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  1. Benefits cap cut to affect 2,500 families in Greater Manchester, say councils
  2. School crossing patrols face axe as Trafford unveils budget plan
  3. Man in court on murder charge after fatal stabbing in Rochdale
  4. Water taxi service takes first passengers on Bridgewater Canal later
  5. Updates on Monday 7 November

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Live updates for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire have finished for the day but we'll be back from 08:00 on Tuesday with more of the latest news, sport, weather and travel.    

Weather: Cold night ahead with ice and frost overnight

BBC Weather

A cold night ahead with ice and frost likely overnight. Temperatures down to lows of -4C.

Bolton gets the gritters out

Football: Silkmen's FA Cup skills will pay the bills, boss says

BBC Sport

Macclesfield Town's FA Cup first round triumph at Walsall will pay off their VAT bill, says boss John Askey.  

Highlights: Walsall 0-1 Macclesfield Town

The Silkmen were the only non-league team to beat an English Football League side, as John McCombe's header secured a 1-0 win at the Banks's Stadium.

The National League side have earned £30,500 so far in prize money from two games, and will also get a percentage of gate receipts from those matches.

"It is massive as it means we can pay the VAT bill this week," said Askey.

Travel: Multi-vehicle crash closes M602 lane

BBC Travel

One lane is closed and there is queuing traffic and long delays on M602 westbound between junction 2, Gilda Brook Road, and junction 1, the Eccles Interchange, because of a multi-vehicle crash.

Congestion to junction 3, Regent Road roundabout.

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Latest headlines from Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • Plans to axe funding for school crossing patrols and charge households £40 for collecting garden waste are proposed by Trafford Council
  • Oldham's Betta Living goes into administration, putting hundreds of jobs at risk
  • Prince Andrew visits a new hub for young people who want to start hi-tech businesses in Oldham

Piccadilly Gardens drug dealer tackled by police

This is the moment a drug dealer unsuccessfully tried to evade undercover police officers in Piccadilly Gardens.

Ali Ahmed, 23 and of no fixed abode, was spotted supplying drugs from the Victorian Monument, next to the children's playground in the city centre spot.

After being caught, a total of 101 wraps of heroin and cocaine were recovered.

Ahmed was sentenced on 16 September to 45 months in prison and given a four-year Criminal Behaviour Order.

Lost property love letter recipient's WW2 message

A love letter to a World War Two airman, which was sent to him in 1945 while he was stationed in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), has been found in a supermarket's lost property box

The letter from 'Dorothy' to leading airman 'Harry' Hughes was found by Stacey Adamson at Asda's Leigh branch in Greater Manchester.

The checkout operator used information in it to search for him and found footage of him online on the North West Film Archive's site

It's hoped the owner of the letter will now be traced.

Man charged after woman robbed in car

A man has been charged after a woman was robbed in Manchester.   

A woman, in her 80s, was asked for a lift in her car in Cheetham Hill Road on Friday by a man who stole her bank card once inside, police said.

A 44-year-old man has appeared at Manchester Magistrates’ Court charged with robbery and was remanded in custody.

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

Lollipop patrols face axe in budget plan

Mat Trewern

BBC Radio Manchester journalist

Plans to axe funding for school crossing patrols and charge households £40 for collecting garden waste have been proposed by Trafford Council. 

Trafford Council
David Dixon

The only Conservative-run borough in Greater Manchester said it had to save £42m between 2017-20. 

It proposes a 4% council tax rise and transferring part of its adult social care to external suppliers. 

The authority also plans to attract more businesses to the area and spend £24m on upgrading leisure centres.      

Run in the Dark hosted in Manchester

Thousands of people around the world are preparing to run in the dark. 

Run in the dark
Run In The Dark

Manchester is the only UK city outside of London to host the event on 16 November, which has a 5K or 10K option. 

Run in the Dark Manchester raises funds for the Mark Pollock Trust which aims to find a cure for paralysis.

Weather: Rain and snow predicted

Some rain and snow predicted for tomorrow.

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Man in serious condition after city centre stabbing

A man remains in a serious condition in hospital after being stabbed in Manchester city centre.


The 31-year-old suffered injuries to his back and abdomen after being attacked outside the Printworks at about 04:00 on Saturday.

A 30-year-old man who also suffered stab wounds was treated at Manchester Royal Infirmary but was later discharged.

An 18-year-old man is due to appear at Manchester Magistrates' Court later charged with assault.

Two other men remain in police custody.

There's snow on the warning for Greater Manchester

Manchester Evening News

Five inches of snow could be on its way to Greater Manchester-The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for snow for large parts of the North West, with flurries expected to start falling at around on lunchtime on Tuesday.

Bolton Wanderers warned over accounts

BBC Radio Manchester Sport

Bolton Wanderers have been warned they need to file their accounts to Companies House urgently. 

Macron stadium

It is understood that the details of the accounts are now six months behind their due date.

Possible repercussions for the club include a fine and the possibility of the company being struck off.

The club said it is aware of the situation and are expected to comply with the requests soon.   

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • It has been estimated that more than 2,500 families in Greater Manchester will be affected by a cap on the benefits they can receive

Water taxi arrives in Castlefield

BBC Radio Manchester's Michelle Adamson travelled from Sale to Castlefield in an hour, as water taxis are trialled on the Bridgewater Canal ahead of their official launch on 21 November. 

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Football: Man Utd really impressive - Mourinho

BBC Sport

Manager Jose Mourinho says Manchester United were "really impressive" as his side beat Swansea 3-1 to end a run of four Premier League games without a win.

Station Road: The bungalow hunters

Douglas and Anne live in Station Road, Eccles in Greater Manchester.

They want to swap their housing association three-bed terrace for a smaller property, but it's not proving as simple as it might seem.

Video by Cebo Luthuli and Susannah Stevens

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Ferryside residents evacuated after garages set on fire

Warrington Guardian

Residents of a street in Thelwall were evacuated late last night after a fire started in wheelie bins spread to two outside garages.

Attempted murder charge over Wythenshawe stabbing

A man has been charged with attempted murder after a woman was stabbed in Wythenshawe.

Shadowmoss Road

A 30-year-old woman stabbed in the head and neck in Shadowmoss Road in the early hours of Sunday morning.

She is being treated in hospital.

A 26-year-old man is due to appear before magistrates later this morning.

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • Police charge a man with attempted murder after a woman was stabbed in Wythenshawe
  • A water taxi begins running a trial service on the Bridgewater Canal from today ahead of a full launch on 21 November

Water taxi from Sale to Manchester

Water taxis are being trialled on Bridgewater Canal ahead of the official launch on 21 November. BBC Radio Manchester's Michelle Adamson was aboard Greater Manchester's first ever water taxi. 

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Football: Man Utd boss questions Chris Smalling and Luke Shaw

BBC Sport

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho questioned Chris Smalling and Luke Shaw for missing the 3-1 win at Swansea.

Smalling and Shaw
Getty Images

Smalling has been out with a foot injury since 23 October, while Shaw played in the Europa League defeat by Fenerbahce on Thursday.

Before the game, Mourinho said: "Smalling doesn't feel that he can play 100% with his pain. Shaw told me this morning that he was not able to play."

Afterwards, he added: "For the team, you have to do anything."  

Rochdale stabbing: Man faces murder charge

A man has been charged with murder after a 22-year-old was stabbed to death in Rochdale.

Kellett Street

The victim, named locally as Akbar Masood, was found with stab wounds to his abdomen in Kellett Street at about 04:00 GMT on Friday.

Mohammad Shafiqul Alom, 34, of Kellett Street, is due to appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates' Court charged with murder, assault and possession of a controlled substance.

Travel: Crash on M60

BBC Travel

Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M60 clockwise between J15, M61 (Swinton Interchange) and J16, A666 (Pendlebury), because of an accident. Congestion to J11, A57 (Barton).  

More travel news here

Manchester Inspirational Voices named Gospel Choir of the Year

A choir from Manchester has won this year's BBC Songs of Praise Gospel Choir of the Year competition. 


Manchester Inspirational Voices from Old Trafford beat five other choirs in the final which aired yesterday on BBC one.  

Watch again here.

Tribute to Jack Braniff hit by car in Chadderton

A 19-year-old man who died after he was hit by a car in Greater Manchester was a "wonderful son", his father said.

Jack Braniff
Family handout

Jack Braniff died in hospital after he was struck in Middleton Road, Chadderton, shortly before 01:00 GMT on Saturday.

Paying tribute his family said he was "loved by all, missed by many".

Oldham girl, 14, hit in face by firework on Bonfire Night

A teenage girl was seriously hurt when she was hit in the face with a firework on what Greater Manchester fire crews described as a night of "devastation".


At one stage on Bonfire Night, the fire service said half its resources "were deployed at once".

The girl, 14, needed hospital treatment for a left eye injury in Pitt Street, Oldham.

Other incidents saw youths throwing fireworks at firefighters in Salford, and cars set alight.

Water taxi trial launches on Bridgewater Canal

A water taxi begins running a trial service on the Bridgewater Canal from today ahead of a full launch on 21 November.

Water Taxi

It will connect Sale with Manchester City Centre and will also take passengers from Castlefield to the Trafford Centre.   

Passengers will be provided with wifi and refreshments for the 4mph journey and can try it for free during the trial period.   

Lower benefits cap comes into force

A cut in the benefits cap - a limit on the income working age households can receive in certain benefits - has now come into force.

Getty Images

The cap has been reduced from £26,000 a year to £20,000 a year in the UK - except in Greater London where the limit is £23,000 a year.

In Greater Manchester local councils estimate that at least 2,500 families will be affected by the change.  

Headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  •  A water taxi begins running a trial service on the Bridgewater Canal later

Travel: Collapsed manhole in Broughton

BBC Travel

Great Clowes Street in Broughton is closed in both directions between the Elton Street junction and the Sussex Street junction, because of emergency repairs and a collapsed manhole. 

More travel news here

Weather: Dry and bright but feeling chilly

A generally fine start, with plenty of dry and bright weather.

A dry, bright but chilly day with the risk of the odd shower. Highs of 8C.

Remaining chilly, although feeling warmer than yesterday thanks to a lighter northerly wind.