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  1. Updates on Thursday 2 June
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Friday 3 June

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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: Fine and dry evening in store

BBC Weather

For many places it will stay fine and dry this evening and tonight, with some lengthy clear spells and light winds.

weather
BBC

It may get rather chilly in sheltered rural parts overnight. 

More from BBC Weather

Project to redevelop BBC Manchester site rubber-stamped

Plans have been approved for the redevelopment of the former BBC site on Manchester's Oxford Road. 

BBC at Oxford Road, Manchester
BBC

The city council said the scheme includes a new square, a concert hall and a 36-storey tower block. 

There will also be offices, leisure facilities, restaurants and nearly 700 apartments.

Queen honours Bolton Mountain Rescue Team

Boy, 13, sexually assaulted in Tyldesley

A 13-year-old boy has been sexually assaulted after being dragged into bushes while he was playing football along a path in Tyldesley.

Police tape generic
BBC

The boy was attacked by a man in his 50s on Squires Lane, at about 13:30 on Wednesday, Greater Manchester Police said.

Det Ch Insp Michael Fraser said:"This would have been extremely distressing for the victim and we continue to offer our support to him."

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

Today's top stories include:

  • A couple from Prestwich have admitted illegally importing puppies to the UK and running a so-called "puppy farm"
  • Police are investigating a sexual assault on a teenage boy in Tyldesley
  • Manchester's Piccadilly Gardens are to be closed for five months for repair work to the fountains

Travel: Train cancellation

CANCELLED: Due to a member of train crew being unavailable 16:57 #Stockport to #Chester due 18:14 will be cancelled.

Watch: Easyjet flight lands in Manchester after landing gear problem

Easyjet flight in emergency landing

Couple illegally import puppies for 'puppy farm'

A couple have admitted illegally importing puppies to the UK and running a so-called.

Arrival shot of defendants
BBC

Laura Kiseliova, 36, and Raimondas Titas, 35, from Greater Manchester, admitted offences relating to hundreds of dogs and cats including fraud and failing to protect animals from suffering.

Manchester Crown Court heard 41 dogs and eight cats were found in a raid at the pair's former house in Prestwich. They are due to be sentenced in July.

Eighth arrest in Moss Side stab murder inquiry

A 20-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering an 18-year-old in Moss Side.

Abdul Hafidah
Greater Manchester Police

Abdul Hafidah was stabbed after he was hit by a car on Moss Lane East on 12 May and died later in hospital.

Jose Mourinho: Man Utd manager pulls out of Old Trafford charity game

BBC Sport

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has pulled out of Sunday's Soccer Aid charity game at Old Trafford.

Jose Mourinho
PA

He was due to manage an England XI including ex-Arsenal keeper David Seaman and former United defender Phil Neville, plus a host of celebrities.

It would have been Mourinho's first Old Trafford match since his appointment.

Councillor: 'throw water on me in my underpants' if fountain doesn't work

The councillor responsible for Manchester city centre has promised he will walk in Piccadilly Gardens in his underwear if there is any problem with the restored fountain in the public space.

Mike Sweeney and Councillor Pat Karney
BBC

Councillor Pat Karney (right) said: "We are going to have the original fountain and I can guarantee it is going to work."

He added: "I will come round here on day one in my underpants if this doesn't work and you can throw water at me."

The gardens will be closed from September to January while the restoration work takes place.

More than 90% of people feel safe on a Manchester night out

More than 90% of people questioned say they feel safe in Manchester city centre at night, according to a poll commissioned by Manchester Community Safety Partnership.

The partnership, which is drawn from Manchester City Council, Greater Manchester Police and New Economy Manchester, also said 55% of people "felt very safe".

An estimated 150,000 people visit the city centre each weekend to enjoy the Manchester's night-life. 

Weather: Sunny afternoon

A bright and warm afternoon with some sunny spells. 

Weather graphic
BBC

The cloud will continue to break up with some decent sunny spells.

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Bolton biker killed in Isle of Man crash

A 55-year-old motorcyclist from Greater Manchester has been killed in a crash involving a car on the Isle of Man. 

Mountain road on Isle of Man
Google

Manx Police said the man, from Bolton, was riding a BMW motorbike when it collided with a Citroen driven on Hailwood's Rise on the A18 Mountain Road at 06:45. 

He was treated at the scene but was pronounced dead on arrival at Noble's Hospital.   

'Discrimination' claim in Ashton on Mersey school places row

A group of parents whose children have special needs is threatening legal action against an academy school in Trafford after accusing it of "discrimination".

Ashton on Mersey School and Samuel Keay
BBC

The Dean Trust, which runs Ashton on Mersey in Sale, wants to send the pupils to Broadoak School in Partington.

Parents claim this would be "unlawful" as their children's Educational Health and Care Plan states they should attend Ashton on Mersey. The trust said the school was "oversubscribed".

We would provide at Broadoak, as we do here, that specialised care and attention that those children deserve and need.

Councillor John LambChair of governors at Ashton on Mersey School

Football: Winning the name game with City's new signing

Ian Cheeseman

BBC Radio Manchester's City commentator

Manchester City have signed German midfielder Ilkay Gundogan - but the big question is, how do you pronounce his name? Well, here's how:

Council to upgrade Piccadilly Gardens

Manchester City Council is to spend £400,000 on repairing the fountains in the city's Piccadilly Gardens as part of a promise to improve the area.

Fountains Piccadilly Gardens Manchester
Getty

The gardens will be shut for five months from September as work takes place on repairing underground tanks and pipes.  

Royal honour for Salford club

The work of a Salford venue immortalised on a Smiths album cover has been honoured.

Salford Lads Club
Keith Williamson/Geograph

Salford Lads Club, which formed the backdrop for the inside cover of The Smiths LP The Queen Is Dead, has received the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.

Other Salford groups honoured are homeless charity Emmaus and youth group YouCan Youth.

Railway plans on show

Eighth person arrested over murder of Abdul Hafidah in Moss Side

Police have made their eighth arrest over the murder of Abdul Hadifah in Moss Side. 

Abdul Hafidah
Police

The 18-year-old was hit by a car and then stabbed in Manchester on 12 May. 

A 20-year-old man from the Moss Side area has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is being questioned by police.

Seven other people arrested in the investigation have now been bailed.

Headlines in Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

This lunchtime's top stories:

  • Manchester's Piccadilly Gardens are to be closed for five months for repair work to the fountain
  • Manchester Airport is warning that planned industrial action in France this week could cause delays to flights from the airport
  • A new study is warning that traffic is reaching saturation point in Manchester

School rejects discrimination claim

The chairman of the governors of a school at the centre of a row over children with special needs has defended its record.

Parents criticised The Dean Trust academy chain which announced it will bus the children to another school.

Councillor John Lamb, chair of governors at Ashton-on-Mersey, said the school has taken children of all abilities down the years.

Chair of school responds to allegations

Council's clean stream clean up hopes

Five urban urban streams transformed from "grot-spots" should be transformed "into valuable assets for the whole community", Manchester City Council has said.

Boggart Hole Clough
David Dixon/Geograph

The council hopes volunteers will work with it on clean-up days at: Fletcher Moss Drain, Didsbury; Mill Brook, Baguley; Nico Ditch, Gorton; tributaries flowing into Baguley Brook, in Sharston and Woodhouse Park along with channels around Boggart Hole Clough (pictured), Blackley.

It hopes the big clean will clear natural and dumped debris - reducing flood risk and improving water quality, as well as making the sites more attractive for people and wildlife.

Dog grave returned to its original home

Bury Times

Bury Times

A piece of Prestwich history will be returned to its original home after a 12-year stay at the home of a nearby resident.

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

This morning's top stories:

  • Parents from Trafford whose children have special needs take legal action against a chain of academy schools claiming discrimination against their youngsters
  • The Mancunian Way, which has been closed since August, is expected to fully reopen on 15 June, say Manchester City Council
  • A fan chant for Wigan Athletic striker, Will Grigg, is proving a surprise hit in the charts - in at number seven in one download chart

Alert plane lands at Manchester

An EasyJet plane which developed technical problems after taking off at Liverpool John Lennon Airport has landed at Manchester Airport.

The flight had been heading to Faro in Portugal.

Easyjet plane diverted to Manchester
Dave Graham
Flight path
Flight Radar

A Manchester Airport spokesman said: “An EasyJet flight that took off from Liverpool Airport made an unscheduled divert to Manchester this morning. 

"The flight landed safely, which was met by fire crews as a standard precautionary measure. Anyone with specific queries should contact the airline directly.”

Parents' disability discrimination claim

A group of parents are claiming a chain of academy schools is discriminating against children with special needs.

The Dean Trust academy chain has been accused of "segregating" the youngsters after announcing it will bus them from its top school in Ashton-on-Mersey in Trafford, to a worse-performing one six miles away in Partington 

The school said it is oversubscribed.

Parent Deborah Keay explains their anger over Dean Trust's decision.

Football: Manchester City Ilkay Gündoğan signing confirmed

Ian Cheeseman

BBC Radio Manchester's City commentator

Manchester City have confirmed that 25-year-old German international defender Ilkay Gündoğan will be lining up at the Etihad Stadium next season.

Ilkay Gündoğan
Getty Images

Manchester Airport warns of flight delays due to industrial action by air traffic controllers in France

Manchester Evening News

Manchester Evening News

Manchester Airport bosses have warned of flight delays to and from France due to industrial action being taken by air traffic controllers.  

Geese warning in Manchester city centre

Five men charged in Manchester's Moss Side murder probe

Five men have been charged in connection with the murder of a 20-year-old in Manchester.

Attack street
Google

Ahmed Mohammed died from stab wounds to the neck and chest after he was found injured on Crondall Street in Moss Side, on 22 March.  

EU referendum: The family split down the middle

BBC News England

With only a couple of weeks to go until the EU referendum on 23 June, people up and down the country will be discussing their opinions with their families. But being related to someone is no guarantee you will agree with them - on the referendum or anything else.

EU family
BBC

BBC News spoke to three generations of one Manchester family about their different views on whether the UK should stay in the EU.  

Mancunian Way reopening date revealed

The Mancunian Way, which has been partially closed since the carriageway collapsed in two separate places last year, is to reopen in less than two weeks.

Mancunian Way
BBC

Manchester City Council said the important route will reopen fully on 15 June but will be closed on the two days before for its annual maintenance inspection.

Ilkay Gundogan: Manchester City set to sign Borussia Dortmund midfielder

David Ornstein

BBC Sport

Manchester City are set to confirm the signing of midfielder Ilkay Gundogan from Borussia Dortmund.

Ilkay Gundogan
Getty Images

The 25-year-old Germany international recently underwent knee surgery but that will not affect his move.

City have reached an agreement with Dortmund, with the transfer fee reportedly in the region of £20m.

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

This morning's top stories:

  • Parents from Trafford whose children have special needs take legal action against a chain of academy schools claiming discrimination against their youngsters
  • The Mancunian Way, which has been closed since August, is expected to fully reopen on 15 June, say Manchester City Council
  • A fan chant for Wigan Athletic striker, Will Grigg, is proving a surprise hit in the charts - in at number seven in one download chart