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  1. Updates on Wednesday 11 May
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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By Rachael Connors

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

Next of kin appeal in Hulme

Police are trying to trace the relatives of a man from Hulme who died in hospital on Sunday.

Officers are trying to find the next of kin of David Stewart, who was aged 72. 

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Reporter, BBC North West Tonight

On North West Tonight at 18:30:

  • A former RAF serviceman has been convicted of terrorism offences
  • Football fans who attacked the Manchester United player's bus before last night's game at West Ham are being warned they will be banned from the game for life

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Ugly scenes outside Upton Park after Man Utd bus attack

Weather: Mist and hill fog possible overnight

BBC Weather

Any showers will ease through the evening, with clear spells and some patchy cloud before dawn.

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BBC Weather

Some mist patches will form, along with some hill fog, particularly in eastern areas.

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Former RAF gunner who converted to Islam to be jailed for terrorism offences

A former RAF gunner from Manchester who converted to Islam is to be jailed after admitting terrorism offences.

Stephen Gray

Stephen Gray, 32, also known as Mustafa, served in the Iraq War and attempted to reach Syria on two separate occasions in July 2014.

Abdalraouf Abdallah, 23, from Moss Side, was found guilty at Woolwich Crown Court of helping Gray and three others get to Syria to join jihadis.  

The judge adjourned sentencing but said a jail sentence "is going to follow".

Retired Catholic priest accused of indecent assault denies charges

A retired priest sexually abused nine young girls and a boy over the course of four decades, a court has heard.

Minshull Street
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Father Mortimer Stanley, 84, denies 19 counts of indecent assault said to have been committed between 1977 and 2002.

He allegedly targeted the complainants, who were aged under 11, at St Vincent de Paul RC Church in Norden, Rochdale.

Manchester Minshull Street Court was told the schoolchildren did not complain at the time because of the "very high regard".

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

This afternoon's top stories:

Protest meeting accuses police of 'institutional racism'

Police have been accused of "institutionalised racism" for portraying a suicide bomber as an Islamist terrorist, a protest meeting heard.

Mock terror attack

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) apologised for racial stereotyping for using a fake terrorist shouting "Allahu Akbar" in the mock terror attack.

Organisers of the meeting at Longsight Saath Saath are demanding an inquiry.

GMP said it has no plans to issue any further statements on the training exercise staged at the Trafford Centre.

Man glassed in Manchester unprovoked attack

Two men who struck a man with a glass in Manchester city centre are being sought by police.

Men wanted in Manchester assault
Greater Manchester Police

The unprovoked assault happened in the early hours of Sunday at the Printworks.

The injured man was taken to hospital for stitches to his wounds.

Rugby Union: Cipriani praises Sale Sharks

BBC Sport

Departing Sale Sharks star Danny Cipriani says the club was "the right fit" for him and that he has enjoyed his four years in the north west. 

Departing Sale Sharks star Danny Cipriani says the club was 'the right fit' for him

The fly half is moving to Wasps in the summer but recorded this message for the Sharks fans. 

Salford University hospital training facility named after WWI nurses

Six charged over delivery driver's death in Ashton-under-Lyne

Six men, aged between 20 and 44, have been charged in connection with the death of a delivery driver following a suspected car-jacking in Greater Manchester last year.

James Ray
Greater Manchester Police

James Ray died on his 70th birthday after either being pushed or falling during a robbery at Plantation Industrial Estate in Ashton-under-Lyne.

Three of the men were charged with manslaughter and aggravated vehicle taking, all six were charged with conspiracy to steal. 

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

This afternoon's top stories:

  • The Shadow Home Secretary and Leigh MP, Andy Burnham is calling for major changes to the justice system after the recent Hillsborough verdicts
  • Six men are charged in connection with the death of a delivery driver in Ashton-under-Lyne
  • Call handlers at a charity in Manchester says they are seeing an increase in the number of children contacting them about exam stress

Passenger numbers rising at Manchester Airport

Manchester Airport says it has seen passenger numbers rise for the 25th consecutive month. 

Manchester Airport says it's seen passenger numbers rise for the 25th consecutive month

More than 1.9 million people used the airport in April - an 11% increase year on year.  

Eamonn Holmes: Hillsborough slur broadcaster apologises

Sky TV presenter Eamonn Holmes has apologised after he appeared to link an attack on Manchester United's team bus with the Hillsborough disaster.

Eammon Holmes

Mr Holmes was talking on Sky News about the violence outside West Ham's stadium on Monday evening. He tweeted later there was no comparison between the events.

Barry Devonside, who lost his son Christopher, 18, said Mr Holmes "should have known better." He added: "Last night was hooliganism. There was no hooliganism at Hillsborough."

West Ham's David Sullivan apologises to Man Utd after bus attack

West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan has apologised to Manchester United after their team bus was damaged before Tuesday's game at Upton Park.

West Ham fans' attack of team bus
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In an interview with BBC Radio 5 live a few minutes after the incident, Sullivan said there had been no attack on the coach but backtracked in a message posted on the West Ham website on Wednesday.

He said he had been "unaware of the damage that had occurred" at the time and vowed to "track down" the culprits.

Climate change exhibition opened by fashion designer

Fashion designer and activist Dame Vivienne Westwood has officially opened a Climate Control exhibition at Manchester Museum. 

Vivienne Westwood

The story of the Peppered Moth, which evolved rapidly in Manchester during the Industrial Revolution, is used as a story of change, the museum said. 

Manchester parking ticket appeal process goes digital

Motorists in Manchester are set to find it quicker and easier to appeal against parking tickets issued in the city. 

Parking ticket

An online process run by the independent Traffic Penalty Tribunal has gone live. 

Drivers appealing will be able to upload videos, photographs and other evidence.   

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Salford University clinical suites honours heroic nurses

A new facility to train health workers at the University of Salford is to be named after two heroic nurses. 

University of Salford

Edith Cavill and Sister Minnie Wood - who served during World War One - both had links with Salford. 

The new clinical simulation suites will help students to learn their skills in as realistic setting as possible.     

New bike lane on Portland Street is concreted over

Manchester Evening News

Manchester Evening News

Transport bosses have concreted over a "dangerous" bike lane in Manchester city centre just weeks after it was opened.   

Man United players' reaction to bus attack

Former Tatton MP elected to lead Welsh UKIP group

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has attacked the decision to elect former Conservative minister and Tatton MP Neil Hamilton as leader of the party's new group in the Welsh Assembly.

Neil Hamilton

Mr Farage called UKIP AMs' decision on Tuesday to choose Mr Hamilton over Nathan Gill an "unjust" act of "deep ingratitude".

Mr Hamilton responded: "We in Wales will give appropriate weight to the opinion of the MEP for the South East of England." He shifted his allegiance to UKIP in 2011.

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Weather: Brightening up this afternoon after damp start

Childline 'exam stress' calls rising

Call handlers at Childline's office in Manchester say they are seeing a rise in worried children contacting them about exam stress. 


The helpline said there were 9% more calls on the issue across the country in 2015 - compared to the previous year.

In Manchester, nearly a quarter of all callers wanted to talk about their exams.   

Life bans for Manchester United bus attackers

West Ham will issue life bans to any fans found responsible for attacking the Manchester United team coach before Tuesday's game at Upton Park.

Manchester United bus coach attack
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A window on the bus was smashed and the kick-off delayed by 45 minutes as a result of the trouble.

The Football Association also condemned the "unsavoury incidents".  

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

This afternoon's top stories: 

  • Manchester United fan and TV presenter Eamonn Holmes has "apologised unreservedly" for comments which appeared to compare trouble at Upton Park to the Hillsborough disaster
  • Some members of Manchester's Muslim community are calling for an investigation after police were forced to apologise for racial stereotyping during a counter-terrorism training exercise at the Trafford Centre

Thousands on the run after skipping court bail

Thousands of suspected and convicted criminals who skipped court bail while facing charges including murder, child sex offences and rape are on the run.

Outstanding warrants graphic

Figures obtained by the BBC show more than 13,000 people are subject to outstanding arrest warrants in England, with the oldest dating back to 1980.

There are 1,128 outstanding warrants in Greater Manchester. 

Continental circus at the Etihad Stadium

Jugglers, clowns and a contortionist who fires a bow and arrow with her feet are the stars of a new circus performing in Manchester.

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The Continental Circus Berlin is at the Eithad Stadium this week on the first UK stop of its worldwide tour.   

Eamonn Holmes apologises over West Ham trouble comments

Manchester United fan and TV presenter Eamonn Holmes has "apologised unreservedly" for comments which appeared to compare the trouble at Upton Park to the Hillsborough disaster.

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Eamonn Holmes compares West Ham trouble to Hillsborough

There are calls for Manchester United fan Eamonn Holmes to apologise after he compared the violence seen at West Ham last night to the Hillsborough disaster.

Eamonn Holmes

The presenter was talking on Sky News earlier about the attack on the Man United team bus and discussing how the ugly scenes were.

He said: "This is going back to the 70's and 80's. Everything that you were seeing that was bad about Hillsborough for instance”.

West Ham chairman 'saddened' by Man United team bus attack

The West Ham United co-chairman David Gold says he's saddened by the minority of fans who ambushed the Manchester United team bus last night ahead of the final game at Upton Park. 

Upton Park
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The Metropolitan Police says four police officers were injured. No arrests have been made over criminal damage to the coach.  

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

This morning's top stories:

  • Some members of Manchester's Muslim community are calling for an investigation after police were forced to apologise for racial stereotyping during a counter-terrorism training exercise at the Trafford Centre
  • Call handlers at the Childline office in Manchester say they are seeing a rise in worried children contacting them about exam stress.

UK races investigated for being 'too short' after marathon findings

Thirty-eight races in the north-west of England are being investigated by the Association of UK Course Measurers for being too short.

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It follows three years of Greater Manchester Marathon times being declared invalid in April after the course was found to be short by 380m.

Courses are measured using a bicycle fitted with a counter to calculate distance by the turning of the wheels.