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Manchester City accept an FA anti-doping charge after failing to notify officials of player whereabouts for drugs testing.

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Live updates from Merseyside and west Cheshire have finished for the day, but we'll be back from 08:00 on Monday with more of the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

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Weather: Rainy overnight

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This evening and overnight will remain cloudy, with outbreaks of rain gradually turning heavier and more persistent, especially over the higher ground. Not as cold as recent nights. Lows of 4C.

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Football: Man City's youngsters in FA Youth Cup last eight

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Manchester City's youngsters advanced to the last eight of the FA Youth Cup by beating Southampton last night. 

City have lost the last two finals, both to Chelsea.  

Club boss Pep Guardiola referred to win in a press conference earlier today.

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Severe accident: M6 Greater Manchester northbound

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M6 Greater Manchester northbound severe accident, between J26 for M58 and J27 for A5209.

M6 Greater Manchester - Very slow traffic and one lane closed on M6 northbound between J26, M58 (Orrell Interchange) and J27, A5209 (Standish), because of an accident.

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More than £1bn saving 'if region's smoking figures reduce'

More than £1bn could be pumped into Greater Manchester's economy if smoking rates in the region fall to the target of 13% within the next five years, according to local health chiefs.


The findings of the blueprint for the new public health plan have been published by the body overseeing the devolution of the region's £6bn health and social care budget.

They show a third of children in Greater Manchester suffer tooth decay and two thirds of adults are overweight.

It is recommending all children be given a dental appointment before the age of one, support for mums-to-be giving up smokin,g and having 20,000 cancer champions in the region. 

Holocaust Memorial Day marked in Greater Manchester and Cheshire

Events have been held around Greater Manchester and Cheshire to mark Holocaust Memorial Day

Auschwitz - shoes from prisoners, canisters of the poisonous Zyklon B gas used to kill inmates and one of the gas chambers
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Cheshire East Council had a service of remembrance at Sandbach Town Hall - which included readings of testaments from survivors, music from pupils at Sandbach School, and two minutes' silence. 

School children in Manchester went to an exhibition to learn about the suffering by Jewish people in World War II, and victims of subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.  

Severe accident: M62 Greater Manchester westbound

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M62 Greater Manchester westbound severe accident, at J18 for M60.

M62 Greater Manchester - M62 lane blocked on exit slip road and very slow traffic westbound at J18, M60 (Simister Island), because of a multi-vehicle accident.

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Football: Mourinho to select Martial & Shaw

Manchester United v Wigan (Sunday 16:00)

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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho will give Anthony Martial and Luke Shaw a chance to prove themselves in the FA Cup fourth round tie against Wigan. 

Anthony Martial and Luke Shaw
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Martial's happiness has been questioned recently and the United boss confirmed the Frenchman will get a chance to play on Sunday, having been omitted from the last two matchday squads.

Asked how the France international took being left out at Hull, Mourinho said: "I don't know. I don't speak with the players about how they take it.

"He will play Sunday and if Sunday he plays magnificently, he will play against Hull City in the next match. It's simple."

The match will be live on BBC from 15:35 GMT.

Police pup-date

Greater Manchester Police have unveiled their latest recruit - an 11-week-old puppy called Drago.

And while it's cute, I wouldn't fancy being on the receiving end of his gnashers... take a look at this...

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Murder charge after man died in stabbing

A man has been charged with murder following a stabbing in Urmston.

Phillip Owen
Greater Manchester Police

Phillip Owen, 42, was stabbed in the neck and found dead at a property in Gloucester Road on 30 October 2016.

Mr Owen, originally from Caernarfon, Gwynedd, was described by his family as "a really likeable person who lived life to the full".

Ashley Bosson, 25, of no fixed address, is due to appear at Manchester Magistrates' Court on 23 February.

Mark Kitching

League One side Rochdale sign Middlesbrough defender Mark Kitching on loan until the end of the season.

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Weather: Grey afternoon

A grey afternoon with lots of cloud. Some bright spells but feeling chilly. Highs of 6C.

Severe disruption: M60 Greater Manchester both ways

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M60 Greater Manchester both ways severe disruption, between J13 for A572 and J14 for M61.

M60 Greater Manchester - One lane blocked and heavy traffic on M60 between J13, A572 (Worsley) and J14, M61 (East Lancs Road), because of a broken down vehicle. Approach with care.

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Headlines from Greater Manchester

  • A man from Bury who was on the run for nearly three years has been charged with child sex offences
  • Police seized more than £17,000 in cash during raids in Stockport that led to 11 people being charged on suspicion of dealing class A drugs
  • Lord of the Rings actor Orlando Bloom has visited a Cheadle Hulme school to launch a new academy trust

When Legolas and Hamlet pop into class...

It's not every day that famous actors drop into your school but students at Cheadle Hulme High got to meet Orlando Bloom earlier today.

Paapa and Orlando with student
Orlando Bloom teaching students

The Lord of the Rings star was joined by Hamlet actor Paapa Essiedu and their former acting coach Patsy Rodenburg in a drama lesson for the launch of the new multi-academy Laurus Trust.

Commons Speaker appointed professor

John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons, has been appointed as an honorary professor of politics by the University of Manchester.

Jon Bercow
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The MP, whose parliamentary put-downs have occasionally raised eyebrows (remember "Take up yoga"?), is expected to stand down as speaker this year.

A Buckingham MP for nearly 20 years, Mr Bercow represented the Conservative Party until resigning from the party in 2009 to take up the speaker post in addition to his constituency role.

With the 100th anniversary of female suffrage coming up next year, and the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo massacre in 2019, it will be marvellous to have more opportunities for students, staff and the public to continue the conversation about how to improve the workings of democracy in the 21st Century.

Professor Francesca GainsUniversity of Manchester

Cheshire roads gritted in freezing temperatures

Gritters are heading out on high routes in east Cheshire this afternoon as temperatures hover around freezing point.

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Football: Caballero to start for City

Crystal Palace v Man City (Sat 15:00)

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Here's our reporter Simon Stone with details from City manager Pep Guardiola's pre-match news natter.  

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Weather: Cloudy afternoon

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A grey afternoon with lots of cloud. Some bright spells but feeling chilly. Highs of 6C.

Homeless exhibition to launch at library

An exhibition by homeless people is due to open at Manchester Central Library next week.

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Participants handmade their own books, or adapted copies of existing novels such as ‘Oliver Twist’, to include their own personal experiences. 

The work was created during workshops at The Booth Centre in Manchester and The Wellspring homeless resource centre, Stockport.

Titled ‘The Homeless Library’, the exhibition was first shown at the Houses of Parliament last May and will be displayed at Manchester Central Library from Tuesday until March.

There are libraries full of many people’s experiences, but you do not find homeless people’s perspective within them.

So we thought we would take old books and give them to homeless people, to fill with their own stories.

Philip DavenportPoet and co-curator

Family escape house fire

Bolton News

The father managed to get his family safely out of the Westhoughton property after flames from the lounge's log burning stove set alight to soot.

£17k in cash seized in dawn raids on alleged drug dealers

Police seized more than £17k in cash during dawn raids that led to 11 people being charged on suspicion of dealing class A drugs.

cash notes

Twenty-one mobile phones and a stolen vehicle were also found during raids on nine properties in Stockport yesterday morning.

Nine men and two women, aged between 33 and 58, have since been charged with drugs offences.

Winter Wonderland wows crowds

About 30,000 people visited Bolton's Winter Wonderland during the festive period, the council has revealed.

Bolton Council

Nearly 17,000 people skated on the ice rink while about 8,700 thrill-seekers tried out the 55-metre snow slide.

The attractions, between 10 December and 8 January, were held to attract visitors and boost town centre trade, Bolton Council said.

Arrested fugitive charged with child sex offences

An alleged sex offender who was arrested after being on the run for nearly three years has been charged with child sex offences.

Stephen Carruthers
National Crime Agency

Stephen Carruthers, from Bury, is accused of 18 offences of making indecent photographs of a child and one of failing to surrender to custody.

He was arrested earlier this month after being admitted to a French hospital.

The 43-year-old is due before South Lakeland magistrates in Kendal, Cumbria, later.

Stephen Carruthers

Wanted man faces child sex charges

A man arrested after being on the run for three years is charged with child sex offences.

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Headlines from Greater Manchester

  • A man from Bury who was on the run for nearly three years has been charged with child sex offences
  • Police seized more than £17,000 in cash during raids in Stockport that led to 11 people being charged on suspicion of dealing class A drugs
  • A mother from Altrincham says a decision by her son's school to confiscate his mobile phone for seven days is "excessive"  

Big Garden Birdwatch: 'Charismatic migrants' expected in gardens

Unusual migrant birds could be spotted in gardens during the RSPB's annual birdwatch.

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More than half a million people are expected to take part in this year's Big Garden Birdwatch, which takes place from Saturday to Monday.

The RSPB said people may be able to spot Scandinavian visitors such as waxwings, redwings and fieldfares.

The charity said the birds had left their homelands to feed on the UK's bumper berry crop.

Sean Goss: When will he be famous?*

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Manchester United midfielder Sean Goss will have a medical with QPR later today.  

Sean Goss

The Championship club have agreed a £500,000 fee with United for the 21-year-old but that could rise with add-ons.

It is also anticipated United will include a buy-back option in the deal.

Goss was included in a pre-season tour squad by former manager Louis van Gaal but has failed to impress current United boss Jose Mourinho.

*A rather weak Bros reference

Travel advice for Chinese New Year parade

The Year of the Rooster starts tomorrow and Manchester will be celebrating with its annual parade on Sunday.

dancers rehearsing
University of Salford

The Dragon Parade and Fireworks event will take place in Albert Square and Chinatown from 12:00 to 18:00, resulting in some temporary road closures and bus diversions.

Dance students from the University of Salford will also join the Travelling Light Circus in a procession through Manchester city centre this Friday and Saturday.

Illuminated replicas of the famous Terracotta Warriors have also been attracting much attention in Exchange Square.

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School's mobile phone confiscation 'unfair'

A mother from Altrincham says a decision by her son's school to confiscate his mobile phone for seven days is "excessive". 

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Naomi Lomas said her 15-year-old had his phone taken away after he was checking birthday text messages in a school toilet at lunchtime. 

Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College said its mobile phone policy is clear to both pupils and parents. 

Ms Lomas said: "For me as a parent, if my son has done something wrong at school, that is my jurisdiction to discipline them during that time so I would like [the school] to change the policy." 

Football: A.Dot remembers Giggs' dramatic 1999 goal

BBC Sport

BBC Radio 1Xtra's A.Dot remembers Ryan Giggs' scintillating winner for Manchester United against Arsenal in the 1999 FA Cup semi-final replay, as part of BBC Sport's No Guts, No Glory campaign.

Headlines from Greater Manchester

  • A man from Bury who was on the run for nearly three years has been charged with child sex offences
  • Police seized more than £17,000 in cash during raids in Stockport that led to 11 people being charged on suspicion of dealing class A drugs
  • Manchester United have set up an EFL Cup final against Southampton after an aggregate win over Hull City last night

Holocaust Memorial Day: Students hear from survivor

As part of events to mark Holocaust Memorial Day today, students at Manchester Grammar School heard yesterday from a survivor of eight Nazi concentration camps.

Pupils with Chaim Ferster

Chaim Ferster was 17 and living in Poland at the outbreak of World War Two when he was imprisoned for being Jewish.

He spent six years in the camps, including Auschwitz-Bikenau and Buchenwald, and showed students the inmate number that was tattooed onto his left arm.

Pupils also heard Mr Ferster perform on the violin, which he only started playing again last year after he was forced to give it up when he was taken captive.

We are the last generation able to hear an eye-witness testimony of one of the most important historical events of the last century and it was an honour to welcome such a distinguished man as Chaim.

Jamie HamburgerStudent at Manchester Grammar School
Shivnarine Chanderpaul

Ex-West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul and South Africa wicketkeeper Dane Vilas join Lancashire on Kolpak contracts.

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Missing sex offender wanted by police

A man convicted of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl is wanted by police after breaching his sex offender notification requirements.

Dylan Mawdsley
Lancashire Police

Dylan Mawdsley, 21, from Burnley, was last seen by relatives in Stockport, Greater Manchester, on Saturday.

Mawdsley, who is believed to have links to Clitheroe and Radcliffe in Bury, was given a community order and placed on the sex offenders register after the attack in October 2014.

He is described as white, 5ft 11ins (1.55m), slim build, with light brown hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

Exhibition marks Stockport's music recording legacy

The legacy of a recording studio where 10cc, The Smiths and Joy Division created their iconic Manchester sound is being celebrated in an exhibition.

Strawberry studios logos
Strawberry Studios

Set up 50 years ago, Strawberry Studios in Stockport was one of the few UK recording spaces outside London.

Big names including The Stone Roses, Paul McCartney and The Buzzcocks all recorded there before it shut in 1993.

Memorabilia from the studio which was co-owned by 10cc, will be on display at Stockport Museum from today.

Saddleworth mystery man was 'a bit of a loner'

Police have revealed more details about the man whose identity was finally confirmed yesterday after his body was found in Saddleworth in 2015.

David Lytton

David Lytton, 67, was discovered at Dove Stone Reservoir on 12 December 2015 - two days after he flew into London from Lahore, Pakistan. 

His death sparked an international investigation as police tried to trace his background.

Police said Mr Lytton "was a bit of a loner" and "he liked his own company".

Det Sgt John Coleman said:

He appeared to like to compartmentalise his life. Friends would not know other friends. He kept people separate.

Possibly the biggest question still remains, which is why a man with no obvious connection to Saddleworth chose to head there after returning from Pakistan.

Football: 'It was 1-1' - Mourinho after 2-1 loss

BBC Sport

Manager Jose Mourinho said his Manchester United side "didn't lose" despite being beaten 2-1 by Hull in their EFL Cup semi-final second leg.  

Jose Mourinho looks angry
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Having won the first leg 2-0, United joined Southampton in the final - to be played at Wembley on 26 February - with a 3-2 aggregate success.

But Mourinho refused to acknowledge Hull had scored a penalty during the second leg at the KCOM Stadium.

"I only saw two goals," said the Portuguese. "It was 1-1."

Football: Hull City 2-1 Manchester United (Agg: 2-3)

BBC Sport

Manchester United set up an EFL Cup final against Southampton despite their 17-match unbeaten run ending with defeat at Hull City in the semi-final second leg on Thursday.

Paul Pogba celebrates
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Jose Mourinho's side led 2-0 from the first leg but, making five changes, they struggled to impose themselves at the KCOM Stadium.

Tom Huddlestone put the hosts ahead from the penalty spot after four players had tangled in the area after a set-piece, Marcos Rojo's pull on Harry Maguire's shirt the most visible offence.