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  1. Updates on Wednesday 15 June
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Thursday 16 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 Thursday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the region.

Weather: Showers easing in most areas

BBC Weather

We've seen a few afternoon showers in places but these should ease for most, although a few may continue towards the south of the region.

BBC weather

Otherwise there will be clear spells and some mist in places.

Coming up on North West Tonight

Roger Johnson

Presenter, BBC North West Tonight

We are on air tonight at 18:23, live in Manchester 20 years to the day after this city was devastated by an IRA bomb.

Bomb postbox

Sinn Fein has said it may apologise for the attack, but only if the British government acknowledges its role in the Troubles.

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Travel advice for crowds heading to Stone Roses gigs

Transport for Greater Manchester has issued travel guidance for the Stone Roses performances at the Etihad Stadium tonight, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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Church deacon jailed for child sex offences

A former deacon who groomed and abused two girls over seven years at a church in Greater Manchester has been jailed for eight years.

Michael Higson

Michael Higson, 33, of Winslow Road, Bolton, groomed the 13 and 14-year-old girls while working as a youth leader and deacon of West Houghton Pentecostal Church.

He was sentenced after admitting eight counts of sexual activity with a child at Bolton Crown Court.

Manchester IRA bomb: More of your memories

Watch: Horrific moment driver crashes into child in Leigh shop

The moment an elderly driver crashed through a shop window before ploughing into a six-year-old boy buying sweets has been captured in dramatic CCTV footage.

Miraculously, the child escaped with only cuts and bruises during the crash in Leigh on 29 May.

Latest headlines in Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

This afternoon's top stories:

  • Some residents forced to evacuate their homes during a fire at Bailey Mill in Saddleworth are beginning to return
  • David Cameron tells a Greater Manchester MP it would not be "sensible" to try to reduce immigration by leaving the European Union
  • Police patrols are stepped up in Manchester's gay village in the wake of the mass killings in Orlando, although there is no specific threat

Watch: Bride runs past Manchester bomb aftermath to get to wedding

It was Mandy Hudson's wedding day when the Manchester bomb exploded 20 years ago, and she was forced to run past the site of blast to get to the service on time.

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Sadly, she was only married for six months before she divorced.

Families returning to homes after blaze at derelict Oldham mill

People forced to evacuate their homes during a huge fire at a disused mill in Oldham are beginning to return - after almost half the gutted building collapsed earlier.

Delph mill fire
Justine Potter

Some residents had to spend Tuesday night in temporary accommodation amid fears the building at Bailey Mill on Delph New Road was unsafe.

Two householders have been told they can return tonight while the occupants of five properties will remain away from the area.

Travel: Broken down vehicle shuts M60 lane at Bredbury

BBC Travel

A lane is closed on an exit slip road on the M60 anti-clockwise at junction 25 at Bredbury, because of a broken-down vehicle.  

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Manchester IRA bomb: Archive pictures reveal blast devastation

Shops and businesses were reduced to rubble 20 years ago today after the IRA bomb detonated in Manchester.

Aftermath of Manchester bomb
Aftermath of the bomb

Looking at these images it's astonishing to think no-one was killed, although more than 200 people were injured.

Rugby League: Wigan's Bateman suspended and fined over 'fracas'

BBC Sport

Wigan Warriors second row John Bateman has been fined £10,000 and banned for eight weeks over an alleged "fracas" outside a gym in Wigan.

John Bateman

Club Chairman, Ian Lenagan said: “It is difficult to take such disciplinary action but we are responsible for the behaviour of Wigan players and the good name and reputation of Wigan Rugby League Club and all that it stands for."

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

This afternoon's top stories:

  • Police patrols are being stepped up in Manchester's gay village in the wake of the mass killings in Orlando, although there's no specific threat
  • Greater Manchester Police say they're hoping to reopen roads near Bailey Mill in Saddleworth following a large fire
  • The mayor of Salford says he's confident a £1bn expansion of MediaCity UK will create lots of jobs

Manchester IRA bomb: Sinn Fein 'may apologise' for attack

Sinn Fein has said it could apologise for the IRA bombing of Manchester but only if the British government acknowledges its role in the Northern Ireland conflict. 

Sinn Fein's Pat Sheehan

More than 200 people were injured in the 1996 attack, which devastated the city centre causing £700m in damage.

On the 20th anniversary of the bombing, Sinn Fein's Pat Sheehan said all parties must become "accountable" and "that may mean an apology."

No-one has ever been charged in connection with the blast.    

Manchester IRA bomb: How the emergency services sprung into action

Although nobody was killed in the 1996 Manchester bomb blast, a massive effort was needed from the emergency services to cope with the aftermath and more than 200 casualties.

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Mill fire prevents some residents returning to homes

People forced to evacuate their homes near a huge fire at a mill near Oldham are still unable to return, after almost half the building collapsed in the blaze.

Fire scene

Greater Manchester Fire Service is meeting Oldham Borough Council officials, English Heritage and the private owners of the fire-damaged mill in Delph, to discuss the structure's future.

Firefighters remain at the scene, and the service said that until decisions are made over the building's future, it is not safe for some residents to return to their homes.

It is understood most people have chosen to stay with friends or relatives.

Postbox that survived Manchester bomb blast stands as poignant reminder

Like the Genbaku Dome which survived the 1945 Atomic bomb in Hiroshima or the cross-like girders that remained after the 9/11 attack in New York, Manchester was left with its own relic on the bomb attack.

Manchester bombing: Postbox is reminder of IRA attack 20 years ago

Salford students' work to feature at Tate Modern

Three art students from the University of Salford will have their work showcased at the newly-designed Tate Modern's opening weekend in London.

Valerie Savchits: My Future My Past
University of Salford

The work, produced by visual arts student Valerie Savchits, photography student Helen Burt and fashion student Lauren Corless, will be shown on TV screens at the gallery from Friday until Sunday.

Helen Burt: Cake Moss
University of Salford

Their work is among pieces chosen from hundreds of submissions in response to the gallery’s call for contributions, under the banner What Is The Future Of Art?

Lauren Corless
University of Salford

Another piece by Valerie Savchits is also currently being displayed on digital screens on the second floor of the Saatchi Gallery.

Valerie Savchits: Lola
University of Salford

Stone Roses delay Manchester sound checks to help students with their exams

Manchester Evening News

Manchester Evening News

The Stone Roses agreed to help out some local school kids when they realised their sound checks were going to clash with exams in the building next to Manchester City's Etihad Stadium.

Remembering the 1996 Manchester bomb

Paul Burnell

Reporter, BBC News Online

I was working for a weekly newspaper in Manchester in those days but I was at home on the day of the blast. I was cleaning my eighth floor flat in Salford when I suddenly heard huge bangs.

Bomb devastation in Manchester

I later learned one had been the bomb, while the second noise was the sound of my windows - which were opened horizontally - being slammed shut.

I rushed to the window and witnessed the disturbing sight of a mushroom-like cloud of smoke over Marks and Spencer.

Travel: Broken down lorry causes delays on M6 in Cheshire

BBC Travel

A lane is closed on an entry slip road of the M6 northbound at junction 19 at Knutsford because of a broken-down lorry.  

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Bomb survivor's emotional scrapbook of how her life changed forever

Manchester Evening News

Manchester Evening News

Battling bomb survivor Barbara Welch has kept an emotional 20-year record of the day her life was changed forever.

Her scrapbook of the Manchester bomb features press clippings, get well soon cards from friends and family - and even messages from royalty.

Council criticised over absence of Manchester bomb memorial event

Manchester City Council has been criticised for not marking the 20th anniversary of the 1996 IRA bomb with a formal memorial ceremony. 

People evacuated Manchester on the day of the IRA bomb

Innocent Victims United - a group which represents victims of the Northern Ireland conflict - said it was disappointed. 

The council responded: "We do not forget the events of that day or seek to downplay them, but nor do we choose to dwell on the events of June 15 1996."

It added: "Rather than harking back to one moment in the city's eventful history, we prefer as a council to look forward."

Latest headlines in Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

This afternoon's top stories:  

  • Sinn Fein says it may apologise for the 1996 Manchester bomb if the British government acknowledges its role in the Northern Ireland conflict
  • A driver is airlifted away from the M62 after a lorry collides with a road sweeping vehicle.
  • Mancunian Way fully reopens for the first time since two large holes appeared on the carriageway last summer

Firefighters prepare for mill fire investigation

Firefighters are still at the scene of a large fire at a disused mill in Delph, which broke out on Tuesday afternoon.

Mill fire

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue said it would be "some time" before an investigation can begin into the cause of the blaze, which caused half of the building to collapse.

Watch: Footage shows aftermath of 1996 Manchester bomb

The aftermath of the 1996 IRA bomb in Manchester is captured in dramatic archive footage. More than 200 people were injured in the blast, mostly by flying glass.

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Manchester IRA bomb: Your memories of the 1996 atrocity

You've been sharing your memories of the Manchester bomb on Twitter, using the hashtag #mancbomb20.

If you have any recollections of your own, please get in touch.

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Travel: M62 lanes reopen after crash

BBC Travel

All lanes have reopened on the M62 eastbound, between junctions 21 and 22 following an earlier crash.

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Crimewatch appeal over Rochdale attack on pregnant woman

Greater Manchester Police are searching for a man after a pregnant woman and her fiancé were attacked in Rochdale.

The case has featured in a Crimewatch TV appeal.

Watch: The moment the Manchester bomb exploded

The moment the 1996 Manchester bomb exploded is captured in dramatic archive footage. Despite the efforts of an army bomb disposal team, it detonated at 11:17.

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Manchester IRA bomb: Terror blast remembered 20 years on

Rumeana Jahangir

Reporter, BBC News Online

In 1996 two IRA members planted the UK mainland's biggest bomb since World War Two outside a Manchester shopping centre. 

Manchester bomb scene

The explosion ripped the heart out of the city centre but remarkably no-one was killed. In fact, the blast is now credited by some as kick-starting the city's regeneration.  

Manchester bomb lorry
Bomb bride
Chris Gleave

Watch: 1996 Manchester bomb sparks city centre evacuation

Archive footage shows the massive effort to evacuate Manchester city centre after a coded warning of a bomb was received.

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Hole-hit Mancunian Way reopens after nine months

The Mancunian Way has fully reopened after damage caused by heavy rainfall last summer caused sinkhole-like holes to open up, leaving it partially closed.

Mancunian Way

The commuter route had been completely closed on Monday and Tuesday for maintenance inspections, which had been delayed by the repairs.

It had previously been partially closed while replacement sewer pipes were installed following the two holes which opened up in August and September.

Latest headlines in Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

This morning's top stories:  

  • Sinn Fein says it may apologise for the Manchester bomb if the British government acknowledges its role in the Northern Ireland conflict
  • Residents have had to spend the night away from their homes after a serious fire at a mill near Oldham
  • The Mancunian Way reopens fully for the first time since two large holes appeared on the carriageway last summer

Watch: Manchester IRA bomb, remembered 20 years on

M62 crash casualty taken to hospital by air ambulance

Football: Early derby for Manchester rivals

BBC Sport

The Premier League fixtures have just been released for the new season.  

Premier League
BBC Sport

The first Manchester derby clash of the new season comes a month into the new Premier League season at Old Trafford when Manchester United play Manchester City on 10 September.

Jose Mourinho's first game in charge of Man United will be at Bournemouth while Pep Guardiola's reign at Manchester City begins with a home clash against Sunderland on 13 August.