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

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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 Monday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the region.

Weather: Scattered showers continue

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

Scattered showers will continue through this evening and the first half of the night. Some will be on the heavy side, although they may ease slightly.

Weather forecast for the North West

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic's six Euros goals in 60 seconds

As former Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic confirms he will sign for Manchester United after leaving Paris St-Germain, BBC Sport remembers his six goals for Sweden at the Euros.

Man dies after assault in Crumpsall

A man in his fifties has died following an assault in Crumpsall. 

He was found with serious injuries at a property in the Charminster Drive area shortly before 07.10 and died later in hospital.

A 28-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of assault and remains in custody for questioning.

Healthcare reform in Salford

A radical reform of NHS and social care services is being launched in Salford.    


The aim is to reduce hospital admissions in the city and make annual savings of about£27m by 2021.

It will involve nearly 450 council staff transferring to Salford Royal.

Football: Magical Giggs

BBC Sport looks back as Manchester United's Ryan Giggs scores against Arsenal in the 1999 FA Cup semi-final. 

FA Cup: 17 years since magical Giggs goal

Giggs is leaving Manchester United after 29 years at the Old Trafford club. 

Football: Giggs is the most decorated in English football

Ryan Giggs has ended his 29-year stay at Manchester United by agreeing a settlement with the Old Trafford club. 

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He leaves with 34 trophies including a record 13 Premier League titles.     

Battle of the Somme: Cheetham Hill church porch tribute

Paul Burnell

Reporter, BBC News Online

A tribute to two men who died on the first day of the Battle of the Somme was posted this morning in the church porch at St Chad's Roman Catholic Church, Cheetham Hill.

St Chad's porch

The church has also restored its war memorial after an appeal to people to parishioners to fill in missing names on the memorial.

Man wanted on prison recall

Police are looking for a Wigan man who is wanted on recall to prison. 

Convicted burglar Dylan Latham, 22, was released on licence on 17 June but has breached his conditions.

Latham has links to the Beech Hill, Platt Bridge and Higher Ince areas of Wigan.

Mystery soldiers appear in Manchester

Judith Moritz

BBC North of England Correspondent

Mystery soldiers dressed for battle have been mixing with shoppers in Manchester, 100 years after the Battle of the Somme began.

Mystery soldiers

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • Manchester marks the centenary of the Battle of the Somme with a military parade through the city and a service at Manchester Cathedral 
  •  A man in his 50s dies after being found seriously injured in Salford  
  • A busker in Manchester city centre has an unexpected guest - Kiss From A Rose star Seal 

Warrington's unpaid council tax written off

Warrington Council is writing off almost £800,000 in unpaid council tax. 

Council tax

The cash was uncollected between 2003 and 2009. 

The authority is also writing off another £300,000 in other debts. The council says pursuing the money is not "economically viable".      

Lego exhibition to be held at Manchester Central

A huge two-day Lego exhibition is coming to Manchester this weekend.

Manchester Brickadilly

Bricktastic, which is taking place at Manchester Central, will show off creations made by 60 exhibitors across the UK. 

The designs include a lego Manchester Library and "Brickadilly" station.     

Military parade for Somme commemorations in Manchester

A special military parade was held in St Peter's Square in Manchester to remember 100 years since the Battle of the Somme.

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No intention to cause offence, says rally organiser

Simon Youel, organiser of the Momentum Manchester rally in support of under-pressure Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, said there was "absolutely no intention to cause offence" by scheduling his event on the same day as the Somme centenary commemorations.

Sir Richard Leese

He said the pro-Corbyn rally between 18:00-19:00 in Piccadilly Gardens neither clashed with the national memorial event at Manchester Cathedral this afternoon nor this evening's event in Heaton Park.

"Richard Leese hasn't approached us directly about this," said Mr Youel. He said the rally's organisers had been contactable via social media.

Council leader calls for postponement of Pro-Corbyn rally

Manchester City Council leader Sir Richard Leese has emailed his Labour colleagues to say a pro-Jeremy Corbyn rally in the city on the same day as the national commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme is "wholly inappropriate".

Momentum Manchester organised the Keep Corbyn: Rally for Democracy in the Labour Party for Piccadilly Gardens between 18:00 and 19:00.

Sir Richard said he had been trying to identify the organisers to ask them to postpone it to a different day "but have been unable to do so".

Sir Richard warned it could be seen "by many Manchester residents to be highly disrespectful".

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Chancellor lays wreath for Somme fallen

Ahead of a commemoration service at Manchester Cathedral to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Somme, Chancellor George Osborne laid a wealth at the Cenotaph in St Peter's Square to remember the fallen.

Chancellor George Osborne
Chancellor George Osborne

Archbishop of York says final prayer for Somme fallen

Archbishop of York John Sentamu ended the service at Manchester Cathedral with a final prayer.

"May God grant rest for the departed" in memory of the fallen soldiers of the Battle of the Somme, he said.

The Archbishop of York John Sentamu

'May we never forget', urges reverend at Somme service

During the service at Manchester Cathedral, Rt Rev James Newcome paid tribute to those who "faced the terrible waste and devastation" and "fought against all the odds" during the battle of Somme.

Rt Rev James Newcome

May we never forget the devastating loss of this battle, the anxiety on the home front and the sacrifices that were made

Rt Rev James Newcome

Incredibly moving tributes to Somme fallen

BBC North West Tonight

Clare Freeman

Incredibly moving tributes are being paid to the thousands who died in the Battle of Somme 100 years ago at a service in Manchester Cathedral 

Manchester Cathedral
Order of service
Manchester Cathedral
Somme service

Watch: Singer Seal shocks Manchester busker with Kiss From A Rose

A Manchester busker was given a shock when Seal turned up and borrowed her guitar. 

Video courtesy of Alex Ayin and @TheSocialChain

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 The singer songwriter performed his best-known hit Kiss From A Rose to a gathering crowd. 

Letters and diaries read out


During the service being held at Manchester Cathedral, letters written home by soldiers preparing to fight in the Battle of the Somme are being read out, along with diaries. The Duke of York, Archbishop of York and Chancellor George Osborne are among those attending. 


Battle of the Somme: Bury Grammar old boys remembered

Pupils from Bury Grammar will be among those taking part in the national commemorations in Manchester today for the Battle of the Somme.

Bury Grammar School

They are the only school in the country to be invited to attend. They lost 20 old boys in the battle - and 144 during the entire Great War.   

Battle of Somme memorial walkway in Manchester

Thousands of fallen soldiers from the Battle of the Somme are being honoured in a new walkway of ceramic tiles in Manchester.


Path of the Remembered at Heaton Park, where many of the region's soldiers trained before going to the World War One battle 100 years ago, tells the stories of those on the frontline.

The 5,000 memory squares which stretch 60m (197ft) will form the centrepiece of a concert of remembrance at the park for the centenary of the first day of the Somme in which 19,240 soldiers died.

Military parade as Manchester commemorates Somme centenary

A special military parade is taking place in Manchester marking the centenary of the start of the Battle of the Somme.   

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The city is at the centre of national commemorations to remember those who died.

The battle became one of the bloodiest conflicts in military history as British and French troops fought the Germans in a brutal battle of attrition over a 15-mile front.

Battle of the Somme: Manchester at heart of commemorations

Manchester is hosting national commemorations for the centenary of the start of the Battle of the Somme in World War One.

A wreath-laying ceremony has been held at the Cenotaph at St Peter's Square. 

Manchester wreath

A service of commemoration will also be held at Manchester Cathedral at 15:00 and a unique concert takes place in Heaton Park this evening.     

Battle of the Somme: Wreath-laying ceremony at Cenotaph

A service is taking place at the Cenotoaph at St Peter's Square to commemorate the centenary of the start of the Battle of the Somme.

Wreath laying ceremony

A crowd gathered to watch a military ceremony and the laying of wreaths. 

Wreath ceremony

'The day that broke hearts' - Salford Council

Salford City Council has thanked people who attended a moving ceremony this morning to remember those who died in the Battle of the Somme.

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Northern Powerhouse 'more important than ever'- Osborne

The Chancellor George Osborne has told an audience in Manchester that large votes for Brexit in the north reflected economic disenfranchisement and the Northern Powerhouse was "more important than ever".  

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Mr Osborne said he did not abandon concerns about Brexit but there was huge contingency planning to prevent market disorder.  

Battle of the Somme: Mystery soldiers appear at MediaCityUK

Rachael Connors

Reporter, BBC News Online

Mystery soldiers dressed for battle have appeared in MediaCityUK.

They won't say a word about why they're here but hand out a card with #wearehere

Somme re-enactment

Private Donald Beaton, 2nd Battalion Gordon Highlanders, who died at the Somme aged 29 is on the card I have from one of them.

Who is on yours? And have you seen them? Let us know via emailFacebook or Twitter.  

Somme re-enactment

Football: Ryan Giggs' illustrious career at Man Utd

BBC Sport

BBC Sport takes a look back at Ryan Giggs' illustrious playing career at Manchester United, and his time in the dugout as he ends his 29-year association with the club.

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • People affected by flooding in Stockport in the past few weeks are offered financial help from the council

Football: Ryan Giggs to leave Manchester United

BBC Sport

Ryan Giggs is leaving Manchester United and ending his 29-year stay at the Old Trafford Club after agreeing a settlement.

Ryan Giggs
Getty Images

Giggs, 42, had a year remaining on his contract as assistant manager but new boss Jose Mourinho intends to fill that role with long-time friend Rui Faria.

Unable to reach agreement over another role at the Premier League club, Giggs, who made a record 963 appearances for the club, has decided to move on. United are expected to release an official statement in the coming days.

BreakingFootball: Manchester United legend Giggs to leave club

BBC Sport

Ryan Giggs has ended his 29-year stay at Manchester United by agreeing a settlement with the Old Trafford club.

BBC Travel: M62 delays

BBC Travel

If you're heading east from Manchester on the M62 there are delays at Rishworth Moor in West Yorkshire because of a broken down vehicle so that will slow you down.

Salford apartment blocks set to be approved

Plans for two huge apartment blocks close to the River Irwell in central Salford are set to be approved next week.

Trinity Riverside Holdings want to build almost 500 flats on two sites, close to the Lowry Hotel.

The properties will be available to rent in the private sector.    

Battle of the Somme: Centenary remembrance events held in Manchester

A military parade is to take place in Manchester to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme. 

Battle of the Somme

The city is at the centre of national commemorations to remember those who died in what was one of the bloodiest conflicts of the First World War.

The battle saw more than one million men killed and wounded on all sides.  A two-minute silence was observed across the country and in Northern France at 07:28. 

Battle of the Somme
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There will be a national service of commemoration at Manchester Cathedral at 15:00 and a unique concert takes place in Heaton Park this evening.   

MPs meet with train bosses over Wigan routes

MPs will meet with train bosses later to try to save direct links between Wigan and Manchester Piccadilly. 

Northern Rail train
El Pollock/Geograph

Arriva Rail North want to direct services through Manchester Victoria - meaning trains from Wigan would no longer stop at Deansgate, Oxford Road, Piccadilly and Manchester Airport. 

Wigan MP Lisa Nandy - and the Makerfield MP Yvonne Fovargue - are demanding that passengers are consulted before changes are made.     

Battle of the Somme: Projections on the Imperial War Museum to commemorate centenary

The Imperial War Museum North lit up last night to remember the soldiers who were preparing for the first day of the Battle of the Somme on 1 July, 100 years ago. 

IWM Somme
Imperial War Museum

Projections were displayed on the building between 22:00 on Thursday until dawn – when the first men would have been rallied to go "over the top" into No Man’s Land.  

Love projection
Imperial War Museum

Football: Manchester United sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic

BBC Sport

Former Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has confirmed he will sign for Manchester United after leaving Paris St-Germain.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Getty Images

The 34-year-old, capped 116 times for his country, was out of contract after four years at the French champions. 

"Time to let the world know," he wrote on social media. "My next destination is Manchester United."