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  1. Updates on Friday 10 February 2017
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates return from 08:00 on Monday

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

We'll leave you with a short film about a darts wonderkid from Stockport.

He's only four but Mason Foulkes is probably better with the arrows than you.  

Weather: Cold and frosty night

BBC Weather

Remaining chilly into the evening then mostly dry overnight, although there will be a few light showers of sleet or snow. A cold night with a widespread frost.

Manchester weather

There's a yellow warning of snow in place until 10:00 on Saturday.

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Basketball: BBL continues on the BBC tonight

BBC Sport

BBC Sport’s live British basketball continues tonight with coverage of the BBL Championships as Manchester Giants travel to face Worcester Wolves at the University of Worcester Arena.

Coverage starts at 19:30 GMT and you can watch all the action on the BBC Sport website, app and selected connected TVs by clicking here.

For more information on the BBC’s BBL and WBBL coverage, click here.

Worcester Wolves v Manchester Giants
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Football: This weekend's fixtures

BBC Sport

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There's a full line up of football fixtures this weekend, with teams in action across the region, including:

  • Manchester United vs Watford
  • Bournemouth vs Manchester City (Monday)
  • Fulham vs Wigan
  • Bolton vs Walsall
  • Oldham vs Coventry

Here's a full round-up of the weekend's fixtures

House-to-house inquires into fatal fire

House-to-house inquires have been taking place after two people died and five others were injured in a fire.

Parsonage Road, Withington

A man and a woman died and four children, aged between 10 and 17, and a man are in hospital after a fire broke out at a house in Parsonage Road, Withington, at about 02:20.

Some of the children have smoke inhalation and all of them jumped out of the first story window to escape the flames, which also caused injuries.

Another man who is in hospital had to be dragged out of the house and was revived after suffering a heart attack.

The bodies of the two people who died have been removed from the scene. Their next of kin has been informed but formal identification is yet to take place.

It is not yet known how the fire started but police said they can't rule out arson although they believe there is no reason anyone would want to harm the family.

Football: Mourinho predicts 'difficult match'

BBC Sport

Manchester United are unbeaten at home in 18 matches over all competitions and victory over Watford on Saturday would make them the first team to record 2,000 Premier League points.

Jose Mourinho
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Jose Mourinho says of the Hornets, whose 3-1 win at Vicarage Road in September gave them their first Premier League points over United: "They are very defensive but they are also very well organised. 

Walter (Mazzarri) is a very good coach, then they are dangerous on the counter attack and at set pieces. They have many players from important clubs in Italy and the team is very experienced. I am waiting for a difficult match."

Severe disruption: M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise

BBC Travel

M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J18 for M62 and J17 for A56 Prestwich affecting J21 for A640.

M60 Greater Manchester - One lane blocked and very slow traffic on M60 anticlockwise between J18, M62 (Simister Island) and J17, A56 (Prestwich), because of a broken down car. Congestion on M62 to J21, A640 (Milnrow).

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BreakingUniversity campus in Crewe to close 'in summer 2019'

Phil McCann

Cheshire Political Reporter, BBC News

Crewe's university campus is going to close, it's been confirmed this afternoon.

The board of governors at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) met today to make a final decision on its future. 

MMU Crewe

They have announced they will be withdrawing from the site and that it will close in the summer of 2019. 

MMU says it follows a 45% drop in student numbers at the Crewe campus in the past five years and a decline in the financial position of the site. 

Statement from MMU

The university's Vice-Chancellor Professor Malcolm Press says they will try to minimise job losses and are committed to delivering courses to students who are already enrolled. 

Latest headlines in Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

Witness appeal after fatal house fire

Police have appealed for witnesses after a man and a woman died and five people were injured in a house fire in Withington earlier.

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'Body on moor' man had changed his name

A mystery man who was found dead on Saddleworth Moor had previously changed his name, BBC Newsnight has learned.

CCTV image of the man at Manchester Piccadilly station

David Lytton's body was discovered at Dove Stone Reservoir on the moor on 12 December 2015.

He was born David Lautenberg on 21 April 1948 but his name changes to Lytton on the electoral register in 1987.

The 67-year-old flew into London Heathrow from Lahore, Pakistan, two days before his body was found.

Mkhitaryan needed time to 'adapt' under Mourinho
Henrikh Mkhitaryan tells Football Focus he had some "difficulties" when he first moved to Manchester United, but says he has now taken his chance at Old Trafford under Jose Mourinho.

Fatal house fire believed to have started in living room

A house fire in which a man and woman died is believed to have started in the living room at the back of the property.

House with fire damage around the front window

Police and fire crews are continuing to investigate the cause of the blaze which broke out in the early hours of this morning in Parsonage Road in Withington.

Four children aged between 10 and 17 and a man were also injured.

Mark Threader, from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, said the man being treated in hospital was revived at the scene after suffering a heart attack.

Crash closes lane on M60 anti-clockwise

BBC Travel

One lane is closed and there's queuing traffic on the M60 anti-clockwise between junction 11, Barton, and junction 10, Trafford Centre, because of a crash. 

Congestion is stretching to junction 16, Pendlebury.  

Taliban hit-and-run victim helps Muslim women get education

A judge who had to flee Afghanistan after the Taliban tried to kill her is using her skills to help Muslim women get an education with the help of the Oxfam Future Skills Programme.  

Marzia Babakarkhail said it was her mission to give women a voice.  

Latest headlines from across the region

Firefighters 'rescued and revived' house fire casualty

Firefighters have said they managed to rescue and revive one person trapped in the Withington house fire.

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We're expecting a further update from Greater Manchester Police, who have arranged a press conference at 15:45.

United players to wear black armbands in remembrance of Munich crash

Manchester United's players will wear black armbands when they face Watford on Saturday in remembrance of those who lost their lives in the Munich air disaster.

The disaster on 6 February 1958 claimed the lives of 23 people, including eight United players as the team returned from a European Cup match against Red Star Belgrade. 

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Travel: House fire road remains closed to traffic

BBC Travel

Parsonage Road in Withington remains closed to traffic following the house fire earlier today, BBC Travel reports.

'Quiet and polite' family lived at Manchester home hit by fire

A "quiet and polite" family lived at the Manchester home where two people were killed in a house fire, neighbours have said.

Withington house fire

Four children aged 10 to 17 and a man remain in hospital after the blaze, which broke out in the early hours in Parsonage Road, Withington.

A police investigation has been launched into the cause of the fire.

Student Emily Puckering, 22, who lives across the road, said she was woken at about 02.30 by shouting and screaming as fire engulfed the house.

Miss Puckering said: "I realised how severe it was. I could see the flames coming out of the windows. 

"My initial reaction was to phone the fire brigade but I could see the fire brigade had just turned up."

Withington house fire

She added: "From my window I could just see flames and smoke. I couldn't see people in the house, I could just hear them. 

"I could hear a woman, she was shouting and screaming. I'm assuming it was her house because I could hear her shouting to the fire brigade, 'Please save my house'. 

"Finding out they passed away this morning is heartbreaking, it's such a tragedy, especially seeing as it's possibly a crime scene now. 

"The fire service was absolutely amazing. There was three fire engines, two police cars, an ambulance, another van, I think, just from the council. A big response."

Grandmother beaten in wedding ring theft

An 87-year-old woman beaten in her own home has been left "devastated" after having her wedding ring ripped from her finger, her sons said.

Eileen Blane
Amy Blane

Eileen Blane was thrown to the floor and punched during the burglary in Stretford, Greater Manchester.

David and John Blane said "bruises and injuries mean nothing" compared to losing the ring, given to her by her late husband 63 years ago.

They said the family had received thousands of messages of support.

Man due in court over historical sex offences at children's home

A man is due to appear in court accused of sexually abusing girls as young as eight at a care home.

The offences relate to alleged incidents involving four girls aged eight and 16 at Harris Children’s Home in Preston in the 1970s.

The home, which was in Garstang Road, closed in 1982.  

Christopher Hartley, 56, of Denham Avenue, Warrington, is accused of attempted rape, seven counts of indecent assault and four counts of inciting a girl to commit an act of gross indecency.

He has been summonsed to appear at Preston Magistrates’ Court on 23 February.

Latest headlines from across the region

  • Two people are killed and four children and a man are taken to hospital after a house fire in Withington, Manchester,  
  • Police are investigating after an 87-year-old man died when a lift he was using at a care home collapsed.  
  • Salford and Eccles MP Rebecca Long-Bailey is appointed shadow business secretary in Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party reshuffle

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Manchester Airport to create 1,000 job vacancies

More than 1,000 new jobs are being created by Manchester Airport, including bus drivers, meet and greet drivers, receptionists and security officers.

Manchester Airport
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Those interested are invited to attend an event at Lancashire County Cricket Club’s The Point complex on 22 February from 10:00 to 16:00, to learn more about the roles.

There's more information here

Weather: Cold and cloudy, with a chance of snow

BBC Weather

It's going to be a cold afternoon with cloudy skies and occasional showers of rain, sleet or snow.

A cold, mainly dry day with a few bright spells. Chance of wintry flurries. Highs of 4C.

There will be a few bright spells at times, especially in the west of the region.

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Man dies in care home lift collapse

A man died following the collapse of alift he was using at a care home, prompting a a joint investigation led by police and the Health and Safety Executive.

Care home, Urmston

The 87-year-old died in hospital after the incident at Serendipity Care Home in Urmston, Greater Manchester, on 30 January.

Det Ch Insp Paul Parker said "it will take some time to establish what caused the lift to collapse."

The victim's identity has not been released.

Travel: House fire closes road

BBC Travel

St Chads Road in Withington is closed in both directions between the Parsonage Road and Mauldeth Road junctions, following a fire in a house.

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Manchester house fire: What we know

House fire

A fire broke out at house in Withington in the early hours. Here's what we know so far: 

  • Two people - a man and a woman - were killed in the blaze, in Parsonage Road
  • Four children aged between 10 and 17 remain in hospital
  • A man was also taken to hospital
  • Police are involved in the investigation into the cause of the fire, which was put out by 05:00
  • The road remains closed to traffic

BreakingMan and woman die in Manchester house fire

A man and a woman have died in a fire at a house in Withington, Manchester, police have confirmed.

House fire

Latest headlines from across the region

  • Four children aged 10 to 17 and a man are taken to hospital after a serious fire at a house in Withington, Manchester
  • An 87-year-old woman beaten in her own home has been left "devastated" after having her wedding ring ripped from her finger, her sons say
  • Salford and Eccles MP Rebecca Long-Bailey is appointed shadow business secretary in Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party reshuffle

Two men identified in 'anti-Semitic' football chants investigation

Wendy Middleton

BBC Radio Manchester

Police say they have identified two men they wanted to speak to as part of an investigation into anti-Semitic chanting allegedly aimed at Tottenham Hotspur football supporters on a Manchester tram. 

A 61-year-old man has been interviewed under caution and a second man is due to meet officers in the next 24 hours, Greater Manchester Police said.

Officers are still appealing for witnesses to the incident which took place on a tram to the Etihad stadium, ahead of Manchester City's clash with Spurs on 21 January.

Super League: Would Sam Tomkins try morris dancing?
Wigan Warriors star Sam Tomkins takes on the Get Inspired activity finder - would he try morris dancing, canoeing or pilates?

Corbyn appoints Salford MP in shadow cabinet reshuffle

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has appointed Salford and Eccles MP Rebecca Long-Bailey as shadow business secretary in a reshuffle of his shadow cabinet.

Jeremy Corbyn

Ms Long-Bailey was previously shadow chief secretary to the Treasury and was described by shadow chancellor John McDonnell as a "brilliant" member of the "next generation of our socialist leadership team" last week.

The newly-promoted MP was part of the party's 2015 intake.  

The business brief became vacant when Clive Lewis resigned on Wednesday ahead of his decision to oppose his party in the Brexit vote.

Coming up: More news from across the region

We'll keep you posted with developments on the Withington house fire, but in the meantime here's some other headlines, sport, travel and weather from across the region.