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  1. Updates on Monday 4 April
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume from 08:00 on Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Helen Carter

All times stated are UK

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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 Tuesday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel from around the region.    

Coming up: Trafford brothers may have been killed in Syria

Annabel Tiffin

Presenter, BBC North West Tonight

On tonight's programme we are looking at reports that two men have been killed fighting for so-called Islamic State in Syria.

We hear from the first day of the inquest into the death on duty of a Manchester firefighter.

And we look at the much-heralded opening day of the Leigh to Manchester guided busway.

Join us at 18:30 on BBC One.

Twenty-one dogs shot for sheep-worrying in Greater Manchester

Twenty-one dogs were shot on private land for sheep-worrying in Greater Manchester between January 2010 and December 2015, an investigation by BBC Radio 4's Farming Today has found.

The figures were provided by Greater Manchester Police.

Firefighter Stephen Hunt died 'after taking wrong turn'

A firefighter who died tackling a blaze in Manchester took a wrong turning as he was trying to leave a smoke-filled building, an inquest heard. 

Stephen Hunt

Stephen Hunt, a 38-year-old father-of-two, was among 60 firefighters called to the fire in the store room of Paul's Hair World in Oldham Street on 13 July 2013. 

At Manchester Civil Justice Centre, Coroner Nigel Meadows told the jury visibility had been virtually nil. 

News headlines from Greater Manchester and East Cheshire

Today's top stories from Greater Manchester and East Cheshire:

  • An investigation found no evidence of female protesters being groped by officers during anti-fracking demonstrations at Barton Moss in Salford, police say

Cash machine tampering not linked to Lancashire 'skimming' inquiry

Police in Cheshire say tampering of cash machines over the weekend is not linked with criminal activity involving Santander ATMs.

Santander cash machine
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The bank said five ATMs were "shut down immediately" in Lancashire after reports of suspicious devices being used to steal card details and cash. 

Cheshire Police also reported problems with Santander ATMs in Wilmslow after keypad numbers were found to be stuck down. 

 A spokesman confirmed ATMs had been tampered with but are "not linked to skimming devices".

Travel: Broken down car blocking M60 slip road

BBC Travel

 An entry slip road has been closed by a broken down car at Junction One on the anti-clockwise M60 near Stockport Pyramid.

Wayne Rooney confident of 'few years left' for England

BBC Sport

England captain and record goalscorer Wayne Rooney is confident he has "a few years left" at international level.

Wayne Rooney
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The Manchester United forward, 30, scored seven goals in their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, but has not played since a knee injury in February.  

The top two scorers in this season's Premier League are both England strikers, Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy.  

Travel: Congestion both ways on A576

BBC Travel

The A576 Centenary Way in Eccles is closed in both directions between Canal Circle and the Coronet Way junction because of an overturned lorry.  

Leigh to Manchester guided busway opens

A £75m new guided busway aimed at reducing congestion in Greater Manchester has opened.

Guided busway Leigh

The guided busway between Leigh and Manchester is expected to cut journey times by up to half an hour, down to 50 minutes.


Eight buses per hour will serve a four-and-a-half mile (7km) stretch along a disused railway line  

High-risk flood areas in Greater Manchester could benefit from scheme

Brian Milligan

Personal finance reporter

Homeowners living in high flood-risk areas of the UK, including Salford, Bury and Rochdale, which were badly affected by Storm Desmond in December, should now be able to save hundreds of pounds on their insurance premiums.

Flood damage
Getty Images

A new scheme called Flood Re has been designed to cut bills for those whose homes are in danger of flooding.  

Up until now, thousands of householders have been paying large additional premiums to make sure their homes and possessions are covered.  

'Social media' motorway lorry driver stopped by police

BBC North West Tonight

A lorry driver who appears to be online while travelling along the M62 has been filmed by a covert Greater Manchester Police team.

Lorry driver on social media

News headlines from Greater Manchester and East Cheshire

Today's top stories:

  • Greater Manchester Police say they hope a two-week gun amnesty will help save lives
  • Independent investigations found no evidence of female protesters being groped by officers during anti-fracking demonstrations at Barton Moss in Salford, poice say
  • More than 75 witnesses are expected to appear at the inquest into the death of Greater Manchester fighter Stephen Hunt

Inquest opens into Greater Manchester firefighter's death

Alex Worsick, BBC North West Tonight

An inquest has opened into the death of Bury firefighter Stephen Hunt. 

Stephen Hunt

The 38-year-old died tackling a fire at a hair and beauty products shop in Manchester city centre in 2013.

Cheshire East protests about children's centres closures

Phil McCann

Political reporter, Cheshire

I'm at Cheshire East Council headquarters where parents who use children's centres are protesting against plans which could lead to their closure. 

Cheshire East protest

The affected centres are in Knutsford, Macclesfield, Nantwich and Sandbach.

Protesters hope the authority will review its decision.

No Santander cash machines in Cheshire compromised, police say

Whilst Lancashire Police have warned members of the public not to use Santander cash machines as their security "has been compromised", Cheshire Police have confirmed that they have received no reports of ATMs being targeted with suspicious devices.

Unconfirmed reports of Trafford brothers' deaths in Syria

BBC North West Tonight

Neighbours of two brothers who reportedly travelled to Syria to fight for the so-called Islamic State have been speaking to BBC North West Tonight.

Unconfirmed media reports suggest the brothers have been killed while fighting.

A Foreign Office spokesman said he was aware of the reports but could not comment further or provide any confirmation.

Video: The view from the new Leigh guided busway into Manchester

Michelle Adamson

BBC Radio Manchester reporter

Manchester swan on 'go slow' during rush hour

At the gun amnesty launch: police hope for Salford shootings information

Melanie Stewart-Smith

BBC Radio Manchester journalist

Speaking at the gun amnesty launch in Greater Manchester, Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Jim Battle said: "Any weapon off the streets is good enough for me."  

John O'Hare

Greater Manchester Police is one of four forces in the North West urging people to during the firearms and ammunition surrender. 

Assistant Chief Con John O'Hare (pictured) hopes the gun amnesty will provide more information on recent shootings in Manchester.

Your pictures: Ducklings in Warrington

Darren Moston sent in these photograph of ducklings at Ackers Pit in Warrington, that were taken over the weekend.

Darren Moston
Darren Moston

Do you have a picture that you'd like to share? Email us.

News headlines from Greater Manchester and East Cheshire

Today's top stories:

  • A report which claims some officers groped women during anti-fracking demonstrations at Barton Moss is 'one-sided', says the Greater Manchester Police Federation 
  • Rush-hour commuters have had their first chance to see if the new Leigh guided busway reduces their journey time to Manchester
  • Six people have been arrested after two men were stabbed in Wigan

Police release video of public order exercise

BreakingTrafford brothers 'may have been killed fighting for Islamic State'

BBC North West Tonight

We are checking reports that two brothers from Trafford may have been killed in Syria while fighting for so-called Islamic State.

Twelve-year-old girl 'terrified' after Altrincham burglary

Man's body found in Bolton play area

Richard Stead

BBC Radio Manchester reporter

Greater Manchester Police have just confirmed to me that a body found in a play area in the Brownlow Fold area of Bolton was that of a man.

The discovery was made at about 06:30. A spokesman for the force said there were no suspicious circumstances.

Accident closes lane in Ashton-under-Lyne

BBC Travel

An accident has closed a lane on Manchester Road, Ashton-under-Lyne, between the Gainsborough Road junction and the A6140 junction.

North West Guns Amnesty: Watch video of weapons handed in during previous amnesty

Melanie Stewart-Smith

BBC Radio Manchester journalist

Video: Leigh's new £75m busway opens to commuters

Police Federation chairman responds to Barton Moss 'groping' claims

Greater Manchester Police Federation Chairman Ian Hanson has been speaking to Andy Crane on BBC Radio Manchester about allegations female protesters at the Barton Moss anti-fracking camp in Salford were "groped" by police.

Researchers from York University have been investigating allegations that officers used sexual intimidation as a tactic to police demonstrations in 2014.

He said: "It's laughable it's being presented as a piece of academic research. Not a single police officer has been spoken to, it's wholly one-sided."

Police renew appeal over missing Warrington teenager

Cheshire Police have renewed their appeal to trace missing 14-year-old Jade Lynch.

Jade Lynch
Cheshire Police

Jade, originally from Warrington but currently living in St Helens, is described as white, approximately 5ft 6 and of medium build, with long straight black hair.   

She was last seen on Saturday 26 March.

Bolton play area sealed off after body found

Bolton News

According to the Bolton News, police have sealed off part of Yarrow Place in Bolton after the discovery of a body in a children's playground this morning, according to the Bolton News. Unconfirmed eyewitness reports have told the newspaper the body is that of a boy.

Greater Manchester Police guns amnesty

Melanie Stewart-Smith

BBC Radio Manchester journalist

I'm at Greater Manchester Police headquarters as they launch the first guns amnesty in almost two years.

I'll bring you the latest in due course.

Barton Moss 'groping' claims investigated

Researchers have been investigating claims women protesters were groped or touched inappropriately at anti-fracking demonstrations at Barton Moss in Salford.

Barton Moss

In a statement, Greater Manchester Police reject the allegations and say complaints were investigated but not upheld.

Man Utd 'stole victory' from Everton says Louis van Gaal

BBC Sport

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has described his team's 1-0 Premier League win over Everton as a "stolen victory".

Anthony Martial
Getty Images

United had only two shots on target but Anthony Martial's close-range finish was enough to earn all three points.

"We didn't play so well," Van Gaal said. "We didn't create many chances."

Will you be using the Leigh Guided Busway?

Michelle Adamson

BBC Radio Manchester reporter

I'm out on the Leigh Guided Busway as it faces its first test during rush-hour conditions.


The bus-only track runs for four-and-a-half miles over a disused railway and is intended to cut journeys between Leigh and Manchester to 50 minutes.  

Eight buses an hour will use it during peak times. What do you think about it and will you be using it?

Prison roof again scaled by inmate

Six held after double stabbing in Wigan

BBC Radio Manchester

Six men have been arrested after two men were stabbed in a confrontation in Wigan.

Police are appealing for anybody who witnessed Thursday's incident on Gas St to contact them.