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  1. Greater Live returns at 08:00 on Tuesday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather
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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 Tuesday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the region.

BBC Weather for the week ahead

More unsettled weather to come through the week. Jay Wynne looks at the latest long range forecast.  

Jay Wynne

Leigh Centurions player admits assaulting anti-doping official

A rugby league player has pleaded guilty to assaulting an official from the UK Anti-Doping Agency.

Sam Barlow (left)
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Sam Barlow, who plays for Leigh Centurions, was visited at his home in Halifax, West Yorkshire in July 2015.

The 28-year-old Scotland international was told he would not now stand trial on charges of perverting the course of justice and false imprisonment.

He will be sentenced at Bradford Crown Court on 27 June after a drugs panel hearing on 6 June.

Demolition of the Precinct Centre

Ex-Hollies star talks Trump and Salford

Three family members saved after jet ski accident

A father and his two young sons from Manchester have been rescued after falling from a jet ski into the River Wyre off Knott End in Lancashire.


The accident happened on Saturday when the man took his boys - aged one and eight - on the machine.  

A safety kill cord between the rider and the jet ski was not attached, meaning the engine did not cut out when they fell overboard.

HM Coastguard Fleetwood said only "pure luck" saved them from being hit by the out-of-control jet ski.

Greater Manchester bus drivers to stage one-day strike

Hundreds of bus drivers in parts of Greater Manchester are to stage a one-day strike over pay and conditions.

First Manchester buses

Members of the Unite union working for First Manchester Ltd will walk out on Tuesday, claiming "serious breaches" of long-standing industrial agreements.

Neil Clarke from the union said it was "with a heavy heart" that they had been "left with no option but to strike".

A statement from First Manchester said the strike action was "unnecessary and unjustified".

Van Gaal's transfer spend

Latest headlines from Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

This afternoon's top stories:

  • A Greater Manchester police officer is jailed for secretly filming up the skirt of a woman in a shopping centre
  • A number of animals have been killed at a community farm in Wythenshawe
  • Louis van Gaal has been sacked as manager of Manchester United after two years in charge

Oldham given award for top nosh

Oldham Council has been awarded a BOOM (Best of Organic Market)Award for the meals being served in schools across the borough.

Oldham Council
Oldham Council

The council’s team picked up first place in the new Corporate and Public Sector Catering category.

Hollies legend's photographs shown in Salford

An exhibition of photographs taken by the local Hollies legend Graham Nash is underway at the Salford Museum and Art Gallery. 

Graham Nash

Called My Life Through My Lens, it features images of his friends including David Crosby, Joni Mitchell, Jerry Garcia and Johnny Cash. 

It is the first time his work has gone on display in his home town of Salford.    

Sport: New United boss set to be named

The former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is set to be named as Louis van Gaal's replacement as manager of Manchester United.

Jose Mourinho
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Van Gaal, 64, was sacked after two years of a three-year contract and is discussing severance terms.

Mourinho's appointment is expected to be confirmed after the 53-year-old Portuguese meets with senior United officials on Tuesday.

New St Peter's Square stop opens in Summer

Van Gaal was 'never dull'- MOTD

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

This afternoon's top stories:

  • Transpennine Express is investing £230m on a new fleet of 12 trains to improve services through Manchester 
  • Schoolchildren in the North are at a disadvantage - because of unfair school funding - according to a report.    

Congestion on M6 in Cheshire

BBC Travel

M6 Cheshire - Slow traffic on M6 southbound between Junction 19 (Knutsford) and Junction 18 (Middlewich) because of an earlier broken down vehicle. Congestion to Junction 20 (Lymm Interchange).  

Louis van Gaal sacked: Man Utd boss's funniest quotes

BBC Sport

BBC Sport looks back at some of Louis van Gaal's most bizarre moments during his tenure as Manchester United manager, as his time at Old Trafford comes to an end.  

Ferguson and Van Gaal

Carriage investment by Trans Pennine Express

Cheshire badgers 'settle' in to new home

Police report logs more than 1.7m calls

Cheeky Courteeners set up LGV playlist

Manchester indie band The Courteeners has created a Spotify playlist called 'Songs for when you split up with Louis van Gaal'.  

Courteeners play list

Animals killed at Wythenshawe Community Farm

Police are investigating after a number of animals were killed at Wythenshawe Community Farm in south Manchester. 

It is thought a group of youths -- who had climbed over a fence -- let the animals out of their pens and they were then killed by foxes.

The discovery was made on Saturday morning.     

Louis Van Gaal sacked: What now for Giggs?

More train carriages promised by TransPennine Express

Rail operator TransPennine Express (TPE) has announced it is investing £230m in new trains to serve the north and Scotland.


TPE said it plans to provide 25 brand new five-carriage trains which will be in service across the network by 2019.

Twelve new electric trains will operate between Manchester and Liverpool to Glasgow and Edinburgh.  

Double transplant girl, 8, runs for Manchester hospital

An eight-year-old girl who has had two kidney transplants has completed the Mini Great Manchester Run unaided to raise funds for the hospital where she has been a patient all her life.

Ella Chadwick
Great Run

Ella Chadwick, of Whitworth, Rochdale, was born with a rare kidney disease and had 40 operations before she was six.

It is the second time she has taken part in the 1km (0.62 miles) run to raise money for the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital. 

Her mother Karen Hughes said it was "a huge step in her recovery".

Pint of Science festival begins

More than 30 scientists from The University of Manchester are taking part in the world's largest festival of public science- in the local pub.


Researchers from more than 100 cities around the world are joining the Pint of Science event which brings science out of the lab and into the world’s favourite watering holes.

Talks, demonstrations and live experiments will be held in five pubs across Manchester. 

Weather: Showers later

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

This lunchtime's top stories: 

  • Rail passengers between Manchester and Liverpool will benefit from more carriages on services run by Transpennine Express, it has been announced
  • Animals have been killed at Wythenshawe Community Farm in south Manchester, police said   

Louis Van Gaal sacked as Manchester United manager

Louis van Gaal has been sacked as manager of Manchester United, with former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho set to be named as his replacement.

Louis Van Gaal
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The Dutchman leaves after two years of a three-year contract and is currently discussing severance terms. BBC Sport reported on Saturday that United's FA Cup win over Crystal Palace would be his last game in charge.

BreakingManchester United: Louis van Gaal sacked as manager

The BBC can confirm that Manchester United have sacked manager Louis Van Gaal.

Louis van Gaal: Where it went wrong for Man Utd manager

Phil McNulty

BBC Sport chief football writer at Wembley

Louis van Gaal called Manchester United "the biggest club in the world" when he was appointed in the summer of 2014 - the sort of bold statement a disillusioned fanbase longed to hear after the nightmare of David Moyes' tenure.

Louis Van Gaal

The 64-year-old Dutchman was meant to be the antidote to the Scot, who was out of his depth after succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson. He was the big, brash personality who would embrace the scale and stature of the club. A perfect fit.

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Naked sleepwalker helped back to Manchester hotel

A man was helped back to his hotel after sleepwalking into the street in Manchester city centre without any clothes on, police have said.

Chorlton St

The naked man was spotted outside his hotel on Chorlton Street at about 04:30 on Sunday.

Greater Manchester Police tweeted: "We checked with officers; was proper somnambulism, not a dare. Person grateful for our help + saw the funny side themselves."

Manchester Town Hall upgrade: surveys carried out

Deputy Council Leader Councillor Bernard Priest said: "Detailed and specialist survey work has been carried out to assess the full condition of the Town Hall and the scope of works necessary to safeguard it for current and future generations and ensure it can play a role at the heart of the city's life.

Manchester Town Hall

He added: "These surveys and the assessment of options are ongoing. No final decisions have been taken and proposals will be presented to the council's executive in July this year. Any scheme would be subject to council approval." 

Aldi Gorton 'attempted carjacking': Openshaw man remanded

A man has appeared in court charged with attempted robbery and possession of an offensive weapon, after an alleged attempted carjacking at a supermarket car park in Manchester.  

Aldi Gorton

Kyle Jones, 23, of Cheadle Street, Openshaw appeared at Manchester Magistrates Court and was remanded to appear at Crown Court on 20 June. 

Tackle pupil attainment gap in northern England, report urges

Tackling the attainment gap between rich and poor pupils is the key to improving the performance of schools in northern England, a report has said.

School hall

The study by the Institute for Public Policy Research says northern secondary schools lag behind the England average.