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  1. Updates on Wednesday 16 November
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates will return from 08:00 on Thursday

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  1. 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 more of the latest news, sport, travel and weather.      

  2. Weather: Blustery showers and a risk of hail

    BBC Weather

    Frequent blustery showers will feed into the region on a brisk westerly wind. These will often be heavy with a risk of hail. 

    It'll be noticeably colder than last night as well.  Lows of 6C.

    More from BBC Weather.

    Weather forecast for Manchester
  3. £330m town hall facelift plan approved

    Manchester City Council has given the go-ahead for a plan to spend £330m renovating Manchester Town Hall.  

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    Video caption: Manchester City Council has given the go-ahead for a £330m makeover of the Town Hall.

    The 140-year-old Grade I listed neo-gothic building is at risk of falling into disrepair if action is not taken, according to a survey.

    This project will be funded by long-term borrowing, the council said.

  4. Taser death report 'legally flawed'

    The police watchdog has taken legal steps to get a report quashed that cleared police officers of serious wrongdoing following a man's death.

    Jordan Lee Begley

    Jordon Begley, 23, died after being Tasered by officers in Manchester in 2013 amid a row with neighbours.

    In the first case of its kind, the Independent Police Complaints Commission has told the High Court its 2014 case report was legally flawed.

    The officers involved have opposed the request to overturn the report.

  5. Missing teen Arthur Heeler-Frood visited cities

    A 15-year-old boy who went missing for 10 weeks said he went to London, Birmingham and Manchester and slept rough at night.

    Arthur Heeler-Frood

    Arthur Heeler-Frood also apologised to the police "for the time they spent looking for me and for the worry I have caused family and friends".

    The teenager, from Axminster, Devon, was found "safe and well" 10 miles away from his home on Tuesday.

    He went missing on 6 September, saying he was "bored" with his life.

  6. Images released of Rolex thieves

    Police have released CCTV images after a £14,000 Rolex watch was stolen from an Oldham shop.

    men running from scene

    The theft took place on 22 June when a man went into the Discount Second-hand Jewellers at Town Square Shopping Centre and, pretending to be a prospective customer, asked to look at a watch. 

    Another man acted as lookout outside the shop while the man inside snatched the Rolex and ran out of the shop. Both men then fled on foot.

    Quote Message: I appreciate that this happened in June and it may be difficult to recall that day, but we now have clear CCTV images of two men we want to speak to and I’m hoping someone recognises them. from Det Cons Gareth Gwilliam Greater Manchester Police
    Det Cons Gareth GwilliamGreater Manchester Police
  7. Headlines from Greater Manchester

  8. £330m to be spent on Manchester Town Hall makeover

    Manchester City Council has given the go ahead for a plan to spend £330m renovating the town hall.

    The Grade I listed neo-Gothic building is 140 years old and a survey found much of it is at risk of falling into disrepair if action isn't taken.

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    Video caption: Manchester City Council has given the go-ahead for a £330m makeover of the Town Hall.
  9. BBC presenter Victoria Fritz goes into labour after broadcast

    BBC Breakfast's business presenter Victoria Fritz went into labour after coming off air, with one of her fellow presenters acting as her birthing partner.

    Victoria Fritz (left) and Sally Nugent (right)

    Presenter Sally Nugent stepped in after Fritz's husband was stuck on the motorway.

    Fritz later gave birth to a baby boy at St Mary's Hospital in Manchester.

    The baby had been due to arrive in early December but Fritz's waters broke after she came off air.

    Fritz tweeted her "heartfelt thanks" for the BBC Breakfast "team effort".

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    Severe disruption: M56 Cheshire eastbound

    BBC Travel

    M56 Cheshire eastbound severe disruption, between J7 for A556 and J6 for A538.

    M56 Cheshire - One lane blocked on M56 eastbound between J7, A556 (Bowdon) and J6, A538 (Hale Four Seasons Roundabout), because of a broken down car.

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  11. Kieran McGrath murder: Sentences revealed of three men found guilty

    Three men convicted of murdering another man who was shot outside a Greater Manchester pub have been sentenced, it can be reported for the first time.

    Anthony Henry

    Kieran McGrath, 26, was shot after leaving the Sheldon Arms pub in Ashton-under-Lyne on 4 October 2014. He drove to a police station but died later.  

    Anthony Henry (pictured above), 32, of Kenwyn Street, Miles Platting - who orchestrated the shooting - was found guilty of murder and ordered to serve a minimum of 33 years after a trial at Liverpool Crown Court in April.

    Troy Beckford and Jace Smith

    Troy Beckford, 24, of Lowerfields Gardens, Warrington, was found guilty of murder and ordered to serve a minimum of 30 years.

    Jace Smith, 31, of Charlestown Road, Manchester, was found guilty of murder and ordered to serve a minimum of 31 years.  

    Reporting restrictions were in place but have been lifted after a fourth man was found guilty of Mr McGrath's murder.

  12. Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

    • A fourth man is found guilty of murdering Kieran McGrath who was shot outside a Greater Manchester pub and then drove to a nearby police station 
  13. Photographer captures faces of homelessness

    To mark the 50th anniversary of the BBC drama, Cathy Come Home, Manchester photographer Joseph Brotherton has created a series of portraits representing the face of homelessness in Greater Manchester.

    Homeless photos

    The BBC drama, which was first shown on television on 16 November 1966, led to councils across the country examining their housing policies.

    Quote Message: I saw someone shouting at homeless people on the street, calling them lazy and useless. The people I met doing this project want to make their lives better like anybody else, just some were struggling to find out how to do it.
    Quote Message: Everyone I met said they never imagined this would happen to them. It's easy to criticise until you spend a day in someone else's shoes. from Joseph Brotherton Photographer
    Joseph BrothertonPhotographer
  14. Cricket: Is Hameed the answer for England?

    BBC Sport

    Can 19-year-old Haseeb Hameed from Bolton succeed where other players have failed? 

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    Video caption: Is Haseeb Hameed the answer for England?

    He made a successful England debut in the first Test against India, with an especially impressive half-century in the second innings.

    Before the start of the second Test on Thursday, BBC Sport asks whether the Lancashire right-hander can provide captain Alastair Cook with a reliable partner at the top of the order.

  15. BreakingKieran McGrath murder: Fourth man guilty of pub shooting

    A fourth man has been found guilty of murdering a man who was shot outside a Greater Manchester pub.

    Kieran McGrath

    Kieran McGrath, 26, was shot after leaving the Sheldon Arms pub in Ashton-under-Lyne on 4 October 2014. He drove to a police station but died later.

    Remi Adams, 34, was convicted of murder after a retrial at Manchester Crown Court. Another man, Scott Chapman, 28, was found not guilty of the same charge. 

    The man who orchestrated Mr McGrath's killing, Anthony Henry, 32, along with Troy Beckford, 24, and Jace Smith, 31, were convicted in April after a trial at Liverpool Crown Court. 

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    Severe disruption: M60 Greater Manchester clockwise

    BBC Travel

    M60 Greater Manchester clockwise severe disruption, at J21 for A663 Broadway.

    M60 Greater Manchester - M60 entry slip road closed and slow traffic clockwise at J21, A663 (Hollinwood), because of a shed load.

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  17. Weather: Mix of sun and showers

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    Video caption: A mix of sunny spells and heavy showers this afternoon. Highs of 12C.
  18. Police watchdog seeks judicial review of Taser death probe

    The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is asking the High Court to review its investigation which cleared officers of any serious wrongdoing after a man who was tasered by police died.

    Jordan Begley

    Factory worker Jordon Begley, 23, from Gorton, Manchester, died two hours after being shot at his home with a 50,000 volt Taser stun gun from a distance of 28in (70cm) in 2013. 

    He was also punched and restrained by armed officers, who believed he had a knife after his mother called 999.

    The IPCC report said no Greater Manchester Police officers should be prosecuted or face misconduct proceedings.

    But an inquest later found the Taser use was "inappropriate and unreasonable".

    An IPCC spokeswoman said the application was made after concerns were raised at the inquest about the conduct of officers involved "that may not have been consistent with the IPCC's findings".

    This is the first time IPCC has sought a judicial review of an investigation.