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  1. Updates on Thursday 5 May
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Friday

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By Rachael Connors

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

Weather: Warm and sunny

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Warm and dry with plenty of sunshine this afternoon.

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A dry and chilly night will follow with variable amounts of cloud and some clear spells at times.  

Charity seeks to help in Aleppo

A Manchester humanitarian charity is preparing to feed thousands more people caught up in the conflict in Syria.


Human Appeal has already helped 42,000 people. 

Chief Executive Othman Moqbel says the charity is trying to provide food and shelter to people who have been caught up in the fighting around the city of Aleppo.   

Woman hit by car was jogging

Murdered soldier Lee Rigby's mother speaks about her son

Lyn Rigby, whose son was murdered by extremists three years ago, explains how she heard the news of his death. 

Lee Rigby's mother speaks about death of her son

She said her son was "full of life" and she could "never forgive" his killers. 

Delays expected into the rush hour after M6 collision in Cheshire

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service says delays are expected "for some time" following a crash on the M6 in Cheshire between junctions 18 and 19 northbound. 

M6 collision
Lucy Shaw

Two heavy goods vehicles, one of which was a tanker, and two cars were involved with two casualties trapped inside the vehicles.

M6 collision
Lucy Shaw

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

This afternoon's top stories: 

  • One lane re-opens after a serious accident closed the northbound M6 in Cheshire
  • A man died after a "violent attack" and robbery by a group of people in Leigh

Foundation set up to 'honour' Lee Rigby

The mother of Lee Rigby - the Middleton soldier who was murdered by extremists in Woolwich nearly three years ago - says she wants people to remember her son as more than just a victim of a terrorist attack.

Lee Rigby

Lyn Rigby has now set up the Lee Rigby Foundation in honour of her son. "The idea is to help bereaved families of those who served in the armed forces," she told the BBC.

"We never had much help when Lee was murdered. It is a way to honour Lee and he would be very proud."

Aftermath of the M6 collision in Cheshire

Autism-friendly garden designed for RHS Tatton Flower Show

Shea from Northwich says gardening has helped transform her son Eoghan after he was diagnosed with autism. 

Now she's been commissioned to design an autism-friendly garden for the RHS Tatton Flower Show.

Mum from Northwich designs autism friendly garden for Tatton

M6 crash: one lane reopens to allow traffic to pass the scene

One lane of the M6 has reopened to allow traffic to pass the scene, police have said. 

It comes after a car and a lorry crashed on the motorway between junctions 18 and 19 this afternoon. No one was seriously hurt.

Lorry crash image
NW Motorway Police

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

This afternoon's top stories: 

  • One lane has been re-opened after a serious accident closed the northbound M6 in Cheshire
  • A man died after a "violent attack" and robbery by a group of people in Leigh, police said

Boxing: Khan ready to defy logic against Alvarez

BBC Sport

Amir Khan is a changed man as he looks to upset Saul Alvarez and claim his world title.

Alvarez and Khan
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The man charged with cultivating a plan to upset the odds is trainer Virgil Hunter. "Virgil has totally changed my boxing style," says Khan, who trains out of Hunter's gym in the San Francisco Bay Area of California.

M6 crash: Police working to reopen road

Cheshire Police said it is working to get the M6 moving again after the crash which is causing severe delays northbound between junction 17 and junction 19.

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M6 crash: Second person freed from crash

Firefighters have released a second person who was trapped in a car involved in the M6 crash in Cheshire. 

They are being transported to hospital by air ambulance.

Police are diverting vehicles from the area. 

Entertainment: What does it mean to be a Smith?

Chris Long

Entertainment reporter

Poet Jackie Kay has gone in search of what it means to have the most common surname in the UK.


Kay's 30 Days of The Smiths aims to investigate what it is to be a Smith, find links between the people born with the name and the Manchester band and play with the notion that "if you listen to the word 'Smith', you hear the sound of the word 'myth'. 

M6 crash: One person freed from HGV

Firefighters have freed a person who was trapped in a lorry after a serious crash on the M6 in Cheshire. They have been taken by ambulance to hospital. 

Four vehicles were involved in a crash at about 12:10 between junction 18, Middlewich and junction 19, Knutsford. 

Another person remains trapped in a car. 

Football: Were City 'afraid' at the Bernabeu?

Chris Waddle

Former England winger on BBC Radio 5 live

Manchester City were too cautious and lacked creativity and tempo in their Champions League exit to Real Madrid.

City at the Bernabau
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It's no disgrace at all, losing to Real Madrid, it's just the manner of the defeat.

Travel: Severe delays on M6 after crash

BBC Travel

There are severe delays on the M6 northbound between junction 18, Middlewich, and junction 19, Knutsford, because of a multi-vehicle crash in the roadworks area. 

Congestion is going back to junction 17, Sandbach.

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M6 crash: Motorway closed northbound after four-vehicle crash

The M6 has been fully closed at junction 18 northbound.

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M6 crash: More fire engines arrive at scene

More fire engines have arrived at the scene of a crash on the M6.

Crash on M6
Cheshire Fire and Rescue

The collision, involving two HGVs and two cars, happened at about 12:10 between Middlewich and Knutsford junctions.

Crews are preparing to free two people who are trapped in vehicles.

Two trapped after M6 crash

Two people are trapped after a crash on the M6 northbound between junctions 18 and 19 in Cheshire.

Emergency services are attending a collision involving two HGVs and two cars which took place at about 12:10.

One person is trapped in a car and the other in a HGV.

Cheshire Police urges motorists to avoid the M6 after crash

Slow traffic on the M6 in Cheshire after accident

Traffic cameras on the M6 show how bad the congestion is following an earlier accident in Cheshire between Junction 18 at Middlewich and 19 northbound at Knutsford.

Tailbacks on M6

Police have advised drivers to get of at Junction 17 or 18 if they can.

Weather: Hazy sunshine later

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

This afternoon's top stories: 

  •  A man died after a "violent attack" and robbery by a group of people in Leigh, police said.  
  • A controversial plan to put houses on the site of a former cinema in Manchester has finally won planning approval. 

Man dies after 'violent' group attack in Leigh

A man died after a "violent attack" and robbery by a group of people in Greater Manchester, police said.

Oceans Eleven

The 50-year-old victim was attacked on Railway Road in Leigh at about 23:30 BST on Wednesday.

A 31-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is being questioned by police.

Lee Rigby's mum says foundation set up to remember 'more than his death'

Football: Real Madrid 1-0 Man City

BBC Sport

Manchester City failed to reach their first Champions League final after an uninspiring semi-final second-leg display at 10-time winners Real Madrid.

Bale scores against Man City

After a goalless draw in the first leg, Real took the lead when Gareth Bale's cross deflected off City's Fernando.

Fernandinho clipped the post in a rare City chance, but Real dominated as Bale hit the bar and Joe Hart saved attempts from Luka Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Murdered Lee RIgby's mum in 'daily pain'

The mother of murdered soldier Lee Rigby has told how she suffers constantly over his killing.

Lyn Rigby

Lyn Rigby, 49, says she has daily chest pains following her son's murder outside his barracks in Woolwich, London, three years ago.

The fusilier, 25, was run over and hacked to death by Michael Adebolajo, 31, and Michael Adebowale, 25, on 22 May 2013, who were later jailed.

Murder arrest after man dies in Leigh

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a 50-year-old man was attacked by a group in Leigh. 

Oceans Eleven

He was assaulted near the Oceans Eleven chip shop on Railway Road at about 23:30 BST on Wednesday and died in hospital, Greater Manchester Police said.

 A 31-year-old man is being questioned in police custody.  

Rugby League: Sale Sharks' new signing 'big and powerful'

BBC Sport

Sale Sharks will sign former Wales scrum-half Mike Phillips from Racing 92 on a deal starting from next season. 

Mike Phillips
Huw Evans Picture Agency

"He is a big, powerful and very skilful player and has plenty of experience playing at the top level," Sale director of rugby Steve Diamond said.

"Mike will be one of three ex-Racing 92 players at the club next season, alongside Brian Mujati and Juandre Kruger."

Horse refused service at fast-food drive through

A man arrived at a fast-food outlet in Pilsworth on a horse and attempted to place an order. They probably said "neigh"...

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Watch: Spanish police throw punches at Manchester City fans inside the Bernabeu stadium

Manchester Evening News

Manchester Evening News

Footage tweeted by the Manchester Evening News appears to show Spanish police punching City fans during a scuffle inside the Bernabeu stadium. 

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Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

Today's top stories: 

  • Manchester City fans say Spanish police were heavy-handed in the way they treated supporters in Madrid for City's Champion's League semi final
  • The mother of murdered Middleton soldier Lee Rigby says she wants to create a foundation in his name to help other bereaved families get the support she didn't receive
  • Police are investigating after a man was attacked in Leigh and later died

Manchester in top ten UK university rankings

The Independent

The UK’s reputation on the world stage for having some of the best universities is “diminishing” as Asian institutions gather pace, claims a new set of rankings.  

Top ten
The Independent

CCTV appeal after burglaries in Egerton

Police are appealing for information and CCTV footage after a spate of burglaries in the Egerton area of Bolton. 

Nine burglaries took place between 24 and 27 April on Druids Close, Cox Green Close, Delph Avenue, Blackburn Road and Albert Street.

The offender forced open locks on garages and sheds and entered homes and stole items including a car. 

Man dies after attack in Leigh

A man has died after being attacked in Leigh, Greater Manchester Police said. 

Railway Road

The man, believed to be in his 40s, was attacked by a group of people on Railway Road at about 23:30 on Wednesday night. 

He died later in hospital. Police are appealing for information.