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  1. Flights at Manchester Airport are cancelled and trains are delayed after Storm Doris hits
  2. A driver is still on the road in Greater Manchester despite clocking up 39 penalty points, the BBC learns
  3. Manchester band The 1975 picks up best British group at Brit Awards
  4. Wayne Rooney's agent is in China to discuss a possible transfer from Manchester United
  5. Updates on Thursday 23 February

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England captain Wayne Rooney says he is staying at Manchester United, after being linked with a move to China.

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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 with more news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday... when hopefully the weather will be calmer!  

Storm Doris: Football pundit's 'bumpy' landing

We're not sure where BBC 5 live's Robbie Savage has been, but he's had a bit of a bumpy landing on his return to Manchester.

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Storm Doris: Tree falls on house in Hindley

Wigan Council are dealing with the aftermath of a tree falling on a house in The Lawns, Hindley.

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Weather: Colder night ahead

BBC Weather

Thankfully the wind and showers will ease overnight with clear spells developing, but it will feel much colder.  


Man arrested for kicking wreaths at cenotaph

A man has been arrested for kicking poppy wreaths at the cenotaph in central Manchester.

Manchester cenotaph

GMP's City Centre team said the man had also been detained for using abusive language.

Storm Doris: How are storms named?

It's a good opportunity, perhaps, to remind ourselves how Doris got her name.

tree on car
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A storm is named when it is deemed able to have a substantial impact on the UK or Ireland. 

It is the second year of the "name our storms" project by the Met Office and Met Eireann, which takes suggestions from submissions by members of the public.

The new list is being applied to storms between 1 October 2016 and September 2017.

The naming protocol was covered in our  story last September .

It's not on the way yet - but the next storm to hit the UK will be called Ewan.  

Storm Doris: Plane aborts landing in wind
A passenger plane had to abandon its initial landing attempt at Manchester Airport due to high winds.

Storm Doris: Virgin Trains run reduced service

National Rail Enquiries says high winds and rain are affecting services across the Virgin Trains network. 

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Customers are advised to postpone their journey if possible.

Trains across the whole Virgin Trains network were suspended until 17:00 and a very reduced service is expected to run until the end of the day. 

Passengers have been told their tickets can be used on Friday before 14:00 on services run by TransPennine Express, CrossCountry, London Midland and Arriva Trains Wales. 

Storm Doris: Road re-opens after fallen debris

We reported earlier that police were warning people to avoid Greenheys Lane West in Hulme where debris had fallen from a building.  

Well good news - the road, which is near Princess Parkway, is now open...

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Storm Doris: Fire service attends more than 60 incidents

Storm Doris: Wind damage debris closes road

Greater Manchester Police is warning people to avoid part of Hulme where debris has fallen from a building.

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Storm Doris: Lucky escape in Northwich

Passengers in a car escaped serious injury after a lamppost fell on their vehicle in Northwich.

Police and ambulance attended the scene on Chester Road just after midday.

The passengers did not need hospital treatment.

Storm Doris: Surgery closed by firefighters

A GP surgery in Urmston has been closed because of damage caused by Storm Doris.

Urmston Group Practice tweeted : "The Fire Brigade have closed our building due to damage caused by wind. 

"This is for the safety of our staff and patients."

The practice, which is based in Woodsend Crescent Road, also advised patients needing advice before 18:30 to call 0161 476 0400.

Storm Doris: Thelwall Viaduct reopens

The Thelwall Viaduct on the M6 which has been closed since this morning due to Storm Doris is now open. 

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Headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • Storm Doris  is causing huge travel problems with planes and trains being cancelled or delayed by several hours  
  • Hundreds of homes have lost power and ten people have been injured in Greater Manchester and Cheshire
  • A businessman "was acting reasonably to defend himself" when a suspected gangster was killed with his own gun during a fight,  a coroner has concluded  .  

Football: LA Galaxy to host London and Manchester scouting events

BBC Sport

LA Galaxy will host open trials in London and Manchester where players could earn a professional contract .

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The MLS franchise will offer hopefuls the chance to sign for their reserve side - LA Galaxy II - who will compete in the United Soccer League in 2017.

Head coach Mike Munoz said the project could unearth "hidden gems" or those "without a fair chance in the past".

The trials will take place at The Hive in London on 31 May and 1 June, and in Manchester on 3 and 4 June.

Government refuse to reveal suicide bomber's payout

The government have refused to say whether public money was given to a British IS fighter who died in a suicide attack.

Ronald Fiddler

It has been claimed that Jamal al-Harith, 50, who was brought up as Ronald Fiddler in Moss Side, was given a £1m payout after after being freed from Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba.

Former Defence Minister Andrew Murrison told the House of Commons there could be grounds for the money to be returned.

Storm Doris: High winds and falling debris

There are reports of debris as large as 4 x 5ft falling from the 15th floor of a building site on Quay Street, police said. 

A wall has collapsed onto a car in Dantzic Street in the city centre. 

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Storm Doris: Attraction closes due to bad weather

High winds have closed Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre.

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Storm Doris: What is affected in Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • Power - Electricity North West said about 400 customers are without power in Stockport and Poynton after a tree came down on overhead power cables and a total of 256 homes in Bolton are also without power
  • Injuries - North West Ambulance Service said ten people had been injured, including a man in Wigan who was hit by some fencing, a seven-year-old who was hit by a sign and an 81-year-old who was blown over
  • Roads - The M6 is closed at the Thelwall Viaduct due to strong winds 
  • Trains - Services are running with speed restrictions. Virgin Trains have advised customers to travel tomorrow and Northern Rail have cancelled services between Wigan and Liverpool
  • Planes - Manchester Airport said some planes are circling before landing to avoid strong gusts. Services to the Isle of Man have been cancelled

Severe disruption: A58 Greater Manchester both ways

BBC News Travel

A58 Greater Manchester both ways severe disruption, between A666 Blackburn Road and A6099 Halliwell Road.

A58 Greater Manchester - A58 Moss Bank Way in Bolton closed and heavy traffic in both directions between the A666 Blackburn Road junction and the A6099 Halliwell Road junction, because of a fallen tree.

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

Storm Doris: Coronation Street filming halted

Filming on the set of TV soap Coronation Street has been halted due to high winds.

The Rovers Return

ITV confirmed that filming will be re-scheduled due to the adverse weather conditions.

Actress Helen Flanagan, who plays Rosie Webster, had been seen sheltering under an umbrella as rain hit the cobbles.

Storm Doris: Thelwall Viaduct closes again

The M6 has been closed again following dangerous winds, motorway police said. 

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'Gangster' shot by own gun, coroner says

A businessman "was acting reasonably to defend himself" when a suspected gangster was killed with his own gun during a fight, a coroner has concluded .

Arran Coghlan

Stephen "Aki" Akinyemi died after he was shot in the head during a fight with businessman Arran Coghlan in 2010.

A coroner at London's Royal Courts of Justice ruled Mr Coghlan's actions were "necessary and reasonable".

Bernard Richmond QC returned a narrative conclusion, rejecting that the killing was unlawful.

Storm Doris: Major disruption at Manchester Piccadily

There are no rail services to London, Birmingham, Crewe, Stafford, Stoke and Liverpool.

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Storm Doris: Thelwall and Weaver viaducts reopen

Motorists are still being advised to travel only when "absolutely required". 

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Severe disruption: M62 Cheshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M62 Cheshire eastbound severe disruption, between J11 for A574 and J12 for M60.

M62 Cheshire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M62 eastbound between J11, A574 (Birchwood) and J12, M60 (Eccles Interchange), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Medical emergency causes severe delays to Rochdale trams

Metrolink have reported that passengers are experiencing severe delays on trams between Rochdale and Exchange Square in Manchester.


The problems were caused by an earlier medical emergency in Oldham.

Headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • Storm Doris is causing huge travel problems with planes and trains being cancelled or delayed by several hours  
  • Two people have been injured, the M6 is closed over the Thelwall Viaduct and hundreds of homes have been left without power

Storm Doris: M6 closes due to high winds

The M6 Thelwall Viaduct is closed in both directions due to strong winds between J20 A50 / B5158 (Lymm Interchange) and J21 A57 / B5210 (Woolston).  

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Storm Doris: No services out of London Euston

Network Rail have confirmed that no train services are currently running out of London Euston.

Trains are still able to enter the station so that passengers will not be stranded but there is no service to Manchester.

Storm Doris: Trains delayed and cancelled

A number of Manchester to London trains have been cancelled due to Storm Doris and others suffering two-hour delays.

Virgin Trains
Virgin Trains

Network Rail has placed speed limits of 50mph on the West Coast so Virgin trains to the capital are not running on time.

Two Virgin trains to London are running every hour instead of three and some trains on the West Coast are running up to two hours late.

Doris fells a tree

A tree blocks the pavement in Broadway, Salford as Storm Doris hits the city.

Felled tree Storm Doris

Storm Doris: Hundreds of homes lose power

More than 400 homes have been left without electricity in Cheshire after high winds damaged an overhead power cable.

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Electricity North West reported that 400 homes had no power from 09:30 GMT in Poynton.

A total of 219 homes in Lower Withington near Macclesfield were also affected. 

Storm Doris: Two men injured after high winds

A man has been hit by fencing in Wigan and another man was blown over by the wind in Stockport, North West Ambulance Service said.

The Wigan man was treated at the scene and later made his way to hospital.

A rapid response team treated the man in Stockport.

Boxing: Amir Khan in negotiations with Manny Pacquiao

BBC Sport

Bolton's Amir Khan is in talks with Manny Pacquiao to be the WBO world welterweight champion's next title challenger, both boxers have said.

Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan

Pacquiao's Twitter followers recently voted Khan, 30, as the opponent they would like to see him fight next.

Khan beat fellow Briton Kell Brook, Australia's Jeff Horn and American Terence Crawford with 48% of the vote.

He said on Twitter: "Currently negotiating with Manny #teampacquiao. Coming soon. Watch this space!"

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Hamster in tiny ladder rescue

Manchester Evening News

A hamster stuck down a pipe for three days was rescued after a father made a tiny ladder to help his son's pet - called Fang - escape to safety.

Headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • Trains and planes are delayed or being cancelled as 80mph Storm Doris hits
  • A driver is still on the road in Greater Manchester despite clocking up 39 penalty points, the BBC has learned