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  1. Updates on Friday 15 July

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Our live coverage for the day

Live updates for 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: Heavy rain forecast for this evening

Cloud increasing with some heavy rain at times but a mild night for many. 

Oldham broken ankles robbery: Three arrested

Police have arrested three teenagers after a man and woman in their 40s were left with broken ankles during a robbery in Oldham.

Greater Manchester Police said it had arrested a boy, aged 14, a 15-year-old girl and 16-year-old boy over the incident in Huddersfield Road at in the early hours of 4 July.  

Footage of the incident was released earlier as police appealed for information.

Travel: M61 delays at Westhoughton due to lamp-post debris

BBC Travel

There are severe delays and an entry slip road is closed on the M61 at junction five near Westhoughton because of a crash that has led to pieces of a lamp-post on the road.

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'Escaped' wallaby on the tracks causes rail delay

An escaped wallaby has been spotted on a busy railway line, causing delays to services between West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester.

Wallaby
PA

The marsupial was seen on the tracks between Huddersfield and Stalybridge earlier, after it was believed to have fled from a nearby animal farm.

Services had to run slower than normal as they passed through the area until it was reported to be clear of danger.

Wallaby

Wallaby on the tracks causes rail delay

An escaped wallaby is spotted on a busy railway line, causing delays to services between West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester.

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Six years for 100mph death crash teenager

Dave Guest

Chief reporter, BBC North West Tonight

A teenager who killed three friends and injured a fourth in a 100mph crash has received six years' detention.

Arayeb Saqib
GMP

Arayeb Saqib, 18, of Wisner Court, Glasgow had been smoking cannabis when he lost control of a high powered Audi S5 in Whalley Range, Manchester, Manchester Crown Court heard.

Saqib, who had no licence and was uninsured, admitted three counts of death by dangerous driving and one of causing serious injury at a previous hearing.

Crash scene
BBC

Two jailed for terrorism offences

A former RAF gunner and a British-Libyan paraplegic man, both from Moss Side in Manchester, have been jailed for terrorism offences.

Stephen Gray and Abdalraouf Abdallah
BBC/Other

Stephen Gray, 32, also known as Mustafa, was jailed for five years at Woolwich Crown Court.

The RAF veteran served in the Iraq War and attempted to reach Syria on two separate occasions in July 2014.

Abdalraouf Abdallah, 23, was jailed for up to five-and-a-half years with further supervision for trying to help Gray join jihadis in Syria.

Stephen Gray and Abdalraouf Abdallah

Two jailed for terrorism offences

A former RAF gunner and a British-Libyan paraplegic man are jailed for terrorism offences.

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Nice attack: Salford Council sets up book of condolence

Salford City Council has opened an electronic book of condolence to send messages to the people of Nice and the families and friends of those victims of the horrific attack.  

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Application for 1,200 homes and supermarket at Peel Hall imminent

Warrington Guardian

A planning application for 1,200 homes and a supermarket at Peel Hall is expected to be submitted imminently.  

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • United Utilities has been fined almost £600,000 after pleading guilty to polluting a brook in Bolton
  • The funeral is being held for a special constable who died after being hit by a lorry on the M61 near Bolton
  • This weekend marks one year since a huge blaze tore through a wood flour mill at Bosley in Cheshire following an explosion

CCTV appeal after broken ankles robbery

CCTV has been released of an attack on a man and a woman in Oldham which left them with broken ankles. 

The victims, in their 40s, had their mobile phones and money stolen after being attacked by a gang of youths as they walked along Huddersfield Road in the early hours of 4 July.  

Police urge anyone who has any information to contact them. 

Ambulance called after elderly man falls ill

Wigan Today

Wigan Today

An elderly man has been taken to hospital after falling ill in Wigan.

Independent hospital put in 'special measures'

A hospital in Manchester that provides care for people with learning difficulties or autism has been placed into special measures. 

Bigfoot Independent Hospital in Longsight
Google

Bigfoot Independent Hospital in Longsight was inspected by the Care Quality Commission and has been rated as "inadequate". 

It was found not to be managing medicines safely, had poorly trained staff and a lack of rehabilitation work.     

Comedy warning from police for Pokemon Go fans

A Charizard is the video game's holy grail, apparently. 

Just a reminder: seeing a high level Charizard is not a good reason to try & break into someone's house. #PokemonGo

Food shortage at Manchester Dogs' Home

Manchester and Cheshire Dogs' Home is appealing for tinned dog food donations as supplies are running low. 

Dogs' Home
Google

The centre in Harpurhey said there were many dogs with health issues which means they need more food.

Funeral held for mountain rescue worker

The funeral of a mountain rescue volunteer from Stockport has been held after he died during a call out in the Peak District.

Ken Blakeman was a member of the Kinder Mountain Rescue Team for more than 40 years. He collapsed when he was trying to rescue a young walker.

His coffin was taken to the service by his colleagues in their mountain rescue ambulance. 

Nice attack: Flags fly at half mast

Councils across Greater Manchester and Cheshire have lowered their flags as a mark of respect for those who died in the Bastille Day attack in Nice. 

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Climate change warning from researchers

Scientists from the University of Manchester are warning the government that Britain is facing severe heatwaves, flooding and water shortages unless more is done to tackle climate change. 

Flood
PA

They have contributed to a new report, which says if measures to tackle climate change fail, England will see heatwaves in the high 30s, with demand for water outstripping supply by two and a half times. 

Village 'recovering' from mill disaster

Will Barks Derek Moore Jason Shingler Dorothy Bailey
BBC

Family, friends and neighbours of the four people killed in an explosion at a mill in Cheshire are beginning to come to terms with the tragedy, villagers say.

Will Barks Derek Moore Jason Shingler Dorothy Bailey

Village 'recovering' from mill disaster

Family, friends and neighbours of the four people killed in an explosion at a mill in Cheshire are beginning to come to terms with the tragedy, villagers say.

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Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • Interim Mayor Tony Lloyd writes to the Mayor of Nice to express Greater Manchester's "sympathies and solidarity"
  • The ballot papers have gone out to Labour members in Greater Manchester who will choose the party's candidate to run for elected mayor next year 

Nice attack: Tony Lloyd expresses 'sympathies and solidarity'

Greater Manchester's interim Mayor Tony Lloyd has written to the Mayor of Nice to express Greater Manchester's "sympathies and solidarity".

The inquiry is being handled by anti-terror investigators
AP

A lorry ploughed through a crowd during Bastille Day celebrations in the southern French city leaving at least 84 people dead.

Mr Lloyd said:"France has been attacked again by those who seek to ferment hatred and divide us. Again, France, and all those who stand together with the French people, will reject this poisonous ideology." 

Wigan Warriors: Wane backs O'Loughlin's 'lenient suspension'

BBC Sport

The Wigan Warriors head coach, Shaun Wane, told BBC Radio Manchester Sport it was right his captain Sean O'Loughlin was only given a one match ban for a high tackle against a Wakefield player. 

Sean O'Loughlin
SWPIX

Wane said the rugby league officials were correct to take into account the player's disciplinary history.   

Stockport children in 'Rio inspired' school relay

Hundreds of children in Stockport are taking part in a marathon relay inspired by the Rio Olympics, 21 days before the games begin. 

Rio 2016 medals
Jogos Rio 2016

Children at 80 schools in Stockport will be running, walking, cycling or skipping from their school to the next. 

They will be carrying a specially made baton, designed by students in one of the "Be Inspired, Road to Rio" competitions.    

Cyclist injured by wire strung between trees

A cyclist suffered neck lacerations after he rode into a plastic-coated wire tied between trees on a Greater Manchester cycle path, police have said.  

Attack victim
GMP

The man was injured while riding in Stretford on Sunday afternoon.

The cyclist suffered serious cuts to his neck as he cycled downhill behind Cheshire Close.

Emergency planning exercise ends

A major exercise to test the emergency services' response to serious flooding has ended today. 

Exercise Trion ll
BBC

About 36 organisations across the region and nationally took part including military, government, health, utility companies as well as voluntary agencies. 

This was a very detailed scenario which had impacts across every part of the region...We will want to find out what worked well and - crucially - to identify and learn any lessons that could help us in the future in real-life situations.

Paul ArgyleChair of Greater Manchester Resilience Forum

Nice attack: Greater Manchester reacts on social media

People in Greater Manchester and around the world have been expressing their condolences on social media after the devastating news coming from southern France. 

At least 84 people died after a lorry ploughed through packed crowds gathered for Bastille Day celebrations in Nice  

Manchester City and England Captain Steph Houghton tweeted #PrayforNice with a picture of a crying eye in the colours of the French national flag.

Manchester United's Anthony Martial simply posted a picture of praying hands. 

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Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • The ballot papers have gone out to Labour members in Greater Manchester who will choose the party's candidate to run for elected mayor next year 
  • A huge emergency exercise testing responses to a serious flood in Rochdale and Oldham officially ends

Diverted flight passenger billed £12,000 after 'outburst'

A passenger on board a flight from Leeds Bradford Airport has been billed £12,000 by an airline after an "outburst" led to a flight being diverted.

Jet2.com plane
Jet2.com

Jet2 said Joshua Strickland's "absolutely unacceptable" behaviour led the flight to Larnaca in Cyprus to be diverted to Manchester Airport.  

Labour mayoral candidate ballot papers sent out

The ballot papers have gone out to Labour members in Greater Manchester who will choose the party's candidate to run for Elected mayor next year. 

Leigh MP Andy Burnham, Bury South MP Ivan Lewis, Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd,
BBC

The winning candidate from Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd, Bury South MP Ivan Lewis and Leigh MP Andy Burnham will be announced next month.   

The role is part of a devolution deal, giving local politicians control over £2bn of public money.  

GMP officer disciplined over behaviour

A police officer has been given a written warning after a police watchdog investigated allegations of discriminatory language and behaviour. 

Police
PA

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) also criticised Greater Manchester Police for not dealing with an officer who retired. 

PC Christopher Schofield was handed the warning on Thursday after complaints over a 2013 operation in Manchester. The IPCC said he failed to challenge and report improper behaviour.     

Travel: Accident near Wigan

BBC Travel

M58 Lancashire - Two lanes are closed and there is queuing traffic on M58 eastbound between Junction 5 (Up Holland) and M6 J26,(Orrell Interchange), because of an accident and a fuel spillage.  

Events to mark Bosley mill blast anniversary

It is one year this weekend since an explosion at a wood flour mill in Cheshire in which four people died.

Derek Moore, Dorothy Bailey, William Barks and Jason Shingler were killed in the blast at the Wood Treatment Ltd plant in Bosley on 17 July 2015.

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Salford to shine as Gary Barlow brings BBC talent show to MediaCityUK

The audition stages of a new BBC talent show series featuring Gary Barlow will be recorded in Salford.

Gary Barlow
BBC

Let It Shine will be filmed in Dock 10 Studios at MediaCityUK in the autumn. 

The show will see Gary search for performers to take part in a competition to find a new band to star in a stage show featuring the music of Take That.

Funeral for special constable killed after checking crash damage on M61

A funeral will be held today for a special constable who died after being hit by a lorry on the M61 near Bolton.

Samantha Derbyshire
GREATER MANCHESTER POLICE

Samantha Derbyshire, 23, was killed when she got out of her car to inspect damage after crashing into the central reservation on 4 July.

She will be given a guard of honour by Greater Manchester Police.

Travel: Queuing traffic on M60 anticlockwise at Prestwich

BBC Travel

One lane is closed on the M60 anticlockwise between J17 A56 Prestwich/Whitefield and J16 A666 Pendlebury due to broken down car.

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Weekend events mark flour mill explosion anniversary

Latest headlines from across Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • The brother of a man who died in the Bosley Wood Mill explosion near Macclesfield last year says the family is still learning to cope with his loss
  • Ballot papers have gone out to Labour members in Greater Manchester who'll choose the party's candidate to run for elected mayor next year
  • Hundreds of children in Stockport are taking part in a marathon relay inspired by the Rio Olympics