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Summary

  1. Updates on Tuesday 28 February
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates return 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.    

Weather: Rain will clear to leave a mostly dry evening

BBC Weather

Showers will ease during the evening and overnight, leaving a dry night for many with some clear spells.

It will be less cold than last night, although there is a risk of some icy stretches forming in the coldest spots.

Lows of 3C.

More from BBC Weather .

Takeaways to be limited in Manchester

New limits are being proposed on where and when takeaways can open in Manchester. 

Burger
SPL

The city council said the aim of the policy would be to "reduce the negative effects of fast food on children's health". 

Manchester already has about 750 takeaways.   

Five arrested after organised crime raids

Five men have been arrested in connection with the supply of Class A drugs over an 18-month period across Oldham, police said. 

Officers investigating organised crime in Greater Manchester executed a series of warrants this morning.

The men, aged 21, 23, 28, 34 and 47 are being questioned in police custody.  

Northern, Southern rail and Merseyrail staff to strike

Staff on Northern, Southern rail and Merseyrail have voted to strike in a dispute over the role of guards.

Train
Merseytravel

The RMT union announced the walkouts in a dispute with the firms over plans to remove guards from trains, which would become driver-only-operated (DOO).

Union officials, who confirmed the 24-hour strike on 13 March, say the move will make trains potentially dangerous.

The  Office of Road and Rail insists they are safe  provided the right equipment and training is given.

Rochdale sex grooming gang lawyers investigated

A firm of solicitors criticised  by a judge during a Rochdale child sex grooming gang deportation case are being investigated.

Shabir Ahmed
GMP

Mr Justice Bernard McCloskey accused them of "frankly shameful" behaviour during a delayed immigration tribunal.  

Four men, led by Shabir Ahmed, 63, were convicted in 2012 of preying on girls as young as 13 in Rochdale, Greater Manchester.

The Solicitors Regulation Authority have confirmed it has launched an investigation.

Latest headlines from Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • Detectives investigating a fire in Manchester's Chinatown which killed two people last year are offering a £50,000 reward to find who was responsible
  • Health bosses approve plans to improve social care for vulnerable elderly and disabled people across Greater Manchester
  • Work is set to begin later this year on a £50m office block on the site of the former Odeon cinema on Manchester's Oxford Street

Cricket: Australia block Faulkner's Lancashire move

BBC Sport

Australia all-rounder James Faulkner has been refused permission to play for Lancashire this summer by his country because of an ongoing knee injury.

James Faulkner
AFP

He had re-signed for the Red Rose club for the 2017 T20 Blast, which he helped them win in 2015.

But Lancashire have not received the necessary paperwork from Cricket Australia to allow him to rejoin.

"The decision has been taken for me to rest up in July and August," said Faulkner, 26.

"This will undoubtedly be in my best interests but I am sorry to be missing out on more playing time with Lancashire."  

Pancake advice from Manchester Fire

A note of caution for "careless" pancake flippers. 

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Former Oldham footballer Jack Tuohy cleared of grooming girl, 14

A League One footballer has been cleared of sexually taking advantage of a 14-year-old girl. 

Jack Tuohy
PA

Former Oldham Athletic player Jack Tuohy, 20, said he believed the girl was aged 16 and denied her claim that she told him her real age.

A jury at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court took an hour to find the midfielder not guilty. 

Mr Tuohy, of Shaw in Oldham, had been accused of five sexual offences against a child.  

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • Rail workers vote to go on strike in a dispute with Arriva Rail North over driver-only operated trains

RMT rail strikes: Northern statement

Northern rail said it is " a shame" that the RMT union has announced rail workers will strike in a dispute over the role of guards, as "modernisation proposals are in the early stages".

Northern
BBC

The RMT union announced a 24-hour walkout will take place on 13 March.  

Northern said it wanted to reach a "constructive resolution" and it urged RMT to continue talks.

We want to protect jobs and pay, and during our recent discussions we offered to consult fully with our people, customers and key stakeholders. If strike action goes ahead, our customers can be reassured that we have plans in place to keep them moving.

Northern

Football: Manchester City v Huddersfield

BBC Sport

Manchester City defender Gael Clichy is likely to be available after a back problem for Wednesday's FA Cup replay against Huddersfield.


          Huddersfield head coach David Wagner shakes hands with Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola
Gareth Copley

Vincent Kompany remains unavailable but is close to a return to fitness.

Huddersfield will again be without midfielder Aaron Mooy, who is ineligible against his parent club.

Nakhi Wells turned an ankle in training last Friday, while Kasey Palmer is still struggling with a hamstring problem and Harry Bunn and Jonathan Hogg are battling groin injuries.

Meeting held over troubled school

The council and NUT are holding a meeting in a bid to resolve a dispute that led to a school in Bowdon near Altrincham being closed at short notice yesterday afternoon.

Bollin Primary
Google

Bollin Primary at Apsley Grove remains shut today after a dispute between staff and management.

Teachers went on strike last week and are due to hold more industrial action next month. 

We have some concerns about how and why this school was kept open with a massively reduced capacity on strike day. So we'll be asking those questions. But the priority, I think we share with council, and that is to get the school back up and running.

Peter MiddlemanRegional Secretary NUT

Severe accident: M6 Cheshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cheshire northbound severe accident, between J17 for A534 Sandbach and J18 for A54 Middlewich.

M6 Cheshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 northbound between J17, A534 (Sandbach) and J18, A54 (Middlewich), because of an accident involving two lorries.

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

Tour of the 'lady in the lodge's' home

Val Dawson from Knustford shows BBC Radio Manchester around the "lodge" she lives in in her son's garden. 

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She decided to become the "lady in the lodge" to avoid soaring property prices in Cheshire.

Weather: Heavy rain and wintry showers

BBC Weather

Heavy rain this afternoon, with some showers turning wintry. Wind will pick up too. Highs of 7C.

Northern rail workers' industrial action set for 13 March

Passengers who use Northern rail services are facing a 24-hour train strike after RMT members voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action, over the issue of driver-only trains. 

Northern train
El Pollock/Geograph

The walkout is due to take place on Monday 13 March. 

It is in a dispute with Arriva Rail North who operate Northern services over their plans to introduce driver-only trains. 

The same dispute led to crippling strikes on Southern rail services which will also face a walkout on the same day - as will Merseyrail. 

Breast surgeon Ian Paterson goes on trial for 'harming patients'

Michele Paduano

Health correspondent, BBC Midlands Today

A breast surgeon has gone on trial accused of causing grievous bodily harm to his patients.

Ian Paterson, 59, is standing trial accused of 20 counts of wounding with intent against nine women and one man - all of which he denies.

It is alleged the procedures were carried out between 1997 and 2011.

Paterson, of Castle Mill Lane, Ashley, Altrincham, used to work for Heart of England NHS Trust, which runs Heartlands Hospital, and Spire Healthcare. The case at Nottingham Crown Court is due to last up to 10 weeks.

Breast surgeon 'invented cancer risks'

A breast surgeon "invented or exaggerated" cancer risks to carry out "unnecessary" operations,  a jury heard.

Ian Paterson
Trinity Mirror

Ian Paterson, 59, of Altrincham, denies 20 counts of wounding with intent against nine women and one man.

Prosecutor Julian Christopher told Nottingham Crown Court some patients had developed mental health problems as a result of their treatment.

The procedures took place at the Heart of England NHS Trust and Spire Healthcare between 1997 and 2011.

Alder Road

A man is being questioned on suspicion of murder after a woman was found dead on Monday afternoon.

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Northern rail workers vote to strike over driver-only trains

Northern rail workers have voted in favour of strike action after being balloted over driver-only operated (DOO) trains.

Northern runs rail services across the north of England
BBC

Train drivers for Southern have already held strikes over the issue of DOO trains and Merseyrail workers have also voted in favour of industrial action.    

Northern, which is owned by Arriva Rail North Ltd, took over the franchise on 1 April 2016.

It runs services between cities and towns across the north of England.

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • Northern rail workers in the RMT union vote for strike action, after being balloted over driver-only trains
  • A man is arrested after a woman was found dead at a house in Rochdale

Northern rail staff vote in favour of strike

Northern rail staff in the RMT union have voted for strike action, after being balloted over driver-only trains. 

The same issue which led to crippling strikes on Southern Rail.

Tributes pour in for much loved former school headteacher

Bury Times

A well-loved and much respected teacher has died, prompting tributes from the education community.  

Murder arrest after woman found dead in Rochdale

A 50-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman was found dead at a house in Rochdale. 

Alder Road
Google

Officers were called to a property in Alder Road at about 14:55 yesterday where a woman was found unresponsive.

She was taken to hospital but was pronounced dead. A post-mortem examination is due to take place. 

The 50-year-old man is in police custody for questioning. 

Drivers who use mobiles at the wheel face £200 fine

Drivers are being warned not to use their mobile phones at the wheel ahead of a new law coming into force tomorrow which will double the penalties for the offence.  

Sign
@NWmpolice

Under the new legislation  the consequences double to six points and a £200 fine .  

North West Motorway Police tweeted : "You've had plenty of warning". 

Football: Macclesfield call off FA Trophy replay because of snow

Macclesfield Town have postponed their match against Dulwich Hamlet because of snow. 

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Cracker the fire dog retires

Firefighters pay tribute to Cracker - also known as Lucy -  a fire investigation dog who is retiring. 

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Rugby Union: Sale Sharks sign Scotland and Glasgow Warriors forward Josh Strauss

BBC Sport

Premiership side Sale Sharks will sign Scotland and Glasgow back row forward Josh Strauss on a three-year deal from next season .

Josh Strauss has won 11 caps for Scotland
Getty Images

It had already been announced the 30-year-old would  leave the Warriors  when his contract expires this summer.

The South Africa-born forward becomes Sale's first new signing for next season.

"Josh is a world class ball-carrying forward," said Sharks director of rugby Steve Diamond.

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • There are delays at Manchester Airport after it temporarily closed all its runways to clear snow

Ian Brady says gun found on Saddleworth Moor was part of secret arsenal he kept

Manchester Evening News

Jailed serial killer Ian Brady has suggested a shotgun found on Saddleworth Moor last year was part of a secret arsenal of weapons he kept.  

Chinatown fire deaths police offer £50,000 reward

A £50,000 reward has been offered by detectives investigating a fire in Manchester's Chinatown that killed two people who had been sleeping rough.

Chinatown fire
Manchester Fire

The blaze in a disused building in Nicholas Street began early on 25 November and burned for several hours.

The bodies of Wayne Bardsley, 51, and James Evans, 57, who had taken refuge in the building, were found inside.

A 24-year-old man,  who was arrested on suspicion of murder , has been bailed pending further inquiries, police said.

Snowy scenes across the region

BBC Weather Watcher Jod captured this image of snow in their garden in Wigan. 

Wigan
Jod

Bollington has also had a lovely dusting. This photo from BBC Weather Watcher Mother Hen. 

Bollington
Mother Hen

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Severe disruption: M60 Greater Manchester clockwise

BBC News Travel

M60 Greater Manchester clockwise severe disruption, at J13 for A572.

M60 Greater Manchester - One lane closed on M60 clockwise at J13, A572 (Worsley), because of flooding. Traffic is coping well.

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

Snow covered rooftops and slushy streets

Cheshire mother moves into 'lodge' in son's garden

A pensioner from Knutsford has moved into a log cabin in her son's back garden to avoid soaring property prices in Cheshire. 

Shed
BBC

Val Dawson, 78, has become known as "the lady in the lodge", since she moved into the wooden building. 

She says it is cosy but many of her friends were surprised. 

It seemed a huge thing to do. It is a relatively small garden really in Knutsford. I didn't really think it would work...however we thought about it for some time. The more i thought about it the more I realised no council tax, no rent. It all started to make sense."

Val DawsonThe lady in the lodge

Disruption at Manchester Airport following runways closure

This is the scene at Manchester Airport as both runways were closed for a short time to clear snow and slush.

Thanks to Clare Nasir for the photograph.

Snow ploughs at airport
Clare Nasir

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