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Summary

  1. Anti-Semitic Manchester City football chant suspects: Images released
  2. No evidence of child abuse cover-up at former boys' school, investigation finds
  3. Oldham technical college - 'one of England's worst schools' - to close
  4. Boy killed when motorcycle crashes into lamp-post in Wigan
  5. Updates on Wednesday 8 February 2017

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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 more of the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

Weather: Cold with widespread frost

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It will turn cold overnight with clear spells developing, and this will allow a widespread frost to form. Lows of 0C.

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Manchester United stars visit schools

Children across Greater Manchester have had the chance to meet some of Manchester United's first team today, as several players took part in school visits with the club's charitable foundation.

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No cover-up in Knowl View child abuse investigation

No evidence of a cover-up or corruption has been found in an investigation into historical child sex abuse at a former boys' school.

Knowl View in the 1990s
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Greater Manchester Police (GMP) has been looking into allegations of a criminal cover-up at Knowl View School in Rochdale between 1969 and 1995.

No criminal charges will brought as part of the investigation, which was requested by the Home Office in 2014.

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse will review the findings.

Knowl View findings should be made public 'as quickly as possible'

Greater Manchester's Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Jim Battle has said he wants to see a review of the findings of the police investigation into Knowl View School to be completed "as quickly as possible".

Greater Manchester Police have found no evidence of a cover-up or corruption in an investigation into historical child sex abuse at the former boys’ school in Rochdale.

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse will review the findings.

Mr Battle said:

The investigation known as Operation Clifton has now concluded and I support the Chief Constable in submitting the findings into the Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse, who will now have the duty and responsibility of reviewing them.

I urge this to be done as quickly as possible so that the findings can be made public.

Boy, 15, killed in motorcycle lamp-post crash

A 15-year-old boy has died after the motorcycle he was riding hit a lamp-post in Wigan.

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The boy, whose identity has not been released, was riding a black Yamaha and crashed at about 15:30 on Helvellyn Road, Norley Hall, on Tuesday. He died in hospital.

Sgt Paul Higgins said the boy's family were "completely and utterly devastated" and want to know exactly what happened.

“We want to give them the answers they deserve and we are appealing for anyone with any information about this collision to please call us," he said.

“I’m also appealing to anyone who saw the bike beforehand, to please get in touch.”

Rugby League: Super League stories to watch in 2017

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Wigan, Salford, Leigh and Warrington all feature in a look at some of the stories and teams to watch during the 2017 Super League campaign which starts on Thursday.

Old Trafford on Grand Final night
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Manchester to celebrate electronic music pioneer's 80th year

Manchester will host a number of events this year as part of a celebration of electronic music pioneer Delia Derbyshire's work.

Delia Derbyshire
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The Coventry-born composer was part of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop in the 1960s and is best known for her arrangement of the Doctor Who theme tune.

When she died in 2001, she left behind hundreds of tapes, which have since been digitised to form an archive held by the University of Manchester. 

The city has hosted a DD Day dedicated to her since 2013, but to mark what would have been her 80th birthday, the programme will be expanded to include the launch of a new website in May, a September school project introducing her work to children and a dedicated symposium in December. DD Day will take place at Band on the Wall in June.

Project manager Caro C said:

The success of DD Day so far has exceeded our expectations, demonstrating great interest in Delia's work, her archive and our events and activities.

We are excited to offer an extended programme which will allow more people to learn about Delia and her fascinating work, which we feel is a rich source of electronic music heritage right here in Manchester.

Man jailed for champagne flute stabbing

A man who stabbed a businessman with a champagne flute, causing him to lose six pints of blood, has been jailed.

John Mullen was on the run for four years
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Neil Parsons needed 167 stitches after he was attacked at a lobster festival at Hardwick Hall, Sedgefield, County Durham, in April 2012.

John Mullen, 50, of  Kearsley Road, Manchester, missed Mr Parsons' carotid artery by millimetres, Teesside Crown Court heard. 

Mullen admitted wounding with intent and was jailed for seven-and-a-half years.

After the stabbing, he fled the country on a false passport, flying to Abu Dhabi and then Bangkok before being arrested when he arrived in Sofia, Bulgaria.

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Government agrees Oldham technical college closure

The closure of a £9m technical college, ranked among the 10% worst performing schools in England, has been agreed by the government.

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Greater Manchester University Technical College (UTC), in Middleton Road in Oldham, which opened in 2014, will close at the end of the academic year.

A statement on the UTC's website said a shortage of students meant it was not financially viable. New board members will be appointed to oversee the closure.

A Department for Education spokesman said:

Following a request from Greater Manchester UTC we have agreed to the closure of the college due to low pupil numbers and the trust’s unviable financial position.

Our priority now is to work with the trust and local authority to support existing students and minimise any disruption to their studies. Students who are finishing their courses at the end of this year will complete their studies and alternative places will be found for the others.

Pensioner wins pay-out after medics failed to spot bowel condition

Manchester Evening News

A pensioner whose wife died "in agony" after doctors failed to recognise her bowel condition has been awarded a six-figure payout.

Fatal police chase driver jailed

A driver who left his passenger to die after crashing his car has been jailed.

Mark MacCormick
GMP

Fleeing police, Mark MacCormick drove at more than 80mph (130 km/h) on 24 November before his vehicle hit a lamp-post and telegraph pole in Stockport.

The 20-year-old, who had traces of drugs in his system, ran away, abandoning Declan Blackburne, 21, who was fatally injured in the car.

MacCormick, of Norton Grove, Stockport, admitted causing death by dangerous driving and was jailed for six years.

Latest headlines from across the region

  • No evidence of a cover-up or corruption has been found in an investigation into historical child sex abuse at a former Rochdale boys’ school, police say
  • A £9m technical college in Oldham is to close amid poor exam results and a shortage of students
  • A 15-year-old boy is killed when the motorcycle he was riding crashes into a lamp post in Wigan

No evidence of cover-up in investigation into alleged school sex abuse

No evidence of a cover-up or corruption has been found in an investigation into historical child sex abuse at a former boys’ school.

Knowl View school
BBC

Greater Manchester Police has been looking into allegations of a criminal cover up at Knowl View School in Rochdale between 1969 and 1995.

But the force has now confirmed no criminal charges will be brought as part of the investigation, which was requested by the Home Office in 2014.

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse will review the findings.

Knowl View was a council-run residential school for boys from dysfunctional backgrounds which closed in 1992.

Several people have since come forward to claim they were abused at the school, but nobody has been convicted of any offence.  

Piccadilly Gardens revamp moves closer

Wendy Middleton

Manchester City Council is expected to give the go ahead to the next stage for the refurbishment of Piccadilly Gardens later.

The authority says it has had good support for its plans to spend £2m knocking down the pavilion and wall in the centre of the feature, as well as putting in more lighting and seating. 

More than 500 people took part in a consultation over the changes, and 63% of them were in favour of the plans.

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England star nearing Leicester switch?

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Sale Sharks boss Steve Diamond stoked the flames on this story on Tuesday when he claimed Leicester had "broken the bank" to sign 23-year-old Ford.

George Ford
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Watch this space? 

Troubled Oldham technical college 'performed well below expectation'

Here's more on the news that the £9m Greater Manchester University Technical College is to close amid poor exam results and a shortage of students.

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Official figures show the college, which is sponsored by the University of Bolton, has performed well below expectation.  

Under the government's new Progress 8 benchmark measure, it is "well below national average" and is among the lowest 10% of schools in England. 

Exam results show none of the 46 students that took maths and English GCSE last year achieved grade A*-C. 

Principal Lee Kilgour, said existing students in years 11 and 13 would be allowed to complete their studies in the summer term.

College chairman Gordon Main said the closure is "hugely disappointing".

Weather: Turning cold with a chance of frost and snow

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Looking ahead to this evening, it's going to turn even colder overnight with a widespread frost and snow showers possible in higher areas.

It could drop as low as freezing by the early hours of Friday.

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Plans for new Bolton school unveiled

Bolton News

A new secondary 900-place Church of England free school could be built in Bolton.  

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Police forces pay out almost £1m to informants

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Police forces across the region paid out just under £1m to informants over the last five years, according to figures obtained by BBC Radio 5 live.

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Greater Manchester Police paid just over £694,352 while Cheshire Constabulary paid £289,317.

Data from all forces in England and Wales showed the Met paid out the most, spending £5.2m from 2011-16.  

One critic said paying informants does not stop the "cycle of crime", however, the National Police Chiefs' Council said it was "a cost effective tactic".

A Home Office spokesman said it was "an operational matter for police".

Gossip: Inter Milan eyeing move for Man City star?

BBC Sport

In today's BBC Sport Gossip Column, Italian publication Corriere dello Sport says Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero could be a summer target for Inter Milan.  

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More than 100 drivers caught using mobiles in Cheshire

More than 100 drivers were caught using mobile phones behind the wheel during a week-long operation by Cheshire Police.

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From March, motorists caught driving while using mobiles will face double the penalty under new legislation. It will mean six penalty points and a £200 fine. The penalty is currently three points and a £100 fine.

Latest headlines in Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • A £9m technical college in Oldham is to close amid poor exam results and a shortage of students
  • A 15-year-old boy is killed when the motorcycle he was riding crashes into a lamp post in Wigan
  • Police issue images of two men they want to talk to after a video of anti-Semitic chants before Manchester City's game with Tottenham went viral

Plans to axe town's libraries 'an easy option', MP says

Wendy Middleton

BBC Radio Manchester

Bury Council has been accused of planning to cut the town's libraries as an easy option to save money.

Eleven of the 14 libraries in the town could close as the authority concentrates funding on bigger libraries in Bury, Ramsbottom, Prestwich and possibly Radcliffe. 

It says the reorganisation is needed due to funding cuts. 

But David Nuttall, the Conservative MP for Bury North, says there are other, less damaging, ways to save money.

A public consultation on the plans is continuing. 

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Plans for new Christian meeting place refused

Phil McCann

Cheshire Political Reporter, BBC News

Controversial plans to build a new church hall for a conservative Christian group in Mobberley have been refused. 

The Exclusive Brethren wanted to build a hall for around 500 people on the site of a former stables on the outskirts of the Cheshire village.

But concerns had been raised that the group was too "insular". 

Councillors decided the plans would have been an inappropriate development in the green belt.

Images show anti-Semitic football chant suspects

Police have issued images of two men they want to talk to after a video of anti-Semitic chants before Manchester City's game with Tottenham went viral.

Racist chant suspects
GMP

The abuse, which was apparently directed at Spurs fans, took place at about 17:10 on 21 January on a tram heading towards City's Etihad stadium.

A group of men chanted about gas chambers in reference to the Holocaust.

A Manchester City spokesperson encouraged fans with any information to come forward.

Cricket: Anderson tips Joe Root for England captaincy

BBC Sport

Lancashire and England pace bowler James Anderson has said Joe Root is the "obvious candidate" to be named the country's new Test captain - but the role must not affect his batting.

Joe Root
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£9m college to close amid poor exam results

A £9m technical college where not a single student achieved grade A*-C in both maths and English GCSE last summer is to close.

Oldham Technical College
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Greater Manchester University Technical College on Middleton Road in Oldham, which opened in 2014, will close at the end of the academic year.

As well as the poor English and maths grades, not a single pupil achieved a grade A*-C in engineering last year.

A statement on the college's website said a shortage of students meant the institution was not financially viable.

The school, which has a capacity of 600 pupils, had just 127 in January 2016.

Latest headlines in Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • A £9m technical college in Oldham is to close amid poor exam results and a shortage of students
  • Police issue images of two men they want to talk to after a video of anti-Semitic chants before Manchester City's game with Tottenham went viral
  • Manchester City Council says there has been widespread support for plans to spend £2m renovating Piccadilly Gardens, including knocking down the pavilion building

Football: Brilliant Bogle brace boosts Wigan

BBC Sport

Wigan's new signing Omar Bogle's quickfire brace earned the Latics a 2-2 draw against Norwich.

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Struggling Wigan had never previously scored more than once in a league game against Norwich, who missed the chance to climb into the Championship's top six.

Wigan stay second from bottom, but with a game in hand.

Oven fire destroys home after elderly woman falls asleep

An elderly woman is believed to have fallen asleep with food left in an oven, leading to a fire sweeping through her bungalow.

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BBC

The blaze broke out in Primrose Avenue, Uppermill, at about 20:15 last night.

The woman managed to escape and was taken to hospital as a precaution, but the home was completely gutted, firefighters said.

Police incident causing congestion

BBC Travel

There are hold-ups in George's Road in Stockport due to an earlier police incident, BBC Travel reports.

Cheshire MP backs failed Brexit rebellion

BBC Politics

The Cheshire MP Antoinette Sandbach was among seven Conservative MPs to rebel against the government in a failed attempt to add conditions to its Brexit bill. 

MPs rejected a bid by Labour's Chris Leslie to force the government to consult Parliament on the deal struck with the EU before it is finalised. 

Antoinette Sandbach
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It came after ministers pledged that a "meaningful" vote would be offered.

Labour and some Tories had pushed for MPs to have a decisive say on the final terms, but the 326 to 293 vote meant the bill remained unchanged. 

Ms Sandbach tweeted afterwards that she voted "with my conscience and to represent the interests of all my constituents".

Man dies in hospital after hit-and-run

Manchester Evening News

A man has died in hospital following a hit-and-run in Longsight, prompting a police appeal for witnesses.

Weather: Wintry showers but some sunshine

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After a cold start, it should be a cloudy day with scattered wintry showers. The best of any sunshine will be towards the west.

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Travel: Rush-hour congestion on M60

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There are some rush-hour hold-ups along the M60 around junctions 14 and 24, travelling clockwise.

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