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  1. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Thursday

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

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

  2. Weather: Mild with light rain

    BBC Weather

    Outbreaks of light rain and low cloud will slowly move south-eastwards through the night to affect most areas by dawn. Winds will remain light and it will stay mild. Lows of 8C.

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    Video caption: Weather

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  3. Football: Crystal Palace v Manchester United

    BBC Sport

    As Manchester United travel to Crystal Palace (20:00) here is the team news: 

    Manchester United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan is expected to be out until Boxing Day with an ankle injury.

    Manchester United V Crystal Palace
    Image caption: The last time these teams met was in the FA Cup final, which United won in extra-time

    Full-back Antonio Valencia is suspended after picking up his fifth domestic booking of the season.  

    Quote Message: "They're playing well, they're playing more than ever and better than ever, and now we have a third central defender [Eric Bailly] to rotate. from Jose Mourinho Manchester United manager
    Jose MourinhoManchester United manager
  4. Owls, skulls and pink flowers adorn celebrities' Christmas trees

    Celebrities have been sharing their festive creations on social media.  

    Rooney tree

    TV presenter Coleen Rooney, wife of Manchester United footballer Wayne Rooney, had no fewer than four artificial owls on her tree, which was also festooned with a pair of ice skates.   

  5. Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

    • The killer of Bury schoolboy, Joe Geeling, has his parole bid turned down as the judge says he remains a "high risk" to children and the public
    • Former football coach Barry Bennell is remanded in custody after appearing in court charged with child sex offences
    • Building work begins on 60 new homes in Salford, due to be finished in 2019
  6. Big 7ft fish on display at Manchester's Arndale market

    A giant 7ft long fish caught in the Indian Ocean has gone on display in Manchester.

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    Video caption: A giant fish which is seven feet long has gone on display in Manchester

    The Goliath brown grouper which weighs 30 stone (190.5kg) was on show at a stall at the the city's Arndale shopping centre. 

  7. New homes project begins in Salford

    Building work has begun on 160 new homes in Salford with the project expected to be finished by the summer of 2019.  

    Beechfarm estate Swinton

    They are replacing 146 houses which will be gradually demolished on the Beechfarm Estate in Swinton. 

    Housing association Salix Homes says existing tenants will have priority but around 40 of the new homes will be for sale or shared ownership. 

  8. Joe Geeling murder: 'High risk' killer has parole bid rejected

    The killer of Bury schoolboy Joe Geeling has had a bid for early parole turned down. 

    Michael Hamer

    Michael Hamer, 23, (pictured above) was 14 when he battered and stabbed 11-year-old Joe to death in March 2006. 

    Joe

    Hamer attacked him after it is believed Joe had rejected a sexual advance. He then put the boy in a wheelie bin before dumping his body in a park.

    A High Court judge dismissed his application for parole saying, despite progress during his sentence, Hamer still presents "a high risk to children and the public".    

  9. Football: Man City v Watford

    BBC Sport

    As Manchester City welcome Watford (20:00 GMT) here is the team news

    Man City

    Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola could recall defender Nicolas Otamendi, who served a one game-ban at Leicester.

    However, top scorer Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho are still suspended, while Vincent Kompany remains injured.

  10. Travel: Broken down vehicle on M62

    BBC Travel

    Entry slip road is partially blocked eastbound at Birch Services, because of a broken down vehicle.  

    More travel news here

  11. Weather: Staying dry with light breeze

    BBC Weather

    Rain will slowly edge into north-western parts this afternoon, but it should remain mostly dry with some sunshine elsewhere. Staying mild with gentle southerly winds.  

    weather

    Outbreaks of light rain and low cloud will slowly move south-eastwards through the night to affect most areas by dawn. Winds will remain light and it will stay mild.  

    Lows of 7C.

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  12. Christmas getaway: Is your route affected?

    As Christmas Day falls on Sunday, experts suggest the busiest days on the roads will be Friday 16 December, Tuesday 20 December and Friday 23 December.

    Worst delays

    The M60 and M6 both feature in the predicted worst delays guide. 

  13. Knitted angels found in Romiley

    A Christmas surprise for people who live in Romiley, Stockport. 

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    Video caption: Angels knitted by church members in Romiley
  14. Industrial unit blaze inquiry begins

    An investigation has begun into the cause of a fire at an industrial unit in Stockport.

    Newby Road Industrial estate

    People living in Hazel Grove were warned to keep their doors and windows closed overnight because of concerns about the smoke from the fire.

    The roof of the unit in Newby Road Industrial estate was found to contain asbestos and a special hazardous materials team were called in to deal with it.

  15. Coach Bennell remanded on sex charges

    Former football coach Barry Bennell has been remanded in custody after appearing in court charged with child sex offences.

    Barry Bennell

    He is charged with five counts of indecent assault on a boy, two counts of inciting a boy to commit an act of gross indecency and one count of assault with intent to commit buggery.

    One of the alleged offences was said to have happened in Cheshire. 

    The 62-year-old appeared via video-link at South Cheshire Magistates' Court.

  16. Cheshire's smallest school gets repreive

    Phil McCann

    Cheshire Political Reporter, BBC News

    An official review has concluded Cheshire's smallest school should stay open, for the time being.

    Pott Shrigley Church School.

    Governors at Pott Shrigley Church School near Bollington had claimed it was not financially viable to keep open with just 22 pupils.

    A panel of Cheshire East councillors reviewing the proposals has concluded that the formal closure process should not begin "at this time".

    A final decision will be taken by the local authority next week.

  17. 'Give me time' at Man City - Pep Guardiola

    BBC Sport

    Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has asked the media to "give me time", making reference to the years it took his "idol" Alex Ferguson to win the Premier League title.

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    Video caption: Pep Guardiola asks for time, citing Alex Ferguson & Liverpool
  18. Boat skipper appears in court over historical double murder

    A former tourist boat skipper has appeared in court in California charged with murdering a young couple from Manchester in central America nearly 40 years ago. 

    Guatemala map

    Christopher Farmer, 25, and 24-year-old Peta Frampton drowned after being tied to machine parts and pushed off the boat in waters off Guatemala. 

    Silas Duane Boston was arrested after Greater Manchester Police reopened the case at the request of the victim's families.  

  19. Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

    • A former tourist boat skipper appears in court in California charged with murdering a young couple from Manchester in central America nearly 40 years ago 
    • The water watchdog welcomes the "swift" decision by Unitied Utilities to pay £20 compensation to 17,000 customers who had to boil their water since the weekend 
    • More than 4,000 under-18s went missing across Greater Manchester in the last year - generating 16,000 calls, police say