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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday 8 April
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Monday

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Our live coverage across the day has ended

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

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Stuart Flinders

Reporter, BBC North West Tonight

On North West Tonight at 18:30:

Waste food helping foodbanks

A charity in Salford is using surplus food to help struggling families in the area. 

TBD Training in Trafford Park intercepts food that might otherwise have gone to landfill and sends it on to food banks instead. 

The operation is run entirely by volunteers and many staff are learning the skills they need to find work.      

Retired Army officer's medals stolen

A retired Army officer and Falklands veteran has had a number of war medals and family heirlooms stolen in a burglary at his home in Bury.

Among the items stolen from the house in Bentley Meadows, Tottington, are a Distinguished Flying Cross medal, an antique gold pocket watch with chain, and an Omega wristwatch with a steel strap.

Salford mayoral candidates revealed

The candidates to become the City Mayor of Salford have been announced. 

Salford Civic Centre
David Dixon/Geograph

The candidates are Councillor Paul Dennett (Labour), Councillor Robin Garrido (Conservative), UKIP's Owen Hammond and Wendy Olsen, of the Green Party. 

Current Labour Mayor Ian Stewart is stepping down.

The election takes place on 5 May.

Your pictures: Rochdale Town Hall in close-up

Rochdale Council sent us this beautiful image of Rochdale Town Hall in close-up.

Rochdale Town Hall
Rochdale Borough Council

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How to spend £1m in Tameside

Ever wondered what you could spend £1m on in Tameside?

One unlucky lottery ticket holder missed out the chance to spend the money after the 180-day deadline passed at midnight on Thursday.

Well, £1m would buy you most of a detached house in Mottram or a house in Mossley - with more than £200,000 in change.

Cheshire Police: 'Don't use social media' to report crime

Shackleton's Endurance pictures on display in Manchester

Latest headlines from Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

Today's top stories:

  • Nine men who groomed and sexually abused young girls in Greater Manchester are jailed 
  •  A Wigan councillor who refused to quit after spending thousands of pounds calling adult chat lines on his work mobile is to step down
  • War medals and family heirlooms have been stolen from a house in Bury while the owners were on holiday

Diverted Manchester bus service back to normal

Sport: Rooney needs to prove fitness before first-team recall

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says striker Wayne Rooney will only return to the starting line-up once he has come through an Under-21s game unscathed.

Wayne Rooney
Getty Images

Van Gaal confirmed the England captain, who has been out of action with a knee injury, has only trained twice with the squad since February.    

Cricket: Giles positive ahead of season opener

Scott Read

BBC Radio Manchester Sport

Lancashire head coach Ashley Giles says his side will approach the new cricket season in confident mood.

Ashley Giles
Getty Images

Defending T20 Blast champions Lancashire begin their County Championship campaign with a home game against Nottinghamshire on 17 April.

Travel: Broken down bus closes lane on the M6

BBC Travel

One lane is closed and there's slow traffic on the M6 northbound between Junction 18 Middlewich and Junction 19 at Knutsford, because of a broken down bus. Travel time through the area is around 25 minutes.

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Tameside gambler misses £1m jackpot

A punter from Tameside has missed out on a £1m lottery prize after the deadline for claiming the money passed. 

A ticket bought in October had a winning Lotto Millionaire Raffle code - the owner had until midnight on Thursday to claim. 

Lottery operators Camelot said no-one came forward so the money and interest earned will now go to good causes.

Police appeal over on-the-run prisoner

Greater Manchester Police has appealed for information to catch a prisoner who has absconded from jail.

Lewis Sinclair
GMP

Lewis Sinclair, 33, who has links to the Urmston and Partington areas of Trafford, is wanted after absconding from Thorncross Prison in Cheshire.

Knife-wielding man threatens pensioner

A burglar has threatened an 87-year-old man in Stockport.

Police
BBC

The pensioner was woken at his home on Saturday morning by the intruder who prodded him while holding a kitchen knife, Greater Manchester Police said.

Latest headlines from Greater Manchester and East Cheshire

Today's top stories:

  • Nine men are jailed over the grooming and sexual abuse of girls and women in Rochdale
  • An 87-year-old man is burgled and threatened with a knife as he slept in his own bed at his house in Stockport
  • A cyclist is seriously hurt after a crash with a skip wagon in Royton near Oldham

Football: United trio back in contention

Phil Jones, Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young are all back in the reckoning for Manchester United after injury for the trip to Spurs on Sunday.

Man Utd v Spurs
Getty

Wayne Rooney and Luke Shaw are still out, whilst Daley Blind is a doubt with an unspecified knock.  

Football: Pellegrini's rotation dilemma

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini must decide whether to rotate his squad ahead of next week's crucial Champions League quarter-final second-leg clash with Paris St-Germain.  

Man City v West Brom
Getty Images

Kevin de Bruyne only returned last weekend after a two-month lay-off and Pellegrini might decide three games in a week is too much to ask of the Belgian.

Wigan sex chat councillor Robert Bleakley steps down

A Wigan councillor who refused to quit after spending thousands of pounds calling adult chat lines on his work mobile has stepped down.

Robert Bleakley
Wigan Council

Robert Bleakley ran up a £2,500 phone bill in 2014 and was also accused of sexism towards women, for which he apologised.

Praise for Rochdale abuse victims' courage

Victims of the men jailed for sexual abuse in Rochdale have been praised for their courage.

Alison Cartmell, Senior Crown Prosecutor from CPS North West's Complex Casework Unit, said: "Their courage and fortitude enabled police and prosecutors to build strong cases against these men and to bring them to justice."

Jim Battle, Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Greater Manchester, added: "I hope seeing justice done will help them as they rebuild their lives."

Sex abuse victim's 'difficult home life'

One of the victims of nine men jailed for sexual offences in Rochdale was an "extremely vulnerable young woman" who had "a very difficult home life", the court had been told.

Jailed abusers
GMP

She gave evidence in two separate trials, which lasted a total of 15 weeks.

The offences, which also involved other victims, took place in Rochdale and the surrounding area, mainly between 2005 and 2010.

Seven other complainants, who were aged 13 to 22 at the time of the abuse, also came forward to testify against a number of the defendants, who were mainly of Pakistani or Bangladeshi heritage.

Rochdale sex abusers jailed for offences against teenager

Nine men who committed sexual offences against a teenage girl have been jailed for up to 25 years.

Rochdale
David Dixon/Geograph

The victim contacted police in 2012 about the assaults, which took place in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, when she was aged between 14 and 18.

Now in her mid-20s, she said "hundreds" of men would ring her up wanting sex.

A tenth man was jailed for five-and-a-half years last September after he pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to sexual activity with the girl.

Warrington flood warning

The Environment Agency is advising people in Warrington to be prepared for possible flooding in some areas near the Mersey Estuary. 

It has issued a flood alert for around lunchtime and said rising river levels may affect Arpley Road under the railway bridge as well as other areas.  

Travel: Motorway congestion

Latest headlines from Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

Today's top stories:

  • Nine men are jailed over the grooming and sexual abuse of girls and women in Rochdale
  • An 87-year-old man is burgled and threatened with a knife at his house in Stockport
  • A cyclist is seriously hurt after a crash with a skip wagon in Royton near Oldham

BreakingNine men jailed in Rochdale sexual abuse trial

BreakingSentencing under way for nine men accused of grooming Rochdale girl

Nine men who were convicted of committing serious sexual offences against a girl in Rochdale are currently being sentenced at Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester.

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Weather: Sunny spells and isolated showers

BBC Weather

There will be sunny spells throughout the region, although isolated showers will start to develop throughout the day. 

Weather forecast
BBC

Showery rain will arrive in western areas by the end of the day.

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Cyclist seriously injured in skip wagon crash

A man in his 50s was seriously injured after his bike collided with a skip wagon in Royton.

Shaw Road Royton
Google

Greater Manchester Police said the incident took place at about 10:15 in Shaw Road.

Travel: Caravan breakdown causes chaos

BBC Travel

One lane blocked and slow traffic on M62 westbound between J20 A627(M) Rochdale and Birch Services, because of a broken down motorhome. 

There is congestion to J21, A640 (Milnrow).    

More details from BBC Travel.

Stockport health cash devolved despite rules mix-up

Kevin Fitzpatrick

BBC Radio Manchester journalist

Stockport Council and local doctors have set up a merged budget worth £200m following last week's health devolution deal kicking in despite a last minute hiccup.

It would have been worth an extra £30m but at the last minute they realised that including money for "surgical activity" was not allowed.

Stockport NHS Clinical Commissioning Group said it was "purely a technical issue" and will not change how funds are allocated. The Labour group on the council said it was concerned by the glitch.  

Latest headlines from Greater Manchester and East Cheshire

Today's top stories:

* Stockport's Lib Dem run council defends how it is handling its £200m health devolution deal

* The Department for Work and Pensions is fighting a court battle to stop the release of reports into the first weeks of universal credit system, trialled in parts of Greater Manchester.

* Manchester City Council allows more time for people to remove flags from Southern Cemetery-  even though the original deadline has passed

Boxing: Fury's Manchester title defence

BBC Sport

Tyson Fury's world heavyweight title rematch against Wladimir Klitschko will take place in Manchester on 9 July.  

Tyson Fury
PA

Manchester-born Fury, 27, beat the Ukrainian in the first meeting in November to secure the WBA, IBF and WBO titles.

BreakingBoxing: Fury v Klitschko rematch confirmed for Manchester

Tyson Fury's rematch against Wladimir Klitschko will take place in Manchester on 9 July, according to the Briton's trainer.  

Speedway: Belle Vue Aces postpone another speedway meeting

BBC Radio Manchester Sport

Belle Vue Aces fans will have to continue to wait to see any racing at the new purpose-built £7m national speedway stadium in Gorton. 

Belle Vue
BBC

The team said they postponed tonight's Elite League fixture against Leicester due to bad weather during the week. 

The Aces have not competed at their new home, which opened last month, because of problems with the track.

Officer's pooch in the dog house