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  1. Updates on Tuesday 24 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: Cloud will move across the region

BBC Weather

It will stay dry overnight, but with increasing amounts of cloud coming in from the east.

Weather forecast
BBC Weather

Temperatures will drop to single figures after midnight.

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Football: Is Jose Mourinho's arrival at Old Trafford moving closer?

M6 coach fire: Driver helps children escape Coleshill blaze

A coach driver has described the "dramatic" moment he helped 59 pupils and seven teachers escape a burning bus on a motorway.

Paul Bingham was on his way back to his coach company's headquarters in Ashton-in-Makerfield when he spotted the blaze on the M6 near Coleshill, Warwickshire.

Coach fire
Phillip Wilson

He then transported the the youngsters to the National Motorcycle Museum, where parents were waiting.

Coach fire remains
West Midlands Ambulance Service

I did nothing really. I just parked my bus and said 'jump on'. I got 60-odd people away from the scene and allowed them to sit in comfort.

Paul BinghamCoach driver

Warrington prisoner special needs programme to be rolled out

A model of care for prisoners with special needs at HMP Risley in Warrington is to be rolled out across the country.

HMP Risley

NHS England and Warrington's adult social workers and occupational therapists work to support prisoners in need.

An NHS director visited the jail to look at how the programme had improved health and social care in prisons.

Engineering work could mean digital radio retuning

If you listen to BBC Radio Manchester on a DAB digital radio, there's some engineering work taking place on the transmitter so you might need to retune your radio to continue listening on DAB

BBC Radio Manchester DAB retune

'Laughing gas' canisters found by school

Nitrous oxide canisters have been found on an open field near a high school.

Laughing gas
Greater Manchester Police

They were found by Reddish Vale High School in Stockport yesterday.

The gas inside these canisters, which is also known as laughing gas, can be potentially fatal because it starves the brain and body of oxygen, Greater Manchester Police warned.

Brothers jailed for Blackpool Pier Jam stabbing

Two brothers have been jailed for a "ferocious" knife attack at a music festival in Blackpool.

Brothers Luke and Elliott Sandlan attacked the man at the Pier Jam event
Lancashire Police

At Preston Crown Court, Luke Sandlan, 27, and 21-year-old Elliott, from Eccles, pleaded guilty to assaulting the man at the Pier Jam event in September.

The 23-year-old victim suffered a cardiac arrest after being stabbed 14 times but survived the attack.

Latest headlines from Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

This afternoon's top stories:

Cricket: Kyle Jarvis finishes with career-best figures

Travel: Crash closes M60 slip road

BBC Travel

The exit slip road of the clockwise M60 at junction 18, Simister Island, is closed because of a crash.

Congestion stretches back to junction 17, Prestwich.

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Pink Panther star Burt Kwouk dies aged 85

Burt Kwouk, who was best known for playing Inspector Clouseau's manservant Cato in the Pink Panther films, has died aged 85, his agent has said.

Burt Kwouk

The Manchester-born actor appeared in seven Pink Panther films opposite Peter Sellers as Clouseau's servant who regularly attacked his employer to keep him alert.

He also starred in BBC sitcom Last of the Summer Wine from 2002 to 2010.

Uefa fines Liverpool and Manchester United for illicit chants

BBC Sport

Liverpool and Manchester United have been fined by Uefa for illicit chants during their Europa League last-16 tie.

Liverpool have also been sanctioned for fans setting off fireworks

Both clubs have also been punished for throwing of objects by fans and further crowd disturbances, with Liverpool fined £43,577 and United £44,342.

Liverpool have also been sanctioned for setting off fireworks and a late kick-off, while United were charged for stairways blocked at their stadium.

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

This afternoon's top stories: 

  • The actor Bert Kwouk, who played Inspector Clouseau's sidekick Cato in the Pink Panther films, dies

Children in care: Call to cut prosecutions for minor offences

Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd has welcomed a report published by the Prison Reform Trust which calls on the government to draw up new procedures to protect children in care from criminalisation.

Some 94% of children in care do not get in trouble with the law

The ‘In Care, Out of Trouble’ report says about half of children in custody have at some time been in care. 

Mr Lloyd said: “Prosecuting and criminalising children for challenging behaviour that, in an ordinary home would be dealt with without police intervention, is damaging, costly, and wholly unnecessary."

Football: Blind sympathises with sacked Man Utd boss

BBC Sport

Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal's achievements "deserved more respect", says the club's Netherlands defender Daley Blind.

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Van Gaal, 64, won the FA Cup for United before Blind's compatriot was told two days later that he would not be kept on for the final year of his contract.

The 26-year-old said: "I always worked well with him and would have been keen that the co-operation lasted longer.

"A manager who has achieved so much already deserved more respect."

An ice cream kind of afternoon

Greater Manchester is enjoying plenty of sunny spells this afternoon and feeling warm enough for an ice cream.


Flash mob proposal at Manchester Airport

Manchester Evening News

Manchester Evening News

Karen Blackburn was greeted by five dancers and two male “security guards” who burst into dance in the middle of the arrivals lounge before fiance Chops Owen emerged from behind a banner and popped the question.

Bus firm denies breach of working arrangements

Bus company First Manchester has rejected claims from the Unite union that it has breached working agreements.

Bus drivers on strike

The dispute has led to a one-day strike by around 700 bus drivers.  

Services on around 50 routes have been affected - impacting customers in Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, and Trafford.

Burnham in bid to delay extremism legislation

Andy Burnham MP will urge the home secretary to delay new legislation on extremism because he believes the government's current approach isn't working. 

Andy Burnham

The shadow home secretary and Leigh MP will ask for a cross party review of previous laws.

He believes they are alienating the very people who are needed to help fight extremism

The government is pushing ahead with controversial plans to monitor internet use through its Investigatory Powers Bill and crack down on extremism, including stronger powers to disrupt radicals' activities and to intervene in unregulated schools which are "teaching hate".

Andy lords it up for Beechfield 18 seasons in a row

Salford Online

Local amateur footballer Andy Lord has been rewarded for his loyalty to Swinton football team Beechfield United FC with a long service award.

Sunny in Salford

It is a beautiful day here in Salford. Enjoy the blue skies and fresh air.

Media City

Weather: UV levels high in Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

Arrival of Mourinho and Guardiola could pump millions into Manchester economy

Manchester Evening News

Manchester Evening News

Manchester can expect a huge boom in football tourism as Jose Mourinho prepares to join Manchester United and Pep Guardiola's arrival at the Etihad, experts have predicted.  

Driver thanked for coach fire rescue

A driver has been thanked for helping 59 school children and seven teachers escape from a coach that burst into flames on the M6

Coach fire on M6
Phillip Wilson

The blaze broke out near Coleshill, Warwickshire, at about 15:40 yesterday.

A coach driver from Eavesway Travel, in Ashton -in-Markerfield near Wigan, spotted the fire and helped evacuate the children, taking them on to his own vehicle.

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

This lunchtime's top stories: 

Salford brothers jailed for horrific stab attack

Manchester Evening News

Manchester Evening News

Two brothers who left a man fighting for his life after a ferocious knife attack at a music festival have been jailed for more than 20 years.  

Labour takes over Stockport Council

The Labour party officially takes over the council in Stockport today after it became the largest party at the recent local elections.

Stockport Council
Gerard England

Labour has two more councillors than the Liberal Democrats following a defection but the party doesn't have a majority.

The new administration has promised to cancel a controversial plan to turn the historic market hall into a food court.

Watch: Bus drivers on the picket line

One mum's gift of time after the tragic death of her baby

Manchester Evening News

Manchester Evening News

A young woman who got to spend three days “being a mum” to her newborn son after he passed away has told what an incredible difference it made to her having the extra time to say goodbye.

Jose Mourinho: Man Utd in talks with former Chelsea manager

BBC Sport

Jose Mourinho will meet with Manchester United officials later for talks about becoming Louis van Gaal's successor as manager.

Jose Mourinho
Getty Images

Van Gaal, 64, was sacked yesterday, two days after winning the FA Cup, because of the quality of his side's football.

Mourinho, 53, one of the game's most successful coaches, has been available since Chelsea sacked him in December.

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

This morning's top stories: 

  • An investigation begins into the cause of a fire at an industrial unit in Openshaw

Should Giggs stay at Old Trafford?

Fans have their say about whether Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs should stay at Old Trafford.

Manchester United fans on Giggs future

It's not yet known whether the assistant manager will accept an offer to stay on at Old Trafford. 

Louis van Gaal's sacking was confirmed by Manchester United at about 20:30 last night, with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward praising van Gaal's "great professionalism and dignity." 

Giggs factfile: Most decorated player in English football history

As Ryan Giggs considers his future at Old Trafford here are a few facts about him

  • Giggs was offered his first professional contract with Manchester United on his 17th birthday on 29 November, 1990
  • He made a record 963 appearances for Manchester United, ahead of Sir Bobby Charlton on 758
Giggs captained Manchester United's 'Class of 92' as they won the FA Youth Cup with a 3-2 second-leg victory over Crystal Palace
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  • He scored 168 goals for the Reds
  • Giggs made 632 Premier League appearances in 22 years
  • Giggs was an integral part of two double-winning sides, in 1993-94 and 1995-96 and in 1998-99 he added the European Cup to the FA Cup and Premier League trophy
Giggs won the Champions League twice as a United player
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Football: Man Utd legend Ryan Giggs considers future at the club

BBC Sport

After almost 30 years at Manchester United as man and boy, club legend Ryan Giggs is weighing up whether to leave Old Trafford following the sacking of manager Louis van Gaal.

Ryan Giggs
Getty Images

The former winger holds the record for most appearances for United - 963 - having joined the academy on his 14th birthday and turning professional aged 17 in November 1990.

But after two seasons as van Gaal's assistant - which followed a year as player-coach under previous boss David Moyes and a brief spell as caretaker manager when the Scot was sacked - Giggs is at a crossroads.

Fire breaks out at used car garage in Openshaw

Firefighters have been dealing with a fire at an industrial estate in Openshaw.

Fire crews at fire at Used Car garage

It is understood to be a used car garage in Ambrose Street. 

Travel: Crash closes M66 lane

BBC Travel

One lane is closed on M66 northbound between junction 3, Hollins, and junction 2, Bury, because of a multi-vehicle crash.

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Travel: No trams between Eccles and Media City

Metrolink said it is unable to operate a service between Eccles and MediaCityUk in either direction. Unfortunately due to the bus strike we are unable to offer alternative transport, it tweeted.

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