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Summary

  1. Updates on Wednesday 2 November
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates return from 08:00 on Thursday

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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.   

Weather: Cold and turning cloudy

BBC Weather

Looks like another cold night with a widespread frost, particularly in rural areas. Clear skies will become cloudier later in the night, with perhaps a little light rain by dawn.

Cloudy on Thursday with patchy rain slowly spreading in from the north-west.

See more on BBC Weather.

Quiz: Which world leaders are you most like?

Graduates of Manchester are running Mozambique, Antigua and Barbuda, St Vincent, and Iraq - which is the same number of world leaders who attended the UK's Sandhurst military academy, apparently.

World leaders and US election
BBC

As the US prepares to elect a new president, BBC News is letting you find out how you measure up to the most powerful people on Earth?  

Take the quiz here.

Football: Warrington Town's Craig Robinson on being an FA Cup hero

BBC Sport

BBC Sport has met up with Craig Robinson to find out what it takes to be an FA Cup hero.

Robinson scored the crucial goal in Warrington Town's 1-0 FA Cup first-round win over Exeter City, who were 100 league positions above the non-league club.

Man slept with huge 100-shot firework under bed

An industrial-size firework that is so powerful it can only be detonated by an electric current has been handed in to Greater Manchester Fire Service - by a man who had been keeping it under his bed. 

The owner of the 17kg "Brocade Crown with Blue Stars" had won it in a competition, although it should only have been sold to professional display operators. 

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • An industrial size firework - so powerful it can only be detonated by an electric current - has been handed in to Greater Manchester Fire Service by a man who was keeping it under his bed
  • A bomb squad is called out to Oldham Academy North, Rochdale 6th Form and Stretford Grammar School - among others - to carry out controlled explosions on a potentially dangerous substance
  • A report from the Leonard Cheshire charity says the number of elderly and disabled people in Greater Manchester who get help with basic social care has dropped by 17% over the last five years  

Girl's poem about sexual exploitation shared by GMP

Greater Manchester Police has tweeted a poem written by a girl who was sexually exploited, as part of a campaign against child sexual exploitation called It's Not Okay.

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Wolves announce new chief executive

Warrington Guardian

Warrington Wolves have confirmed that former Widnes and Salford half-back Karl Fitzpatrick will replace Roger Draper as chief executive at The Halliwell Jones Stadium.

Gary Neville donates £20,000 to help GB football teams get to Deaflympics

BBC Sport

Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has donated £20,000 to help the Great Britain's men's and women's deaf football teams secure their place at next year's Deaflympics.  

Women's deaf football teams
BBC

The teams needed to raise the money by the end of the month as deposits for next July's competition in Turkey, which is the biggest multi-sport event for deaf athletes.

However, they still need to raise a further £105,000 to cover the cost of travelling to the event and training camps.

"You don't know how much this means to me and the team," tweeted GB women's captain Claire Stancliffe, who has been helping to lead the fundraising effort.

Boxing Day floods: St Mary's in Radcliffe still drying out

Almost a year after the Boxing Day floods, people in parts of Bury are still not back in their homes and St Mary's in Radcliffe continues to use dehumidifiers to try and dry out. 

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The government has been told the money it is spending on preventing floods is unlikely to provide protection in the future.  

Football: Manchester City win was 'the night Pep Guardiola really arrived'

Phil McNulty

BBC Sport chief football writer

Manchester City's outstanding Champions League victory over Barcelona bore all the hallmarks of a seminal moment in the development of this club of unlimited ambition.

Manchester City
Reuters

Barca were finally overcome at the sixth time of asking on a scintillating night at Etihad Stadium, the 3-1 victory a fair reflection of the manner in which City wrested superiority from the side that beat them 4-0 in the Nou Camp a fortnight ago.

And for City manager Pep Guardiola, this was much more than a result that redressed the balance in Champions League Group C.

Read more.

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • A bomb squad is called out to Oldham Academy North, Rochdale 6th Form and Stretford Grammar School - among others - to carry out controlled explosions on a potentially dangerous substance

Thousands of empty homes revealed as housing consultation begins

 A BBC Radio Manchester investigation has found there are nearly 35,000 homes lying empty in the region, with nearly half considered "long-term empty".

New homes plan
Greater Manchester Spatial Framework

A public consultation was launched on Monday into plans to build 225,000 new homes across Greater Manchester, including on green belt sites.

The 10 authorities in Greater Manchester said there were about 16,000 long-term empty homes, which may have been inherited, in areas of deprivation, or may have been a buy-to-let gone wrong.

Car seized after driver found with no insurance or licence

Cheshire Police has seized a car which had been stopped on the M56 near Warrington. 

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Huge 100-shot firework found under bed

A man who was "going to sleep at night with 17kg of explosives under his bed" has left firefighters in Salford "astonished". 

A 17kg 100-shot firework is found under the bed of a man in Salford.

The man, who lives in Broughton, told firefighters he had been storing the 100-shot Brocade Crown with Blue Stars under his bed after winning it in a competition. 

A Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said the "industrial-sized" firework is usually sold to professional display operators and was "so powerful" it can only be safely detonated with an electric current.   

In Pictures: Blue skies over Salford

It is certainly a fresh and crisp autumnal day in Salford. A lovely day for a walk across Greater Manchester. 

Weather
BBC

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Weather: Cold with sunshine

Another cold afternoon, but mostly bright and sunny, although the sunshine perhaps turning a little hazy later on.  

Family's desperate plea to bring son home after devastating crash

Warrington Guardian

The father of a man who suffered life-changing injuries when he was knocked down in Taiwan faces a desperate struggle to find the funds to fly his son home.

Blooming triumph for Wigan

Wigan Borough in Bloom has won a gold medal and scooped Best in Category for Large City in the North West in Bloom awards, the council said.

Hindley Community Allotment
Wigan Council

Hindley Community Allotments (pictured) were rated outstanding and also scooped Best Overall Winner and Best Small Neighbourhood in the Neighbourhood Awards.  

Cat crisis: Oldham tops list of call-outs

There were 501 cat emergencies in Oldham, per 100,0000 of the population in 2015, topping the list of call-outs in England, the RSPCA said

RSPCA call-outs graphics
BBC

Birmingham and Manchester were third and fourth, the figures showed.

England's top 10 cat emergency call-out locations
BBC

Football: Key stats behind Man City's thrilling win

BBC Sport

BBC Sport picks out the key stats behind Manchester City's Champions League victory over Barcelona at the Etihad Stadium.  

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • Turton High School in Bolton and Winstanley College in Wigan have called the bomb squad to carry out controlled explosions on a substance often used in chemistry lessons  
  • A BBC investigation reveals there are 16,000 long-term empty houses in Greater Manchester, as a consultation on a house-building plan begins 

Oldham experiencing 'cat crisis', animal charities claim

Oldham is experiencing a "cat crisis" with the largest number of emergency call-outs in England, charities claim.

Cats
Celia Hammond Animal Trust

The RSPCA said it was being inundated with calls to deal with neglected, maltreated, injured and stray cats in Greater Manchester.

It said, per 100,000 of population, it had more calls in Oldham (501) and Bradford, West Yorkshire (473) than anywhere else in 2015.

High school explosion: What is 2,4-DNPH?

The bomb squad was called to Turton High School in Bolton after concerns over a lab chemical and they carried out a controlled explosion, joining other schools in the UK who have also done so.

But what is the chemical 2.4-DNPH?

  • 2,4-dinitrophenylhydrazine is used in chemistry lessons and is perfectly safe if stored correctly
  • A-level syllabus, where 2,4-DNPH was used in organic chemistry, has changed
  • Action needs to be taken if there is evidence it has dried out because it could cause burns
  • Destroying it with an explosion is one option 

Travel: Lorry sheds load on M6

BBC Travel

M6 Cheshire - Two lanes blocked and very slow traffic on M6 Thelwall Viaduct northbound at J21, A57 (Woolston), because of a shed load of masonry. Congestion to J20, A50 (Lymm Interchange).  

More travel news here

Boxing day floods: Church still drying out

St Mary's Church in Radcliffe is still suffering after being damaged during the Boxing day Floods and has a de-humidifier on every day, only turning it off for Sunday worship.  

Flooded Church
Diocese of Manchester

The church was badly damaged after heavy rain caused flooding across northern England, with rivers also overflowing in Manchester and Leeds, and homes evacuated in Lancashire and Yorkshire.

Dehumidifier
Diocese of Manchester

Reverend Carol Hayden said:"Some people in the parish are still living in temporary rented accommodation because their houses aren't ready. You have to be living in it to understand the stress.

"It happened on Boxing day and there was a lot of media attention then it stopped but these people are still living with this day by day by day."   

Pep Guardiola says Man City's Champions League win over Barcelona is key

BBC Sport

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says his side's 3-1 Champions League victory over Barcelona is a landmark win for the club, but admits they did not do it playing the way he favours.

Man City
Reuters

City had not beaten Barca in five previous attempts in Europe and Guardiola said after the Group C game on Tuesday: "It is a good step to say that once in our lives we played against the best team in the world and we beat them.

"We competed with Barcelona, but for now we did it in a different way. We played more long balls because we are still not ready to keep the ball and play like they do."

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • A bomb squad has carried out a controlled explosion at Turton High School in Bolton to deal with a dangerous chemical, the school confirms

Jobs face axe as council seeks to make £12.5 million savings

Bolton News

The Bolton News

Town hall bosses are warning that 239 jobs could go as they make £12.5 million in cuts over the next two years.  

Man arrested over fatal stabbing of Phillip Owen

A man has been arrested in connection with the fatal stabbing of a man in Greater Manchester. 

Phillip Owen
GREATER MANCHESTER POLICE

Phillip Owen, 42, had been stabbed in the neck and was found dead on Gloucester Road in Urmston at about 19:00 GMT on Sunday. 

A 24-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder on Tuesday evening, police said. 

School in Bolton calls in bomb squad

Bolton's Turton High School is one of several across the UK to carry out controlled explosions on a dangerous chemical. 

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Sam Gorse, headteacher at Turton High School, said the action was taken in response to new guidance issued about the safe disposal of the chemical DNP which is used in year 13 science at the school.

Pink floral shorts man in Santander Cheadle bank raid bid

A would-be bank robber wearing pink flowery shorts and gloves demanded staff not to be "silly" and hand over money.

CCTV and note
Greater Manchester Police

The unmasked man walked into Santander in Cheadle, Greater Manchester at about 17:00 GMT on Monday.

In a note, he threatened to shoot staff with a gun if they pressed the emergency bell but he left empty-handed after a cashier ignored him and brought the counter shutters down.

Weather: Cold but bright

 After a frosty start in places, it is another cold day but mostly bright and sunny. 

Weather
BBC

The sunshine may turn a little hazy through the afternoon. Maximum Temperature: 10 Deg C (50 Deg F)  

Champions League: Man City 3- 1 Barcelona

BBC Sport

Manchester City staged a thrilling comeback to run Barcelona ragged and secure a fully deserved Champions League victory at the Etihad Stadium.  

Man City celebrate win
AP

Lionel Messi's 90th Champions League goal put Barcelona in control as half-time approached but two goals from Ilkay Gundogan and one from Kevin De Bruyne saw Manchester City win the match. 

City will reach the knockout phase of the competition if they win on 23 November at Borussia Monchengladbach, who drew with Celtic on matchday four.  

High school in Bolton destroys chemicals after government advice

A bomb squad has carried out a controlled explosion at Turton High School in Bolton to deal with a dangerous chemical, the school confirmed. 

Turton High School
Google

It is one of a number of schools across the UK acting in response to advice from the government advisory science service to check for the chemical 2,4-DNPH - sometimes used in chemistry lessons.

Murder probe into death of 'good son'

A murder investigation has begun into the fatal stabbing of a man described as a "good brother and son".

Phillip Owen
Greater Manchester Police

Phillip Owen, 42, was stabbed in the neck and was found dead on Gloucester Road in Urmston, Greater Manchester, at about 19:00 GMT on Sunday.

Det Supt Jon Chadwick said he wanted to hear from anyone with information, adding the public may have "a vital part of the jigsaw".