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  1. Updates on Wednesday 13 April
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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: Showers dying out leading to a mild night

BBC Weather

Showers quickly dying out with cloud spreading south to most areas by the morning, leading to a rather mild night.

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Trainers shopper trusts 'helpful strangers' - and loses £260

A shopper who tried to bypass a stores's one per customer policy gave his money to two "kind strangers" who fled with the cash, police have said.

Market Street, Manchester
Emma Farrer

The man had hoped to purchase some limited-edition trainers - so asked two men to buy them on his behalf.

Greater Manchester Police said he was "briefly distracted" after handing over £260, and the pair left the shop.

Seized cash invested in Salford community

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Football: Uefa opens disciplinary action against Man City over fireworks

BBC Sport

Uefa has opened disciplinary proceedings against Manchester City after fireworks were set off last night.

Disciplinary proceedings open against Man City
Rex Features

Fireworks were set off during Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final victory over Paris St-Germain at the Etihad stadium.

European football's governing body Uefa said the case would be dealt with by its control, ethics and disciplinary Body on 19 May.

Legal aid cuts 'so bad' Salford law students offer free help

Salford Online

Salford University law students will offer free legal help to vulnerable people hit by benefits sanctions in a bid to overcome drastic and devastating cuts to legal aid.

Legal aid cuts protest
Salford Online

From next week students in Salford Business School will help guide people through the legal process and offer free training and support.

Law students will be trained to act as "Community Companions".  

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Travel: Broken down car closes M56 slip road lane

BBC Travel

A lane is closed on the entry slip road on the M56 eastbound between the Bowdon roundabout and junction 7, Bowdon, because of a broken down car.

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Manchester tram driver 'may have been daydreaming' during collision

A tram driver who struck a pedestrian in Manchester "may have been daydreaming", a report has found.

Crash scene
Rail Accident Investigation Branch

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch report into the collision said the driver, who had been involved in eight previous incidents, did not brake quickly enough.

But it also said the pedestrian made no effort to move away from the tram.

A Transport for Greater Manchester statement said Metrolink had an "excellent" safety record.  

Gun amnesty: More than 120 weapons handed in so far

More than 120 weapons have been handed in so far as part of Greater Manchester Police's two-week gun amnesty.

Christopher Furlong

The campaign has been running since 4 April in partnership with forces in Lancashire, Cheshire and Merseyside.  

Greater Manchester's Chief Constable Ian Hopkins has rejected criticism from some quarters that offering an amnesty is not the way to deal with guns and gun crime.

Reduced PCSO cover 'caused by rent cuts'

Phil McCann

Political reporter, Cheshire

Two housing associations in Cheshire have stopped funding Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs), blaming rent reductions imposed by the government.


Chancellor George Osborne announced last summer that social housing rents would fall by 1% each year until 2019.

The housing providers said this forced them into "very difficult decisions". Cheshire Police said the areas affected would still have policing cover.  

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Inside the inflatable museum

A blow-up version of Manchester Museum has begun its tour of schools with a launch in the city centre.

Inflatable museum
Manchester Museum

It has been set up to help with rising demand but also to encourage people from deprived areas to interact with exhibits.

A museum spokesman said it could be set up in 30 minutes and would allow children to handle objects and specimens.

Official launch of inflatable museum

The inflatable version of Manchester Museum which is to tour schools in the region was officially launched in the city centre earlier.

Inflatable museum launch
Manchester Museum

It has been set up to help cope with rising demand for access to the museum's exhibits.

Police seize 5,000 'dangerous dogs' over three years

Almost 5,000 dogs suspected of being banned breeds have been seized by police in England and Wales over the past three years, including more than 500 in Greater Manchester and Cheshire.

The pitbull terrier is one of the banned breeds

The figures were released to the BBC following a series of Freedom of Information requests.

Dangerous dogs

The RSPCA wants the Dangerous Dogs Act to be changed so dogs are banned on the basis of behaviour not breed.

Weather: Sunny with isolated showers

BBC Weather

Mainly dry and warm this afternoon with a fair amount of sunny spells.


Isolated heavy showers could develop through the afternoon.

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  • A farm worker may have been killed when his tractor came into contact with overhead cables, the BBC understands
  •  An 87-year-old man is stabbed in Ashton-under-Lyne

Man, 87, stabbed in Ashton-under-Lyne

 An 87-year-old man has been stabbed in Ashton-under-Lyne.

Police found the man in Mossley Road in Ashton-under-Lyne

Police found the man with stab wounds after being called to a property in Mossley Road just before 08:30 this morning.

He has been taken to Manchester Royal Infirmary for treatment. Police said inquiries are continuing.

Football: Commentator's verdict on Man City's victory over Paris St-Germain

BBC Radio Manchester's City commentator Ian Cheeseman reflects on a momentous night at the Etihad as the Blues beat Paris St-Germain 1-0.

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Football: Elation at the Etihad

Football: Pellegrini humble after City win

BBC Sport

"That is my job" - that's what Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini said about reaching a European semi-final for the first time since 1971.

Manuel Pellegrini
Rex Features

Kevin de Bruyne's late strike sealed a thrilling 1-0 win over Paris St-Germain.

Pellegrini had already taken them out of the Champions League groups for the first time in 2013-14.

I came to City because I had good performances in Europe, so to leave this club without taking them to a new state would have been a bad thing for me. It is very important to me to be in the semi-finals because that is my job.

Manuel PellegriniManchester City Manager

Call to 'save' Art Deco cinema in Stretford

More than 900 people have signed a petition calling for action to stop the deterioration of an Art Deco cinema in Trafford, pictured here in today's fog. 

Longford and Essoldo cinema in Stretford

Campaigners want Trafford Council to buy the Longford and Essoldo cinema in Stretford, which has been empty for more than two decades. 

The authority says the cinema is an important heritage asset and it has been discussing its future with the owner for several years, but without success.

Four youths released without charge in PCSO injury case

Four youths who were arrested on suspicion of assault after a police community support officer (PCSO) suffered head and leg injuries in Didsbury have been released without charge. 

Wilmslow Road

A police community support officer was hurt when he attended reports that a large number of young men were causing a disturbance at Parrs Wood Court, Wilmslow Road, at about 18:30 last night.

Police are investigating how the PCSO ended up falling down a flight of stairs. He is in a stable condition in hospital.

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Today's top stories:  

  • Police are investigating after a PCSO suffered head injuries and a broken leg during a 'disturbance' in Didsbury
  • An 87-year-old man is stabbed in Ashton-under-Lyne
  • The family of a man who died in a work-related incident in Middleton pay tribute to him

Policing is a 'risky business', says Chief Constable after PCSO injured

The Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police has said policing is a "risky business" that "comes with the territory", after a PCSO suffered head and leg injuries when attending an incident in Didsbury.

Chief Constable Ian Hopkins
Greater Manchester Police

Ian Hopkins said: "The officer that was injured was already at a scene dealing with some anti-social behaviour and he called for back up."

The officer's brain scan results were fine but he has a badly fractured leg and ankle, he added.

Appeal launched over 1993 Stockport double murder shooting

A man convicted of murdering two civil servants in Stockport 22 years ago has begun an appeal against his convictions.

Thomas Bourke was convicted of shooting dead two Department of Transport inspectors

Thomas Bourke was convicted of shooting dead two Department of Transport inspectors, Alan Singleton and Simon Bruno, in November 1993.

He has always maintained his innocence. The Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) confirmed it is "currently reviewing" Mr Bourke's murder and blackmail conviction.

PCSO suffers head and leg injuries during Didsbury 'disturbance'

A police community support officer has been left with serious head injuries and a broken leg after attending reports of a disturbance in Didsbury.

Wilmslow Road

He was attacked at a block of flats in Wilmslow Road after responding to reports of anti-social behaviour, involving a group of about 20 youths last night.

Four people have been arrested on suspicion of assault.

Football: Man City through to first ever Champions League semi-final

BBC Sport

Manchester City are into the semi-finals of the Champions League for the first time after Kevin de Bruyne's late strike sealed a thrilling win over Paris St-Germain.

Manchester City 1 - 0 PSG

After a 2-2 first-leg draw in Paris last week, the tie remained in the balance in Manchester thanks to Sergio Aguero's missed penalty for City in the first half.

Petition over tougher penalties for dangerous drivers after man's death

The parents of a man killed by a speeding car in Rochdale are handing in a petition to the government calling for tougher penalties after the driver was jailed for six years.

Joseph Brown-Lartey
Greater Manchester Police

Joseph Brown-Lartey, 25, died instantly when a car sped through a red light smashing into his vehicle, splitting it in two.

His family started the Justice for Joseph campaign after the 19-year-old man was jailed for causing his death by dangerous driving.

Inflatable museum goes on tour

A museum is opening an inflatable version of itself for a tour of schools to help cope with rising demand for access to its exhibits.

Manchester inflatable museum
Manchester Museum

Manchester Museum said it was "oversubscribed" after receiving visits from 30,000 school children last year.

Its blow-up version will also be used to encourage people from deprived areas to interact with exhibits.

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Weather: Fog lifting for mainly dry day

BBC Weather

Foggy patches in places but then mainly dry and warm with a fair amount of sunny spells.


Isolated heavy showers could also develop through the afternoon.

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