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

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

  2. Weather: Cloudy and damp

    BBC Weather

    A cloudy evening will follow with further patchy rain at times. Drier, clearer and colder conditions will reach most parts by the morning. Lows of 7C.

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    Video caption: A cloudy damp afternoon with a brisk breeze and chance of rain. Highs of 8C.

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  3. Rail fares: Who are the season ticket winners and losers?

    Commuters in some parts of England will be worse off than others from rail fare rises, which were called a "kick in the teeth" by critics.


    In some areas there was no increase in annual season ticket prices, despite wage growth.

    Passengers commuting to Manchester with the most popular annual season tickets saw no increase at all, while the median take-home wage increased 2.8%.

    Annual passes from East Didsbury, Macclesfield, Stockport, Altrincham, Wilmslow, Rochdale, Aston-under-Lyne, Bolton, Glossop and Knutsford are all the same price as they were before the increase.

  4. Headlines from Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

    • A campaign to repatriate the body of a British woman found dead in Australia raises more than £11,000
    • Starter homes for first-time buyers will be built across Greater Manchester and Cheshire in a government scheme
    • Manchester City player Bacary Sagna has been asked by the FA to explain his "10 against 12" Instagram post  after the club's 2-1 win over Burnley 
  5. The FA People's Cup is back - sign up now!


    Looking for a new project for the start of 2017? How about getting fit/fitter with a chance to win free tickets to the FA Cup final?

    BBC Get Inspired has again teamed up with the Football Association to launch the 2017 FA People's Cup, a free knockout competition that will give the people of England the chance to play in their version of the FA Cup. 

    From Sunday League regulars to folk who have only kicked a ball in their back yard everyone can take part.

    Find out more and sign up here.

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    Video caption: The FA People's Cup is back - sign up now!
  6. Fake degree websites shut down

    More than 40 fraudulent websites have been shut down in a major crackdown on the sale of fake degrees.


    The sites closed included those selling authentic-looking certificates using the names of real British universities.

    The fake certificates include those that have purported to came from Salford and Anglia Ruskin universities, while degrees from the University of Manchester were sold on the auction website eBay.  

    University of Manchester sign
  7. Boy learns to walk again after cancer treatment

    Manchester Evening News

    An incredible little boy is back on his feet for the new year after cancer treatment left him unable to walk.  

  8. Starter home building to begin in 2017

    Hundreds of starter homes for first-time buyers will be built across Greater Manchester and Cheshire as part of a government scheme.


    Thirty areas across England are to receive funding from the £1.2bn "Starter Homes Land Fund" for new developments on brownfield sites.

    Buyers must be aged between 23 and 40 and will receive a discount of at least 20% below market value.

    The Starter Homes Land Fund was first announced by the coalition government in 2014 and aims to help more people buy a home.

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    Medium accident: M60 Greater Manchester clockwise

    BBC Travel

    M60 Greater Manchester clockwise medium accident, between J10 for B5214 and J11 for A57.

    M60 Greater Manchester - People slowing to look at an accident on M60 clockwise between J10, B5214 (Trafford Centre) and J11, A57 (Barton).

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  10. Man City player must explain '10 against 12' Instagram post

    BBC Sport

    Manchester City defender Bacary Sagna has been asked by the Football Association to explain the "10 against 12" Instagram post he made after his side's 2-1 win over Burnley on Monday.

    Bacary Sagna playing in match

    City were reduced to 10 men in the 32nd minute when referee Lee Mason sent off midfielder Fernandinho.

    Sagna has deleted the post in question, but the FA has contacted the full-back to ask for his observations.

    The Frenchman has until 17:00 GMT on Friday to respond.

  11. Weather: Breezy with a chance of rain

    A damp and cloudy afternoon with a brisk breeze and chance of rain. Highs of 8C.

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    Video caption: A cloudy damp afternoon with a brisk breeze and chance of rain. Highs of 8C.
  12. Dover cliff death 'twins' may have stayed locally

    A man and a woman whose bodies were found at the foot of cliffs in Dover are thought to have been 59-year-old twins possibly staying in a local hotel or B&B.

    white cliffs of Dover

    Kent Police said the pair were from Elton, Cheshire. and they had discovered the siblings were in London on 22 December and in Dover on Boxing Day.

    Three bodies were found at the bottom of the cliffs on New Year's Day.

    The third was a 45-year-old man from Manchester whose death is not connected to the others.

    None of the deaths is being treated as suspicious.

  13. Appeal to bring woman's body from Australia

    campaign to repatriate the body of a Manchester woman found dead in Australia has raised more than £11,000.


    Local media has reported Stacey Tierney, 29, was found dead in Dreams ­Gentlemen's Club in Melbourne on 19 December.

    The former fitness instructor may have lain undiscovered for up to 12 hours, the Herald Sun reported.

    Her death is being reported as "unexplained" by Australian police.

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    Severe accident: A627(M) Greater Manchester northbound

    BBC Travel

    A627(M) Greater Manchester northbound severe accident, between J2 for and J3 for M62 affecting J1 for A663 Broadway.

    A627(M) Greater Manchester - A627(M) blocked and queuing traffic northbound between J2, Middleton turn off and J3, M62 (Rochdale), because of an accident. Diversion in operation - Traffic is being diverted via the exit and entry slips. Congestion to J1, A663 (Elk Mill Roundabout).

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  15. School comments after Oldham girls' death

    Helina Kotlarova and Zaneta Krokova

    A school attended by the two young cousins who died after a car crash on New Year's Eve, has said they are "deeply saddened".

    Zaneta Krokova, 11, and Helina Kotlarova, 12 were "holding hands" as they crossed the road and were hit by a vehicle on Ashton Road.

    Zaneta was a year 7 student at Oasis Academy Oldham, while former student Helina moved on to attend Collective Spirit free school.

    Nigel Whittle, principal of Oasis Academy Oldham, said: “We are a very closely-knit school community.  

    Quote Message: As our students return to the Academy this week following the Christmas break, I know that they will care for one another, and our staff will be available to offer the support and time necessary as we all come to terms with this awful loss.” In the weeks to come, and with the agreement of the Krokova family, we will join together as an Academy to pay tribute to Zaneta.

    Four men, aged 59, 48, 38 and 18, remain in custody on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

    A fifth man, aged 23, has been de-arrested, police said. 

  16. Headlines from Greater Manchester and east Cheshire