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Summary

  1. Updates on Monday 18 April
  2. Greater Manchester Live returns from 08:00 on Tuesday with more news, sport, travel and weather updates

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

Weather: Chilly evening, brighter tomorrow

There'll be a generally cloudy start to this evening but with some clear spells and winds becoming lighter. It'll still be pretty chilly though.

Manchester weather
BBC

Tuesday will be bright and chilly.

RSPB snaps pic of peregrine looking majestic in Manchester

Life's a gas...and electric

BBC North West Tonight

Coming up on North West Tonight

Annabel Tiffin

Presenter, BBC North West Tonight

On North West Tonight at 18:30:  

  • A special school damaged by fire on Friday is likely to remain closed until September.
  • Success on the pitch for Oldham Roughyeds - and maybe off it too.

Sale Sharks star Danny Cipriani 'smelt of alcohol' after crashing Mercedes, court told

Manchester Evening News

Manchester Evening News

Sale Sharks star Danny Cipriani had 'glazed' eyes and his breath smelt of alcohol after crashing his Mercedes into a taxi, magistrates heard.  

Primary school places: 1,000 children in Greater Manchester miss out on top 3 choices

More than 1,000 children in Greater Manchester have missed out on getting a place in one of their top three primary schools. 

The emails went out at midnight to parents.

In Trafford, 173 parents failed to secure either their first, second or third choice.      

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

This evening's top stories:

  • A special school which was badly damaged by a suspected arson attack will probably not be able to reopen until September
  • More than a thousand children in Greater Manchester have missed out on getting a place in one of their top three primary schools. 
  • An MP raises concerns about the way the government's so-called "National Living Wage" is being handled for care workers

United boss delighted with Rooney's return from injury

Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal says Wayne Rooney is making an immediate impact following his return from a knee injury.

Wayne Rooney
Getty Images

The England striker was subbed midway through the second half of United's 1-0 win over Aston Villa on Saturday.

Football: Kompany and Sterling back for City

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Manchester City will welcome captain Vincent Kompany and Raheem Sterling back into their squad for Tuesday's Premier League trip to Newcastle.

Vincent Kompany
Getty Images

Kompany has missed six games with a calf injury and Sterling has been out for five games with a groin injury.

Manager Manuel Pellegrini confirmed David Silva (ankle), Samir Nasri (thigh), Gael Clichy (back) and Bacary Sagna (back) will all miss the game.  

Sainsbury's to create 150 new jobs in Arndale Centre office

Sainsbury's is to create 150 new digital and technology jobs in Manchester over the next 18 months, the company has said.

The new roles will be based at the retailer's existing office in Manchester's Arndale Centre.  

Latest headlines in Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

This afternoon's top stories:

  • The Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk says he will shortly be repaying thousands of pounds after admitting an expenses claims "error". 

Roxette's Tatton Park gig off

A planned concert by Roxette at Tatton Park has been cancelled. 

Roxette
BBC

The band's management has issued a statement saying the 30th anniversary tour including the Tatton concert on Friday 29 July has been cancelled because singer Marie Fredrikkson has been advised by doctors not to tour. 

Football: Pellegrini 'not looking for excuses'

BBC Sport

At a news conference today ahead of Manchester City's match against Newcastle United on Tuesday, manager Manuel Pellegrini did not want to discuss the fact Pep Guardiola is replacing him this summer.

Manuel Pellegrini
BBC Sport

"It's more important not to look back," he said. "Try to look forward. There are lots of different reasons."

Cromwell High School: Blaze damage 'worse than thought'

A high school will be closed for the summer term after damage caused by a fire was found to be more serious than first thought.

Cromwell High School in Dukinfield during fire
BBC

Cromwell High School in Dukinfield was extensively damaged in the fire on Friday. Classes at the school, which caters for pupils with special needs, are being held at another venue.

Three boys, two aged 14 and one aged 15, have been charged with arson with intent to endanger life.  

Arrests over firearms incidents

Police have arrested two men, aged 25 and 31, in connection with two firearms incidents in Wigan which happened just a couple of hours apart.

Officers said a door of a house in Bradley Lane, Standish was damaged by what looked like a gunshot.

Another property in Preston Road, Standish sustained the same kind of damage. 

Asian Wedding Awards winner from Manchester

A Manchester-based photographer has won an accolade at the prestigious Asian Wedding Awards. 

Wedding photo and award winners
Opu Sultan

Opu Sultan won Best Photographer of the Year.   

Weather: Cloudy with bright spells

BBC Weather

Staying largely cloudy with some bright spells at times. Where the cloud is thick enough, it may lead to the odd spot of light rain or drizzle. 

Breezier than yesterday, but feeling fine in any sunshine.  

Weather
BBC

Expenses claim error will be repayed- MP Simon Danczuk

The Rochdale MP, Simon Danczuk, says he will shortly be repaying thousands of pounds after admitting an expenses claims "error". 

Simon Danczuk
Reuters

Parliamentary authorities recently ordered him to repay more than eleven thousand pounds after he wrongly claimed extra accommodation costs for two children who did not ''routinely'' live with him at his home in London. 

Mr Danczuk, who is currently suspended from the Labour party over sexting allegations, says he made an "honest mistake" over his expenses.     

11-day noise warning across Irlam and Cadishead as turbines spin at Carrington Power Station

Salford Online

Bosses at the under-construction Carrington Power Station are warning that local residents should expect up to 11 days of noise disturbance as it continues to test its gas turbines.  

'Red rose ban': Council says tradition can continue

Officials tried to ban market traders from handing out red roses on St George's Day, it has been claimed.

Stockport Council
BBC

Stallholders at Stockport Market said they had been warned the blooms - which are used in the Labour Party's logo - could breach election rules. 

Following complaints, Liberal Democrat-led Stockport Council said the tradition would be allowed to continue.

Latest headlines in Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

This afternoon's top stories: 

  • The Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk says he will shortly be repaying thousands of pounds after admitting an expenses claims "error". 
  • Warrington council has approved plans to spend £400,000 to upgrade a primary school. 

Simon Danczuk on sexting: 'I was in a dark place'

Simon Danczuk, who is suspended from the Labour Party while ''sexting'' claims involving a 17-year-old girl are investigated, has told the The Victoria Derbyshire programme that he was in a ''very dark place'' at the time.

Simon Danczuk
BBC

He said he has since apologised for what he did.

Primary school upgrade approved

Warrington council has approved plans to spend £400,000 to upgrade a primary school. 

Callands Primary School
Google

Callands Primary's existing building will be remodelled and there'll be a new building for reception classes which are currently housed in mobile classrooms.

Work is expected to commence in May and be completed by October.      

Council defers flagpole removal decision

Stockport Borough Council says the removal of a flagpole which had been put up by a community group has been put on hold. 

Flagpole
Sharon Hardman

Volunteers who had cleaned up the area had been told the flagpole was a "nuisance" and danger for the highways.  

No final decision will be made until a meeting tomorrow, but a spokesman for the council said it will continue to support residents' efforts to look after their local area.

Football: Manchester City Ladies are out of FA Cup

BBC Sport

Manchester City's Steph Houghton says losing the women's FA Cup semi-finals against Chelsea Ladies 2-1 was "heartbreaking". 

Steph Houghton
The FA

A last-gasp goal from Chelsea's Fran Kirby earned an extra-time win over City.  

Houghton said: "It's heartbreaking. We've got a squad of very ambitious players and I think we were the better team today and we try to play the right way. Getting a trophy this year is important. It's part of playing for this club."

Flowers and flagpole labelled a 'nuisance'

A community group in Stockport which tidied up a small plot of waste ground has been given a council notice of complaint.

Volunteers cleared rubbish away, planted flowers and put up a flagpole on a raised bed which measures about 1m x 2m.

The group received a notice saying it was a nuisance and danger for the highways.    

Police tribute to PC Yvonne Fletcher

Cromwell High School: Building 'out of operation' after blaze

Drone footage taken by fire crews shows the extent of the blaze at Cromwell High School in Dukinfield, Greater Manchester.

Cromwell High
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

A statement on the school's website said the whole school building would be "out of operation for the rest of the summer term" after surveys revealed the extent of the damage.  

Three boys, two aged 14 and one aged 15, have been charged with arson with intent to endanger life.  

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

Today's top stories:    

  • Three men have been arrested over two violent robberies in Bury at the weekend, where people were attacked with a machete. 
  • A fire-hit high school is going to be closed for the summer term because the "damage is more extensive than thought", parents have been told.
  • Warrington council has approved plans to spend £400,000 to upgrade a primary school. 

Cromwell High School: Blaze damage 'worse than thought'

A fire-hit high school is going to be closed for the summer term, parents have been told.

Fire at Cromwell High School
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

Damage caused by the blaze at Cromwell High School in, Dukinfield, Greater Manchester, was "much more extensive" than first thought, staff said.

Classes at the school, which caters for pupils with special needs, are being held at another venue while repairs are carried out.

Shots fired at house in New Islington

Several shots were fired at a house in Manchester where a mother and two young children were inside, police have said. 

Weybridge Road
Google

Detectives are appealing for witnesses after a dark-coloured car pulled up outside the house on Weybridge Road just after 22:00 on Saturday. Two men got out and fired at the house, hitting the brickwork before driving away. 

Rugby Union: Sale Sharks 29-17 Bath

Sale Sharks have moved into the top six of the Premiership after a 29-17 win over Bath at the AJ Bell Stadium.   

Sale Sharks
Rex Features

The victory gave Sale a bonus point. 

Arrests over violent robberies in Bury

Three men aged 20, 23 and 26 have been arrested following two violent robberies in Bury on Sunday.

Bury & Bolton Road and Canterbury Road
Google

In the first incident, a gang with a machete kicked open the front door of a house on Canterbury Drive at 03:05 and punched the owner, breaking his arm. 

At 07:40, a group of men with a machete forced their way into a house on Bury and Bolton Road in Radcliffe and attacked a 70-year-old man, stealing two cars from the driveway.