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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 more of the latest news, sport, travel and weather.    

Weather: Rain heavy over the hills

BBC Weather

There will be outbreaks of rain tonight that will be heavy over the hills in particular.   

The winds will be strong too, however towards dawn we will see the wind and rain start to ease.

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Football: Middlesbrough v Manchester United preview

BBC Sport

Paul Pogba misses out for Manchester United on Sunday away at Middlesbrough because of a hamstring strain, while Daley Blind received a blow to the head against Rostov and is a doubt.

Jose Mourinho

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ander Herrera are suspended, but Wayne Rooney, Luke Shaw and Anthony Martial could be fit.

Middlesbrough's caretaker boss Steve Agnew has fitness concerns over five players ahead of Sunday's game.

George Friend, Daniel Ayala, Calum Chambers, Bernardo Espinosa and Rudy Gestede are all doubts.

Referee Michael Oliver is surrounded by several Manchester United players after sending off midfielder Ander Herrera

Manchester United are fined £20,000 by the Football Association for failing to control their players in the FA Cup quarter-final defeat at Chelsea.

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Jail for PCSOs who used police resources to falsely accuse man of attempted murder

A pair of PCSOs who were in a relationship have been jailed for using police resources to make untrue allegations about a man, which caused him to lose his job, his driving licence and be falsely arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, the Crown Prosecution Service have said.

Thomas Fendall and Jessica Hussell used "restricted material on the police computer system... to settle a personal grievance", Senior prosecutor Brett Gerrity said.

He said:

Fendall used the police computer system to research background information on people both he and Hussell knew and shared information and documents with others.

They provided Crimestoppers with bogus information leading to an innocent man being investigated by the police for attempted murder. They also supplied the DVLA with fictitious intelligence which lead to the same man having his driving licence revoked. He had to prove he was medically fit to drive before his licence could be reinstated two months later.

Their actions had a profound effect on their victim and his family. Not only was he arrested for an extremely serious offence he had not committed, he also lost his driving licence and his job.

Fendall and Hussell, who have since been dismissed by Greater Manchester Police, pleaded guilty to misconduct in a public office at Liverpool Crown Court and were jailed for 19 and 16 months respectively.

Latest headlines from Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • George Osborne is facing calls to stand down as the MP for Tatton, following his appointment as editor of the London Evening Standard newspaper
  • Road safety campaigners have criticised former Manchester United star Gary Neville after a newspaper printed a photograph of him apparently holding a mobile phone while driving  
  • Manchester United are  drawn against Belgian league leaders  Anderlecht in the Europa League quarter-finals

Gary Neville criticised by RAC for 'holding mobile phone' while driving

Road safety campaigners have criticised Gary Neville after a newspaper printed a photograph of him apparently holding a mobile phone while driving .

Gary Neville
Daily Mirror

The Mirror  claims the pictures were taken on the M60 in Greater Manchester shortly after the punishment for doing so was  was doubled  to a £200 fine and six penalty points.

The former Manchester Utd and England star has been approached for comment.

Pete Williams, of the RAC, told the BBC it was a "disappointing... own-goal".

George Osborne: 'I will speak for London and Londoners'

Former Chancellor and Tatton MP George Osborne says he is "thrilled" he has been appointed as the new editor of the London Evening Standard. 

Mr Osborne, who will continue as Tatton MP, has already taken a part-time job with investment firm BlackRock. 

He will start his new role in May. 

He told London Live, which is owned by ESTV - the same company that owns the Standard newspaper - that he would "speak for London and Londoners".  

Man wanted on recall in connection with assault and burglary

A 28-year-man is wanted in connection with robbery, assault and burglary in separate incidents in Skelmersdale and Greater Manchester.

Craig Shelley
Lancashire Police

Craig Shelley, from Upholland, near Wigan, is wanted after a man was punched in the head and face and had his car keys stolen on 26 December on Ormskirk Road, Upholland. 

He is also wanted in connection with an assault on 20 November in the Greater Manchester area after a woman was bitten on her neck. A burglary also occurred at an address on the same day.

Shelley, who has links to Skelmersdale and Orrell, is also wanted on recall to prison.

He is described as white, about 5ft 9in tall, with blue eyes and of medium build.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police.

Glass partition plan for Bolton Town Hall

Plans are being put forward by Bolton Council to erect a glass partition in the town hall that would separate councillors and the public. 

Bolton Town Hall
Geograph/Mr M Evison

Opponents say the move would "stifle democracy", but the council says it's part of "a wider refurbishment of the Albert Halls and is to protect members of the public.

The previous balustrade on the gallery was very low and would not be effective in stopping a fall, the council said.  

Guitarist speaks at 'world's first Prince conference'

Prince fans will be able to listen to Dez Dickerson, who sang backing vocals and played guitar in Prince’s original band, talk about his experiences touring and recording with the star during a public event at the University of Salford’s Peel Hall on 24 May .

University of Salford

Dickerson, who performed on tracks such as 1999 and Little Red Corvette, will take questions from the audience and talk in conversation with Ken Paulson, Dean of the Middle Tennessee State University’s College of Media and Entertainment.

HOME Manchester will also mark the event by screening the 1986 musical drama Under the Cherry Moon, which Prince directed and starred in.

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • Tatton MP George Osborne is to become editor of the London Evening Standard newspaper, in a surprise move that has angered Labour MPs
  • Ofsted has carried out an inspection at troubled primary school The Bollin, it emerges

Severe disruption: M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J14 for M61 and J13 for A572.

M60 Greater Manchester - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M60 anticlockwise between J14, M61 (East Lancs Road) and J13, A572 (Worsley), because of a broken down car. In the roadworks area.

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

Police raid uncovers cannabis farm

Bolton News

Police have uncovered between 40 and 50 cannabis plants during an early morning raid in Patterson Street, Deane.

Jose Mourinho: Manchester United are not ready to dominate Premier League

BBC Sport

Manchester United "are not ready to be a dominant force" and fans should forget about a return to the days of Sir Alex Ferguson, manager Jose Mourinho has told BBC Sport

United won 13 Premier League titles under Ferguson, but Mourinho says it is now impossible to be so dominant. 

Asked if he could return the club to its former greatness, the Portuguese said: "Forget it. "Don't try to go 10, 20 years ago because it is not possible any more." 

In a wide-ranging interview with Gary Lineker for the Premier League Show , Mourinho also said United do not need to qualify for the Champions League to attract top players, it has not been easy for midfielder Paul Pogba to adjust back to English football and he would not have sold forwards Angel di Maria, Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck had he been United manager.

'Prisoner' call to phone-in show 'breached BBC guidelines'

A late night phone-in show on BBC local radio breached the BBC's editorial guidelines for allowing a caller to talk about his purported sex crimes.

Presenter Allan Beswick

The caller, who said he was speaking from prison, claimed he had had sex with children, that they had enjoyed it and that he had made "child sex" DVDs.

Rather than cutting him off, presenter Allan Beswick spoke to the caller for more than four minutes.

The committee described his actions as "a most serious error of judgement".

Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cheshire southbound severe disruption, between J19 for A556 and J18 for A54 Middlewich.

M6 Cheshire - One lane closed on M6 southbound between J19, A556 (Knutsford) and J18, A54 (Middlewich), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Growing concern for missing Manchester man

Police are appealing for information after the disappearance of a 16-year-old from Harpurhey in Manchester.

David Johnstone

David Johnstone, who police believe could be staying within the local area or Blackpool, was last seen on 10 March.

He is described as slim, 5ft 6in (1.72m), with short brown hair. He normally wears sportswear and black and orange trainers. 

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police.

Bury college downgraded from outstanding to requires improvement

Bury Times

A sixth form once deemed outstanding has been downgraded to requires improvement by school inspectors – leaving the borough without a good or outstanding state-funded college.  

Former Man Utd captain Roy Keane says Jose Mourinho talks rubbish

BBC Sport

Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane says Jose Mourinho is "talking rubbish" by complaining at the club's fixture schedule .

Paul Pogba and Jose Mourinho
Getty Images

United beat FC Rostov on Thursday to reach the quarter-finals of the Europa League but lost Paul Pogba to injury.

Mourinho said "fatigue has a price" and they will "probably lose" Sunday's game at Middlesbrough, which kicks off at 12:00 - a fourth game in 11 days.

Keane said:

Why do we have to listen to that garbage?

He is manager of one of the biggest clubs on the planet. They've had an easy ride in the cups, with a lot of home draws.

Maybe the club's too big for him. I'm sick to death of him. Manchester United reserves could have won that game.

Weather: Wet and windy

BBC Weather

Remaining wet and windy this afternoon. Quite chilly. 

This continues overnight and then towards dawn the rain will ease a little and winds will become lighter.  

Severe disruption: M62 Greater Manchester eastbound

BBC News Travel

M62 Greater Manchester eastbound severe disruption, between J19 for A6046 and J20 for A627 affecting J17 for A56 Prestwich.

M62 Greater Manchester - Slow traffic on M62 eastbound between J19, A6046 (Heywood) and J20 A627(M) Rochdale, because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion on M60 to J17, A56 (Prestwich).

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

Troubled Bollin Primary School inspected

A Bowdon primary school, which was shut last month following a dispute over staff workload, was inspected last week. 

Bollin Primary School

The Bollin School confirmed inspectors had been in the school and the inspection report will be released in the coming weeks. 

Rugby League: Leigh 22-8 Warrington

BBC Sport

Warrington Wolves remain bottom of Super League as Leigh Centurions earned a deserved win at the Leigh Sports Village last night.

Jamie Acton
Rex Features

Newly-promoted Leigh have already earned more points this term than in any previous Super League campaign in their history.  

Severe disruption: M62 Greater Manchester eastbound

BBC News Travel

M62 Greater Manchester eastbound severe disruption, between J18 for M60 and J19 for A6046.

M62 Greater Manchester - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M62 eastbound between J18, M60 (Simister Island) and J19, A6046 (Heywood), because of a broken down lorry and recovery work.

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

George Osborne 'will continue to fulfil commitments' as MP

A London Evening Standard spokesman has said the paper will enable new editor George Osborne to "fulfil his other commitments" as Tatton MP.

George Osborne

Mr Osborne, the Conservative MP for Tatton, will take up his role in early May, editing the paper an average of four days a week.   

Mr Osborne will address staff at the newspaper, run by Russian entrepreneur Eugene Lebedev, later today. 

The newspaper has a circulation of 850,000 to 900,000 copies a day, having become a free title in 2010.  

The Standard's schedule will enable Mr Osborne to edit the paper and continue to fulfil his other commitments, including as an MP; giving him the time to vote and contribute in Parliament in the afternoon after the paper has gone to print, and be in his constituency.

London Evening Standard

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

Europa League: Man Utd drawn against Anderlecht

BBC Sport

Manchester United are drawn against Belgian side Anderlecht in the Europa League quarter-finals.

Manchester Utd V Rostov

United, considered the favourites by many bookmakers, are the only British side left in Europe's secondary club competition.

Jose Mourinho's side edged past Russian side FC Rostov with  a 2-1 aggregate win  in the last 16.

The first legs are set to take place on Thursday, 13 April and the return games a week later.

Schools seek help to teach pupils how to deal with stress

 A Mental Health organisation says that in six months since it has launched, it has been contacted by more than 100 schools across Greater Manchester and Cheshire for help to teach pupils how to cope with stress.


MyHappyMind launched in September and since then have worked in 15 schools across the region helping more than 4000 children. 

Their founder Laura Earnshaw says it is important for schools in the 21st century to give kids the skills to deal with the stresses of modern life. 

HS2: Northen chord removal 'short sighted'

The leader of Manchester City Council says the Department of Transport has been "shortsighted" in removing part of the plans for HS2 which could slash journey times between Wigan and Manchester, named the "northern chord".


It appeared on the original plans for HS2 but has now been removed from the maps to save money. 

The Greater Manchester Combined Authority is calling for the track to be retained, as part of a consultation on the project.  

HS2 say removing the northern chord doesn't compromise the major benefits the high speed line will bring to Wigan and Manchester.

Tameside river body find identification

Attempts are being made to formally identify a body found in a river in Tameside. 


The discovery was made yesterday afternoon in the River Tame near to Spring Bank Lane, by officers searching for missing man, Michael Leadbetter. 

The death is being treated as unexplained.

George Osborne to become editor of London Evening Standard

Former Chancellor and Tatton MP George Osborne has been appointed editor of the London Evening Standard newspaper .

George Osborne

The Conservative MP will succeed Sarah Stands, who is leaving to become editor of the BBC's Today programme.

The BBC's media editor Amol Rajan said Mr Osborne intended to stay on as MP for Tatton.

Mr Osborne was sacked as Chancellor after Theresa May became prime minister in June.

Mr Rajan said the appointment was a "fantastic coup" for the newspaper but would "take a considerable amount of people as surprise".

He said it would be a "big challenge" for Mr Osborne to persuade his constituents in Cheshire that he could continue representing them.  

BreakingGeorge Osborne to become paper editor

Ex-chancellor and Tatton MP George Osborne is appointed editor of London Evening Standard newspaper.  

More to follow.

Surgeon Ian Paterson 'gave man unnecessary double mastectomy'

A man with a "phobia" of surgery underwent an unnecessary double mastectomy after being told he was "on the road to developing breast cancer", a court heard .

John Ingram

John Ingram said he still lives with near-constant pain 10 years on.

Mr Ingram was told in May 2006 a tissue sample from a lump in his breast showed signs of "pre-cancer".

Breast surgeon Ian Paterson, 58, from Altrincham, denies 20 counts of wounding with intent at Nottingham Crown Court.

Paul Pogba: Manchester United midfielder ruled out with hamstring injury

BBC Sport

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba will miss Sunday's Premier League match at Middlesbrough with a hamstring injury.

Paul Pogba
Getty Images

The France international pulled up in the second half of United's Europa League win over FC Rostov and had to be replaced by Marouane Fellaini.

The 24-year-old is also expected to miss France's matches against Luxembourg and Spain later this month.

United boss Jose Mourinho could not say how much longer Pogba would be out.

Yeah. I don't know for sure, but for sure, no Middlesbrough and no national team."

Jose MourinhoManchester United manager

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • A man who was hit by a car in Wythenshawe on Tuesday, dies in hospital 
  • The leader of Manchester City Council tells the BBC a decision to remove part of the plans for HS2 -called the Northern Chord- was "shortsighted"

Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cheshire southbound severe disruption, at J21A for M62.

M6 Cheshire - Stationary traffic on M6 southbound at J21a, M62 (Croft Interchange), because of a rolling road-block and emergency repairs.

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

Man dies after car hits two families in Wythenshawe

A man has died in hospital two days after he was  struck by a car that hit four pedestrians  in Greater Manchester.  

Woodhouse Lane

The 47-year-old and his daughter, 9, were hit by a black Kia Picanto in Woodhouse Lane, Benchill, Wythenshawe, at about 16:45 GMT on Tuesday, police said.

The man died on Thursday. The nine-year-old girl suffered minor cuts and bruises.

Two others were also hit in the crash. A woman, 27, broke her wrist and her two-year-old son was uninjured.

Police said enquiries were continuing into the cause of the crash. No arrests have been made. 

Baby born during hospice respite stay

The mother of a toddler dying of cancer gave birth to a baby boy during a respite stay in a hospice .  

Lauren Doherty gave birth at Derian House Hospice in Chorley, as she was staying with 18-month-old Gracie on Wednesday.

Ms Doherty, 22, from Rochdale, said she was "relieved" Gracie got to meet her brother Charlie.

The hospice said the first baby born there was a "symbol of hope".

Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cheshire southbound severe disruption, between J18 for A54 Middlewich and J17 for A534 Sandbach.

M6 Cheshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 southbound between J18, A54 (Middlewich) and J17, A534 (Sandbach), because of a broken down car.

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