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  1. Updates on Thursday 2 March
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates return from 08:00 on Friday

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Live updates from Greater Manchester have finished for the day, but we'll be back from 08:00 on Friday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the region.

Weather: Rain in some parts

Rain and hill snow in the south at first this morning, though a brighter start further north with some early morning sunshine likely here. 

Turning drier for all through the day, allowing sunny spells for most during the afternoon. Windy.  

Lows of 5C.

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Police 'rationing' puts public at risk, warns watchdog

The former chief constable of Greater Manchester Police, Sir Peter Fahy, said that forces will have to do things differently in the future, if the government continues to ask them "to do more with less".

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He was speaking following a warning from the police standards watchdog that some police forces are putting the public at risk by rationing their response as they struggle with cutbacks.

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary said some forces are "downgrading" 999 calls, in order to justify responding to them more slowly.

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HMIC's  report  found that most of the 43 forces in England and Wales were providing a good service. But that others have let victims down.

Greater Manchester Police was rated good and was found to be the fifth best force in terms of performance in cases involving domestic violence cases. 

Community divided over school plans

The community in Saddleworth is divided after a plan to build a controversial new secondary school was blocked by the High court. 

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A judge ruled the planning permission for the site in Diggle was "unlawful" on heritage grounds and said the council should not have dismissed the option of rebuilding it on its existing site in Uppermill. 

Some residents said it would ruin the village while others think a new school is desperately needed.    

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • Manchester City council is earning more than £6,000 a day in fines from just three cameras monitoring bus lanes in the city centre, new figures show
  • The community in Saddleworth is divided after a plan to build a controversial new secondary school in Diggle was blocked by the High Court
Super League Rewind: Wigan edge St Helens in a floodlit mudbath
Super League Show Rewind looks back on a time when a waterlogged pitch made no difference to the game going ahead.

Severe disruption: M60 Greater Manchester clockwise

BBC News Travel

M60 Greater Manchester clockwise severe disruption, between J16 for A666 and J17 for A56 Prestwich.

M60 Greater Manchester - M60 partially blocked clockwise between J16, A666 (Pendlebury) and J17, A56 (Prestwich), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Bury school bans 'JoJo bows'

Some UK schools, including Fairfield Community Primary School in Bury, are banning pupils from wearing "JoJo bows", giant hair clips that have gained popularity thanks to a teenage dancing YouTube star. So why have the bows become so big ?

Headteacher at Fairfield Community Primary in Bury, Chris Ashley, describes the bows as "distracting".  

Several schools say the bows breach uniform policy. Sawley Junior School in Nottinghamshire has also banned them. 

New Diggle secondary school plans quashed

Kevin Fitzpatrick

BBC Radio Manchester journalist

A plan to build a new secondary school in Diggle in Saddleworth has been blocked after a High Court judge ruled the planning permission was "unlawful" on heritage grounds.

The case was brought by Diggle resident Keith Lucas, who objected to the plan to move the school from Uppermill village and build it on the site of a historic mill. 

The council had insisted rebuilding it on its existing site was not an option, but the judge said the planning committee should have been allowed to consider it.

He said moving the school to Diggle "would cause substantial damage to heritage assets". 

The planning permission was quashed. The council says its "top priority has always been to deliver a fit-for-purpose educational facility and it will now consider it's next steps. 

Sergio Aguero and Pep Guardiola

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero says the club are yet to speak to him about where his future lies.

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Unconfirmed sightings of missing boy, 15, in Bury and Manchester

There have been two unconfirmed sightings in Greater Manchester of a 15-year-old boy who has been reported missing from Carnforth.

Kyson Kanesh
Lancashire Constabulary

Kyson Kanesh, originally from Blackpool, was last seen on 21 February after leaving an address in Lancaster Road in the early hours of the morning.

The teenager was reportedly seen in Bury and Manchester Piccadilly Station on the day he went missing.

He is about 5ft 7ins, of slim build and was last seen wearing a black jacket, a grey tracksuit and a dark grey beanie hat.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact them.

Roof caves in at Wigan flats

Wigan Today

Fears have become a reality for residents of a Scholes block of flats after the roof caved in .

Severe disruption: M61 Greater Manchester southbound

BBC News Travel

M61 Greater Manchester southbound severe disruption, at J5 for A58.

M61 Greater Manchester - M61 lane closed on exit slip road southbound at J5, A58 (Westhoughton), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst statue designs go on display

The six shortlisted designs for a statue of the Manchester suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst will be unveiled in the city later today. 

Emmeline Pankhurst
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They were displayed for the first time at Westminster earlier this week. 

A total of 16 of the 17 public statues in Manchester are men.

There was a public vote to choose a woman to be depicted by a new statue. Emmeline Pankhurst's great grandaughter will help choose the winning design. 

St John's development set to be approved

Plans for two 36-storey towers, close to Manchester's Museum of Science and Industry, are set to be approved next week. 

The Victorian terrace part of the set
Granada TV

Developers want to build the apartment blocks, as part of the St Johns neighbourhood, on the site of the former Granada TV studios. 

The scheme includes offices and restaurants, as well as plans for another skyscraper - which will be as tall as the Beetham Tower.   

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • A plan to build a controversial new secondary school in Diggle in Saddleworth is blocked after a High Court judge ruled the planning permission was "unlawful" on heritage grounds
  • New figures show Manchester City Council is earning more than £6,000 a day in fines from just three cameras monitoring bus lanes in the city centre 

Jilted boyfriend shook hands with love-rival before stabbing him to death with a potato knife, court told

Manchester Evening News

A jilted boyfriend shook hands with his love rival before fatally stabbing him, a court heard .  

Man City's amputee football star

Jamie lost his leg to bone cancer when he was 13 but he now plays amputee football for Manchester City.

Snow on the hills

BBC Weather Watcher Mags in Moorside, Oldham shared this photo of snow on the hills. 

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Student's Audi stolen while at car wash in Endon Street, Bolton

Bolton News

A motorist is appealing for help tracing his car which was stolen after it had been valeted.  

Warrington bids to become UK City of Culture 2021

Eleven towns and cities have now put their names forward to become UK City of Culture in 2021, including Warrington.


          More than 3,000 people took part in the Sea of Hull project, which goes on show later this year
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More than 3,000 people took part in the Sea of Hull project, which goes on show later this year

Perth, Paisley, Stoke, Sunderland, Coventry and Hereford had already put themselves up for the accolade when they declared their interest last year.

Five more are now added: Warrington, Portsmouth, Wells, Swansea and the smallest city in Britain, St Davids.

The chosen place  will succeed Hull , which is the City of Culture for 2017.

Warrington transformation plan
Warrington Borough Council

A £107m development to transform Warrington town centre (pictured) was granted planning permission last year. 

Highlights: Man City 5-1 Huddersfield

BBC Sport

Victory for Manchester City books a trip to Middlesbrough and a 10th quarter-final of the Sheikh Mansour era, which began nine years ago.  

FA Cup: Manchester City 5-1 Huddersfield Town highlights

Sale man wanted on recall to prison

Detectives are searching for a wanted man from Sale. 

Fabian Wilks
Greater Manchester Police

Fabian Wilks, 29, of Norris Road, Sale, who is also known as Facey, is wanted on recall to prison for breaching the terms of his licence.

He has links to the Sale and Old Trafford areas.

Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cheshire northbound severe disruption, at J19 for A556.

M6 Cheshire - One lane closed on M6 northbound at J19, A556 (Knutsford), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Man shot by police 'prone to violence'

An unarmed man shot dead by police was "prone to violent tendencies", a senior officer told an inquiry.

Anthony Grainger
PA

Anthony Grainger, 36, of Bolton, was shot in a car park in Culcheth, Cheshire, in March 2012 in an operation planned by Greater Manchester Police.

Officers believed Mr Grainger was in a gang planning an armed robbery.

Assistant Chief Constable Steven Heywood, who gave the authority for firearms officers, said intelligence suggested he was violent.

Latest headlines for Greater Manchster and east Cheshire

  • Warrington formally registers a bid to become the next UK City of Culture in 2021

Synagogue plan gets thumbs up due to high demand

Bury Times

A new synagogue will be built in Prestwich to accommodate a “surplus demand” in the town. 

Bus lane cameras make £31m in a year for councils

Almost 4,000 motorists a day are fined for driving in bus lanes in England, with one of the cameras on Portland Street in Manchester named as the fourth most lucrative , making more than £2,000 a day. 

Bus Lane
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John Dobson Street in Newcastle brought in £5,960 every 24 hours in bus lane fines, making it the most lucrative camera.   

Hunts Bank, Manchester was also listed. 

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BBC England contacted 160 authorities responsible for highways in England, 64 of whom had bus lane cameras.

Motoring organisation, the RAC, said the cameras had become a "cash bonanza" for local authorities.

Councils say cameras are clearly signed and they expect income to fall as drivers learn to stay out of the lanes.

Travel: Delays on M60

BBC News Travel

Heavy traffic due to earlier broken down vehicle on M60 anticlockwise at J14 M61 / A580 (East Lancs Road). 

All lanes have been reopened. 

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

Tom and Ben Curry

England Under-20 internationals Ben and Tom Curry sign five-year contracts with Premiership club Sale Sharks.

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Bury Council chief executive and two senior officers suspended

Bury Council's chief executive has been suspended over claims he and others failed to follow procedures in their handling of a safeguarding case.

Bury Council
BBC

The Bury Times reported it related to  a councillor who admitted making indecent images of children .

Mike Owen and two senior officers have been suspended following an external review of the case, a spokeswoman said.

Council leader Rishi Shori said the suspensions would allow the three to "focus on responding" to the case.

He said they were "a neutral act".

Troubled Bollin Primary School partially reopens

A school in Bowdon near Altrincham, which was shut suddenly by Trafford Council earlier this week, is partially reopening

Bollin Primary School
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Trafford Council  closed  The Bollin Primary School in Bowdon on Monday after concerns about a "reduced capacity of senior leadership".

The council said the school had appointed an interim head teacher and it is reopening for Key Stage 2 pupils today. 

A number of staff have been neutrally suspended while investigations continue into a video purporting to show teaching staff at a party making comments about the headteacher. 

Football: Man City 5- 1 Huddersfield

BBC Sport

Manchester City cruised into the FA Cup quarter-finals after fighting back to beat much-changed Championship promotion hopefuls Huddersfield in their fifth-round replay.

Aguero
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After a 0-0 draw in the original tie, the visitors led when Harry Bunn's shot went through Claudio Bravo's legs.

But tap-ins from Leroy Sane and Pablo Zabaleta, with Sergio Aguero's clinical penalty in between, turned the replay in City's favour before half-time.

Aguero swept in Raheem Sterling's cross at the near post for City's fourth, before substitute Kelechi Iheanacho poked in with the last kick of the game.

City's reward is a quarter-final trip to Premier League rivals Middlesbrough on Saturday, 11 March (12:15 GMT).

Headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • Bollin Primary School in Bowdon near Altrincham, which was closed suddenly by Trafford Council earlier this week, is partially reopening

Weather: Yellow warning for snow

A showery start to with chance of some snow, mainly over higher ground. Highs of 8C.

Turning drier for all later, allowing sunny spells for most during the afternoon. Windy. 

Severe disruption: M62 Greater Manchester eastbound

BBC News Travel

M62 Greater Manchester eastbound severe disruption, at J21 for A640.

M62 Greater Manchester - M62 entry slip road closed eastbound at J21, A640 (Milnrow), because of an incident and snow.

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

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Rachael Lazaro

Reporter, BBC News Online

Hello and welcome to Greater Manchester Live. We're here with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather from across the 10 boroughs and east Cheshire.  

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