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

Weather: Dry with a chance of freezing fog

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It will be a dry but cloudy night for most. Under the clearest skies a frost is likely though, perhaps with further freezing fog too. Lows of 2C.

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Football: Manchester United captain deserves respect - Ibrahimovic

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic says Manchester United team-mate Wayne Rooney is "the perfect player" and deserves more respect.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic assisted Wayne Rooney's opener and Rooney set up Mata for the second
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His comments come as the England captain broke the club's European goalscoring record in a 4-0 win over Feyenoord.

Rooney, 31, scored his 39th European goal as United won to ensure that a point in their final group game at Zorya Luhansk will take them into the last 32 of the Europa League.

It comes after Rooney, who is one goal away from matching Sir Bobby Charlton's club record of 249 goals, defended himself following criticism of his conduct while on England duty.

Church group knits yarns from the Bible

A branch of the Salvation Army has knitted 70ft (21m) of Bible stories, including such yarns as the Crucifixion and the feeding of the five thousand.  

Twenty-eight women from the Warrington church have spent 10 months creating numerous scenes, making 380 figures and 60 sheep along the way.

One knitter said she had made about 40 angels, while another said the work had "brought us all together".

After proving popular at the church, there are plans to show it at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2017.

Woman Tasered and punched by armed raiders

A woman has been Tasered and punched in the face by three armed men who threatened her with a machete after breaking into a house in Trafford.

Claremont Road in Sale
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The woman, in her 30s, was attacked by the masked men when they broke into a house in Claremont Road in Sale at about 01:20 on 18 November.

They demanded money before punching her in the face twice and used a stun gun. They then drove off in her car after stealing the keys.

This was a terrifying attack which has left the woman utterly traumatised. Fortunately, she has not suffered any serious injuries.

Det Insp Simon Akker

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  • A woman was attacked and Tasered in her own home by three masked raiders who broke into her house in the early hours of the morning, police say
Vincent Kompany

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany will be out for four to six weeks with a knee injury, says manager Pep Guardiola.

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Severe disruption: M60 Greater Manchester clockwise

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M60 Greater Manchester clockwise severe disruption, between J8 for A6144 and J9 for A5081 affecting J7 for A56.

M60 Greater Manchester - One lane blocked and queuing traffic on M60 clockwise between J8, A6144 (Carrington) and J9, A5081 (Trafford Park), because of a broken down car. In the roadworks area. Congestion to J7, A56 (Stretford).

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Salford University's secret lives of Chernobyl's wildlife project wins award

A research project looking at life, particularly wildlife, in areas affected by the 1986 Chernobyl disaster has won an award.

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The University of Salford used automatic cameras in the Ukrainian side of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone for gain an insight into the secret lives of wildlife that have made the contaminated landscape their home.

Throughout 2015, the cameras will be positioned at 84 locations, allowing a team of scientists to record the type of animals passing through the area and where they make their home.

The scientific study of the legacy of the Chernobyl disaster won the Research Project of the Year by the Times Higher newspaper.

The meltdown at the plant in Ukraine was the worst nuclear disaster in history.

Judges quash IPCC Taser case report

A report that cleared police officers of serious wrongdoing over the death of a man who was Tasered has been quashed by the High Court.

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Jordon Begley, 23, died after officers used a Taser on him in Manchester in 2013.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission's asked for its own report to be overturned so it could reinvestigate the case.

The judges said the report was flawed because of "material evidence" issues.

Football: Rooney becomes Man Utd's record European goalscorer

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Wayne Rooney became Manchester United's record European goalscorer as they beat Feyenoord to keep their Europa League fate in their hands.

Wayne Rooney is one goal from matching Sir Bobby Charlton's Manchester United scoring record
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The Red Devils captain scored his 39th European goal for the club when he clipped the ball over Brad Jones from Zlatan Ibrahimovic's perfect through ball - with Feyenoord appealing unsuccessfully for offside.

Rooney then set up Juan Mata to slide home the second.

The win was secured when former Liverpool keeper Jones deflected Ibrahimovic's cross into his own net, and Jesse Lingard curled in a fourth in injury time to make it Jose Mourinho's biggest win as United boss.

Trafford Council leader named Tory Greater Manchester mayoral candidate

Sean Anstee has been chosen as the Conservative Party candidate for the first mayoral election in Greater Manchester next year.

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The Trafford Council leader was selected ahead of Stephen Woods, chairman of Wythenshawe & Sale East Conservatives, on Thursday.

The 29-year-old tweeted he was "so proud", adding: "Our city is on the verge of something special".

All the main parties have chosen their candidates for the 4 May election.

Men charged after Bolton shooting death

Two men have been charged with assisting an offender after a man died in a shooting in Bolton.

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Michael Blake, 28, was found with gunshot wounds to the back of the head and leg near to his home in Westhoughton on 4 November.  

He died in hospital.

A 35-year-old man, from Gorton, and a 46-year-old man, from Stockport, are due to appear before Manchester Magistrates’ Court later.

Weather: Clear skies and some sunshine

BBC Weather

Any freezing fog patches may be slow to clear but the best of the sunshine will be here later. Highs of 8C

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Charnley to make first Rugby Union start

BBC Manchester Sport

Josh Charnley will make his first start in rugby union for Sale Sharks in their Premiership game at Wasps on Sunday.

Josh Charnley
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The former Wigan winger has featured off the bench twice in the Anglo-Welsh so far. 

TJ Ioane, Ben Curry and Mike Phillips will also start for Sale against Wasps.

Witnesses sought after woman hit by taxi

Witnesses are being sought after a woman was hit by a taxi in Salford.

Lower Broughton Road near to the junction of Frederick Road in Salford
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The 38-year-old was struck by the taxi in Lower Broughton Road near to the junction of Frederick Road at about 23:50 on 18 November.

She suffered serious head injury and remains in a life-threatening condition in hospital. The man driving the taxi was uninjured.

Police are appealing for anyone with information to contact them.

Chinatown fire: Firefighters tackle blaze

Firefighters have been tackling a blaze at a disused building in Manchester's Chinatown in which two people died.

The blaze began at about 02:15 GMT at a building in Nicholas Street and lit up the Chinatown arch at its peak.

Harry J Wilson sent in this footage as the flames engulfed the building. The fire has led to some roads being closed, which is causing congestion in the city centre.  

No further details are yet known about the two people found, including their ages or gender. Police say they are investigating whether they were rough sleepers.

Chinatown fire: Searches continue inside building

A disused building in Chinatown in Manchester is "very, very unsafe" and searches continue after a fire earlier gutted the site, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue said.

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Chinatown fire: Rough sleeper advice issued

Advice for rough sleepers has been issued following a blaze in Chinatown in Manchester city centre in which two people died.

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Manchester City Council urged homeless people to seek help after a fire broke out at a disused building in Nicholas Street at about 02:15.

Councillor Paul Andrews said: "This is tragic and shocking news and our hearts go out to those affected by it. 

 "Our message to anyone who is sleeping rough is please come and access the help and support available. We will find you somewhere safe to stay." 

 A dedicated rough sleepers team patrolled the city centre every day offering people help, he added.

The police said one line of inquiry was that rough sleepers died in the fire.

Severe accident: M6 Cheshire northbound

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M6 Cheshire northbound severe accident, at J21A for M62 affecting J21 for A57.

M6 Cheshire - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M6 northbound at J21a, M62 (Croft Interchange), because of an accident. Congestion to J21, A57 (Woolston).

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Chinatown fire: Bodies found on first floor of 'very unsafe' building

Two bodies found after a fire in a disused building in Chinatown in Manchester city centre were discovered on the first floor.

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The blaze started in a disused building in Nicholas Street at about 02:15 and lit up the Chinatown arch at its peak, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue said.

The fire service said there were still "pockets of fire" inside the site and it was "very unsafe".

Borough Commander Paul Etches said: "Quite a large area of the building has suffered a partial collapse.

"The bodies were found in the first floor area. There is a lot of damage and debris that has fallen down through there as well.

"We're still carrying out systematic search to make sure no-one else is in the building."

Chinatown fire: Two bodies found

Two bodies have been found after a fire broke out in Chinatown in Manchester city centre.

Nicholas Street fire
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The blaze started in a disused building in Nicholas Street at about 02:15 and lit up the Chinatown arch at its peak, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue said.  

No further details are not yet known about the people found, including their gender.

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Firefighters and police officers remain at the scene. An investigation into the cause is under way.

These are tragic circumstances and we working to identify the people who were found in the building.

Ch Insp Gareth ParkinGreater Manchester Police

BreakingChinatown Fire: Two bodies found inside building

Two bodies have been found inside a building in Chinatown after a fire, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue said.

Chinatown fire: Fire and police 'everyday heroes'

The Old Monkey pub thanks firefighters and police for their work tackling the fire in a nearby building in Chinatown. 

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Chinatown fire: Investigation into fire

A fire investigation team is at the scene of a fire in Chinatown. 

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A Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said crews were not yet able to get inside the building in Nicholas Street after a fire broke out in the early hours.   

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Five fire crews are at the scene.

Medium disruption: Greater Manchester eastbound

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Greater Manchester eastbound medium disruption, between A34 Princess Street and Charlotte Street.

Greater Manchester - George Street in Manchester closed eastbound between the A34 Princess Street junction and the Charlotte Street junction, because of a building fire. Diversion in operation.

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Latest headlines in Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  •  A large fire breaks out in Manchester's Chinatown in the early hours
  • The leader of Trafford Council is nominated as the Conservative candidate for Greater Manchester mayor
  • Two men are charged with assisting an offender after a man died in a shooting in Bolton

Chinatown fire: Drone and search dogs being used for investigation

Drones and search dogs are being used by fire investigators to assess the scene of a blaze in Chinatown.

A building in Nicholas Street was gutted in the blaze that broke out in the early hours.

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Chinatown fire: Blaze guts building

A fire has gutted a building that broke out in Manchester's Chinatown in the early hours

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Council leader chosen as Tory Greater Manchester mayoral candidate

The leader of Trafford Council has been nominated as the Conservative candidate for the Greater Manchester's first mayoral election.

Sean Anstee
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Sean Anstee was selected ahead of Stephen Woods, chairman of Wythenshawe & Sale East Conservatives, yesterday.

The Bowdon ward councillor tweeted he was "so proud", adding: "Our city is on the verge of something special".

Mr Anstee is up against Leigh MP Andy Burnham who represents Labour and Trafford councillor Jane Brophy who is standing for the Liberal Democrats in the election next May.

Severe accident: M6 Cheshire northbound

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M6 Cheshire northbound severe accident, at J19 for A556 affecting J18 for A54 Middlewich.

M6 Cheshire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M6 northbound in Mere at J19, A556 (Knutsford), because of an accident involving one lorry and one car. In the roadworks area. Congestion to J18, A54 (Middlewich).

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Chinatown fire: Blaze 'tackled from a distance'

Firefighters have been tackling a building fire in Chinatown from a distance to avoid falling debris.

Fire crews
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The blaze began at a building in Nicholas Street in the early hours. 

Crews are now damping down and say it is under control.

Crews are still working hard, we’re using two aerial appliances which have worked well in containing the fire and preventing spread to other buildings.

Phil NelsonGreater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

Chinatown fire: Bus services affected

Bus services are being affected by the building fire in Nicholas Street. 

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Portland Street is closed between Charlotte Street and Princess Street.

Stagecoach and First Manchester are currently unable to serve Piccadilly Gardens, Transport for Greater Manchester said. 

The incident is also causing congestion in the city centre.

In pictures: Fire in Chinatown

The blaze at a multi-storey commercial building on Nicholas Street, began around 02:10 and is still being tackled by fire crews.

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Chinatown fire: Water jetted into building

The fire service says a big fire in Manchester's Chinatown is under control but there are concerns about the safety of the structure of the building on the Nicholas Street, just opposite the Chinese Arch.

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Crews are still on the scene and continue to jet water into the building.

Chinatown fire: Building 'severely damaged'

A fire in Manchester's Chinatown has caused severe damage to the building, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue said. 

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