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  1. Updates on Thursday 8 December
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates return from 08:00 on Friday

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

Thanks for joining us, and remember you can still contact the team via emailFacebook or Twitter.

Weather: Sunshine over Cheshire

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BBC Weather Watchers Harvey Dog and Dogwalker have been out and about in Cheshire today and sent in lovely pictures of Winsford and Middlewich.

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Taekwondo: MMA switch tempts Olympic champion

BBC Sport

Double Olympic taekwondo champion Jade Jones could be tempted by a big-money move to MMA - mixed martial arts - after the Tokyo 2020 Games.

The Manchester-based 23-year-old defended her Olympic crown at Rio 2016 and is aiming to become the first fighter in history to win three Olympic gold medals in the sport.

She competes in the World Taekwondo Grand Prix finals in Baku on Saturday.

"I'm not going to lie, it's tempting to think 'what else is out there' and in MMA people earn millions," she said.

"Taekwondo is an Olympic sport so it's hard to get sponsors and hard to make money, but I just love it."

Council takes over homes after landlords fail to apply for licences

Salford City Council has taken over the management of three rented houses after finding the landlords to be unlicensed.

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It is the first time the authority has used its powers in such a way, and means that the rent will no longer go directly to the landlord but will be used to cover management costs and make sure the houses are in kept in decent condition.

The homes are in Reservoir Street, Langworthy, and Barrf Road and Glendore in Weaste.

They were being run by two landlords, who will not be able to resume control of the properties until they have submitted successful licence applications.

Latest headlines in Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • A man who boasted to friends about attacking his housemate following a drink-fuelled row is jailed for life for murder
  • A murder investigation is launched into the death of a 53-year-old man found with head injuries in a street in Hulme
  • Bury Council warns of "major changes" to services and a council tax increase of nearly 4% amid a £32m shortfall

Seven held in people Greater Manchester people smuggling raids

Seven people have been arrested in Greater Manchester as part of an investigation into people smuggling.

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The arrests were made as part an Europe-wide operation targeting a smuggling gang trying to get people from Iran into the UK, the Home Office has said.

Four men and a woman were detained earlier this week at homes in Manchester and Salford, while another man and woman were arrested at Manchester Airport.

All have been released on bail pending further inquiries.

Council warns of cuts to services amid £32m shortfall

Kevin Fitzpatrick

BBC Radio Manchester political reporter

Bury Council has warned of "major changes" to services and a council tax increase of nearly 4% a year, as the authority battles to save £32m over the next three years.

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Council leader Rishi Shori says that since 2010, Bury's budget has been cut by around 40% and significant further savings are necessary. 

The budget which provides social care will be cut by £17m, while money for children, young people and culture will be slashed by £7.7m. 

There are huge sums, but it's not yet clear what it will mean in practice. However, regarding council tax, those living in average Band D properties will pay £53 more every year. 

Mr Shori said the town was unfairly funded, receiving less per person than other areas.

Football abuse: FA reacted 'dismissively' to protection calls

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The Football Association reacted "dismissively" to worries about sexual abuse in the game when they emerged in the 1990s, the BBC has been told.

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Ian Ackley, who was abused by a man with links to Manchester City, said his father's calls for better protection "fell on deaf ears".

Separately, a charity has claimed the FA was too slow to implement criminal record checks in the 1990s, which may have placed children at risk.

The FA said it was unable to comment.

Football: Oldham discover Checkatrade Trophy draw

Oldham Athletic will face Mansfield Town in the third round of the Checkatrade Trophy if they get past Walsall next Tuesday.

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Greater Manchester 'top for fertility treatment'

Greater Manchester is the best place to live in England if you need "gold standard" fertility treatment on the NHS, an IVF campaign group says.

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Of 209 clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), it said only four were meeting national guidelines on IVF treatment.

All four - where patients are offered three cycles of IVF as part of their care - are in Greater Manchester.

The Fertility Fairness campaigners single out Essex and South Norfolk for cutting all NHS fertility treatments.

Latest headlines in Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • A murder investigation is launched into the death of a 53-year-old man found with head injuries in a street in Hulme
  • Bury Council warns of "major changes" to services and a council tax increase of nearly 4% amid a £32m shortfall
  • Greater Manchester train passengers are facing disruption over Christmas, with engineering work planned on tracks between Manchester Piccadilly and Eccles, Salford Crescent and Trafford Park

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Man Utd game on after pitch inspection

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Manchester United's Europa League game in Odessa against Zorya Luhansk tonight is set to go ahead after a pitch inspection this morning.

United manager Jose Mourinho complained about the rock hard state of the surface amid freezing temperatures in Ukraine.

United need a point to reach the knockout phase.

Celebrations all round at Manchester City

It's a day of celebration at Manchester City, where Raheem Sterling is marking his birthday and Kevin De Bruyne has some big news.

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Travel: Incident causing severe M60 disruption

BBC Travel

There's severe disruption on the M60, moving clockwise between junctions 8 and 9 due to an earlier incident.

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Elderly man hit by car dies in hospital

An 82-year-old man who was hit by a car in Horwich has died.

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Paul Broderick was struck by a Ford Focus as he crossed Green Lane, near the junction with Carr Road, on Sunday, Greater Manchester Police said.

He was taken to hospital but died on Wednesday morning.

PC Peter Cunningham said he would like extend his condolences to the family and appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

Latest headlines in Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • A murder investigation is launched into the death of a 53-year-old man found with head injuries in a street in Hulme
  • Bury Council warns of "major changes" to services and a council tax increase of nearly 4% amid a £32m shortfall
  • Greater Manchester train passengers are facing disruption over Christmas, with engineering work planned on tracks between Manchester Piccadilly and Eccles, Salford Crescent and Trafford Park

Football: Red Devils boss Mourinho concerned about 'icy' pitch

BBC Sport

Manchester United are back in action in the Europa League tonight, travelling to Ukraine for a clash with Zorya Luhansk.

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But manager Jose Mourinho says the game should have been played earlier in the competition because of a pitch now described as "like a rock".

The Red Devils have to avoid defeat in Ukraine to progress to the last 32.

"The pitch is very hard, the pitch is very icy," Mourinho said.

"They are putting warmth on the top of it, but the pitch is very difficult and people cannot make miracles. Let's hope everything goes well."

Watch: Moment driver ignores M60 road closure barrier

Murder probe after man 'attacked in street'

A murder investigation has been launched after a man found with head injuries in a Manchester street later died.

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Desmond O'Reilly, 53, was found in St Georges Avenue, Hulme, at 22:50 on Monday, Greater Manchester Police said.

Detectives believe he was attacked before being found by a passer-by, and he died in hospital the following day.

Supt Dave Pester said it was "vital" police establish how he came by the injury and appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

Severe accident: M62 Greater Manchester westbound

BBC Travel

M62 Greater Manchester westbound severe accident, at J12 for M60.

M62 Greater Manchester - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M62 westbound at J12, M60 (Eccles Interchange), because of an accident.

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Weather: Heavy rain easing throughout the day

BBC Weather

It's been a rainy start but the wet conditions should slowly ease, leaving a mild but cloudy day with patches of hill fog. Temperatures hover around a comfortable 12C this afternoon.

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Travel: M60 rush-hour delays

BBC Travel

There's some congestion on the M60 at junction 17 with Prestwich due to surface water forcing vehicles to slow.

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Headlines in Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • A murder investigation is launched following the death of a 53-year-old man found with head injuries in a street in Hulme
  • Greater Manchester train passengers are facing disruption over Christmas, with engineering work planned on tracks between Manchester Piccadilly and Eccles, Salford Crescent and Trafford Park
  • Greater Manchester is the best place to live in England if you need "gold standard" fertility treatment on the NHS, an IVF campaign group says

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Tom Mullen

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