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Live updates for 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. 

Weekend Weather

It'll be dry this evening but cloud will thicken overnight with rain returning by morning.  

Weather forecast for the north west on Friday 8 July

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CCTV of man who threatened Bolton shop worker

CCTV footage has been released of a man police want to speak to in connection with a knifepoint robbery in Bolton.

Man holding up newsagent
Greater Manchester Police

A man who was carrying a knife and a carrier bag entered a newsagents on Entwistle Street, Tonge Moor, before diving over the counter and stealing money from the till.

He told the 21-year-old worker that if she “did as she was told, she wouldn’t get hurt.” He ran off with cash and cigarettes.

Fortunately, the woman in the shop escaped without injury but there has been an immense psychological impact, preventing her from feeling safe as she goes about her daily life."

Det Cons Chris HickeyGreater Manchester Police

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Football project aims to cut crime in Stockport

Youngsters in parts of Stockport are being offered football sessions three nights a week under a scheme designed to cut crime and anti-social behaviour. 

Footballer
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It is open to 10-16 year olds. The project runs until the middle of September.

Armed robbers raid travel shop and steal foreign cash

Three men, armed with a machete and crowbar, have stolen foreign currencies from a shop in Woodford Road, Bramhall, in a raid at 10:00 BST, Greater Manchester Police said.

Moss Side stabbing: Further murder arrests over Abdul Hafidah death

A woman, 20, and a man, 18, have been arrested on suspicion of murdering an 18-year-old in the Moss Side area of Manchester.

Abdul Hafidah
Greater Manchester Police

Abdul Hafidah was stabbed after being hit by a car on Moss Lane East on 12 May. He died two days later.

Thirteen other people, including two boys, aged 14 and 17, have previously been arrested and bailed in connection with his death. The woman and man have now been bailed. 

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • Five teenagers who tortured a 16-year-old boy over an £80 debt in a "sickening" hot iron attack are sentenced 
  • A man is in a serious condition in Wythenshawe hospital after a serious crash on the M6 in Cheshire this morning

Travel: M62 crash causes delays

BBC Travel

M62 is partially blocked and there is queuing traffic westbound between Junction 19 (Heywood) and Junction 18 (Simister Island) because of an accident. Congestion goes back to junction 21. 

Oldham teenagers sentenced for torture of boy over £80 debt

Five teenagers who tortured a 16-year-old boy over an £80 debt in a "sickening" hot iron attack have been sentenced.

Shohaib Khan, Adam Hussain, Sufyan Yaqub and Ahsan Khan were detained while Naseem Ali, 17, was given a supervision order
Greater Manchester Police

The boy was lured to a house in Oldham, where he was stripped and branded, before lemon juice was poured on the burns, Greater Manchester Police said.

He was also bound with tape, beaten and had his hair cut off. The teenagers, aged between 15 and 17 and from Oldham, were sentenced at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court.

Motorway link work set to start

Work to complete the first major phase of Highways England’s £192m Knutsford to Bowdon A556 link road between the M6 and M56 will get underway on Monday.

Roadworks
Highways Agency

The eastbound exit slip road at junction 7 of the M56 closes from 02:00 on Monday for around four months as the junction, which serves motorway and A556 drivers as well as traffic on local roads, is totally remodelled.

The new arrangements will provide direct ‘free flow’ access between the A556 and M56 without roundabouts or traffic lights when the work ends in November.

It will also give local drivers easier access to the A556 and M56, as well as local A56 Lymm and Altrincham roads, in a new layout twinning the existing Bowdon roundabout with a new roundabout at Yarwood Heath.

Two cars and coach crash on busy Bolton road

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The Bolton News

Two cars and a coach were involved in a crash in Deane Road this morning.  

Latest headlines in Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • Two men from Greater Manchester are starting jail terms for their part in a drugs and money laundering network
  • Police are looking for a man in connection with an alleged sex attack near Bolton
  • Pep Guardiola says he wants Manchester City to play 'beautiful' football.

Pep Guardiola: Manchester City can play 'beautiful football' in Premier League

BBC Sport

New Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says he came to England to prove it is possible to play in the Premier League.

Pep Guardiola
PA

Guardiola said he had been "comfortable" at Bayern Munich, but wanted another test in his career.

The Spaniard, 45, also admitted he had "absolutely everything" at Barcelona.

When asked if he could play beautiful football in the tiki-taka style made famous at Barcelona, Guardiola said: "That's why I'm here."

Knife and axe raiders grab phones and cash from home

Three men armed an axe and a knife punched a man and stole two mobile phones and cash after entering a house in Wigan.

Anderton Street Ince
Google

Greater Manchester Police has just released details of the raid which took place on 26 June at about 21:20 in a home on Anderton Street, Ince.

A 29-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary and bailed. 

Travel: All lanes reopened on M6 northbound

BBC Travel

All lanes are now open on the M6 northbound between junctions 17 and 18 following a closure caused by a crash involving two lorries earlier.

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Boxing: Tyson Fury rematch set for 29 October

BBC Sport

Tyson Fury says his world heavyweight title rematch with Wladimir Klitschko will be on 29 October.

Klitschko v Fury
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Fury, 27, claimed the WBO, WBA and IBF belts from the 40-year-old Ukrainian in November 2015, but pulled out of a rematch scheduled for this month because of an ankle injury.

The fighter from Wythenshawe tweeted: "16 weeks till I blast Klitschko out, can't wait. #manchesteroctober29"

Weather: Sunny spells and showers

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BBC Weather

Most of us will see sunny spells during the afternoon, with a low risk of catching the odd shower.

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Pop-up newspaper for city's Remain voters

A new "pop-up" paper aimed at the 48% of people who voted to stay in the European Union has hit news-stands in Manchester and other 'Remain' cities.

The New European
PA

The New European went on sale in London, as well as other pro-Remain areas such as Liverpool, Manchester and the south of England.

Matt Kelly, launch editor of the weekly venture, said : "I believe the 48% who voted to Remain are not well served by the traditional press and that there is a clear opportunity for a newspaper like The New European that people will want to read and carry like a badge of honour."

Drugs and money-laundering gang jailed

Six men involved in a drugs and money-laundering network across Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Leicester have been jailed.

Convicted men
Lancashire Police

They were sentenced at Preston Crown Court for offences including conspiring to supply Class A drugs and money laundering.

Latest headlines in Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • Two men from Greater Manchester are starting jail terms for their part in a drugs and money laundering network
  • Police are looking for a man in connection with an alleged sex attack near Bolton
  • A new newspaper's gone on sale in Manchester called The New European

Travel: City centre road closures on Sunday

Transport for Greater Manchester outlines the road closures and bus diversions as hundreds of cyclists take to the streets of Manchester on Sunday.

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M6 crash: Still long delays

There are still long delays on the M6 northbound after a serious crash earlier this morning. 

The carriageway was closed for two and a half hours after a collision involving two HGVs between junction 17 at Sandbach and 18 at Middlewich. 

A lorry driver was airlifted to hospital with serious injuries.     

The fight to celebrate great women on Britain's streets

BBC News Magazine

The campaign to erect a statue in Manchester to suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst, who has a statue near Parliament (pictured), is part of a wider move across the country to honour more women, BBC news discovers.

Emmeline Pankhurst statue
Phil Coomes

Travel: Two lanes reopen on M6 northbound

Two lanes have reopened on the M6 northbound after two lorries collided - but there is still major congestion.

At one stage, all three lanes were blocked following the crash between junctions 17 and 18.

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MP's plea to save courts in Oldham

The Oldham West and Royton MP Jim McMahon has written to Greater Manchester's Police and Crime Commissioner, Tony Lloyd, to ask him to stop the closure of the town's courts.

The MP is hoping that the transfer of powers over parts of the justice system to local level might save Oldham County and Magistrates Courts.

They were earmarked to close under national modernisation plans announced by the Courts and Tribunal Service after The Ministry of Justice claimed they were "underused" .

A man's best friend: Susie the Collie praised for helping save Bolton Wanderers legend

Bolton News

The Bolton News

Cute border collie Susie certainly is a man's best friend, for the 11-year-old has been given a special award by the RSPCA for saving owner Tommy Banks's life.

Athletics: Jenny Meadows retires after injury ends Rio dream

BBC Sport

Wigan middle-distance runner Jenny Meadows is retiring from athletics after an injury robbed her chance of appearing in the Rio Olympics.

Jenny Meadows
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Latest headlines in Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

Rochdale recalls Somme centenary

A ceremony in Rochdale will take place on Sunday marking 100 years since the Battle of The Somme.

Service poster
Rochdale Council

The service at the town's cenotaph will be preceded by a march.  

Football: Man Utd's Schweinsteiger hands semi-final tie to France

BBC Sport

A handball by Manchester United player Bastian Schweinsteiger gave France a crucial lead in their European Championship Semi-Final against Germany which ended 2-0 to the French.

Bastian Schweinsteiger's handball
Getty Images

The United player was penalised for handball by Italian referee Nicola Rizzoli in an aerial challenge with former Red Patrice Evra.   

Salford school's classroom in a forest

Michelle Adamson

BBC Radio Manchester reporter

A school in Worsley is taking a fresh approach to learning in a forest complete with a mini-orchard, food growing area and raised beds.

Walkden Forest
BBC

Walkden High School in Greater Manchester started the project after securing funding from the Postcode Lottery.

Pupils aged 13 to 16 will take part in outdoor activities including survival skills, woodwork lessons and outdoor cooking. 

Hair straighteners set fire to bedroom in Patterson Street, Deane

Bolton News

The Bolton News

A blaze broke out in the bedroom of a house in Deane after a mum left her hair straighteners on.  

Boy, 13, knocked down by car in Marple

A 13-year-old boy has been injured after he was hit by a car at the junction of Compstall Road and Lower Fold, Marple at about 08:24.

Lower Fold Marple
Google

A Greater Manchester Police spokeswoman said it is not known how serious the boy's injuries are not known.

Rugby League: Warrington add to Salford's misery

BBC Sport

Salford Red Devils suffered a seven-try defeat to Warrington in Rugby League's Super League to complete a disappointing Thursday.

Earlier in the day the club lost their appeal against a six-point deduction imposed for breaching salary cap regulations.