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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.    

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Weather: Sunny spells but rain later

BBC Weather

Clearer skies this afternoon and even some sunshine but showers on the way. Highs of 8C.

The odd shower is possible overnight and it will be cold with frost and a few mist patches possible tomorrow.

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Rooney testimonial break-in attempt man jailed

A former serviceman has been jailed for attempting to burgle Wayne Rooney's mansion while the footballer played in a club testimonial match.

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Robert McNamara, 24, from Scarborough, North Yorkshire, was jailed for two years and eight months at Chester Crown Court.

He admitted attempting to enter the striker's family home in Prestbury, Cheshire, as a trespasser with intent to steal on 3 August.

Arrests after CCTV shows people 'damaging wreaths and dancing on cenotaph'

Manchester Evening News

Police have arrested a man and woman after commemorative wreaths were vandalised at the Manchester cenotaph.

Latest headlines in Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • Counterfeit goods with an estimated street value of more than £2m, including one shop's entire stock are seized in raids in Manchester
  • A man is in hospital with a fractured skull after being attacked by armed robbers in a newsagent in Salford
  • An ex-serviceman who tried to burgle Wayne Rooney's home while he was playing in his testimonial match at Old Trafford is due to be sentenced

Cheshire council tax likely to rise to pay for fire service

Council tax in Cheshire looks likely to increase again next year to help pay for the fire service.

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Officials want to increase their share of the bill by nearly 2%.

There will also be a review of the staffing of fire stations in Birchwood, Macclesfield and Wilmslow.

Annual show cancelled because of DEFRA concerns over bird flu

Bury Times

The annual New Year Holcombe Game Cock Show has been cancelled for 2017 because of fears over bird flu.  

Football: Ibrahimovic to stay at United

BBC Sport

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's agent says the striker is all but certain to extend his Manchester United stay.

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The 35-year-old has scored 16 goals since joining from Paris St-Germain in the summer.

Speaking to Talksport Mino Raiola said: "There is a big chance that there will be a second year.

"We had already included that in the contract so it is not new for us and Manchester United. Both parties are very happy with that.

"It is more a question of time or when rather than if."

Severe disruption: M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise

BBC Travel

M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J16 for A666 and J15 for M61 affecting J19 for A6046.

M60 Greater Manchester - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M60 anticlockwise between J16, A666 (Pendlebury) and J15, M61 (Swinton Interchange), because of a spillage on the road. Congestion on M62 to J19, A6046 (Heywood).

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Victoria Wood's talent 'petrified' young Maxine Peake

In an interview for BBC radio documentary Victoria Wood As Not Seen On TV, Maxine Peake has revealed she regrets not getting to know her better before her death earlier this year.

Tree-top adventure course coming to Heaton Park

Bury Times

A tree-top adventure course is coming to Heaton Park – creating 40 jobs for the area.

Force welcomes new litter of police dog pups

A new litter of police dog puppies has been born at Greater Manchester Police HQ.

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The two females and four males will be allocated to their handlers at eight weeks old, the force said in a tweet.

Severe accident: M60 Greater Manchester clockwise

BBC Travel

M60 Greater Manchester clockwise severe accident, between J8 for A6144 and J9 for A5081.

M60 Greater Manchester - Lane closed on M60 clockwise between J8, A6144 (Carrington) and J9, A5081 (Trafford Park), because of an accident.

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Rooney testimonial break-in attempt man to be sentenced

An ex-serviceman who tried to burgle Wayne Rooney's home while he was playing in his testimonial match at Old Trafford is due to be sentenced later today.

Wayne Rooney
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Robert McNamara, 24, from Scarborough, North Yorkshire, has admitted attempting to enter as a trespasser, the striker's family home in Prestbury, Cheshire, with intent to steal on 3 August. 

Rooney, his wife Coleen, and their three sons, Kai, Klay and Kit, were attending the charity tribute game against his first club, Everton, when the break-in bid took place.

Man's skull fractured after armed robbers raid Salford newsagent

Armed robbers attacked a man working in a newsagent in Salford, leaving him in hospital with a fractured skull.

St Bartholomew’s Drive in Ordsall
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Two men wearing face masks entered the newsagent on St Bartholomew’s Drive in Ordsall at about 6:50 on Sunday and threatened staff with knives.

One of them pinned the man, in his 20s, up against the wall and as he tried to fight back, attacked him with the knife, police said.

The offenders, who were both wearing tracksuits, fled empty handed and police believe they made off on foot in the direction of Chancel Avenue.

Woman rescued from fire at block of flats

Bolton News

A woman has been rescued from a fire at a block of flats targeted at least a dozen times in the last two months.  

Fake goods worth over £2m seized

Counterfeit goods with an estimated street value of more than £2m, including an entire shop's stock, have been seized in raids in Manchester.

Shop full of counterfeit goods
Manchester City Council

A number of businesses suspected of selling counterfeit goods were raided on Moulton Street, Strangeways, on 13 and 16 December.

The items seized included fake Louis Vuitton, Prada and Vivienne Westwood handbags, Nike trainers and Adidas and Converse tracksuits.

Football: Benfica's Lindelof could join Man Utd

BBC Sport

Benfica coach Rui Vitoria has not ruled out their Sweden defender Victor Lindelof joining Manchester United next month.

Victor Lindelof
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United manager Jose Mourinho is keen on the 22-year-old, who can play at centre-half or right-back.

Latest headlines in Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • Greater Manchester Police is reviewing security plans for public events after a lorry attack killed 12 people at a Berlin Christmas market
  • Counterfeit goods with an estimated street value of more than £2m, including one shop's entire stock are seized in raids in Manchester
  • A man is in hospital with a fractured skull after being attacked by armed robbers in a newsagent in Salford

Greater Manchester Police increase patrols after Berlin lorry attack

Greater Manchester Police is stepping up patrols at public events after a lorry attack in Berlin killed 12 people.

Greater Manchester Police
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Forces across the UK are reviewing plans for the festive period as a precaution following the attack and shooting of a Russian ambassador in Turkey.

In London, The Met have brought forward plans to close roads around Buckingham Palace during Changing the Guard.

Wigan Athletic report £2.3m net loss in 2015-16

Wigan Athletic Football Club have reported a net loss of £2.3m for 2015-2016. 

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The figures cover the season when Latics were promoted to the EFL Championship after winning the League One title in May 2016.

The results are an improvement on the net loss of £4.3m the previous financial year.

The financial results reflect that Wigan Athletic continue to adjust to operating at a different financial level than in recent years. Turnover decreased by almost 50% and costs, primarily player salary costs, had to be reduced by a similar amount to ensure that the club were able to sustain this – something that is not always achievable for football clubs.

Jonathan JacksonChief Executive

Dad drowned trying to save kids

Macclesfield Express

A dad drowned after going into the sea when he became concerned about his children’s safety, an inquest heard.  

Cheshire's smallest school closure shelved

Phil McCann

Cheshire Political Reporter, BBC News

Plans to begin the process of closing Cheshire's smallest school have been suspended.

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Cheshire East Council officials have been reviewing governors' plans to shut Pott Shrigley School, near Bollington, which has just 22 pupils.

The council has now said it will be finding ways of making the school "financially viable" after new information emerged during the review period.

Not all options to ensure the school can remain financially viable and provide a good education have been fully explored."

Kath O’DwyerCheshire East Council Deputy Chief Executive

Robbers steal car after holding driver at knifepoint

A driver was held up at knifepoint by thieves who dragged him out of his car before driving off.

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BBC

The 64-year-old suffered serious injuries to his hands as he tried to wrestle the knife away from one of the men, who struck as he was parking up in Byrom Street, Salford.

Police are appealing for information after the robbery, which happened at about 05:20 on Friday.

The car was later found abandoned on Woodens Avenue, Ordsall.

Victoria Wood's talent 'petrified' young Maxine Peake

Maxine Peake regrets not getting to know her "inspiration" Victoria Wood better before her death earlier this year, the actor has revealed.

Dinner Ladies
BBC

Wood, who gave Peake her first break in TV series Dinnerladies, was a role model to the actor from a young age.

"I was petrified of her, not because she was scary but I spent two years being overwhelmed... I regret I didn't make more of an effort," she said.

Victoria Wood died in April 2016 after a short battle with cancer. She was 62.

Football: Man Utd 'open talks' to sign £60m France striker

BBC Sport

Manchester United transfer news now have opened talks to sign France striker Antoine Griezmann for £60m, the Sun reports.

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On the other side of the city, Yaya Toure says he wants to stay at Manchester City.  

Latest headlines in Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • Greater Manchester Police is reviewing security plans for public events after a lorry attack killed 12 people at a Berlin Christmas market
  • A takeaway in Bury has been shut down after a customer found a cockroach in a portion of chips
  • A driver is held up at knifepoint by car thieves in Salford, prompting a police appeal

Fast food customer finds cockroach in chips

A takeaway has been shut down after a customer found a cockroach in a portion of chips

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Bury Kebab House in Market Street, Bury, was closed after an inspector discovered live and dead cockroaches on the kitchen floor, amid evidence of an extensive infestation.

Business owner Zafar Iqbal was ordered to close immediately ahead of further investigations, Bury Council said.

'Rubbish' Christmas lunch impresses schoolchildren

For 100 children at a school in Greater Manchester, Christmas lunch was literally rubbish.

Rubbish meal
BBC

All the ingredients were unsold supermarket food destined to be incinerated - but instead they were turned into a festive meal for students at Ramillies Hall School in Cheadle Hulme.

Cate Bauer and Nikki Pope, who used waste food for their wedding, worked with the Real Junk Food Project to do the same at their son's school.

Plans for £5 increase in council tax to fund policing

Wendy Middleton

BBC Radio Manchester

People in Greater Manchester will be asked to pay an extra £5 towards policing.

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The council tax increase - equal to maintaining 70 police officers on our streets - comes after cuts of more than £180m and the loss of over 2,000 officers since 2010.

Police and crime commissioner Tony Lloyd said plans for the extra levy were made following a shortfall in central government funding for police forces.

The Home Office has said it believes there is a fair funding deal.

Severe accident: M602 Greater Manchester westbound

BBC Travel

M602 Greater Manchester westbound severe accident, between J2 for A576 Gilda Brook Road and J1 for M60.

M602 Greater Manchester - Two lanes closed and heavy traffic on M602 westbound between J2 A576 Gilda Brook Road and J1, M60 (Eccles Interchange), because of an accident.

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Airport staff call off 48-hour strike

A strike by airport baggage handlers and check-in staff planned for Friday and Christmas Eve has been called off.

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More than 1,500 members of the Unite union employed by Swissport had been due to walk out for 48 hours in a row over pay and conditions, including some staff at Manchester Airport.

Travel: Building fire closes Oldham road

BBC Travel

A fire in a building has led to closure of Cardwell Street in Oldham, in both directions between Groby Street and Dowry Street.

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Weather: Chance of heavy rain

BBC Weather

After a dry start there's a chance of heavy rain through the late morning and into the early afternoon.

Otherwise it will be a bright and breezy day, with temperatures around 7C.

Headlines in Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • Greater Manchester Police is reviewing security plans for public events after a lorry attack killed 12 people at a Berlin Christmas market
  • Manchester's town hall is lit up in the colours of the German flag in a symbol of solidarity with the country following the Berlin lorry attack victims
  • Maxine Peake regrets not getting to know her "inspiration" Victoria Wood better before her death earlier this year, the actor reveals  

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Tom Mullen

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