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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: Dry evening, but patchy rain on the way

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BBC Weather

It should be a mostly dry evening but patchy rain will slowly drift across the region through the night. It'll be breezy but mild.

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Boy, 7, with rare condition takes first steps unaided

BBC North West Tonight

A seven-year-old boy with a rare genetic condition has taken his first steps unaided.

Rhys Taylor, from Bolton, has angel-man syndrome, which affects his development and speech.

Watch him taking his first steps.

Football: Manchester United sign midfielder from Borussia Dortmund

BBC Sport

Manchester United have signed Armenia midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan from German club Borussia Dortmund.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan
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The 27-year-old joins United for an undisclosed fee on a four-year deal, with the option of a further year.

The Armenia captain was the 2015-16 Bundesliga player of the season and scored 23 goals in all competitions.

Autism campaigner begins glass box challenge

Steve Young is hoping the stunt will help raise money and awareness for an autism charity, because his 23- year-old daughter lives with the condition.   

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Man, 70, beaten after confronting 'urinating' man

A 70-year-old man was viciously attacked after confronting a man he saw urinating on a wall at his partner's home in Failsworth.

Derek Laidlaw
GMP

Derek Laidlaw was knocked to the ground and repeatedly punched before the attacker, described as white, stocky and aged in his 40s or 50s, fled towards Kew Road.

Police have issued a photograph showing Mr Laidlaw's injuries in the hope that people will come forward with information about the 2 July assault. 

Latest headlines in Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • The families of two soldiers from Cheshire and Manchester who were killed in Iraq have spoken out following the publication of the Chilcot report into the 2003 conflict
  • A man is arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a newborn baby boy is found unconscious in the toilets at Wigan's Royal Albert Edward Infirmary
  • A bus company is investigating after a double-decker bus had its roof ripped off going under a railway bridge in Middleton

Travel: Traffic lights failure in Manchester causing delays

BBC Travel

A traffic lights failure at the junction between Princess Street and Portland Street in Manchester is causing delays.

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Soldier's family say son 'should never have been sent to Iraq' after Chilcot report release

The family of a soldier from Manchester who was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq have said he should never have been there in the first place. 

Private Lee Ellis, of Wythenshawe, was 23 when he died in Amarah after a homemade bomb exploded under the vehicle he was travelling in, in 2006.

His family have spoken out following the publication of the Chilcot report, which ruled the 2003 invasion was based on “flawed intelligence and assessments” that went unchallenged.

Father of Warrington soldier killed in Iraq speaks out after Chilcot report

The father of a 21-year-old soldier from Warrington who was killed in Iraq has said the release of the Chilcot report into the conflict marks the second worst day of his life.

Kingsman Alex Green
MOD

Kingsman Alex Green died in January 2007 after he was shot during a mission in Basra.

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has said he takes full responsibility for mistakes made over the Iraq war after the Chilcot report found the 2003 invasion was "not a last resort".

Kingsman Green's father Bill Stewardson said: "I have pinned my existence on the fact that Alex was an honest and intelligent young man who went through the rigorous requirements of being graded good enough to pull on a British military uniform.

"And you do expect the people who take the decisions to be of the same grade. That turned out not to be the case, and it's really really shook me."

Latest headlines in Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • The father of a 21-year-old soldier from Warrington who was killed in Iraq says the release of the Chilcot report into the conflict marks the second worst day of his life
  • A man is arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a newborn baby boy is found unconscious in the toilets at Wigan's Royal Albert Edward Infirmary
  • A bus company is investigating after a double-decker bus had its roof ripped off going under a railway bridge in Middleton

Football: Man City players' training in full flow

Energy firm given more time to fund £800m Trafford power station

The firm behind plans for an £800m gas-fired power station in Greater Manchester has been granted more time to find investors to complete the project.

Power plant plans
Trafford site

Carlton Power wants to build a plant in Trafford capable of generating enough electricity to power two million homes. 

The firm secured £30m a year for 15 years from the government, but was given until September to find the necessary extra funding - or else the contract would be terminated.

It now has until 19 December and bosses said "talks were ongoing".

Calls for fire authority chairman to resign amid job cuts and shift changes

The Fire Brigade Union has called for the chairman of Greater Manchester's fire authority to resign after controversial plans to axe about 250 jobs were approved.

GMFRS
GMFRS

The union has passed a vote of no confidence in David Acton after the authority also backed plans to put firefighters on 12-hour shifts, which the union says are detrimental to workers' family lives.

The authority has admitted the changes could put people at risk, but said central government funding cuts were to blame.

Attempted murder arrest after newborn baby found in Wigan hospital toilets

A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a newborn baby was found unconscious and abandoned in a hospital's toilets.

Wigan Hospital
David Long/Geograph

Police were called to the Royal Albert Edward Infirmary in Wigan, where the baby boy was discovered by security staff shortly after midnight.

He was taken to the A&E ward, where he was resuscitated and was said to be recovering well.

A 31-year-old man is being questioned by detectives, and police have appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

Beyonce gig was heard eight miles away from Old Trafford venue

BBC Newsbeat

People living near Old Trafford cricket ground say they could hear every note of Beyonce's concert on Tuesday night.

Beyonce
AP

Residents eight miles away went on social media to say they'd been disturbed by the music.

Radio 1 DJ Adele Roberts said her friends in Manchester had messaged her saying they could hear the gig.

"They treated themselves to a back garden pass," she said.

Police appeal over Oldham one-punch attack

Police investigating a one-punch attack on a man in Oldham have issued a CCTV image of a suspect they are searching for.

Assault suspect
GMP

The 22-year-old was knocked unconscious in the attack in Rock Street, in the early hours of 4 June, Greater Manchester Police said.

He was not badly injured but Det Con Andrew Swettenham said the force is keen to find the suspect.

Football: Bolton captain in talks over QPR switch

BBC Radio Manchester

BBC Radio Manchester understands Bolton Wanderers captain Darren Pratley is in talks with QPR ahead of a move to Loftus Road.

Darren Pratley
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Latest headlines in Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • Relatives of two Greater Manchester soldiers killed in Iraq are expected to give their reaction to the Chilcot inquiry into the conflict
  • A bus company is investigating after a double-decker bus had its roof ripped off going under a railway bridge in Middleton  
  • A 46-year-old man is to spend 50 hours in a glass box in Stretford to raise money for an autism charity

Fire authority chairman faces calls to resign amid job cuts

Manchester Evening News

Manchester Evening News

The chairman of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority is facing calls to resign after agreeing controversial job cuts and shift changes for frontline firefighters.  

Travel: Manchester Piccadilly train delays resolved

A technical problem causing disruption to all train lines at Manchester Piccadilly has now been resolved and services are no longer affected, Northern Rail has said.

Manchester Piccadilly
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Autism is like 'living in a glass box', says fundraiser

Michelle Adamson

BBC Radio Manchester reporter

A 46-year-old man from Stretford is planning to spend 50 hours in a glass box outside his workplace to raise awareness about autism.

Steve Young in a glass box
BBC

Steve Young is hoping to raise money and awareness for an autism charity because his 23 year old daughter lives with the condition. 

He said autism is like being "trapped in a glass box" which inspired his challenge.

The box is in the foyer at a Tesco in Stretford where he will enter at lunchtime until 14:00 BST on Friday.

Travel: Trains delayed at Manchester Piccadilly

Rail passengers at Manchester Piccadilly are facing widespread delays after a technical problem caused disruption to all lines, Northern Rail has said.

Manchester Piccadilly
Google

Cricket: Lancashire star's match-winning England innings

BBC Sport

Lancashire's Jos Buttler hit 73 not out after an excellent England bowling and fielding display as Sri Lanka were beaten by eight wickets in the sole Twenty20.

Jos Buttler
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Opening the batting he mixed orthodox strokes through the off side with four sixes to complete a remarkable run that has seen him pass 20 in all but one of his past nine T20 international innings.

Wicketkeeper Buttler is "in contention" for a return to the England Test side for the series against Pakistan, according to coach Trevor Bayliss.

Travel: Burst water main causing delays in Stockport

BBC Travel

A burst water man is causing disruption for motorists in Wellington Street, Stockport.

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Latest headlines in Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • The family of soldier from Wythenshawe say they fear the Iraq Inquiry into the 2003 war will be a "whitewash"
  • A 46-year-old man is to spend 50 hours in a glass box in Stretford to raise money for an autism charity
  • Salford City Council are set to approve the demolition of 300 more properties on the High Street estate in Pendleton

Angry holidaymaker shares pictures of 'chaotic' scenes at Manchester Airport

Manchester Evening News

Manchester Evening News

An angry holidaymaker has spoken of the 'chaos' at Manchester Airport as Home Office staff struggled to cope with a large number of arriving passengers.

Roof ripped off double-decker bus in Middleton bridge crash

A double-decker bus had its roof ripped off after the driver crashed into a railway bridge in Middleton.

Bus trapped
Greater Manchester Police

The vehicle was out of service to passengers at the time and got stuck between Joshua Lane and Mills Hill Road at about 19:00 on Tuesday while returning to a nearby depot. 

Greater Manchester Police tweeted: "Big recover bill and 1 less bus on the roads. Joshua Road, Middleton."  

Bus operator Stagecoach has launched an investigation.

Football: Bolton skipper in QPR talks

BBC Manchester Sport

Bolton Wanderers captain Darren Pratley is in talks with QPR ahead of a move to Loftus Road, BBC Radio Manchester understands.

Darren Pratley Bolton
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Family of Private Lee Ellis say the Chilcot inquiry 'has taken forever'

BBC Newsbeat

The mother of a 23-year-old soldier from Wythenshawe says she fears the inquiry into the Iraq War will be a "whitewash".

Lee
Family

Lee Ellis died in Amarah in Iraq in 2006 alongside Captain Richard John Holmes when a homemade bomb exploded under their vehicle.

Sir John Chilcot is due to publish the results of his six-year inquiry into the Iraq war later.

Latest headlines in Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • The family of soldier from Wythenshawe say they fear the Iraq Inquiry into the 2003 war will be a "whitewash"
  • Plans for an £800m gas fired power station in Trafford are thrown into doubt over funding
  • A 46-year-old man is to spend 50 hours in a glass box in Stretford to raise money for an autism charity and raise awareness about the condition

Weather: Cloudy after bright start

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

A bright start to the morning with some sunshine but cloud will increase through the rest of the day.

It will remain mostly dry, however, except for perhaps the odd spell of rain during the afternoon.

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