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  1. Updates from Thursday 26 January
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Friday 27 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 from 08:00 on Friday with more of the latest news, sport, travel and weather from across the region.

  2. Weather: Chilly night in store

    BBC Weather

    It's going to be a cloudy, freezing night with chance of isolated drizzle or light snow. Feeling as cold as -4C when you factor in the wind chill.

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    Video caption: Cloudy with chance of isolated drizzle or light snow. Feeling like -4C with wind chill.

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  3. Manchester conference held on Islamophobic crime

    More than 150 people have attended a conference in Manchester on Islamophobic crimes.

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    Andy Burnham, Labour MP for Leigh and Greater Manchester mayoral candidate, was among those who spoke at the event held by Tell MAMA, which monitors hate crime against Muslims.

    The organisation also launched a leadership scheme to help young people overcome hatred online and offline.

    Tell MAMA says it received more than 50 reports of anti-Muslim incidents in Greater Manchester between January and November 2016 - a 15% increase in street-based cases compared to 2015.  

    Quote Message: There can be no more important fight in our country than that against hatred and bigotry - it blights the life of far too many and it is crucial that young people play a key leadership role in this struggle.
    Quote Message: This conference will launch a unique programme that will equip them with the skills and knowledge that will enable them to become positive members of our society, standing up against hatred and helping create a more harmonious future for all of us." from Shahid Malik, chairman of Tell MAMA
    Shahid Malik, chairman of Tell MAMA
  4. Body on the moor man lived in Pakistan for 10 years

    A man whose body was found in mysterious circumstances on Saddleworth Moor had lived in Pakistan for 10 years, police have revealed after finally releasing his identity today.

    David Lytton

    The search for David Lytton, 67, went international when a post-mortem examination revealed he had a titanium plate in his leg which was only manufactured and fitted in Pakistan.

    Police then profiled people who had flown in from Pakistan in the days before the body was found, and were eventually led to Mr Lytton.

    His identity was confirmed as a result of a DNA match with a relative.

    Police said he had been living in Pakistan for 10 years before returning to the UK and heading to Dovestones in Saddleworth, for reasons which still remain a mystery.

    Quote Message: This has been an investigation unlike anything I have ever known in the 20 years I have been a police officer and one that was truly a team effort. from Det Sgt John Coleman Greater Manchester Polcie
    Det Sgt John ColemanGreater Manchester Polcie
  5. Riders on scrambler bikes churn up football pitches

    Bolton News

    Children and parents have been left devastated after scrambler bike riders churned up their football pitches in Breightmet, Bolton.


  6. Football: Fosu-Mensah going nowhere...

    Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is set to resist offers to take defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah on loan for the remainder of the season.  

    Timothy Fosu-Mensah

    The Dutch defender, 19, signed a new contract in October that will keep him at Old Trafford until 2020.

    Fosu-Mensah has made just six appearances this season and only four substitute appearances totalling 33 minutes since the end of September.

    It is understood five clubs have expressed an interest in taking Fosu-Mensah on loan during the current transfer window.

    However, Mourinho has given no indication he is willing to sanction such a move.

  7. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A62 Greater Manchester both ways

    BBC Travel

    A62 Greater Manchester both ways severe disruption, between Ten Acres Lane and Hague Street.

    A62 Greater Manchester - A62 Oldham Road in Newton Heath closed and slow traffic in both directions between the Ten Acres Lane junction and the Hague Street junction, because of a police incident.

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  8. Manchester charity wins British Muslim Award

    Human Appeal have been named Charity of the Year at the British Muslim Awards last night, and was recognised for their contribution to British society.

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    The charity from Manchester collected more than 1,500 coats and items of clothing for the city’s homeless population, in its Wrap Up Manchester project.  

    Other work included operating a maternity hospital in war-torn Syria and renovating the homes of the victims of the December 2015 floods in Cumbria.

  9. Elinor Barker: 'Still a lot of sexism' within British Cycling

    BBC Sport

    Cyclist Elinor Barker says there is "still a lot of sexism" within Manchester-based British Cycling, but it is not "blatantly obvious".

    Elinor Barker

    The 22-year-old's comments come after former Olympic champion Nicole Cooke said it was run "by men for men".

    Cooke, 33, made the claim to a Culture, Media and Sport select committee in Westminster on Tuesday.

    However, Barker told BBC Radio Wales that there has never been a better time to be a female cyclist.

    "Times have changed a little bit since Nicole's time," Barker said.

    "I can understand her frustrations but, as much as there is sexism in sport today, there's not been a better time to be a female cyclist.

    "I certainly can't complain about the amount of support."

  10. Headlines from Greater Manchester

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    Severe accident: M67 Greater Manchester eastbound

    BBC Travel

    M67 Greater Manchester eastbound severe accident, between J3 for A627 and J4 for A57.

    M67 Greater Manchester - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M67 eastbound between J3, A627 (Hyde) and J4, A57 (Broadbottom), because of an accident.

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  12. Sports coach 'sex loophole' must be closed, says NSPCC

    A loophole that allows sports coaches to legally have sex with 16 and 17-year-olds in their care must be closed by the government, the NSPCC has said.

    boys playing football

    The call for change comes after the charity said in December that more than 1,700 calls had been made to the hotline it set up in the wake of claims of sexual abuse in the sport. 

    More than 200 reports of historical sex abuse against 83 young footballers are being investigated by Cheshire police.

    The NSPCC said it was concerned that the role of sports coach, and other youth workers, fell outside the legal definition of a "position of trust".

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    Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire northbound

    BBC Travel

    M6 Cheshire northbound severe disruption, between J18 for A54 Middlewich and J19 for A556.

    M6 Cheshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 northbound between J18, A54 (Middlewich) and J19, A556 (Knutsford), because of a broken down vehicle.

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  14. Weather: Cloudy and cold

    Cloudy with chance of isolated drizzle or light snow. Feeling like -4C with wind chill.

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    Video caption: Cloudy with chance of isolated drizzle or light snow. Feeling like -4C with wind chill.
  15. Drug dealing suspects held in morning raids

    Police have arrested 11 people on suspicion of drug dealing offences following raids in Stockport.

    police tape

    Officers said they arrested people at nine addresses as part of an operation targeting organised crime.  

    Quote Message: Drugs ruin lives and we will systematically root out people who contribute to organised criminality.
    Quote Message: I'd like to thank those who have come forward with information from the communities in Stockport that has helped us in our fight against crime.
    Quote Message: We still however, need people to come forward with information about criminality in their area to prevent people from benefiting from the proceeds of crime at the demise of others. from Supt Stephen McFarlane
    Supt Stephen McFarlane
  16. CCTV captures New Year's Eve bar attack suspects

    Police have released images of men they want to speak to after a stabbing in a Whitefield bar on New Year's Eve. 


    Officers are linking the attack at Alt House on Moss Lane to another crime in the area.

    They said the victim of the New Year's Eve attack had a "punctured lung and piercing to his liver" but was later discharged from hospital.

    Quote Message: This was a violent altercation which happened in a busy bar in front of numerous people who were out to celebrate New Year’s Eve.
    Quote Message: We are not treating this as an isolated incident and believe it is linked to another serious act of violence in the area that we are also investigating.
    Quote Message: I am appealing to the public to please study the pictures and get in touch if you recognise any of the people. from Det Insp Jonathan Kelly
    Det Insp Jonathan Kelly
  17. Funeral held for soldier who died in Iraq

    Mourners are paying their final respects to a Middleton soldier who was killed in a shooting in Iraq.

    coffin carried by soldiers

    A funeral for Lnc Cpl Scott Hetherington is being held at All Saints and Martyrs Church in his hometown. 

    The 22-year-old served as a vehicle commander with the 2nd Battalion Duke of Lancaster's Regiment and died following the shooting in Camp Taji, on 2 January. 

    The Ministry of Defence said his death was not a result of enemy activity, and the circumstances remain under investigation.