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  1. Updates from Wednesday 3 August
  2. News, sport, weather and travel will return from 08:00 on Thursday

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Live updates from Greater 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.  

Manchester City target Gabriel Jesus excites BBC's Tim Vickery
Tim Vickery gives the lowdown on Manchester City's new £27m Brazilian winger.

Rooney's best team-mates and top games

Wayne Rooney may be one of Manchester United's best ever players, but who does he think were the best team-mates? Ahead of his testimonial later, he has shared his list.

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The striker has also looked back his 253 games for the club and chosen his top three.

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Mayors help out with planting on Manchester mosslands

Tony Lloyd, the interim mayor of Greater Manchester, and Paul Dennett, the mayor of Salford, visited the Manchester mosslands earlier and planted some sphagnum moss to help wildlife and carbon capture.

Tony Lloyd and Paul Dennett plant sphagnum moss
The Wildlife Trust

The Wildlife Trust said the visit was part of its "huge project to boost wildlife, health and public involvement" in the Great Manchester Wetlands.

Letter

A prisoner sends a note to custody staff at a police station thanking them for showing her "respect and dignity".

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Memphis 'honoured' to be Rooney's team-mate

Ahead of Wayne Rooney's testimonial, his team-mate Memphis has shared a picture of the striker in his much-younger years.

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Meanwhile, Manchester United have shared a graphic that shows just how successful Rooney's time at the club has been.

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Manchester designer offers young people advice

Michelle Adamson

BBC Radio Manchester reporter

Zara Khalique's clothes have been worn by celebrities, such as pop star Ed Sheeran, and here she offers words of wisdom to young people starting out in their careers.

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Prisoner says thanks for 'pleasant stay'

A prisoner sent a note to staff at Cheadle Heath police station, thanking them for the "respect and dignity".

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Salford bird hide targeted by arsonists

A bird hide that has been a haven for wildlife lovers in Salford has been destroyed by arsonists.

Bird hide fire
Charley Barlow

The wooden hide on Little Woolden Moss, near to Cadishead, was moved to the new Lancashire Wildlife Trust nature reserve in 2014.

Leigh road closed due to accident

BBC Travel

Atherleigh Way in Leigh is closed in both directions due to an accident between the East Lancashire Road and St Helens Road (Leigh).

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Defender expected to rejoin Bolton

Jack Dearden

BBC Radio Manchester

Latest headlines in Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • Three members of UKIP's ruling group resign after Manchester-born MEP Steven Woolfe is excluded from the leadership race
  • Police are hunting a man who committed a robbery at knifepoint in Wigan
  • There are no Syrian refugees in Greater Manchester as the government admits there's little chance of meeting its targets 

Man found staggering around car park 'was over limit'

Greater Manchester Police tweeted about a man found staggering in a car park, who was incapable of using a ticket machine, who was found to be over the legal drink drive limit.

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Man robbed at knifepoint in Wigan

A man was robbed at knifepoint as he walked along a path near a park and football field in Wigan.

Fraser Road, Wigan
Google

He was approached on the path leading from Fraser Road to Scot Lane at about 23:15 on 20 July.

Greater Manchester Police said the knife was put to his chest before the assailant, thought to be in his 30s, took his money and ran off towards a nearby estate.

UKIP MEP Steven Woolfe ruled out of leadership battle

North West MEP and UKIP leadership hopeful Steven Woolfe has been ruled "ineligible" to stand in the contest to replace Nigel Farage - after he submitted his papers late.  

Steven Woolfe
BBC

The party's NEC said it had voted by a "clear majority" to exclude Mr Woolfe - previously seen as the frontrunner.

The Manchester-born MEP said he was "extremely disappointed" by the decision, and three NEC members have quit in protest.  

Jonathan Arnott, Bill Etheridge, Diane James, Lisa Duffy, Phillip Broughton and Elizabeth Jones are on the ballot.

BBC Music celebrate Viola Beach

BBC Music

Tram changes warning ahead of Wayne Rooney's testimonial

Metrolink is warning football fans using trams later for Wayne Rooney's testimonial there are some changes to watch out for and have asked people to plan their journey.

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Burnham urges PM to guarantee Northern Powerhouse plans

The Shadow Home Secretary, Andy Burnham, is urging Theresa May to guarantee the Government will continue with its plans for the Northern Powerhouse

Andy Burnham
Gett

Downing Street recently described the proposals as a "key government priority" - but Mr Burnham has suggested the new Prime Minister may be changing focus.

Will 39-hour delay passengers get compensation?

Holidaymakers who were delayed for more than 39 hours at Manchester Airport can apply for compensation on the Small Planet website, the airline has confirmed. 

Small Planet
Small Planet

The Lithuanian operator apologised for the inconvenience and stress and said this was "one of the most difficult technical situations we've experienced in some time". 

The firm "actively" looked for a replacement aircraft but no options were available until Wednesday, it said, adding: "We made every effort to take care of [passengers] by organising welfare as well as hotels with meals and transportation so that they could wait for their flights as comfortably as possible" 

Manchester United tweet about Wayne Rooney's 'big day'

Final preparations under way for Rochdale's first match

Flights from Manchester to Dubai delayed after crash

Two flights that were due to depart from Manchester Airport to Dubai have been delayed following a crash at Dubai International Airport - all passengers were evacuated safely.

Crash at Dubai International Airport
Hayen Ayari

The aircraft had been due to leave at 10:00 and 14:00 - but both are delayed, Manchester Airport has said.

It is not yet clear what will happen to an inbound flight from Dubai, due to arrive in Manchester at 19:20 - and another one due to arrive at 07:20 tomorrow.  

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • Police begin an investigation into how a man died in Rochdale, after he was found unconscious in the street
  • Transport for Greater Manchester says work is on schedule for a tram stop at St Peter's Square to reopen at the end of the month
  • Researchers from Manchester University discover a dinosaur specimen found in the US was almost crippled by a form of arthritis

Travel: Delays continue on A57 in Salford

BBC Travel

Traffic continues to be very slow in the roadworks on Regent Road eastbound in Salford, between Regent Road roundabout and the Oldfield Road junction.

Delays have been reported in the area all morning.

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Former players tweet support for Wayne Rooney's testimonial

Former Manchester United stars, including Rio Ferdinand and Andrew Cole, have been tweeting their support for Wayne Rooney ahead of his testimonial match against his boyhood club Everton later.

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Delayed Corfu flight: 'I really feel for passengers'

A passenger who was delayed for 25 hours on a Small Planet plane last month has emailed to say she feels for the passengers on the delayed Corfu flight, that finally landed this morning.

Small Planet plane
Small Planet

Linda Harrison faced the delays on 18 July and described the customer care as "terrible, if non-existent." The plane had problems with its air conditioning.

She said: "We have submitted a claim for compensation but have heard nothing from them yet."

Manchester researchers diagnose dinosaur with arthritis

University of Manchester and University of Massachusetts researchers have diagnosed a dinosaur from America with septic arthritis - a condition seen in modern birds, crocodiles and humans.

The condition affected the elbow joint of the Hadrosaur - a duck-billed dinosaur - resulting in a fused joint covered in bony growths.

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Wayne Rooney's testimonial match will be live streamed

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Wayne Rooney's testimonial match between Manchester United and Everton later will make history as the first ever game between Premier League teams to be streamed live on Facebook.

Wayne Rooney
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Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • A man dies after he is found unconscious on Roche Valley Way in Bamford, Rochdale in the early hours
  • The head of Metrolink says work on the Second City Crossing in Manchester is progessing well and could finish ahead of schedule
  • Holidaymakers delayed at Manchester Airport for more than 39 hours finally arrived at their destination in Corfu

Five sport press conferences in less than 24 hours

BBC Radio Manchester Sports team's tour of five press conferences in less than 24 hours has begun at Rochdale.

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'Unexplained' death of man in Rochdale

A man has died after he was found unconscious on Roch Valley Way in Bamford at about 02:30. 

He was taken to hospital after suffering head injuries and a cardiac arrest but died a short time later. 

Police said his death is being treated as "unexplained" and are appealing for information. 

Passenger describes 'raised voices' and 'frustration' on delayed Corfu flight

Paul Kenny is among the passengers who have now arrived at Corfu more than 38 hours after their Small Planet flight from Manchester Airport was due to take off.

Small Planet
Maarten Visser

He said he and his family were determined to "make the most" of the remaining time left of their holiday.

"People just want to be sitting by the pool with a cold beer in their hands. Most families on this flight are only here for a week and this is the morning of our third day.

"We stood around very patiently for long periods of time [on Tuesday] and there were raised voices at times, particularly yesterday morning."

Boxer Tyson Fury sues anti-doping agency over drug claims

BBC Sport

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

Tyson Fury
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Delayed passengers finally reach Corfu after 39 hours

Passengers who were delayed for more than 39 hours at Manchester Airport awaiting a flight to Corfu have finally reached their destination.

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