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Live updates from Greater Manchester and east Cheshire have finished for the day, but we'll be back from 08:00 on Monday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the region.   

Weather: Frost and ice

BBC Weather

Further wintry showers in places tonight, otherwise dry and clear, with a widespread frost and ice. Lows of 0C

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Disabled woman gets compensation from hospital

A woman who was left with crippling brain injuries after her birth at Bury's Fairfield General Hospital has been awarded compensation by the High Court.


The woman was born premature and was deprived of oxygen during her delivery in the early 1980s. 

The hospital denied liability, but in a settlement the woman will now receive a £1m sum as well as £88,000 annually for the rest of her life to cover the cost of her care.

Football: Ibrahimovic wins player of the month award

BBC Sport

Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been named Premier League player of the month for December.

Meanwhile, teammate Henrikh Mkhitaryan received goal of the month for his incredible scorpion kick against Sunderland.

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Customer and staff threatened with knife at newsagents

Two men armed with a knife threatened staff and a customer at a newsagents in Salford on Wednesday morning, police have said.

Weaste Lane

The men threatened a staff member at the shop in Weaste Lane at about 07:35, forcing him to lie on the floor while they stole cash and cigarettes.

The pair also took the car keys of a customer, escaping in his grey Audi Q5, which was later found abandoned on Woolpack Green in Pendleton at 14:45.

Police said neither of the victims were hurt, but the ordeal had been "terrifying for them". They have asked anyone with information about the robbery to get in touch.

Latest headlines in Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

Corrie actress calls for law change for parents of stillborn babies

Manchester Evening News

Coronation Street actress Kym Marsh - whose character Michelle Connor lost her baby boy in harrowing scenes on Wednesday night - is calling for the law to be changed to allow parents of stillborn babies born before 24 weeks of pregnancy to receive a birth certificate.  

Weather: Snow pictures from across the area

BBC Weather Watchers

The BBC Weather Watchers have been out in force this morning, capturing some wonderful pictures of the snow that has fallen around the area.

Thanks to Eileenb, Jaya, Jenny and Martin for their pictures of Longdendale, Manchester, Hattersley and Saddleworth.


If you want to send a picture to BBC Weather Watchers, you can find all the details here.

Five-year-old Rochdale supporter passes away from brain tumour

BBC Sport

Rochdale have announced that five-year-old fan Joshua McCormack has died from a brain tumour.

Joshua McCormack
Rochdale AFC

Joshua was named on Dale's bench for their EFL Trophy tie at Hartlepool in November and was also given an honorary player of the month award by the EFL.

After he was too ill to attend the game, players visited him in hospital to present his personalised shirt.

Rochdale have also retired the number 55 that they registered for Joshua.

Sankeys in Manchester 'forced to close'

BBC Newsbeat

A property developer is planning on turning the building housing Sankeys into apartments, "forcing" the nightclub to close "with immediate effect". 

Sankeys Manchester
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Beehive Mill, the building where the club is located, has been up on the market.

"The entire building has been sold to a residential property developer who intends to turn it into apartments," reads a statement on the club's Facebook page.

"It is with great regret and with a very heavy heart, we must close Sankeys Manchester with immediate effect.

"When you look around Ancoats you'll see new apartment blocks and new developments throughout the area.

"We have done well to fend off the developers for so long."

Football: Manchester United reject Lyon Depay bid

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Manchester United have rejected a bid from Lyon for forward Memphis Depay.

Memphis Depay
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The bid is believed to have been lodged last week and fell well below United's expectations.

United agreed a £31m fee for Memphis when they signed him from PSV Eindhoven in 2015, although that is believed to have included significant add-ons.

Everton are amongst the other clubs thought to be keen on the 22-year-old.

Memphis 22, has played just eight times this season and only eight minutes since the end of October.

United manager Jose Mourinho has told the Netherlands international he can leave and that he will not be considered for selection until his future is resolved.

Weather for the weekend

BBC Weather

Cheshire roads reopen after snow

The A54 from the Bosley crossroads up to the A537, and the A537 Cat & Fiddle road itself have now been reopened.  

Sonic Youth star seeks the sound of Salford

Ian Youngs

Entertainment and Arts Reporter, BBC News

Thurston Moore

Former Sonic Youth frontman Thurston Moore has announced his next release - a 7in single featuring field recordings he will collect during a week-long stay in Salford, Greater Manchester.

The singer and guitarist will set up shop at Salford's Islington Mill venue with poet Radieux Radio for a project titled Watch the Sky, which "examines a sound of the city". The announcement says: 

Using field recordings and art, Moore and his collaborators will produce a 7-inch vinyl record including songs, liner notes and original art which will be released on the Samarbeta record label."

We're promised that more classical and rock collaborators will be announced soon. The residency will begin on 26 February and will culminate with an intimate live performance on 3 March. Tickets go on sale on Monday.

Football: A tale of two cities

Manchester United v Liverpool (Sunday 16:00)

BBC Sport

Here's a brief history of the rivalry between Liverpool and Manchester United that has run for more than 120 years - from the opening of the Manchester Ship Canal, through the Merseybeat and Madchester music scenes, and on to two of the game's most influential managers.  

The teams meet this Sunday at Old Trafford.

Icy road reports in east Cheshire

After reports of ice in parts of east Cheshire, including Alsager, Cheshire East Council says they have their gritters out again.

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Headlines from Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • There is still some travel disruption across the region due to snow and ice overnight
  • More protest meetings will take place this weekend against plans to build thousands of new homes on Greater Manchester's greenbelt
  • A suspected paedophile from Bury who became one of the UK's most wanted fugitives has been arrested in France after crashing his car  

Protests continue over greenbelt housing plans

More protest marches and meetings will take place this weekend against plans to build thousands of new homes on Greater Manchester's greenbelt. 


About 45,000 people have logged onto the consultation website for the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF)  - a 20-year proposal that aims to meet the needs of a growing population. 

If you want to express your view, you have until Monday. 

Cambridge sign Macclesfield midfielder Lewis

Paul Lewis
Rex Features

League Two side Cambridge sign Macclesfield midfielder Paul Lewis until June 2020 for an undisclosed fee.

Paul Lewis

Cambridge sign midfielder Lewis

League Two side Cambridge sign Macclesfield midfielder Paul Lewis until June 2020 for an undisclosed fee.

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Legendary Manchester club Sankeys to close


Another one bites the dust as cult Manchester club Sankeys has closed after the building has, according to reports, been sold to a property developer.

According to a report in the Manchester Evening News, the Grade II* listed former cotton mill will be turned into apartments.

The club has shut its doors several times since it first opened in 1994 as Sankeys Soap.

World class artists and DJs such as Daft Punk, Moby, Björk, and The Chemical Brothers have played there down the years.

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Severe disruption: A6144 Greater Manchester both ways

BBC Travel

A6144 Greater Manchester both ways severe disruption, between Brooklands Road and Brooklands Crescent.

A6144 Greater Manchester - A6144 Marsland Road in Sale blocked and heavy traffic in both directions between the Brooklands Road junction and the Brooklands Crescent junction, because of a fallen tree.

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The Voice UK judges visit the Rovers Return

The judges of The Voice UK paid a visit to the Coronation Street cobbles while they were filming at the MediaCityUK studios in Salford., Jennifer Hudson, Beverley Callard, Sir Tom Jones and Gavin Rossdale
Sir Tom Jones seemed to enjoy pulling a pint

The stars of the talent show, which switched from the BBC to ITV, crossed the Manchester Ship Canal last autumn to visit the Rovers Returns set nearby.

They met actress Beverley Callard, who plays Liz McDonald, and Sir Tom Jones seemed to enjoy pulling a pint.

“It was such an honour showing the coaches round the Rovers, my late mum was the biggest Tom Jones fan of all time and my grandchildren are huge fans of Will... can you imagine Karaoke nights in the Rovers if these guys worked for Liz!”

Beverley Callard

Why Pogba is looking like the real deal

Danny Murphy

Former England midfielder on BBC One

Sunday's game at Old Trafford is arguably more important for Manchester United because, if they beat Liverpool, their momentum grows and the gap between them and the top four gets even smaller.  

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba
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Jose Mourinho's side will be full of confidence too. They are on a nine game-winning run, look strong and powerful and all their big players have been performing very well for the last couple of months.  

Paul Pogba is definitely one of the United players who has hit form.

Along with two of United's other summer signings, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrik Mkhitaryan, the France midfielder is playing at somewhere near the levels we know he can.

Pogba's statistics show his growing influence on United's attack and I think he and Ibrahimovic in particular have built up a great rapport - they both seem to know each other's game now.

Latest headlines in Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • Greater Manchester's lead planning officer promises opponents of plans to build thousands of homes on greenbelt land will be listened to
  • Police launch an investigation after the body of a man was found in an alleyway in Rochdale
  • Snow and ice cause travel problems in parts of Greater Manchester this morning

Oldham model train collection fetches £231k at auction

A collection of 4,000 model trains has fetched £231,000 at auction for charity.

Late solicitor and councillor Antony Adler from Oldham left instructions to sell off his prized collection, which includes rare pieces from all over the world including America, Italy and Switzerland.

It was 35 years in the making and so vast he had a separate house to accommodate it.

Auctioneers Wright Marshall Fine Arts said it does not know which charity would benefit from the sale.

'Suspicious' body find in Rochdale alleyway

Police have launched an investigation after the body of man was found in an alleyway in Rochdale.

Promenade Street in Heywood

A passer-by found the man, who has not been named but was in his 30s, off Promenade Street in Heywood at about 23:25 yesterday.

He was pronounced dead at the scene and officers are treating the death as suspicious.

A post-mortem examination is due to take place and officers have asked for any witnesses to contact them.

Schools closed in Stockport and Oldham due to weather

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Werneth Primary School is the ninth school to close in Oldham this morning.

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Suspected paedophile arrested in France

A suspected paedophile who went on the run and became one of Britain's most wanted fugitives is arrested in France after crashing his car.

Stephen Carruthers
National Crime Agency

Stephen Carruthers, 43, from Bury, was wanted by Cumbria Police in connection with 18 offences of making indecent photographs of a child.

He was missing for three years and was living in France under a false name, the National Crime Agency (NCA) said.

His capture was "a huge slice of luck" they added.

Do you wanna build a snowman?

Well here is BBC weatherman Simon King's advice...

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Snowy roads causing problems in Marple

Your pictures: Full moon on a snowy night

Thanks to Martyn Jones for sending this image of the moon in Tyldesley, Wigan, last night. 

"I got one shot at tonight’s full moon before it was covered in clouds!" he said. 

full moon
Martyn Jones

BBC producer Anna Taylor also sent this picture postcard scene from Cheshire.

"Waking up to plenty of the white stuff in Bollington," she commented.

snowy scene
Anna Taylor

Severe disruption: A574 Cheshire both ways

BBC Travel

A574 Cheshire both ways severe disruption, near B5212 Holcroft Lane.

A574 Cheshire - A574 Warrington Road in Culcheth closed in both directions near the B5212 Holcroft Lane junction, because of a fallen tree.

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Travel: A54 and A537 remain shut by icy conditions in Cheshire

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

Gritting routes in east Cheshire have been treated this morning, the council says.

The A537 Cat and Fiddle road is shut between the Bull-Hill Lane junction, Macclesfield, and the A54, in Buxton, due to the icy conditions.

The same is true for the A54 between the Bosley crossroads and Buxton.

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Another school closure in Oldham

Flight delays at Manchester Airport

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A spokesman for the airport said there would be delays as "all planes need to be de-iced".

Seven Oldham schools closed due to weather

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The Radclyffe School in Oldham has tweeted that it will be open today however Bluecoat C.E. School and SS Aidan & Oswalds R.C. Primary School will be closed.

Check Oldham Council's website for more updates - a total of seven schools in the borough are closed today due to the weather.

Severe accident: A5082 Greater Manchester both ways

BBC Travel

A5082 Greater Manchester both ways severe accident, between A577 Sale Lane and Madams Wood Road.

A5082 Greater Manchester - A5082 Mort Lane in Tyldesley closed and heavy traffic in both directions between the A577 Sale Lane junction and the Madams Wood Road junction, because of an accident.

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