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

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

  2. Weather: Further outbreaks of rain

    BBC Weather

    There is a risk of a few showers, turning heavy for some this afternoon - these will continue into the evening in some places, with further outbreaks of rain later in the night.

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    Video caption: Weather forecast for Wednesday 21 September

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  3. Paralympics 2016: Dame Sarah Storey says competing at Tokyo Paralympics in 2020 would be 'cool'

    BBC Sport

    Dame Sarah Storey, Britain's most successful female Paralympian, says there is "every likelihood" she will compete at her eighth Games in Tokyo.

    Dame Sarah Storey

    The 38-year-old cyclist won three gold medals at Rio 2016 to take her tally to 14, three more than former wheelchair racer Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson.

    Storey competed at the 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2004 Paralympics as a swimmer, before switching to the velodrome.

    "Four Games in each sport sounds rather cool," she told BBC Sport.

  4. Rochdale Council to assess former asbestos site

    An investigation into the ground quality at a former asbestos site in Rochdale is due to start next month, the local council has said.

    Former TBA site Rochdale

    Specialist consultants will be looking at potential environmental issues at Turner Brothers Asbestos's former location to "fill in gaps in the knowledge gained from previous investigations".

    The council, which hopes the research will help identify a long-term use for the site, is holding an open evening for residents on Thursday at Spotland Methodist Church from 16:00 to 21:00.

  5. Rugby League: Warrington Wolves forward Ben Currie suffers serious knee injury

    BBC Sport

    Warrington Wolves forward Ben Currie could be out for up to nine months with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

    Ben Currie

    The 22-year-old suffered the injury in scoring a try for Warrington in Friday's 35-28 loss at home to Wigan.

    Currie's form meant he was widely expected to be included in the England squad for the upcoming Four Nations tournament at the end of the season.

    "Our worst fears have come to fruition. He's torn his ACL off the bone," said Wolves head coach Tony Smith.

  6. Concern over loss of A&E doctors at Trafford hospital

    An MP has said she is concerned about plans to remove emergency doctors from Trafford General Hospital.

    Kate Green MP

    Kate Green, Labour MP for Stretford and Urmston, said it was "troubling" that the change is happening at such short notice, adding: "The top priority has to be patient safety."

    NHS bosses said the number of patients attending the hospital's Urgent Care Centre after 20:00 is "very low" and the approved "nurse-led" model will begin on Monday 3 October, 

    Dr Nigel Guest, chief clinical officer at Trafford Clinical Commissioning Group, said: "There is a great shortage of A&E clinicians and there are clinicians in Trafford [General] who do not have a great workload and they are far better deployed in a system that helps North Manchester Hospital."

    The A&E centre at Trafford General, which was the first NHS hospital in 1948, was downgraded to an Urgent Care Centre in 2013.

  7. Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

    • An MP raises concerns about plans to remove emergency doctors from Trafford General Hospital
    • Union bosses have been in Manchester for talks over claims that firefighters will be sacked unless they agree to a new shift pattern
    • A 13-year-old boy has died after being run over by what's thought to be an unattended car in Macclesfield last night
  8. Football: Bury centre-back suffers another long-term knee injury

    BBC Sport

    Bury defender Nathan Cameron is expected to be out for at least six months after a recurrence of a serious knee injury.

    Nathan Cameron

    The 24-year-old centre-back had surgery on cartilage damage in February, but had another operation last week. 

    He has not played for the Shakers since the 0-0 draw at Coventry on 16 August.

  9. Mail stolen from locked postal worker's trolley

    Mail has been stolen from a locked postal worker's trolley in Denton.


    The theft took place in St Laurence Road on Saturday morning and Greater Manchester Police is investigating.

    A Royal Mail spokeswoman said: "Royal Mail can confirm that items of mail were stolen from a locked Royal Mail high capacity trolley.

    "The safety and security of mail is of the utmost importance to our business."

  10. Macclesfield boy, 13, hit by 'unattended car' dies

    A boy believed to have been run over by an "unattended car" has died.

    Fowey Close, Macclesfield
    Image caption: The boy's next of kin has been informed

    It happened on Fowey Close, Macclesfield, shortly before 21:00 BST on Tuesday, said Cheshire Police.

    A force spokesman said the 13-year-old boy from the town sustained injuries "which later proved to be fatal".

    Officers think he was run over by the vehicle - nobody else is believed to have been involved. 

    An investigation to establish the exact cause is ongoing.

  11. Violence 'will not be tolerated' following Manchester 'gang fight'

    Violence on the streets of Manchester "will not be tolerated", police said after there were reports of a gang fight on Tuesday.

    Dale Street, Manchester

    Police received several reports of a large group of teenagers in school uniform aged 13 to 17 fighting in Dale Street at about 19:20 but, by the time patrols arrived, the youngsters had fled.

    Insp Phil Spurgeon said the brawl caused a "great deal of concern of distress".

    He added: "Violence will not be tolerated on the streets of Greater Manchester and we will be looking to reprimand the senseless individuals who have caused this chaos.”

  12. Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

    • Patients seeking urgent treatment at Trafford General Hospital will no longer be seen by an emergency doctor after plans to introduce a 'nurse-led' assessment were approved
    • Union bosses have been in Manchester for talks over claims that firefighters will be sacked unless they agree to a new shift pattern
    • Police say they will not tolerate street violence after a gang brawl involving school children in Manchester's Northern Quarter
  13. Weather: Cloudy with a chance of showers

    Charlie Slater

    BBC Weather presenter

    It will be a rather cloudy afternoon but there is a risk of a few showers which could turn heavy for some.

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    Video caption: Weather forecast for Wednesday 21 September

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  14. Trafford Urgent Care Centre to lose A&E doctors

    Patients seeking urgent treatment at Trafford General Hospital will no longer be seen by an emergency doctor.

    Trafford General Hospital

    NHS bosses said the number of patients attending the hospital's Urgent Care Centre (UCC) after 20:00 is "very low" and the move to a "nurse-led" model had been approved.

    Patients at the UCC generally "do not require the skills of a specialist A&E doctor", said a spokesman.

    From Monday 3 October, patients will instead be assessed by "advanced emergency nursing practitioners" and directed to the most appropriate part of the service. 

    In 2013, the hospital's A&E department was downgraded to an UCC despite a campaign to save it.

    Quote Message: The change to a nurse-led model of care was always in our plans from Gina Lawrence Chief Operating Officer
    Gina LawrenceChief Operating Officer
  15. Football: When Best hit Northampton for six

    Manchester United's third round EFL tie at Northampton tonight evokes memories of a famous match between the two in 1970.

    George Best scores against Northampton

    United won their FA Cup clash 8-2 and George Best wrote his name into the record books with a single-handed demolition of Northampton with a six-goal haul.

    George Best celebrates scoring six against Northampton

    The unfortunate keeper on the receiving end was Kim Book, brother of former Manchester City captain Tony.

    The two sides have never played each other in the EFL Cup but had another meeting in 2004 in the FA Cup which the Reds won 3-0.

  16. Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

    • Private security guards are drafted in by Manchester's two universities to help tackle anti-social behaviour
    • Union bosses are in Manchester for talks today after the city's firefighters claimed they have been threatened with dismissal unless they agree to a new shift pattern
    • Hotel owners in Manchester report an increase in the number of visitors from the Middle East
  17. Football: Kompany could make Man City comeback

    BBC Sport

    Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany could make his first appearance of the season having recovered from a thigh injury in the club's tie at Swansea in the EFL Third Round.

    Vincent Kompany

    But midfielder David Silva remains doubtful with a leg injury.