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  1. Cyril Smith child abuse case dropped
  2. Lorry driver William Stewart jailed for causing the death of a mother by dangerous driving
  3. Talks over cuts to Greater Manchester's fire service
  4. 'Thumbs up' for Trafalgar Square artwork by Macclesfield artist
  5. Updates on Thursday 29 September

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

  2. Weather: Clear spells and occasional showers overnight

    BBC Weather

    There will be clear spells along with some showers overnight. 

    The rain will be most likely towards Bolton and Wigan where there is also a chance of thunder. The strong winds will ease. 

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  3. Husband and wife given police long service awards

    A couple who met during Greater Manchester Police training in 1996 have been given long service awards.

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  4. Scientists win research paper prize

    Scientists from the University of Manchester have won the Royal College of GPs Research Paper Of The Year award.

    University of Manchester

    The study, by Dr Gavin Daker-White and Dr Tom Blakeman, examined how patients learn about and react to early diagnoses of chronic kidney disease, and could lead to patients taking better control of their health.

  5. Test your thumb knowledge

    Artist David Shrigley from Macclesfield hopes a giant "thumbs up" sculpture - unveiled on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square earlier - will make people feel more positive about their lives.

    David Shrigley

    But how much do you know about thumbs? Answer the true or false questions here with either a "thumbs up" or a "thumbs down".  

  6. Behind the scenes: Cheshire Police's firearms facilities shown

    Officers are shown training with firearms as part of Cheshire Police's Twitterthon, showing what goes on behind the scenes and out in the community. 

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  7. The New York Times came to the Northern Quarter and Ancoats - and loved it

    Manchester Evening News

    A journalist for the New York Times has heaped praise on the "entrepreneurial spirit" of the Northern Quarter and Ancoats.  

  8. Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

    • No charges will be brought after a long-running investigation into claims former MP Cyril Smith abused boys
    • A lorry driver who caused a mother's death by his dangerous driving is jailed for four and a half years
  9. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M62 Greater Manchester eastbound

    BBC Travel

    M62 Greater Manchester eastbound severe disruption, between J18 for M60 and J19 for A6046 affecting J17 for A56 Prestwich.

    M62 Greater Manchester - One lane closed and slow traffic on M62 eastbound between J18, M60 (Simister Island) and J19, A6046 (Heywood), because of a broken down vehicle. Congestion on M60 to J17, A56 (Prestwich).

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  10. Mum of woman who has battled eating disorders for 13 years begs for help

    Manchester Evening News

    A heartbroken mum has made a public plea to get her daughter treatment for her eating disorders - as the teenager’s body starts to shut down.  

  11. Public meeting over Stepping Hill Hospital budget cut plan

    A public meeting is taking place in Stockport tonight to discuss how NHS budget cuts will affect local people.

    Stepping Hill Hospital

    Last month it emerged Stepping Hill hospital has a £40m budget deficit and is cutting 350 jobs. 

    Professor Raymond Tallis from the group Stockport NHS Watch, which has arranged the meeting, said it is all about holding those who provide and fund healthcare to account.

  12. Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

    • A lorry driver who caused a mother's death by his dangerous driving is jailed for four-and-a-half years
  13. More details expected on Cheshire East Council's accounts

    Phil McCann

    Cheshire Political Reporter, BBC News

    Councillors are expecting more details later after auditors refused to sign-off Cheshire East Council's accounts due to a police investigation. 

    Cheshire East Council

    Officers have been looking into allegations of misconduct in public office over nine months, after concerns over the way some contracts were awarded.

    An audit report released last week said the accounts won't be approved until the investigation is finished.

  14. Travel: Traffic lights out in Halebarns

    BBC Travel

    There is a traffic light failure at Hale Four Seasons roundabout in Halebarns. Approach with care.

  15. Man jailed over double stabbing

    A man who stabbed his neighbour to death and knifed her mother in an unprovoked attack at their home has been jailed.

    Oliver Faughey

    Maylyn Couperthwaite, 52, died after being attacked along with her mother Audrey, 80, in Woodward Close, Bury, in February.

    Maylyn Couperthwaite

    Oliver Faughey, 63, admitted manslaughter and grievous bodily harm at Manchester Crown Court.

    He was handed a life sentence and ordered to serve a minimum of 10 years.

  16. Chimney cleaning warning from Cheshire firefighters

    Firefighters in Cheshire are warning about the dangers of chimney fires. 


    The service said it was called out to more than 5,000 of them in a single year.

    They are asking people to make sure their chimneys are safe and regularly swept.

  17. Football: Guardiola satisfied with Man City draw

    BBC Sport

    Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola lauds the "amazing effort" of his side to recover three times in the 3-3 draw with Celtic.

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    Video caption: Celtic v Manchester City: Pep Guardiola 'satisfied' with 3-3 draw