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  1. Updates on Monday 25 April
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00

Live Reporting

By Helen Carter

All times stated are UK

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Our live coverage across the day

Live updates for Greater Manchester and east 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: Widespread frost away from coastal areas

BBC Weather

It will stay cold and breezy overnight with widespread frost away from the immediate coast.

Weather forecast
BBC Weather

Most places will stay dry with clear spells, although isolated wintry showers could affect some areas.    

Salford Lads' Club members immortalised in steel

Five-hundred set to lose jobs at Shell's Manchester office

Shell is to close its Manchester office where 500 people are employed.

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Staff at the oil giant's site in Wythenshawe have been offered redeployment to the firm's headquarters in London. 

It is part of plans to cut jobs and close several offices in the wake of falling oil prices.  

Man collapses on bus on Manchester Road

Rochdale Online

A man who collapsed whilst on a bus on Manchester Road was taken to hospital this afternoon.

Films to raise awareness of homelessness, addiction and mental health

A series of short films are being made around Manchester to help raise awareness of homelessness, mental health issues and addiction.

The charity Acting on Impulse is running the project to help people's understanding of the issues.

The films will be screened at Home in Manchester in July.

Latest headlines from Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

This afternoon's top stories:

  • Services have resumed on Manchester's Metrolink after a communications fault caused the suspension of the entire network for more than five hours. Long delays are expected
  • A 37-year-old man is critically ill in hospital after his van collided with a tree in Farnworth  
  • 500 jobs are to go at Shell's office in Wythenshawe

Two arrests made following trouble during Bury v Millwall match

Bury Times

Bury Times

Bury have vowed to ban any home supporters found to have been involved in crowd trouble that flared at Gigg Lane before Saturday’s 3-1 defeat by Millwall.  

Red Devils to sign Castleford winger on permanent deal

BBC Sport

Salford Red Devils have confirmed they will sign Castleford winger Justin Carney on a three-year deal from next season.

Justin Carney
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The 27-year-old Australian is on a season-long loan with Salford, having missed the end of last season with Castleford through suspension. 

Appeal over missing 89-year-old man

Police are becoming increasingly concerned for the whereabouts of 89-year-old man who is missing from his home in Denton.

Victor Murry
Greater Manchester Police

Victor Murry was last seen at his home on Manor Road in Denton at 00:30 on Sunday.

Mr Murry is quite unsteady on his feet and gets tired easily.   

Former officer sentenced for committing misconduct in public office

A former police officer has been sentenced for committing misconduct in a public office after he targeted three vulnerable women.

Darren Bromley, 40, of Gloucester Road, Middleton, admitted three counts of misconduct in a public office.   

He was given a suspended sentence, 200 hours' unpaid work and ordered to pay £2,500 prosecution costs.  

Oldham dismiss Bolton Sheridan links

BBC Manchester Sport

Oldham Athletic have confirmed no approach has been made for John Sheridan, despite reports linking their manager with the vacant job at Bolton Wanderers.

John Sheridan
Getty Images

Oldham also say no approach "would be welcomed".

Pogo stick marathon racer stripped of accolade

A student who bounced his way into the record books has been stripped of the accolade after it emerged a marathon route was too short.

Jack Sexty
Jack Sexty

In April 2014 Jack Sexty completed the Greater Manchester Marathon on a pogo stick in 16 hours and 24 minutes.  

But earlier this month the course was found to be 380m too short and all timings for the 2013, 2014 and 2015 events were declared null and void.

Manchester Metrolink services resume with long delays

Driver critically ill after Farnworth collision

A 37-year-old van driver is in a critical condition after a collision in Farnworth.

Plodder Lane Farnworth

His silver Ford transit van collided with a tree on the bend in Plodder Lane at 13:15 on Saturday.

He is said to be in a "life-threatening" condition in hospital and police are appealing for witnesses to the incident, adding that no other vehicles were involved.  

Man who died in head-on collision in Hazel Grove named

A man who died in a head-on collision in Hazel Grove on Sunday has been named.

Philip Clayton, 43, died following a collision on Buxton Road between a Mini and a Volvo at about 16:00 yesterday.

A 23-year-old man who was also injured remains in a critical condition in hospital.

Metrolink parents' warning due to tram fault

Tram users advised to 'make alternative plans' during rush hour

Transport for Greater Manchester is advising people to make alternative travel plans and allow extra time for journeys as work continues to repair a major system failure on the Metrolink network.

It advises people should "avoid travelling" at peak times - between 16:00 and 19:00 - and use replacement bus services.

Asda supermarket introduces 'quiet hour' to help autistic shoppers

An Asda supermarket in Manchester is introducing a "quiet hour" to help autistic shoppers who can feel stressed by noise.

Huw Evans Picture Agency

The Cheetham Hill Asda Living store will turn off escalators, screens and music for an hour on Saturday 7 May.

Customers will also be offered a picture map of the supermarket.  

Headlines in Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

Today's top stories:

  • There are still major problems on the tram network across Greater Manchester with all services stopped while Metrolink tries to resolve a communications failure
  • The oil company Shell is closing its Manchester office, where 500 people are employed and staff are being offered deployment to London
  • Work is starting on the renovation of the Avro Vulcan at Woodford in Stockport

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Tram passengers complain about lack of information

Tram passengers delayed by the communications failure affecting the whole Metrolink network have been speaking to BBC Radio Manchester.

One woman said: "There's no information - there's nothing. On those monitors up there there's nothing telling us. I have just tried customer services and nobody is picking up."

A man added: "They should have an announcement shouldn't they? Some loud speaker or something."

People being taken off a tram due to communications fault

Thomas Ainsworth sent these pictures of people being taken off a tram at Failsworth, after the vehicle was stuck for a considerable time between Failsworth and Newton Heath.

Thomas AInsworth
Thomas Ainsworth

Christie Hospital 'most advanced' outside of North America

The Christie Hospital has been named the 'most technogically advanced cancer centre' in the world outside North America.

The Christie Hospital

Top Masters in Healthcare website researched 100 top cancer centres across the world and ranked them according to the level of technology available for treatment and diagnosis.   

The Christie was awarded 9th place in the world.  

Metrolink director 'unable to control network' due to fault

Metrolink director Peter Cushing told BBC Radio Manchester: "We can't see them [trams] on the control mimic screens so we can't see anything and we are unable to control the network."

He said they had all their engineers on site to find out where the fault is.

"We are not expecting it to be too long, we have identified it is a comms failure and we are hoping it is going to be relatively quick," he added.  

Trams suspended due to communications fault

All tram services in Greater Manchester remain suspended while work continues to identify a communications fault.


The fault, at 11:30, means network control room staff cannot monitor tram movements or access information displays.  

Peter Cushing, director of Metrolink, said they were working as quickly as possible to identify and fix the fault and he apologised to customers.

Firefighters rescue teenager stuck in mud in Bury

A 17-year-old boy has been rescued by firefighters after getting stuck knee-deep in mud in Bury.

Firefighters were called to Elton Sailing Club at about 14:30 on Sunday, after a 17-year-old boy became stuck up to his knees in mud.

Crews from Bury, Whitefield and Heywood’s water rescue unit attended and put a cordon in place. 

Astronaut Tim Peake will link up with Bury school later

Weather: A look at Monday and the week ahead

Gun fired in Harpurhey at social services building

Gun shots were fired at a social services building in Harpurhey over the weekend, police have said.

Police were called to the Manchester Children's Social Services building in Moston Lane at 07:00 on Monday.  

Bullet shell casings were found and the building's door was damaged in an incident, which happened between the early hours of Sunday and today. 

Travel: All Manchester Metrolink services suspended

Dreary morning awaits City's players

Travel: No trams between Rochdale and Ashton-under-Lyne

BBC Travel

There are no Manchester Metrolink trams running between Rochdale town centre and Ashton-Under-Lyne due to a technical issue.

Driver 'threatened with gun' in Manchester

Manchester Evening News

Manchester Evening News

A driver was threatened with a gun by another man as he sat in traffic along the Mancunian Way.

The 22-year-old victim was driving his car on the busy commuter route when he became aware of a man in a Vauxhall Vectra trying to get through at the Cambridge Street junction roundabout.

Bramall Hall makeover nears completion

Repairs to Bramall Hall's ornate plaster ceiling have been completed.

Bramall Hall
Stockport Council

The hall closed to visitors in September 2014 for major refurbishments after a £1.6m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Oldham family calling for halt on deportation of frail relative

BBC Radio Manchester

A family in Oldham is pleading with the government not to deport an elderly and frail relative to Pakistan.

Hakeem Muhammad Haleem
Family of Hakeem Haleem

Hakeem Muhammad Haleem, 77, is partially blind - and suffers from dementia and diabetes. He has been cared for by relatives since his wife died in 2011.  

The Home Office says he must return to his home country - his family say there's no-one to look after him and he is likely to die.

Eight BHS stores in region at risk as firm faces administration

Representatives from British Home Stores have told the BBC that the retailer will be placed into administration today. 

British Home Stores shop

The 11,000 staff who work for the company are expected to be told the news in an hour's time.   

BHS has eight stores in Greater Manchester, one in Warrington, Cheshire, and one at Handforth Dean near Wilmslow.   

Garth Crooks' team of the week: Fabregas, De Gea, Hazard, Martial

Garth Crooks

Former Spurs striker on Final Score

Manchester United found a goal in 'Fergie time' to join Crystal Palace in the FA Cup final and Leicester overcame the loss of striker Jamie Vardy to go eight points clear at the top of the table once again.  

David de Gea

Radcliffe church reopening after Boxing Day floods

Michelle Adamson

BBC Radio Manchester reporter