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  1. Attempted murder arrest over Stockport hotel shooting
  2. Rough sleepers hub in £4.5m city centre investment plan
  3. Stockport MP Anne Coffey voted against the Article 50 bill
  4. Anti-Semitic incidents in Greater Manchester fall by 9%
  5. Updates on Thursday 2 February 2017

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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 news, sport, weather and travel from across the region.

  2. Weather: Mild night with outbreaks of rain

    BBC Weather

    It should stay mild tonight, but rather windy and often cloudy with outbreaks of rain.


    Through the early hours skies will gradually clear, meaning it should turn colder.

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  3. Mental health and stigma: 'Be there to listen'

    The stigma around mental health problems can have a devastating impact on people's lives, a survey has found.

    Lauren Quigley, 26, a college learning facilitator from Manchester who was diagnosed with depression and anxiety tells her story.

    Lauren Quigley

    "My partner - and first love - was working in France. I had been struggling with the distance and my mind had started whirring with negative thoughts."

    She knew my history but thought it was in my past.

    A week before I was due to fly out to see her, she broke up with me over Skype and I blamed myself entirely for the split.

    "I'm very lucky to have a new partner now. She finds it really hard to fully understand my problems but she's read up on anxiety.

    "It's about being there to listen - not judge."

  4. Calls to address government gender pay gap

    The MP for Bury North has told the government to get its own house in order before telling business to close the pay gap between men and women. 

    David Nuttall MP

    David Nuttall, who is himself a Conservative, told ministers they should take more action internally after it was revealed there was a 13% difference in pay between men and women working in government departments. 

    That is still better than average gender pay gap for wages across the country - which stands at 18%. The government said they were working to eliminate the gap.  

    Responding for the government, Education Minister Caroline Dinenage said they were working to eliminate the gap.

  5. Lowry statue in for repairs

    Tameside Highways have confirmed that the L.S Lowry statue in Mottram has not been stolen, it has been sent away to be repaired following vandalism. 

    L S Lowry statue

    It is expected to be returned in two weeks.

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  7. Karen Danczuk wants to shed 'selfie queen' image to help abuse victims

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Karen Danczuk has said she wants to shed her "selfie queen" image in favour of helping victims of sexual abuse.

    Karen Danczuk

    The ex-councillor, who was raped by her brother, has become a patron of the National Association for People Abused in Childhood.

    Ms Danczuk found fame posting self-portraits on Twitter - though she now believes these were a "cry for help".

    She said she hopes to use her media profile to help remove the "stigma" suffered by abuse victims.

  8. Latest headlines in Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  9. Meet the Longford Lover

    Warrington Guardian

    He is the notorious womaniser and fan of ‘Latchford ladies’, who also brought some of the twentieth century’s most iconic bands to Warrington. Chris Culleton said it was a couple of policemen who gave him his memorable nickname.

  10. Fred Talbot to stand trial over indecency charges

    Former TV weather presenter Fred Talbot is to stand trial accused of indecently assaulting teenage boys on school trips in Scotland.

    Fred Talbot

    He is also accused of lewd practices towards a boy aged 12 on a trip.

    The incidents are alleged to have happened on camping trips in Moffat and boating trips on the Caledonian Canal in Inverness.

    Talbot, 67, of Greater Manchester, has denied the offences. At Lanark Sheriff Court a trial date was set for 15 May.

  11. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M62 Greater Manchester eastbound

    BBC Travel

    M62 Greater Manchester eastbound severe disruption, between J19 for A6046 and J20 for A627 affecting J14 for M61.

    M62 Greater Manchester - One lane closed, severe delays and queuing traffic on M62 eastbound between J19, A6046 (Heywood) and J20 A627(M) Rochdale, because of a broken down vehicle. In the roadworks area. Congestion on M60 to J14, M61 (East Lancs Road).

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  12. Frank Lampard 'greatly enjoyed' playing at Manchester City

    BBC Sport

    Former England and Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has said he "greatly enjoyed" his last playing years at Manchester City and New York City as he announced his retirement, bringing to an end a 21-year professional career.  

    Frank Lampard

    Lampard, who played for City in 2014, made 649 appearances for Chelsea and won 106 England caps.

    Whilst I have received a number of exciting offers to continue playing, at 38 I feel now is the time to begin the next chapter in my life," said Lampard in his retirement statement on social media.

    Quote Message: It was an incredible career when you consider he was written off right at the start and told he might not go that far. from Pat Nevin Scotland international
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  13. Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  14. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A5149 Cheshire both ways

    BBC Travel

    A5149 Cheshire both ways severe accident, at Hazelbadge Road.

    A5149 Cheshire - A5149 Chester Road in Poynton blocked and slow traffic in both directions at the Hazelbadge Road junction, because of an accident. Also affecting A5149 Chester Road around A5102 Woodford Road, A555 around Hall Moss Lane and A5102 Woodford Road around Patch Lane.

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  15. Leigh MP to introduce bill for inquest funding for grieving families

    A bill is to be introduced to the House of Commons by Leigh MP Andy Burnham, who is campaigning for grieving families to be given legal costs when going through inquests. 

    Truth & Justice

    He said he wanted to secure more accountability of public bodies and equal funding for bereaved families at inquests.  

    He has been campaigning for a "Hillsborough bill" following the inquests into the deaths of 96 football fans, which concluded they were unlawfully killed.

  16. Weather: Cloudy and breezy afternoon

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    Video caption: A cloudy and breezy afternoon. Feeling mild with some bright spells. Highs of 11C.
  17. Sir Bradley ready for Jump quest

    Wigan Today

    Sir Bradley Wiggins insists he does not consider himself a favourite and is “not fussed about winning” as he gears up for celebrity winter sports contest The Jump.