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Summary

  1. Two arrested on suspicion of murder over Altrincham bar brawl death
  2. Manchester rail passengers face disruption over festive period
  3. Greater Manchester motorists warned about Storm Barbara winds
  4. Updates on Friday 23 December

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Rotherham celebrate

Bottom side Rotherham survive a second-half comeback by Wigan to beat their relegation rivals.

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Our live coverage across the day

Live updates from Greater Manchester and east Cheshire have finished for the day - we'll be back on 28 December.

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In the meantime, we'd like to wish you a very Merry Christmas.

Weather: Storm Barbara to bring 60mph winds

There's a warning of winds of up to 60mph and more rain as Storm Barbara heads our way.

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Football: Man Utd fans asked about safe standing

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Manchester United ask supporters whether they want standing back at Old Trafford if it was made legal.

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Man Utd fans asked about safe standing

Manchester United ask supporters whether they want standing back at Old Trafford if it was made legal.

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Man charged over alleged Bolton arson attack

A man has been charged in connection with am alleged arson attack on a home in Bolton.

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A 44-year-old woman was rescued from the blaze, which broke out at the property in Musgrave Gardens on Wednesday afternoon.

She was taken to hospital for treatment for smoke inhalation.

A 29-year-old man from Musgrave Gardens has been charged with arson with intent to endanger life.

He has been remanded into custody and is scheduled to appear at Bolton Crown Court on 18 January. 

Football: Former Man City favourite gets hitched

'Show off' injured after headbutting wine glass

This looks like a painful party trick...

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'The Chosen One'

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Offers from Kuwait and Australia have been received for the infamous "The Chosen One" banner that was created by a group of Manchester United fans to mark David Moyes' appointment as manager in 2013.

The banner is presently in storage at a house in Salford Quays, barely half a mile from where it hung on the second tier of Old Trafford's East Stand.

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Discussions about what to do with it have taken place ahead of Moyes' first return to United as an opposition manager, with Sunderland on Boxing Day, since he was sacked in April 2014.

The Stretford End Flags group did consider auctioning the banner at the time.

Andrew Kilduff, co-founder of the group, said: "We have had a discussion today after all the interest in the banner about what we should do with it now."

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Man killed walking on motorway

A 37-year-old man was killed after he walked on to the M60 and was hit by a car.

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It happened shortly after 20.35 on Thursday and involved a Ford Fiesta at junction 12 in Salford, Greater Manchester Police said.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene and the "shaken" female driver stopped and was helping officers with their inquiries.

PC Phil Turley said: “We are carrying out a thorough investigation to establish what happened and I am appealing to anyone who saw the collision, or who saw the man on the motorway, to come forward.”

Men guilty of using Syria aid convoys to fund terror

Two men have been convicted of using aid convoys to funnel cash to extremists in Syria, with one of the targeted aid missions including murdered Eccles taxi driver Alan Henning.

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The Old Bailey heard the high-profile convoys led by the Muslim community became unwitting vehicles for the plan to fund terrorism.

This is the first court verdict showing that some aid convoys were abused.

Syed Hoque, 37, of Stoke-on-Trent, and Mashoud Miah, 27, of east London, were both convicted of funding terrorism between 2012 and 2014.

A third man, Huddersfield charity worker Pervez Rafiq, 46, was cleared of involvement in their plans.

Mohammed Hussain, 30, of east London, was also found not guilty.

Charity volunteer Mr Henning travelled to Syria on an aid convoy and was kidnapped and killed by militants from so-called Islamic State.  

Football: Man Utd midfielder on West Brom's shopping list

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Manchester United's Morgan Schneiderlin could be edging closer to the exit door after West Brom head coach Tony Pulis confirmed the club has tabled a bid for the French international midfielder.

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The offer is around £13m, which is close to West Brom's record fee paid out on Nacer Chadli in the last transfer window.

Pulis said: "I don't want to say anymore other than confirm our bid. We have to be fair to Manchester United and the player."

Everton are also interested in the Frenchman, who worked with their manager, Ronald Koeman when he was at Southampton.

Co-op recalls chocolate Santas

The Co-op grocery chain has announced a nationwide recall of 165,000 hollow milk chocolate Santa figures after two alleged tampering incidents.

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A spokesman for the Co-op, which is headquartered in Manchester, said two of the chocolate figures had been found to contain a small button-cell battery.

"The health and safety of our customers is our top priority," said the spokesperson, adding that the Co-op was investigating and the police and Food Standards Agency were being notified.

No other products are affected.

Mum and daughter, 12, threatened in home raid

A mother and her 12-year-old daughter were threatened by knife-wielding robbers who broke into their home in a Wigan village.

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Two men and a woman burst into the property in Harvest Way, Hindley Green, with one of the men grabbing the mother and threatening her with a knife, while the woman dragged the girl into a bedroom. 

They demanded money and ransacked the house before fleeing empty handed towards Penswick Drive. 

Greater Manchester Police are appealing for anyone with information about the 12 December incident to contact the force.

Latest headlines in Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • Bomb disposal experts are called to reports of a grenade found in a skip in Salford
  • A 62-year-old man is arrested on suspicion of murder after the body of a man is discovered at a home in Urmston
  • Rail passengers are braced for significant disruption over the festive period, with widespread engineering work expected to affect lines between Manchester Piccadilly and Eccles, while Oxford Road and Deansgate stations will close for several days

Vintage car destroyed in Westhoughton garage blaze

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A vintage car which was two weeks away from being finished has been destroyed in a blaze.

BreakingBomb squad called over 'grenade' in skip

Bomb disposal experts have called amid reports a grenade has been found in a skip in Salford.

Greater Manchester Police confirmed specialist officers have attended and an investigation is under way.

Severe accident: M60 Greater Manchester clockwise

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

M60 Greater Manchester - Heavy traffic and one lane blocked on M60 clockwise between J8, A6144 (Carrington) and J9, A5081 (Trafford Park), because of an accident.

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Friends spread Christmas cheer to homeless

A group of Muslim friends have been distributing Christmas presents among some of Manchester's homeless people.

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A man is arrested on suspicion of murder after the body of a man was found in Greater Manchester.

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Latest headlines in Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • A 62-year-old man is arrested on suspicion of murder after the body of a man is discovered at a home in Urmston
  • Rail passengers are braced for significant disruption over the festive period, with widespread engineering work expected to affect lines between Manchester Piccadilly and Eccles, while Oxford Road and Deansgate stations will close for some days
  • Motorists are urged to beware of winds of almost 70mph as Storm Barbara hits this weekend

'We will keep fighting'

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Hull City are bottom of the Premier League table at Christmas and face a tough Boxing Day home game with title-chasing Manchester City.

Skipper Michael Dawson insists his team-mates are not feeling sorry for themselves.

"We just haven’t had the rub of the green really. Unfortunately football can be cruel like that at times," he says.

"The Premier League is hard, but we deserve to be here after what we did in the Championship. We will keep on fighting.”

Relief for Manchester Airport after cabin crew strikes called off

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British Airways cabin crew have suspended their planned strikes over Christmas after the airline put forward a new pay offer.

The Unite union had called strikes on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, which would have affected flights to and from Manchester. BA has welcomed the decision to call off the protests.

Murder probe launched after body found at Urmston home

A murder investigation has been launched after the body of a man was discovered at a home in Urmston.

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The body was found at the property in Manor Avenue shortly after 18.40 on Thursday.

A 62-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in police custody for questioning.

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Det Supt Simon Retford, of Greater Manchester Police, said: “We will be doing everything we can to establish what has happened and will continue to work hard to address any concerns local residents may have.

“I would urge you to come forward if you saw or heard anything suspicious in the area that might help us establish how the man died."

Watch Storm Barbara's predicted path

The Met Office has released footage showing how Storm Barabara is expected to batter parts of the UK over the weekend, with turbulent conditions expected to affect the North West.

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Weather: Storm Barbara winds warning

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Storm Barbara is due to hit England this weekend, with severe gales and heavy rain sweeping into northern parts of the region. The turbulent conditions will affect Manchester by early afternoon.

After the main rain has cleared, it will stay windy with more showers, turning wintry on the Pennines and Cumbrian hills, perhaps leaving a dusting of snow on the hilltops by morning.

Travel: Rush-hour congestion

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Some minor delays have been reported in Chorlton, Manchester, at the Wilbrahim Road junction; and in Great Ancoats Street in the the city centre.

More generally, motorists have been warned to expect turbulent conditions over the weekend as Storm Barbara hits.

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Headlines in Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • Two men are arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of a 31-year-old man amid reports of a large fight outside a bar in Altrincham
  • Rail passengers are braced for significant disruption over the festive period, with widespread engineering work expected to affect lines between Manchester Piccadilly and Eccles, while Oxford Road and Deansgate stations will close for some days
  • Motorists are urged to beware of winds of almost 70mph as Storm Barbara hits this weekend

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