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  1. Greater Manchester deals with aftermath of huge thunderstorm
  2. Hospitals in Manchester given £28m to research diagnosis and treatment of diseases
  3. Man City to belatedly start Champions League campaign in rescheduled game

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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 from across the region.

Weather: A muggy night awaits

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Any showers will soon clear to leave a dry, mild and muggy night with light winds and some mist in places. It won't get below 18C.

Weather forecast for Wednesday 14 September

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Football: Herrera wants to win Europa League with Man Utd

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Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera says he wants to win the Europa League, even though he believes the club belong in the Champions League.

Football: Rooney omitted from Man Utd squad

BBC Sport

Striker Wayne Rooney has been left out of Manchester United's 20-man squad for Thursday's Europa League tie in Rotterdam against Dutch side Feyenoord.

Wayne Rooney
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Despite training on Wednesday, the 30-year-old captain will miss the club's European opener, as will Luke Shaw, Antonio Valencia and Jesse Lingard.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Phil Jones did not train and will also be absent.

Manager Jose Mourinho has said striker Marcus Rashford will make his first start of the season in the Group A tie.

Bragg investigates the Matter of the North

BBC Radio 4

In the last programme in the series, The Matter of the North, broadcaster Melvyn Bragg has celebrated the power of northern voices in our sporting life, and asked what being and sounding Northern means more generally.

Melvyn Bragg on 'speaking from the north' and what the future might hold

Paralympics 2016: Dame Sarah's 13th gold medal in pictures

BBC Sport

Dame Sarah Storey, Britain's most successful female Paralympian, has won the road cycling C5 time trial to take her 13th Paralympic gold medal - and here's how it looked:

Dame Sarah Storey
Dame Sarah Storey
Dame Sarah Storey
Dame Sarah Storey
Dame Sarah Storey and daughter

Ten held in Class A drugs raids

Ten people have been arrested following drugs raids in Manchester and Merseyside.

Police carried out eight searches into the supply of Class A drugs earlier.

The eight men and two women, aged between 27 and 56 and from the Manchester and Liverpool areas, have been arrested, the North West's organised anti-crime unit, Titan, said.

Det Supt Jason Hudson said: "We will continue to target those that supply and distribute controlled drugs in our community and this investigation is part of that process."        

Two held after Northern Quarter violence

Two men have been arrested following violent clashes on Saturday in Manchester's Northern Quarter.

Hilton Street and Tib Street junction

Trouble broke out shortly after 18:10 at the junction of Hilton Street and Tib Street.

Men aged 20 and 24 have been arrested on suspicion of violent disorder and remain in custody for questioning.

Witnesses, particularly those who may have footage of the incident, are asked to contact Greater Manchester Police (GMP) or Crimestoppers.

Detective Sergeant Patrick Connell, of GMP’s City of Manchester Team, said: “We have arrested two people who remain in custody but our investigation continues."

Travel: Four-car crash causes M60 delays

BBC Travel

A crash involving four cars has resulted in a lane closure and queuing traffic on the M60 anti-clockwise at junction 1, the Stockport Pyramid.

Congestion goes back to junction 5, Princess Parkway, while the M56 to junction 4, Wythenshawe, is also busier than usual.

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Prime Minister's Questions: Schools' water bills raised

A Greater Manchester MP is urging the Government to force United Utilities to reduce the cost of water bills faced by schools across the North West. 


MP Mary Robinson asked Theresa May about the issue at Prime Minister's Questions, and said she wanted schools to be classed as "community assets", so they be charged on a different banding system.

Schools in the region pay £27m a year for water charges, while those in the south of England pay just £11m. 

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Teacher banned after leaving pupils alone to go boozing on Lourdes trip

Manchester Evening News

A teacher who left pupils alone while he went boozing until 04:00 during a trip to Lourdes has been banned from the profession.

Grammar schools: What are they and why are they controversial?

Wigan MP Lisa Nandy has criticised Prime Minister Theresa May's plans to introduce new grammar schools - but what are grammar schools?

BBC News answers some of the key questions about the schools and poses some 11-plus questions for readers to tackle.  

Grammar school in Manchester in 1961

Paralympics 2016: Dame Sarah's 13 golds

BBC Sport

Dame Sarah Storey, who has won the road cycling C5 time trial, now has 13 Paralympic gold medals - though not all of them were for cycling.

Dame Sarah Storey

Dame Sarah from Eccles started her gold rush as a swimmer in Barcelona in 1992 before switching to cycling in Beijing in 2008.

Here is a rundown of her golds:

  • Barcelona 1992 - 100m backstroke, 200m individual medley
  • Atlanta 1996 - 100m backstroke, 100m breaststroke, 200m individual medley
  • Beijing 2008 - road time trial, track individual pursuit
  • London 2012 - road time trial, road race, track individual pursuit, track time trial
  • Rio 2016 - road time trial, track 3km pursuit

Travel: Collapsed manhole closes Whitefield road

BBC Travel

Radcliffe New Road in Whitefield is closed in both directions between the Dales Lane junction and the Blackburn Street junction because of emergency repairs following a collapsed manhole.

A diversion via Dales Lane, Ringley Road and Stand Lane is in place.

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Wigan building on endangered buildings list

Rylands Mill in Wigan has been put on a national architectural charity's endangered buildings list. 

Rylands Mill, Wigan
The Victorian Society

The former cotton mill, which reportedly held 60,000 spindles and 1,500 looms, was last occupied by Wigan and Leigh College but has been derelict since the early 2000s. 

Rylands Mill in Wigan
The Victorian Society

The Grade II-listed building is currently on sale for £2.5m.

I hope people living near these buildings will seize this opportunity and campaign to save them.

Griff Rhys JonesVictorian Society Vice President

Paralympics 2016: Dame Sarah Storey wins time trial for 13th gold

BBC Sport

Britain's Dame Sarah Storey claimed her 13th Paralympic gold medal by winning the road cycling C5 time trial in Rio.

Dame Sarah Storey

Her victory took GB to 35 golds, surpassing their tally at London 2012.

Storey has now won two events at these Games, her triumph in the 3km pursuit on the track making her Britain's most successful female Paralympian.

The 38-year-old from Eccles, who was born without a functioning left hand, has won 24 Paralympic medals since her first Games as a swimmer in 1992.

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • Shopkeepers and homeowners across Greater Manchester are still clearing up, after last night's torrential thunderstorm
  • A grant of more than £28m is awarded to Greater Manchester's devolved health service to pay for research into new tests and treatments
  • A Greater Manchester MP is urging the government to force United Utilities to reduce the cost of water bills faced by schools across the North West

Clash over grammar schools continues

Labour's Lisa Nandy, MP for Wigan has said Theresa May's plans to introduce new grammar schools are hugely divisive and marks the end of her "honeymoon period" as prime minister.


Speaking at Prime Minister's Questions, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said grammar schools segregated children, with the vast majority losing out. 

Ms Nandy agrees, saying:

Her first big idea as prime minister is to go back to the 1950s and condemn millions of children to failure.

She hasn't just managed to unite the Labour party on that... but she has also managed to provoke a row with some very senior figures on her own side.

Clean-up continues in Stockport

The clean-up is continuing in parts of Greater manchester after last night's storms and several flood warnings remain in place. 

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Tram tickets to Manchester City game valid for rescheduled fixture

Metrolink tickets bought last night to get to the postponed Champions League match at the Etihad can be reused for tonight’s rearranged fixture.

Etihad storm
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Torrential rain during last night's thunderstorms forced Manchester City's match against Borussia Monchengladbach to be abandoned and suspended tram services across the network.

Transport for Greater Manchester's head of customer services, Rachel Spencer, said: “No-one could have predicted the extent and impact of the storm.

"We will be honouring the tickets bought.. by those fans who braved the conditions only to find the match postponed."

Norman the terrier found in rabbit hole

Adam Yates feared the worst when his pet terrier Norman disappeared during his walk around Manchester's Heaton Park.

Norman stuck in hole for 33 hours

After a day-and-a-half of frantic worrying - Norman was finally found - stuck deep inside a rabbit warren. Ian Haslam takes up the story.

Passenger arrested 'for being drunk and abusive'

A man has been arrested at Manchester Airport after he was reported for being drunk and behaving in an abusive manner. 

Manchester Airport

He was trying to board a flight to Las Vegas - but was refused entry. He has been arrested on suspicion of public order offences.  

'Landmark' £28m boost for region's NHS

A grant of more than £28m has been awarded to Greater Manchester's devolved health service to pay for research into new tests and treatments.

Doctor in ward

The money was awarded as the region's hospitals were granted Biomedical Research Centre status, in what has been described as a "landmark moment".

It will be used to drive forward research into cancer, respiratory disease and other serious conditions. Millions of people will benefit, the region's NHS trusts said.

Football: Aguero set to return for Man City

BBC Sport

Sergio Aguero is set to return and Ilkay Gundogan could make his debut as Manchester City belatedly begin their Champions League campaign against Borussia Monchengladbach.

Sergio Aguero has scored six goals in four matches for Manchester City this season
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The match takes place 24 hours later than originally scheduled after being postponed because of the massive thunderstorm and torrential rain.

Striker Aguero, 28, is one game into a three-match domestic suspension but is able to face the German side.

Paralympics 2016: Dame Sarah on course for 13th medal

BBC Sport

Dame Sarah Storey has set the fastest time so far at the halfway mark of the C5 time trial at the Rio Paralympics.

Dame Sarah Storey

She clocked 13 minutes 57.69 seconds at the end of the first 10km lap.

The 38-year-old is chasing her 13th Paralympic gold medal with her first coming in 1992.

Your pictures: Lightning in Lees

Weather watcher Rita took this photo of lightning in Lees during last night's storm. 

Lightning in Lees

Travel: Disruption on M61 Manchester

BBC Travel

One lane is closed on the exit slip road on the southbound M61 at Junction 5 (Westhoughton), because of a broken down vehicle. 

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Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • Hospitals in Manchester are given £28m to research diagnosis and treatment of diseases
  • Several flood warnings remain across Manchester following last night's storm, with Fallowfield, Chorlton-cum-Hardy and Cheetham Hill among the areas affected
  • Metrolink says customers can reuse tickets to the Etihad for tonight's rescheduled Manchester City Champions League match, after it suspended services

Robots to feature at Manchester City games

Manchester City say they want to bring fans a "unique experience" at matches by giving them the chance to be filmed interacting with robots before and after games.

Robots at the Etihad

The robots can mimic the movements of humans and they are about knee-high sized. 

Robots in changing rooms

The club has joined forces with Ubtech Robotics Corp for the project which will feature on the club's digital channels and a plan for Manchester City-branded robots is also being discussed.   

Murderer absconds from open prison

A 51-year-old convicted murderer, whose last known address was Oldham, has absconded from an open prison in Derbyshire.

Darren Jackson
Derbyshire Police

Darren Jackson was serving part of his life sentence at HMP Sudbury when he disappeared on Tuesday.

Jackson, who was sentenced in March 1986, had been released and later recalled to the prison.

Lightning hits Ramsbottom during last night's storm

BBC reporter Victoria Gill filmed the storm while travelling as a passenger on the M66 near Ramsbottom.

A lightning strike hits near Ramsbottom during last night's storm

HS2 'needs realistic timetable', say MPs

MPs say the HS2 rail link needs a "realistic timetable" and believe the current schedule is "overly ambitious".


The Public Accounts Committee sais it was "not convinced" that the first phase of the £56bn rail line - linking London and Birmingham - will open at the end of 2026 as planned.

It also urged the government to clarify the route and costs for the second phase, linking to Manchester and Leeds. A government spokesperson said the project was "on time and on budget".  

Over 100 emergency calls made during storms

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service reported "high numbers" of 999 calls made after the storms hit the area last night.

Ian Affleck

GMFRS said it received 106 calls between 18:30 and 20:00 from people reporting flooding and weather-related issues.

They included a woman and children trapped inside a car in flood water under a railway bridge in Stockport and electrical faults caused by flooding water.

Manchester apartment block car park flooded

The underground car park of an apartment block in Manchester Green Quarter, near to Victoria Station, was badly flooded in the storms.

Inside Cypress Place car park
Daniel Henshaw

Water levels have risen in the car park in Cypress Place and resident Saroj Shoker said: "I woke up this morning to the find the staircase down to level -3 flooded and barriers up to stop people accessing the car park from both inside and outside."

Cypress Place car park
Saroj Shoker

She said she was "devastated" and concerned to hear this had happened before and almost 30 cars were written off last time.  

Staff from City Living have been working since the early hours trying to pump the water out but it could take days, residents have been told.  

Research funding of £28m given to hospitals

Hospitals in Manchester have been given more than £28m to work together on research into the diagnosis and treatment of diseases - including cancer and respiratory conditions.


The Central Manchester Trust will work with the trusts in Salford, South Manchester, the Christie and Manchester University to become a centre of excellence for biomedical research.  

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • The Environment Agency has eight flood warnings in place for Greater Manchester around Cheadle, Fallowfield and Chorlton following last night's storms
  • Hospitals in Manchester are given more than £28m to work together on research into the diagnosis and treatment of diseases - including cancer and respiratory conditions

Local businesses clean up after storms

Many businesses were flooded on the high street in Bramhall, Stockport. 

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The clean up is now under way.

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Flood warnings in place across Manchester

The Environment Agency has eight flood warnings in place following last night's storm for areas across Manchester, including: 

  • Cringle Brook at Withington, Fallowfield and Burnage 
  • Gore and Platt Brooks from Birchfield Park to Platt Fields
  • Chorlton and Platt Brooks at Whalley Range and Chorlton-cum-Hardy
  • Chorlton Brook at Cheadle
  • River Irk at Cheetham Hill 
  • Cringle Brook at Fallowfield

Find the latest flood warning information here.