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  1. Updates on Friday 2 December
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates will return from 08:00 on Monday

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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 and bright this weekend

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.

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Football: Everton v Man Utd

BBC Sport

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.

Rival managers Jose Mourinho and Ronald Koeman
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Plans to open Bury's only pet crematorium

Bury Times

Bury could get its own pet crematorium, if proposals to transform a vacant stable block are allowed to go ahead.

Headlines from Greater Manchester

  • 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  

Residents urged to have their say on house building proposals

Bolton News

Residents are being urged to have their say in a consultation that could see thousands of houses built on green spaces across the Bolton.  

Award for 'dedicated' police officer who saved man's life

A police officer who saved a man who was trying to take his own life has been commended.

Martin Burkinshaw and Ian Pilling

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.

Martin BurkinshawGreater Manchester Police

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".

Football: Schweinsteiger could stay at Man Utd

Bastian Schweinsteiger could stay at Manchester United after returning to the team, says manager Jose Mourinho.

Bastian Schweinsteiger

The former Germany midfielder, who was made to train on his own earlier this season, was a late substitute in Wednesday's EFL Cup win over West Ham - his first appearance of the season.

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.

Flood alleviation scheme completed in Littleborough

Rochdale Online

Two new storage reservoirs, created to alleviate flooding, have been completed in Littleborough.

Cricket: Hameed could become 'complete opening batsman'

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.

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Police confirm body in Chorlton fire was of a woman

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.    

Funding for new Coliseum Theatre in Oldham

A Victorian theatre in Greater Manchester will move to a new home after securing £7m funding. 

Oldham Coliseum

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.

Weather: Murky conditions but settled

BBC Weather

There will be plenty of cloud around with drizzly showers expected this evening.

Road gritter named after X Factor judge

A new road gritter has been named Nicole Saltslinger, beating off a host of witty suggestions.  

Nicole Scherzinger is a judge on ITV1's X Factor show

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.

Oldham Council man and Eve McGrath with the yellow gritter
Oldham Council

Snowman 'a knockout' at Manchester City

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.

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Mystery 'banging' noise in park solved

A mystery surrounding a "banging noise" heard coming from a Greater Manchester park at night has been solved.

Queens Park in Bolton

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.

Christmas crackdown on drug and drink-driving launched

Manchester Evening News

Police patrols will be increased across Greater Manchester over the coming weeks as officers target motorists who have taken alcohol or drugs.

Emergency crews remain at scene of Chorlton fire

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.  

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Headlines from Greater Manchester

  • 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 find 'no direct threat' to primary school

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. 

Cricket: Lancashire's Hameed flies back as a fan

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.

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Severe disruption: A6104 Greater Manchester both ways

BBC Travel

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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The Courteneers cut short gig after bottle thrown

Manchester Evening News

The Manchester band were three songs into their set in London before ending their gig, after a bottle was thrown at frontman Liam Fray.

Gritter named 'Nicole Saltslinger' after contest

Nicole Saltslinger has elbowed aside Gritty McGritface and True Grit and won a contest to name a new gritting vehicle. 

Eve McGrath visited the depot where the gritter is based
Oldham Council
Eve McGrath visited the depot where the gritter is based

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.

Nicole Scherzinger
Nicole Scherzinger is yet to comment

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.

Piccadilly Gardens' plans go on display

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.

artists' impression
Manchester City Council

Cricket: Lancashire's Hameed 'disappointed' to leave tour over injury

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.

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However, it looks like he will be sticking around to cheer the team on, something which has impressed his friends at Old Trafford.

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Two trains an hour to Manchester delayed until May 2018

Knutsford Guardian

Train users in Knutsford have been dealt a blow after plans for two trains an hour to Manchester and Chester were delayed for six months.  

What's in a name?

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. 

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Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire southbound

BBC Travel

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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Schools without electricity after power cut

Two schools and houses in part of Nantwich are without electricity this morning after a power cut, Nantwich Police say.

SP Energy Networks say engineers are on the way to investigate.

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Bolton firm lands £1.5m fracking site contract

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.

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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.

Fracking explained

Severe accident: A56 Greater Manchester both ways

BBC Travel

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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Football: Manchester City v Chelsea

BBC Sport

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.

Sergio Aguero
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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 to rise by average of 2.3%

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%.

Body found after Chorlton fire

A body has been found after a fire in Chorlton.

Barlow Terrace

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." 

Stephen Hunt: Fire services must avoid similar tragedy, report says

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

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.

Weather: Settled but cloudy

BBC Weather

A fairly cloudy but settled day ahead with some sunshine breaking through. Highs of 9C.

Good morning: Join us for today's live news coverage

Rumeana Jahangir

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