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  1. Updates on Friday 17 February
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates return from 08:00 on Monday

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Jake Buxton and Matt Gilks

Matt Gilks saves a penalty on his home debut to earn relegation-threatened Wigan Athletic a point against Preston North End.

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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 Monday for another week of news, sport, travel and weather.

Have a great weekend.

Football: Don't let Gary down!

BBC Sport

It’s not too late to enter this year’s FA People’s Cup – the deadline to sign up is midnight on Sunday. 

Entry is completely FREE, there are categories for everyone AND you can enter either as a team or an individual player. 

Find out all the details here.

Weather: Cloudy and mild with some showers

BBC Weather

It will be cloudy and rainy but the showers should fizzle out before the morning. There may be misty patches. Lows of 7C.

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Police renew appeal in Wigan body find case

A fresh appeal for information after a body was found in Wigan more than four years ago has been made.

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The body of a man, believed to be of possible Eastern European or Middle Eastern origin, was discovered on waste ground between Westwood Cemetery and Westwood Way on 15 January 2013.

He had no form of identification on him and his fingerprints and DNA checks produced no results from any database in the UK.  

Only a bus ticket from Leigh to Wigan was found in his pocket.

Police said they were "satisfied that there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death".

Council tax rise of 3.99% proposed for Oldham

Oldham Council is set to vote on a 3.99% rise in council tax for the next financial year.

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The cabinet will consider the proposal for the 2017/18 budget on Monday as it tries to save about £15m as a result of government cuts.

If approved, a final vote by the full council will take place on 1 March.

The rise, which will be split between money for Oldham Council services and adult social care, equates to an increase of nearly £60 per year for a Band D property.

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Former pop singer turned priest Peter Skellen dies

A musician and pop singer who later became a priest has died of brain cancer.

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The Reverend Peter Skellern, who was born in Bury, had a hit single in 1972 with the piano ballad, You're A Lady.

The 69-year-old composer, who lived in Cornwall, was ordained after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour last year.

He died on Friday morning. His family paid tribute to his "legacy of love and laughter".

Roads open near Manchester Piccadilly rail station

Police say roads have opened near Manchester Piccadilly after reports of a suspicious package in the area proved to be false.

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Clubs face FA Cup fixtures

BBC Sport

Manchester City and United both face tricky away ties in the FA Cup fifth round this weekend.

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City will travel to West Yorkshire to meet Championship surprise package Huddersfield Town, while United face struggling Blackburn Rovers.

You can read a round up of the rest of the weekend's fixtures here

Traffic diversions near Manchester Piccadilly

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Latest headlines from across the region

  • A man has been arrested on suspicion of arson following a fire that gutted a Grade II-listed church in Salford
  • Fly-tippers who dumped piles of rubbish in the Rochdale canal by Deansgate Locks should be jailed, the council's city centre spokesman says
  • A man and a woman were injured in a crash after a car broke down and stopped on the M66 near Bury

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Ryan Giggs drops bid to ban press from court battle with wife over money

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Ex-Manchester United star Ryan Giggs has decided not to ask a judge to bar reporters from High Court hearings relating to a money battle with his estranged wife.

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News that Giggs and his wife Stacey were embroiled in a High Court dispute emerged earlier this year.

Mr Justice Cobb considered issues relating to reporting at a preliminary private hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London earlier.

The judge made an order limiting what journalists would be able to report - after an application by Giggs. He said he would not allow reporting of "financial information aired during the mitigation" or the names of the couple's children.

He said Giggs had initially asked for an order preventing media representatives from attending the hearings at all.

But he said the former footballer was no longer pursuing that application.

Weather: Mild, cloudy night in store

BBC Weather

Looking ahead to this evening, it's going to stay mild and frost-free with plenty of cloud and chance of rain.

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Fly-tippers 'should be jailed', Manchester councillor says

People who illegally dump their waste should be given "hefty" jail sentences, a senior councillor has said.

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Fly-tipping cost Manchester City Council about £1m in 2016-17, with over 2,000 legal notices served last year.

Part of the Rochdale Canal in Manchester city centre was drained earlier this week revealing a huge amount of litter on the canal bed.

Councillor Pat Karney said "fines don't work" and those caught should be "in Strangeways as quickly as possible".

Why not match these mums?

BBC Sport

Six months ago, many of these mums were just watching their kids play.

Now they're getting ready to play in the FA People's Cup....

FA People's Cup: Football mums show daughters how it's done

It’s not too late to enter this year’s FA People’s Cup – the deadline to sign up is midnight on Sunday. 

Entry is completely FREE, there are categories for everyone AND you can enter either as a team or an individual player. 

Find out all the details here.

Large-scale policing operation for Blackburn cup tie

BBC Lancashire Sport

Lancashire Police has outlined its plans for Sunday's FA Cup tie between Blackburn and Manchester United.

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About 25,000 fans are expected to attend the game at Ewood Park, with disruption on roads leading to the ground.

It is expected around 30 coaches and minibuses will bring Manchester United fans to game. They will initially be directed to junction 4, Blackburn South, before being taken on to a parking spot closer to the stadium.

Supporters turning up in other vehicles will be directed to specially designated parking areas.

This is an extremely exciting fixture in the football calendar, with around 7,000 away fans expected. We appreciate that this may cause some disruption in the area but we have worked closely with both football clubs and our aim is to get people to and from the match safely and efficiently, with minimum inconvenience to those going about their usual business in Blackburn and surrounding towns.

Ch Insp Jon Bullas

Man and woman hurt in M66 crash

A man and a woman were injured in a crash after a car broke down and stopped on the M66 near Bury.

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It happened after a Mercedes broke down at junction 2 of the motorway and was struck by a Vauxhall Astra.   

The driver had put the hazard warning lights on and was waiting for recovery at the end of the slip road, Greater Manchester Police said.

A 29-year-old woman and a 32-year-old man were taken to hospital. The man remains in a serious condition. 

Police are appealing for witnesses of the collision to come forward.

Farnworth town centre regeneration project 'will go ahead'

Bolton News

The multi-million pound regeneration of Farnworth town centre will go ahead, frustrated residents have been promised.  

Latest headlines from across the region

  • A man has been arrested on suspicion of arson following a fire that gutted a Grade II-listed church in Salford
  • Fly-tippers who dumped piles of rubbish in the Rochdale canal by Deansgate Locks should be jailed, the council's city centre spokesman says
  • A chemical spill caused by a leaking lorry has led to the closure of a slip road at junction 19 of the M6 in Cheshire

Lorry chemical spill closes M6 slip road

A chemical spill caused by a leaking lorry has led to the closure of an M6 slip road in Cheshire.

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Cheshire Fire

The northbound slip road at junction 19, Knutsford, has been temporarily closed while firefighters inspect the vehicle and decontaminate the area.

Hydrochloric acid, an industrial chemical, was spilled on the road.

Firefighters are posting further updates here

Arson arrest over Salford Grade II listed church fire

A man has been arrested on suspicion of arson after a fire gutted a Grade II-listed church in Salford.

Fire at the Church of the Ascension in Broughton Lane, Lower Broughton
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The blaze broke out at the Church of the Ascension in Broughton Lane, Lower Broughton, on Sunday night.

The the top part of the two gable ends of the building, founded in 1869, were dismantled to make it safe.

A 22-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of arson and has been bailed until 30 March.  

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Metrolink delays on Bury line

Electric blanket sparks house blaze

An electric blanket caused a fire in a home in Radcliffe last night.

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The blaze broke out in Bridgefield Street at about 21:30 last night, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said.

There were no reports of any injuries.

Mourinho could tell Man Utd players 'weren't focused' in warm-up
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho says he could tell his players were not focused or motivated in the dressing room.

Shots fired at Oldham home while woman sleeps

Shots were fired at a woman's home in Oldham after a group of 12 men arrived in two cars and banged on the door.

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The men first arrived on Wednesday night but returned shortly after 01:00 and began firing at the house, damaging an upstairs window while the woman was sleeping.

Police have launched an appeal for witnesses after the shooting in Wellbank Close in the early hours of Thursday.

Det Insp Kenny Blain said: “Fortunately no one was hurt, but the woman was understandably terrified. We believe this was a targeted attack."

Anyone who saw a blue VW Golf and a dark Peugeot or possibly a Fiat, leaving the area is urged to contact Greater Manchester Police.

Latest headlines from across the region

  • Fly-tippers who dumped piles of rubbish in the Rochdale canal by Deansgate Locks should be jailed, the council's city centre spokesman says
  • A man and woman are hurt in a crash on the M66 in Bury after a vehicle breaks down and comes to rest on a slip road
  • Shots were fired at a house in Oldham in the early hours of Thursday while a woman slept upstairs, prompting a police appeal for witnesses  

Football: United watertight at the back - the stats

BBC Sport

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  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic has had a hand in 18 goals in 17 appearances at Old Trafford this season (12 goals, six assists).
  • Jose Mourinho has kept five consecutive clean sheets as a manager for the first time since November 2011 when he was Real Madrid boss.
  • Goalkeeper Sergio Romero has kept six consecutive clean sheets for United and hasn't conceded a goal since an Alex Revell penalty for Northampton in September 2016.
  • The Red Devils have won three consecutive European games without conceding a goal for the first time since November 2010 under Sir Alex Ferguson.
  • Despite not registering their first shot until the 30th minute, Saint-Etienne had 11 shots in the first half, the most by an opponent at Old Trafford in the first half of a match since Athletic Bilbao had 13 in March 2013.

Police praise French football fans' behaviour during Man Utd clash

Police have praised supporters of French team St Etienne, who travelled in numbers for last night's Europa League clash with Manchester United.

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Both sets of fans "represented their fans well", Greater Manchester Police said, and the operation to shepherd the 3,500 away supporters to Old Trafford was "challenging but successful".

Two people were arrested on suspicion of assault and breach of the peace.

Canal fly-tippers 'should face jail sentences'

Wendy Middleton

BBC Radio Manchester

Fly-tippers who dumped rubbish in the Rochdale canal near Deansgate Locks should be jailed, the council's city centre spokesman has said.

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BBC

Pat Karney says on-the-spot fines are not working and the only way people will be deterred is if they are sent to prison. 

Rubbish has been picked strewn accross a section of the canal near some of the city's busiest nightspots.

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Weather: Cloudy and mild day ahead

BBC Weather

It should remain cloudy and mild all day, with light rain and drizzle at times, especially in hilly areas.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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BBC Sport

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores his first Man Utd hat-trick as his side opens up a commanding Europa League last-32 lead against Saint-Etienne.

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Severe disruption: M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J16 for A666 and J15 for M61 affecting J17 for A56 Prestwich.

M60 Greater Manchester - Two lanes closed and slow traffic on M60 anticlockwise in Manchester between J16, A666 (Pendlebury) and J15, M61 (Swinton Interchange), because of a broken down van. Congestion to J17, A56 (Prestwich).

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

Headlines from across the region

  • Fly-tippers who dumped piles of rubbish in the Rochdale canal by Deansgate Locks should be jailed, the council's city centre spokesman says
  • A UKIP conference in Bolton will see leader Paul Nuttall address party members for the first time since facing criticism for false claims he had lost "close personal friends" in the Hillsborough disaster
  • Shots were fired at a house in Oldham in the early hours of Thursday, prompting a police appeal for witnesses  

Good morning

Tom Mullen

Hello and welcome to Greater Manchester Live. We're here with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather from across the 10 boroughs and east Cheshire.  

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