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Cloud will thicken tonight, with some light rain arriving from the east. It should be a frost free night for many areas.
Largely dry and bright on Saturday, with some sunny spells likely.
Highs of 7C.
Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney is suspended for Sunday's clash with Everton at Goodison Park after receiving his fifth booking of the season in the midweek EFL Cup win over West Ham.
Luke Shaw is a doubt after limping off in that tie, while Eric Bailly and Chris Smalling remain sidelined.
- The person who died after a fire in a shed in Chorlton was a woman, police say
- Oldham's Coliseum Theatre, which opened as a circus 130 years ago, is to relocate after receiving £7m funding from the Arts Council
- A new Oldham road gritter has been named Nicole Saltslinger, beating off a host of witty suggestions in an online poll
A police officer who saved a man who was trying to take his own life has been commended.
Emergency services were called after the man sent his ex-girlfriend a photograph of a rope with which he intended to hang himself at Haigh Hall Country Park in Wigan.
They found no trace of him but neighbourhood officer Martin Burkinshaw (above, left) refused to give up and found him up a large tree after scouring the park for more than five hours.
The officer climbed the tree and pulled the man up on to a secure branch before burning through the rope with a lighter.
Whilst I was looking for him, I kept seeing his poor parents frantically searching for him and this spurred me on to carry on.
Deputy Chief Constable Ian Pilling said it was "only through Martin's sheer dedication, the thoroughness of his search and the unwillingness to let a family lose their son, that the man's life was saved".
Bastian Schweinsteiger could stay at Manchester United after returning to the team, says manager Jose Mourinho.
The 32-year-old has spoken to Major League Soccer side Chicago Fire and had contact with other clubs in the USA.
"Of course he can [stay]," said Mourinho on Friday.
Former Lancashire bowler Paul Allott has said he's very impressed with rising Red Rose and England star Haseeb Hameed.
Speaking to Lancashire CCC, he said the 19-year-old looks like he will become the "complete opening batsman" for the test format.
Police have confirmed the person who died after a fire in Chorlton was a woman.
No other details have been revealed after neighbours said they heard an explosion from a garden shed at the property on Barlow Terrace this morning.
Police said they were called to reports of a fire shortly after 06:45.
BBC North West Tonight reporter Stuart Flinders, who is at the scene, said a mother and her two children live in the house.
A Victorian theatre in Greater Manchester will move to a new home after securing £7m funding.
Oldham's Coliseum Theatre will relocate to a modern 550-seat venue on Union Street in the town's Cultural Quarter.
Arts Council England awarded £7.1m to the project, which will see the theatre leave its current site in Fairbottom Street after 129 years.
Council leader, Jean Stretton, said she is "delighted" this "cultural asset" will have "a bright future".
Established in 1885, the Coliseum began life as a circus on Henshaw Street before moving in 1887 to its current site in Fairbottom Street.
There will be plenty of cloud around with drizzly showers expected this evening.
A new road gritter has been named Nicole Saltslinger, beating off a host of witty suggestions.
Undeterred by the Boaty McBoatface saga, Oldham Council asked the public to come up with a name for the vehicle.
The winning entry - a play on the name of Nicole Scherzinger - was coined by 10-year-old Eve McGrath, who is a fan of the X Factor judge.
There were more than 5,000 entries including Gritney Spears, Usain Salt, Gritty McGritface and Gritter Garbo.
Manchester City have been getting into the spirit of the season by putting a snowman in goal at training - though it probably wasn't supposed to turn out like this.
A mystery surrounding a "banging noise" heard coming from a Greater Manchester park at night has been solved.
Residents living near Queens Park in Bolton reported hearing a repetitive "loud tapping" in the early hours this week leaving council officials baffled.
One resident even recorded the sound, the Bolton News reported.
Complaints began on Monday 28 November with the sound being heard for up to four hours a night.
Police officers, called to investigate "suspicious banging", eventually traced the noise to construction work on a nearby railway line.
Manchester Evening News
Police and fire crews are still at a property in Chorlton-cum-Hardy where an unidentified person's body was found this morning.
The body was discovered after reports of a fire in a concrete shed on Barlow Terrace shortly after 06:45.
BBC North West Tonight reporter Stuart Flinders, who is at the scene, said a mother and her two children live in the house and neighbours heard an explosion.
- The energy firm Cuadrilla has announced it has awarded a £1.5m contract to a Bolton-based firm to build one of its fracking sites in Lancashire
- A body has been found after a fire in an outbuilding in Chorlton
- Oldham's newest road gritter has been named Nicole Saltslinger, beating off other witty suggestions in an online poll
Police say there was “no direct threat” to a Salford school despite reports suggesting it was at risk.
Officers were called yesterday after 06:25 to Dukesgate Academy on Earlsdon Crescent in Little Hulton.
They remained at the school throughout the day and have launched an investigation.
A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police said the force “takes all reports of threats extremely seriously”, adding that specialist officers would be at the school today to address concerns.
Lancashire's Haseeb Hameed, who has sometimes been compared to cricket legend Geoffrey Boycott, will watch the England team play in their last two tests in India despite leaving the tour after breaking his left hand.
A6104 Greater Manchester both ways severe disruption, at Caldecott Road.
A6104 Greater Manchester - A6104 Victoria Avenue in Blackley closed and very slow traffic in both directions at the Caldecott Road junction, because of a police incident.
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Manchester Evening News
Nicole Saltslinger has elbowed aside Gritty McGritface and True Grit and won a contest to name a new gritting vehicle.
In November, Oldham Council launched a competition where local primary school children were asked to name the yellow gritter.
A council spokesman said it had “caught the imagination of the ‘gritterarati’” with about 70,000 people discussing the contest on social media.
The winning entry was sent in by 10-year-old Eve McGrath, from Royton Hall Primary School, who is a fan of the former Pussycat Doll and X-Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger.
For your amusement, other suggestions included:
- Gritney Houston
- Spready Eddie
- Gritter Garbo,
- Gritty McGritface
- Gritsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Anti-Slip Machiney
Nicole will now join fellow gritters Freddie Salted; Grittersaurus; Goliath; Walter the Salter; Gritterbug; Gritney Spears; Gritanator and Thor.
Plans for the £10m refurbishment of Manchester's Piccadilly Gardens are going on display in the town hall.
The controversial concrete wall could be demolished, giving way to two new pavilions, if the proposals are approved at a later date.
Lancashire's Haseeb Hameed has tweeted about his disappointment at having to leave the England tour of India due to injury.
The 19-year-old will miss the remaining two Tests after breaking his left hand.
However, it looks like he will be sticking around to cheer the team on, something which has impressed his friends at Old Trafford.
Oldham Council will reveal the name for their newest gritter later.
Their competition to name the vehicle was open to residents and they've had hundreds of entries - including Usain Salt and True Grit.
M6 Cheshire southbound severe disruption, between J19 for A556 and J18 for A54 Middlewich.
M6 Cheshire - One lane closed on M6 southbound between J19, A556 (Knutsford) and J18, A54 (Middlewich), because of a broken down vehicle.
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The energy firm Cuadrilla has announced it has awarded a £1.5m contract to Bolton-based firm AE Yates Ltd to build one of its fracking sites in Lancashire.
In October, the British company was allowed by the government to start exploration for shale gas at Preston New Road, near Blackpool, in a landmark ruling for the UK shale gas industry.
It means, for the first time, UK shale rock will be fracked horizontally, which is expected to yield more gas.
A Cuadrilla spokeswoman said work is due to start in early 2017.
A56 Greater Manchester both ways severe accident, between Sunny Bank Road and B6473 Radcliffe New Road.
A56 Greater Manchester - A56 Manchester Road in Whitefield closed in both directions between the Sunny Bank Road junction and the B6473 Radcliffe New Road junction, because of an accident.
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Manchester City will monitor Raheem Sterling, who was forced off in the win against Burnley after suffering a knock, ahead of their clash against Chelsea tomorrow.
Kevin de Bruyne, John Stones, David Silva and Ilkay Gundogan could earn recalls to the starting line-up.
Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte may name an unchanged side for a seventh consecutive league game.
John Terry remains sidelined while Mikel John Obi's muscular problem will be assessed.
Train fares will go up by an average of 2.3% from 2 January, the rail industry has announced.
The increase covers both regulated fares, which includes season tickets, and unregulated fares, such as off-peak leisure tickets.
The rise in regulated fares had already been capped at July's Retail Prices Index inflation rate of 1.9%. Unregulated fares face no cap.
Some unregulated fares will therefore rise by considerably more than 2.3%.
A body has been found after a fire in Chorlton.
Police received reports of a fire in an out-building on Barlow Terrace after 06:45 and said they discovered a person's body on arrival.
Det Insp Mark Astbury, from Greater Manchester Police, said: “This is a terrible set of circumstances where someone has tragically lost their life.
“We are now trying to identify the person found and work out how the fire started."
A report into a firefighter's death has said the use of breathing apparatus and communications must be reviewed to stop a "similar tragedy" happening again.
Stephen Hunt, 38, of Bury, died tacking a blaze at Paul's Hair World in Oldham Street, Manchester in July 2013.
The Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) report, which will be shared with other fire services, said they must learn lessons from his death.
It added policy change must ensure that learning "becomes second nature".
An inquest in May concluded Mr Hunt, who entered the building equipped with breathing apparatus but with virtually no ability to see, was unlawfully killed.
A fairly cloudy but settled day ahead with some sunshine breaking through. Highs of 9C.
Reporter, BBC News Online
Hello from Salford. We'll bring you news, sport, weather and travel from across Greater Manchester and east Cheshire.
Here are this morning's headlines:
- Greater Manchester Police say they have begun investigations into reports from 35 people about historical child sex abuse in football
- Plans for a replacement of the Coliseum Theatre in Oldham have moved a step closer after the Arts Council approved a grant of more than £7m
- A report into a Bury firefighter's death has said the use of breathing apparatus and communications must be reviewed to stop a "similar tragedy" happening again