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Summary

  1. Four charged over Oldham 'hit-and-run' deaths
  2. A Middleton soldier was killed by an 'accidental shooting' in Iraq, BBC understands
  3. On-the-spot fines for fly-tipping given by just three local councils, figures reveal
  4. Plans to cut half of Manchester's school crossing patrols are dropped, says council
  5. Updates on Wednesday 4 January

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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: Cold night ahead as temperatures plummet

    BBC Weather

    A fine end to the day will lead to clear skies and light winds tonight. 

    Temperatures will plummet giving a widespread frost, even in built up areas such as Salford, and the odd fog patch. Minimum temperature: -3 C

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    Video caption: Clear skies mean a cold night ahead with widespread frost and lows of -7C in rural areas.

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  3. Rochdale keeper Logan agrees new deal

    BBC Sport

    Rochdale goalkeeper Conrad Logan signs a new deal until the end of the season with the League One side.

    Conrad Logan

    The 30-year-old former Republic of Ireland youth international returned to Dale last summer after he was released by Leicester City.

    He made 25 appearances on loan at Dale in 2014, and his previous contract had been due to expire next week.

  4. Football: Manchester City's Fernandinho appeal rejected by FA

    BBC Sport

    Manchester City's Fernandinho has had his appeal for wrongful dismissal rejected by the Football Association.  

    Fernandinho

    The midfielder, 31, was sent off for a two-footed challenge on Burnley's Johann Berg Gudmundsson on 2 January - his third red card of the season.

    His four-match ban will begin with immediate effect.

  5. Drugs gang 'linchpin' on the run from prison

    Blake Donnellan

    A man once described as the linchpin in a massive drug-dealing network has absconded from an open prison.

    Blake Donnellan, who has links to Manchester, Plymouth and Cornwall, was serving part of a 15-year sentence at HMP Sudbury in Derbyshire for conspiracy to supply class A drugs.

    The 31-year-old was released on temporary licence on Christmas Day but failed to return.

    Donnellan was jailed in 2011 for his part in the operation which saw 30 people convicted.

  6. Headlines from Greater Manchester

    • Four men have been charged over a suspected hit-and-run crash on New Year's Eve in which two cousins from Oldham died
    • Armed police have been called to reports of shots being fired in the Cheadle area of Stockport.
    • Manchester City Council says it is going to spend £100m improving roads and pavements after complaints from residents
  7. Four in court charged over Oldham 'hit and run' deaths

    Four men have appeared in court charged over a suspected hit-and-run crash on New Year's Eve in which two cousins died.

    Helina Kotlarova (left) and her 11-year-old cousin Zaneta Krokova

    Zaneta Krokova, 11, and Helina Kotlarova, 12, were holding hands as they crossed Ashton Road in Oldham before they were hit.

    Helina died at the scene in Ashton Road, and Zaneta later died in hospital.  

    Gabor Hegedus, 38, faces charges including causing death by dangerous driving and driving without a licence.

    Three other men have been charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

    All four were remanded in custody by Tameside magistrates to appear at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court on 1 February.

  8. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise

    BBC Travel

    M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J9 for A5081 and J8 for A6144.

    M60 Greater Manchester - One lane blocked on M60 anticlockwise between J9, A5081 (Trafford Park) and J8, A6144 (Carrington), because of a broken down vehicle. In the roadworks area.

    Check local traffic and travel reports for:

  9. Arriva North rail staff to be balloted over strike

    Rail staff at Arriva Rail North are to be balloted over strike action in a dispute over pay.

    commuter walks past train

    The RMT union is in a dispute with the company, which began operating the Northern franchise last April, over its latest pay offer to staff.

    A ballot of 2,600 members will open next Tuesday and close on 25 January. 

    Arriva Rail North has so far not commented.

    A strike would affect commuter services across Greater Manchester.

  10. Appeal after man bites woman's ear in Wigan taxi office

    CCTV footage of a man biting a woman's ear in a taxi booking office in Greater Manchester has been released by police.

    He grabbed and bit the 21-year-old woman inside Bluestar Taxis in Wigan on 29 November before fleeing.

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    Video caption: The 21-year-old woman was bitten by the man inside Bluestar Taxis in Wigan

    The woman suffered minor injuries in the incident, which Det Con Mark Swindlehurst called "an unprovoked attack on an innocent woman".

    He urged anybody who recognises the man in the CCTV to contact police.

  11. Junction roadworks set to cause significant disruption

    Bolton News

    The first phase of a £532,000 scheme at the key junction of Manchester Road and Green Lane in Bolton is due to begin on Monday.

  12. Football: Fergie proteges 'struggling'

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Mike Phelan's exit from Hull is yet another addition to what is turning into an unhappy list of Sir Alex Ferguson proteges who have found management in the major league far more difficult than their old boss since his retirement in 2013.

    Fergie and Mike Phelan

    Phelan lasted just 24 games at Hull, but that was more than old colleague Rene Meulensteen, who got only 17 games at Fulham before he was axed in 2014.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer got 30 games in charge of Cardiff and survived relegation in 2014, only to lose his job early in the following season.

    And Gary Neville was 28 games into his stint as Valencia boss this year when he was sacked.

    • Meulensteen - 17 games 4 wins. Win percentage: 23.53%
    • Solskjaer - 30 games 9 wins. Win percentage: 30.00%
    • Neville - 28 games 10 wins. Win percentage: 35.70%
    • Phelan - 24 games 6 wins. Win percentage: 25.00%

    Read more at BBC Sport's Sportday

  13. Headlines from Greater Manchester

    • Four men have been charged over a suspected hit-and-run crash on New Year's Eve in which two cousins from Oldham died
    • Manchester City Council says it is going to spend £100m improving roads and pavements after residents' complaints
    • People in Cheshire are being asked to pay an extra £3 a year to pay for the county's police force
  14. Shots fired at house in Cheadle

    Shots from an air rifle have been fired at a property in Cheadle, Stockport, police have said.

    Officers said they received a report shortly before 10:00 this morning after the window of a house on Lymm Walk was damaged.

    Police said no-one was injured and inquiries are ongoing.

  15. Cheshire residents asked to pay more to fund county's police force

    Phil McCann

    Cheshire Political Reporter, BBC News

    People in Cheshire are being asked to pay an extra £3 a year to pay for the county's police force.

    Cheshire police

    The area's Police And Crime Commissioner David Keane wants to increase its share of council tax by 2%.

    He claims a rate freeze would mean cuts of £1.2m, equivalent to losing 26 officers.

  16. It's Manchester but not as you know it

    You'll be hearing a lot about the film Manchester By The Sea in the coming weeks.

    The movie - touted as a possible Oscars contender after winning many accolades on the awards circuit - isn't actually about our great northern city but based on a story set in the real Manchester-by-the-Sea in Massachusetts, US.

    Casey Affleck

    There is also another Manchester in the American state of New Hampshire, apparently named after our own city because they both had barge canals, according to Encyclopedia Britannica.

    You learn something new every day...

  17. Boxing: Crolla-Linares rematch confirmed

    Anthony Crolla will meet Jorge Linares in a rematch for the WBA, WBC Diamond and Ring magazine World lightweight titles at the Manchester Arena on 25 March. 

    Jorge Linares and Anthony Crolla in fight

    Crolla and Linares fought for the belts at the same venue in September with the Venezuelan winning on points.

    “There had been lots of talk on the rematch since the first fight with Jorge so I’m delighted to finally get this announced,” said Crolla in a statement. 

    “I see Jorge as the best lightweight in the world and I want to be the best lightweight in the world."