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  1. Man arrested after two police officers injured in Salford crash
  2. Labour candidate Andy Burnham launches Greater Manchester mayor bid
  3. Greater Manchester projects offered to Chinese investors
  4. Updates on Thursday 10 November

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

Football analysis: Mourinho's dismay at Man Utd culture

So Jose Mourinho is investigating all aspects of first-team affairs at Old Trafford after being dismayed by the culture he has inherited at Manchester United.

BBC Sport's Simon Stone chucks his twopenn'orth into the mix...

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Woman saved from blaze as child meets her saviours

Rochdale Online

It was an emotional reunion at Rochdale fire station, as Catherine Dearden met Allen Buckley and Dave Jones, the two firefighters who saved her and her sister’s lives from a fire in 1978 when she was just five years old.  

Proposal to redevelop former Palais de Danse

Plans have been submitted to redevelop the former Palais de Danse in Bolton.


Moorgarth Properties, who own the Marketplace shopping centre next door, want to create a 150 bed hotel on the site - which has also previously housed Ikon nightclub. 

Proposal for Bolton
Moorgarth Properties

The plans also include the removal of the spiral ramp to the shopping centre's car park, to improve access and create an additional 400 spaces.    

Wigan 'controlling' serial child rapist jailed

A "controlling" serial child rapist who attacked girls as young as 13 over nine years has been jailed.

Paul Hitchen

Paul Hitchen, 35, was found guilty of 29 offences including seven counts of rape, seven sexual assaults, actual bodily harm and false imprisonment.

His attacks involved eight victims, including girls as young as 13 and 15, between 2002 and 2011, police said.

Hitchen, of Wigan, Greater Manchester, was jailed for 29 years at Liverpool Crown Court.

Latest headlines from Greater Manchester

NWT on the search for a Christmas star

It's that time of year when BBC North West Tonight start looking for the region's Christmas stars - those people who make a difference to you. 

Here's how you can show your appreciation and let people know how great they are. 

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Kennys talk marriage and cycling

After their success at Rio 2016, Olympic cycling champions Laura and Jason Kenny got married in Cheshire before spending a month on a honeymoon tour in their campervan.

The golden couple spoke exclusively to the Victoria Derbyshire programme on the publication of their joint autobiography "The Inside Track".

Dementia patient, 77, spared deportation

A 77-year-old man with dementia, facing deportation to Pakistan, will now be allowed to stay in the UK.

Hakeen Haleem

Hakeem Muhammad Haleem, who is partially blind and has diabetes, has been cared for by relatives in Greater Manchester since his wife died in 2011.

The Home Office, which turned down his visa application in April, has now ruled he can stay until 2019, the Manchester Evening News reports.

Football: Man Utd's Rooney to return as captain for England

BBC Sport

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney will captain England in the World Cup qualifier against Scotland at Wembley on Friday, says interim manager Gareth Southgate.

The 31-year-old forward and skipper was dropped for the previous game, a 0-0 draw in Slovenia last month.

"He's in a better place than for the last get-together in terms of sharpness and confidence," said Southgate.

"He's an experienced player for a game like this and there is no hesitation to be playing him."

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • Labour's candidate for Greater Manchester mayor, Andy Burnham says he will lead a "democratic revolution" to get more power
  • Manchester Airport has reached the 25 million passengers a year figure for the first time in its history

Dangerous robber jailed for thefts in Radcliffe and Prestwich

Bury Times

Bury Times

A robber who carried out a series of knifepoint thefts in one night has been jailed for five and a half years.  

Manchester Airport passenger numbers reach 25 million

Manchester Airport has reached the 25 million passengers a year figure for the first time in its history. 

Manchester Airport

The airport, which opened in 1938, says the addition of new long-haul routes and increased frequency of short-haul flights have helped boost the numbers.  

Blooming marvellous - firefighters win floral award

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Firefighters in Cheshire aren't just good at putting out fires and rescuing people but it turns out they've also got green fingers.

Nantwich fire station has been awarded gold in the Britain in Bloom award.

Nantwich firefighters outside celebrating their Britain in Bloom award
Cheshire fire and rescue

On-call firefighter Desmond Evans took part in the competition to "achieve something beautiful and like to share and enjoy that beauty with my community".

Weather: Sunny spells and heavy showers

An afternoon of sunny spells and heavy showers. Highs of 10C.

David Essex superfan ejected from Manchester show

Manchester Evening News

David Essex superfan has spoken of her anger after she was ejected from his Manchester show - for dancing too wildly.  

Wigan primary school could close over empty places

A consultation has begun on a plan to close a primary school in Wigan. 

Shevington Primary School

The local council said there were too many empty places at schools in Shevington and it was considering closing Shevington community primary and moving pupils to other schools to fill vacancies. 

You can have your say on the plan until 8 December.    

Ice Hockey: Manchester Storm welcome new signing

Manchester Storm have welcomed their new signing Nardo Nagtzaam to the city.

The 26-year-old Dutch International forward has joined on a four-week contract as cover for the side, which has seen several players pick up injuries recently.

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Coach Omar Pacha told the team's website that Nagtzaam was expected to be in the line-up for Storm's games this weekend. 

He said:

This is a great opportunity for Nardo over the next month to impress, and he is determined to do so. I’m sure all Storm fans will welcome him with open arms.

International investors offered projects including MediaCityUK

Multimillion-pound projects in Greater Manchester are being offered to Chinese and other international investors to help get them off the ground. 

Media city

The schemes include a doubling of MediaCityUK in Salford, a huge development in Trafford and a retail and office development called Stockport Exchange. 

Northern Powerhouse Minister Andrew Percy said he was optimistic that investors would be interested.

Andy Burnham launches his bid for Greater Manchester mayor

Labour's Andy Burnham has launched his campaign to become Greater Manchester mayor by saying he would be "radical" and he would lead a "democratic revolution".

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He will face competition from Liberal Democrat candidate Jane Brophy, UKIP's Shneur Odze. Deyika Nzeribe from the Green Party and Stephen Morris from English Democrats. The Conservatives are yet to announce their candidate. 

Cost of Tour of Britain return 'will be worth it'

Cheshire East Council has been defending its decision to spend over £250,000 on hosting the Tour of Britain. 

The total cost to host the one stage back in September was £267,000.

It's despite the authority planning to raise council tax by nearly 4% this year and a similar rise last year.

Tour of Britain cyclists climb Gun Hill in Staffordshire, 2012
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Our aim will be to make sure it's cost neutral to the tax payer so we're looking to get sponsors for the event. If five children ride a bike as a result of Tour of Britain the on-cost of that and the benefit to Cheshire East in long term makes the £250,000 nothing."

David BrownDeputy Council Leader

Football: Manchester City Women take Champions League first leg lead

BBC Sport

Teenage midfielder Keira Walsh's fine goal gave Manchester City a valuable 1-0 lead in their last-16 Women's Champions League tie against Brondby.

Manchester City Women
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In an even first leg of few chances, Walsh's quality hit from range with 16 minutes remaining gave the English league champions the edge.

City should have gone ahead through Scotland's Jane Ross, but she hesitated after rounding the Brondby goalkeeper.

The Danish side host the second leg on Wednesday, 16 November.

Christmas markets open in Manchester

Manchester's Christmas markets have opened for business. 

Christmas markets
Mark Waugh

More than 350 traders from across Europe will be in the city for the next 41 days. 

There were nine million visitors to the markets last year.

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • A man is due in court charged with possession of a knife in a public place, after being arrested by counter-terrorism police 
  • Plans are submitted to redevelop the former Palais de Danse in Bolton despite a petition to prevent the 1920s building being demolished 

Mobility equipment to be shipped to Syrian refugee camps

Warrington Guardian

A container filled with new and second-hand mobility equipment will be shipped from Sankey Bridges next month in order to aid disabled people in refugee camps, as part of Warrington Disability Partnership's Phoenix Project.   

Pensioner hurt in crash in grounds of Royal Bolton Hospital

A woman, 73, is in a critical condition with head and pelvis injuries after a crash in Bolton. 

Royal Bolton Hospital
Geograph/Margaret Clough

A red Nissan Micra and a pedestrian collided in the grounds of the Bolton Royal Hospital, police said.

Officers are appealing for witnesses. 

Food bank use rises in Greater Manchester, says Trussell Trust

The number of people across Greater Manchester relying on food banks and emergency food parcels has risen by 17% compared to last year, according to he Trussel Trust. 


In Stretford the number has almost doubled from 590 people to 1155.  

Football: Rochdale show support for ill child

BBC Sport

League One side Rochdale dedicated their first goal against Hartlepool to terminally ill youngster Joshua McCormack. 

Rochdale AFC

Five-year-old Joshua McCormack was named on the bench. The youngster was diagnosed with a brain tumour last year and was told it was terminal in September.

Following Reuben Noble-Lazarus' opening goal in their 2-1 win, Dale players ran over to the bench to get a shirt with 'McCormack 55' printed on it and held it aloft to show their support.

Stockport man held by counter-terrorism officers charged with knife possession

A man has been charged with possession of a knife in a public place after he was arrested by counter-terrorism officers on Wednesday. 

The 31-year-old man from Stockport was held in a street in the town at about 08:00 GMT. 

He will appear at Stockport Magistrates' Court later.

Oldham man told he can stay in UK after deportation threat

The family of an elderly man from Oldham - who was under threat of being returned to Pakistan - have been told he can now stay. 

Mr Haleem's family say he needs 24-hour care and there is nobody in Pakistan to look after him

Hakeem Muhammad Haleem, 77, has a heart condition, is partially blind and suffers from dementia.  

More than 20,000 people signed a petition against his deportation. The Home Office has now ruled he can stay in Oldham on Human Rights grounds until 2019.

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • A man is charged with possession of a knife in a public place, after being arrested by counter-terrorism officers in Stockport
  • The family of an elderly man from Oldham - who was under threat of being returned to Pakistan - is told he can now stay 

Railings damaged in Eccles crash involving police car

Liverpool Road in Eccles remains cordoned off as work men remove damaged railiings following a crash involving a police car and a black Mercedes at about  03:30. 

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Police officer in stable condition after crash

Two police officers have been hurt in a crash in Eccles when their car collided with another vehicle. 

Police car

One of the officers is in a stable condition, the other has been released from hospital, police said. 

The crash happened at about 03:00 on Liverpool Road. A man has been arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and driving whilst unfit through drink or drugs. 

Football: Man Utd boss examining all aspects of first-team affairs

BBC Sport

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is investigating all aspects of first-team affairs after being dismayed by the culture he has inherited at the club.

Jose Mourinho
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Mourinho is reportedly unhappy with United's medical department.

But, having succeeded Louis van Gaal in the summer, it is understood Mourinho has found the general culture at United falling short of his expectations.

Mourinho has won 23 trophies in spells at Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid.

The Portuguese publicly questioned defender Luke Shaw, 21, and Chris Smalling, 26, for missing Sunday's 3-1 win at Swansea with injuries, telling the media: "For the team, you have to do anything."

Four sentenced over stabbing murder

Four men have been sentenced for their role in the murder of a 20-year-old man who was "cruelly" stabbed to death. 

Clockwise from top left: Abdirashid Boos, Abdirahman Boos, Kaz Johnson and Adnan Mohammed all received custodial sentences

Ahmed Mohammed, known as Mudi, died in hospital after he was attacked in Crondall Street, Moss Side, in March. 

Abdirashid Boos, 23, of Broadfield Road, was found guilty of murder and jailed for life with a minimum of 23 years at Manchester Crown Court. 

Three other men were also sentenced for assisting or encouraging an offender.      

Police car involved in Eccles crash

A man has been arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving. 

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Travel: Road closed after crash

BBC Travel

Liverpool Rd heading out of Eccles is still closed at Barton Rd after the crash involving a police car but it has reopened to traffic coming from the M60 into Eccles. 

Diversion in operation - Eccles-bound traffic is being diverted via New Lane and M60-bound traffic is being diverted via Cawdor Street.

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