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  1. Updates on Thursday 17 November
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates return from 08:00 on Friday

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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 Friday, with more of the latest news, sport, weather and travel.    

We'll leave you with this video of singer Rick Astley reacting to a mash-up featuring his song Never Gonna Give You Up and Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba. 

As Rick rightly says, it's "quite odd"...

Weather: Further showers with clear spells

BBC Weather

There'll be further showers tonight with clear spells. 

It will be cold with frost in sheltered spots, but snow is likely over the hills, leading to some icy patches by the morning.

Lows of 1C.

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Weather forecast for Manchester

Appeal after £20,000 jewellery stolen in Cheetham Hill

Police are looking for witnesses after men brandishing sledgehammers stole £20,000 worth of jewellery.

Shortly before 11:00 last Thursday, two men attacked the glass shop front of the Harvey and Thompson Pawnbrokers in Cheetham Hill Shopping Centre.

They took the jewellery and stashed it into a bag held by a third man. All three jumped into a car, driven by a fourth man, and fled in the direction of Prestwich.

Police said the car, a black Isuzu D Class, was stolen a week before and later recovered.

Mental health spending is a 'postcode lottery' in Greater Manchester, says RCP

Spending on children and young people's mental health in some areas of Greater Manchester is among the lowest in the country, according to the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

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In this financial year, Tameside and Stockport are spending about £10 or less per head, while South Manchester allocates nearly £80, leading to a "postcode lottery", the study said. 

The RCP is urging the NHS to reassess its planned spend if it wants to meet its target of 70,000 more children receiving treatment for their mental illness by 2021.

Ex-footballer Andy Woodward on being sexually abused by coach

In his first broadcast interview, former professional footballer Andy Woodward has told the Victoria Derbyshire programme about the sexual abuse he suffered at the hands of a coach when he was part of Crewe Alexandra's junior set-up. 

Some viewers may find the content of this interview disturbing.

Woodward, who is now 43 and also played for Bury and Sheffield United during his career, explained how the abuse at a young age left him feeling suicidal, dealing with depression and experiencing panic attacks that got so bad he once faked an injury during a match. 

Man charged with alleged terror offences

A man has been charged with allegedly encouraging terrorism and having a document likely to help a person to commit an act of terrorism.

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Aabid Ali, originally from Manchester, was charged with the offences under the Terrorism Act 2000.

Mr Ali, who lives in Wrexham, will appear at Westminster Magistrates Court on Friday.

The 48-year-old, previously known as Darren Glennon, was arrested on 10 November.

Police said there was no threat to public safety.

Headlines from Greater Manchester

Man Utd facing £20m Adidas blow

BBC Sport

Manchester United will lose more than £20m in sponsorship income from Adidas if they fail to qualify for next year's Champions League.

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The German sportswear giant is in the second season of a 10-year, £750m deal.

After announcing a fall in first-quarter revenue, United said the annual payment will reduce by 30% if they do not reach Europe's flagship competition for a second successive season.

United are sixth in the Premier League, six points off the top four.

"There is a clause in the Adidas contract that applies if we are missing from the Champions League for two years in a row," said United's chief financial officer Cliff Baty.

"An example would be if we [were due to receive] £70m [in a given year], we would not receive £21m."

Drugs charges over jail 'drone incident'

Two men have been charged with conspiracy to supply drugs and other banned items into a North West jail.

HMP Risley

It follows an incident at HMP Risley near Warrington, which reportedly involved a drone, in August, police said.

The men were arrested after an investigation by the prison service and the regional crime squad.    

Football: Duggan's stunning Champions League strike

BBC Sport

Toni Duggan scored an outstanding goal to secure a draw against Brondby and seal Manchester City's place in the Women's Champions League quarter-finals last night.

Co-op announces job losses in Manchester and Stockport

The Co-operative Bank has announced that up to 200 people will be made redundant, at its sites in Manchester and Stockport. 

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It is blaming the impact of low interest rates on the business. 

The bank almost collapsed in 2013 after bad property loans contributed to a hole in its finances worth around £1.5 billion.

Whilst we continue to make progress with our turnaround plan, in a challenging economic environment, maintaining our focus on costs and delivery of initiatives are key to building a more resilient and sustainable bank.

Liam ColemanDeputy Chief Executive, Co-operative Bank

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • The Co-operative Bank announces that up to 200 jobs will be lost, at its sites in Manchester and Stockport
  • A former Bury footballer who was sexually abused by one of his coaches at Crewe Alexandra, as a junior speaks out about his experience
  • A murderer who gunned down a man outside a pub in Ashton under Lyne in a "bitter feud" is jailed for life

Weather: Heavy showers with clear spells

BBC Weather

Showers will continue tonight with some clear spells.  

Snow is likely over the hills and it will be cold, with a patchy frost possible. Lows of 2C.

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Football: The price of Paul Pogba in cups of tea

BBC Radio Manchester's Red Wednesday team have asked a simple question: How many cups of tea did Manchester United need to sell to fund the purchase of Paul Pogba?

The answer: A lot of cups of tea.

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Industrial action continues at Fujitsu, Unite union says

A third day of strike action has been continuing at Manchester's Fujitsu site including 300 Unite members, the union said.  


Unite officials said the industrial action was being taken over cuts to pensions and a gender pay gap. 

The strike follows the announcement that 1,800 jobs will be cut from Fujitsu's UK work force.

Gloomy and wet weather warning from Cheshire fire service

Cheshire Fire Service asks motorists to take care on wet roads. 

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Football: Man Utd income falls and debt rises

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Manchester United's income has fallen following their failure to qualify for this season's Champions League.

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The club's first-quarter revenue - to 30 September - was down £3.4m (2.8%), with matchday income suffering the biggest fall, down 32.3% to £16.8m.

The reduction is largely due to United playing three fewer home games compared to the same period 12 months ago.

Debt has risen 18% to £337.7m, largely due to the fall in the pound against the dollar since the Brexit vote.

Audit ordered over council grant given to Asons in Bolton

Two firms of solicitors in Bolton have criticised a decision by council chiefs to give a third firm, Asons,  a grant of £300,000 to move into new offices in the town.


Partners from Fieldings Porter and Russell and Russell are calling on Asons to hand the cash back and are also demanding a full investigation into the decision to award the grant without public scrutiny. 

The council says the cash was awarded to Asons to help with "development costs" for the Newspaper House building in Churchgate and to preserve jobs. 

A full independent audit of the decision is to be carried out.

Residents criticise council after roads flooding chaos in Bury

Bury Times

Bury Times

Residents have criticised Bury Council after flooding over the weekend following a night of heavy rain.  

MP calls for hospital link tram plan to be reinstated

A Manchester MP is campaigning to reinstate plans for a tram link between Manchester Airport and Wythenshawe Hospital. 

Mike Kane

A proposed Metrolink route to the hospital was axed in 2005 due to funding problems, but after the announcement that the route for HS2 will include Manchester Airport, Wythenshawe MP Mike Kane says a loop line is the logical next step.   

Football: Man Utd manager's comments put extra pressure on referee

BBC Sport

Jose Mourinho was fined for putting "an additional layer of pressure" on referee Anthony Taylor before Manchester United's Premier League game with Liverpool last month, the FA said.

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The Portuguese coach, 53, was fined £50,000 by the Football Association for his comments prior to the 0-0 draw.

He said choosing Taylor put "pressure" on the Manchester-based official.

On Wednesday, the FA said his remarks meant the referee "was damned if he did and damned if he didn't".  

Severe disruption: M60 Greater Manchester clockwise

BBC Travel

M60 Greater Manchester clockwise severe disruption, between J13 for A572 and J15 for M61.

M60 Greater Manchester - One lane blocked on M60 clockwise between J13, A572 (Worsley) and J15, M61 (Swinton Interchange), because of a broken down car. In the roadworks area.

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Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • Greater Manchester 'has not housed' any Syrian refugees, the BBC learns
  • Almost a quarter of Bolton town centre's shops are empty according to retail analysts, the Local Data Company

Kieran McGrath murder: The gun killers undone by technology

Rachael Lazaro

Reporter, BBC News Online

The case of a gang who used a tracking device to help them hunt down a man and shoot him dead has finally reached its conclusion.

Anthony Henry, Jace Smith, Remi Adams and Troy BeckfordImage copyrightGMP Image caption Anthony Henry, Jace Smith, Troy Beckford and Remi Adams (pictured clockwise from top left) were convicted of murder

As the last member of the group is sentenced to life for the murder of Kieran McGrath, BBC News reveals how the technology used by the killers was to prove their undoing.

On the evening of 4 October 2014, Mr McGrath was getting in to his car outside the Sheldon Arms when four shots were fired at him, one of which hit him in the back.

GREATER MANCHESTER POLICE Image caption Remi Adams and Jace Smith were seen on CCTV

Despite this he managed to speed off, making his attackers think he had escaped unharmed, but the 26-year-old had been mortally wounded.

He was able to drive to Ashton-under-Lyne police station, about a mile away, but after he got out of his white Audi RS he collapsed and died.

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Kieran McGrath murder: Fourth man jailed for life over shooting

A murderer who opened fire on a man outside a pub over a "bitter feud" has been jailed for life.

Remi Adams
Greater Manchester Police

Kieran McGrath, 26, (pictured below) was shot after leaving the Sheldon Arms, Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester on 4 October 2014.    

He managed to drive to the local police station about a mile away but collapsed and died outside.

Kieran McGrath
Greater Manchester Police

Remi Adams, 34, of Dartmouth Road, Whitefield, was ordered to serve a minimum of 30 years in prison by Manchester Crown Court.

Three other men have received life sentences over the killing.

Runners take part in Manchester's Run in the Dark

More than 1,000 runners took part in Manchester's Run in the Dark last night, wearing bright clothing and some carrying flashing lights.

Run in the Dark 2016
Run in the Dark

More than 25,000 people took part in over 50 cities worldwide to raise money and awareness of the Mark Pollock Trust, whose mission is to help fast-track a cure for paralysis.

The fastest 5k time of 19:23 was set by Scott McPhail from Didsbury and the fastest 10k time of 35:12 came from Jacob Watson from Burnley.

It was a really fun run. The route was great and the atmosphere was fantastic.

Amy HughesParticipant

Severe disruption: M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise

BBC Travel

M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J17 for A56 Prestwich and J16 for A666.

M60 Greater Manchester - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M60 anticlockwise between J17, A56 (Prestwich) and J16, A666 (Pendlebury), because of a broken down car. In the roadworks area.

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Stags 'looking for something more refined', says Salford University

The "boozy"' stag do is a thing of the past, with modern men looking for something more refined, according to a Salford University study. 

Alcohol tray

The research said stags and hens were now looking for something more than just one drunken night on the town   

Wayne Rooney apologises to England chiefs over 'inappropriate' images

BBC Sport

Captain Wayne Rooney has "unreservedly" apologised to interim England manager Gareth Southgate after pictures emerged showing him at a wedding at the team's hotel while on international duty.

Wayne Rooney
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A statement issued on behalf of Rooney, 31, called the images "inappropriate".

The Sun published images it said showed Rooney drunk at a party late on Saturday night - a day after England's World Cup qualifying win over Scotland.

The FA, meanwhile, says it will review its policies around players' free time.

Law firms slam council's 'deeply concerning' decision to award Asons a secret £300,000 grant

Bolton News

The Bolton News

Two of Bolton’s top solicitor firms have slammed a decision by council chiefs to give Asons a grant of £300,000 and called on the firm to hand the cash back.  

Greater Manchester 'has not housed' any Syrian refugees

A year after the government announced plans to resettle an extra 20,000 Syrian refugees in Britain by 2020, BBC Radio Manchester has learned just 2,500 have arrived in the country and none of them are being housed in Greater Manchester.

Syrian Refugees

Local councils had said they were ready to accept them but the area's Combined Authority told the BBC it is because the government is not providing enough support and funding for the scheme.

In a statement it said that Greater Manchester had welcomed more refugees and asylum seekers from all over the world than anywhere else in the country.   

Price of football 2016

BBC Sport

Manchester United and Manchester City's adult shirt prices are the most expensive in the league. 

Shirts graph

United also have the most expensive junior shirts as well. 

Find out the price of football at your club here

Former footballer Andy Woodward tells of sexual abuse

A former footballer who was sexually abused by one of his coaches as a junior has said the nine-year prison sentence did not do "justice".

Andy Woodward
Andy Woodward

Andy Woodward - who played for Bury and Sheffield United - was abused while at Crewe Alexandra from the age of 11-15.

His abuser, Barry Bennell, was sentenced to nine years in prison in 1998 after admitting sexual offences against six boys.

Mr Woodward spoke out after waiving anonymity offered to sex abuse victims.

With regards to the sport - there was nothing, it was brushed under the carpet.

Andy WoodwardFormer footballer

Travel: Delays continuing on M602

BBC Travel

M602 Greater Manchester - One lane closed on M602 westbound between J2 A576 Gilda Brook Road and J1, M60 (Eccles Interchange), because of an overturned vehicle.  

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Plan for 500 homes on the site of Salford murder pub

A derelict pub where a man was shot dead could be demolished as part of a new housing development.

Councillors will decide later whether five large housing blocks can be built on a site which includes the Wellington pub on Regent Road, Ordsall, Salford.

The scheme, which includes almost 500 apartments and 37 town houses, is set to be approved.

Football: Bury part company with manager after 11-game winless run

BBC Sport

Bury manager David Flitcroft has left the League One club after 11 games without a win in all competitions.

David Flitcroft
Rex Features

The 42-year-old had been in charge at Gigg Lane for almost three years and led the Shakers to promotion from League Two in 2015.

But Flitcroft's side, beaten 5-0 in the FA Cup first-round replay at AFC Wimbledon in his last match on Tuesday, had lost seven league games in a row.

Severe disruption: M67 Greater Manchester westbound

BBC Travel

M67 Greater Manchester westbound severe disruption, after J2 for A57.

M67 Greater Manchester - One lane blocked and queuing traffic on M67 westbound after J2, A57 (Denton), because of a broken down vehicle.

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