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  1. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Friday

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Our live coverage across the day

Live updates from 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 from across the region.

Weather: Breezy night with outbreaks of rain

BBC Weather

A breezy night with further outbreaks of rain, turning heavy at times over the hills.

Manchester weather
BBC

The rain will clear by morning with some showers following.

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Battle of the Somme: The search for my great grandfather

BBC Radio Manchester

Phil Trow

I've been finding out information about my great grandfather Harry Withers who died on the first day of the the Battle of the Somme, 100 years ago tomorrow.

My great grandmother hadn't heard anything for months and placed an advert in the Salford City Reporter because she was "anxious for information".

Here's my story.

Rugby League: Old Trafford could host 2021 World Cup matches

BBC Sport

Old Trafford could host matches at the 2021 Rugby League World Cup if England's bid to host the tournament is successful.

Australia and Rugby World Cup
Getty Images

The Rugby Football League has received £15m from central government to support the bid.

A mixture of 12 rugby league and other sporting venues, including Wembley, will be selected if England gets the nod this autumn.

Manchester's tallest skyscraper plan approved

Plans to build the tallest skyscraper in Manchester have been approved by the city council.

Skyscrapers planned for Manchester
Manchester City Council

The apartment block, alongside three smaller ones, will be built in Owen Street, near Deansgate railway station, on land previously used as a car park.

The tallest will stand at 200m (656ft), 17 storeys bigger than the current highest building, Beetham Tower, which is 168m (551ft) over 47 storeys.

More than 100 nearby residents objected to the council about the building plan.

Police see 50% rise in hate crimes in Greater Manchester

Police have seen a 50% rise in the number of hate crimes reported in Greater Manchester in the past week.

Police
BBC

Officers said there were normally 20 reports of hate crimes per day but this had risen to 30 since Friday, the day after the UK voted to leave the European Union.

Greater Manchester Police said it "cannot categorically" say if the rise was "related to any particular event".

Dep Ch Const Ian Pilling said the "small increase" was of concern and "all hate crime was unacceptable".

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

Our top stories this afternoon:

  • Police have seen a 50% rise in the number of hate crimes reported in Greater Manchester in the past week, it is revealed
  • A 20-year-old man arrested over a suspected race hate incident on a Manchester tram is bailed while police make further inquiries
  • Manchester Central MP Lucy Powell criticises those who have sent her offensive messages over social media following her resignation from the shadow cabinet

Football: Ibrahimovic an 'enigmatic presence'

Bill Rice

BBC Radio Manchester

While new Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic may be coming towards the end of his illustrious career, there's no question he is still an enigmatic presence.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic
BBC Sport

The 34-year-old scored 38 goals for Paris St-Germain and Sweden last season as his club again won the French league title.

BreakingFootball: Swedish striker announces he is to join Man Utd

BBC Sport

The Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has announced, via Instagram, that he is joining Manchester United.

The 34-year-old was out of contract after four years at the French champions.

He will link up again with his former Inter Milan boss Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford.

Travel: Broken-down vehicle causes long delays on M62

BBC Travel

One lane is closed on the M62 westbound at junction 19, Heywood, and junction 18, Simister Island, because of a broken-down vehicle.

There are long delays in the area.

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Football: Cole admits loss of Man Utd attacking style

BBC Sport

Watch former striker Andy Cole as he admits Manchester United lost their attacking style and goal scoring in the past two seasons but hopes it will return under Jose Mourinho.

Andy Cole
BBC Sport

Cole thinks Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard can become mainstays of the team like the Class of 92 when he was at Old Trafford.

Football: Hamburg fans start petition for Northern Ireland and Wigan striker Will Grigg

Fans of German club Hamburg have started a petition to sign Northern Ireland striker Will Grigg following his rise to fame during Euro 2016.

Will Grigg
BBC Sport

The 24-year-old did not play in the tournament but became a cult hero over the viral chant adapted in his honour.  

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

Our top stories this afternoon: 

  • A 20-year-old man arrested over a suspected race hate incident on a Manchester tram has been bailed until August while police make further inquiries
  • Warrington Council has started a four-week amnesty for people to hand in blue parking badges, for which they aren't legally entitled to
  • Imperial War Museum North to commemorate the Somme with images projected on its building 

Man and woman jailed for Leigh shotguns burglary

A man and woman who broke into an elderly man's home and stole eight shotguns have been jailed.

Muhammed Ahmed and Amanda Morris
GMP

Amanda Morris and Muhammed Ahmed burgled the flat in Leigh, Greater Manchester, where the weapons were legally held by the 76-year-old. 

Morris had struck up a friendship with the man, Liverpool Crown Court heard. 

Morris, 45, of Linden Grove, Leigh, and Ahmed, 25, of Bath Street, Southport, were jailed for five years and 21 months respectively.  

Man guilty of causing suffering to 2 pigs and a piglet

Bolton News

The Bolton News

John Norris did not attend Bolton Magistrates' Court on Monday (June 27) to answer seven charges relating to animal welfare and he was convicted in his absence of each one.

Man arrested over tram abuse video is bailed

A 20-year-old man arrested over a suspected race hate incident on a Manchester tram has been bailed until August while police make further inquiries. 

He was arrested as part of an investigation into a video posted online, showing a tram passenger being verbally abused by three youths. 

An 18-year-old man and 16-year-old boy who were also arrested have already been bailed.

Memory squares laid to remember The Somme

Individually designed ‘memory squares’ are being laid in Heaton Park in Manchester.

The tiles feature stories and sacrifices of the men and women who played their part in the Battle of the Somme and were designed by the public.

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Manchester City star Raheem Sterling blasted by fans for 'flaunting wealth' in video

Manchester Evening News

Manchester Evening News

The £49m Blues winger is filmed showing his pals around a luxury mansion.

Raheem Sterling
Getty

City star Raheem Sterling has been slated by football fans after a video emerged of him showing off his wealth just hours after England were dumped out of the Euros.

Drinks for peace

Paul Burnell

Reporter, BBC News Online

People passing by the Friends Meeting House in central Manchester are being offered free drinks by the Quakers.

Quaker member Frank
BBC

Member Frank Said: "I have been doing this for several years but it seems more important since last Friday, to the Friends no-one is a foreigner".

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

Our top stories this lunchtime: 

  • A 20-year-old man arrested over a suspected race hate incident on a Manchester tram has been bailed until August while police make further inquiries.
  • Finishing touches are being made to a path of tiles dedicated to those who fought in the Battle of the Somme
  • Imperial War Museum North to commemorate the Somme with images projected on its building

Travel: Replacement shuttlebus stops

There is disruption on the Metrolink line in Greater Manchester, but there is a replacement shuttlebus service.

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Police in Chorlton horsing around

GMP tweet photograph of one of their police horses. 

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Weather: Cloudy afternoon ahead

BBC Weather

A bright start to the day with isolated showers possible but there will be some sunny spells for most of us.

BBC weather graphic
BBC

Cloud will increase through the afternoon with patchy outbreaks of rain moving east later.

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Latest headlines in Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

This morning's top stories:   

  • A plan to permanently remove the hard shoulder on 40 miles of motorways in Greater Manchester is described as unsafe by a group of MPs
  • Plans to build the tallest skyscraper in Manchester could be approved later
  • Coronation Street is to be broadcast six times a week by the end of next year

Fed up residents hear Rihanna's Old Trafford gig up to 10 miles away

Manchester Evening News

Manchester Evening News

Hundreds took to Twitter and Facebook complaining about the noise of the Bajan singer's performance.

Rihanna
BBC

Rihanna might have wowed fan at Old Trafford cricket club but she also made an impression on people living 10 miles away due to the noise of the show.    

Football: Man City signing

New signing for City.

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Travel: M6 northbound delays

Imperial War Museum North: Somme commemoration

The Imperial War Museum North will project a series of thought provoking images onto the air shard of the museum for the Somme centenary.

Image projected onto the Air Shard of the museum
Imperial War Museum North

The commemorative images in memory of soldiers who would have been preparing to go into battle on 1 July 100 years ago will be projected from 22:00 tonight until dawn.

image projected onto the Air Shard of the museum
Imperial War Museum North

The Battle of the Somme saw the British Army suffer more casualties on 1 July 1916 than in the entire Crimean, Boer and Korean Wars combined. Within the first 24 hours there were over 57,000 casualties.  

Cow on Chester Road

Avoiding chaos on the roads in Tushingham.

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Manchester's tallest skyscraper plan set to be approved

Plans for four new apartment blocks, including what would be the highest building in Manchester, are set to be approved by councillors later. 

artist impression
Manchester City Council

They would be built on Owen Street, close to Deansgate railway station, on land formerly used as a car park. 

The tallest would be 200m (656ft), 19 storeys higher than the current highest building, Beetham Tower, which stands at 168m (551ft) over 47 storeys.

artist impression
Manchester City Council

Football: Man City exchange deal

Latest headlines in Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

This morning's top stories:  

  • A plan to permanently remove the hard shoulder on 40 miles of motorways in Greater Manchester is described as unsafe by a group of MPs
  • Plans to build the tallest skyscraper in Manchester could be approved later
  • Coronation Street is to be broadcast six times a week by the end of next year

Weather: Cool start with sunny spells

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

A cool but bright start to the day with isolated showers possible.

Weather Graphic
BBC

There will be some sunny spells for most of us, but the cloud will increase through the afternoon with patchy outbreaks of rain later.

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