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  1. Updates on Monday 18 July

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

Weather: Warm and muggy

It will be a warm, muggy and uncomfortable night with light winds. 

Weather
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Some patchy cloud may develop in places later in the night.  

Football: Oldham sign central defender Cameron Burgess on loan from Fulham

Oldham Athletic FC have signed central defender Cameron Burgess on loan from Fulham FC until January.

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'Sentimental jewellery' stolen from Gatley home

Jewellery of "significant sentimental value" was stolen during a burglary in Gatley, police said.

Necklace and ring
Greater Manchester Police

Thieves broke into a home off Church Road between 1 and 4 July and stole jewellery and model cars which had been collected for 40 years.  

Police said the theft caused "a great deal of emotional distress" and urged anyone with information to contact them. 

Python dumped in Manchester is re-homed

A 6ft carpet python found barely alive and dumped near a Manchester city bar has found a new home.

Adam Edwards, manager of Kiki bar, helped look after the snake before she was re-homed by a friend of the bar staff.

The RSPCA is investigating how she was dumped after CCTV images emerged.

Man shot with BB gun in Oldham

A man has been shot with a BB gun in Oldham, Greater Manchester Police said. 

Warren Lane
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The man parked his car outside his house on Warren Lane in Glodwick on Friday night, when he was approached by a man wearing a balaclava demanding money. 

He shot the man several times - before running off. Police are appealing for witnesses. 

Gang jailed over £1m drugs plot ran from Cheshire jail cell

Fifteen people have now been jailed for smuggling a million pounds worth of drugs across the North West. 

HMP Risley
Google

The operation was masterminded by Patrick White, from his prison cell at HMP Risley near Warrington, using illegally held mobile phones.   

A total of 15 people have now admitted their part in the operation - and have been sentenced to a total of almost 95 years. 

Qwerty quarrels

A man has been arrested on suspicion of assault after a fight in the city centre. 

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Police patrols stepped up in Ainsworth

Man and his dog kayak 100 miles to raise money for animal charity

A man is kayaking 100 miles with his pet dog, Max to raise funds for the RSPCA.

John Oakley's journey from Goole, near Hull, will end in Warrington. 

Manchester bids for Youth Capital 2019 title

Manchester has confirmed it will bid to be the European Youth Capital in 2019. 

Manchester
BBC

Those behind the attempt say they want to "transform the image and aspirations" of young people in the city. 

Manchester failed in its bid for 2018 - but had good feedback, so is trying again. 

Wigan fire and ambulance station approved

A new combined fire and ambulance station for Wigan has been approved by the council. 

The existing fire station at Robin Park Road - close to the town centre - will be demolished before being replaced with a new building on the same site.

Once the new base is completed, firefighters and paramedics will work side by side from next summer.   

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • Leaders of five combined authorities, including Greater Manchester, write to the prime minister saying the north of England needs a "strong voice" in Brexit negotiations
  •  A six foot-long (1.8m) snake finds a new home after being dumped in a bin in Manchester city centre.  

Rochdale woman threatened in own bed by three armed men

Three armed men broke into a woman’s home in Rochdale before threatening her in her own  bed, Greater Manchester Police said. 

Franklin St, Rochdale
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They smashed a door at a house on Franklin Street and went upstairs before threatening the woman - aged in her 30s - with hammers and demanded money.

The men were white and spoke with local accents. They were wearing black woollen balaclavas. They stole the woman’s purse and some jewellery.

This incident has had a profound effect on the victim. She was not injured, but has been stripped of her sense of security within her own home and it is going to take some time for her to deal with what happened that morning.

Det Cons Russ ClarkeGMP’s Rochdale division

Week-long amnesty on psychoactive substances begins

A week-long amnesty on psychoactive substances has begun in Greater Manchester with drop-off points at police stations.

Spice psychoactive substance
AFP/Getty

The drugs, previously known as 'legal highs' until they were outlawed in May, have been linked to serious health problems.

Assistant Chief Constable Rob Potts said: “Calling these drugs ‘legal highs’ gives a false impression to the public and puts lives at risk."

He said the amnesty "provides an ideal opportunity for anyone to dispose of these illegal drugs safely" at police stations.

Wilkins 'in Priory for alcoholism rehab'

Former Manchester United midfielder turned pundit Ray Wilkins is being treated at a rehabilitation centre for alcoholism, a court has heard.

Ray Wilkins
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He was due to face magistrates in Uxbridge, west London, on Monday accused of drink-driving.

But after the 59-year-old failed to appear, his barrister said he could not attend because he was on a 28-day residential rehabilitation course at the Priory Hospital in Woking, Surrey.

Six-foot python dumped in a Manchester city centre bin rehomed

A six foot-long (1.8m) snake has been found a new home after being dumped in a bin in Manchester city centre.

Snake
Adam Edwards

Staff from Kiki Bar in Canal Street discovered the Australian carpet python coiled up inside a plastic box in a bin bag early on Sunday.

CCTV footage suggested the reptile may have been dumped by a man at about 14:00 BST on Saturday. 

Junior golf supremo now ranked seventh in Europe

New Northern Powerhouse minister appointed

Conservative MP Andrew Percy has been appointed as the new Northern Powerhouse minister by Prime Minister Theresa May.

Andrew Percy is the MP for Brigg and Goole, East Yorkshire
BBC

The MP for Brigg and Goole replaces Stockton South MP James Wharton, who has moved to the Department for International Development.

Car park demolished in Oldham

Drone footage shows the dramatic demolition of a car park in Hobson Street in Oldham. 

HS2 rail project backed by new transport secretary

Bill Wilson

BBC business reporter

The new transport secretary Chris Grayling says he does not intend to scrap the high-speed HS2 rail project.

HS2
HS2

The initial plan is for a new line from London to Birmingham, with later extensions to Manchester and Leeds.

The Stop HS2 campaign group had called on Mr Grayling to urgently review the project on cost grounds, and the effect on towns and cities near the route but Mr Grayling told BBC Radio 4's The World This Weekend: "I have no plans to back away from the HS2 project."  

Littleborough celebrates Rushbearing Festival

Rochdale Online

Littleborough was packed on Saturday afternoon for the 25th annual Rushbearing Festival and street parade.  

Python dumped in Manchester finds new home

A 6ft python found dumped and barely alive near a Manchester city centre bar is recovering as the RSPCA investigate.

Adam Edwards and python
Adam Edwards

The female Australian carpet snake was found near Kiki bar in Canal Street early on Sunday.

CCTV footage showed the snake had been dumped at about 14:00 on Saturday.

Happily, bar manager Adam Edwards said she has found a new home with a friend of the bar staff, as an appeal has gone out to find the person who dumped her.  

Leigh Centurions sign Catalans Dragons forward Antoni Maria for two years

BBC Sport

Leigh Centurions have signed Catalans Dragons forward Antoni Maria on a two-year contract, it has been announced.

The player will join the club at the end of this season.

Motorway police tweet picture of M6 in Cheshire after caravan overturns

North West Motorway Police have tweeted a picture of the aftermath of an overturned caravan on the northbound M6 in Cheshire, near Lymm, which is causing severe congestion.

They warned drivers that officers are recording details of drivers using mobile phones as they pass the scene.

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Council leaders demand PM Brexit talks

Leaders of five combined authorities have written to the prime minister saying the north of England needs a "strong voice" in Brexit negotiations.

The letter was signed by leaders from Greater Manchester, Liverpool, North East, Sheffield, and West Yorkshire combined authorities.

It requested a meeting with Theresa May, who has not yet commented, "at her earliest convenience".

Northern cities
BBC

A new community fire and ambulance station in Wigan gets approved

A new community fire and ambulance station will be built in Wigan after the plans were given the go-ahead by the local authority. It is expected to open in summer 2017.

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Overturned caravan blocks M6 northbound at Lymm

BBC Travel

An overturned caravan is blocking three lanes of the M6 northbound in Cheshire between junction 20 at Lymm and junction 21 at Woolston.

Congestion is stretching back to junction 19 at Knutsford. 

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Manchester authorities call for Brexit voice

The leaders of the combined authorities in Manchester and Liverpool are among the councils in the north to write to the prime minister, saying their voices must be heard in Brexit talks.

Manchester Town Hall
BBC

In a letter to Theresa May, they made it clear that "with an economy stronger than that of Scotland's and a population greater than London's", the north will "not be ignored" during Brexit negotiations.

Tony Lloyd, interim Mayor of Greater Manchester says he is happy to host the meeting in the "very near future".    

Latest headlines in Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • Anti-nuclear demonstrators in Manchester have staged a protest against Trident and unfurled a banner above Princess Parkway in Hulme
  • A week-long amnesty on psychoactive substances, previously known as legal highs until they were outlawed, begins in Greater Manchester
  • A teenager's been bailed after his arrest over the theft of phones from three students who were playing Pokemon Go in Hulme Park on Friday

Police and RSPCA investigate seal attack in Warrington

Warrington Guardian

Officers have been assisting the RSPCA with the Warrington seal following reports youths have been throwing objects at the animal.

Footage of Stockport cinema fire

Thanks to Richard Bullock who sent this footage of firefighters tackling a blaze at a former Art Deco cinema in Gatley, Stockport.

Fire at disused Art Deco cinema in Gatley

The blaze broke out at about 16:00 on Sunday at the disused Tatton Cinema and is being investigated by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.

Young golf ace about to head off to children's world championships

Stockport golfer Josie Plowman, 11, only took up the sport three years ago and has qualified for the US Children's World Golf Championships.

She is pictured putting with her Dad.

Josie Plowman
BBC

Travel: Delays continue on M60 due to overturned lorry

BBC Travel

There are continuing long delays on the M60 anti-clockwise on an exit slip road at junction 5 at Princess Parkway, because of an earlier overturned lorry and emergency repairs.

Congestion is stretching back to junction 7 at Stretford. 

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Pokemon Go phone theft: Teenager arrested and bailed

A teenager has been arrested after three students who were playing Pokemon Go reported they had their mobile phones stolen in Hulme Park, Manchester, on Friday night.

Pokemon Go
EPA

The virtual reality game uses a phone's GPS location data to allow players to roam the real world.

Greater Manchester Police said a man was arrested on Saturday and bailed pending further inquiries.

Latest headlines in Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • Greater Manchester Police has launched a week-long amnesty on psychoactive substances, previously known as legal highs
  • An investigation is underway into the cause of a fire at the historic former Tatton Cinema in Gatley, Stockport
  • Josie Plowman, an 11-year-old from Stockport has qualified for the children's golf world championships in America

Football: Who's coming to Man Utd?

BBC Sport

Check out the Sport Gossip column to find which out which players are coming to Manchester United during transfer season.

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Satellite view shows extent of the cloud lifting to bring sunshine

The cloud is starting to lift on what is predicted to be the hottest day of the year so far in Greater Manchester and east Cheshire.

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