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  1. Updates on Monday 20 February
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Tuesday

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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 Tuesday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the region.

  2. Weather: Rain clearing leaving a dry night

    BBC Weather

    Rain will clear to the south later leaving many places dry for the night but some patchy rain around. Mild and frost free night with winds easing.

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    Video caption: Rain will clear to the south later leaving many places dry for the night.

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  3. 'Trojan Horse' claims at Oldham's Clarksfield school rejected

     A head teacher's claims of a "Trojan Horse" Islamic takeover at a school has "no basis", a council investigation has found.

    School

    Patricia O'Donnell, head of Clarksfield Primary School, Oldham, also alleged she had received death threats.

    Oldham Council said it investigated the claims made in December but concluded, in a report leaked to the Sunday Times, it had "no concerns" about any schools.

    The report would remain confidential, the council said.

  4. Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

    • Moors murderer Ian Brady loses a "totally unique" High Court challenge for the right to have the lawyer of his choice representing him at a tribunal
    • New research shows that the UK has the worst traffic congestion in Western Europe, and Manchester's congestion is the second most severe in the UK
  5. Akala speaks at Inspirational Quotes event

    MOBO award winning rapper and black historian, Akala, who's known for his comments against the slavery trade and more recently against anti-Muslim hate crime, has been meeting pupils in Manchester. 

    Akala

    He was at an Inspirational Quotes event where hundreds of pieces of artwork featured quotes by school pupils.    

    Quotes
  6. Moors murderer Ian Brady loses 'unique' legal challenge

    Moors Murderer Ian Brady has been refused permission to launch a "totally unique" High Court fight for the right to have the lawyer of his choice representing him at a tribunal.

    Brady

    Brady applied for the go-ahead to challenge a bar on solicitor-advocate Robin Makin, who has represented him for more than 25 years, receiving a publicly funded contract to put his latest case before the Mental Health Review Tribunal.

    The killer has previously asked the tribunal to be transferred from Ashworth secure hospital on Merseyside to a Scottish prison where he could be allowed to die if he wishes.

    Mr Justice Morris, sitting in London, dismissed the application as "unarguable" and ruled that it had "no realistic prospect of success". 

  7. Big rise predicted in numbers of older people in Greater Manchester

    The number of people aged 75 or over is set to rise steeply in Greater Manchester over the next 20 years, according to a report. 

    Older person

    Greater Manchester's Combined Authority looked at figures from 2011 and estimated that, by 2036, there will have been a 75% increase in the number of people who fall into that category. 

    They are working with several agencies to try to prepare for the impact on social care and the NHS and highlighed the increasing number of elderly people living on their own - at risk of isolation and loneliness

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    Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Cheshire southbound severe disruption, near Knutsford Services affecting J20 for M56.

    M6 Cheshire - Severe delays and queuing traffic on M6 southbound near Knutsford Services, because of an earlier overturned vehicle. In the roadworks area. All lanes have been re-opened. Travel time is 60 to 75 minutes. Congestion to J20, M56 (Lymm Interchange) and on A556 Chester Road to Mere Crossroads.

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

  9. Environmentalists and libertarians unite in HS2 criticism

    Environmentalists Friends of the Earth joined the libertarian group Taxpayers' Alliance in a late bid to derail HS2.

    HS2

    The two groups are normally at odds on policy, but both agree that the rail project is a bad use of public money, and likely to over-run its budget.

    The projected price for HS2 is £56bn, but the Taxpayers' Alliance speculates that the final cost could reach £90bn.

    The government says the line is needed to increase network capacity - and insists it will be built on budget.

  10. George Harrison's Porsche to be sold

    A Porsche previously owned by The Beatles' George Harrison which was almost scrapped for parts is to be auctioned.

    Raj Sedha bought the car for parts in 2003, not realising it had been owned by the former Beatle

    The 37-year-old Porsche 928 was owned by Harrison when he lived in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, was sold to Raj Sedha, from Leeds, in 2003.

    Mr Sedha was about to dismantle the car before his wife looked in the logbook to find it had been owned by Harrison.

    The car is expected to fetch up to £20,000 in Stockport on 17 March.

  11. Football: Chelsea already champions - Mourinho

    BBC Sport

    Chelsea can focus on the FA Cup as they are "already Premier League champions", says Jose Mourinho, manager of quarter-final opponents Manchester United. 

    Jose

    Antonio Conte's side, who will host cup holders United in the last eight in March, hold an eight-point lead in the title race with 13 games to play. 

    Chelsea progressed by beating Wolves 2-0 in the fifth round, while United came from behind to win 2-1 at Blackburn.   

    Quote Message: I have to play Saint-Etienne and play the (EFL Cup) final and hopefully another opponent in the Europa League. I have to fight for the top four positions in the Premier League. Chelsea can only think about that because I think they are champions and have nothing else to play for. from Jose Mourinho Manchester United manager
    Jose MourinhoManchester United manager
  12. Safety features added to junction after revamp

    Wigan Today

    A number of tweaks to the layout of a notorious Wigan road junction are hoped to improve safety, council bosses have said.

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    Severe accident: M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise severe accident, at J25 for A560.

    M60 Greater Manchester - M60 exit slip road closed anticlockwise at J25, A560 (Bredbury), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

  14. Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

    • Oldham Council says an investigation has found "no basis" to allegations of a "Trojan Horse" Islamic plot to take over a school in the town
    • Almost 500 police investigations are being reviewed, after allegations that some toxicology results from a Manchester forensics lab may have been manipulated
  15. Probe into Randox Manchester 'manipulated' drug tests data

    Almost 500 police investigations are being reviewed after two members of staff at a forensics lab in Manchester were arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice. 

    Samples

    Randox Testing Services in Blackley, analyses samples for police forces across the country.

    It follows claims that some toxicology results may have been affected by the alleged manipulation of data.

  16. Warrington woman killed in flat blaze

    A woman has died in a fire at a flat in Warrington.

    Ashley Close, Warrington

    The blaze broke out in the ground floor of the property in the town's Ashley Close shortly after 20:00 on Saturday.

    Firefighters found the woman in a bedroom. She was confirmed dead at the scene.

    An investigation into the cause of the fire has been launched but there are not believed to be suspicious circumstances.

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    Severe disruption: M6 Lancashire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Lancashire northbound severe disruption, between J27 for A5209 and J28 for B5256.

    M6 Lancashire - One lane closed on M6 northbound between J27, A5209 (Standish) and J28, B5256 (Leyland), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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