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  1. Updates on Friday 15 April
  2. Greater Manchester Live returns at 08:00 on Monday with more news, sport, travel and weather updates

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By Bronwyn Jones

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 Monday with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates from across Greater Manchester and east Cheshire.  

Weather: Chilly with frost and ice in places

BBC Weather

Any rain and snow showers will gradually clear away south-eastwards, with clear spells following from the north. 

Weather forecast

Temperatures will begin to fall away overnight, going as low as 4C.

More from BBC Weather  

Coming up on North West Tonight

Roger Johnson

Presenter, BBC North West Tonight

On North West Tonight at 18:30:

  • A man has been charged in connection with historical indecent assaults.
  • The family of a woman killed by a herd of cattle are urging others to be aware of the dangers posed by cows and their young calves.

Cricket: Lancashire coaching trio sign new deals

BBC Sport

Lancashire head coach Ashley Giles has signed a new contract that will keep him at Old Trafford until 2018. 

Ashley Giles
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Coaches Glen Chapple and Mark Chilton have also signed new deals.

Lancashire begin the new season on Sunday with a four-day Championship game against Nottinghamshire.

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

This evening's top stories:

School fire in Dukinfield

United midfielder could miss rest of season

BBC Sport

Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger is unlikely to play for the club again this season, says manager Louis van Gaal.

Bastian Schweinsteiger
Getty Images

The 2014 World Cup winner tore a knee ligament during training ahead of Germany's friendly against England in March.

Fire crews used in air exercise

Footballer given suspended jail sentence for contempt of court in false whiplash claim

Semi-professional footballer Gary Burnett - who falsely claimed he had suffered whiplash injuries in a road accident - has been given suspended prison sentence.   

Gary Burnett
Northwich Victoria

The 25-year-old, who played for Northwich Victoria at the time, said he suffered the injury in a crash outside a McDonald's drive-thru in Birkenhead in October 2013.

But the day after claiming he was injured, he tweeted: "Nice little trek to Kendal later for footy".

He was given four months, suspended for a year, for being in contempt of court.

Travel: Lane closure on M61 due to accident

BBC Travel

One lane closed on the southbound M61 between junction 8 Chorley and junction 6, Horwich because of an accident between and lorry and a car. 

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Former teacher accused of sex offences

A former teacher at a boys school in Rochdale has been charged with 19 sexual offences against two pupils.

Knowl View

David Higgins, 76, is accused of committing offences at Knowl View residential school between 1969 and 1970.

Cheshire East Council Supreme court bid over new homes

Cheshire East Council is going to the supreme court, in a bid to make it more difficult for developers to build new homes in rural areas of the county. 


The council wants more powers over where new housing developments can be built. 

It follows a decision by the courts to allow more than 100 homes to be built near Nantwich, after local planners refused permission.      

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

This afternoon's top stories:   

  • The family of a Manchester woman - killed by a cow while on holiday in Northumberland - have spoken of the dangers of being around cattle. 
  • Tributes have been paid to Phil Sayer - the former BBC Radio Manchester presenter - who has died

Greater Manchester hospitals to take Chorley patients

Hospitals in Greater Manchester are gearing up for additional pressures on their services over the next few days following the temporary closure of Chorley Hospital's A&E

Ambulance at Chorley hospital

The trust said there wasn't enough senior doctors to provide a safe 24-our service in Chorley's A&E.

Ambulances will be taking patients to Bolton, Wigan, Preston and Blackburn instead.     

Krista Pennington stole £200k from relative with dementia

A woman who stole more than £200,000 from a relative with dementia has been jailed for three years and four months.

Krista Pennington

Krista Pennington, of Derbyshire Avenue, Stretford, was convicted at Manchester Minshull Street Crown court of fraud by abuse of position.  

Netball: Central contracts are step forward- Helen Housby

BBC Sport

Manchester Thunder shooter Helen Housby believes England's new central contracts are "a step in the right direction." 

Helen Housby
Getty Images

She says they will help the team compete with Australia and New Zealand.  

Update: Gas pipe repairs in Rochdale

National grid has said repairs to a gas substation in Rochdale, which led to an evacuation, should be completed by the end of the day. 

Whitworth Road

A total of 50 people had to be moved out of their homes on Whitworth Road for several hours last night when a car crashed into the substation, rupturing the pipe.  

Urmston firearms arrests

Police are questioning two men on suspicion of firearms offences in Urmston. 

Armed officers were called to Crofts Bank Road at about 18:00 last night to investigate reports that two men had been seen carrying guns.  

How do we improve air quality?

If you want to have a say on how to improve air quality in Greater Manchester - you have two weeks left to put your thoughts forward. 

Car emissions
Science Photo Library

Transport for Greater Manchester is running a consultation on plans to reduce pollution after research said UK air pollution was 'linked to 40,000 early deaths a year'.

Ideas include introducing a Clean Air Zone, targeting high emission vehicles, more improvements to the cycling network and more charging points for electric vehicles.  

Football: City draw Real Madrid

Trams disruption due for second summer

Trams will again be prevented from running though Manchester city centre for two months this summer. 

Artist impression of a proposed new tram stop in Exchange Square

The tracks will be blocked at St Peters Square from 26 June-28 August. 

It is part of a £165m Second City Crossing project, which is due to be completed next year.  

Plans for 'bigger than Beetham' towers

Plans have been submitted for four huge apartment blocks, including what would be the tallest building in Manchester. 

Beetham tower

They have been designed by the Beetham Tower architect Ian Simpson and are to be built close to Deansgate railway station. 

One of them would be Manchester's tallest building - at 231m high - making it slightly smaller than One Canada Square, at Canary Wharf in London. 

Weather: Wet and gloomy

Cloudy with rain this afternoon, that rain may be heavy at times.


The rain will be turning to snow over the hills, as it turns colder. It will feel cold in the wind. 

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

This afternoon's top stories: 

  • A man has been charged in connection with historical indecent assaults against two boys at Knowl View.
  • Two men have been arrested in Urmston on suspicion of firearms offences. 
  • A former BBC Radio Manchester presenter who became the voice of the 'Mind the Gap' announcements on the London Underground has died of cancer.  

Knowl View: Man charged with historical abuse

A man has been charged in connection with historical indecent assaults against two boys at Knowl View residential school for boys in Rochdale.

Knowl View Residential School

A 76-year-old-man has been charged with offences against the boys between 1969 and 1971.   

He is due to appear at Bury Magistrates Court on 4 May.   

Search for missing Manchester woman

A woman, who is originally from Manchester and recently moved to the West Midlands, has gone missing with her 21-month-old daughter. 

Sandeep Kaur
Walsall Police

Sandeep Kaur was last seen at a coach station in Birmingham on Sunday 3 April where she is believed to have boarded a coach bound for Glasgow.

She told her family she was going to visit a friend and would be home the next day. 

Football: Man City draw Real Madrid

BBC Sport

Manchester City will face Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final.

Manchester City
Rex Features

Athletico Madrid will play Bayern Munich in the other semi-final. 

The ties will take place on 26 and 27 April and 3 and 4 May. 

Tributes to 'mind the gap' man Phil Sayer

 A former BBC presenter who became the voice of the 'Mind the Gap' announcements on the London Underground has died of cancer.  

Phil Sayer

Writing on their Facebook page, his wife Elinor Hamilton said: "Phil Sayer - voice of reason, radio, and railways. A dearly loved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend.

"We are sorry to announce that this service terminates here."  

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

Today's top stories: 

  • The country's largest foodbank provider says it's handing out more emergency supplies of groceries in Greater Manchester than ever before. 
  • Plans have been submitted for four huge apartment blocks, including what would be the tallest building in Manchester.
  • Tributes have been paid to Phil Sayer - the former BBC Radio Manchester presenter - who was also a familiar face on the region's TV news bulletins in the 1980s. 

Football: Pellegrini ready for any tie

BBC Sport

The Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says he is not concerned about who his team draw in this morning's Champions League draw. 

Manuel Pellegrini
Rex Features

The Blues will face either Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid or Bayern Munich over two legs.  

Super League: Wigan Warriors v Castleford Tigers

BBC Sport

Wigan have a number of first team players available again after injuries and illness as they look to bounce back from a 62-0 defeat at Wakefield.

Wigan Warriors

Dom Crosby, Ben Flower and Oliver Gildart return, while Tony Clubb could make his 200th Super League appearance.  

Cyclist who died 'thoroughly enjoyed life'

The family of a cyclist who died after falling from his bike on Bury New Road says he was devoted to his family and thoroughly enjoyed life. 

Roger Hamer
The Hamer family

Roger Hamer, 83, was cycling towards Ramsbottom when he fell from his bike and hit his head on the road.

His children Ruth and Paul said he had a heart of gold and enjoyed cycling, walking, climbing and baked every day. “We are devastated by what has happened and we all miss him dearly,” they said. 

Football: Man City & Liverpool await draws

BBC Sport

Manchester City and Liverpool will discover their respective Champions League and Europa League semi-final opponents in Friday's draws. 

Man City
Rex Features

The Champions League draw will be at 10:30 BST and City, who will be managed by Pep Guardiola next season, could face the Spaniard's Bayern Munich side.    

Record numbers use Greater Manchester food banks - Trussel Trust

The country's largest foodbank provider says it is handing out more emergency supplies of groceries than ever before here in Greater Manchester. 

Foodbank bag

The Trussell Trust says more than 50,000 food parcels were distributed locally over the last financial year - that's almost 5,000 more than the previous 12 months. 

Homes in Rochdale evacuated after gas pipe rupture

Residents in Rochdale have spent most of the night in temporary accommodation - the town hall and a local pub - after a gas pipe ruptured. 

Whitworth Road

A car crashed into a gas substation on Whitworth Road at 22:30 and a 200m cordon was put up.

People were allowed back in their homes at about 04:45 but the gas supply is expected to be disrupted.