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  1. Updates on Thursday 12 May
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Friday

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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 Friday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the region.

Weather: Fine and dry for most

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A fine evening to come with plenty of late sunshine. Many places will stay dry and clear overnight with patchy cloud developing over the Peak District and higher ground.

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Football: City deserve to be in the Champions League says Pellegrini

BBC Manchester Sport

Manchester City deserve to be in next season's Champions League because they have been in the top four all season, says outgoing blues boss Manuel Pellegrini.

Manuel Pellegrini
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Pellegrini told his final press conference news of his departure will have affected the team, but was not only reason for their form.

City, who must avoid defeat on Sunday to qualify for the Champions League, will be without Vincent Kompany, David Silva and Pablo Zabaleta.

Bolton man charged with possessing indecent images

A Bolton man has appeared in court charged with possession of indecent images.

The 45-year-old was arrested yesterday.

He appeared at Bolton Magistrates’ Court earlier and was remanded to appear at Bolton Crown Court on 8 June.

Rugby Union: Ten years since Sale Sharks' triumph recalled

Nathan Middleton

BBC Sport

It is 10 years since Sale Sharks last won a trophy when they took the Premiership title under coach Kingsley Jones.

Sale Sharks v Wasps 2006
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Fans can relive that glorious year in my hour long documentary on Radio Manchester at 19:00.

River Irwell python rescue

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

This evening’s top stories:

  • A man is charged with murder after a man died following an attack in Leigh
  • Former Manchester United player Danny Simpson is given a curfew after the unpaid work sentence he received was revoked
  • Manchester band The Stone Roses will release their new single tonight, the band’s first release for more than two decades

Witness appeal over nine-year-old girl's road crash death

Police have issued images of potential witnesses to a crash in which a nine-year-old girl was killed.

Police witness appeal
Greater Manchester Police

A black Toyota Auris driven by a 45-year-old man collided with a wall on Manchester Road, Altrincham, at 10:50 on Saturday.  

The man is recovering from his injuries while an 11-year-old girl is still in a serious condition, Greater Manchester Police said. 

Travel: Lane closure on M60

BBC Travel

One lane closed and very slow traffic on M60 Barton Bridge anticlockwise between J11, Barton and J10, Trafford Centre, because of pieces of concrete on the road.

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Community service footballer parked £200k car near charity shop

A Premier League footballer convicted of assault had to abandon his unpaid work at a charity shop in Eccles when photographers turned up.

Danny Simpson
PA

Manchester Magistrates Court heard Leicester City's Danny Simpson parked his £200,000 Lamborghini around the corner from the Age UK shop.

Man in protest with horse at McDonald's over drive-thru policy

A man is protesting outside a McDonald's after staff refused to serve him at the drive-thru on a horse and cart.

Connor Hamer
BBC

Connor Hamer, 22, said he had been refused service at the restaurant in Pilsworth on Sunday and would be protesting until the matter was sorted.

The firm said it "respected his right to protest" but the drive-thru was "for roadworthy motor vehicles only".

Bury MP meets Jeremy Corbyn over anti-semitism row

Labour MP Ivan Lewis met his party leader Jeremy Corbyn to discuss concerns a row over alleged anti-semitism following last week's council elections.

Ivan Lewis
BBC

The Bury South MP said: "I pointed out to Jeremy that we lost council seats in Bury as a result of a protest vote on this issue by former Labour voters."

He said the meeting was "positive" and he was hopeful that "robust action" would now be taken. 

Police probe polling fraud allegations

Oldham Evening Chronicle

Oldham Evening Chronicle

Electoral fraud in Oldham is being investigated by police after four separate allegations of individuals voting under someone else’s name have been reported following last week’s vote.  

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

This afternoon's top stories:

  • Traveller Connor John Hamer who is staging a week long protest at a 'drive-thru' - at McDonald's in Pilsworth after being refused service plans to invite up to 100 other horse riders to join him for a horse drive this weekend 
  • Former Manchester United player Danny Simpson is given a curfew after the unpaid work sentence he received was revoked due to press intrusion
  • Manchester band The Stone Roses will release their new single tonight, the band’s first release for over two decades 

Former Man Utd player Danny Simpson gets curfew as unpaid work revoked

Leicester City FC footballer Danny Simpson has been given a curfew after the unpaid work sentence he received was revoked due to press intrusion. 

Danny Simpson
PA

The 29-year-old former Manchester United player was convicted of assaulting his ex-girlfriend, Stephanie Ward, last May - a charge he denied. 

His lawyer, Gary Ryan, asked Manchester Magistrates' Court if the millionaire footballer could pay a fine instead of completing his community service. 

But District Judge Alexandra Simmonds said given the footballer's financial position, substituting a fine would be "no punishment" and there must still be a restriction of his liberty instead.

Band's long awaited comeback single

Salford University honours heroic nurses Edith Cavell and Sister Minnie Wood

A new hospital training centre at the University of Salford has been named after nurses Edith Cavell and Sister Minnie Wood.

Edith Cavell, who worshipped at Salford’s Sacred Trinity Church when she was based in the city, was executed by German forces in World War One for sheltering British soldiers and funnelling them out of occupied Belgium.

Sister Wood, who trained in Salford, won the Royal Red Cross for gallantry in the field, as well as an OBE in June 1919 for her composure when her field hospital was shelled.

Weather: Cooling off period

BBC Weather

Temperatures are set to drop heading into the weekend.

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Travel: Traffic lights back in action

Fears over air quality in Greater Manchester

The British Lung Foundation has said the number of towns and cities breaching standards for the smallest pollution particles is "deeply concerning".

Three places in Greater Manchester - Manchester, Salford and Wigan - along with Warrington, have been named by the World Health Organisation for breaching safe levels for fine particles in the air.    

Travel: Cyclist stopped on motorway

McDonald's horse protest set to grow

A protest over a ban on horse and carts using a 'drive-thru- at McDonald's in Pilsworth is set to escalate. 

Traveller Connor John Hamer is staging a week long protest himself after being refused service and plans to invite up to 100 other horse riders to join him for a horse drive this weekend.   

The company says the ban is part of its health and safety policy.

Salford Mayor announces new cabinet

Salford's newly-elected Labour mayor Paul Dennett has announced his new cabinet which sees two strategic assistant mayors abolished and replaced with two brand new posts.

Paul Dennett
BBC

Councillor Paula Boshell is the new Statutory Deputy Mayor, focusing on internal council and city issues, while former council leader John Merry, is the new Deputy Mayor, with an outward focus towards devolution and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority.

Mr Dennet has also announced that there will be seven lead councillors on the cabinet.

Counter terrorism exercise comes to a close

A counter terrorism training exercise which began in the Trafford Centre and went on to Newton-le-Willows has come to a close.  

Trafford Centre
GMP

The exercise was designed to test the response to a major terrorist incident, and involved thousands of people from regional and national agencies. 

It received criticism yesterday after the acting suicide bomber shouted "Allah Akhbar" (God is great) while detonating a fake device. 

University's new fundraising help for charities

A crowd-funding scheme to help staff and students raise money for socially responsible projects at home and abroad has been launched by the University of Manchester. 

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University of Manchester

The department has established the platform to bring to life many fundraising ideas under the university brand. 

Among the projects backed so far are a cancer awareness organisation and an initiative to provide medication to children in Madagascar.

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

This afternoon's top stories:

  • A fundraising campaign in aid of a 12-year-old Arsenal fan who was punched in the face by an adult City fan has almost reached its £1,000 target after just a few days
  • A protest over a ban on horse and carts using a 'drive thru' - at McDonald's in Pilsworth is set to escalate with plans to invite up to 100 other horse riders to join the protest this weekend
  • US business magazine Forbes has again ranked Manchester United the third most valuable football club in the world

Watch: Belle Vue Aces put problems behind them

Riders at Belle Vue have finally got their home campaign under way after persistent problems with the track at their new £7m stadium.   

Belle Vue Speedway track finally opens after delay

In March, the club was forced to cancel its opening meeting. Belle Vue Aces lost their fixture with Swindon fifty to forty last night - but were relieved to finally put their problems behind them.      

Cricket: Former Man United keeper stars for Scotland at cricket

BBC Sport

Former Oldham and Manchester United goalkeeper Andy Goram took two wickets for Scotland veterans in their 125-run defeat by Lancashire over-50s.

Andy Goram
Cricket Scotland

He is only double international for Scotland as he played in goal for his country as well as cricket for his native land against Australia in 1989.

Turner Prize shortlist revealed

Macclesfield born Helen Marten joins Anthea Hamilton, Michael Dean and Josephine Pryde on the shortlist.

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The Turner Prize has been awarded to a British visual artist under the age of 50 since it began in 1984.

Travel: Traffic lights out in city centre

'I was on last night in the middle of Coronation Street' - Bolton mum thrilled to star in new TV advert

Bolton News

The Bolton News

A mum is appearing in millions of homes around the country after landing a starring role in a television advert.

Lucie Rimmer is the new face of the national TV advert campaign by Bolton appliances firm AO.com.

Manchester City striker signs for the police

Manchester City striker Raheem Sterling has been named as an ambassador for Greater Manchester High Sheriff’s Police Trust.

Chief Constable Ian Hopkins
GMP

The 21-year-old will attend some of the trust's projects to see how they are helping to reduce crime and improve communities.

Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said: “We’re delighted to welcome Raheem onto our team."  

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

This morning's top stories:

  • A man will spend the week protesting against a McDonald's after staff refused to serve him on a horse and cart
  • Manchester City fans have set up a fundraising campaign for a 12-year-old Arsenal supporter who was punched in the face by an adult City fan
  • Dozens of Manchester's museums, galleries and historical sites will open late tonight as part of the After Hours event

Watch: more on man's McDonald's 'drive-thru' protest

A 22-year-old explains why he is protesting at a ban on his horse and cart at McDonald's drive-thru' in Pilsworth.

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Student's mission to save college piglets a success after hearing they would 'soon be bacon'

Manchester Evening News

Manchester Evening News

Four pigs used on a college course are due to be rehomed after being saved from the slaughterhouse thanks to a student’s protests.  

Car's lucky escape

Throwing darts at art in city gallery's late late show

Dozens of Manchester's biggest museums, galleries and historical sites will keep their doors open until late tonight as part of the annual Manchester After Hours event.

Whitworth Gallery darters
Manchester After Hours

Highlights include an event at the Whitworth Gallery where people can throw darts at art.

City fans rally to helped punched Arsenal 12-year-old boy

Manchester City fans have set up a fundraising campaign for a 12-year-old Arsenal supporter who was punched in the face by an adult City fan in an unprovoked attack.

Emerson Butler
Other

Greater Manchester Police is investigating the assault on Emerson Butler who was visiting Manchester with his dad to watch Sunday's match between City and Arsenal.