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  1. Updates from Wednesday 10 August
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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 Thursday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the region.     

Weather: Further outbreaks of rain

BBC Weather

In a final look at the weather, there will be further outbreaks of rain through the night turning heavy over western hills, interspersed with some dry spells.

Weather forecast for Wednesday 10 July

The good news is it will feel milder than recent nights.  

Holidaymakers travelling with Small Planet Airlines delayed again

Passengers flying with airline Small Planet are facing delays at Manchester Airport again.

Manchester Airport

Passengers on the 09:55 flight to Rhodes are facing a seven-hour delay while they wait for a replacement aircraft to arrive.

The Lithuanian airline said the delay was due to an aircraft needing "unscheduled maintenance" and apologised to customers.

It follows a 38-hour delay last week for more than 100 passengers heading from Manchester to Corfu.

At the scene of Ashton-under-Lyne house blast aftermath

Melanie Stewart-Smith

BBC Radio Manchester journalist

There are still shards of glass on the road surrounding the missing terrace house on Curzon Road.

Ashton-under-Lyne house blast

The explosion has completely destroyed one of the centre homes in a row of six properties, and taken most of the two neighbouring houses with it.

While I was there demolition experts were pulling out the PVC window frame of the home next door, and removing roof tiles, revealing burnt timber frames below.

The authorities then went inside, bringing out boxes, clothes, a TV - all the sorts of belongings that make up someone’s home. They were then lowered down with a cherry-picker and loaded into a waiting car. I saw piles of children’s DVDs and a piggy bank.

Manchester Fire & Rescue Service say they don’t yet know whether those homes will ever be useable again and it could be days before the structure of the buildings are made safe.

Ashton-under-Lyne blast: 'Too early to comment on cause'

Investigators at the site of the explosion in Ashton-under-Lyne have said it is too early to comment on the cause of the blast. 

The house destroyed by the blast
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

John Wilson, 63, died following the explosion in Curzon Road, while his wife and daughter suffered life-changing injuries. 

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service group manager Pete Buckley said the building was "still unstable".

He said once the building was made safe investigators will be able to start investigating the cause of the explosion.

Daughter's tribute to dad killed in Ashton-under-Lyne house blast

Manchester Evening News

Manchester Evening News

The daughter of a man who died in an explosion which destroyed his family’s home in Ashton-under-Lyne has spoken of her heartbreak.

Aerial view of the destruction caused by the blast

John Wilson, 63, died after jumping from a window in the property while his wife, Hazel, and daughter, Danielle, were trapped and suffered "life-changing injuries", firefighters said.

His daughter Leanne told the Manchester Evening News: “He was an excellent dad and grandad – and a fabulous husband to mum. He’ll be missed by a lot of people. Mum was devoted to looking after him.”

Headlines from Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • A vigil is to be held later in support of the families affected by the Ashton-under-Lyne house explosion
  • A 24-year-old man appears in court charged with an attempted burglary at the home of Manchester United's Wayne Rooney
  • A statue of Victoria Wood is set to be erected in Library Gardens on Silver Street in Bury town centre

Man in court over attempted burglary of Rooney's home

A 24-year-old man has appeared in court charged with the attempted burglary of Wayne Rooney's £6m home in Cheshire.

Wayne Rooney

Robert Leslie McNamara, from Scarborough, appeared before South and East Cheshire Magistrates earlier.

He is charged with the attempted burglary of a dwelling with intent to steal on 3 August - the date Rooney was playing in his testimonial match at Old Trafford.

McNamara was bailed and is due to appear again at Chester Crown Court on 7 September. 

Vigil planned for victims of Ashton-under-Lyne blast

A vigil is to be held at a church close to the scene of an explosion which killed a man and injured nine in Ashton-under-Lyne.

Destruction caused by blast

Reverend Karen Hilsden, from Hurst Methodist Church, said it will allow people to "mourn and grieve together as the families need space to come to terms with what has happened".

She added: "Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have been affected, particularly the Wilson family, and we would appreciate it if you would respect their privacy at this difficult time."

The vigil will take place between 18:00 and 21:00.

Oldham boss 'still learning names'

BBC Sport

Oldham boss Stephen Robinson jokes he is still learning some of the players' names after signing 18 players so far.

Stephen Robinson
Rex Features

He joined in July from his role as Northern Ireland assistant and started with just seven contracted players.

"I think I'm still trying to get to know half of the players' names," he told BBC Radio Manchester.

"I don't know if there are many managers who have signed 18 players in four weeks but that's what we've done."

Lion Salt Works named best heritage project

Phil McCann

Cheshire Political Reporter, BBC News

A 100-year-old salt works in Cheshire that was brought back to life has been named the best heritage project in the UK by the National Lottery.

The Lion Salt Works named the best heritage project in the UK

The Lion Salt Works in Northwich which reopened as a museum last year after a £10.2m restoration has been celebrating the honour.

Headlines from Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

Clean-up operation at site of Ashton-under-Lyne blast

Melanie Stewart-Smith

BBC Radio Manchester journalist

Rubble is being cleared from around the houses which were destroyed in yesterday's suspected gas explosion in Ashton-under-Lyne

John Wilson, 63, died following the blast on Curzon Road and nine other people injured in the explosion, including his wife and daughter. 

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Travel: Queuing traffic in Ashton-under-Lyne and Sale

BBC Travel

There is heavier than usual traffic on Oldham Road southbound in Ashton-Under-Lyne between Wilshaw Lane and Wellington Road.  

There is also queuing traffic on Manchester Road in both directions in Sale between Park Road and the Eastway junction in the roadworks area.

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Salt works museum presented with National Lottery award

A former Cheshire salt works which reopened as a museum has received a National Lottery Award of £3,000.

Ainsley Harriott
VJT Photography

TV chef Ainsley Harriott presented the honour to the tourist attraction which opened its doors to the public last year after a £10.2m restoration.

The Grade II-listed site, near Northwich, produced salt since its opening in 1894 but closed in 1986.

Weather: Outbreaks of rain on the way

BBC Travel

Although it was a largely bright and dry start to the day, cloud is thickening as patchy outbreaks of rain arrive through the afternoon from the west.

Weather forecast for Wednesday 10 August

Feeling cool under the cloud and rain.   

More on BBC Weather 

Football: Man Utd move for Pogba began in 2013

BBC Sport

Manchester United began to seriously consider luring Paul Pogba back to Old Trafford from Juventus within 12 months of his exit.

Getty Images

United have paid a world-record £89m to sign the 23-year-old, four years after he left to join Juventus for £1.5m.

Sir Alex Ferguson was not on good terms with Pogba's agent Mino Raiola and could not get him to sign a new deal.

It is understood the first attempts to repair the relationship between United and Raiola were made in the months after Ferguson retired in 2013.

Bolton hospital criticised over waiting times by health inspectors

Royal Bolton Hospital has been criticised for urgent and emergency services waiting times by health inspectors.

Royal Bolton Hospital

The report by the Care Quality Commission found the hospital required improvement in the safety aspect of services and the emergency department did not at times see, treat, admit or discharge patients within the target of four hours.

However, inspectors said the hospital was effective, caring, responsive and well led and gave it an overall "good" rating.

A £2m scheme to extend the casualty department is expected to be completed at the end of this year.

Third time lucky for James Guy as swimmer wins Olympic silver

Bury Times

Bury Times

Radcliffe swimming star James Guy shrugged off the disappointment of missing out on an individual medal at the Rio Olympics to power Team GB to silver in the 4x200m freestyle relay.  

James Guy

Headlines from Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

Twenty years on: Remembering Oasis's historic shows at Knebworth

Mark Savage

Music reporter

It was 20 years ago today when Manchester band Oasis played the first of two gigs that would go down in music folklore.

Oasis at Knebworth
Rex Features

Their concerts at Knebworth in Hertfordshire were the biggest concerts ever held in the UK at the time.

One in 20 Britons applied for tickets, and a quarter of a million eventually got to see the performances, which confirmed their status as the most popular British band since The Beatles.

It was hard to argue with Noel Gallagher at that moment when he strode on stage and declared: "You're making history, you lot."

"I'll never forget the sheer scale of it," says Bonehead, AKA guitarist Paul Arthurs.

Dramatic photo captures hail shower over Jodrell Bank

This stunning picture was taken from the edge of Macclesfield Forest in Cheshire, looking west towards the radio telescope at Jodrell Bank and beyond.

Macclesfield Forest
Mark Boardman

Mark Boardman, who captured the image, said the weather was cold, and a north-westerly wind blew the shower of hail to engulf the telescope.  

It has been shortlisted for the 2016 Weather Photographer of the Year competition from more than 800 entries. 

Vote for your winner on the Weather Photographer of the Year website.

Veteran plans car restoration project for returning soldiers

A veteran who served in Afghanistan is asking for help to turn an old airport terminal building in Salford into a classic car and motorcycle restoration garage for ex-armed forces. 

Appeal for help to create centre for veterans

Jay Redshaw said he wants to create a social hub at the World War Two building, which has been donated by Peel Group, for veterans to "have some fun" and gain qualifications. 

His best friend Elijah Bond was killed on the front line and he has vowed to help returning soldiers deal with issues such as grief and anxiety.

He said: "When I left the armed forces I found there was not a lot of help out there and you do struggle."

Location chosen for Victoria Wood memorial statue

Plans to build a statue memorial for the late entertainer Victoria Wood have taken a step forward, with Bury Council agreeing a location for the project - in the town's cultural quarter.

Victoria Wood

The comedian, singer and writer was born in Prestwich and then lived in Bury, where she attended Bury Grammar School for Girls.

Chris Foote-Wood with councillor Rishi Shori
Bury Council

Council leader Rishi Shori said the tribute would be built in Library Gardens on Silver Street, after a meeting with Ms Wood's brother Chris Foote-Wood.

Shori said she was "a national treasure" and it was "only right that there should be a fitting tribute to her in the borough in which she was born".

Her brother has launched a crowdfunding page to raise the £20,000 needed to fund the project.

Man charged over attempted burglary at Wayne Rooney's home

A man has been charged with the attempted burglary of Wayne's Rooney's £6m home in Cheshire.

Wayne Rooney

Robert Leslie McNamara, 24, of Newby Farm Crescent, Scalby, Scarborough, has been remanded in custody and is due to appear at South and East Cheshire Magistrates' Court later.  

The incident happened while the Manchester United captain was playing in his testimonial match at Old Trafford last week.  

Man 'critical' after hit-and-run crash

A 25-year-old man is critically ill in hospital after a hit-and-run collision with a car in Bolton.

Tonge Moor Road

Police said it happened on Tonge Moor Road shortly before 21:00 last night.

The car, which failed to stop, was described as a blue Toyota.

Headlines from Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • Andy Burnham is pledging to build more council houses, as part of his campaign to become Greater Manchester's first directly elected mayor
  • A man has died following a fire and explosion at a house in Ashton-under-Lyne
  • A man is fighting for his life in hospital after a hit-and-run collision involving a car in Bolton 

Football: Manchester clubs pay huge police bills

BBC Sport

Manchester City and Manchester United paid £1.69m more in policing costs than their five Premier League London rivals combined last season.

Police at Manchester City
Getty Images

Manchester City had the biggest bill in England's top flight, paying £944,195 to Great Manchester Police closely followed by United, who spent £925,126.

The figures were obtained by the Press Association using a Freedom of Information request.

Arrest over Rooney home burglary bid

A man is arrested on suspicion of attempted burglary after Wayne Rooney's home was allegedly targeted while he was playing in his testimonial match at Old Trafford.

Wayne Rooney

The incident happened at about 21:00 BST on 3 August in Prestbury, Cheshire.

The alarm at the Manchester United star's £6m property was reportedly triggered and police conducted a full search of the area.

The arrested man is 24 and from the Scarborough area.

Travel: Disruption on the roads

BBC Travel

Curzon Road in Ashton-Under-Lyne remains closed in both directions between Whiteacre Road and Clinton Street because of yesterday's suspected gas explosion.

A traffic light failure on Oxford Street, Manchester, at the Whitworth Street junction is causing delays and motorists are advised to approach with care.

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Man dies after supected gas explosion at Ashton-under-Lyne house

A man has died following a suspected gas explosion at a family home in Ashton-under-Lyne.

Blast house in Curzon Road, Ashton-under-Lyne

The blast caused the terraced house in Curzon Road to collapse at both the front and back. 

John Wilson, 63, a double lung transplant survivor who was forced to jump from a window in the property, died in hospital, the BBC understands. 

His wife Hazel and daughter Danielle were also trapped and suffered "life-changing injuries", firefighters said.

Headlines from Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

Weather: Bright and dry start

BBC Weather

A largely bright and dry start to the day before cloud thickens as patchy outbreaks of rain arrive through the afternoon from the west.

North West weather forecast for Wednesday 10 July

Feeling cool under the cloud and rain.

More from BBC Weather

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Reporter, BBC News Online

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