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  1. Updates on Monday 20 February
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Tuesday

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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.

Weather: Rain clearing leaving a dry night

BBC Weather

Rain will clear to the south later leaving many places dry for the night but some patchy rain around. Mild and frost free night with winds easing.

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'Trojan Horse' claims at Oldham's Clarksfield school rejected

 A head teacher's claims of a "Trojan Horse" Islamic takeover at a school has "no basis", a council investigation has found.

School
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Patricia O'Donnell, head of Clarksfield Primary School, Oldham, also alleged she had received death threats.

Oldham Council said it investigated the claims made in December but concluded, in a report leaked to the Sunday Times, it had "no concerns" about any schools.

The report would remain confidential, the council said.

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • Moors murderer Ian Brady loses a "totally unique" High Court challenge for the right to have the lawyer of his choice representing him at a tribunal
  • New research shows that the UK has the worst traffic congestion in Western Europe, and Manchester's congestion is the second most severe in the UK

Akala speaks at Inspirational Quotes event

MOBO award winning rapper and black historian, Akala, who's known for his comments against the slavery trade and more recently against anti-Muslim hate crime, has been meeting pupils in Manchester. 

Akala
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He was at an Inspirational Quotes event where hundreds of pieces of artwork featured quotes by school pupils.    

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Moors murderer Ian Brady loses 'unique' legal challenge

Moors Murderer Ian Brady has been refused permission to launch a "totally unique" High Court fight for the right to have the lawyer of his choice representing him at a tribunal.

Brady
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Brady applied for the go-ahead to challenge a bar on solicitor-advocate Robin Makin, who has represented him for more than 25 years, receiving a publicly funded contract to put his latest case before the Mental Health Review Tribunal.

The killer has previously asked the tribunal to be transferred from Ashworth secure hospital on Merseyside to a Scottish prison where he could be allowed to die if he wishes.

Mr Justice Morris, sitting in London, dismissed the application as "unarguable" and ruled that it had "no realistic prospect of success". 

Big rise predicted in numbers of older people in Greater Manchester

The number of people aged 75 or over is set to rise steeply in Greater Manchester over the next 20 years, according to a report. 

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Greater Manchester's Combined Authority looked at figures from 2011 and estimated that, by 2036, there will have been a 75% increase in the number of people who fall into that category. 

They are working with several agencies to try to prepare for the impact on social care and the NHS and highlighed the increasing number of elderly people living on their own - at risk of isolation and loneliness

Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cheshire southbound severe disruption, near Knutsford Services affecting J20 for M56.

M6 Cheshire - Severe delays and queuing traffic on M6 southbound near Knutsford Services, because of an earlier overturned vehicle. In the roadworks area. All lanes have been re-opened. Travel time is 60 to 75 minutes. Congestion to J20, M56 (Lymm Interchange) and on A556 Chester Road to Mere Crossroads.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Environmentalists and libertarians unite in HS2 criticism

Environmentalists Friends of the Earth joined the libertarian group Taxpayers' Alliance in a late bid to derail HS2.

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The two groups are normally at odds on policy, but both agree that the rail project is a bad use of public money, and likely to over-run its budget.

The projected price for HS2 is £56bn, but the Taxpayers' Alliance speculates that the final cost could reach £90bn.

The government says the line is needed to increase network capacity - and insists it will be built on budget.

George Harrison's Porsche to be sold

A Porsche previously owned by The Beatles' George Harrison which was almost scrapped for parts is to be auctioned.

Raj Sedha bought the car for parts in 2003, not realising it had been owned by the former Beatle
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The 37-year-old Porsche 928 was owned by Harrison when he lived in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, was sold to Raj Sedha, from Leeds, in 2003.

Mr Sedha was about to dismantle the car before his wife looked in the logbook to find it had been owned by Harrison.

The car is expected to fetch up to £20,000 in Stockport on 17 March.

Football: Chelsea already champions - Mourinho

BBC Sport

Chelsea can focus on the FA Cup as they are "already Premier League champions", says Jose Mourinho, manager of quarter-final opponents Manchester United. 

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Antonio Conte's side, who will host cup holders United in the last eight in March, hold an eight-point lead in the title race with 13 games to play. 

Chelsea progressed by beating Wolves 2-0 in the fifth round, while United came from behind to win 2-1 at Blackburn.   

I have to play Saint-Etienne and play the (EFL Cup) final and hopefully another opponent in the Europa League. I have to fight for the top four positions in the Premier League. Chelsea can only think about that because I think they are champions and have nothing else to play for.

Jose MourinhoManchester United manager

Safety features added to junction after revamp

Wigan Today

A number of tweaks to the layout of a notorious Wigan road junction are hoped to improve safety, council bosses have said.

Steve Diamond

Sale Sharks boss Steve Diamond is charged by the RFU for allegedly abusing match officials at Harlequins.

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Enjoy a stroll and a read at Levenshulme park

Books are placed on benches at Cringle Park. 

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Severe accident: M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise severe accident, at J25 for A560.

M60 Greater Manchester - M60 exit slip road closed anticlockwise at J25, A560 (Bredbury), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Man repeatedly stabbed as he sat in car

Manchester Evening News

A man was repeatedly stabbed as he sat in a car on a quiet cul-de-sac.  

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • Oldham Council says an investigation has found "no basis" to allegations of a "Trojan Horse" Islamic plot to take over a school in the town
  • Almost 500 police investigations are being reviewed, after allegations that some toxicology results from a Manchester forensics lab may have been manipulated

Probe into Randox Manchester 'manipulated' drug tests data

Almost 500 police investigations are being reviewed after two members of staff at a forensics lab in Manchester were arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice. 

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Randox Testing Services in Blackley, analyses samples for police forces across the country.

It follows claims that some toxicology results may have been affected by the alleged manipulation of data.

Warrington woman killed in flat blaze

A woman has died in a fire at a flat in Warrington.

Ashley Close, Warrington
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The blaze broke out in the ground floor of the property in the town's Ashley Close shortly after 20:00 on Saturday.

Firefighters found the woman in a bedroom. She was confirmed dead at the scene.

An investigation into the cause of the fire has been launched but there are not believed to be suspicious circumstances.

Severe disruption: M6 Lancashire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Lancashire northbound severe disruption, between J27 for A5209 and J28 for B5256.

M6 Lancashire - One lane closed on M6 northbound between J27, A5209 (Standish) and J28, B5256 (Leyland), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Booming tourism industry generates more than £420 million for Bolton's economy

Bolton News

Bolton's booming tourism industry has generated more than £420 million for the local economy, according to new figures.  

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Daniel Wainwright

BBC News

Labour constituencies dominate petitions ranging from the EU referendum to Donald Trump's visit.

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Council denies 'Trojan Horse' Islamic takeover plot

Oldham Council has denied reports of a "Trojan Horse" Islamic plot to take over a state school in the town. 

Clarksfield Primary
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The Sunday Times reported concerns had been raised by the head teacher at Clarksfield Primary and also claimed there were extremism issues at two other schools in the area - Horton Mill and Oldham Academy North. 

In a statement, Oldham Council said it found no basis to the "Trojan Horse" allegations - and currently had no active investigations or concerns about any of the other schools.

Travel: Slow on M62 Cheshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

Slow traffic due to earlier broken down vehicle on M62 Eastbound between J11 A574 (Birchwood) and J12 M60 / M602 (Eccles Interchange).

Blackburn were brilliant & brave - Mourinho

BBC Sport

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says his side had to work hard to beat "brave" Championship strugglers Blackburn 2-1 in the FA Cup fifth round

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • Manchester is ranked second worst in the UK for congestion after London, according to a study that analysed GPS data from hundreds of millions of cars around the world

Cracker the Manchester fire dog retires after 10 years

After a decade of dedicated service, Cracker the fire dog is retiring and handing over her duties with Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service to her replacement, Eric. 

Manchester ranked second worst in congestion study

Manchester was ranked second worst in the UK for congestion after London, according to a study that analysed GPS data from hundreds of millions of cars around the world. 

Congestion M60
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Britain has the worst traffic congestion in Western Europe, the research showed.

It showed drivers in the UK spend an average of 32 hours a year stuck in jams during peak periods.

Severe disruption: M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J17 for A56 Prestwich and J16 for A666 affecting J18 for M62.

M60 Greater Manchester - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M60 anticlockwise in Manchester between J17, A56 (Prestwich) and J16, A666 (Pendlebury), because of a broken down car with trailer. Congestion to J18, M62 (Simister Island).

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Vincent Kompany: Man City boss Pep Guardiola plays down concerns

BBC Sport

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola played down concerns over Vincent Kompany after the defender missed the FA Cup tie against Huddersfield Town.

Kompany
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Captain Kompany was expected to be involved in the goalless draw, but pulled out because of a leg problem.

The 30-year-old Belgian has been dogged by groin and calf injuries and has played only 341 minutes of football this season.

"Kompany was not able to play today but it is not a big issue," said Guardiola.

Man shot in thigh outside Moss Side cafe

Two people have been arrested after a man was left seriously ill when he was shot in the thigh outside a cafe.

Moss Side
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Officers were called before 14:50 GMT on Sunday after the attack outside the Silver Spoon in Moss Side, Manchester.

The man, who police believe was the victim of a "targeted attack", was taken to hospital where he remains seriously ill.

Two men, aged 20 and 45, have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

Nursery group is one of first in country to be awarded Millie’s Mark - set up to keep children safe

Bury Times

Bury Times

A nursery group has gone above and beyond in ensuring its youngsters are safe whilst in its care.  

'Extraordinary' aid for blaze-hit Lower Broughton church

A vicar of a Grade II-listed church that was destroyed by fire has said he has been overwhelmed by offers of practical and financial help.

Church fire
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Canon David Wyatt said they had had an "extraordinary response" following the blaze at The Church of the Ascension in Lower Broughton, Salford last Sunday.

"One man arrived with three baskets of beautiful perfumed soap and said we could raffle them off," he said.

A church in Cambridge has also offered to make and pay for new altar linen.

Match report: Blackburn Rovers 1-2 Manchester United

BBC Sport

Zlatan Ibrahimovic came off the bench to score the winner as holders Manchester United had to work hard to beat Championship strugglers Blackburn in the FA Cup fifth round.  

Zlatan
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Victory for United maintains their hopes of a cup treble this season, as they travel to Saint-Etienne in the Europa League on Wednesday with a healthy last-32 first-leg advantage, and face Southampton in the EFL Cup final next Sunday. 

Headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • Environmentalists Friends of the Earth join the libertarian group Taxpayers' Alliance in a late bid to derail HS2

Weather: Cloudy with drizzle

BBC Weather

After a cloudy start, outbreaks of rain and drizzle will quickly spread, clearing towards the end of the afternoon. There will also be gusty westerly winds but it will be mild.

Highs of 13C.

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Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cheshire southbound severe disruption, between J19 for A556 and J18 for A54 Middlewich.

M6 Cheshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 southbound between J19, A556 (Knutsford) and J18, A54 (Middlewich), because of a broken down lorry. In the roadworks area.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

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Rachael Lazaro

Reporter, BBC News Online

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