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  1. Updates on Wednesday 25 May
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Thursday

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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: Rain begins to ease overnight

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Rain will continue across the region overnight, but will become lighter and patchier by dawn.

Weather forecast
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It will be a milder night with extensive cloud cover.

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Roger Johnson

Presenter, BBC North West Tonight

On North West Tonight at 18:30:

  • Two men are arrested in connection with a legal highs investigation after nine people fell ill in Rochdale
  • Two men continue to be questioned on suspicion of murder after a teenager died in an attack in Moss Side

Warning over 'life-threatening chemicals' in legal highs

Police have warned there are "life-threatening chemicals" in legal highs after nine men fell ill having taken the substances in Rochdale.

Supt Alistair Mallen issues a warning over legal highs

EU referendum: North West entrepreneurs split on Europe

With less than a month to go to the referendum, two entrepreneurs discuss whether being in the EU is good for business.

Lawrence Jones and David Furness discuss the pros and cons of the European Union
BBC

Lawrence Jones and David Furness have much in common - they have each grown successful companies in the North West - their views on the UK's place in the European Union could not be further apart.

Cheshire Science Corridor enterprise zone launched

An enterprise zone designed to attract jobs and businesses to sites across Cheshire has been launched.

Warrington's Birchwood Park is part of the 'Cheshire Science Corridor' enterprise zone
Google

Four areas of the Cheshire Science Corridor will offer relief from business rates and other taxes, as well as access to 'super-fast' broadband.

The zone includes sites where hundreds of jobs have been lost in recent years.

Officials claim 20,000 jobs and 500 new businesses could be attracted to the county due to the incentives offered by the enterprise zone designation. Sites in Ellesmere Port, Warrington and east Cheshire will benefit from the new status.

Warrington homes plan earmarked for approval

Plans for 1,100 new houses next to the M62 near Warrington have been earmarked for approval ahead of a meeting tonight.

Plans for the development of Warrington's Omega site
Omega Warrington Ltd

The homes, shops and a hotel could be built at the Omega redevelopment site.

Planning officers have recommended councillors approve the application.

Boxing: Tyson's go an admirer - and he's called Tyson

BBC Sport

Former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson has revealed he is an admirer of Manchester boxer Tyson Fury.

Mike Tyson and Tyson Fury
BBC

Fury ended Wladimir Klitschko's nine-year reign as champion in November.

"One guy, Tyson Fury, I like to watch him because he has my name and stuff," Tyson said. "Everybody says 'ah, he's a bum', but I like him.

"He beat Klitschko, so what are you going to say? That this guy is still a bum, but he beat the greatest fighter in the last 15 years?"

EU Referendum: 'I don't want to be a European' - Gillian Duffy

BBC Newsnight

Gillian Duffy is a pensioner from Rochdale who shot to fame in 2010 when Gordon Brown called her "bigoted" after she challenged him on immigration.

Gillian Duffy on EU Referendum

Mr Brown didn't realise he was being recorded at the time, and - of course - apologised.

BBC Newsnight caught up with Mrs Duffy as part of its My Decision series, where a number of figures explain how they plan to vote in the EU referendum - and the thinking behind their decision.

Latest headlines from Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

This afternoon's top stories:

  • Two people are arrested in connection with a legal highs investigation after nine people fell ill in Rochdale
  • The Manchester Royal Eye Hospital becomes the first in the UK to offer a new treatment to restore sight on the NHS
  • The owner of Salford Red Devils, Marwan Koukash, succeeds in his bid to have the club's appeal against a points deduction heard by an independent body

Warning issued ahead of legal highs ban

From tomorrow it will be illegal to produce, sell, import or export so called ‘legal-highs’ #PSAct

Two arrested in Rochdale legal highs investigation

The owner of a shop allegedly selling legal highs and a worker have been arrested on suspicion of supplying class B drugs after nine people fell ill in Rochdale.

Legal highs
BBC

The arrests relate to a shop in Oldham Road, called Clear Vapour.

Police are investigating whether any of the legal highs taken by the men contained illegal substances.   

Four men were taken to hospital last night, with one being treated in intensive care after suffering a cardiac arrest. A total of nine people from the town have been taken to hospital since Friday.

Tiny telescope helps restore sight in Manchester hospital

A hospital in Manchester has become the first NHS hospital in the UK to offer a new treatment using a tiny telescope to restore sight.

A Manchester hospital is the first to offer new treatment to restore sight on the NHS.

Manchester Royal Eye Hospital is offering some patients with age-related macular degeneration an operation to implant the mini telescope in their eye.

Pearl Halliday described how the condition affects her and surgeon Felipe Dhawahir-Scala explains how the treatment works.

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

This afternoon's top stories: 

  • Greater Manchester Police issues a further warning about the dangers of legal highs after nine people were taken ill in Rochdale
  • The Football Association is looking into allegations of "irregular betting patterns" regarding Stalybridge Celtic's match against Boston United
  • A hospital in Manchester becomes the first NHS hospital in the UK to offer a new treatment using a tiny telescope to restore sight

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Football: Jose Mourinho would deliver exciting football at Manchester United - Scholes

BBC Sport

Jose Mourinho would learn from Louis van Gaal's experience and deliver exciting football at Manchester United if appointed manager, says club legend Paul Scholes.

Jose Mourinho
PA

Talks to bring the Portuguese to Old Trafford have entered a second day.

Van Gaal was sacked by United on Monday - two days after winning the FA Cup.

Flood insurance claims reach more than 15,000

December's floods, which badly affected parts of Manchester, Cumbria, and Lancashire, have led to more than 15,000 insurance claims.

The River Roch burst its banks in Rochdale
BBC

The average cost of each domestic claim is about £50,000.

The final bill for the repairs to homes and businesses is expected to reach £1.3bn.

Manchester Day Parade preparations under way at ex-Granada studios site

More than 50 artists are using the former Granada studios site to prepare for next month's Manchester Day Parade.

Manchester Day Parade
BBC

The site was chosen to house the props and costumes because of the space inside.

Around 2,000 people will perform in what the city council says will be the most ambitious Manchester Day Parade yet.

Appeal over missing man

An appeal has been launched after a man was reported as missing from the Wigan area.

David Horner
Greater Manchester Police

David Horner was last seen at 03:00 in Shakerley, Tyldesley.  

He has a Manchester United tattoo on his left leg and was last seen wearing a black North Face jacket, black shorts and trainers. Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

Football: Oldham deny reports of approach for manager John Sheridan

BBC Sport

Oldham have denied receiving an approach for boss John Sheridan after reports that the 51-year-old will take over at League Two side Notts County.

John Sheridan
Rex Features

BBC Radio Nottingham had reported that Sheridan is set to replace Mark Cooper, who left the club on 9 May.

Sheridan was linked with Notts County in January before the League Two side appointed Jamie Fullarton.

Street art tackles social issues in Manchester

Manchester's Northern Quarter is being transformed with a series of street murals as part of a new arts festival called Cities of Hope.

Cities of Hope
BBC

The nine-day event, which will see giant images painted on buildings, aims to raise awareness on issues such as homelessness, disability and immigration through graffiti works.

Nine international artists from as far as South Africa, Spain and Switzerland have been matched with a local charity for the festival.

Weather: Wet and cool later

FA investigate 'irregular betting'

The Football Association (FA) is looking into allegations of "irregular betting patterns" regarding Stalybridge Celtic's game against Boston United at the end of last month. 

Boston beat Stalybridge 5-0 as the two teams competed for a place in the end of season play-offs in National League North.

Stalybridge have issued a statement saying they were shocked to hear of the allegations which they "categorically deny" and they said they will offer their full co-operation to the FA in the event of any investigation.

CCTV images released of armed robberies at Bury and Bolton Burger King restaurants

Men armed with a gun, a hammer and knives threatened staff, stole a car and money during robberies at Burger King restaurants in Bury and Bolton.

Burger King robbery
Greater Manchester Police

Police have released CCTV images after two men carrying knives approached staff as they were leaving a Burger King in Bridge Hall Lane in Bury at about 02:10 on 13 April. They took a car and money.

Burger King robberies
Greater Manchester Police

Two men targeted the same branch last Saturday carrying a handgun and knife at closing time.

Another robbery took place at Burger King in Trinity Retail Park in Bolton at about 23:45 on 13 April when two men, armed with a hammer threatened staff and stole money.

Legal highs warning after nine people taken ill in Rochdale

Greater Manchester Police has issued further warnings about the dangers of legal highs such as Annihilation and Clockwork Orange after nine people were taken ill in Rochdale over the past few days.

Legal High
Greater Manchester Police

Four were taken to hospital yesterday, with one being left in a life-threatening condition.

The men, who are all in their 30s and 40s, became ill separately after taking substances called Kronic, Pandora's Box, and Clockwork Orange.

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

This afternoon's top stories:

  • Greater Manchester Police issues a further warning about the dangers of legal highs after nine people were taken ill in Rochdale
  • The Football Association is looking into allegations of "irregular betting patterns" regarding Stalybridge Celtic's match against Boston United

Mancunian Way repairs delayed

Repair work to Manchester's Mancunian Way will not be completed by the end of this month, it has been revealed.

Hole in road
MEN Syndication

Part of the road has been closed since August when a sewer collapsed.

United Utilities said it has been asked to do extra repairs to the drainage system to avoid digging up the road in the future - it means the repairs won't be finished until mid-June at the earliest.

Man, 85, dies in Cheshire house fire

An 85-year-old man has died in a house fire.

Coppice Road
Google

Firefighters were called to the blaze in Coppice Road, Poynton, Cheshire at about 08:00.

Coppice Road is closed from Shrigley Road North to Waterloo Road. Diversions are in place.

An investigation into the cause of the fire is under way.

EU Referendum: Rehearsals take place at Manchester Town Hall

With just under a month until the EU referendum, regional returning officers and counting officers have been rehearsing for the count at Manchester Town Hall. 

Rehearsals have been taking place at Manchester Town Hall.

The national result will be declared there after the vote on 23 June. Jenny Watson, chief counting officer for the EU Referendum, is reminding us to make sure we have registered to vote.

Football: Jose Mourinho would be 'fantastic' for Man Utd - Ancelotti

BBC Sport

Jose Mourinho would be a "fantastic signing" if he becomes Manchester United manager, says Carlo Ancelotti.

Jose Mourinho won one La Liga title for Real Madrid and came second to Pep Guardiola's Barcelona twice
Getty Images

United are in talks with the Portuguese coach, 54, to replace Dutchman Louis van Gaal, who was sacked on Monday.

"In the last year, Manchester United has lost its identity," Ancelotti, 56, told BBC Sport, adding: "Mourinho will be a fantastic signing for United to improve and be better than the last two years."

Latest headlines in Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

This morning's top stories:

  • Jose Mourinho and Manchester United are entering a second day of talks, with the Portuguese expected to become the club's next manager this week

Travel: Reports of youths dangling over M6 bridge

Four men in hospital after taking legal highs in Rochdale

Four men have been taken to hospital after taking legal highs - with one being left in a life-threatening condition.

Legal HIghs
Getty Images

The men, aged in their 30s and 40s, collapsed in Rochdale between 15:50 and 17:50 yesterday, police said.

It is thought the man in the most serious condition took a substance known as Clockwork Orange.

Football: Man Utd remain in talks with Jose Mourinho

BBC Sport

Jose Mourinho and Manchester United are set to enter a second day of talks, with the Portuguese expected to become the club's next manager this week.

Jose Mourinho
Getty Images

Mourinho's agent, Jorge Mendes, met United officials on Tuesday but a deal has not yet been announced.

Dutchman Louis van Gaal, 64, was sacked as United boss on Monday, two days after winning the FA Cup at Wembley.

BBC Radio Manchester DAB retune

If you listen to BBC Radio Manchester on a DAB digital radio, there is some engineering work taking place on the transmitter.

BBC Radio Manchester DAB retune

You might need to retune your radio to continue listening on DAB.

Two held on suspicion of murder over Moss Side stab death

Two further people have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a teenager died when he was hit by a car and then stabbed in the neck.

Abdul Hafidah
Greater Manchester Police

Abdul Hafidah, 18, was hit by a car and then stabbed on 12 May in Moss Side, Manchester, and died later in hospital.

A 19-year-old man and a boy aged 17 were arrested on Tuesday.

Watch: Mancunian Way reopening delayed

Latest headlines for Manchester and east Cheshire

This morning's top stories: 

  • Repair work to Mancunian Way will not be completed by the end of this month as promised, the BBC learns

Weather: Cooler and overcast

BBC Weather

Today will be cloudier and cooler than yesterday. It will cloud over quickly after dawn, and remain overcast through the day.

Weather forecast
BBC

Rain will spread in from the east later this morning, reaching all parts through the afternoon.

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