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Summary

  1. Bolton biker jailed over GB cyclist's death
  2. Robbie Williams tickets put directly on resale sites, BBC investigation finds
  3. Plans for £30m Poynton bypass are approved
  4. Met Office issues yellow warning for strong winds affecting the region
  5. Updates on Wednesday 11 January

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Live updates from Greater Manchester and east Cheshire have finished for the day, but we'll be back tomorrow morning with the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the region.   

  2. Weather: Blustery conditions continue

    BBC Weather

    Scattered, blustery showers will continue overnight, with some snow accumulating in places, mainly over high ground. Winds will remain strong at first, but ease towards dawn.  

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    Video caption: It will be windy this evening with showers that could become snowy overnight. Lows of 1C.

    Sleet and snow showers will continue on Thursday with some occasional sunny intervals. It will feel cold in breezy north-westerly winds. Highs of 4C.

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  3. Football: Manchester City's Garcia moves to NAC Breda

    BBC Sport

    Manchester City have announced that midfielder Manu Garcia is joining Dutch club NAC Breda on loan until the end of the season.  

    Manu Garcia

    Garcia, 19, has made one substitute appearance for City in the Premier League.  

  4. Crime-fighting canine's new name chosen

    Yesterday, Cheshire Police ran an online poll to choose the name of their newest police dog. 

    Today, the votes have been counted and the crime-fighting canine will be named... Axel.

    Axel

    Axel got 1,695 votes, while Saxon came second with 1,359 and Rebel received 979 votes.

    Sgt Andy Burrage said:  

    Quote Message: This is a fitting name for a dog who will be doing everything from catching criminals to searching for missing vulnerable people.
    Quote Message: Thank you for taking the time to take part in naming our budding crime fighter.
  5. Football: Manchester City charged by FA over anti-doping rules

    BBC Sport

    Manchester City have been charged by the Football Association in relation to anti-doping rules regarding player whereabouts.

    The club allegedly failed to ensure that their 'club whereabouts' information was accurate.

    Clubs are required to provide accurate details of training sessions and player addresses so that they are available for drug testing at all time.

    City have until 19 January to respond to the charge.

  6. Cricket: Hameed says England players will back Cook's captaincy decision

    BBC Sport

    Lancashire's Haseeb Hameed says the England players will support whatever decision Alastair Cook makes, as he considers whether to continue as captain.

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    Video caption: Changing room is backing Alastair Cook - Haseeb Hameed

    Cook, 32, will reportedly meet England director of cricket Andrew Strauss this week to discuss his position.

    Hameed, 19, opened alongside Cook during the Test tour of India before he had to return home with a broken hand.

    "Everyone in the changing room backs him and will back whatever decision he makes," said Hameed.

  7. Latest headlines from Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  8. Football: Jose Mourinho wants more from Man Utd fans against Liverpool

    BBC Sport

    Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has told fans Sunday's Premier League match against fierce rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford will "not be a visit to the theatre", and instead invited them to "come and play with us".

    Fellaini ran over to hug Manchester United boss Mourinho after his goal

    United beat Hull City 2-0 in the first leg of their EFL Cup semi-final on Tuesday thanks to second-half goals from Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini.

    However, Mourinho said everyone must improve against Liverpool.

    Quote Message: It's a special match for us. If we play enthusiastic football the fans come to the pitch and play with us.
    Quote Message: When we don't play with great intensity it is normal that the fans are not so vocal. But we have absolutely amazing fans, fans who push us and get behind us.
  9. Cheshire fire savings 'will cost lives'

    Phil McCann

    Cheshire Political Reporter, BBC News

    "Preventable deaths" will be the result of cuts to the fire-fighting budget in Cheshire, the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) said.

    Cheshire Fire HQ

    Tasked with saving £3.8m by 2020, Cheshire Fire Service wants to change staffing arrangements and reduce one of the service's three aerial appliances.

    The FBU says the crewing changes will mean full-time firefighters are replaced with on-call staff and that incident response times will increase.

    But managers insist they will "continue to deliver a high quality service".

  10. Headlines from Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

    • A motorcyclist from Bolton has been jailed after admitting he caused the death of former GB cyclist David Hitchen
    • About £30m of Warrington taxpayers' money could be spent buying a stake in a new bank
    • Unions are warning planned cuts to staffing and equipment at Cheshire Fire Service will cost lives
  11. Police appeal after Cheadle sex assault

    Police are appealing for information after a woman was sexually assaulted in Cheadle, Stockport.

    Stockport Road, Cheadle

    Shortly before 23:00 on 15 December, the woman left a pub with a man and was walking on a grassed area just off Stockport Road, when he asked her to go to a hotel.

    When the woman refused, the man punched her in the face, before throwing her to the ground.

    He picked her up and they carried on walking for a short time before he sexually assaulted her and then fled in the direction of Parrs Wood.

    Police are keen to speak to a group of youths on a nearby bench, later approached by the woman, as potential witnesses. 

  12. Tennis legend Bjorn Borg in Bolton as son takes to court

    Bolton News

    Five-times Wimbledon champion and Swedish tennis legend Bjorn Borg will be in Bolton this weekend where he will be watching his 13-year-old son, Leo, at the Nike Junior International.

  13. Two assaults investigated at Cheshire school

    John Acres

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    Police in Nantwich say they've been called to reports of assaults at a high school twice in the last few days. 

    Cheshire Police say one of the attacks happened yesterday afternoon at Malbank School and Sixth Form College on Welsh Row and saw a 14-year-old taken to hospital with minor injuries.

    Malbank School and Sixth Form College

    The force says the other was on Friday afternoon, when officers were called to reports of a 14-year-old who'd also suffered minor injuries in an assault 

    The force says the two cases aren't thought to be linked.

    Malbank's headteacher Jeanette Walker says such incidents are "thankfully very rare" and a small number of students have now had "significant sanctions" imposed on them.

  14. Cycling: UCI was 'warned' short Worlds notice would damage attendance

    BBC Sport

    Cycling chiefs were warned that giving seven weeks' notice for the Para-Cycling Track World Championships could affect attendance, British Paralympic champion Sarah Storey has revealed.

    Sarah Storey winning at Rio 2016

    Governing body the UCI announced on Monday the event will take place in Los Angeles from 2-5 March.

    Storey, 39, who lives in Disley, Cheshire, told BBC Radio 5 live that athletes "deserve a lot more notice".

    Quote Message: All these things were posted to the UCI to advise them, but they decided to still go ahead.
    Quote Message: Some people may not even get a visa if they have the finance to travel. Some athletes work full-time and they need this time to re-bank favours with the boss." from Sarah Storey 14-time Paralympic gold medallist
    Sarah Storey14-time Paralympic gold medallist
  15. Weather: Blustery conditions continue

    BBC Weather

    It will continue to be windy with gusts between 40-50 mph and there is a yellow warning for snow overnight. Highs of 8C.

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  16. Motorbike rider jailed over GB cyclist's death

    A motorcyclist has been jailed for causing the death of a former international cyclist.

    David Hitchen

    Leighton Santos, 22, of Tonge Moor Road in Bolton, admitted causing David Hitchen's death by careless driving near Belmont, Lancashire, in 2014.

    Mr Hitchen, 42, from St Helens in Merseyside, rode for Great Britain in the 1990s, winning national and international races, before illness cut his career short.

    Santos was jailed for a total of 18 months at Preston Crown Court.