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  1. Updates on Wednesday 1 March
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Thursday

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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: Cloudy with rain

BBC Weather

The skies will turn increasingly cloudy tonight as rain gradually spreads in from the south overnight, perhaps turning to snow, particularly over higher ground. Lows of 3C

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Surgeon 'provided false diagnosis' to insurers

A breast surgeon accused of carrying out unnecessary operations provided a false cancer diagnosis to one patient's insurers, a court has heard .

Ian Paterson
Trinity Mirror

Ian Paterson, 59, allegedly told Frances Perks to undergo a double mastectomy or risk "full-blown cancer", despite tests showing no sign of malignancy.

Ms Perks also underwent 27 unnecessary biopsies, prosecutors said.

Mr Paterson, of Altrincham, denies 20 counts of wounding with intent.

Listening stick is still finding leaks

Rochdale Online

A crack team of leak detectives has tracked down and plugged more than 18,000 hidden pipe leaks in the north west over the past 12 months - thanks to a Victorian device that has been used for more than 100 years.  

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • A Rochdale grooming gang's lawyers are being investigated by legal watchdog, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)
  • A paedophile, who concealed one of his victims in a "hidey hole" at his home in Greater Manchester, is jailed for 27 years
  • MPs are debating legislation which will pave the way for a single travel card on buses and trams across Greater Manchester

Trains to Liverpool likely disrupted 'for several days'

No trains will run in or out of Liverpool Lime Street station "for several days" after a wall collapsed on to the railway .  

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It is affecting services from Manchester, Warrington and Wigan.

Taxi driver was knifed to death by 'insanely jealous' love rival, court hears

Manchester Evening News

A taxi driver was lured to his death by an "insanely jealous" love rival, a court heard.

Rochdale grooming gang's lawyers face legal watchdog investigation

The lawyers representing four child abusers who are fighting deportation are being investigated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).

Gang
GMP

Burton & Burton were criticised by the presiding judge during a delayed immigration tribunal for the men, who were convicted of  crimes in Rochdale, Greater Manchester , in 2012.

Mr Justice Bernard McCloskey said they had shown "frankly shameful" behaviour.

The Nottingham-based solicitors has yet to comment on the investigation.

Football: Clichy likely to be available for Man City FA Cup replay

BBC Sport

Manchester City defender Gael Clichy is likely to be available after a back problem for the FA Cup fifth round replay against Huddersfield Town.

Man City v Hudds
Getty Images

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.

Sean Scannell and Harry Bunn are both back in training and could feature but Nahki Wells is a doubt with an ankle problem, while Christopher Schindler and Kasey Palmer are injured.

The teams meet at the Etihad stadium at 19:45.

Limited train service runs to Liverpool

Northern Rail says a limited service is now running on trains between Manchester and some Liverpool stations. 

Wall
Network Rail

It is after  a wall collapsed on to the tracks  at Liverpool Lime Street blocking all trains in and out of there.

Some services are running between Manchester and Huyton and Liverpool South Parkway. 

Weather: Mainly dry

A dry afternoon but there is a risk of the odd shower further north. Highs of 9C.

Skies will turn increasingly cloudy tonight as rain gradually spreads in from the south.

Travel: Delays on M62

BBC News Travel

 Delays and queuing traffic due to earlier broken down vehicle on M62 Eastbound between J19 A6046 (Heywood) and J20 A627(M) Rochdale, congestion on M62 to J18 M60 / M66 (Simister Island). All lanes have been re-opened.  

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

Murder arrest man released without charge

A 50-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman died in Rochdale has been released without charge.

Alder Road
Google

Police found a woman unresponsive at a property in Alder Road on Monday and was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead. 

A post-mortem examination concluded there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding her death.

There were also no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of a man who was found at the same property on Saturday.

Man rescued after getting wedged in railings

Wigan Today

Firefighters came to the rescue of a man trapped in metal railings in an unusual position. 

Violent 'hidey hole' paedophile jailed for 27 years

A violent paedophile who made a "hidey hole" in his home to conceal a girl he was abusing has been jailed for 27 years.


          Michael Dunn kept one of his victims in a makeshift space behind a fridge to conceal her from police, it has been claimed
Cleveland Police

Michael Dunn knocked through the wall behind his fridge to create a cavity to hide the runaway girl from police.

Teesside Crown Court heard the 57-year-old, from Redcar, raped and abused four girls over a period of several years.

His offences took place around the country, including at a house in Mottram near Hyde, Greater Manchester.

Greater Manchester Police has  referred itself to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC)  amid concerns opportunities to catch him were missed.

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • A violent paedophile, whose offences took place around the country including at a house in Mottram near Hyde, Greater Manchester  is jailed for 27 years
  • A "limited service" is now running for trains between Manchester and some Liverpool stations, after a wall collapsed causing the closure of Liverpool Lime Street, Northern Rail says

Football: Man City v Huddersfield

BBC Sport

Manchester City host Huddersfield Town in their FA Cup fifth round replay at the Etihad tonight.

Stat
BBC

What the managers say:   

Sometimes the teams at the top of the Championship are better than teams in the Premier League. They are so professional.

Pep GuardiolaManchester City manager

To play this game, with this good run we are on, in a different competition, gives you a special feeling for this game because you can really play with freedom...It's an extraordinary occasion, which everybody can be excited about and we should transform this into a good performance.

David WagnerHuddersfield head coach

Rail disruption wall collapse 'could have been caused by lorry container'

Network Rail says a lorry container left above a retaining wall may have caused the collapse which has stopped trains at Liverpool Lime Street.

The closure is causing disruption for commuters from Manchester, Warrington and Wigan.  

A section of trackside wall "loaded with concrete and cabins by a third party" fell, blocking all four lines into the station, Network Rail said. An investigation is under way.

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Severe accident: A6017 Greater Manchester both ways

BBC News Travel

A6017 Greater Manchester both ways severe accident, between Cemetery Road and Wakeling Road.

A6017 Greater Manchester - A6017 Stockport Road in Denton closed and slow traffic in both directions between the Cemetery Road junction and the Wakeling Road junction, because of an accident.

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

Six charged following Oldham raids

Six men have been charged following police raids in Oldham yesterday.

Five men aged 21, 23, 28, 34 and 47 have been charged with two counts of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.

A 68-year-old man has been charged with witness intimidation and blackmail.  

They are due to appear at Tameside Magistrates’ Court later.

Bollin Primary School children 'confused and worried'

A mother has said her son and daughter are "confused and worried" about whether they will see their teachers again after their school closed following a dispute.

Bollin Primary School
Google

Bollin Primary School in Bowdon shut on Monday due to concerns about a "reduced capacity of the senior leadership".

Trafford Council said following a "comprehensive planning meeting" it is working towards a "phased opening" of the school, possibly from tomorrow.   

But parent Julie Saunders said she is in the process of moving her youngest child because she does not see the school returning to the "wonderful" place it was.

What greatly worries us is that potentially many teachers won't come back at least in the interim and that is massively disruptive and upsetting for the children. So it's not just a building with a few supply teachers a school has a community with teachers who know and understand the kids.

Julie SaundersParent

Bus Services Bill, including powers for Oyster-style travel card, debated

MPs will begin debating legislation which will pave the way for a single travel card on buses and trams across Greater Manchester. 

Trams
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The Bus Services Bill will give the region's mayor the power to tell private operators to run services where they are needed, rather than just where they can make a profit.   

We can't make it fully integrated without these powers over the network as a whole. So in terms of fares we'd have a universal fare structure across Greater Manchester.

Andrew Fender Chair of Transport for Greater Manchester

Pep Guardiola: Man City boss will make Joe Hart wait on his future

BBC Sport

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola will not make a decision on Joe Hart's future until the end of the season .

Joe Hart
Getty Images

It is expected the England goalkeeper will leave City for good when his  loan at Serie A club Torino  ends in May.

The 29-year-old has  reportedly attracted interest  from a number of Premier League and European clubs.

Guardiola, who is "so happy" with keepers Willy Caballero and Claudio Bravo, said of Hart: "We will talk about it at the end of the season."

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • Trafford Council says it is doing "everything it can" to get a school in Bowdon in Altrincham reopened as soon as possible, after it was closed on Monday
  • Services to Liverpool from Manchester, Warrington and Wigan are disrupted after a wall collapsed  on to the railway 
  • It has emerged the body of a man was found at the same house in Rochdale where two days later a woman was found "unresponsive" and died

Body found days before woman found dead at same house

The body of a man was found at a house two days before a woman was discovered unresponsive at the same property in Rochdale, it has emerged.

Alder Road
Google

A man had been found dead at a house in Alder Road, Castleton, on Saturday.

On Monday a woman at the property was found by police and was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead.

50-year-old man has been arrested  on suspicion of her murder. An investigation into the man's death is under way.

Three council chiefs suspended amid investigation over former councillor who admitted child sex photos offences

Bury Times

Three Bury Council chiefs have been suspended as part of a probe into the authority's handling of a councillor who admitted possessing indecent images of children.  

Council 'doing everything it can' to reopen Bollin Primary School

A council is doing "everything it can" to reopen a school that closed following a dispute over staff workload and "an over-reliance" on measuring pupils' progress.

Sean Anstee
BBC

Bollin Primary School in Bowdon closed "with immediate effect" on Monday amid an ongoing row between the headteacher, school governors, staff and parents.   

The leader of Trafford Council  Sean Anstee said the governing body of the school should address grievances which had been put in by staff and parents.

He said "the council was supporting them to do that" but intervened when there was an issue raised which "affected the wellbeing and safeguarding of pupils at the school".

The council has the power to issue a formal warning notice which sets out improvements we want to see. Trafford Council issued that notice last week. Clearly that situation changed over the weekend and with the lack of senior leadership capacity on Monday it necessitated the action which the governing body in conjunction with the council took.

Sean AnsteeTrafford Council leader

Drivers who use mobiles at the wheel face £200 fine

More than 5,300 people have been caught using their mobile phone while driving in the last two years, say police, as  penalties are doubled from today .

Driver mobile phone
PA

Drivers who flout the law will now be fined £200 and will receive six penalty points on their licence. 

Campaigners say the new measures should go further.

Trains to Liverpool disrupted after wall collapse

Trains from Manchester, Warrington and Wigan to Liverpool are disrupted after a wall collapsed on to the railway .

Wall collapsed
Network Rail

No trains will run in or out of Liverpool Lime Street station "for several days", Network Rail said. 

A section of trackside wall "loaded with concrete and cabins by a third party" fell, blocking all four lines into the station on Tuesday. 

Commuters and travellers are being urged to seek alternative routes.  Some replacement buses are in operation. 

Bulldozers start demolition work on 'soap graveyard' at former Coronation Street set

Manchester Evening News

A demolition crew has started to tear down decades of TV history by bulldozing parts of the former Coronation Street set.  

'Phased reopening' of Bollin Primary School

Trafford Council says it is working towards a "phased reopening" of a primary school which was closed down by the council because of an ongoing dispute between parents, staff and the school's leadership. 

Strike
Manchester Evening News

The council said after a meeting yesterday Key Stage 2 pupils could return tomorrow, with others going back to school on Friday and next week. 

Last week, teachers at Bollin Primary School on Apsley Grove staged a strike (pictured) over the way they were being managed.

Normal services resume after Manchester Airport car tunnel fire closes runway

A car fire in a road tunnel led to one of Manchester Airport's runways being closed - causing delays to some flights.

Tunnel
Pete Jones

The blaze broke out in Wilmslow Road, underneath runway one, at about 18:00 GMT on Tuesday, Cheshire Police said.

Tunnel traffic
Dale Beardsall

Photos from the scene showed plumes of smoke billowing out of the underpass.

All flights had been diverted to runway two as a precaution but normal runway services have now resumed.

Headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • Trafford Council says it is working towards a "phased reopening" of Bollin Primary School which was closed in a dispute involving the head teacher, staff and parents 

Weather: Sunshine and showers

BBC Weather

A mix of sunshine and showers with some turning wintry. Highs of 9C.

Good Morning

Rachael Lazaro

Reporter, BBC News Online

Hello and welcome to Greater Manchester Live after a misty start in many places including Worsley (pictured). We're here with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather from across the 10 boroughs and east Cheshire.

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BBC

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