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  1. Updates on Wednesday 15 February
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates return from 08:00 on Thursday

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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.  

South Asia gallery given 'private donation'

A private donation has been handed over to help fund a South Asia Gallery at the Manchester Museum.

Manchester Museum
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The gallery involves a partnership with the British Museum in London, who will be handing over some of their collection on a long-term loan.

It is part of a £12m expansion of the Manchester Museum, which will tell the story of how people from the Indian sub-continent have settled here in the UK.  

Man hit by car in Ashton-under-Lyne dies

A man who was hit by a car in Ashton-under-Lyne a month ago has died in hospital.

The 66-year-old was struck by a black BMW 5 series on Park Parade at about 20:05 GMT on 15 January.

He was taken to hospital but sadly died yesterday, police said.

Manchester in top 25 'best student cities' in world

Manchester's in the top 25 of best student cities in the world - according to new rankings. 

Manchester
BBC

The table published by analysts QS put London third overall, behind Montreal and Paris. Manchester was in at 23. 

The table looks at a number of measures based on affordability, university rankings, the chance of getting a job after, student mix and the city's overall attractiveness.

Max Power 'car cruisers' are going to banned from two car parks - and anyone turning up could be fined

Manchester Evening News

Town hall bosses have taken action to ban massive "car cruising" events which attract hundreds of vehicles and their owners to car parks.  

Man shot 'gangster friend', inquest hears

A man who shot a suspected gangster told an inquest they were such good friends that it seemed "impossible".

Arran Coghlan
PA

Stephen "Aki" Akinyemi died in a fight with businessman Arran Coghlan in 2010.

A murder charge against Mr Coghlan was dropped because prosecutors could not prove he was not acting in self-defence when he shot Mr Akinyemi in the head.

Mr Coghlan told London's Royal Courts of Justice he believed "it was impossible for him and me to fall out".  

He told a previous inquest in 2011 that Mr Akinyemi had pulled a gun on him at his home in Alderley Edge, Cheshire.

He said it went off in a struggle during which the businessman was stabbed several times.

Digitonomy fined for sending five million spam texts

A Cheshire credit broker has been fined £120,000 for sending millions of text messages without permission.  

Woman with phone
Thinkstock

Digitonomy Ltd sent over five million unsolicited messages encouraging people to apply for cash loans via affiliates.

Investigating 1,464 complaints about the texts made between April 2015 and February 2016, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) found the company could not prove it had consent.

A company spokesman apologised to those people who found the texts "unwelcome".

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • The European Commission warns it could take the UK government to court if it doesn't improve air quality, after it finds too much nitrogen dioxide in 16 places, including urban areas in Greater Manchester

Football: Manchester United manager worried about fixture congestion

BBC Sport

Manchester United "will be in trouble" in April and May if they continue to progress in the Europa League and the FA Cup, says manager Jose Mourinho.

Jose Mourinho
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Mourinho is worried about fixture congestion towards the end of the season.

United, who entertain Saint-Etienne in the Europa League on Thursday, are at Championship Blackburn in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Sunday.

We cannot choose competitions. We play competitions to win.

Jose MourinhoManchester United manager

Teenagers to 'train as cyber security experts'

Teenagers are to be "trained up as cyber security experts" as part of a scheme which is going to be piloted in five areas including Greater Manchester and Cheshire. 

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PA

The idea is to educate children aged between eight and 18 about the potential dangers of their behaviour online and try and get them interested in a career fighting cyber crime. 

The Youth Federation programme wants to tackle a national skills shortage and get more girls and children with autism into the industry.

European Commission 'could sue' over air quality

The European Commission has warned that it could take the UK government to court if it doesn't improve air quality.

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The commission said there was too much nitrogen dioxide in 16 places, including urban areas in Greater Manchester.  

Nitrogen dioxide comes from sources including factories and vehicles, particularly diesel engines.  

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • The European Commission warns it could take the UK government to court if it doesn't improve air quality, after it finds too much nitrogen dioxide in 16 places, including urban areas in Greater Manchester

Carli Lloyd: Manchester City Women sign Fifa World Player on short-term deal

BBC Sport

English league champions Manchester City Women have signed World Cup-winner and Fifa World Player of the Year Carli Lloyd on a short-term deal.

The United States midfielder, 34, has scored 96 goals in 232 international appearances, including a 13-minute hat-trick in the 2015 World Cup final.

She joins the Women's Super League One club for the 2017 Spring Series, which begins in April and ends on 3 June.

Her deal also includes City's Women's Champions League and FA Cup campaigns.

Smithills Hall set for £500k renovation

A £500,000 project to restore a hall in Bolton to its former Victorian glory has begun.

Smithills Hall
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The project, to reinstate the original features of the west wing of Smithills Hall, will see the ornate panelled ceilings and stone fireplaces exposed and restored. 

Over the years the rooms had been adapted with the original features sealed off from view. 

Window fall toddler in Levenshulme 'saved by sofa'

A toddler who fell from a second floor window "miraculously" escaped with just a bump to the head by landing on an old sofa in the garden below. 

Fall tweet
Twitter

Officers found the child had got out of the window in Levenshulme, Greater Manchester, due to a damaged latch.

She was taken to hospital for checks following the fall at 16:40 GMT on Tuesday but was later released.

Insp Phil Spurgeon said the child was seen "running around the hospital as though nothing had happened."

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Weather: Cloudy with chance of shower

BBC Weather

A cloudy afternoon with some bright spells but chance of shower. Highs of 11C.

Parking charge 'cuts Lymm trade'

A £1 charge in Lymm has cut trade by 30% according to shop owners in the area.

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Peat bogs given £1m lottery funding

A total of £1m from the National Lottery is being used to restore the peat bogs in the Chat Moss area of Salford. 

Peat Boggs
BBC

The land is home to a variety of wildlife and also has a useful role in protecting the environment by trapping carbon emissions. 

Environment Minister Therese Coffey is visiting a bog known as Salford's rainforest later to see how the money is being spent.

Valentine's night ends in arrest

It's seems a Valentine's night out didn't quite go to plan for one couple in Manchester last night....

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Bolton mum tells of shock after girl breaks both legs in crash

Bolton News

The Bolton News

Shocking photographs of a 13-year-old girl who was knocked down by a car have been released by her family.

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • The number of hate crimes reported to Greater Manchester Police goes up by a fifth- there were more than 1,000 reports of racially or religiously aggravated crimes between July and September last year 

Stranger leaves free treats at Christie cancer hospital

A note was left on a vending machine at a cancer hospital in Manchester asking people to help themselves to free treats.

Note
BBC

Staff at the The Christie found the anonymous note on Sunday on a machine where the tray had been left full of paid-for snacks.

The donor said they hoped the "random act of kindness" would "brighten up someone's day".

It made me feel so happy I was beaming all day. Who doesn't want choccie on a Sunday?"

Emma WiddowsonNurse

Man Utd: Rojo training ahead of Saint-Etienne tie

BBC Radio Manchester Sport

Defender Marcos Rojo was back training for Manchester United this morning ahead of tomorrow's first leg of their Europa League tie with Saint Etienne. 

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England trio Wayne Rooney, Michael Carrick and Phil Jones however were not part of the open session.  

Woman blackmailed over 'intimate videos' threat in Sale

A man who blackmailed a woman by threatening to release intimate images of her is being hunted by police.

suspect
GMP

The victim, who is in her 50s and from Sale, Greater Manchester, struck up an online friendship with him last year. 

Police asked for anyone who has any information about the man pictured to contact them. 

Mum of six-year-old boy speaks out as his abuser is jailed for eight years

Wigan Today

The mum of a six-year-old boy who was sexually abused by a Wigan man has branded him a “monster”.

Rough sleepers 'refuse to engage'

Rough sleepers on Market Street refused to engage with police and council staff, Greater Manchester Police tweeted. 

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FA Cup: How Liverpool and Everton were shook by Oldham's Matt Smith
BBC Sport meets striker Matt Smith, who combined studying for a university degree whilst playing non-league football, before a move to League One Oldham saw him face Liverpool and Everton in the 2013 FA Cup.

Police car 'rammed' in Clifton

A man has been arrested after a police car was rammed while it was on a call in Clifton in Salford. 

Kestrel Ave
Google

Officers were called out to Kestrel Avenue last night after a report that three wanted offenders were on the street, and while there a stolen BMW drove head on into their car, Greater Manchester Police said. 

One officer was taken to hospital and was kept in overnight - the other was treated at the scene by paramedics. A 34-year-old man has been arrested.  

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • Organisers of a Northern Powerhouse Conference admit their choice of speakers doesn't include enough women or ethnic minorities 
  • A man is arrested after a police car was rammed while it was on a call in Clifton in Salford

Care home closure 'would hurt community'

The father of a disabled girl in Salford has told BBC Radio Manchester if the council decides to close her care home it will not only hurt her, but children in the area who might need it in the future. 

The Grange, Salford
Google

Salford council wants to close The Grange in Peel Green to try and save £300,000.

Rachel Barton, 15, has complex needs, and is one of just two residents in the five-bed facility. Her dad Chris said her family is concerned about uncertainty over her care.

Salford council said the Grange only had two residents and it was very expensive to run, when it is so "underused". A decision will be made this week.

She'll definitely lose the care that The Grange give to her. She might also lose schooling, doctors. We just don't know as we don't know what the council's plans are, if they have got any.

Chris BartonFather of Grange resident

'Record hate crimes' after EU referendum

A majority of police forces in England and Wales saw record levels of hate crimes in the first full three months following the EU referendum, according to new analysis.  

Hate crime leaflet
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The Metropolitan Police in London recorded the highest number of hates crimes, with 3,356 in that period, while Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire Police recorded 1,033 and 1,013 respectively.    

In 10 forces the number of suspected hate crimes increased by more than 50%, compared to the previous three months.

Severe accident: A538 Cheshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A538 Cheshire both ways severe accident, at B5091 London Road.

A538 Cheshire - A538 Heybridge Lane in Bollington blocked and queuing traffic in both directions at the B5091 London Road junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Christie staff asked to pass on 'kindness'

Staff at the The Christie Hospital in Manchester have got a smile on their face after a Random Act of Kindness. 

Christie Hospital
BBC

Someone posted a note on a snacks vending machine asking people to help themselves to the treats in the tray below which were already paid for - and to pass on the good deed.  

Laura Kenny and husband Jason expecting first child

BBC Sport

Britain's Olympic champions Jason and Laura Kenny are expecting their first child, the couple's agent confirmed.

Kennys
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Four-time Olympic gold medallist Laura Kenny, 24, revealed the news with a post on Instagram of two adult bikes lined up alongside a child's bike.

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Husband Jason added his own post on Twitter, while Great Britain team-mate Dani King tweeted "best news ever".

Agent Luke Lloyd-Davies said the couple and their families are "absolutely thrilled and delighted with the news".

Severe accident: A34 Greater Manchester northbound

BBC News Travel

A34 Greater Manchester northbound severe accident, at A57.

A34 Greater Manchester - A34 Upper Brook Street in Brunswick blocked and slow traffic northbound at the A57(M) Mancunian Way junction, because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Toddler lands safely on 'old sofa' after window fall

A 23-month-old has escaped with just a "bump" to the head after falling from a second floor window in Levenshulme. 

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'Lack of women' listed to appear at Northern Powerhouse conference

There has been criticism of a conference that aims to showcase business people and politicians linked to the Northern Powerhouse economy for its lack of female speakers.

Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle, Liverpool
BBC

Less than a fifth of those listed to appear at the two-day event in Manchester next week are female.

The organisers concede they would like to improve their gender ratios next year.  

Donna Hall, the chief executive of Wigan Council, who wasn't invited, was among those criticising organisers and said she was disappointed and shocked.

It was as if it was all men, all white men, on the agenda. I really thought we had moved on from those days when northern and power were synonymous with men. If we exclude women from the powerhouse we're leaving behind more than half the population and missing an opportunity to engage some of our most switched on leaders.

Donna HallWigan Council Chief Executive