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Summary

  1. Updates on Thursday 18 August
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates return from 08:00 on Friday

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Manchester United's Paul Pogba may be the world's best midfielder but will struggle to win top individual awards, says manager Jose Mourinho.

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Our live coverage across the day

Live updates from Greater Manchester and east Cheshire have finished for the day, but we'll be back from 08:00 on Friday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the region.  

Weather: Cloud arrives later to bring some rain tonight

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Man who threatened to kill girlfriend on New Year's Eve jailed

Bolton News

The Bolton News

A man who threatened to kill his girlfriend and hit her with a broken glass after being thrown out of a pub on New Year’s Eve has been jailed for nine and half years.

Wilton Arms, in Coronation Road, Radcliffe
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Mum and eight-month-old son reported missing

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

A Stoke-on-Trent mother and her eight-month-old son have been reported missing.

Laura Pazir
Staffordshire Police

Staffordshire Police say Laura Pazir, 29, who disappeared in the last 24 hours, could be in the Manchester area.

The force says she has a Midlands accent and a fairy tattoo on her back between her shoulder blades and another tattoo on her right arm near her wrist.  

Travel: Broken down vehicle blocking M62 lane

BBC Travel

One lane is closed on M62 eastbound between Junction 11, A574 (Birchwood) and Junction 12, M60 (Eccles Interchange), because of a broken down vehicle.  

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Three men jailed over Harpurhey Gala Bingo hall 'drugs feud' shooting

Three men have been jailed for shooting a man and his mother in the car park of a bingo hall in Manchester.

Gala Bingo in Harpurhey
BBC

Scott Calder, 22, and his mother, 56, were shot outside Gala Bingo in Harpurhey after a failed kidnap.

Mr Calder was targeted as part of a drugs feud in January 2014, the Crime Prosecution Service said.

Mark Barker, James Instone and James Henry were jailed for 25, 22 and 15 years respectively at Manchester Crown Court.

Headlines from Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • Manchester has again been rated as the best place to live in the UK, according to a survey which looked education, culture, environment and infrastructure

In pictures: Summer in Rochdale's Springfield Park

Thank you to Zobia Azam for these beautiful pictures of Springfield Park.

flower in Springfield Park
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Springfield Park
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Child grooming trial collapses after jury fail to reach majority verdict

Oldham Evening Chronicle

Oldham Evening Chronicle

A jury in the trial of a former Oldham company boss alleged to have groomed an underage girl for sex, was discharged after failing to reach even a majority verdict.

Driver guilty of boy's death near mosque

A motorist is convicted of causing death by dangerous driving after an 11-year-old boy is fatally hit by a car outside a mosque.

Shahzaib Hussain
GMP

Shahzaib Hussain died after he was hit outside a mosque on Moss Street West in Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester.

Henry Barker, 20, of Failsworth, admitted causing death by careless driving but had denied causing death by dangerous driving.

He was convicted following a trial at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court.

Shahzaib Hussain

Driver guilty of boy's death near mosque

A motorist is convicted of causing death by dangerous driving after an 11-year-old boy is fatally hit by a car outside a mosque.

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Speeding driver guilty of killing boy, 11, near mosque

Naomi Cornwell

Reporter, BBC North West Tonight

A driver who killed an 11-year-old boy in a hit and run crash in Greater Manchester has been found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving.

Shahzaib Hussain
Family Photograph/BBC

Shahzaib Hussain died shortly after the crash outside a mosque in Ashton-under-Lyne earlier this year. 

Henry Barker was travelling at more than twice the speed limit, Manchester Crown Court heard.

Barker will be sentenced next week.

BreakingDriver guilty of killing 11-year-old outside mosque

A driver who knocked down and killed an 11-year-old boy outside a mosque in Ashton-under-Lyne has been found guilty of death by dangerous driving at Manchester Crown Court.

Trams due to resume through St Peter's Square 'at the end of the month'

Trams are due to start running through St Peter's Square in Manchester again at the end of this month, after a multimillion-pound redevelopment.

St Peter’s Square Metrolink stop artist impression
Transport for Greater Manchester

Transport for Greater Manchester said it is aiming to resume services through the square during the Bank Holiday weekend.  

The trams have been suspended through the square since 26 June as part of the Second City Crossing - a new line which will run from St Peter's Square to Victoria.

Man dies in tower block fall after 'attempting to climb from one flat to another'

Manchester Evening News

A man has fallen to his death from the 13th floor of a tower block near Rochdale town centre after a report which suggests he slipped and fell after attempting to climb from one apartment into another.

Rochdale flats
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Jury considers verdict in trial of driver who killed boy, 11, outside mosque

A jury has retired to consider its verdict in the trial of a driver who knocked down and killed an 11-year-old boy outside a mosque in Ashton-under-Lyne

Shahzaib Hussain
FAMILY PHOTOGRAPH/BBC

Shahzaib Hussain died after he was hit by a car outside a mosque on Moss Street West in February.

Henry Barker, 20, admitted causing death by careless driving but denies causing death by dangerous driving at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court.

Headlines from Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • Five possible routes have been revealed for a road tunnel under the Peak District to link Manchester with Sheffield
  • A jury has retired to consider its verdict in the trial of a driver who knocked down and killed an 11 year old boy outside a mosque in Ashton-under-Lyne
  • Manchester has again been rated as the best place to live in the UK, according to a survey which looked education, culture, environment and infrastructure

Manchester 'better place to live than London', says report

Manchester is a better place to live than London, according to annual rankings of cities around the globe.

Manchester
BBC

The capital held its place as the 53rd most liveable city in the world, but was 10 places behind Manchester, due to the increased threat of terrorism and petty crime in London. 

The annual Global Liveability Ranking by the Economist Intelligence Unit provides scores for lifestyle challenges in 140 cities worldwide, and placed Manchester above San Francisco and Seattle.

Manchester
BBC

Weather: A fine and dry day but cloud arrives later

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Weather forecast for Thursday 18 August

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Trott reflects on her experiences in Rio

BBC Sport

Britain's most decorated female athlete Laura Trott discusses her experiences in Rio, whom she is grateful to and how her Portuguese is going.

Rio Olympics 2016: Laura Trott’s Rio Postcard

The Cheshire-based cyclist won her third and fourth gold medals at the games in Brazil.

Wigan students celebrate A-level sucess

Munchetty becomes latest Strictly Come Dancing contestant

BBC Breakfast presenter Naga Munchetty has been named as the ninth celebrity on this year's Strictly Come Dancing.

Naga Munchetty
BBC

The 41-year-old, who joined the BBC in 2008, said she was "mega-excited" if "petrified" to be taking part in the BBC One ratings hit.

"I'm going to give it my very best and enjoy what's bound to be a great adventure," she continued.

The Salford-based presenter, a keen golfer, also revealed she has known she would be taking part since February.

Clever clogs dancer off to study Physics

A teenage clog dancer has hot-stepped her way to a place at the University of Sheffield after combining performing with study. 

Robyn Wallace
PA

Robyn Wallace, 17, from Littleborough, has managed to not only set up her own 50-strong clog dancing club, but she also won at the European Brass Band Championships where she played percussion. 

She is now off to study Physics after securing an A in Maths, and Bs in Chemistry and Physics.

Oasis remaster video for 'rethink' of 1997 number one

Music fans have got used to their favourite songs being remastered for anniversary editions, but Mancunian rockers Oasis have gone one step further by remastering the video for their 1997 number one, D'You Know What I Mean?

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The video's directors Dom & Nic used "original outtakes" and footage from the "B-roll" to create a new HD version of the Mancunian rockers' promo to fit Noel Gallagher's new "rethink" of the tune.

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Routes unveiled for Sheffield-Manchester road tunnel plan

Five possible routes for a tunnel between Sheffield and Manchester have been unveiled. 

The Department for Transport said the tunnel, which would bore through the Peak District, could halve journey times between the two cities. 

possible routes for the tunnel
Department for Transport

It described the scheme as "the most ambitious road scheme undertaken in the UK in more than five decades". 

The plans would link the M60 motorway east of Manchester to the M1 north of Sheffield.

Headlines from Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • Five possible routes have been revealed for a road tunnel under the Peak District to link Manchester with Sheffield
  • Too many homeless people are being turned away without support, according to a damning report written with the help of two local MPs
  • Work's been completed on upgrading 17 Arriva North trains which operate on Manchester routes 

How did you do in your A-level results?

A-levels results have been released today and we would love to know how you got on.

Students
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Let us know via emailFacebook or Twitter

Boxing: Klitschko threatens Fury with court to ensure rematch

BBC Sport

Wladimir Klitschko says he will take Wythenshawe's Tyson Fury to court to ensure their world heavyweight title rematch still takes place.

Tyson Fury (right) beat Wladimir Klitschko by unanimous decision in November 2015
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The pair are due to fight on 29 October at Manchester Arena. 

"Unfortunately, Team Fury is trying to change the terms of the already signed contract multiple times, and it is going on endlessly," Klitschko said. 

"To protect my own rights, and eventually see the rematch, I am forced to go to court".

Student to become first family member to head to university

Louise O'Brien will be the first member of her family to attend university when she enrols on to an Egyptology and Classical Studies course at the University of Liverpool next month. 

The 18-year-old from Wigan scored A-levels in Medieval History, English Literature and Chemistry.

Louise O"Brien
PA

She said:

My family were very surprised but very supportive when I told them I was hoping to go to university.

I have always been interested in ancient history, ever since I was a kid and started reading Percy Jackson books

Most people are quite surprised when I tell them what I'm going to study because they didn't know you could do a degree in it

Weather: Make the most of today's sunshine, rain is on the way

BBC Weather

Reports of a mallet on the motorway near Roe Green

Laura is off to Durham University following 'fabulous' A-level results

Manchester to Sheffield trans-Pennine road tunnel routes shortlisted

Five routes have been shortlisted for a trans-Pennine road tunnel between Manchester and Sheffield, the government has announced.

map of the routes
Department for Transport

All five routes join the M60 east of Manchester to the M1 north of Sheffield, with four options starting at the M67.

All would see journeys cut by 30 minutes.  

Transport Minister John Hayes said the scheme "would be the most ambitious project since the construction of the first motorways 50 years ago".

Rochdale mums proud of students' A-level successes

Some of the mothers of students at Rochdale College say they're hugely proud of their children's' results which means a chance of a university education they didn't have themselves.

Brad (centre) with fellow students
BBC

Brad Tweedale's mum said she was "absolutely over the moon" as he is the first member of the family to go to university - as he takes the next step in his dream to become a doctor.

The number of students being accepted for university places has reached a record level with the Ucas admissions services saying 424,000 places have been offered, an increase of 3% on this day last year.

Thieves steal savings after distracting Bury couple

An elderly couple from Bury have had their savings stolen after two men got tricked their way into the house on Manchester Old Road by warning them their gutters needed cleaning. 

Manchester Old Road
Google

One man kept the husband and wife talking while the other searched the living room and took the cash on Tuesday afternoon.

Police said they then drove off in a white van.

Rochdale lingerie thief gets 'knickered' by the police

Headlines from Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • Too many homeless people are being turned away without support, according to a damning report written with the help of two local MPs
  • A man is knocked off his bike and stabbed in north Manchester
  • The leader of Warrington Council calls for the registration numbers of customers buying fast food from drive-through restaurants printed on packaging so they can be traced if it is dropped as litter

Rio Olympics 2016: Great Britain's women reach their first hockey final

BBC Sport

Great Britain guaranteed another Olympic medal as the women's hockey team reached their first final with a superb 3-0 win over New Zealand in Rio.

GB celebrate
PA

Alex Danson's double and Helen Richardson-Walsh's penalty stroke mean GB will win at least silver, improving on their bronze at London 2012.

The team, captained by Stockport's Kate Richardson-Walsh, face the Netherlands, who are aiming for a third straight Olympic gold, in Friday's final at 21:00.

Team GB have won 50 medals in Rio, more than at any other overseas Olympics.