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  1. Updates from Tuesday 2 August
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Live updates from Greater Manchester have finished for the day, but we'll be back from 08:00 on Wednesday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel.

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Weather: Light rain in places, but dry later

BBC Weather

It will be cloudy this evening with outbreaks of mainly light rain in places, but most parts should become dry overnight.


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World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury to sue UK Anti-Doping

BBC Sport

British boxer Tyson Fury is suing UK Anti-Doping over allegations he used a performance-enhancing drug.

Tyson Fury
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The Sunday Mirror reported on 26 June that traces of banned substance nandrolone were found in a urine sample taken from Wythenshawe-born Fury in February 2015.

He denied the claim and his legal team says the result of tests from March and May 2015 were contradictory.

Sarah Harding to star in Ghost The Musical

Sarah Harding will make her theatre debut in a new production of Ghost The Musical.

Sarah Harding and Andy Moss
Darren Bell

The former member of Girls Aloud, who grew up in Stockport, will play Molly - the character portrayed by Demi Moore in the original film.

Andy Moss, best known as Rhys Ashworth in Channel 4's Hollyoaks, will play Sam - the role made famous on the big screen by Patrick Swayze.

Trust receives grant to buy part of Bolton estate

The Woodland Trust has bought another slice of the Smithills Estate, near Bolton, near to Brown Stones Quarry.

Smithills Estate
Woodland Trust

The trust already manages the whole estate and last year bought two-thirds of the 1,700 acre landscape, but is still fundraising to complete the purchase and begin restoration of habitats and improve access for locals.

Smithills is described as "a rich mosaic of woodland, pasture, moorland and fragile bog habitats" in the shadow of the Winter Hill TV mast.


Rachael Connors

BBC News

Home ownership in Greater Manchester has plummeted in percentage points more than the rest of England. Why are people in Greater Manchester renting and not buying?

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Man guilty of causing motorway crash death

A Rochdale man has been found guilty of causing death by careless driving after a man died during a crash on the M6 in Cheshire.

Clark Greenwood
Cheshire Police

Gareth Morris, 59, was convicted over the death of Clark Greenwood (pictured), a passenger in a Mercedes which broke down in the middle lane of the motorway north of Sandbach, on 14 June 2014.

Mr Greenwood, from Ashton-under-Lyne, who had been out for the day with his son and a family friend at a British Stock Car Championship in Birmingham, died in hospital the following day.

Mr Morris was give a 12-month community supervision order, was ordered to carry out 250 hours' unpaid work and was disqualified from driving for two years at Chester Crown Court.

Manchester is 'destination city' says property expert

Explaining the fall in home ownership in Greater Manchester, the managing director of a property company in Manchester said it is a "destination city" with visitors from all over the world.

Manchester view

Ian Waxman, MD for PAD Residential said young people liked to rent because it was a "quicker transaction" and it gave them "flexibility in the job market".

"There has been underinvestment in the last ten years in Manchester, because of a housing slump, but we are catching back up with the demand." he added. 

Former fire station to be redeveloped

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Flight to Corfu 'still showing as delayed until tomorrow'

A Manchester Airport spokesman has said the Small Planet Airlines’ flight to Corfu, which was supposed to leave at 11:00 yesterday, "is currently still showing as delayed until tomorrow morning".

He said anyone with "specific queries about the flight or carrier should speak to the airline directly".

“In the meantime we will work closely with our terminal teams and handling agents to ensure the passengers are cared for and looked after, until their flight to Greece can depart," he added.

Second suspected attempted child abduction in south Manchester

Manchester Evening News

Manchester Evening News

A young boy has managed to escape after a man tried to drag him inside a van in Reddish, Stockport.

It follows a report that attempts were made to drag a boy into a car after he was invited to see some puppies in Chorlton Water Park.

Calls for Stepping Hill ward closure leak councillor to quit

Kevin Fitzpatrick

BBC Radio Manchester journalist

There are calls for a Liberal Democrat councillor in Stockport to resign after she allegedly leaked information about Stepping Hill Hospital.

Labour and Conservatives say Laura Booth should not have revealed 350 jobs at the hospital were to go and a ward would close within 48 hours.

The Liberal Democrats insist the public "had a right to know" and said it was "bizarre" that opponents were trying to "make political gain".

Fall in home ownership in Greater Manchester in figures

The fall in home ownership in Greater Manchester is starkly illustrated by this graphic, which shows the contrasting rise in private renters.

Home ownership GFX

Travel: Lane closed and long queues due to broken-down lorry

BBC Travel

A broken-down lorry has caused a lane closure and lengthy queues on the M6 southbound at Junction 19 at Knutsford in Cheshire in the roadworks area.

Congestion is stretching to Junction 20 at Lymm Interchange.  

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Passengers' long wait for flight to Corfu

Clare Fallon

BBC reporter

These are the scenes at Manchester Airport, where passengers are still waiting for a flight to Corfu that should have taken off at 11:00 yesterday.

Manchester Airport delayed flight

Latest headlines in Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • A new study finds levels of home ownership in England have fallen sharply with the biggest fall seen in Manchester
  • Hundreds of passengers have been stranded at Manchester Airport for more than 28 hours after their flight was delayed 
  • Manchester City Council is set to approve inflation-busting pay rises for eight of its senior managers later this week

Cotton spinning returns to Greater Manchester

More than 30 years after the last of Manchester's cotton mills closed, a North West textiles company is bringing cotton spinning back to the region.

English Fine Cottons in Dukinfield have just switched on their machines for the first time.

BBC North West Tonight's Peter Marshall has been speaking with Andy Ogden from the Dukinfield company.

Passengers angry after 27-hour airport delay

Passengers at Manchester Airport waiting to board a delayed flight to Corfu have begun taking pictures and tweeting about their ordeal.

Paul Preston says he is "very angry with Small Planet airlines and Olympic holidays", adding: "Just want get to Corfu for what's left of our hols."

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Green addition to Manchester's tram network

Trees have been added to the platform at the new St Peter's Square tram stop, the first for the network, Manchester Metrolink says.

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Airport confirms flight delay is result of 'technical fault'

Manchester Airport has confirmed that the delay of 28 hours to a Corfu-bound holiday flight is due to a "technical fault".

Small Planet airlines
Maarten Visser

A spokesman said: "It's certainly a stand-out length of time. There have been delays at Manchester Airport before, but never for this length of time."

He said terminal staff are working with airline staff to "care for passengers who have been taken to hotels".

Facebook statement from Small Planet airlines over airport delays

Small Planet Airlines statement

Passenger speaks of upsetting "absence of care" over delays

A passenger who is stranded at Manchester Airport as a result of the delays to a Corfu-bound flight has spoken of the airline and travel company's "absence of care" that has "upset people more than anything."

Paul Kenny said the 11:00 flight on Monday was initially postponed until noon and it "constantly got delayed and delayed until about 8pm last night "when we were informed we had to stay in a hotel."

He said the website for the airline is showing it departing at 01:00 tomorrow.

Mr Kenny said there had been a "total lack of communication" from the travel company, Olympic, and Small Planet airlines.

He said the two companies involved had been "awful", adding: "They will tweet information contradictory to the advice given so no-one has any idea what to believe."

Flight delayed for 28 hours faces further 12-hour delay

Passengers at Manchester Airport waiting to take-off for a flight to Corfu for the past 28 hours have been told they face a further 12-hour delay before the plane is likely to take off.

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Watching Coldplay's Viola Beach tribute was hard, relatives say

Relatives of the Warrington band Viola Beach have told the NME that watching Coldplay's tribute to them at Glastonbury was hard.

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Chris Martin led his bandmates in a rendition of Boys That Sing, a song that Viola Beach recorded shortly before they died in a car crash in Sweden.

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Jordon Begley: First time IPCC applies to review investigation

The judicial review granted to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) following its investigation into the death of Jordon Begley is the first time the police watchdog has found itself in this position.

Jordon Begley

The IPCC is waiting for a date for the hearing. It follows an inquest in July 2015 which found Mr Begley died partly as a result of "being inappropriately and unreasonably" Tasered and restrained by police officers.

The IPCC has applied to judicially review its own decision on a previous occasion, "but this related to an appeal determination rather than an independent investigation", a spokeswoman added.

IPCC granted judicial review to quash Jordon Begley investigation

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has been granted a judicial review to quash its investigation into the death of Jordon Begley following an inquest.

The inquest in July 2015 found Mr Begley died partly as a result of being "inappropriately and unreasonably" Tasered and restrained by police officers.

Jordon Begley

An IPCC spokeswoman said: "At the coroner's inquest into the death of Jordon Begley, concerns were raised about the conduct of the officers involved that may not have been consistent with the IPCC's findings. 

"In light of this, the IPCC reviewed its investigation and decided to seek permission to quash its independent investigation report in order to ensure all the available evidence could be considered."

Remembering Oldham Athletic's glory days

Manchester Town Hall

Senior managers at Manchester City Council are set to receive above-inflationary pay rises under plans expected to get the green light.

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Posthumous Viola Beach album set to top charts

The debut album from Viola Beach - the Warrington band killed in a car crash in Sweden in February - looks set to reach number one in the album chart.

Viola Beach

Home owning report 'should be wake-up call' to government

The Resolution Foundation report on falling home ownership in Greater Manchester should be "a wake-up call to the government," Greater Manchester interim mayor Tony Lloyd has said.

Tony Lloyd

Mr Lloyd said: "Greater Manchester has been singled out as having the sharpest fall in home ownership across England.

"To reverse this trend we know that we have to build more homes and ensure a better mix of housing that enables all of our residents to find a home they can afford in an area where they want to live," he said.

Mr Lloyd called on more to be done by central government to "enable us to build the homes Greater Manchester needs now and in to the future".

Attempted abduction of boy, 8, 'alarming', says detective

A detective investigating an attempted child abduction in Chorlton Water Park has described the "worrying set of circumstances".

An eight-year-old boy escaped with the help of friends after being targeted by a woman in a car who asked if he wanted to "see some puppies" at about 17:45 on Monday.

Det Insp Paul Walker, from Greater Manchester Police, said: "I understand people will be alarmed when they hear news of this incident, but we have a number of officers currently investigating."

He urged anyone who saw a grey Toyota 4x4 vehicle near the water park on Monday to get in touch with police.

Appeal after chainsaws and gardening equipment stolen in Oldham

Gardening equipment, including chainsaws, has been stolen from Alexandra Park in Oldham.

Damaged lock on container
Oldham Council

A container was broken into overnight on 26 July and a large number of hand-held tools were taken.  

Councillor Barbara Brownridge, cabinet member for neighbourhoods and co-operatives, described it as "a very professional job" which "must have taken some time" as the thieves had to cut through a lock on the container.  

The items had been treated with SmartWater, which marks property, she added.  

Giles keen to strengthen Lancashire batting options

Scott Read

BBC Radio Lancashire

Lancashire head coach Ashley Giles says the club will be looking to strengthen their batting resources in the wake of Luis Reece’s impending departure.

Luis Reece
Getty Images

Reece has been named as one of three players who will not be offered new terms at Old Trafford. 

Father who died after assault outside McDonald's 'loved by all'

A father-of-four who died after an assault outside a McDonald's restaurant was "loved by all those who knew him", his family has said.  

Bradley Moore
Chorlton Water Park

Attempts are made to drag a boy into a car after he is invited to see some puppies, child abduction police say.

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