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  1. Metrolink to roll out tram network improvements


    From Sunday, these will include:

    • Airport line services running to Victoria (previously Deansgate-Castlefield)
    • Sunday services extended by about an hour into the evening
    • Additional platforms at Altrincham and Victoria brought into operation
    • Services from MediaCityUK running to Etihad Campus
    • Altrincham services that previously ran to Etihad Campus terminating at Piccadilly
  2. Football: £30m fee for Man Utd target 'could buy 19,000 golden retrievers!'

    BBC Sport

    A deal for Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez to move to Manchester United appears to be drawing closer, and readers have been having a bit of fun over on BBC Sport's live page.

    Alex Sanchez

    Matt: If we take Alexis Sanchez's rumoured wage and signing on fee, he could buy around 19,000 golden retrievers per year for four years. Is this his plan? Have I figured him out?

    Miles: So no Alexis deal today then? So Sanchez plays for Arsenal tomorrow? Arsene said as much earlier in the week...could get eggy at The Emirates.

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  4. Tributes to 'true gentleman' hit by car

    The family of a man who died after he was hit by a car in Greater Manchester have paid tribute to him.

    Peter Heywood with daughter Michelle

    Peter Heywood, 75, from Stretford, was killed when he was hit by an Audi on Chester Road in Trafford on Tuesday evening.

    A statement issued on behalf of his daughter, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren described Mr Heywood as a "true gentleman".

    Quote Message: He was very independent and a proud man. He will be missed by all who knew him. We would like to thank everyone for the abundance of support that has been shown at this truly heartbreaking time. from Heywood family
    Heywood family
  5. Alexis Sanchez's big money Man Utd switch moves closer

    BBC Sport

    It could be one of the biggest deals of the January transfer window and one that certainly seems to be gathering pace.

    Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez has been linked with a number of clubs, but a switch from the Emirates to Old Trafford is becoming increasingly likely.

    Alexis Sanchez

    Here's what we know so far:

    • A move for the Chile international could cost in the region of £30m, even though his Arsenal contract ends in the summer
    • Sanchez, 29, could earn half a million a week in Manchester. Just let that sink in for a moment
    • Since the play-maker arrived in the UK from Barcelona in 2014, he has scored 60 goals at a rate of one every 169 minutes
    • Going the other way could be Henrikh Mkhitaryan. He has been seen at United's training ground this morning and the deadline for registration for players to play in this weekend’s games is midday
  6. Football agent to be sentenced after M6 death crash

    A football agent who killed a Highways England traffic officer and seriously injured another when he crashed on a high-speed journey on the M6 in Cumbria is to be sentenced today.

    Peter Morrison at earlier hearing

    Peter Morrison, 37, of the Warke, Worsley in Salford, will be sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court for the crash, which happened near Tebay in February 2016.

    Morrison was originally convicted of causing death and serious injury by dangerous driving at Carlisle Crown Court in November, before the judge in his case, Peter Davies, became ill and sentencing had to be postponed.

  7. Shenzhen beats Manchester to WTA Finals

    BBC Sport

    Manchester has missed out on hosting the WTA Finals after the Chinese city of Shenzhen was awarded a 10-year deal.

    Caroline Wozniacki and Venus Williams

    The season-ending tournament, which features the world's top eight female players, has been held in Singapore since 2014.

    Shenzhen has committed to doubling the prize money to $14m (£10.13m) per year and building a new 12,000-seat stadium to stage the tournament from 2019.

    The other cities that bid were Prague, St Petersburg and Singapore.

  8. Latest headlines from the North West

    • "Squalid" conditions and severely ill inmates waiting days to be seen because of "poor care and a lack of staff" at Liverpool Prison are highlighted in a new report by HM Inspectorate of Prisons
    • Police renew a appeal to help solve the murder of a man on the 10th anniversary of his shooting in Stretford
    • The family of a man killed after he was hit by a car in Greater Manchester describe him as a "true gentleman"
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    Severe accident: M60 Greater Manchester clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M60 Greater Manchester clockwise severe accident, between J22 for A62 Manchester Road and J23 for A6410 Audenshaw Road.

    M60 Greater Manchester - Slow traffic on M60 clockwise between J22, A62 (Failsworth) and J23, A6410 (Ashton Under Lyne), because of a rolling road-block and an accident.

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

  10. £50k reward to help solve shooting murder on 10th anniversary

    Police trying to solve the murder of a man have put out a renewed appeal for information on the 10th anniversary of his shooting.

    Halton McCollin

    Halton McCollin, 20, died on 22 January 2008, three days after he was shot in the head in the China Garden in Stretford.

    The gun was later found and linked to other shootings.

    A £50,000 reward remains offer to find Mr McCollin's killer.

  11. Firefighters issue icy roads warning

    Greater Manchester firefighters attended 36 incidents over night, including two car crashes, and have warned of the danger of icy roads during the recent cold snap.

    Fire engine generic

    You can read a round-up of the jobs they went out on here.

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    Severe disruption: M56 Cheshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M56 Cheshire eastbound severe disruption, at J9 for M6.

    M56 Cheshire - One lane closed on M56 eastbound at J9, M6 (Lymm Interchange). Traffic is coping well.

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

  13. How Liverpool prison became UK's 'worst jail'

    Michael Buchanan

    Social Affairs Correspondent, BBC News

    The damning report on Liverpool prison by HM Inspectorate of Prisons says conditions in the establishment are "squalid". But this is just the latest in a series of major problems faced by the jail.

    Liverpool prison

    With England's prisons regularly described as being in crisis, because of budget and staff cuts, it takes a special level of incompetence to be called the country's worst jail.

    But that is precisely the label bestowed on HMP Liverpool last month by many, including a former prisons inspector, after the BBC revealed the appalling failures at the prison.

    The living conditions: rats, cockroaches, blocked toilets and pools of urine, for instance, said to be the worst that inspectors had ever seen, were described by the then justice secretary as "shocking".

    Read more here.

  14. Liverpool jail's sick inmates 'at risk'

    Michael Buchanan

    Social Affairs Correspondent, BBC News

    Severely ill inmates at Liverpool Prison often wait days to be seen because of poor care and a lack of staff, a senior psychiatrist says.

    Liverpool prison

    His assessment of mental healthcare, seen by BBC News, says staff shortages present a "substantial clinical risk".

    Separately, a review of the prison, published on Friday, says conditions are the worst inspectors have seen.

    Lancashire Care, which runs healthcare at the jail, said it had spent significant sums on more staffing.

  15. Latest headlines for the North West

    • Conditions at Liverpool Prison are described as "squalid" in a damning report by HM Inspectorate of Prisons
    • Police have renewed a appeal for information over the 2008 murder of a man in Salford
    • The Met Office issues a yellow weather warning for snow and ice in parts of the North West
  16. Weather: Yellow weather warning for snow and ice

    The Met Office has issued a weather warning for snow and ice, particularly over higher ground. After a cold, frosty and icy start, there will be rain, sleet and snow showers on and off for most of the day. Highs of 5C.

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    Severe disruption: A57(M) Greater Manchester westbound

    BBC News Travel

    A57(M) Greater Manchester westbound severe disruption, at A635 Mancunian Way affecting A665 Pin Mill Brow.

    A57(M) Greater Manchester - One lane blocked and slow traffic on A57(M) Mancunian Way westbound in Manchester at A635 Mancunian Way, because of a broken down vehicle. Congestion on A635 Mancunian Way to the A665 Pin Mill Brow junction.

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

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