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  1. Updates on Wednesday 12 October
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Thursday 13 October

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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.

Thousands expected to take part in Manchester half marathon

Manchester Evening News

Manchester Evening News

About 10,000 runners will take to the streets for the half marathon on Sunday, which will take in spots including Old Trafford and Lancashire County Cricket Ground.

MP has holiday flight travel expenses disallowed

Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk has had a claim for travel expenses disallowed by the regulator. 

Simon Danczuk
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A member of the public complained after Mr Danczuk submitted a claim for £186 for the cost of a flight to return from a holiday in Spain.

He said it was so he could return in time to be sworn in at Westminster after his re-election as an MP. 

Mr Danczuk, who is currently suspended from the Labour Party, says he sought advice before booking the flight and believed it was a legitimate expense. He has already repaid the money.

Latest headlines from Greater Manchester

  • Greater Manchester Police say they have made more than 700 arrests following a four-week crackdown on domestic violence - double the figures for an average month
  • Manchester City's Council's only opposition councillor speaks out against plans to cut 160 jobs and increase council tax by 4% a year  
  • Greater Manchester's estimated population grew by 71,000 in four years to 2.76 million last year, according to the Office for National Statistics

Will Messi be fit to face Manchester City?

BBC Sport

Will Lionel Messi be fit to take on Manchester City next Wednesday in the Champions League?

The forward, who has missed three Barcelona games and Argentina's World Cup qualifier loss to Paraguay last night because of a groin injury, is back in training.

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Fancy dress shop owner refusing to sell clown outfits to under 18s

Manchester Evening News

Manchester Evening News

A fancy dress shop owner is taking extreme measures to ensure none of his outfits are caught up in the Killer Clown craze - and is asking customers for photo ID and will not sell to anyone under 18.  

More than 700 domestic abuse arrests in the past month

More than 700 people have been arrested for domestic abuse in the past four weeks - double the figures for an average month - Greater Manchester Police has said.

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It was part of a month-long campaign to raise awareness of the "under-reported crime", officers said. 

The operation comes eight months after a change in the law made coercive and controlling behaviour in relationships illegal, with incidents that stop short of violence but amount to extreme psychological and emotional abuse now recognised as a crime. 

Since then, GMP has investigated 55 reports under the new legislation. 

We have arrested around double the amount of offenders this month than we do in an average month, sending a clear message - domestic abuse will absolutely not be tolerated here in Greater Manchester and we will do everything that we can to ensure victims are kept safe.

Det Ch Supt Paul RumneyGreater Manchester Police

Snow slide to return for Bolton's Winter Festival

Weather: Cloudy with a few showers

It will be cloudy with some drizzle this afternoon. Highs of 15C.

Overnight, there will be more showers but with some clear spells breaking through.

More details on BBC Weather.

Motorcycle car crash prompts witness appeal

A motorcyclist was seriously injured in a collision with a car in Middleton, prompting a police appeal for witnesses.

Grimshaw lane
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The crash involved an orange KTM Duke motorcycle and a blue Peugeot 206 on Grimshaw Lane on Sunday afternoon.

The 26-year-old biker remains in hospital after suffering head injuries, a broken wrist and knee.

The 50-year-old driver of the Peugeot suffered cuts to his face.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Greater Manchester Police.

Liverpool v Man Utd: Ref's appointment criticised

BBC Sport

Former referee's chief Keith Hackett has criticised the appointment of Manchester-based referee Anthony Taylor for Monday's meeting of Manchester United and Liverpool.

Anthony Taylor
BBC Sport

Taylor lives six miles from Old Trafford, which Hackett believes could lead to allegations of partiality.

"No-one is questioning his integrity," Hackett said. "But what if something goes wrong? It would be intolerable."

Taylor has no United ties and supports National League North side Altrincham.

Latest headlines from Greater Manchester

  • New data shows Greater Manchester Police arrested and charged more people for modern slavery offences than any other force in the country over a 12-month period 
  • A man dies and a woman is seriously injured after their car hits railings in Bolton
  • Greater Manchester's estimated population grew by 71,000 in four years to 2.76 million last year, according to the Office for National Statistics

Population of Greater Manchester grows to 2.76m

Greater Manchester's estimated population grew by 71,000 in four years to 2.76 million last year, according to the Office for National Statistics.

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The area is the third most populated region in the UK, after Greater London and the West Midlands.

The figure for net international migration to Greater Manchester was 9,000 between 2011 and 2015.

The region's population is expected to grow by 6% to 2,915,000 by 2025.

Man dies after car crashes into railings

A man has died and a woman is seriously injured after their car hit railings in Bolton.

Chorley New Road
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No other vehicle was involved in the crash, which happened at the junction of Winter Hey Lane and Chorley New Road in Horwich in the early hours.

Police said the couple were taken to hospital where the man, aged 23, later died. The woman, 21, is in a critical condition.

Anyone who saw the Toyota Yaris crash is asked to contact police.

The junction is currently closed as is as the junction of Chorley New Road with Ramsbottom Road.  

Match preview: Zvezda 2005 v Manchester City Women

BBC Sport

Manchester City hold a 2-0 lead ahead of the away leg of their Women's Champions League last-32 tie against Russian side Zvezda 2005 on Wednesday.

Jill Scott (right) scored Manchester City's first ever goal in the Women's Champions League
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City - making their debut in Europe - have the advantage in the tie after first-leg goals from England's Jill Scott and Lucy Bronze in Manchester.

Nick Cushing's side will bid for a 19th clean sheet of the season in their 24th match in all competitions so far.

England winger Nikita Parris could be in line to return to the starting side.

Kick-off is at 15:00 BST at the Zvezda Stadium.

Lib Dem councillor slams council's job loss proposal

Manchester's sole opposition councillor, John Leech, has criticised the city council's proposal to cut 160 jobs as part of plans to save up to £75m in the next three years.

John Leech
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The Liberal Democrat said people would be "understandably shocked and frustrated" just weeks after a number of senior managers were awarded pay rises.

"Whilst I accept the cuts to Manchester are tough, there seems to be little attempt to lessen the blow on local residents and front-line services."

Council leader Sir Richard Leese has previously said the Labour-run authority would have to provide its services "fundamentally differently" in the future.

He added that the job cuts were proposals, and no decisions would be taken until taken until next year.

Latest headlines from Greater Manchester

Cricket: Lancashire opener Rob Jones signs deal

BBC Sport

Lancashire batsman Rob Jones has signed his first professional contract with the club.

Rob Jones
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The 20-year-old opener made his debut for the Red Rose in August and hit his maiden century later that month at Old Trafford against Middlesex.

"It's a dream come true for me to play for Lancashire and I couldn't be happier," he said.

Jones will spend this winter in Australia playing grade cricket for South Perth.

Lancashire have also announced 21-year-old bowler Danny Lamb has agreed his first deal.

Manchester launches paper coffee cup recycling campaign

A dedicated coffee cup recycling project has been launched in Manchester city centre.

Mock-up of coffee cup on Manchester street
Ben Harrison

Environmental charity Hubbub said the "pioneering" #1MoreShot campaign aimed to recycle 20,000 coffee cups into 15,000 plastic flower pot holders with new technology.

Only 1% of the 2.5bn paper coffee cups used in the UK each year is recycled.

The "wanton waste" of the cups was the topic of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's War on Waste programmes this year.

Firefighters tackle blaze at derelict building in Stalybridge

Manchester Evening News

Manchester Evening News

There have been no reports of injuries as firefighters continue to tackle a huge blaze at a former vicarage in Stalybridge, which broke out on Tuesday.

Salford mother and son shootings: Police hunt for gunmen

A renewed appeal to find the men who shot a seven-year-old boy and his mother on their doorstep a year ago has been launched.

Christian Hickey
GMP

Jayne Hickey, 30, and her son Christian, now aged eight, were both shot in the leg when two men knocked on their front door in Salford.

Police said both are continuing to recover after numerous operations.

The shootings were linked to armed gang feuds in the city including the murder of Salford's "Mr Big" Paul Massey.

Manchester council cuts: 160 jobs set to go in savings of up to £75m

Manchester City Council is set to cut 160 jobs as part of plans to save up to £75m over the next three years.

Sir Richard Leese
BBC

The authority said it would also make £27m of cuts to adult social care and £6.7m in children's services and education under initial proposals.

The Labour-run council is also planning to axe school crossing patrols, cut back on early years speech therapy and increase council tax by 4% a year.

It said it would face a budget gap of between £40m and £75m.

Latest headlines from Greater Manchester

  • Manchester City Council is set to cut 160 jobs as part of plans to save up to £75m over the next three years 
  • Detectives have renewed their appeal to find the men who shot a seven-year-old boy and his mother on their doorstep in Salford a year ago 
  • Police have expressed concern over the number of back street car rental firms hiring out vehicles to inexperienced drivers after the recent deaths of four young men

Weather: Some sunny spells and a few showers

It will get increasingly cloudy with showers in the afternoon. Highs of 14C.

More details on BBC Weather.

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Rumeana Jahangir

Reporter, BBC News Online

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