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Summary

  1. 'Hero' who helped save children in house fire facing deportation
  2. Conservatives win council seat in staunchly Labour Kersal ward
  3. The Christie named top specialist UK hospital by health inspectors
  4. Row over plans for new high school on green space in Longsight
  5. Updates on Friday 3 March

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Live updates from across 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. Have a lovely weekend!

  2. Manchester City Council cuts £31m from budget

    Manchester City Council has voted through a plan to cut £31m from its budget during the next three years - while increasing council tax by almost 5%.

    Manchester Town Hall

    The Labour-run authority says it is managing to protect the vulnerable, despite what it calls an unfair reduction in funding from central government.  

    Tthe sole opposition councillor, Liberal Democrat John Leech, says changes to council tax support will take £1m from the city's poorest people.

  3. Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

    • Manchester City Council votes through a plan to cut £31m from its budget during the next three years - while increasing council tax by almost 5%
    • A driver who hit a man in Cheadle and left him seriously injured in the road is jailed 
  4. Analysis: How did a Conservative councillor win the Kersal seat?

    Kevin Fitzpatrick

    BBC Radio Manchester journalist

    Jeremy Corbyn, allegations of anti-semitism in the Labour party and a controversial plan to build a football stadium against residents wishes – all reasons the new Conservative councillor says helped him win.

    Cllr Rabbi Arnold Saunders took his seat in the former Labour stronghold of Kersal.

    The Labour-controlled council approved plans for Salford City Fc's 5,000 capacity stadium in Decembe.

    The party still has the vast majority of councillors in the city but this Tory victory will have shocked them.

  5. Proposed deputy police chief's suitability queried

    Phil McCann

    Cheshire Political Reporter, BBC News

    A proposed new deputy police and crime commissioner "failed to demonstrate an adequate knowledge and understanding" of the role, councillors said.  

    Sareda Dirir

    Labour councillor, Sareda Dirir, has been nominated by Cheshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Keane to become his £50,000-a-year deputy.

    Members of the county's police and crime panel were not impressed by her performance in a confirmation hearing.

    But she meets the "minimum standard", the advisory panel concluded.

    Mr Keane is due to make a final decision about whether to appoint Ms Dirir next week.

  6. Masked robbers armed with gun and axe raid phone shop on Curry Mile

    Manchester Evening News

    Shocking CCTV footage shows the moment masked robbers, armed with an axe and a gun, raid a mobile phone shop on Manchester’s Curry Mile.  

  7. Council tax scam reported in Oldham

    A council tax scam which has been seen in other parts of the country has now arrived in Oldham, residents are being warned. 

    Council tax

    Local residents have reported getting calls from someone who claims to be with Oldham Council or Unity Partnership, a company which provides some council services. 

    They say the householder has been overcharged for council tax and is due a refund.

    The council says neither it nor Unity Partnership would ever contact residents in this way. Police are investigating.   

  8. Weather: Rain spreading to most parts

    BBC Weather

    Rain will spread to most parts by the afternoon and into the evening.

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    It will start to ease by dawn and there will be no frost. 

  9. MP calls for A6 relief road

    A Stockport MP is calling for a relief road linking the A6 and the M60 to be given the go-ahead, to help ease congestion in the area. 

    Hazel Grove's William Wragg told the Commons that local residents first started arguing for a similar route almost 250 years ago. 

    The Transport Minister Andrew Jones said the government was investing heavily in improving the transport network in the area.

  10. Liverpool Lime Street 'should reopen on Thursday'

    Train passengers going from Manchester, Wigan and Warrington to Liverpool Lime Street should see the Merseyside station reopen on Thursday, Network Rail says. 

    Track

    A train carrying 150 passengers  was "seconds away" from crashing into a huge pile of debris , the RMT union said.    

    An  estimated 200 tonnes of rubble  fell on to the line when a wall collapsed just outside Liverpool Lime Street station at 17:45 on Tuesday.

    Northern confirmed the driver of its Manchester Airport to Liverpool service hit the emergency brake after a red signal was triggered.

  11. Referees to strike over on-pitch abuse

    BBC Newsbeat

    Thousands of amateur referees are planning a strike over the treatment they receive on the pitch, organised by Manchester referee Ryan Hampson.

    Ryan Hampson

    Mr Hampson, 18, said "more than 2,000 people up and down the country" will be taking part on 4 and 5 March.

    "I've been head-butted, spat at and punched on numerous occasions," the 18-year-old tells Newsbeat.

    "We're not safe - we want more help and more security. Enough's enough, change is needed.

    The Manchester Football Association said it had a zero-tolerance approach to bullying. 

    Quote Message: Referees do not feel supported up and down this country. We want assaults of referees to stop. One referee assault is bad enough but at the moment it's going on all the time. from Ryan Hampson Manchester referee
    Ryan HampsonManchester referee
  12. Conservative wins Kersal council seat

    The new Conservative councillor for Kersal in Salford claims Jeremy Corbyn, allegations of anti-semitism in the Labour party and a controversial plan to build a football stadium against residents' wishes helped the Conservatives to a shock by-election victory. 

    Rabbi Saunders

    Rabbi Arnold Saunders is the new councillor in the former Labour stronghold of Kersal. 

    The Labour-controlled council approved plans for Salford City's stadium in December and Rabbi Saunders said people wanted their voices to be heard. 

  13. Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

    • A Conservative wins a council seat in Salford's Kersal ward, following a by-election
    • A total of 1,300 people sign a petition to stop the deportation of a man who helped  save two children from a fire  in Manchester which killed their parents
    • The former Manchester United and Ireland skipper, Patrick O'Connell, who steered Real Betis to their only La Liga title is to be honoured in Spain
  14. Increase in fly-tipping in Manchester

    New government figures show an increase in fly-tipping, with Manchester reporting the highest number of cases outside of London. 

    Flytipping in Levenshulme

    Data from Defra say there were just under one million cases last year, an increase of 4% on the previous year. 

    The figures reveal Manchester dealt with 22,000 incidents. 

    Campaigners have blamed financial pressures on councils which have led to reductions in waste collection services.

    The government says it has given councils new powers to issue £400 "on the spot" fixed penalty notices to help clamp down on small-scale fly-tipping. 

  15. Christie Hospital named as top specialist hospital

    The Christie in Manchester has been named as the top specialist hospital in the country and one of the best three overall.

    The Christie

    A Care Quality Commission report highlighted its effectiveness, care and leadership and it praised the friendly and open culture that filters through every area of the trust. 

    Last November the trust was ranked as outstanding by the CQC.