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Summary

  1. Updates on Wednesday 1 March
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Thursday

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

  2. Weather: Cloudy with rain

    BBC Weather

    The skies will turn increasingly cloudy tonight as rain gradually spreads in from the south overnight, perhaps turning to snow, particularly over higher ground. Lows of 3C

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    Video caption: Increasingly cloudy tonight and turning breezy, especially in coastal areas. Highs of

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  3. Surgeon 'provided false diagnosis' to insurers

    A breast surgeon accused of carrying out unnecessary operations provided a false cancer diagnosis to one patient's insurers, a court has heard .

    Ian Paterson

    Ian Paterson, 59, allegedly told Frances Perks to undergo a double mastectomy or risk "full-blown cancer", despite tests showing no sign of malignancy.

    Ms Perks also underwent 27 unnecessary biopsies, prosecutors said.

    Mr Paterson, of Altrincham, denies 20 counts of wounding with intent.

  4. Listening stick is still finding leaks

    Rochdale Online

    A crack team of leak detectives has tracked down and plugged more than 18,000 hidden pipe leaks in the north west over the past 12 months - thanks to a Victorian device that has been used for more than 100 years.  

  5. Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

    • A Rochdale grooming gang's lawyers are being investigated by legal watchdog, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)
    • A paedophile, who concealed one of his victims in a "hidey hole" at his home in Greater Manchester, is jailed for 27 years
    • MPs are debating legislation which will pave the way for a single travel card on buses and trams across Greater Manchester
  6. Taxi driver was knifed to death by 'insanely jealous' love rival, court hears

    Manchester Evening News

    A taxi driver was lured to his death by an "insanely jealous" love rival, a court heard.

  7. Rochdale grooming gang's lawyers face legal watchdog investigation

    The lawyers representing four child abusers who are fighting deportation are being investigated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).

    Gang

    Burton & Burton were criticised by the presiding judge during a delayed immigration tribunal for the men, who were convicted of  crimes in Rochdale, Greater Manchester , in 2012.

    Mr Justice Bernard McCloskey said they had shown "frankly shameful" behaviour.

    The Nottingham-based solicitors has yet to comment on the investigation.

  8. Football: Clichy likely to be available for Man City FA Cup replay

    BBC Sport

    Manchester City defender Gael Clichy is likely to be available after a back problem for the FA Cup fifth round replay against Huddersfield Town.

    Man City v Hudds

    Vincent Kompany remains unavailable but is close to a return to fitness.

    Huddersfield will again be without midfielder Aaron Mooy, who is ineligible against his parent club.

    Sean Scannell and Harry Bunn are both back in training and could feature but Nahki Wells is a doubt with an ankle problem, while Christopher Schindler and Kasey Palmer are injured.

    The teams meet at the Etihad stadium at 19:45.

  9. Limited train service runs to Liverpool

    Northern Rail says a limited service is now running on trains between Manchester and some Liverpool stations. 

    Wall

    It is after  a wall collapsed on to the tracks  at Liverpool Lime Street blocking all trains in and out of there.

    Some services are running between Manchester and Huyton and Liverpool South Parkway. 

  10. Weather: Mainly dry

    A dry afternoon but there is a risk of the odd shower further north. Highs of 9C.

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    Video caption: Dry afternoon but risk of odd shower further north. Highs of 9C.

    Skies will turn increasingly cloudy tonight as rain gradually spreads in from the south.

  11. Travel: Delays on M62

    BBC News Travel

     Delays and queuing traffic due to earlier broken down vehicle on M62 Eastbound between J19 A6046 (Heywood) and J20 A627(M) Rochdale, congestion on M62 to J18 M60 / M66 (Simister Island). All lanes have been re-opened.  

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

  12. Murder arrest man released without charge

    A 50-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman died in Rochdale has been released without charge.

    Alder Road

    Police found a woman unresponsive at a property in Alder Road on Monday and was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead. 

    A post-mortem examination concluded there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding her death.

    There were also no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of a man who was found at the same property on Saturday.

  13. Violent 'hidey hole' paedophile jailed for 27 years

    A violent paedophile who made a "hidey hole" in his home to conceal a girl he was abusing has been jailed for 27 years.

    
          Michael Dunn kept one of his victims in a makeshift space behind a fridge to conceal her from police, it has been claimed

    Michael Dunn knocked through the wall behind his fridge to create a cavity to hide the runaway girl from police.

    Teesside Crown Court heard the 57-year-old, from Redcar, raped and abused four girls over a period of several years.

    His offences took place around the country, including at a house in Mottram near Hyde, Greater Manchester.

    Greater Manchester Police has  referred itself to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC)  amid concerns opportunities to catch him were missed.

  14. Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

    • A violent paedophile, whose offences took place around the country including at a house in Mottram near Hyde, Greater Manchester  is jailed for 27 years
    • A "limited service" is now running for trains between Manchester and some Liverpool stations, after a wall collapsed causing the closure of Liverpool Lime Street, Northern Rail says
  15. Football: Man City v Huddersfield

    BBC Sport

    Manchester City host Huddersfield Town in their FA Cup fifth round replay at the Etihad tonight.

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    What the managers say:   

    Quote Message: Sometimes the teams at the top of the Championship are better than teams in the Premier League. They are so professional. from Pep Guardiola Manchester City manager
    Pep GuardiolaManchester City manager
    Quote Message: To play this game, with this good run we are on, in a different competition, gives you a special feeling for this game because you can really play with freedom...It's an extraordinary occasion, which everybody can be excited about and we should transform this into a good performance. from David Wagner Huddersfield head coach
    David WagnerHuddersfield head coach
  16. Rail disruption wall collapse 'could have been caused by lorry container'

    Network Rail says a lorry container left above a retaining wall may have caused the collapse which has stopped trains at Liverpool Lime Street.

    The closure is causing disruption for commuters from Manchester, Warrington and Wigan.  

    A section of trackside wall "loaded with concrete and cabins by a third party" fell, blocking all four lines into the station, Network Rail said. An investigation is under way.

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    Severe accident: A6017 Greater Manchester both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A6017 Greater Manchester both ways severe accident, between Cemetery Road and Wakeling Road.

    A6017 Greater Manchester - A6017 Stockport Road in Denton closed and slow traffic in both directions between the Cemetery Road junction and the Wakeling Road junction, because of an accident.

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

  18. Six charged following Oldham raids

    Six men have been charged following police raids in Oldham yesterday.

    Five men aged 21, 23, 28, 34 and 47 have been charged with two counts of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.

    A 68-year-old man has been charged with witness intimidation and blackmail.  

    They are due to appear at Tameside Magistrates’ Court later.