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

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Champions League: Celtic fined over crowd disturbances at Man City game

BBC Sport

Uefa has fined Celtic 19,000 euros over crowd disturbances and setting off fireworks during the Champions League game at Manchester City.


The governing body charged Celtic over trouble during the  1-1 draw at the Etihad Stadium last December.

It is the 10th time in the past five years the club have been charged by European football's governing body regarding their fans' behaviour.

Football: United overtake Bayern Munich as China's most popular team online

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Manchester United have replaced Bayern Munich as the most popular team online in China, according to a new report .

Chinese Man Utd fans
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The sixth edition of the Red Card,  which analyses the influence of 53 European clubs on China's social media platforms, has Arsenal and Liverpool joint third with Manchester City fifth.

The German Bundesliga remains the most influential league online.

Arsenal's Mesut Ozil is the second most popular player behind Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo.

United forward Wayne Rooney,  who has been linked with a move to China, also features in the top five, along with Old Trafford team-mate Anthony Martial.

Speedway: Future is bright for Belle Vue Aces

The future of Belle Vue Aces speedway team has been secured after a new franchise stepped in to take control of the club.

National Speedway Stadium

Manchester City Council ended the club's tenancy at the National Speedway Stadium last year, saying they had failed to pay rent and "meet important requirements of their agreement".

But the council has now named Belle Vue Speedway 2017 Ltd as the new owners of the Belle Vue Aces franchise. 

The new £8m stadium was launched last April as part of plans for huge investment in sport in east Manchester.

“Belle Vue Aces is one of the Manchester’s most historic sporting clubs and to be able to confirm their continued tenure at the National Speedway Stadium will be welcome news to their fans.

Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council

Metrolink prepares for launch of Second City Crossing trams

Metrolink's Second City Crossing tramline opens on Sunday.


It runs from St Peter's Square and along Cross Street to stops at Exchange Square and Victoria.

Customers using the East Didsbury to Shaw and Crompton and Rochdale Town Centre trams will travel on the new line.

Europa League: The full draw

BBC Sport

Manchester United have have been drawn against Russian side FC Rostov in the Europa League last 16.

Here is the full draw: 

  • Celta Vigo (Spa) v FC Krasnodar (Rus)
  • Apoel Nicosia (Cyp) v Anderlecht (Bel)
  • Schalke (Ger) v Borussia Monchengladbach (Ger)
  • Lyon (Fra) v Roma (Ita)
  • FC Rostov (Rus) v  Manchester United (Eng)
  • Olympiakos (Gre) v Besiktas (Tur)
  • Gent (Bel) v Genk (Bel)
  • FC Copenhagen (Den) v Ajax (Ned)

Severe disruption: M58 Lancashire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M58 Lancashire eastbound severe disruption, between J5 for A577 and M6 J26.

M58 Lancashire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M58 eastbound between J5, A577 (Up Holland) and M6 J26, Orrell Interchange, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • Human remains found on a Greek island are those of a man who went missing in 2005 on holiday,  Cheshire Police confirm

£2.5m invested in community groups in Wigan

More than 100 community groups have been awarded a share of £2.5m from Wigan Council's Communities Investment Fund, Wigan Council said.

Old Courts

Examples of funding include the Old Courts, which has been given £240,000 to increase participation in the arts and to create a community hub campus for the creative and digital industry, and Leigh's Turnpike Centre, which received £217,512 to develop cultural opportunities in the community.  

Football: Mourhino makes Ranieri tribute

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho said the dismissal of Claudio Ranieri is "very difficult to accept" and believes the Italian deserved to have Leicester's stadium named after him.  

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Mourhino, who wore a shirt bearing Ranieri's initials as a mark of his respect at his Friday press conference, believes the Foxes boss was let down by the "selfishness" of others. 

Mourinho followed up an Instagram tribute to Ranieri with warm words and described his own sacking by Chelsea in December 2015 as "peanuts" by comparison.

Speaking about the initialed shirt, Mourinho said: "It is my little homage to somebody that wrote the most beautiful history of the Premier League."

Cheshire East council tax rise 'to meet growing demand for care'

Cheshire East Council has announced a 4.99% increase in council tax. 

Cheshire East Council

A total of 3% will go towards caring for the elderly and vulnerable, to help fund a £97m adult care budget, the council said. 

The council has set a revenue budget of almost £264m to spend across services, which will cost taxpayers about £3 per day.

Vigil to raise funds for historic church

A candlelit vigil will take place tonight to help raise funds for a devastated church in Salford.

Church fire

The Grade II listed Church of the Ascension in Lower Broughton was gutted by a fire earlier this month. 

It is being investigated as arson. 

More than £2,500 has been raised so far.  

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • Human remains found on a Greek island are those of a man who went missing in 2005 on holiday,  police confirm

Good Samaritan recalls heart-wrenching moment she discovered foals abandoned in storm

Warrington Guardian

A good Samaritan who rushed to the aid of two young foals "left for dead" in the middle of a storm on a muddy road has been left heartbroken by the sickening treatment inflicted on the animals.  

Singer to perform ahead of Centurions match

Blind man tasered in Levenshulme

A blind man was Tasered by police after they mistook his cane for a gun.


Armed response officers from Greater Manchester Police (GMP) were called to Albert Road in Levenshulme at about 18:40 GMT on Thursday after reports there was a man with a gun.

They say a Taser was deployed and a 43-year-old man was detained.

It was later discovered the man was actually carrying a folding cane and he was released as he posed no threat.

The incident has been referred to the GMP's Professional Standards Branch.

Greater Manchester patients to get seven-day GP access

A £41m plan to give everyone in Greater Manchester  seven-day GP access  has been approved.


The GM Health and Social Care Partnership Board said the move would make 24/7 urgent primary care provision easier for patients to access.

The additional access will revolve around neighbourhood hubs and "clusters" where weekend and evening appointments will be available.

The board said it hopes the plans will reduce pressure on hospital A&E units.

Football statistics: Shots by Ibrahimovic

BBC Sport

From the top five European leagues (England, Germany, France, Italy and Spain), only Roma's Edin Dzeko has had more shots (131) than Ibrahimovic in league games this season. 

Shots stat

In the Premier League, Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez (91) and Tottenham's Christian Eriksen (90) are ranked second and third for most efforts at goal.    

Former England Captain Alan Shearer said Manchester United must try keep the striker because he has shown he still has such a lot to offer

Warning after man tries to abduct boy walking home from school

Manchester Evening News

A school has issued a warning to parents after a man tried to abduct a 15-year-old schoolboy.  

John Lewis cuts jobs amid online shift but transfers roles to south Manchester

John Lewis has announced plans to create more jobs at its call centre in south Manchester.

John Lewis

The retailer is axing nearly 400 jobs across the country - but will be transferring roles to a central office in Didsbury. 

Staff who are affected by the move will be given the chance to relocate. It is not yet known how many jobs will move to Didsbury. 

Weather: Turning cloudy

BBC Weather

Fine and cold this afternoon with much lighter winds- turning cloudier later.


Cloud will thicken overnight bringing wet, windy but milder weather for all. Rain will become heavy and persistent overnight.

Cancer survival rates targets set by health bosses

Health bosses in Greater Manchester are setting themselves a series of key objectives for treating cancer. 

Prostate cancer

By 2020, they want to increase survival rates a year after diagnosis to more than 75%. 

They also want to cut the rate of smoking from 20% to 13%. 

The challenges will be approved by NHS managers in charge of health devolution in Greater Manchester. 

Renewed concern over testing at former Turner Brothers Asbestos site

Rochdale Online

Concern is once again being voiced regarding the "secrecy" of tests being conducted at the controversial former Turner Brothers Asbestos site in Spodden Valley.  

Stockport council tax to rise by nearly 5%

Stockport Council has announced a 4.99% increase in council tax, as it set its budget for the financial year 2017/18.

Stockport Council
Gerard England

For an average band D property, this will mean an extra £1.39 per week.

The council said the rise would tackle the "increasing costs and reduced resources" of adult social care.

Between 2016 and 2021, we have a reduction of £60m in funding, meaning we have to make difficult choices.

By increasing the council tax, we feel that we’re protecting our most vulnerable members of society whilst supporting independence for individuals and communities.

Councillor Alex Ganotis Leader of Stockport Council

Rugby League: RFL to investigate Wigan Warriors v Widnes switch

BBC Sport

Wigan Warriors' "home" Super League fixture against Widnes tonight has been switched to the Vikings' Select Security Stadium - 17 hours after Wigan postponed the game.

DW Stadium
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Widnes, who were not consulted about Wigan's initial cancellation, will now visit the Warriors on Sunday 2 July.

Tonight's game will begin at the original start time of 20:00.

The Rugby Football League will investigate Wigan for a potential breach of operational rules.

Bolton fire: Warehouse devastated by blaze

Engineers are assessing the safety of a building in Bolton badly damaged by a fire.

About 50 firefighters were called out to deal with the blaze at the four-storey derelict mill on Parrott Street in Great Lever. 

They're damping down now but there is a concern that part of the building will collapse. 

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • Engineers are assessing the safety of a building in Bolton badly damaged by a fire
  • John Lewis has announced plans to create more jobs at its call centre in South Manchester, while it says it will also cut nearly 400 jobs in its home fittings services and restaurants  
  • Plans to give everybody in Greater Manchester seven day and late night access to their GP are expected to be approved later

Europa League: Man Utd face FC Rostov

Manchester United will play Russian side FC Rostov in the last 16 of the Europa League.  

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Stalybridge Celtic consider new town-centre ground

Stalybridge Celtic are considering leaving Bower Fold and moving to a new ground in the town centre.  

Bower Fold
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The non-league club have played at their historic home for more than 100 years. No site has been identified yet - but the club said it hoped a new stadium could be built over the next three years. 

Health bosses aim to increase Greater Manchester GP access

Plans to give everybody in Greater Manchester seven-day and late night access to their GP are expected to get the go ahead later.


GM Health and Social Care Strategic Partnership Board hopes the move will also reduce pressure on hospital Accident and Emergency units.

It claims 2,500 patients dealt with at A&E across the region everyday, could be looked after elsewhere.  

Bolton fire: Blaze destroys warehouse

A video was taken by Noor Shirzad, a resident nearby. 

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Why Man Utd must keep striker - Alan Shearer

Alan Shearer

Ex-England captain on BBC One

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been Manchester United's player of the season so far, and his goals and sheer presence make him the man they would miss the most right now.

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He is 35 and cannot go on forever but United would be crazy not to try to keep the Swedish striker for another season because he has shown he still has such a lot to offer.  

As well as his 24 goals in 37 games for United, a big part of Ibrahimovic's impact is the effect he has had on his team-mates.  

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House prices increase by 8%

The average house in Manchester will now cost you £150,000 - an increase of 8.3% compared to this time last year. 

Gorton, Manchester houses

Research from Hometrack puts the city as having the third strongest house price growth in the country - behind only Bristol and Oxford - and ahead of London.   

Manchester's Cold War - battle of footballing youth

5Live Sport investigates the lengths that Manchester's football clubs go to, in order to secure talent from a very early age

5live programme

The programme hears from the father of one of the world's most exciting talents.

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Weather: Rainy weekend ahead

BBC Weather

There could be a lot of rain on higher ground in the north west.  

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£32m bus station plan set for approval

A £32m bus station in Ashton under Lyne is set to be approved by council leaders later. 


It will be built on the existing site - with the aim of improving connections between buses, trains and trams.  

Bolton Fire: Live from scene

Emergency services were called to Parrot Street near the railway station just after 05:00 this morning.  

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