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

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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 Friday with more of the day's news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Weather: Mild and cloudy with rain at times

    BBC Weather

    It will be a cloudy afternoon, with sporadic outbreaks of rain or drizzle accompanied by some low cloud and hill fog over higher ground such as Compton Moor.

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    Video caption: A dull and cloudy afternoon with chance of drizzle. Highs of 11C.

    It will stay fairly mild, though rather breezy at times. Maximum temperature: 10C

    It will be rather cloudy overnight with further patchy rain and drizzle at times and a minimum temperature of 7C.

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  3. Oldham mill fire: Photos show a long, hard day for fire crews

    Pictures released by the fire service show the scale of the fire that broke out this morning in Oldham, forcing hundreds of people to be evacuated from their homes.

    Oldham fire

    A total of 100 homes were cleared as 80 firefighters tackled the major fire at a former cotton mill in Cardwell Street.

    Oldham fire

    Fire crews later had to withdraw as part of the building collapsed in the intense heat which could be felt 1,600ft (500m) away.

    Oldham mill fire

    It took crews nearly seven hours to get the blaze under control but Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said it managed to stop the flames causing electricity blackouts to 2,500 homes and avert gas explosions.  

    Oldham mill fire
  4. Bolton Council could increase council tax by 6%

    Bolton News

    Bolton Council could increase council tax by 6% over the next two years to pay for social care.

    Bolton Town Hall
  5. Football: Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan facing injury lay-off

    BBC Sport

    Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan is set to be out for "several months" with knee ligament damage, boss Pep Guardiola has confirmed.

    Ilkay Gundogan

    Gundogan, who joined City from Borussia Dortmund for £20m in June, limped off in tears in his side's 2-0 win over Watford on Wednesday.

    "I'm so sad as it looks like we'll be without him for a long time," said the City boss.

  6. Headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

    • A former mill in Oldham could be on the verge of collapse after a major fire this morning causing hundreds of people to be evacuated from their homes
    • Councillors in Rochdale have approved a 34% pay rise for themselves
    • A popular brand of pink wafer is under threat after a Wigan company went into administration following a "sharp fall" in the value of sterling after Brexit
  7. Oldham mill fire: Blaze at site in 2009

    A fire also broke out at the Maple Mill site in 2009 when an explosion in a diesel generator outside the mill caused major damage.

    Oldham fire

    The building also suffered major damage in late September when around 50 firefighters attended another fire at the Cardwell Street site.

    Damage in September
  8. Football: Bury appoint Chris Brass as new head coach to replace David Flitcroft

    BBC Sport

    League One side Bury have moved Chris Brass from head of football operations to the role of head coach on a deal until the end of the season.  

    Chris Brass

    The 41-year-old has been in interim charge since David Flitcroft left the Shakers after an 11-game winless run.

    Brass, who spent 18 months as a player at Bury, was Flitcroft's assistant before he took up his former position.

    Ryan Kidd will be assistant to Brass, while Chris Sedgwick will remain as first-team coach.

  9. Rochdale councillors approve 34% pay rise

    Councillors in Rochdale have approved a 34% pay rise for themselves.

    It means their basic annual allowance will rise from less than £8,000 to more than £10,000 in a move that will cost the council £158,000 a year.


    Council leader Richard Farnell will be awarded a 51% pay rise, to more than £47,000 a year. 

    The council said the basic allowance is still below the Greater Manchester average.

  10. Metrolink supports Inspiral Carpets' Christmas chart bid

    Signs across Greater Manchester's Metrolink tram network have been running a message of support for Oldham band Inspiral Carpets' bid to get to the top of the charts for Christmas.

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    Video caption: Greater Manchester's tram signs support Inspiral Carpets' bid for Christmas number one.

    Fans of the band have been trying to get their 1994 single Saturn 5 to number one in memory of drummer Craig Gill, who died in November.

  11. Big city schools hit in funding shake-up

    Sean Coughlan

    BBC News, education correspondent

    The biggest shake-up of school funding in England for decades will see less funding for big cities including Manchester to give bigger budgets for schools in the suburbs.

    Justine Greening

    Education Secretary Justine Greening has announced a new national funding formula for schools from 2018-19, saying it would resolve "unfair" and "inconsistent" funding levels.

    But it will not increase the overall budget - and the National Audit Office says schools face cuts of £3bn.

  12. Oldham mill fire: Blaze starting to die down

    Fire crews are still working to extinguish the fire at Maple Mill, as 80 firefighters remain at the scene.

    Parts of the building are unstable, and there is still a lot of smoke in the area as residents are urged to keep windows and doors closed.

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  13. Rio Ferdinand donates £500k of toys to children's charity

    Former England football captain Rio Ferdinand said he has donated £500,000 worth of toys and gifts to a children's charity.

    Rio Ferdinand
    Image caption: Rio Ferdinand said he and his restaurant has not done this for a thank you

    The Manchester United star posted on his official Facebook page he and his Rosso Restaurant hoped to "put a smile on locals kids' faces this Christmas".

    He announced the donation live on air to Cash for Kids, the official charity of Manchester radio station Key 103.

    The charity said it was "totally overwhelmed" with the donation.

  14. Football: Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho defends Marcos Rojo over tackle

    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer

    Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo is a "clean player with an aggressive nature", says manager Jose Mourinho.

    Marcos Rojo has started seven Premier League games for Manchester United this season

    Rojo escaped with a yellow card from referee Craig Pawson for a two-footed lunge on Wilfried Zaha during United's 2-1 win at Crystal Palace on Wednesday.

    The Argentine also avoided a red card for a similar challenge on Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye in the 1-1 draw at Goodison Park on 4 December.

    "Rojo is playing phenomenally," said Mourinho.

  15. Weather: Mild, cloudy with rain at times

    Charlie Slater

    BBC Weather presenter

    It will be a cloudier day than yesterday and there will be outbreaks of rain or drizzle 

    It will stay fairly mild, though rather breezy at times. Maximum temperature: 10C.

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    Video caption: A mild start to a mainly cloudy day with some light showers this afternoon. Highs of 10C.

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  16. JD Sports to investigate Kingsway worker conditions

    JD Sports is launching an investigation into working conditions at its Kingsway distribution centre after a report by Channel 4 found workers complaining it was "worse than a prison".

    JD Sports

    The retailer said it was "disappointed and concerned" at the Channel 4 News footage, adding it was not an "accurate reflection of our culture".

    However, JD Sports said it would begin an investigation of the Rochdale site.

    The report alleges that workers can be sacked after three minor misdemeanours.

  17. Pink wafer firm feels Brexit crunch

    A pink wafer manufacturer has gone into administration after the sharp fall in the pound since Brexit "compounded" the firm's already challenging trading conditions.

    Pink wafers

    Over the past year Wigan-based Rivington Biscuits has "experienced particularly challenging trading conditions" and has been "left with no viable alternative other than to seek the protection of administration".

    The company, which makes Pink Panther wafers, will cut 99 of its 123 staff and retain 24 while it seeks a buyer.

    Administrator FRP Advisory said the firm would "fulfil orders into the New Year". 

  18. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M60 Greater Manchester clockwise

    BBC Travel

    M60 Greater Manchester clockwise severe disruption, between J13 for A572 and J15 for M61.

    M60 Greater Manchester - One lane closed on M60 clockwise between J13, A572 (Worsley) and J15, M61 (Swinton Interchange), because of a broken down vehicle.

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  19. Oldham mill fire: Devastation at mill site

    Fire crews are still at the scene of the fire that broke out at a mill in Oldham at about 04:00.

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  20. Man jailed over historical sex abuse

    A man has been jailed for 15 years after being convicted of historical sex abuse.

    Scales of Justice

    Michael Burke, 37, from Rochdale, was earlier found guilty of eight counts of rape and another serious sexual offence against three women over an 18-year-period.

    Burke was cleared of nine other serious sexual offences after a three-week trial at Manchester Crown Court.

    He had claimed his accusers were involved in a "conspiracy" against him.