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  1. Updates on Tuesday 12 April
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Wednesday

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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 Wednesday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the region.

Weather: A chance of rain this evening

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There's a chance of rain across the Greater Manchester area this evening, with frost and fog patches likely across Cheshire later in the night.

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Coming up on North West Tonight

Roger Johnson

Presenter, BBC North West Tonight

On North West Tonight at 18:30:

  • Five women are charged with perverting the course of justice over allegations of neglect at a Bolton care home
  • Doubts emerge whether a man jailed for a Stockport murder two decades ago committed the crime

Council boss denies ignoring views on Stockport market plans

A council leader has denied claims a market's redevelopment plan could go ahead without public consultation.

Stockport market

Stockport Council is considering a £1.4m proposal to transform the site into a food outlet, forcing out some existing traders.

Executive member for thriving economy Patrick McCauley resigned, branding the consultation a "sham" because a report had already approved the scheme.

Council leader Sue Derbyshire withdrew the report pending public consultation.  

Football: Leyton Orient remove midfielder from player-manager role

BBC Sport

Leyton Orient have removed player-manager Kevin Nolan from his managerial role after he was linked with a return to Bolton Wanderers.

Kevin Nolan
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The 33-year-old former Wanderers midfielder is understood to be one of the leading candidates to replace Neil Lennon, following his departure from the Macron Stadium in January. 

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

This evening's top stories:

  • A man appears in court accused of burglary after a break in at a house in Manchester where a pet dog was repeatedly stabbed
  • Figures show more than 350 drivers ran out of fuel on Greater Manchester's smart motorways network in the past 12 months
  • Manchester City could qualify for the semi-finals of the Champions League for the first time this evening

Police hunt two men and two women after brutal assault in Bury

Bury Times

Bury Times

Police are hunting four people in connection with a brutal assault in Bury.

More than 350 drivers ran out of fuel on Manchester's smart motorway, figures show

A report has revealed that more than 350 drivers ended up stranded on Greater Manchester's smart motorways in the past 12 months after running out of fuel.

Driver runs out of fuel
Highways England

The figures, released by Highways England, came after analysis of a 17-mile stretch of motorway between junction 8 of the M60 and junction 20 of the M62.

Football: Mangala's decision making is 'appalling', says Sutton

BBC Radio 5 Live

Manchester City centre-back Eliaquim Mangala makes “appalling” decisions when defending, according to Chris Sutton.

The former Chelsea, Blackburn and Norwich striker was critical of Mangala’s Champions League performances this season and says manager Manuel Pellegrini has big problems in defence.  

Chris Sutton questions Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala's defensive capabilities

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

This afternoon's top stories:

City's Scott confident of Euro 2017 qualification

BBC Sport

Manchester City and England midfielder Jill Scott has described the national women's team as "frighteningly" good.  

Jill Scott
The FA

Second-placed England face Bosnia-Herzogovina in their fourth qualifying group game on Tuesday afternoon.

Morrissey biopic to feature Downton Abbey actress

Deadline Hollywood

Downton Abbey actress Jessica Brown Findlay is to play a close friend of former Smiths frontman Morrissey in an upcoming biopic about the singer.

Jessica Brown Findlay

She will portray visual artist Linder Sterling opposite Jack Lowden, who will play Morrissey.  

The film is titled Steven (Morrissey's first name), and will be directed by Mark Gill, who was nominated for an Oscar in 2014 for his short film The Voorman Problem, starring Martin Freeman.

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Veteran councillor Derek Boden dies

Bury Times

Former Labour councillor and freeman of the borough of Bury Derek Boden has died aged 78.  

Football: Bolton chairman "probably down to final three" candidates

BBC Radio Manchester

Contaminated blood compensation recipient's case to be raised in Parliament

A Chadderton man who was infected with hepatitis C through an NHS blood transfusion fears his compensation package could be cut.

Alex Smith currently receives £2,000 a year from a fund which was set up to compensate people who were accidentally given contaminated blood.  The government is considering changing that system.

Oldham West and Royton MP Jim McMahon will raise Mr Smith's case in the House of Commons later. The Department of Health says no decisions will be made until consultation responses into the scheme have been collected and analysed.

Travel: Three vehicle crash closes section of M60

BBC Travel

The M60 is closed and there is queuing traffic in both directions between junction 8 at Carrington and junction 9, Trafford Park, because of a crash involving three vehicles.

Congestion stretches back to junction 7, Stretford.  

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'A driver a day ran out of fuel' on a motorway stretch, Highways England figures show

A driver a day ran out of fuel on a 17-mile stretch of motorway in Greater Manchester, new figures show.

Highways England said there were 4,700 breakdowns on the smart motorway route along the M60 and M62 in the past 12 months, with seven drivers a week running out of fuel.

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Warrington church to install 10 bells in tower

A Grade II listed church in Warrington is installing 10 bells into its newly renovated tower today thanks to a Heritage Lottery grant worth £250,000 and £80,000 from fundraising.

St Thomas's church

In previous years, St Thomas' church in Stockton Heath has only been able to play the sound of recorded bells through speakers on the tower.  

Eight bells have been relocated from the parish church of St John in Bollington and a donation helped the church get two more.

Weather: Outbreaks of rain and feeling cooler

BBC Weather

It will remain cloudy throughout the afternoon with outbreaks of rain.

Weather forecast
BBC Weather

Temperatures are a few degrees lower than yesterday.

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Former midfielder in frame for Bolton manager's job

BBC Manchester Sport

BBC Radio Manchester Sport understands that former Bolton player Kevin Nolan is one of the leading candidates for the vacant managerial role at the Macron Stadium.

Kevin Nolan

The 33-year-old, who spent 10 years with Wanderers, took over as Leyton Orient's player-manager in January.

The club will play in League One next season following their relegation on Saturday.

Plane take-off aborted for couple to visit dying grandson

A pilot aborted a take-off at Manchester Airport to allow an elderly couple off the plane to visit their dying grandson in hospital.

Manchester Airport

The pair were due to fly to Australia when they received a text message about their relative's condition.

The flight then turned around so the couple could rush to his bedside and see him before he died that night. Bradford travel agent Becky Stephenson said the 30 March incident was "very unusual".

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

Today's top stories:

Lever Edge Care Home death: Five charged with perverting course of justice

Five women have been charged with perverting the course of justice over allegations of neglect at a care home.

Lever Edge Care Home

Police said they are looking into the claims in connection with the death of an 86-year-old man at Lever Edge Care Home in Bolton on 9 January.  

The women, aged 49, 43, 22, 44, and 63, were bailed to appear at Bolton Magistrates' Court on 21 April.

Pilot aborts take-off so that grandparents can say final goodbye to dying grandson

Manchester Evening News

Manchester Evening News

Work begins on Stockport's £45m leisure complex

Work has begun on a £45m leisure complex in Stockport.

Redrock Stockport
Stockport Council

Redrock Stockport amounts to 75,000 sq ft of shops, leisure activities and restaurants.  

It's part of the local council's Investing in Stockport programme, which will see a total of £900m devoted to growth projects.

Football: Wayne Rooney could play against West Ham in FA Cup replay

BBC Sport

Wayne Rooney could feature in Manchester United's FA Cup replay against West Ham on Wednesday after making his return in an under-21 game.

Wayne Rooney
Rex Features

With manager Louis van Gaal watching on, the England captain played 61 minutes for the youth team against Middlesbrough on Monday.  

The striker has missed 12 games since injuring his knee in a Premier League defeat at Sunderland on 13 February.  

Councillor quits in row over 'sham' Stockport market plans

Kevin Fitzpatrick

BBC Radio Manchester journalist

A Stockport councillor has resigned over controversial plans to turn the town's market into a food outlet and move traders to a new site.  

Stockport market

Patrick McCauley stepped down claiming that consultation over the £1.4m proposals was an "absolute sham." 

The Liberal Democrat councillor claims a report had recommended the project should go ahead before the views of the public had been considered. Stockport Council said all views would be heard before a decision was reached.

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

Today's top stories:

More than 1,000 laser pen incidents over two years, police say

BBC North West Tonight

Greater Manchester Police has dealt with more than 1,000 incidents of laser pens being used in the past two years, 156 of which involve aircraft.

The figures come from a Freedom of Information request, which detailed incidents of lasers being shone into aeroplane cockpits, at oncoming traffic, and into people's front rooms. 

A pilot's union has called for laser pens to be classed as offensive weapons.

Travel: Traffic queuing after crash in Trafford Park

BBC Travel

Talbot Road in Trafford Park is closed both ways with queueing traffic due to crash between White City Way and Seymour Grove.

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Watch: Find out why 30,000 books are on the move

Melanie Stewart-Smith

BBC Radio Manchester journalist

Paul Tam death: Street robbery stabbing sketches released

Police in the US investigating the death of a British tourist have released sketches of two suspected attackers and issued a $5,000 (£3,500) reward for information.

Sketches of the suspects
San Francisco Police Department

Paul Tam, 44, from Manchester was knocked to the ground and stabbed during a street robbery in San Francisco on 18 February.

He was chased into the street and knifed and died later in hospital. Detectives have tweeted sketches of the suspects, a woman and a man.

Councillor resigns over Stockport market hall plans

A councillor in Stockport has resigned from his position of executive member of the authority over claims a public consultation to turn the town's market hall into a food outlet is an "absolute sham".

Liberal Democrat councillor Patrick McCauley, who was overseeing the proposals says officers had written a report recommending the project go ahead before they had received the feedback.

Stockport council has insisted the consultation will be used to inform councillors making the final decision.

Football: Can City reach Champions League semi-finals?

BBC Sport

Manchester City could make it through to the semi-finals of the Champions League for the first time when they take on Paris St-Germain in their quarter final second leg tie at the Etihad Stadium tonight. 

Man City fans
BBC Sport

The two sides drew 2-2 in the first leg and City will be without injured defender Vincent Kompany.

Charges in Bolton care home death case

Five women have been charged with perverting the course of justice over allegations of neglect at a Bolton care home after an 86-year-old man died.

Lever Edge Care Home

Greater Manchester Police said they are looking into claims of neglect at Lever Edge Care Home in connection with the death on 9 January.

The women, aged 49, 43, 22, 44, and 63, were bailed to appear at Bolton Magistrates' Court on 21 April.

Latest headlines from Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

Today's top stories:

  • A Stockport councillor resigns as an executive member of the council, claiming a public consultation to turn the town's market hall into a food outlet is an "absolute sham"
  • Five women are charged with perverting the course of justice over allegations of neglect at a Bolton care home after an 86-year-old man died
  • A debate about improving road and rail links between Manchester and Sheffield will take place in the House of Commons later

Travel: Slow traffic on the A34 due to a crash

BBC Travel

A crash is causing slow traffic on the A34 Upper Brook Street southband at the Grafton Street junction. Police are directing traffic.

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