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- Cyril Smith child abuse case dropped
- Lorry driver William Stewart jailed for causing the death of a mother by dangerous driving
- Talks over cuts to Greater Manchester's fire service
- 'Thumbs up' for Trafalgar Square artwork by Macclesfield artist
- Updates on Thursday 29 September
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.Copyright: BBC
A couple who met during Greater Manchester Police training in 1996 have been given long service awards.
Scientists from the University of Manchester have won the Royal College of GPs Research Paper Of The Year award.Copyright: 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.
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.Copyright: BBC
But how much do you know about thumbs? Answer the true or false questions here with either a "thumbs up" or a "thumbs down".
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.
Manchester Evening News
A journalist for the New York Times has heaped praise on the "entrepreneurial spirit" of the Northern Quarter and Ancoats.
- 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
- A convicted murderer, who escaped from jail twice, is being sought by police after he vanishes from a bail hostel
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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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.
A public meeting is taking place in Stockport tonight to discuss how NHS budget cuts will affect local people.Copyright: Getty Images
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.
- No charges will be brought after a two-year 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
- A convicted murderer, who escaped from jail twice, is being sought by police after he vanished from a bail hostel
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.Copyright: Google
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.
There is a traffic light failure at Hale Four Seasons roundabout in Halebarns. Approach with care.
Rylands Street in the town centre is closed after a crash involving a bus and small van.
Really Good by David Shrigley from Macclesfield is a 7m-high sculpture of a hand giving a thumbs up sign, which the artist hopes will become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
A man who stabbed his neighbour to death and knifed her mother in an unprovoked attack at their home has been jailed.Copyright: Greater Manchester Police
Maylyn Couperthwaite, 52, died after being attacked along with her mother Audrey, 80, in Woodward Close, Bury, in February.Copyright: Greater Manchester Police
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.
Firefighters in Cheshire are warning about the dangers of chimney fires.Copyright: BBC
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.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola lauds the "amazing effort" of his side to recover three times in the 3-3 draw with Celtic.