you can stretch that number up to 26 people.  

But what is the law surrounding party houses?  

House with swimming pool

What is it like living near a party house?

The shooting this week at a house in Surrey took place at a house hired out for a pool party. But what is the law surrounding party houses?

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Travel: Delays on the A56

BBC Travel

There is very slow traffic on Bury New Road southbound in Manchester between the Great Cheetham Street West junction and the Trinity Way junction.  

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Cricket: Lancashire Lightning lose in the One-Day Cup

BBC Sport

Lancashire captain Steven Croft says his side were guilty of panicking as they lost to Leicestershire in the Royal London One Day Cup at Grace Road.

Lightning lost by 131 runs chasing 308 to win and are now on the brink of elimination from the tournament.

Steven Croft batting
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The defeat means Lancashire will have to win their three remaining games to stand any chance of reaching the quarter finals.

The team are back in action at 14:00 in a day/night match at Derbyshire.

Travel: Queuing traffic on the M60

BBC Travel

There is queuing traffic on M60 anti-clockwise between junction 18, Simister Island, and junction 13, Worsley, in the roadworks area.

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Latest headlines from Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • Wigan Wrightington and Leigh NHS Trust explains how it is avoiding paying premium overtime to consultants
  • Greater Manchester councils are to spend millions of pounds to repair the roads this summer ahead of the bad winter weather
  • A report criticises Greater Manchester Police for not monitoring the use of force on those held at police stations

Weather: Damp start but some sunshine later

BBC Weather

Any lingering rain will soon clear to leave a largely dry and cloudy day.

Through the afternoon the cloud will break to give way to some welcomed sunshine.

Weather forecast on Wednesday 27 July 2016

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Reporter, BBC News Online

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