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  1. Updates on Friday 19 August
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates return from 08:00 on Monday

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

Before we go, we will leave you with the happy news that Stockport's Blossoms have fended off the competition and stayed on top of the album charts with their self-titled debut.

The indie rockers went straight to number one last week and retained their position despite stiff competition from veteran prog-rockers ELO.


Weather: Showers and winds spreading later

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Largely dry for most through this evening, but showers and strengthening winds will arrive in western areas towards midnight, before spreading to all parts later in the night. 

Some of the showers will be heavy with a risk of thunder.  

Weather forecast
Matty Blythe

Super League club Warrington Wolves re-sign Bradford's Matty Blythe on a one-year deal for the 2017 season.

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Senior officer Lee Bruckshaw condemns GMP over £500k investigation

A senior police officer has criticised his own force and chief constable following a 15-month, £500,000 probe into claims he perverted the course of justice.

Greater Manchester Police criticised for wasting public money investigating an officer

Ch Supt Lee Bruckshaw was accused of trying to intervene in the case of a Greater Manchester Police (GMP) sergeant accused of shoplifting.

He eventually received "management advice" after a charge of perverting the course of justice was dropped. 

GMP said its inquiry "took too long".

Pep and Jose 'back together again'

BBC Radio Manchester have shared another episode of their humorous look at the managers of City and United - Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho.

Episode 2 of Pep and Jose

Theresa May backs Osborne's 'Northern Powerhouse'

Theresa May has vowed to press ahead with George Osborne's "Northern Powerhouse" despite having fired him as chancellor.

Theresa May

In a Yorkshire Post article, the prime minister promised to "help the great cities and towns of the North pool their strengths and take on the world".

Headlines from Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

Olympic victory parade: Manchester in talks to host event

Manchester City Council says it is in talks about hosting a parade to celebrate the achievements of Team GB at the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

London Olympics parade

The council said it was in discussions with the government and British Olympic Committee about hosting the event.

Earlier, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said he was "keen" for a homecoming event to take place in the capital.

Manchester is home to several medal winners, including Team GB cyclists and Taekwondo gold medallist Jade Jones.

Joe Hart: Man City goalkeeper can leave - Pep Guardiola

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said goalkeeper Joe Hart can leave the Premier League club if he asks to.

Manchester City goalkeepers
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England international Hart, 29, is considering a move after being dropped, with Everton and Sevilla interested.

"I don't want players to stay if they don't want," Guardiola said. "If they want to stay, stay and we will fight together."

Hart favours a loan move with less than two weeks of the transfer window left so he can assess his options.

Police hunt bogus roofers after several scams

Bogus roofers have stolen thousands of pounds in a series of scams in Trafford, Salford and Bury which started on Monday.

Greater Manchester Police said on Monday a man in his 70s in Clarendon Road, Swinton, was conned out of £10,000 by a caller claiming his roof needed repairing.

Next day, the fake roofers caused £6,000 worth of damage after ripping tiles off a house in Leconfield Road, Winton, claiming it needed repairs.

GMP are also linking these incidents to a distraction burglary in Manchester Old Road, Bury, later that day when two men stole cash from a house after claiming the gutters needed clearing.

Sarah Harding still 'struggling' with The Jump knee injury

Former Girls Aloud star Sarah Harding is still "struggling" with a knee injury she suffered while taking part in Channel 4's The Jump in February.

Sarah Harding

The singer, who grew up in Stockport, was one of several contestants hurt during the show.

Nearly six months on from suffering a ruptured ligament, she said she still has "another month of physio" to go.

Accident closes lane on M60

BBC Travel

One lane is closed and there is queuing traffic clockwise on the M60 at Junction 5 due to an accident. 

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Rio Olympics 2016: Gold win 'could boost GB hockey'

BBC Sport

Great Britain's women can reinvigorate hockey at home if they emulate the 1988 men's side by winning Olympic gold, captain Kate Richardson-Walsh believes.

Kate Richardson-Walsh

Her team face the Netherlands in the final later looking to follow Sean Kerly's side, the champions in Seoul.

"You saw what happened to hockey in the country after that - it really picked up," said the Manchesrter-born player, part of a team who won bronze at London 2012.

Silver heirloom returned to mill museum

A silver pocket watch given to a mill worker for 50 years of dedicated service has been returned to Quarry Bank Mill after more than a century.

John Burgess watch
Quarry Bank MIll

The watch - made by Robert Milne of Manchester - was handed down through the generations of John Burgess' family, who have now decided to return it to his old workplace. 

John Burgess
Quarry Bank Mill

Mr Burgess (pictured on far left front row) worked his way up from cotton weaver to overlooker, one of the Styal mill's most important jobs.

He lived in Styal village all his life and his descendants still live there. We are very grateful to them for donating this watch to the National Trust and hope it will allow us to tell John's story to the public

Ally TsilikaArchivist, Quarry Bank Mill

FA Cup: From the Nou Camp to clearing fish off the pitch

BBC Sport

When former Manchester United midfielder Jonathan Greening collected his Champions League winner's medal at the Nou Camp in 1999, little did he know that 17 years later he would be in his wellington boots clearing fish from Tadcaster Albion's flooded pitch.

Jonathan Greening
Tadcaster Albion

The Brewers midfielder, an unused substitute when United beat Bayern Munich in the most dramatic of circumstances in Spain, sprang into action when the Yorkshire town was ravaged by floods and his latest club suffered more than £300,000 worth of damage at the start of the year.

The side entertain Northern Premier League Division One North rivals Scarborough Athletic in one of 160 FA Cup preliminary round ties this weekend.

Weather: Cloudy and rainy afternoon

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC Weather

A cloudy start is expected this afternoon, with rain which could be persistent with some heavy bursts likely.

Weather forecast for Friday 19 August

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Dame Sarah Storey discusses Paralympic audiences

Victoria Derbyshire

Dame Sarah Storey has been discussing audiences at the upcoming Paralympics - both those in the stadia and at home watching on TV.

She said that if the crowds do not turn up, that is no excuse for the athletes to underperform.

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The Eccles-born cyclist also said that it was "disappointing" that only 13 of the 22 Paralympic events would be televised, but said that was something that "unfortunately" athletes had become "a little bit used to" that sort of situation.

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Senior officer Lee Bruckshaw condemns GMP over £500k investigation

A senior police officer has criticised his own force and chief constable following a 15-month, £500,000 probe into claims he perverted the course of justice.

Ch Supt Lee Bruckshaw

Ch Supt Lee Bruckshaw was accused of trying to intervene in the case of a Greater Manchester Police (GMP) sergeant accused of shoplifting.

He eventually received "management advice" after a charge of perverting the course of justice was dropped.

GMP said its inquiry "took too long".

Man seriously injured in suspected machete attack

A 22-year-old man has suffered "serious injuries" after a suspected machete attack, Greater Manchester Police said.

Greater Manchester Police said the man was attacked "with a bladed weapon, possibly a machete or a meat cleaver" on Moston Lane East, Moston at about 10:20 on Thursday.

Det Sgt John Yates said the victim was "currently in hospital receiving treatment for some very serious injuries and he may be there for some time".

Manchester 'happy to host' national Olympic celebration

Manchester would be happy to host a national celebration of Team GB's success at the Rio Olympics, the city council has said.

Jason Kenny and Laura Trott
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Councillor Pat Karney said the council had contacted the Government to let them know the city was willing to hold such an event.

He added that even if the national celebration was held elsewhere, an event would still be held in the city.

Manchester boasts strong links to Team GB, with over a quarter of the squad's gold medalists - including Jason Kenny, Laura Trott and Jade Jones - training in the city.

Council plans to cut speed limit on Princess Road

Plans to cut the speed limit from 40mph to 30mph on one of Manchester's busiest commuter routes have been announced by the city's council.

Princess Road

A consultation has started underway on the proposal for Princess Road.

More than 1,000 people have signed an online petition, calling for the reduction after a number of accidents in recent years.

Rio Olympics 2016: Jade Jones 'could be most successful' taekwondo athlete

BBC Sport Wales

Jade Jones could go down in history as Britain's greatest taekwondo athlete, says GB coach Paul Green.

Jade Jones and Paul Green
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The 23-year-old Manchester-based athlete became a double Olympic gold medallist when she defended her -57kg title in Rio.

"She's the most successful British athlete in taekwondo in history and probably ever will be," Green said.

Headlines from Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • Stockport's Stepping Hill Hospital faces criticism over plans to increase parking charges by up to 40%
  • A senior GMP officer criticises his own force and chief constable after a 15-month £500,000 probe into claims he perverted the course of justice.
  • The world's most expensive footballer Paul Pogba could make his Man Utd debut at Old Trafford in the first Premier League game to be played on a Friday evening

'Huge' disappointment over Paralympic TV coverage plans

British Paralympic cyclist Dame Sarah Storey has said it is "hugely disappointing" that only 13 out of 22 Paralympic events will be covered live in Rio.

Dame Sarah Storey

The Rio-organising committee has blamed a funding gap for the decision.

The Eccles-born athlete said the lack of publicity harms Parlaympic sport adding:  "In my own sport we have struggled to get any media coverage since London 2012.

Travel: Accident causing delays on M61

A crash on the M61 southbound is currently causing 15-minute delays, the Highways Agency has said. 

Two lanes are closed with queuing traffic and congestion to Junction 5 for A58 (Westhoughton).  

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Force share diver snap for World Photography Day

Greater Manchester Police have made a moody contribution to pictures being shared online for World Photography Day.

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Man accused of sex attack on boy, 14

A 78-year-old man has been charged after a boy was sexually assaulted in a cinema toilet in Bolton.

Greater Manchester Police said the charges relate to an alleged attack on a 14-year-old at Middlebrook Vue Cinema in Horwich on 12 March.

Homes demolished near scene of Ashton-under-Lyne blast

Three terraced houses damaged during an explosion and a fire in Ashton-under-Lyne 10 days ago have been demolished.

Investigators are continuing into the cause of the blast on Curzon Road. 

63-year-old John Wilson died following the incident which left his wife and daughter with life-changing injuries.

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Farnworth woman's entire flagged path stolen

Bolton News

The Bolton News

A Farnworth woman woke to find her entire garden path had been stolen.

Church's tribute to mother of Moors Murders' victim

Tributes have been paid to the mother of Moors Murder victim Keith Bennett at the church where she used to light a candle for him every Sunday at Mass.

Winnie Johnson
St Chrysostom Parish Victoria Park

Priests and people from St Chrysostom Church, Victoria Park, Manchester, lit candles for Winnie Johnson and her son on Thursday evening in Manchester but also at the shrine of Our Lady Walsingham in Norfolk where some are on pilgrimage.

Two candles burned in Manchester and Walsingham for Winnie, who died of cancer on 18 August 2012.

"The local community misses her and we miss her at church," said the parish blog.

Shoplifter leaves identity cards behind

Greater Manchester Police officers say thanks to a shoplifter's error, one crime is going to be easy to solve.

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Headlines from Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • Stockport's Stepping Hill Hospital is criticised over plans to increase parking charges by up to 40%
  • A man is charged after a boy was sexually assaulted in a cinema at the Middlebrook retail park in Horwich
  • The world's most expensive footballer could make his Man Utd debut at Old Trafford in the first Premier League game to be played on a Friday evening

Rugby League: Manfredi misses Wigan's St Helens clash

BBC Sport

Wigan winger Dom Manfredi misses the derby game with St Helens in the Super League and is out for the rest of the season after suffering a knee injury in the loss at Castleford.

Wigan Warriors

Captain Sean O'Loughlin (left) and prop Lee Mossop are also ruled out, so Oliver Gildart, Joe Bretherton and Jake Shorrocks come into the squad.

Travel: Broken down vehicle blocking M56 lane

BBC Travel

One lane is closed on M56 eastbound at J10, A49 (Stretton), because of a broken down vehicle.

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Football: Pogba could make United debut

BBC Sport

The world's most expensive footballer could make his Manchester United debut tonight in the club's first home Premier League game of the season against Southampton.

Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba, who signed from Juventus for £89m, has served a one-match ban carried over from playing in Italy last season.

Rio Olympics 2016: Jade Jones retains -57kg taekwondo title

BBC Sport

Manchester-based Jade Jones retained her Olympic taekwondo title - winning GB's 22nd gold of the 2016 Games.

Fantastic Jones wins second Olympic title

The 23-year-old won a thrilling final 16-7 to defeat Spain's Eva Calvo Gomez in the - 57kg category in Rio.

Two head kicks in the third round sealed victory for Jones - who has now won both GB's taekwondo golds since its introduction as a medal sport in 2000.

Hospital parking charges to rise by 40%

Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport is increasing parking charges with the cost of the shortest stay set to rise by 40%.

Stepping Hill Hospital
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The cost of parking for up to two hours goes up from £2.50 to £3.50 while the cost of staying for more than four hours rises from £6 to £8.

Stockport NHS Foundation Trust has a deficit of more than £40m with plans to cut up to 350 full-time posts announced last month.

Residents who already have trouble parking outside their homes fear more people visiting the hospital will park on nearby streets.

Manchester Airport terminal evacuated after unattended bag found

Manchester Airport's Terminal 2 was evacuated after an unattended bag was found which turned out not to be suspicious, police said.

Manchester Terminal Two
Tommy J Oxtoby

Part of the terminal building was cordoned off on Thursday evening "as a precaution, while an investigation takes place," an airport spokesman said.

The spokesman said it has resulted in "some passengers being evacuated" from the building.

Police later said there was "nothing untoward" about the bag.