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Summary

  1. Updates on Wednesday 6 April
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Thursday

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By Rachael Connors

All times stated are UK

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Our live coverage across the day

Live updates have now finished for the day, but we'll be back from 08:00 on Thursday with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates from across Greater Manchester and East Cheshire.  

Weather: Wet and windy overnight

Overnight scattered showers will continue, perhaps turning wintry on high ground. Chilly, with clear spells in between the showers.

Weather
BBC

Later in the night a more persistent spell of rain will push south. Brighter spells tomorrow afternoon.  

Coming up

Annabel Tiffin

Presenter, BBC North West Tonight

On North West Tonight

  • Cheshire Police says there has been possible sightings of missing teenager Jade Lynch, including in Manchester city centre. 
  • More on hospitals in the north west facing "significant pressures" on A&E as Wythenshawe Hospital's internal major incident plan ends.

Football: Hart prepares for City return

BBC Sport

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini says goalkeeper Joe Hart is fit to face Paris St-Germain in the first leg of their Uefa Champions League quarter-final in Paris.

Manuel Pellegrini
BBC

England international Hart, 28, has been out since injuring a calf in the 1-0 Premier League defeat by Manchester United on 20 March.  

Possible sightings of missing Jade Lynch in Manchester city centre

Police have received a "vast amount of information" in the search for a missing 14-year-old Warrington girl.

Jade Lynch
Cheshire Police

Jade Lynch who was living in St. Helens has not been seen since Saturday 26 March and is described as "an extremely vulnerable person".  

Cheshire Police said they were following up a number of lines of inquiry, including possible sightings in Manchester city centre. 

Latest headlines from Greater Manchester and East Cheshire

This evening's top stories: 

  • Police searching for missing teenager Jade Lynch follow new leads including possible sightings in Manchester city centre
  • Police in Wigan are on the hunt for a graveyard flowerpot thief.

Search for Wigan cemeteries aluminium pot thief

A thief who has been targeting two cemeteries in Wigan stealing more than £4,000 of memorial aluminium pots is being sought by police.

Westwood Cemetery
Google

The offender ransacked a large number of graves at Wigan Council's Cemetery and Westwood Cemetery in Westwood Lane, Lower Ince, last month.

Con Sean Robinson, of Greater Manchester Police, described the thefts as "sacrilege." 

Police appeal over family photo

Wanderers' midfielder sorry for offensive gesture

BBC Sport

Bolton Wanderers midfielder Liam Trotter has apologised for making an offensive gesture with David Wheater in a pre-match live club broadcast.

Liam Trotter
Rex Features

The club have fined the pair for the incident, which happened prior to Tuesday evening's defeat by Brentford.

"I'd like to apologise to the Bolton fans for what we did before the game," Trotter, 27, told BBC Radio Manchester.  

Rochdale PTSD veteran: 'I sleep in my car'

Better support is needed for members of the armed forces who leave the military with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), a veteran from Rochdale has said

Daniel Smith
BBC

Daniel Smith  was just 21 when he was commended for his brave actions in Iraq, becoming one of the youngest recipients of the George Medal.

He has since found it difficult to get treatment and, for several nights each week, sleeps in his car to get away from people and control his anger management issues.

He says he was given good treatment at first but it tailed off, leaving him frustrated and bitter.

Remembering World War One in Oldham

Rugby league World Cup winner dies after long illness

BBC Sport

Two-time World Cup winner Mick Sullivan, who used to play for Wigan, has died at the age of 82 after a long illness.

Mick Sullivan
RFL

The winger helped Great Britain win the World Cup as a 20-year-old in 1954, and again six years later.

Next of kin appeal after death of Fallowfield woman

The public is being urged to help find the next of kin of a Fallowfied woman who died at home on Monday.

Police said there were no suspicious circumstances in the death of 74-year-old Anne Jackson.  It is believed she has relatives in Bristol.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Police Coroner's Office on 0161 856 4155.  

Microchipping dogs in Greater Manchester

News headlines from Greater Manchester and East Cheshire

Today's top stories:

  • The organisers of a half marathon during which a solicitor from Manchester collapsed and later died say more can be done to help runners prepare for the challenge
  • Police in Wigan are hunting for a thief who stole thousands of pounds of memorial aluminium pots from two cemeteries
  • Two road signs on a new housing estate in Salford are removed because of spelling mistakes

Vehicle overturns on the M61

BBC Travel

A vehicle has overturned on the M61 at Junction 4 (Farnworth) following an accident which has led to a lane closure.

Cheshire Police in regional firearms surrender

Corrie star set for return following depression battle

Coronation Street actress Beverley Callard is set to return to the ITV soap next month after revealing she had "hope" in her battle with depression.

Beverley Callard
BBC

The soap star earlier tweeted that the medication she was taking had stopped being manufactured and a show source confirmed she would be "taking time off".

An ITV spokesperson said Ms Callard was set to return to work in May. 

One crime reported every 30 minutes in Manchester city centre

Manchester Evening News

Manchester Evening News

A crime is reported every 30 minutes in the city centre.

Latest figures reveal more than 1,800 incidents were reported to police in just one month, these included thefts, sexual assault, drug crime and possession of weapons.  

Salford road accident appeal

Salford Online

Police appeal for witnesses to come forward for A57 Regent Road smash in Salford 

Salford RTA
GMP

Wythenshawe Hospital major incident - update

A hospital's major incident plan, declared because of "significant pressures" in its A&E unit and bed shortages, has ended.

Wythenshawe Hospital
David Long/Geograph

Planned operations were postponed at Wythenshawe Hospital on Tuesday and patients were urged to only attend A&E in a genuine emergency.  

University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust (UHSM) said it was busy but "back to business as usual".  

Man robbed of business takings in Levenshulme

Police are trying to trace two men who were seen on a motorbike after a man was robbed of his business takings in Levenshulme.

Stockport Road, Levenshulme
Google

The businessman was followed along Stockport Road at 09:30 on 26 March by the men who pulled up alongside him at traffic lights and smashed his front passenger window before taking a bag containing a "significant amount of money".

Wythenshawe Hospital 'back to normal' after major incident plan

More on suffragette street sign spelling mistake

Street signs in tribute to leading suffragettes who lived in Salford have had to be amended after a spelling slip-up.

Misspelt street signs
Andrew John Lane

The signs, to honour Emmeline Pankhurst and her family, were misspelt Parkhurst Close and Chrisable Walk.  

On the picket line with junior doctors at Wythenshawe Hospital

Wythenshawe Reporter

Junior doctors at Wythenshawe Hospital braved appalling weather this morning as they began their fourth strike in protest against the government's plans to introduce new working conditions.

Junior doctors' strike
Wythenshawe Reporter

Latest headlines from Greater Manchester and East Cheshire

Today's top stories:

  • Wythenshawe Hospital says a major incident declared as a result of pressures on A&E is now over
  • A developer apologises for misspelling two road signs, meant to honour suffragettes Emmeline and Christabel Pankhurst
  • Junior doctors in Greater Manchester are beginning another 48-hour strike as part of their dispute over contracts

Wythenshawe Hospital beds incident over

Wythenshawe Hospital says the major internal incident caused by pressure on beds and A&E is now over.

Councillor 'went ballistic' over suffragette street name gaffe

I've been speaking to a Salford councillor about a rather embarrassing road-naming gaffe involving street signs named after Manchester's suffragettes.

Emmeline Pankhurst and street sign
BBC

It appears Emmeline Pankhurst's name was confused with a high-security prison and her daughter Christabel's name was also misspelt.

John Warmisham told me he went "ballistic" at the error by developers Countryside Properties which left him "absolutely mortified." 

New signs are now being produced.

Queues on A57 in Denton

BBC Travel

There are queues on the A57 westbound in Gorton between Denton Island and the Woodland Avenue junction in the roadworks area.

Can Manchester City progress in the Champions League?

BBC Sport

As Manchester City face Paris St-Germain later, we look at City's chances in the match.

Dan Walker and Mark Lawrenson
BBC Sport

Dan Walker is joined by Mark Lawrenson and Dion Dublin to preview the Champions League quarter-final first-leg tie.

Jobs to go at Salford City College

Salford Online

Salford City College has announced plans to cut 30 more teaching jobs as it seeks to balance its budget. 

Pankhurst street name error in Suffragette City

Paul Burnell

Reporter, BBC News Online

I'm looking into a rather embarrassing road-naming gaffe in Salford.

It appears that street signs honouring Manchester's Suffragettes has confused Emmeline Pankhurst with a high-security prison - and misspelt her daughter's name Christabel.

Street signs
@AndrewJohonLane

Police appeal for man wanted on recall to prison

Police are appealing for help to find a man wanted on recall to prison who has links to Manchester.

Ben Heney
Greater Manchester Police

Ben Heney, 28, was released from prison in March on licence but Greater Manchester Police say he has now breached the terms of his release.

Wythenshawe hospital confirms 'major incident' due to A&E pressures

Wythenshawe Hospital has confirmed that an 'internal major incident' was declared on Tuesday over 'significant pressures' at A&E.

Wythenshawe Hospital
BBC

The University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust (UHSM) said: "We took the difficult decision to postpone a number of planned operations today and tomorrow, to ensure our patients and services are safe."

The hospital urged people to only come to A&E in the event of an emergency or if they have a "serious health condition" 

Man City player accepts FA charge of breaking betting rules

BBC Sport

Manchester City's Martin Demichelis has accepted a Football Association charge that he broke betting rules.

Martin Demichelis
Reuters

The 35-year-old Argentina defender was accused of 12 breaches relating to matches between 22 and 28 January 2016.

Boy, 6, 'helps to save' older child from drowning

Manchester Evening News

Manchester Evening News

A six-year-old has been hailed a hero for helping to save an older boy from drowning.

Owen Lawrence sprang into action after spotting the 10-year-old struggling at a pool in Salford.  

Lack of beds sparks 'major incident' at Wythenshawe Hospital

Euan Doak

BBC Radio Manchester

Wythenshawe Hospital declares a 'major internal incident' because of the shortage of beds available. More details to follow.

Wythenshawe Hospital
BBC

Latest headlines from Greater Manchester and East Cheshire

Today's top stories:

  • Wythenshawe Hospital confirms a major incident was declared on Tuesday due to 'significant' pressures in A&E
  • A computer glitch that caused delays to flights into and out of Manchester Airport last night has been resolved
  • The family of a missing Warrington teenager last seen 11 days ago say she's in no trouble as they beg her to return home.

Five-car accident on the M56

BBC Travel

A five-car accident has closed a lane and there's queuing traffic on the M56 westbound at Junction 4, Wythenshawe. 

Congestion is stretching back to Junction 3a Princess Parkway and on the M60 to Junction 25 at Bredbury.