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  1. Updates on Wednesday 18 May
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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.

Weather: Showers will ease with mist or fog patches possible

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Scattered showers will ease this evening to leave a dry night.

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Cloud will tend to break leading to clear spells. Mist or fog could form in some areas.

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Watch: Will it be a glorious weekend for Man Utd fans?

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Three-year-old taken to hospital after being hit by bus in town centre

Warrington Guardian

A three-year-old boy has been hospitalised with a suspected broken leg after being hit by a bus in the town centre.

Football: Man City defender fined after accepting betting charge

Manchester City defender Martin Demichelis has been fined and warned about his future conduct after breaking Football Association betting rules.

Martin Demichelis

The 35-year-old Argentina defender placed 29 bets on football matches between 22 January and 15 February earlier this year.

Rules introduced in the 2014-15 season prevent players and coaches from betting on any football activity.

Firefighter unlawfully killed in Manchester blaze

A firefighter who died tackling a blaze in Manchester city centre was unlawfully killed by two 15-year-old girls who probably started the fire deliberately, a jury has concluded.

Stephen Hunt

Stephen Hunt, 38, from Bury, was found collapsed inside Paul's Hair World in Oldham Street in July 2013 while attempting to put out the blaze.

An inquest jury sitting at Manchester's Civil Justice Centre concluded the fire was probably started by the girls who had been smoking outside the building.

Charges were dropped against the two girls and in evidence they both maintained that they had put out their cigarettes. The police and the Crown Prosecution Service will review case.

Watch: Children are 'suffering' after Denton school closure

Parents have raised concerns their children are "suffering" after a school in Tameside closed its doors until further notice amid fears that the building is unsafe.

Fears Tameside school building is unsafe

The head teacher and governors said they have acted on expert advice over concerns about Russell Scott Primary School in Denton. 

Tameside Council released a statement saying: "The children's safety has never been, and never will be, compromised when they return to school".

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

This afternoon's top stories:

  • Shadow home secretary Andy Burnham is to run for the Manchester mayor role
  • Plans to build a new private school campus on greenbelt land outside Macclesfield are delayed
  • Salford Red Devils owner Marwan Koukash is calling for Super League clubs to break away from the governance of the Rugby Football League

More than 50 vehicles damaged around Old Trafford during Man Utd game

More than 50 vehicles were damaged around Old Trafford during last night's match between Manchester United and Bournemouth.

Police were called shortly after 20:30 when three men on black mopeds were seen causing damage to cars in the areas around the stadium.

Many vehicles had their windows smashed and some property was stolen, police said.

Plans delayed on Macclesfield home building scheme

Phil McCann

Cheshire Political Reporter, BBC News

Plans for a £50m new private school campus on greenbelt land in Cheshire have been delayed.

King's School wants to move to playing fields in Prestbury, building houses on its two current sites in Macclesfield.

All three proposals were deferred by Cheshire East Council's planning committee until a later date.

Children's safety at closed Denton school will not be 'compromised'

The safety of children following the closure of a school in Tameside will not "compromised", according to a statement released by the council.

Russell Scott Primary School

The closure of Russell Scott Primary School in Denton came amid "serious safety concerns".

The council said a fire safety inspection found the school is "safe" adding: "The children's safety at the school has never been, and will never be, compromised when they return to school."

The school has been closed until further notice.

Andy Burnham to run for Manchester mayor role

Shadow home secretary Andy Burnham will put himself forward to become the mayor of Greater Manchester.

Andy Burnham

Mr Burnham told the Guardian the role was "a cabinet-level job, which needs cabinet-level experience".

The Leigh MP said Westminster had "become a bit of an irrelevance for some people" adding that "we really need to change the way politics works".

The first elections for the role, currently filled by interim mayor Tony Lloyd, will be held in 2017.

BreakingBurnham to stand for Greater Manchester mayor

Shadow home secretary Andy Burnham didn't intend to announce his candidacy for the Greater Manchester mayor role today.

Andy Burnham
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"Burnham was hoping to announce his candidacy in a speech at the Lowry in Salford on Thursday, but his team inadvertently broke their own embargo by changing the Twitter handle he used during last year’s bid to be leader of the party," the Guardian first reported.

"What was @andy4leader in 2015 suddenly changed to @andy4manchester, the profile reading: 'The official account of Andy Burnham’s campaign to be Labour’s candidate for mayor of Greater Manchester.' 

"Anyone who had followed the old official account was suddenly following the new one, though all the old tweets had been deleted." 

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

Rugby League: Super League 'must split from RFL' - Salford owner

BBC Sport

The owner of Salford Red Devils says the Super League needs to split from the governance of the Rugby Football League, and wants the other 11 chairmen to back the move.

Marwan Koukash
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Marwan Koukash plans to meet his counterparts within two weeks with a view to them discussing the possibility of governing their own competition.

He also demanded an independent tribunal to review Salford's appeal against their six-point deduction. "I'm talking about a split," said Mr Koukash.

"Super League clubs need full control over their finances, referees, and the compliance unit, everything."

Weather: Chance of bright spells later after wet start

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MP calls for Denton school closure to be investigated 'properly and quickly'

An MP has called for concerns over the safety of a Denton school that closed to be investigated "properly and quickly".

Andrew Gwynne

Denton and Reddish MP Andrew Gwynne said he was "extremely concerned" about the closure of Russell Scott Primary School, adding: "Clearly the safety of the staff and pupils is paramount."

“I want the very serious concerns that have been raised properly investigating as quickly as possible and any defects at the school being rectified swiftly.

"A temporary solution is required in order to accommodate the children so that their education can continue uninterrupted.”

Travel: Caravan fire closes two lanes of M6

BBC Travel

A caravan fire has closed two lanes of the M6 southbound between junction 24, Ashton-in-Makerfield, and junction 23 Haydock.

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Inquest jury considers questions over firefighter's death

An inquest jury is considering a number of questions to decide whether a firefighter who died tackling a blaze in Manchester was unlawfully killed. 

Stephen Hunt, 38, from Bury, was among 60 firefighters called to Paul's Hair World in Oldham Street in July 2013.

Scene of fire where Stephen Hunt died

The jury is considering whether storage areas near the emergency exits contributed to the fire developing. The rear of the building - where the fire started - had largely been used as a cardboard storage area.

They must are also look at what safety measures were in place for crews entering the building.

Children at closed Denton school have 'been off for 17 days'

A parent claims children at the school in Denton that has closed have been off for 17 days due to building problems and refurbishment works.

Clare Dawson said there had been "problems with methane gas leaks, there's been raw sewage flooding classrooms" at Russell Scott Primary School adding: "This will be the third school year that it's been disrupted. They went back to the new building in February last year and have missed 17 days all in all."

She told the BBC: "My main concern is my son's education and it's the third year that it's been disrupted now."

Council and building contractor "surprised" by Denton school closure

The council and building contractor are  "surprised and disappointed" by the sudden closure of a school in Denton on safety grounds.

Tameside Council and Carillion plc said they were "working to establish on what legal basis" the head teacher and governors at Russell Scott Primary School "made the decision to close the school".

The statement said "neither the head nor chair of governors" discussed the matter. A council officer is carrying out a comprehensive fire risk assessment today.

Latest headlines in Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

Today's latest stories:

  • Emergency meetings are being held at a Tameside school that was closed at short notice because of concerns the building is unsafe
  • An inquest jury is considering whether a firefighter who died after tackling a blaze in Manchester was unlawfully killed
  • A £50m relocation of a private school in Macclesfield is to be considered by Cheshire East Council

Inquest jury considers whether a firefighter was unlawfully killed in a blaze

An inquest jury is considering whether a firefighter, who died tackling a blaze in Manchester city centre, was unlawfully killed.

Stephen Hunt
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

Stephen Hunt, a father of two, died when he became disorientated in Paul's Hair World in July 2013 after being called to a fire there.

Charges against two teenage girls who were smoking cigarettes at the back of the premises in Oldham Street have been dropped.

Football: Van Gaal says fans' expectations are 'much too high'

BBC Sport

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says fans' expectations at the Old Trafford club are "much too high".

Man Utd 3-1 Bournemouth: Van Gaal confident of keeping his job

United beat Bournemouth on Tuesday to finish fifth in the Premier League - but the three-time European champions have missed out on the Champions League for the second time in three seasons.  

Governors issue statement on closure of Denton primary school


The governors at Russell Scott Primary School in Denton released a statement on the closure via the school's Facebook page.

Governors' statement

Denton's Russell Scott Primary School closes amid safety concerns

A primary school in Tameside has closed until further notice amid "serious safety concerns" in the building.

Russell Scott Primary in Denton, Tameside,

Russell Scott Primary in Denton was found to have "significant defects" and did not comply with fire regulations.

Headteacher Steve Marsland said an assessment had ruled the safety of pupils and staff was compromised.

It is the second time the school has had to close due to building issues.

Latest headlines in Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

Today's latest stories:

  • Governors of a Tameside school that has been closed at short notice say they had no choice after experts advised the building wasn't safe
  • Plans to relocate a private school in Macclesfield, at a cost of £50m, will be heard by councillors
  • Stockport County defender Ryan Ellison signs a new contract to keep him at Edgeley Park next season

Watch: Widow of murdered taxi driver Alan Henning says his death has left "huge hole"

The widow of murdered taxi driver Alan Henning has said his death has left a "huge hole" in their lives.

Alan Henning's widow Barbara speaks at the opening of a memorial garden

Mr Henning, 47, was killed by so-called Islamic State in 2014 after travelling to Syria with an aid convoy.

His family, including widow Barbara, and friends gathered for a ceremony to open a memorial garden in his honour at Eccles recreation ground's gardens.

Garden in memory of murdered aid worker Alan Henning opens

A garden in memory of the murdered charity volunteer Alan Henning has opened in his home town.

Alan Henning Memorial

The taxi driver from Eccles, Greater Manchester, was taking aid to Syrian refugees in 2013 when he was kidnapped and later killed by so-called Islamic State militants.

The 47-year-old was the fourth western hostage to be murdered by the militants.

Football: Rooney sees his future in midfield

BBC Sport

Wayne Rooney sees his Manchester United future in midfield after impressing in the role during Tuesday's 3-1 win over Bournemouth at Old Trafford.

Wayne Rooney
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Man Utd fan from Sierra Leone pays tribute to supporters who helped him

Paul Burnell

Reporter, BBC News Online

Man Utd fan Moses Kamara, whose dream trip to watch the club on Sunday was ruined, paid tribute to the supporters who have helped him watch the rematch.

"I am so happy, I have had an incredible day," said Mr Kamara, who is from Sierra Leone.  

Moses Kamara

Sunday's game against Bournemouth was postponed after a fake bomb was left in a stadium toilet.

The Manchester United Supporters Trust provided accommodation and raised funds for Mr Kamara's flight home.

More than 20 cars damaged during Man Utd's match

School in Tameside issues statement over closure

Tameside school closes over 'urgent safety concerns'

A junior school in Tameside has closed until further notice because of "urgent safety concerns" about the building.

Parents were told that Russell Scott Primary was to shut at 19:00 yesterday due to a "significant number of patent defects".

In January, sewage flooded classrooms for years one, two and reception classes, which meant children were off school for several days.

Latest headlines in Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

Today's top stories:

  • A junior school in Tameside closes because of "urgent safety concerns" about the building
  • A memorial garden in honour of murdered taxi driver Alan Henning opens in Salford
  • More than 20 cars parked near Manchester United's ground were vandalised during the match against Bournemouth last night, police say