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  1. Updates on Tuesday 21 February
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Wednesday

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

Drug-drive case dropped in Randox forensics review

A drug-driving case has been dropped following a review of blood test data from a forensics laboratory at the centre of a police investigation.

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Samples taken from the 26-year-old Chester man were analysed by Randox Testing Services (RTS) in Manchester.

Two employees at RTS were previously arrested over claims data may have been manipulated.

The Crown Prosecution Service said there was too little evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction.

Police 'had no knowledge' of meeting at house where man shot

Police did not know a meeting at a businessman's home in which a suspected gangster was shot dead was to take place, an inquest has heard. 

Arran Coghlan
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Stephen Akinyemi,44, was shot dead in a fight at the home of Arran Coghlan, 41, in Alderley Edge in February 2010. Murder charges against Mr Coghlan were dropped later that year.

Mr Coghlan had arranged a meeting at his home to try and end a feud between Mr Akinyemi and another man, the inquest heard. 

Coroner Bernard Richmond QC, sitting at London's Royal Courts of Justice, asked Det Con Judith Lloyd of Greater Manchester Police whether officers knew of the meeting or if Mr Akinyemi had a "problem" with anyone who was set to attend.

She told the court she "did not have any knowledge" of the arrangements.

The inquest continues.

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • Two giant arches have been lifted into place across the River Irwell - to form part of a new railway connection between Manchester and Salford

Manchester Airport's £1bn expansion plan

A £1bn programme to transform Manchester Airport was announced in 2015.

The 10-year plan will include the expansion of Terminal 2, self-service check-in facilities and a larger security hall.

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Severe accident: A665 Greater Manchester both ways

BBC News Travel

A665 Greater Manchester both ways severe accident, between Heywood Street and Greenhill Road.

A665 Greater Manchester - A665 Cheetham Hill Road in Cheetham Hill closed and slow traffic in both directions between the Heywood Street junction and the Greenhill Road junction, because of an accident.

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

Football: Giggs cannot see Gareth Bale forward leaving Real Madrid

BBC Sport

Ryan Giggs does not see fellow Welshman Gareth Bale leaving Real Madrid to return to the Premier League in the near future.

The 27-year-old has been linked with Giggs' former club Manchester United in the past, but signed a new contract in October, which runs until 2022.

Giggs said United fans would love to see him at OId Trafford but "while he's happy there [Madrid], I can't see him leaving."

Hospital cuts planned in most of England

Hospital services in nearly two-thirds of England could be cut or scaled back, BBC analysis of local plans shows

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Here are the NHS plans for Greater Manchester:

The challenge

Greater Manchester will have a funding gap of £897m by 2020-21 if nothing is done.

What is being done?

Greater Manchester had already put together its own five-year plan before Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STP) were announced which the NHS has accepted as constituting an STP. The solutions set out are broad but roughly cover better care and prevention, making savings in how services are commissioned, and making providers of care make savings such as reconfiguring acute services.

Bed reduction

In learning disability and autism services, it is looking to increase care in the community and cut beds – specifically, a more than 60% reduction in non-secure beds and a more than 40% reduction in the number of secure commissioned beds.

More details from the NHS

Man denies eastern Ukraine terror offences

A man from Oldham has denied two terrorism offences linked to the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

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Benjamin Stimson, 41, pleaded not guilty to two charges under section five of the Terrorism Act 2006 at Manchester Crown Court.

He is accused of "becoming a member of the militia opposing the legitimate Ukrainian government and serving as a soldier within that militia" between 8 August and 23 November 2015.

Between 1 June and 10 August 2015, he is also accused of "undertaking internet research, obtaining travel documentation, booking flights and travelling to Moscow".

Mr Stimson spoke to confirm his name at the short hearing. He was remanded in custody and a date for his trial has been set for 10 July. 

Stockport bus driver passes cash find to Children in Need

A bus driver who found a wallet stuffed with £600 donated the cash to charity when it became his after a year.

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Dave Kilroy (pictured with his granddaughter Eve) saw the wallet in the middle of a street in Stockport town centre and handed it to police.

Dave Kilroy and Eve Kilroy
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Nobody came forward and after a year police said the unclaimed wallet was his, and Dave said: "I thought to myself 'What can I do with the money?'"

He donated £525 to Children in Need in November 2016 for a look round BBC Radio Manchester this morning.

Manchester Airport calls for HS3 funding commitment

The CEO of Manchester Airport has called on the government to fully commit to building a new rail line to connect the big cities in the North.

Manchester Airport
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Ken O'Toole called for a commitment to the HS3 rail link, claiming it could help secure direct flights to 30 new destinations for the airport and boost the economy of the region as a whole. 

At the Northern Powerhouse conference in Manchester, the airport gave an update on progress on a £1bn investment plan to create thousands of jobs in coming years. 

The conference is aimed at boosting the region's economy.

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • A man from Oldham denies two terrorism offences linked to the conflict in eastern Ukraine
  • The CEO of Manchester Airport calls for the government to commit to fund the HS3 rail link at the Northern Powerhouse conference

Football: Kompany still missing as Man City host Monaco

BBC Sport

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany will not face Monaco in the Champions League last-16 first-leg tie.

Vincent Kompany
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The Belgian defender, 30, is still recovering after injuring his knee against Crystal Palace in November.

Monaco midfielder Gabriel Boschilia is out with the cruciate ligament injury that is set to sideline him for the rest of the season.

'Urgent action needed' on Mottram and Tintwistle congestion, says MP

Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds has called for urgent action to relieve congestion around Mottram and Tintwistle.

Jonathan Reynolds
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The call comes ahead of a consultation which starts next month on a £170m scheme for a bypass around the village of Mottram - and a new spur road to Glossop.

Severe disruption: M62 Greater Manchester eastbound

BBC News Travel

M62 Greater Manchester eastbound severe disruption, between J19 for A6046 and J20 for A627 affecting J18 for M60.

M62 Greater Manchester - One lane blocked and queuing traffic on M62 eastbound between J19, A6046 (Heywood) and J20 A627(M) Rochdale, because of a broken down car and recovery work. Congestion to J18, M60 (Simister Island).

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

Protests over Northern Powerhouse conference 'lack of women'

Only 13 out of 98 speakers at the Northern Powerhouse conference are women and the 15 headliners are all men.

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Organisers said the gender balance would be addressed next year.

More than 2,000 delegates are attending the conference which is aimed at boosting the region's economy.

Business rates changes 'long overdue', says Rochdale Council leader

A chip shop in Rochdale has been paying more per square metre in business rates than Harrods and a review has been long overdue, the leader of Rochdale Council said. 

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Richard Farnell says the majority of companies in Greater Manchester will be better off following the government's review of business rates, because companies here have been "paying through the nose" for "far too long".   

Rates are being updated for the first time in seven years, to bring them into line with property values, and some council areas face average rate rises of more than 30%. 

What we are seeing now is stores and businesses in the South of England squealing because they are having to pay their fair share.

Richard FarnellRochdale Council leader

Bullying accusations: No excuse for not making athlete welfare a priority - UK Sport

BBC Sport

There is "no excuse" for failures to look after athlete welfare, UK Sport chief executive Liz Nicholl has warned.

Liz Nicholl
BBC

Her comments come as British Cycling, which is based in Manchester, prepares for the publication of a report into alleged bullying, favouritism and sexism.

Nicholl told the BBC that she would be "clear about the actions that UK Sport and British Cycling need to take".

And she admitted that "there probably hasn't been enough attention in sport about how they do things".

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • A third man is arrested after a man died following a crash in Levenshulme
  • Two giant red arches are being lifted into place across the River Irwell to form part of a new railway connection between Manchester and Salford
  • A two-day conference to showcase the Northern Powerhouse is getting underway at the Manchester Central Convention Centre

Ordsall Chord: Arches lifted in place

Two giant red arches are being lifted into place across the River Irwell to form part of a new railway connection between Manchester and Salford. 

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It is part of the Ordsall Chord scheme to link Manchester's Victoria and Piccadilly stations.

The giant red arches weigh 600 tonnes and are being lifted into position using one of the largest cranes in Europe.

The link is part of the multi-million pound Northern Hub upgrade for rail services
Network Rail

Children in Need auction: Generous bidder enjoys broadcast prize

 A very warm Salford welcome to Dave Kilroy and his granddaughter Eve from Stockport.   

Dave and Eve from Stockport
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Mr Kilroy very generously bid £525 to spend the morning with BBC Radio Manchester's Breakfast team. I do hope our colleagues chucked in a cuppa and a pastry or two...

Dave, a bus driver who ferries children to school in and around Cheshire and Greater Manchester, said: "I thoroughly enjoyed the experience - I listen to the programme each morning."

Eve, a Year Seven pupil at Longden Dale High School in Hollingworth, said she really enjoyed delivering the weather forecast.

Severe accident: M6 Cheshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cheshire southbound severe accident, between J19 for A556 and J18 for A54 Middlewich affecting J20 for A50.

M6 Cheshire - Delays, one lane closed and very slow traffic on M6 southbound between J19, A556 (Knutsford) and J18, A54 (Middlewich), because of an accident. In the roadworks area. Congestion to J20, A50 (Lymm Interchange).

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

Further arrest over Levensulme crash

A man, 19, has been arrested on suspicion of  perverting the course of justice and assisting an offender, after a man died following a crash in Levenshulme. 

Shahid Tarafdar from Longsight
Greater Manchester Police

Shahid Tarafdar, 45, (pictured) was hit by a Peugeot 307 on Stockport Road at about 15:45 GMT on 7 February. He was taken to hospital but later died.

A 17-year-old boy has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving along with a number of other driving offences, and a 21-year-old man has been charged with perverting the course of justice.   

Northern Powerhouse conference begins

More than 2,000 delegates are attending a Northern Powerhouse conference in Manchester aimed at boosting the region's economy. 

Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle, Liverpool
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Delegates have come from as far afield as India and China but organisers have faced criticism over a lack of female speakers. 

Only 13 out of the 98 speakers are women with the 15 speakers billed as headliners are all men. 

The conference organisers admitted the event does not reflect the gender balance of the north and said it would be different next year. 

Severe disruption: M6 Greater Manchester southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Greater Manchester southbound severe disruption, at J26 for M58.

M6 Greater Manchester - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 southbound at J26, M58 (Orrell Interchange), because of a broken down car.

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

Headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • More than 2,000 delegates attend a Northern Powerhouse conference in Manchester aimed at boosting the region's economy
  • Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds calls for urgent action to relieve congestion around Mottram and Tintwistle 
  • Two giant arches will be lifted into place across the River Irwell later - to form part of a new railway connection between Manchester and Salford  

Weather: Cloud and rain

BBC Weather

It will be a chilly, and mainly cloudy start to the day. Cloud will quickly thicken from the southwest with rain and stronger winds arriving in the afternoon. 

Rain will be heavy at times, especially over high ground such as Saddleworth Moor. Maximum Temperature: 12 Deg C (54 Deg F).

Severe accident: M6 Cheshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cheshire southbound severe accident, at J21A for M62.

M6 Cheshire - M6 lane blocked on entry slip road and slow traffic southbound at J21a, M62 (Croft Interchange), because of an accident involving a car and a lorry.

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

Good morning

Rachael Lazaro

Reporter, BBC News Online

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