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  1. Updates on Wednesday 18 January
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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 Thursday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the region.

Weather: Dull but mild night

BBC Weather

A mild night due to the cloud cover, which means highs of 7C.

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Crews rescue swan 'blown into tree'

A swan was rescued after she was believed to have been "blown into a tree" during the recent stormy weather.

firemen with swan

A woman spotted the swan, stuck in a fork of the tree branches, at Pennington Flash Country Park in Wigan on Sunday morning and alerted the RSPCA.

Derek Hampson, who works for the charity and attended the scene, called firefighters, saying: “The bird was wedged in the tree around 30ft up and there was no way I was going to be able to free her alone, safely.”

fire crews in ditch

We had to wade through a ditch full of 5ft deep water and climb up a muddy bank to reach the tree. And we had to cut the tree down to get to the swan as we couldn’t reach her by ladder.

She had some bruising and cuts to her wings and was underweight but I’m confident that, after a few days of treatment and food at the vets, she’ll be strong enough for release."

Animal collection officer Derek HampsonRSPCA

Reward after pregnant mum and daughter threatened in Oldham robbery

A £5,000 reward is being offered after a heavily pregnant mother and her six-year-old daughter were threatened at knifepoint by two men during a robbery at their home.

Fatima Bibi

A machete was pointed at Fatima Bibi's abdomen and her daughter had the knife held to her throat during the attack in Oldham on 18 November.

Her three other children were at home during the raid. She said it had left her terrified and unable to sleep.  

Crimestoppers has offered a reward of up to £5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

Football: Oldham offer free entry for Posh game

BBC Sport

Oldham Athletic have offered free entry to all fans for their rearranged League One fixture against Peterborough United on Tuesday, 24 January. Park

The original game was postponed on 26 November because of a frozen pitch.

The offer from the Latics is for both home and away supporters visiting Park.

Oldham, who are next to bottom of the table, three points from safety, have just exited a transfer embargo and reappointed John Sheridan as manager.

Raiders with angle grinder steal £80,000 from Aldi cash machine in Tyldesley

Bolton News

Robbers who broke into a cash machine at a Tyldesley supermarket are reported to have stolen £80,000.

Anthony Grainger shooting: Police in 'extreme danger'

A police officer who fatally shot an unarmed man thought his colleagues were in "extreme danger", a public inquiry has heard.

Anthony Grainger

Anthony Grainger, 36, was shot once in the chest during a Greater Manchester Police operation in Culcheth, Cheshire, in March 2012.

Mr Grainger had been under surveillance and police believed he was preparing for an armed robbery, the inquiry at Liverpool Crown Court was told.


The officer who fired the shot - referred to as Q9 - said the driver, Mr Grainger, lowered his right hand in a "sudden and deliberate movement" after he and the front seat passenger raised their hands.  

In the statement, he said: "I thought he was reaching for a firearm. I quickly realised the approaching officers were in extreme danger."

He said he fired one round at Mr Grainger's chest and then saw him slump back in the seat.

The hearing continues.

Latest headlines in Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • A police officer who fatally shot an unarmed man thought his colleagues were in "extreme danger", a public inquiry hears
  • Walk-in centres in Bury and Prestwich will close as part of a shake-up of urgent care to reduce hospital attendance and admissions
  • A stricken swan that was "blown into a tree" near Leigh during stormy weather is rescued by the RSPCA

Severe disruption: M60 Greater Manchester clockwise

BBC Travel

M60 Greater Manchester clockwise severe disruption, at J10 for B5214 affecting J7 for A56.

M60 Greater Manchester - Very slow traffic and two lanes closed on M60 clockwise at J10, B5214 (Trafford Centre), because of a broken down vehicle. Congestion to J7, A56 (Stretford).

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Football: Has Mourinho revitalised Rooney? - Nevin

BBC Sport

BBC Football analyst Pat Nevin asks whether Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has helped Wayne Rooney rediscover his hunger.

Bury and Prestwich walk-in centre closures in urgent care shake-up

Two walk-in centres will close as part of a shake-up of urgent care to reduce hospital attendance and admissions.

Moorgate Primary Care Centre and Prestwich Walk In Centre

The sites in Bury and Prestwich will shut so resources can be moved to NHS 111, GP surgeries and A&E departments.

Though popular, the service is "confusing" and the changes would direct patients to the "right care".

Bury Clinical Commissioning Group approved the plan which it devised following NHS proposals that improving out-of-hospital services can reduce hospital attendances and admissions.

Moorgate Primary Care Centre and Prestwich Walk In Centre will remain as healthcare sites to deliver services within the new model.

Former Manchester United man appointed CEO of Bury FC

Bury Times

Bury Football Club’s board of directors has appointed Karl Evans as the new chief executive at Gigg Lane.

Headlines from Greater Manchester

Severe disruption: M6 Lancashire southbound

BBC Travel

M6 Lancashire southbound severe disruption, between J28 for B5256 and J27 for A5209.

M6 Lancashire - One lane closed on M6 southbound between J28, B5256 (Leyland) and J27, A5209 (Standish), because of a broken down vehicle.

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Appeal after claims of child sex abuse at former Stockport care home

Police are appealing for information after reports of sexual abuse at a former care home in Stockport nearly 30 years ago.

anonymous boy

The report relates to boys who were residents at Belmont House, also known as Belmont Assessment Centre, on Baker Street in Heaton Norris in 1989 and 1990.

The care home has subsequently closed down.  

We are still in the early stages of our investigation but have made extensive enquiries since this report was made.

Although many years have passed since it took place, we take all reports of sexual offences seriously, no matter how long ago they may have happened.

Det Con Karen WilemanGreater Manchester Police

Weather: Dry but overcast afternoon

BBC Weather

We're in for a dull but mainly dry afternoon, with highs of 9C

Film maker challenges MP to sleep rough for seven days

Rochdale Online

Rochdale film maker Gary Jay has challenged MP Simon Danczuk to sleep rough on the streets after seeing the MP's tweets about beggars in the town centre.   

M62 partially reopened after traffic incident

The westbound section of the M62 between junctions 7 and 8 has reopened although two lanes remain temporarily closed.

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Football: Depay likely to join Lyon this month

BBC Sport

Manchester United winger Memphis Depay is expected to join French side Lyon this month, with talks continuing between the clubs.

Manchester United winger Memphis Depay celebrates scoring a goal
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Pedestrian fighting for life after being hit by car

A woman in her 70s is in a life-threatening condition after she was struck by a car on Tuesday.

Newbrook Road in Bolton

Police were called at about 14:30 yesterday after a silver Toyota Corolla hit the pedestrian on Newbrook Road in Bolton.

The woman was taken to hospital with several injuries and she currently remains in a life-threatening condition, police said. 

The driver – a man in his 30s – stopped at the scene and officers are appealing for information.

Arrest after woman's ear bitten in taxi office

A man has been arrested after a woman was bitten on the ear in Wigan.

man biting woman on ear

The 21-year-old woman was inside Bluestar Taxis on Wallgate on 29 November, when a man grabbed her and bit her, before leaving with a grin on his face.

Following a CCTV appeal by police, a 24-year-old man presented himself at Wigan Police Station and was arrested on suspicion of assault.  

He has been bailed until 16 February.

Severe accident: A34 Cheshire both ways

BBC Travel

A34 Cheshire both ways severe accident, between Mill Lane and A537 Chelford Road.

A34 Cheshire - A34 Congleton Road in Capesthorne closed in both directions between the Mill Lane junction and Monks Heath Crossroads, because of an accident.

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Headlines from Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • About 300 jobs are expected to be created after the operator of London’s Docklands Light Railway is appointed to run the Metrolink network
  • Manchester United say they are the first sports club in England to appoint a full-time counter-terrorism manager
  • Drivers are being diverted after a serious incident on the M62 near Warrington, which is closed westbound between junctions 7 and 8 

Football: I have not retired, says Van Gaal

BBC Sport

Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says has not retired, but is instead taking a sabbatical until the summer.

Louis van Gaal
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The 65-year-old has been out of work since leaving Old Trafford in May.

On Monday, Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf said Van Gaal had ended his coaching career, with the sudden death of his son-in-law influencing his decision.

But he told Spanish radio station Cadena Ser that although retiring was a possibility, it is not "definitive".

New firm to run tram network

The operator of London’s Docklands Light Railway has been appointed to run the Metrolink network.


Transport infrastructure firm KeolisAmey has been awarded a 10-year-deal, which will start after the current contract with RATP Dev and MPT ends in July.

Transport for Greater Manchester said the new agreement would lead to the creation of more than 300 jobs and "increased staff presence on the network – particularly in the evening and at weekends".

Rescue dog hailed as life-saver after alerting mother to choking toddler

Manchester Evening News

A rescue dog is being hailed as a real life ‘Lassie’ after he alerted a mother when her daughter started to choke on her own vomit at their Macclesfield home.  

Bolton captain Darren Pratley underwent another surgery on Tuesday

Bolton Wanderers captain Darren Pratley is likely to miss the rest of the season after undergoing more surgery.

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Thomas Cook team to fetch holidaymakers in The Gambia

Thomas Cook is preparing to bring nearly a thousand British holidaymakers home from The Gambia in the next 48 hours because of civil unrest. 

Gambian beach

One plane flew out of Manchester this morning - it was supposed to take holidaymakers to The Gambia but instead transported a Thomas Cook team to co-ordinate bringing people home. 

The Foreign Office is now advising against all but essential travel to the west African country - where President Yahya Jammeh is refusing to accept defeat in last month's election.   

Surgery for Kitty cat who swallowed Kitty cat

A cat called Kitty underwent life-saving surgery after swallowing a toy cat - also named Kitty.

Steve Rawlins

The ginger tabby's worried owners took her to the vets after she gulped down the plastic figure from the Kitty in My Pocket children's toy range.

An X-ray revealed the toy had become lodged in the pet's abdomen and threatened to perforate her intestine.

But following a successful operation at Manchester Vet Centre, Kitty is now home and recovering well.

Headlines from Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • Health bosses will consider the closure of two NHS walk-in centres in Bury and Prestwich  
  • Manchester United say they are the first sports club in England to appoint a full-time counter-terrorism manager
  • Drivers are being diverted after a serious incident on the M62 near Warrington, which is now closed between junctions 7 and 8   

Roads: M62 closed after serious accident

The M62 is closed between Junction 7 and Junction 8 for investigation work following a serious collision this morning.

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Future of NHS walk-in centres to be considered

Health bosses will meet today to consider whether to close two NHS walk-in centres in Bury and Prestwich.   

Prestwich centre

They say they need to simplify the way patients get urgent care but more than 4,000 people have signed an online petition against the closures.

Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire both ways

BBC Travel

M6 Cheshire both ways severe disruption, at J21A for M62.

M6 Cheshire - M6 exit slip road to M62 Westbound closed in both directions at J21a, M62 (Croft Interchange).

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Dog fights prompt 5,000 calls to RSPCA

More than 230 calls about organised dog fighting in Greater Manchester have been made to the RSPCA since 2006, according to figures released to the BBC.  


The charity said there had been nearly 5,000 calls in England and Wales overall and 137 convictions in the same period.

The maximum sentence for offenders is six months in prison and/or an unlimited fine, but campaigners want it to be raised to up to three years.

The RSPCA said the highest number of calls it had received had been in Greater London (924), followed by the West Midlands (469), West Yorkshire (305) and Greater Manchester (238).  

Sadness that church in Bolton may close

Bolton News

News that a church could shut in Bolton has been greeted with sadness — but with hope that a reorganisation could help churches best meet the needs of the community.

Severe accident: M56 Cheshire westbound

BBC Travel

M56 Cheshire westbound severe accident, at J7 for A556 affecting J6 for A538.

M56 Cheshire - Heavy traffic on M56 westbound at J7, A556 (Bowdon), because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J6, A538 (Hale Four Seasons Roundabout).

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Women's football memorabilia receives £100k boost

The world's largest collection of women's football memorabilia is to go on display in Manchester after getting a £100,000 government grant.

boots worn by defender Rachel Unitt

The National Football Museum's exhibition will benefit from a £4m Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund.

Interim director Kevin Haygarth said the money would "piece together the lost history of women's football".

The collection includes World Cup shirts worn by players including Brazil forward Marta and the USA's Mia Hamm.

Severe accident: M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise

BBC Travel

M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise severe accident, between J17 for A56 Prestwich and J16 for A666 affecting J20 for A627.

M60 Greater Manchester - One lane closed, slow traffic and delays on M60 anticlockwise between J17, A56 (Prestwich) and J16, A666 (Pendlebury), because of an accident. Congestion on M62 to J20 A627(M) Rochdale.

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Thomas Cook holidaymakers to be flown out of The Gambia

Thousands of Thomas Cook holidaymakers will be returned to the UK from The Gambia after the Foreign Office changed its travel advice.

Gambian beach

It now advises against all but essential travel to The Gambia, based upon the risk of unrest after a 90-day state of emergency was declared over disputed elections.

Thomas Cook plans to bring home 985 customers from package holidays over the next 48 hours.

Another 2,500 flight-only customers will be offered the "earliest available flight" from the west African country.

Man Utd appoint counter-terrorism chief

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Manchester United say they have become the first sports club in England to appoint a full-time counter-terrorism manager.

Manchester United's Old Trafford
Arfa Griffiths

The post has been filled by a former inspector from Greater Manchester Police's specialist search unit.

The appointment, revealed at a recent club forum, comes amid significant additional security measures introduced at Old Trafford on matchdays.

Vehicles are now routinely checked as they enter car parks, and supporters are searched at turnstiles.