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Summary

  1. Fire service drops plans to sack firefighters in row over new rotas
  2. Police probe eight-man machete fight in Atherton
  3. Man charged with helping suspect in Rochdale imam murder case
  4. FA to investigate allegations about former Bolton boss Sam Allardyce
  5. Extra buses for the Leigh guided busway after overcrowding complaints
  6. Updates on Tuesday 27 September

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

Weather: Dry night turning cloudy at dawn

BBC Weather

It will be a dry night tonight, with clear spells, though turning rather cloudy towards dawn. 

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The westerly wind is likely to remain strong, particularly around the coast and across the Pennines.    

Sale's Stringer suffers arm injury

BBC Sport

Sale Sharks scrum-half Peter Stringer could be out for up to three months with a torn biceps injury.

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The 38-year-old former Ireland international suffered the injury in Sale's 34-34 draw at Worcester.

Stringer joined the Sharks from Bath last season and made 24 appearances in his debut campaign.

"He snapped his bicep tendon on Saturday so he's going to be out for two to three months," said the director of rugby Steve Diamond.

Peter Stringer

Sale's Stringer suffers torn biceps

Sale Sharks scrum-half Peter Stringer could be out for up to three months with a torn biceps injury.

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Police hunt for knife-wielding burglars

A man has been threatened with a knife after answering the front door of his home to two burglars, who then stole his car keys and drove away in his vehicle.

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The home was targeted in Watkin Street, Warrington, in the early hours of Saturday, Cheshire Police said.

The Nissan Duke car was later found in Hale Street.

The men stole also stole a television, hammer drill, toolbox and several commemorative coins.  

Det Con Ian Bingley appealed for anyone with information to contact the force.

Man wanted on recall to prison

A man with connections to Greater Manchester is wanted for recall to prison by police in Hertfordshire. 

Mark Anthony Ryder
Hertfordhire Police

Mark Anthony Ryder, 46, has failed to comply with the conditions of his licence.

Hertfordshire Police have advised anyone who sees him to contact the force and not approach him.

Christmas party rapist jailed

A man who raped a woman at a Christmas party in his Oldham flat has been jailed.

Josemar Costa
GMP

Josemar Costa, 28, of Peterborough, denied the 2014 assault but was found guilty at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court.

He admitted sexually assaulting another woman on the same night. 

Costa, who was living in Cheltenham Street, Oldham at the time of the attacks, was sentenced to eight years. 

He was also ordered to sign the sex offenders' register for life and issued with four restraining orders for what police described as "vile sex attacks".    

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Marketing agency owner to feature on The Apprentice

BBC One

The owner of a marketing agency in Greater Manchester is to appear on this year's series of The Apprentice.

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Rebecca Jeffery, 31, will compete alongside other ambitious entrepreneurs in the hope of securing a partnership with billionaire business mogul Sir Alan Sugar.

She says she prides herself on being relentless and possessing an infectious enthusiasm, but admits numbers and calculations are a weakness for her.  

She added: “People often foolishly mistake my enthusiasm for silliness or positivity for naivety. I’m proof that you can get things done without whinging.”

The Apprentice returns to screens on Thursday 6 October.

U-turn over Greater Manchester firefighter sacking plan

Proposals to sack every firefighter in Greater Manchester and only reinstate those agreeing to a new rota have been dropped by fire service bosses.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) faces £14m of cuts and said changing shifts patterns was the only way to save £10m.

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) had said plans to fire 1017 staff were "appalling" and welcomed the U-turn. 

GMFRS said it would "facilitate talks" with the FBU and an independent panel. 

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Can Wigan Athletic stop the rot?

BBC Sport

Newly-promoted Wigan are in action against Wolves tonight, with the bottom-placed Championship club hoping to kick-start their campaign after a difficult start to the season.

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Here are a few facts about the fixture:

  • There has never been a goalless draw between these sides in any competition in 16 meetings, stretching back to December 1985.
  • Wolves won on their last away league trip to the Latics but have never won back-to-back games there.
  • Wigan have picked up just one win from their past 11 matches in the second tier (D2 L8).
  • Wolves have kept just one clean sheet in their past 12 away league games

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Union reacts to firefighters job losses U-turn

More reaction to the news that proposals to sack Greater Manchester firefighters unless they agree to a new rota have been withdrawn.

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GMFRS

Matt Wrack, general secretary of the Fire Brigade's Union, said: “This is a very welcome move that will allow both parties to engage in discussions about the detail of the proposals to implement the planned cuts to the service’s budget without the threat of action by either party. 

"The FBU has confirmed that it will participate fully in talks facilitated through the independent Technical Advisory Panel with both parties engaging constructively in discussions to ensure the safety of the public.”

About 20,000 people signed a petition against the plans to dismiss the firefighters.

Football: Toure criticises Fifa taskforce decision

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Yaya Toure

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure says players and fans may "suffer" following Fifa's decision to scrap its anti-racism taskforce.

Yaya Toure

Toure criticises Fifa taskforce decision

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure says players and fans may "suffer" following Fifa's decision to scrap its anti-racism taskforce.

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Threat to sack firefighters over new rotas is withdrawn

Proposals to sack every firefighter in Greater Manchester unless they agree to a new rota have been withdrawn by fire service bosses. 

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GMFRS

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS), which has to make £14m of cuts, had said bringing in new shift patterns would save £10m.

The Fire Brigades' Union (FBU) which had condemned plans to sack just over 1,000 staff, welcomed the announcement that the move had been shelved.

Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority David Acton said: “I have taken this step in order to facilitate talks through the Independent Technical Advisory Panel (TAP)."   

Weather: Becoming brighter this afternoon

BBC Weather

It's been a drizzly day so far but brighter weather is due to move in from the north west as the afternoon progresses.

Tonight will be dry with clear spells, although there will still be patchy rain and moderate winds.

Outdated microchip details leaving dogs unclaimed

At least 12 dogs face being put to sleep every day because owners don't keep their microchip details up to date, according to the Dogs Trust. 

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Dogs Trust

The charity said about 37,000 lost and abandoned animals were taken into local authority kennels last year, and has encouraged pet owners to make sure their animals are properly chipped.

Staffordshire bull terrier Dingle was picked up as a stray in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, around 10 September.

He was kept in a local authority pound for seven days before the Dogs Trust Merseyside took him in.

Dingle, aged 12, was microchipped but the contact number registered on the database was no longer in use. He is now up for rehoming.

Car Bank Avenue, Atherton

Eight machete-wielding men were involved in a mass brawl in the middle of a residential street, police say.

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Police search for missing Stockport man

Police say they are becoming increasingly concerned about the welfare of a 52-year-old Stockport man who went missing overnight.

Howard Platt
GMP

Insp Sam Catterall said it was "very much out of character" for Howard Platt to disappear and fail to contact his family.

He was last seen at his home in Cheadle Hulme at about 19:45 on Monday, and may be driving a grey Toyota Avensis.

Firefighters tackle 'aircraft blaze' in training

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Analysis: Future of England boss Sam Allardyce 'faces real scrutiny'

Ian Dennis

Senior football reporter

Here are some of my thoughts following the news that the FA is investigating allegations England manager and former Bolton boss Sam Allardyce offered advice on how to "get around" rules on player transfers.

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One aspect to the story - and you don't get it from the headline - is that Allardyce repeatedly said he would have to get it cleared by the FA.

His exact quote was 'I'll have to run it by the powers that be'. That's in terms of what he was allegedly being offered.

However, it's still very serious for the FA. It's uncomfortable and it's embarrassing for Allardyce, just two months into a two-year deal as manager.

I think his future at the moment faces real scrutiny. Some may say his job is under threat. That's what the FA will have to decide.

Is it a question of poor judgement or something more serious? The next 24 hours are going to be very, very interesting.

Victoria Wood fans to choose star's memorial statue

Fans of Victoria Wood have been given the chance to choose the character for a planned memorial statue of the star in Bury, the town where she grew up.

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The star's brother, Chris Foote Wood, launched a campaign in July to erect a life-size sculpture of the entertainer.

Fans will be able to choose between Wood's Brenda "Bren" Furlong from Dinnerladies or Kimberley's Friend via an online vote.

Dog rescued from house blaze

A dog has been rescued after a fire broke out at a house in Rochdale.

Manchester fire service
GMFRS

The blaze started in the living room of the home in Mount Street in Heywood on Monday evening.

It was put out within 50 minutes and there were no reports of any injuries, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said.

Police probe 'alarming' eight-man machete fight in Atherton

A machete fight involving eight men in broad daylight has sparked a police investigation.

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BBC

The fight began in Carbank Avenue, Atherton, following reports of a collision between three cars on Monday morning.

Police attended and found a man with minor injuries and the vehicles abandoned on the street.

Det Sgt Craig Hurst, of Greater Manchester Police, said: “This is an unbelievable incident. I know the community will be alarmed but we are putting all our efforts into finding those responsible."

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Man charged with attempted murder over hammer attack

A man has been charged with attempted murder after a woman was attacked with a hammer in Rochdale.

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She was taken to hospital and remains in a serious but stable condition following the attack, which happened in Oakcliffe Road on Sunday.

The 43-year-old suspect, of Bury, is also charged with possession of an offensive weapon and is due to appear before Rochdale magistrates later.

Travel: Wheelbarrow causing M60 disruption

BBC Travel

A wheelbarrow left in the road is causing disruption on the M60, travelling anti-clockwise between junctions 6, Sale, and 5, Princess Parkway.

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Football: England manager allegations investigated by FA

BBC Sport

The Football Association is investigating allegations England manager and former Bolton boss Sam Allardyce used his role to negotiate a £400,000 deal and offer advice on how to and offer advice on how to "get around" rules on player transfers.

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The Telegraph claims to have footage from August of Allardyce meeting men claiming to represent a Far East firm where he appears to say third-party ownership rules can be avoided.

The 61-year-old has yet to respond to the allegations, while the FA has asked to see the paper's filmed recordings.

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Weather: Patchy rain and drizzle

BBC Weather

It's looking like a grey and damp start to the day for most with patchy light rain and drizzle.

Weather forecast for Tuesday 27 September

Brighter conditions will move in through the afternoon with some sunshine but the breeze will be strong.

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Severe accident: A662 Greater Manchester both ways

BBC Travel

A662 Greater Manchester both ways severe accident, at Market Street.

A662 Greater Manchester - A662 Manchester Road in Droylsden closed and slow traffic in both directions at the Market Street junction, because of an accident.

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