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  1. Updates on Friday 29 July
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday 1 August

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

  2. Weather: Showers easing, dry night in store

    BBC Weather

    Any showers will ease this evening to leave a dry and quiet night. Clear spells will develop and it will feel cooler than recent nights.

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    Video caption: North West weather forecast for Friday 29 July

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  3. Viola Beach's album finally out

    BBC Newsbeat

    The debut album by Viola Beach is finally released, featuring songs recorded before all four band members were killed.

    Viola Beach

    The group and their manager died when their vehicle plunged off a bridge in Sweden in February.

    But the album is not the one Viola Beach planned to release.

    It's a collection of tracks put together during their short career, many of which were destined for an EP rather than a full-length release.

  4. Appeal after lollipop lady's stick stolen

    BBC Radio Manchester

    Mat Trewern

    A lollipop lady is appealing for her stick to be returned after it was stolen in Rochdale.

    Eileen Taylor has a new lollipop stick but wants the one she had for 16 years to be returned.

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    Video caption: Thieves steal lollipop lady's stick in Rochdale
  5. Stockport hospital boss says 'patient care won't be harmed' with cuts

    Kevin Fitzpatrick

    BBC Radio Manchester journalist

    The chief executive of Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport has insisted patient care won't be harmed when 350 jobs are lost.

    Stepping Hill Hospital

    Anne Barnes denied the hospital was being mismanaged following the revelation it is £40m in deficit meaning 350 full-time posts, a surgical ward and eight trauma and orthopaedic beds will be axed.

    The surgical ward is also closing today as part of the savings plan and Ms Barnes says they've been left with no choice.

    Ms Barnes said: "I'm making sure patient care is absolutely not affected."

  6. 'Brazen' gang attempt to rob Cheadle bank

    A gang armed with a sledgehammer and a chainsaw attempted to rob a bank in Cheadle.

    Lloyds bank, Cheadle

    Up to six masked men used a car to smash through one door of Lloyds bank, in High Street, at about 09:15 before the weapons were used to break through another.

    Three staff members were inside but nobody was injured. The men left empty-handed.

    Insp David Fulton said: "This was a brazen robbery conducted in broad daylight on one of the main streets running through Cheadle."

  7. Football: Baraclough named as Oldham assistant

    BBC Sport

    Oldham appoint former Motherwell boss Ian Baraclough as assistant manager on a two-year contract.

    Ian Baraclough

    Baraclough is reunited with manager Stephen Robinson, with the newly appointed Latics boss having worked as Baraclough's number two at Motherwell.

    "We know how each other work and it has been a good combination, so hopefully we can bring that into this job," Baraclough told the club's website.

  8. Police called to Ibrahimovic's hotel over rowdy fans and photographers

    Manchester Evening News

    Police were called to Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s luxury hotel after staff became panicked by the crowd of fans and photographers outside.  

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic
  9. Deansgate-Castlefield to MediaCityUK tram services to resume

    Metrolink services from Deansgate-Castlefield to MediaCityUK are expected to resume on Monday.

    Tram at MediaCityUK

    Trams have been suspended and replacement bus services have been operating since 26 June so new tracks can be laid on the 16-year-old Eccles line.

    The reopening is subject to successful testing over the weekend.

    The next phase to upgrade sections of track between MediaCityUK and Eccles is due to be completed at the end of August, resulting in the line fully reopening.

  10. Manchester taxi firm offers Pokemon rides

    BBC Newsbeat

    A Manchester-based taxi company is making the most of the Pokemon Go craze by offering to drive Pokemon hunters around the city.

    Pokemon Go in a car

    For a £20 flat fee, Street Cars will take you to known Pokemon spawning sites around the city.

    They have a fleet of 600 cars and 12 are currently dedicated to giving Pokemon rides.

    The service has only been on offer for three days, but Street Cars say they've already been swamped with enquiries.

  11. Latest headlines in Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

    • Stepping Hill Hospital's chief executive says she's making sure patient care isn't affected by the loss of 350 jobs
    • A gang raid a Lloyds bank in Cheadle
    • A debut album is released today from Warrington band Viola Beach - who died along with their manager in a crash in Sweden
  12. Wedding album owners sought

    A coach company is trying to reunite a wedding album with its owners - ahead of their 51st anniversary.

    Wedding album

    The album of black and white photographs was handed to staff at Birmingham Coach Station.

    Staff at National Express believe the couple may have married at St Clements Church at Neyland, Pembrokeshire, on 7 August 1965.

    But they added Patricia Cavanagh and Brian Lewis may have married at a Manchester church with the same name.

    Marriage details
  13. Rugby League: Radford, Scott & Wane on Challenge Cup semi-final

    BBC Sport

    BBC Sport speaks to Hull FC head coach Lee Radford, prop Scott Taylor and Wigan Warriors head coach Shaun Wane, looking ahead to Friday night's Challenge Cup semi-final.

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    Video caption: Challenge Cup: Lee Radford, Scott Taylor & Shaun Wane on semi-final
  14. Virgin Media engineers 'cut off home'

    A home has been cut off by digging work carried out to install super-fast broadband services.

    Home surrounded by barriers

    David Henshall told the Manchester Evening News that he came home from work and "found they had barricaded my wife and daughter inside".

    He emailed pictures of the work to Virgin Media chief executive Tom Mockridge.

    The firm apologised for the inconvenience.

  15. Rugby League: Wolves make one change for Challenge Cup semi-final

    BBC Sport

    Warrington Wolves have made one change to their squad for the Challenge Cup semi-final against Wakefield Wildcats.

    Ben Jones-Bishop

    Half-back Declan Patton is included in the squad, with winger Tom Lineham dropping out for the game atLeigh Sports Village tomorrow.

    Wakefield Wildcats are without forward Matty Ashurst and Jon Molloy.

    Ben Jones-Bishop, Danny Kirmond and Andy Yates return from injuries, while Scott Moore is available after serving a one-game suspension.

  16. Fe-line thirsty?

    If you're fe-line thirsty or want a purr-fect opportunity to de-stress why not take yourself down to the claw-some cat cafe in Manchester?

    We'll stop with the puns now but the Cat Cafe is opening in the Northern Quarter this weekend.

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    Video caption: Cat Cafe opens in Manchester