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  1. Updates on Thursday 26 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: Rain clearing throughout the night

Dianne Oxberry

Weather presenter, BBC North West Tonight

Any lingering rain will gradually clear through the night, with some clear spells at times.

Weather
BBC

It will be a mild night with some mist patches forming in prone locations such as around Mossley.

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Coming up:

Roger Johnson

Presenter, BBC North West Tonight

On North West Tonight at 18:30:

  • We hear from the author of a report who says many of the problems, which caused the Oldham riots 15 year ago, are still in place
  • We look at why there is a shortage of paramedic staff in the North West

Moss Side stabbing: Seventh arrest in Abdul Hafidah murder probe

A seventh teenager has been arrested in connection with the death of an 18-year-old man who was hit by a car and then stabbed in Manchester.

Abdul Hafidah
Greater Manchester Police

Abdul Hafidah, 18, died in hospital from a stab wound to the neck after the attack in Moss Side on 12 May.

Police said a man, 19, from Moss Side is being held on suspicion of murder.

Man Utd: Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he has 'made my choice' over move

BBC Sport

Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he has decided on his next move but remained coy on a possible transfer to Premier League club Manchester United.

Man Utd: Ibrahimovic plays coy over links

The 34-year-old, who is leaving Paris St-Germain after his contract expired, said he has had "many" offers from around the world.

"The future is written," he said. "I made my choice a long time ago. I just have to push the button."

Asked about a move to United, he responded: "Let's see what happens."

Missing man found safe

Missing John Benbow, 81 who was last seen in Heaton Moor on Wednesday afternoon has been found safe and well, Greater Manchester Police says.

Benefit sanction hitting city's poor, says Salford mayor

Benefits sanctions are plunging the poor and desperate into crisis in Salford, a new report by the council has said.

Paul Dennett
BBC

Salford's new mayor, Labour's Paul Dennett, said some local people are struggling to afford food, heating and essential costs, and the problem is particularly affecting young people.

"These people have been doing all they possibly can but it seems to me that the Job Centre and Department for Work and Pensions aren't really interested in understanding their very specific individual circumstances when agreeing things like work capability assessments," he said.

The Department for Work and Pensions said the sanctions regime is a necessary part of the benefits system.

Latest headlines from Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

This afternoon’s top stories:

  • A further teenager is arrested on suspicion of murder after an 18-year-old man died in an attack in Moss Side
  • The new mayor of Salford, Paul Dennett, claims benefits sanctions are leaving people unable to afford food, heating and essential costs
  • Plans for more than 1,000 houses next to the M62 in Warrington are approved

Company fined for importing 'dangerous' Frozen dolls

A company has been fined £4,000 for importing dangerous dolls based on the Disney cartoon Frozen.

Frozen Dolls
Manchester Trading Standards

Manchester Council Trading Standards said the company "imported dolls with button cell batteries which were too easy for a child to access".

C&Q Trading Limited, in Derby Street, Cheetham Hill, Manchester, admitted failing to test the toys for safety and was fined £4,000. It was also ordered to pay £827.30 costs and a £170 victim surcharge.

Its director Ms Jianxin Chen, 47, Moston, was given a two-month suspended jail sentence.

Teenager banned from Gorton for two years after terrorising residents with anti-social behaviour

Chase Periera, 17, of Greymare Lane, Beswick, has been handed a criminal behaviour order for anti-social behaviour.

Greater Manchester Police said his behaviour caused “fear and anxiety” to residents living in the Gorton South community for a long period of time.

Police chief speaks out about psychoactive substances

As new legislation has come into force banning psychoactive substances - previously known as legal highs, a police chief has spoken out about the drugs.

His comments come after nine people in Rochdale fell seriously ill in recent days.

legal highs
GMP

Assistant chief constable Garry Shewan said: "We have seen the devastating effects psychoactive substances can have and we will use this legislation to make sure they are no longer on sale and will continue to work with drugs agencies to safeguard those most vulnerable."

Meet Jose Mourinho's Manchester United backroom staff

Manchester Evening News

Manchester Evening News

Jose Mourinho is set to be joined at Manchester United by the core of his backroom staff who have followed the Portuguese coach from job to job for the last 14 years.

The 53-year-old is on course to be named as Louis van Gaal successor this week. When the official announcement is made it’s likely to detail the support network Mourinho has chosen at Old Trafford.

Further arrest in Abdul Hafidah murder

Latest headlines from Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

This afternoon’s top stories:

  • Police investigating the murder of Abdul Hafidah who was hit by a car and then stabbed in Manchester earlier this month have now made seven arrests
  • The new mayor of Salford, Paul Dennett, claims benefits sanctions are leaving people unable to afford food, heating and essential costs
  • Plans for more than 1,000 houses next to the M62 in Warrington have been approved. Eleven hundred homes will now be built at the Omega site near junction eight

Psychoactive substances 'can cause major harm'

A health chief in Greater Manchester has warned about the chemicals contained in psychoactive substances.

Her warning came after nine people in Rochdale fell seriously ill in recent days.

Wendy Meredith, Greater Manchester's Director of Population Health, said: "It's imperative that people know that much like other synthetic drugs that are illegal, the chemicals these substances contain are very powerful and untested - and can cause major harm." 

European style boulevard for Oxford Road

Legal highs now illegal: police

Travel: Queues in Bury in roadworks area

BBC Travel

Traffic is queuing in the roadworks area on the A58 Rochdale Road eastbound in Bury between the Tinline Street junction and Bury. 

Congestion is stretching back to junction 3 of the M66, Hollins and to the Heap Brow junction.

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Magazine: I had to leave my partner to lose weight

Celena gained five stone (32kg) during the first three years of her relationship with her partner Pete. 

She describes how the couple, from Warrington, broke the cycle of unhealthy eating by spending 10 weeks apart.  

Celena and Pete
BBC

Stockport care home found guilty of 'depriving people of their liberty illegally'

Mancunian Matters

Mancunian Matters

A Stockport care home has been found guilty of illegally depriving people of their liberty by the CQC after an inspection highlighted various failings.

Marple Lodge Care Home, in Marple North, Stockport, failed to carry out clinical assessments denying some residents their freedom. 

Weather: Rain clearing later

BBC Weather

The mist and murk will gradually lift through the course of the day, with rain turning lighter. It will remain largely cloudy, with light winds.  

Weather
BBC

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Bruce Springsteen celebrates Christmas with Manchester's Santa

Colin Paterson

Entertainment Correspondent, BBC Radio 5 live

Bruce Springsteen started his UK Tour last night and for fans in Manchester Christmas came early. Literally. 

Bruce Springsteen and Manchester's Santa Claus
BBC

Seven songs into his set, The Boss spotted a man in the crowd holding a sign reading “Santa Claus Is Coming to Manchester” and dressed in full Santa garb.  

Police seize £70,000 worth of 'fraudulently obtained' sofas in Cheetham Hill warehouse

Manchester Evening News

Manchester Evening News

Almost £70,000 worth of sofas have been seized from a warehouse in Cheetham Hill after police went in looking for dodgy fizzy drinks.

The undercover operation was executed on Stanley Street on Wednesday morning after detectives received intelligence that the property was storing 'fraudulently obtained' fizzy drinks, said to be valued at £40,000.

Latest headlines from Greater Manchester and East Cheshire

This afternoon's top stories:

  • Manchester Airport has begun an investigation after a young boy was injured when an advertising hoarding fell on him
  • Some Oldham race riot lessons have not yet been implemented, says the author of the original report into the disturbance 15 years ago
  • North West Ambulance Service is spending three times as much on private ambulances to answer 999 calls than it did three years ago

Plans approved for new homes in Warrington

Phil McCann

Cheshire Political Reporter, BBC News

Plans for more than 1,000 houses next to the M62 in Warrington have been approved. 

Eleven hundred homes will now be built at the Omega site near junction eight. It's despite concerns from the Royal Mail that the extra traffic will delay the post at its nearby regional mail centre.

Site next to the M62
BBC

Burrs Country Park railway station confirmed

Greater Manchester 'super college' merger plan as education chiefs battle £1.5bn shortfall

Manchester Evening News

Manchester Evening News

Students could have to travel further for courses under proposals hitting educational establishments across Greater Manchester

A string of ‘super colleges’ could be set up across Greater Manchester in a bid to safeguard the future of existing institutions - and ensure they provide the right courses.  

Pensioner found safe

Travel: M60 Lane closure

BBC Travel

One lane closed on exit slip road anticlockwise at J16, Pendlebury, because of a broken down vehicle.  

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De Bruyne: A delighted daddy

Manchester City footballer Kevin De Bruyne tweets a photo of his baby son.

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Prowler in the pond

Chairman Stewart Day pleads for patience as club post £2.9m losses

Bury Times

Bury Times

Stewart Day pleaded for patience from the Bury fans ahead of the release of the club’s latest accounts, which showed they made a £2.9m loss in the 2014/15 season, when they won promotion from League Two.

Oldham riots problems persist, experts says

Fifteen years after the Oldham riots, many of the problems that caused the disturbances still remain, according to the author of the original report into the riots.

15 years since Oldham Riots

The disturbances in which 80 police officers were injured lasted for several days.

Prof Ted Cantle says that while lots of things have improved - more must be done to improve community relations.

Latest headlines from Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  This morning's top stories:  

  • A four-year-old boy has been hurt after an advertising hoarding fell on him at Manchester Airport
  • Some Oldham race riot lessons have not yet been implemented, says the author of the original report into the disturbance 15 years ago
  • North West Ambulance Service is spending three times as much on private ambulances to answer 999 calls than it did three years ago

Pensioner missing from Heaton Moor

Travel: M62 accident closes one lane

BBC Travel

One lane closed and queuing traffic on M62 in both directions between J9, Winwick and J10, M6 Croft Interchange, because of an accident involving two cars.  

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Manchester Day parade preparations underway

Boy, 4, hurt after advertising board collapses at Manchester Airport

A four-year-old boy was taken to hospital after an advertising hoarding fell on him at Manchester Airport.

Terminal One
PA

The incident happened at about 7:50 in Terminal One.

A spokesman for North West Ambulance Service said the boy was treated at the scene for ankle and head injuries before being taken to Wythenshawe Hospital.

The airport confirmed a full investigation into the incident will now take place.

Robber who raided friend's store with 'axe-wielding maniac' imprisoned

Bolton News

The Bolton News

A robber who raided a shop owned by his son’s godfather has been jailed for more than seven years.

Shop workers Peter Moody and Prafulla Patel were described as heroes after they fought off two men, one armed with an axe and a knife, who burst into the Welcome Stores on Plodder Lane, Farnworth on November 9 last year.