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Summary

  1. Manchester man identified as IS suicide bomber in Iraq
  2. Man who racially abused US veteran on Manchester tram given suspended sentence
  3. Thousands call for resignation of Bolton Council leader
  4. Updates on Wednesday 22 February

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

Weather: Rain and strong winds

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The Premier League Show: Mata reveals a desire to present Match of the Day

Manchester United's Juan Mata tells Gary Lineker he would love to take over as the presenter of Match of the Day when he retires from playing football.

Manchester racist tram attack: Aaron Cauchi given suspended jail term

A man who admitted racially abusing a US Army veteran on a tram and abusing two other men has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Three admit charges after US veteran abused on tram

When Juan Jasso challenged the trio's use of foul language, he was verbally attacked and had beer thrown at him. The incident on 28 June was filmed.

Aaron Cauchi, 19, of Little Hulton, Salford was sentenced to 16 weeks in jail, suspended for two years.

He was also banned from Manchester's Metrolink tram network for two years.

Ryan Giggs: 'Too many foreign managers in British football'

BBC Sport

Ryan Giggs believes there are too many foreign coaches and managers in the Premier League, with British talent not being given a chance.

Ryan Giggs
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The former Manchester United and Wales winger insists the number of foreign bosses is stifling homegrown managers' opportunities to progress.

Giggs, 43, was caretaker boss for four games at United after David Moyes' sacking in 2014.

"I don't think there's enough [British managers] at the moment," he said, adding:

I think it is [important British coaches get a chance]. There's a lot of top quality foreign coaches in the Premier League, but there's also a lot of quality British coaches and managers out there.

Ryan Giggs

Severe disruption: M60 Greater Manchester clockwise

BBC News Travel

M60 Greater Manchester clockwise severe disruption, at J18 for M62 affecting J14 for M61.

M60 Greater Manchester - Lane blocked and queuing traffic on M60 clockwise at J18, M62 (Simister Island), because of a broken down car. Approach with care. On the roundabout. Congestion to J14, M61 (East Lancs Road).

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

British IS bomber was 'peaceful and gentle' before Guantanamo Bay

The family of an IS fighter from Manchester who carried out a suicide attack in Iraq said he was "peaceful and gentle" before he was sent to Guantanamo Bay and disputed he received £1m in compensation from the British government.

Jamal al-Harith
BBC

Jamal al-Harith, 50, who blew himself up at an Iraqi army base in Mosul this week was originally known as Ronald Fiddler.

The family said in a statement "the Jamal they knew up until 2001" when he was taken to Guantanamo Bay would not have become involved with a "despicable" organisation such as the so-called Islamic State.

The family who last heard from him in 2014 said he was "utterly changed by the physical and mental cruelty and the inhuman treatment he endured for two years at Guantanamo Bay".

The family added the £1m compensation was a "group settlement including costs for four innocent people" including al-Harith freed from Guantanamo Bay in 2004.

Travel: Delays on M62 Greater Manchester eastbound

BBC News Travel

There is very slow traffic on the M62 junction 19 eastbound between Heywood and Rochdale. 

There are also delays on the A34 Anson Road and Dickenson Road in Rusholme which is affecting Stockport Road and Stanley Grove.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0300 123 0184 at any time.

Who would make Blossoms' fantasy football band?

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Ahead of tonight's ceremony, Stockport's Brit Award nominees Blossoms have picked which footballers they'd like to see in their fantasy football band.  

Cricket: Hameed withdraws from MCC squad to have sinus operation

BBC Sport

England and Lancashire batsman Haseeb Hameed has withdrawn from the MCC squad to take on Middlesex in Abu Dhabi next month to have a sinus operation.

He said it was "disappointing... but having the operation in early March, I will be fit for the start of the season with Lancashire". 

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Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • The brother of a Manchester man who carried out a suicide attack in Iraq for the Islamic State Group says he supports him.
  • A schoolgirl told an ex-Oldham Athletic footballer accused of sexually abusing her she was 14, a court has heard
  • A teenager is banned from travelling on Manchester's Metrolink for two years and given a suspended sentence for his part in racially abusing a US army veteran on a tram

Schoolgirl 'told Oldham footballer she was 14'

A schoolgirl told former Oldham Athletic footballer accused of sexually abusing and grooming her that she was 14 years old, a court has heard.  

Jack Tuohy
Oldham Athletic

Midfielder Jack Tuohy, 20, denies five sexual offences against a child in 2015.

The girl told Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court she "told a little lie" about her age on Facebook which resulted in her being listed as 17.

But she remembered telling Mr Tuohy on Snapchat she was 14, the jury heard.

Storm Doris arrives from the west

Wind and heavy rain on the way. 

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Skate park funded by 'landfill tax' opens

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

Severe disruption: M62 Greater Manchester eastbound

BBC News Travel

M62 Greater Manchester eastbound severe disruption, at J12 for M60 affecting J11 for A574.

M62 Greater Manchester - Stop-start traffic on M62 eastbound at J12, M60 (Eccles Interchange), because of earlier broken down lorry and car. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J11, A574 (Birchwood).

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

British IS bomber 'didn't deserve compensation'

A British IS fighter, from Manchester, who carried out a suicide attack in Iraq should never have received a penny in compensation, a former independent reviewer of UK terrorism legislation has said.

Ronald Fiddler
BBC

Jamal al-Harith reportedly received £1m from the British government after being freed from Guantanamo Bay in 2004.

Lord Carlile said the payment was wrong as al-Harith was "plainly a terrorist".

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has defended his government's decision to free him from Guantanamo.

Al-Harith, who was 50, was originally known as Ronald Fiddler.

The rugby team using ballet in training

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Wigan Warriors' youth team have started taking weekly ballet classes.

It's to help improve the rugby league players' strength and posture and reduce injury to their ankles and knees.

The team say they're enjoying it and they've noticed a difference.

Their ballet teacher hopes more professional teams in the UK will take up ballet.

Weather: Cloud and rain

Turning windy from the south overnight with cloud and rain, heavy and at times persistent.

Gradually spreading north-eastwards, turning to snow at times, mostly over higher ground in the north.    

More than 5,500 police officers given tablets or smart phones

Greater Manchester Police has finished its programme of equipping officers and other staff with mobile devices. 

Officer in Bury using tablet
Greater Manchester Police

So far, more than 5,600 people on the force have been given smart phones or tablets to cut down on the need to go back to the office to complete paperwork.

The roll-out started in April and GMP says since then, 19,000 witness statements have been submitted electronically, allowing officers to spend more time on the beat

Delays on Metrolink at Bury

There are delayed services on the Bury line. 

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Severe accident: M6 Cheshire southbound

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M6 Cheshire southbound severe accident, at J19 for A556.

M6 Cheshire - Heavy traffic on M6 southbound at J19, A556 (Knutsford), because of an accident involving lorry and car earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Football: Wayne Rooney not guaranteed to stay at Man Utd, says Mourinho

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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has not ruled out the prospect of Wayne Rooney leaving the club this month. 

Wayne Rooney and Jose Mourinho
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The 31-year-old England forward, who scored his 250th United goal last month to become the club's record scorer, has been linked with a move to China in recent weeks.

The Chinese Super League's transfer window shuts next week and Mourinho was asked if the club captain would still be at Old Trafford by then.

"You have to ask him," Mourinho said.

Of course I can't guarantee [he will be here]. I can't guarantee that I'm here next week, how can I guarantee that a player is here next season?

Jose MourinhoManchester United manager

Bolton thief jailed despite apology from dock to one of his victims

Bolton News

A prolific thief offered an apology to one of his victims from the dock at Bolton Crown Court before he was jailed for 44 months.  

Metrolink ban for man after tram abuse

A man has been banned from travelling on Manchester's Metrolink for two years and given a suspended sentence for his part in racially abusing a US army veteran on a tram.

Tram
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Juan Jasso was verbally attacked and had beer thrown at him for tackling a trio for using foul language on the Metrolink tram on 28 June.  

Aaron Cauchi, 19, from Little Hulton in Salford, was the last of three people to be sentenced in connection with the incident.

He has been given a 16-week jail sentence, which has been suspended for two years, and must complete 300 hours of unpaid work within 12 months.

Handforth skate park opens

A new £85,000 skate park has opened in Handforth, Cheshire. 

Skate park
Friends of Stanley Hall Park

Much of the project has been funded by the Landfill Communities Fund - a scheme that lets waste companies keep some of their landfill tax bill to help local projects. 

John Smith, chair of friends of Stanley Hall Park, said the effort of doing up the park has been worth it. 

Champions League: Man City must score at Monaco or go out, says Guardiola

BBC Sport

Manchester City "will be eliminated" if they do not score in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie with Monaco, says manager Pep Guardiola.

Pep Guardiola
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City, who came from behind twice to beat the French league leaders 5-3 in a pulsating first leg at the Etihad Stadium, play the return on 15 March.

"We are going to fly to Monaco to score as many goals as possible," Guardiola said afterwards.

"That is my target. It is impossible to progress if we don't score a goal."

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • A Manchester-born man who carried out a suicide bombing in Iraq for the so-called Islamic State group is believed to have received a £1m payout from the British government after he was released from Guantanamo Bay 
  • A teenager is banned from travelling on Manchester's Metrolink for two years and given a suspended sentence for his part in racially abusing a US army veteran on a tram
  • Campaigners calling for the resignation of Bolton Council leader Cliff Morris will hand in a petition of 3,000 signatures to a full council meeting

UK bomber's path from Guantanamo to Iraq

A British IS fighter, from Manchester, who died in a suicide bomb attack on Iraqi forces in Mosul is a former Guantanamo Bay detainee. 

The self-styled Islamic State group said two days ago that Abu-Zakariya al-Britani detonated a car bomb at an Iraqi army base in Tal Gaysum, south-west of Mosul. 

He is believed to have been originally known as Ronald Fiddler. 

Frank Gardner reports.

Man's body found near bridge in Warrington

A man's body has been found near to the Kingsway Bridge in Warrington this morning. 

Kingsway Bridge in Warrington
Google

Detectives were called to Howley Lane near to Warrington Rowing Club at 07:30. 

Emergency services are at the scene and police are currently trying to establish the circumstances of the death but say it doesn't appear to be suspicious.

Northern Powerhouse conference: Transport investment needed, says council leader

On the second day of the Northern Powerhouse conference in Manchester, City Council leader, Sir Richard Leese said the north needs investment in rail and transport and councils needs to keep "banging on about it" until it is a reality.  

Sir Richard Leese
BBC

Sessions later include looking at manufacturing and the digital economy in northern England.

If we take the cities of the north of England, instead of a collection of medium-sized cities we need to start thinking of ourselves as a virtual city of 10 million people, a city of world scale. We need the transport to turn that into a reality."

Sir Richard LeeseManchester City Council leader

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire eastbound severe disruption, between J22 for A672 and J23 for A640.

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed on M62 eastbound between J22, A672 (Rishworth Moor) and J23, A640 (Huddersfield), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

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A match involving eight goals has to be up there.  Let us know your best game ever via emailFacebook or Twitter.

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Thief steals staff wages from Slattery chocolatiers in Bury New Road, Whitefield

Bury Times

A thief left a bitter taste in the mouths of chocolatiers after stealing their wages from a staff room.  

Arrest after man dies in Cheetham Hill

A man has been arrested after a man in his seventies died after he was hit by a lorry in Cheetham Hill. 

Cheetham Hill Road
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Emergency services were called to Cheetham Hill Road just after 14:00 on Tuesday. 

A man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving.   

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • A British IS fighter from Manchester, who died in a suicide bomb attack on Iraqi forces in Mosul, is a former Guantanamo Bay detainee, the BBC understands
  • A petition calling for the resignation of the council leader in Bolton is to be handed in to a full council meeting later 

Travel: Lane closure on M60 anticlockwise

BBC News Travel

Heavy traffic and lane closed on exit slip road due to broken down vehicle on M60 anticlockwise at J27 A626 / A560 / B6104 (Portwood Roundabout).Lane one (of two) is closed as you go from the main carriageway down to the roundabout. 

Oldham's Jack Tuohy 'took advantage of girl's crush'

A professional footballer took sexual advantage of a 14-year-old girl who had "a crush" on him, a court has heard.

Jack Tuohy
Oldham Athletic

Oldham Athletic midfielder Jack Tuohy, 20, first met the "football mad" girl at a schools tournament hosted by the League One club in 2015.

The prosecution told Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court he went on to groom the teenager after "bullying" her into meeting him.

Mr Tuohy denies five sexual offences against a child.