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  1. Updates on Tuesday 10 May
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Wednesday

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

Weather: Rain dying out during the early hours

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Outbreaks of rain will move northwards during the evening and may be heavy and thundery at times.

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It will become drier by the end of the night.

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  • Police are forced to apologise for racial stereotyping during an counter-terrorism exercise
  • The leader of Manchester City Council dismisses reports Manchester Airport has been axed from the HS2 route

Defection row councillor rejects resignation calls

A councillor who defected from the Liberal Democrats to Labour on election night has rejected calls to resign.

Stuart Bodsworth
Cheshire Council

Former party colleague Mark Hunter said Stuart Bodsworth should take the "honourable course of action" to stand down and seek re-election.

"There is no legitimacy at all. Labour haven't won Stockport under their own steam or with a mandate from the electorate at large - this happened through a defection," Mr Hunter said.  

Mr Bodsworth's switch - combined with the leader of Stockport Council's Lib Dem group Sue Derbyshire losing her seat - led to Labour becoming the largest party.

Boys torched Dukinfield school with takeaway box, court hears

Three boys who torched a high school with a takeaway box have caused "massive" damage to pupils' education, a court heard.

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Tameside Youth Court heard Cromwell High School in Dukinfield will not reopen until the end of the year.  

The court was told the boys walked into the school set fire to a rope with the foodbox while the caretaker still inside the premises.

A 14-year-old boy and two 15-year-old boys will be sentenced on 20 May.

Man in court on murder charge over Rochdale death

A man has appeared in court charged with murder after the body of a 44-year-old woman was found in Rochdale. 

Oldham Road
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Anne Marie Nield was found dead at a flat in Oldham Road on Sunday. 

A 41-year-old man was remanded into custody by Bury magistrates.

Football: United prepare for Hammers match

Manchester United have the chance to climb above Manchester City into fourth spot in the Premier League this evening - with a win at West Ham. 

It will be the last competitive game at the Boleyn Ground before the Hammers move to the Olympic Stadium.

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Latest headlines from Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

This afternoon's top stories:

  • Greater Manchester Police are forced to apologise for racial stereotyping after staging a mock attack featuring a bomber shouting "Allahu Akbar"
  • Two men charged with murder face a retrial after a man died following a shooting outside a pub in Ashton-under-Lyne
  • The government denies reports a HS2 station close to Manchester Airport could be shelved to save money

Woman found dead in Rochdale was 'very outgoing and friendly'

A woman who was found dead in a flat in Rochdale was "very outgoing and friendly".

Oldham Road
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Anne-Marie Nield, 44, was found at a flat in Oldham Road on Sunday. A man, 41, has been charged with murder.

Paying tribute, Ms Nield's family said she was a "loving daughter and sister who would be greatly missed".

Charity football match for injured teen

Several footballing legends will be playing at a charity football match in Oldham tonight in aid of a young player who was left with a damaged spinal cord.

Paul Scholes
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Ellis Robinson, 17, was training with Rochdale Academy when he was injured and has been told he may never walk again.

Ray Wilkins, Trevor Sinclair and David May are among those who will be playing at Boundary Park this evening - alongside former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes.   

'No change' over Manchester Airport HS2 station plan, says government

The government has reaffirmed its commitment to a HS2 station close to Manchester Airport.

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Details of the route are expected to be published later this year. There had been reports the station could be shelved.

The government said its position "has not changed" and supports a station at Manchester Airport.

Our position hasn’t changed – the government still supports a station at Manchester Airport.

Robert GoodwillHS2 Minister

Two face murder retrial over Ashton-under-Lyne pub death shooting

Two men charged with murder are to face a retrial after a man was shot outside a pub in Greater Manchester.

Kieran Mcgrath
Greater Manchester Police

Kieran McGrath, 26, was shot after leaving the Sheldon Arms pub in Ashton-under-Lyne on 4 October 2014. He drove to a police station but died later.

Three men were convicted of Mr McGrath's murder after a trial at Liverpool Crown Court but the jury was unable to agree verdicts over Remi Adams, 34, and Scott Chapman, 27. 

The pair both deny murder and will be tried at Manchester Crown Court on 4 October.

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

Today's top stories:   

  • Two men charged with murder are to face a retrial after a man was shot outside a pub in Greater Manchester
  • Police who staged a mock attack featuring a bomber shouting "Allahu Akbar" are forced to apologise for racial stereotyping

Tony Lloyd seeks 'clarification' over airport HS2 plan

The interim mayor of Greater Manchester, Tony Lloyd, has called for clarification about the planned stations for the proposed high-speed railway line, HS2.

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The Sunday Times reported that stations at Manchester Airport and Sheffield's Meadowhall Shopping Centre might be axed to keep costs down.   

Mr Lloyd said not having a station at Manchester Airport would be short-sighted.

Woman raped in Oldham

A woman was picked up by a car and raped in Oldham.

The victim, who is in her 30s, got into a white five-door car in Middleton Road about 22:55 on 2 May. She was driven to Featherstall Road and then raped inside the car, police said.

The attacker is described as Asian, between 32 and 42, with a trimmed black beard and black shaved hair.

Rugby League: Wigan Warriors full-back won't be 'weak link' in comeback

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Wigan and England full-back Sam Tomkins has vowed not be a "weak link" when he returns from his long-term injury.

Sam Tompkins
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Tomkins has been out of action for nine months after suffering a knee injury playing for New Zealand Warriors.

The 27-year-old, who agreed his return to Wigan for a fee of over £200,000 in April 2015, will be in the squad for Friday's game against Hull FC.

Legal highs: Police handle surge in incidents ahead of ban

 Anti-social behaviour and crime associated with legal highs more than doubled in Cheshire between 2013 and 2016, a Freedom of Information request by the BBC has found.  

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The impact of the drugs - such as Spice, Clockwork Orange and Nitrous Oxide - on police forces across England have been revealed ahead of a blanket ban on the products, which will come into effect in weeks.

Mock terror attack 'using Muslim terrorist' was unacceptable - Tony Lloyd

Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd has apologised - after a mock suicide bomber pretended to be Muslim - during a counter-terrorism exercise at the Trafford Centre

Row over use of muslim as terrorist in drill

An officer was heard using an Islamic phrase just before he pretended to blow himself up. 

Members of the Muslim community have accused the police of racial stereotyping - and called for an urgent explanation.

Police apologise for script used in counter-terrorism exercise

Mock blast force 'used Muslim terrorist'

Police who used a "Muslim terrorist" during a mock attack have been forced to apologise for racial stereotyping.

Mock terror attack
Manchester Evening News

The exercise, featuring a bomber shouting "Allahu Akbar", (God is great) was staged at the Trafford Centre to test the response of emergency services.

Eight hundred volunteers took part in the overnight drill to make it as realistic as possible.

Greater Manchester Police said the event was not linked to any specific terror threat.

Work progressing for electric trains between Manchester and Preston

Work to allow electric trains to run between Manchester and Preston is progressing, with an upgrade of the route through Chorley station due to start next month.

Joselyn Rankin from Northern Rail said electrification of the line will result in "better" services

It means the line between Preston and Bolton will be closed every weekend from the middle of June until October.

There could be some disruption to mid-week evening train services too.

Cricket: Lancashire in charge against Hampshire after Luke Procter ton

BBC Sport

Lancashire have built a huge lead with the help of Luke Procter's century on day two against Hampshire at Old Trafford.

Luke Proctor
Rex Features

Procter made a dogged 137, his highest first-class score, and Alviro Petersen a sparkling 81 in a total of 465, a first-innings lead of 347.

It would have been greater had it not been for a fiery and entertaining spell from Tino Best, who took 5-90.

Weather: Cloudy with outbreaks of showery rain

Former leader to resign as councillor over firm contract

The former leader of Cheshire East Council has announced he will resign as a councillor when a police misconduct investigation is over.

Michael Jones
Cheshire East Council

Michael Jones stepped down as leader over contracts awarded to his personal physiotherapist's firm, Core Fit Ltd, which totalled £156,000. He denies any wrongdoing.

Cheshire Police said there was no update on the progress of the inquiry. Mr Jones said after he resigns he will focus on private sector projects to help young people.

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

Today's top stories: 

  • A man is charged with murder after a woman's body was found in Rochdale

Mock terror attack: 'Suicide bomb' at Trafford Centre

A mock terror attack, featuring a bomber simulating killing and injuring shoppers, has been staged at the Trafford Centre.

Mock terror attack
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It was part of a terrorism training exercise overnight to test the emergency response to an attack. Police said the event was not linked to any specific terror threat.

Eight hundred volunteers took part in the counter-terrorism drill to make it as realistic as possible.

Police investigate whether flip-flops became wedged in controls of car which crashed into wall killing young girl

Manchester Evening News

Manchester Evening News

Police investigating how a car ploughed into a wall killing a nine-year-old passenger are examining whether a pair of flip-flops may have become wedged in the controls.

Stockport councillor rules out resigning after defecting from Lib Dems to Labour

BBC Radio Manchester

Stockport councillor Stuart Bodsworth has rejected calls to resign and stand for re-election after he defected from the Lib Dems to Labour on election night.

The move meant his new Labour colleagues became the largest party. Labour is the largest single party with 23 councillors while the Lib Dems have 21, the Tories 14 and there are five independents.

Opponents claimed he should stand down from the Cheadle Hulme South ward he represents. But Mr Bodsworth said he would be standing up for the same values he always had.

My position hasn't changed. I will continue to vote with my conscience. I will continue to represent people in the same way I have, with the same ideals and the same principles.

Stuart BodsworthCheadle Hulme South Councillor

Boxing: Khan rules out Brook fight

BBC Sport

Bolton's Amir Khan says a fight against Sheffield's Kell Brook will never happen, despite his devastating knockout defeat by Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez.

Following Khan's unsuccessful foray into the middleweight division, a match between him and IBF welterweight champion Brook seemed natural.

Amir Khan
Reuters

But Khan said Brook is not a big enough name and they simply do not get on.  

I respect him, he's got a world title, but he's not a big name. He's gone down his route, I've gone down my route and I don't like him.

Amir KhanBoxer

Murder charge over Rochdale body find

A man has charged with murder after a woman's body was found in Rochdale.

Oldham Road
Google

Anne-Marie Nield, 44, was found at a property in Oldham Road at about 10:00 on Sunday.

A 41-year-old man, of no fixed address, is due to appear at Bury Magistrates' Court later.

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

Today's top stories:     

  • A man is charged with murder after a woman was found dead in Rochdale
  • Counter-terrorism officers and emergency services take part in a training exercise at the Trafford centre - simulating a Paris or Brussels style attack

About 150,000 people use Leigh guided busway

About 150,000 people have used the Leigh guided busway since it opened a month ago, bus company First Manchester has said.

Bus
BBC

The £68m scheme between Leigh and Manchester has three park-and-ride facilities for more than 400 cars and links to bus priority routes through Salford on East Lancashire Road.

The new section is part of a £122m 14-mile (21km) bus priority route connecting Atherton, Leigh and Tyldesley with Salford and Manchester city centre.  

Football: Sagna says City players 'could have done better'

BBC Sport

Manchester City's Bacary Sagna says the players will be to blame if the Blues fail to qualify for next season's Champions League. 

Sagna
Reuters

The French defender says "of course we are not perfect, of course we could have done better."

City have won only one of their past four Premier League matches.

Mock bomb attack at Trafford Centre for counter-terrorism exercise

Travel: Minor delays on the Metrolink

BBC Travel

 There are minor delays on the Metrolink after an earlier faulty tram.

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Roads minister to investigate M60 and M62 'smart motorway' work

The government has promised to investigate the works being carried out to turn a 17-mile section of the M60 and M62 into a so-called smart motorway after an MP claimed there is "nothing going on".

Smart Motorway
Highways England

Graham Stringer, Labour MP for Blackley and Broughton, told MPs that work had begun in 2014 and at times there seemed to be "nothing going on at all". 

Roads minister, Andrew Jones, said work was "probably going on overnight", but he promised to investigate.

Manchester-Preston rail works to cause disruption

Rail journeys between Manchester and Preston are to be disrupted when major works start at a Lancashire station.

First train
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Chorley station will be "upgraded" as the route is electrified in a £1bn scheme to improve journeys in northern England, Network Rail said.

From 18 June to 2 October, the line between Preston and Bolton will be closed every weekend with bus replacement services in operation.

Travel: Subsidence closes road

BBC Travel

Fields New Road in Oldham is closed in both directions between the Denton Lane junction and the Butler Green junction, because of subsidence.  

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Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

This morning's top stories:     

  • A major counter-terrorism training exercise takes place at the Trafford Centre