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  1. We return at 08:00 on Tuesday with more news, sport, travel and weather updates from across Greater Manchester and east Cheshire
  2. Updates on Friday 29 April

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By Jon Lowe

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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. Have a great Bank Holiday weekend, and let's hope it warms up a bit!

Weather: Cold night with widespread frost

BBC Weather

Showers will ease during the evening leading to clear spells.

Weather forecast
BBC Weather

Patchy mist or fog may form with temperatures dropping towards freezing in most areas.

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Sport: Entire FC United board to step down

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

The entire board of National League North club FC United will stand down ahead of a proposed EGM.

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Four members, including one of the club's founders Adam Brown, have already left - with general manager Andy Walsh leaving in the summer. 

The club has also been forced to make a public apology to another of its founders, John-Paul O’Neill, for allowing “misguided rumours” to spread over his involvement in threats to club staff.

Coming up

Roger Johnson

Presenter, BBC North West Tonight

On North West Tonight at 18:30:

  • One of the youths jailed for the murder of Garry Newlove in 2007 loses his bid for early release
  • Customers have called for cuts in water bills after United Utilities topped a list of the most profitable companies in the region

Lightning strike hits Wigan home

A family escaped unhurt after lightning struck their home in Wigan.

Lightning strike

The strike left a huge hole in the roof and set fire to the loft.  

Firefighters from Hindley put the blaze out which started at about 19:20 BST on Thursday.

Manchester University walls daubed with graffiti by animal rights protesters

Manchester Evening News

Manchester Evening News

Activists banged on windows and wrote ‘scum’ and ‘evil’ across the walls of a Manchester University building during an animal rights protest.

Newlove killer loses High Court bid to have sentence reduced

A man who murdered a father-of-three outside his home in Warrington has lost a renewed bid to be released early from prison.

Jordan Cunliffe
Cheshire Constabulary

Jordan Cunliffe was 16 when he was jailed for a minimum of 12 years in 2008 after Garry Newlove, 47, was kicked to death in Warrington in 2007.

Mr Newlove died in hospital two days after being attacked by three people.

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

This afternoon's top stories:

  • A man who murdered a father-of-three outside his home in 2007 loses a High Court bid to be released early from prison
  • Three men questioned for the murder of Jalal Uddin in Rochdale are bailed
  • Greater Manchester's Police and Crime Commissioner calls for an independent committee to look into what lessons can learnt from the Hillsborough tragedy

Travel: Three-car accident on M62

BBC Travel

One lane is closed on the eastbound M62 between junction 21 Milnrow and junction 22 Rishworth Moor because of an accident involving three vehicles.

Congestion back to junction 18 M60, Simister Island.

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MP claims taxi safety rules are out of date

A Greater Manchester MP will raise the issue of taxi safety in the Commons.

Andrew Gwynne

The Labour MP for Denton and Reddish, Andrew Gwynne, has been granted a debate to discuss licenses after complaining some authorities handed them out too easily.  

Sport: Nardiello among group of players to leave Bury

BBC Sport

Bury have announced six players will leave Gigg Lane this summer.

Danny Nardiello
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Danny Nardiello, Chris Eagles, Rob Lainton, Kiel O'Brien, Marcus Poscha and Reece Brown will be released.  

Expect delays in Rochdale area

Fixture scheduling hindering City's Champions League hopes - Pellegrini

BBC Manchester Sport

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini says he is disappointed the club have not been given more time to prepare for their crucial Champions League tie against Real Madrid on Wednesday.

Manuel Pellegrini
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City face Southampton in the Premier League on Sunday - just three days before travelling to Spain for their semi-final second leg.

Real play Real Sociedad in La Liga on Saturday.

Sport: Weather thwarts Aces' Friday meeting

BBC Manchester Sport

Belle Vue Aces' first official fixture at the National Speedway Stadium has been postponed again because of a waterlogged track.  

Belle Vue Aces

The Manchester-based club has been forced to cancel a number of fixtures at its new £8m home since it was opened in March, due to track repair and weather-related issues.

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

This afternoon's top stories:

  • A man who murdered Salford-born Garry Newlove in Warrington in 2007 has lost a High Court bid to be released early from prison 
  • Police say a woman who is missing from her home in Warrington could be in Blackpool
  • A child actor has won a role in the award winning tv show Game of Thrones

Burnham urges greater effort to deal with anti-semitism allegations

The Shadow Home Secretary and MP for Leigh, Andy Burnham, has accused the Labour leadership of being slow to deal with allegations of anti-semitism within the party.

Andy Burnham

A week before the local elections, Labour has suspended the MP Naz Shah, and Ken Livingstone who is a member of its national executive.  

Men bailed in connection with Jalal Uddin murder

Three men who were being questioned in connection with the murder of Jalal Uddin in Rochdale have been bailed.

Jalal Uddin
Ali Ahmed

The 64-year-old died after being attacked in February.

Sport: Will United delay Leicester's title challenge?

Guy Mowbray

BBC Match of the Day commentator

BBC football commentator Guy Mowbray believes Manchester United will deny Leicester City the chance to win the Premier League title on Sunday.

Old Trafford
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"I bet you've heard the same as me this week a few times: 'I think United will beat Leicester', said Mowbray.

Leicester need just three points to be crowned champions.

"It will have to be properly earned at Old Trafford though, with United motivated by their chase for a top-four finish and possibly a US-style 'not in our house' approach."

Travel: Queues on M60 due to broken down lorry

BBC Travel

One lane is blocked with queuing traffic on clockwise M60 between junction 17 Prestwich and junction 18, M62 Simister Island.

Congestion stretches back to junction 11, Barton.  

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Missing Warrington woman could be in Blackpool

Police say a woman who has gone missing from her home in Warrington could be in Blackpool.

Jennifer Harnett
Lancashire Police

Jennifer Harnett, 34, from Birchwood, was last seen in Blackpool town centre on Tuesday.   

Council rejects plans for no exit escape rooms game in town centre

Bolton News

The Bolton News

A business planning to launch Bolton’s first 'escape rooms' game centre has been left devastated after its proposals were rejected.

Garry Newlove murder: Killer loses court bid for early release

A man who murdered a father-of-three outside his home in 2007 has lost a High Court bid to be released early from prison.  

Jordan Cunliffe
Cheshire Constabulary

Jordan Cunliffe, now 24, was jailed for a minimum of 12 years in 2008 after Garry Newlove was kicked to death in Warrington.

Mr Newlove, 47, suffered head injuries in the attack by three teenagers and died in hospital two days later.

Cunliffe's case was rejected, meaning he will have to wait until the summer of 2019 - before he can apply for parole.

Sport: City likely to be without midfield duo

BBC Sport

Manchester City could be without midfielders David Silva and Yaya Toure for Sunday's game against Southampton. 

David Silva
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Silva is unavailable with a hamstring injury.

Main suspect in murder of Rochdale imam Jalal Uddin 'has fled the country'

Manchester Evening News

Manchester Evening News

The main suspect in the murder of an imam Jalal Uddin in Rochdale is believed to have fled the country, detectives say.  

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GMP firearms officers drop by around 30 per cent, figures reveal

New figures from the government have revealed that Greater Manchester Police has a third fewer firearms officers than it did six years ago.

Firearms officer

But GMP has announced it will have a record number of special constables in the force when 62 new recruits officially sign up next week.  

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

Today's top stories:

  • The former chief constable of Greater Manchester and Cheshire Police forces says the Hillsborough inquest verdicts highlights the need for greater transparency in policing and other public bodies
  • Andrew Gwynne, the Labour MP for Denton and Reddish, is to raise the issue of taxi safety in the Commons
  • Bury's Simon Yates will not be provisionally suspended from cycling despite failing an in-competition drugs test

Weather: Hail and thunder possible this afternoon

BBC Weather

Sunny spells and scattered showers across Greater Manchester, with some of the showers possibly heavy with a risk of hail and thunder.

Weather forecast
BBC Weather

Winds also remaining brisk, leading to another cold day for the time of year.

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Concern for two missing teenagers

Police are becoming increasingly concerned for two teenagers missing from home in Bolton.

Thirteen-year-old Jake Alder was last seen on Wednesday afternoon in Hulton.

It is thought he may be with 14-year-old Shyanne Neild, who was last seen at school in Bolton the same afternoon.

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Health watchdog places surgery in special measures

A GP surgery in Leigh has been rated inadequate by the Care Quality Commission.

Direct Access Surgery

Direct Access in Leigh was found to be particularly lacking in the provision of safe, effective, well-led services after an inspection in February. 

The surgery, which has been placed in special measures and will be inspected again in six months, says it is already taking steps to address the issues.  

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Hardy souls - whatever the weather

Sport: No provisional suspension for Bury cyclist despite failing drugs test

BBC Sport

British cyclist Simon Yates will not be provisionally suspended despite failing an in-competition drugs test.

Simon Yates
Getty Images

Yates tested positive for terbutaline last month, with his Orica-GreenEdge team blaming an "administrative error" over the use of an asthma inhaler.  

The sport's governing body said the 23-year-old had not been suspended because of the nature of the substance involved.

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

This morning's top stories:

  • NHS Watchdog places GP surgery in Leigh under special measures for "inadequate" rating
  • Ambulance staff in the north west are being balloted for industrial action by the GMB union
  • Bury cyclist Simon Yates fails in-competition drugs test 

Child actor wins tv starring role

A boy from an acting school in Manchester has won a highly-prized place in the award winning television show Game of Thrones.

Matteo Elezi

Matteo Elezi will appear in an episode on Monday night.

"It's amazing to think it goes all over the world," said the 10-year-old.

Investors sought for new city centre development

Eight thousand new homes may be built near Victoria Station in Manchester. 

Manchester Place - a government-council run partnership focused on speeding up the supply of new homes across the city - is in the process of seeking investors. 

The project would see the development of 300 acres over a 10-15 year period.

Weather: A mixture of sleet and snow possible

Rugby League: Wigan walloped at Warrington

Phil Cartwright

BBC Sport

Warrington Wolves completed a Super League double over Wigan to move two points clear at the top of the table.

Tony Smith's side followed up a 28-16 win at Wigan on 1 April with a convincing 40-10 home victory.