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  1. Updates on Monday 6 March
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Tuesday

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

Weather: Watch out for rainbows

BBC Weather

We're expecting a mixture of sunshine and showers this afternoon, so watch out for rainbows.

Showers will continue for a time overnight, but drier conditions will develop in the early hours. Lows of 4C.

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High-speed 'hover train' plans submitted

Plans for a futuristic "hover train" that could get passengers from Liverpool to Manchester in just seven minutes have been  submitted to transport bosses.

Maglev train in Japan
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Direct City Networks is developing a plan for "the world's fastest underground system".

But the plans have been discounted as "laughable" by a leading industry expert.

Transport for the North said the plans needed more "development".

Speedway: Documents appear to show council 'knew' track issues

BBC Sport

Manchester City Council knew a week in advance about issues with the National Speedway Stadium track which forced the postponement of the grand opening, according to a document seen by BBC Radio Manchester .

National Speedway Stadium
BBC

Former Belle Vue Aces chief executive David Gordon has claimed the council did not pass on the information to the club, who are tenants of the venue.

It was one of seven meetings lost because of track problems.

The council rejects the claims.

Latest headlines in Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

Cheshire bypass: What happens to the old A556?

The new A556 bypass between Knutsford and Bowdon opened this morning, linking the M56 to the M6.

But what happens to the old A556 Chester Road?

Chester Road
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Highways England say the "de-trunked" road will be reduced to a single carriageway, with the existing southbound carriageway becoming two lanes, one in each direction.

The existing northbound lanes will now be used to provide a "shared pathway" for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders.

"We will replace the redundant outside lane with a mounded grass bund," a spokesman said.

"The existing A556 will be renamed and reclassified to discourage its use by non-local traffic."

Liam Gallagher reveals solo album title

Burnage's finest Liam Gallagher has announced the name of his upcoming solo album.

The former Oasis singer tweeted yesterday to say that his "fab new record" would be called As You Were.

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Football: Ibrahimovic & Mings charged with violent conduct by FA

BBC Sport

Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings have been charged with violent conduct by the Football Association .

Tyrone Mings and Zlatan Ibrahimovic
AP

The pair clashed during the 1-1 draw between their sides on Saturday when Mings, 23, landed on the United forward's head with his studs.

Moments later, Ibrahimovic caught Mings in the face with his elbow at a corner.

Both the players have until 18:00 on Tuesday to reply to the charge.

Restaurant fire 'under control'

Police say the fire at a Turkish restaurant on Deansgate is "under control and contained".

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Deansgate fire 'at Topkapi restaurant'

Fire crews are tackling a blaze on Deansgate in Manchester city centre. 

According to Twitter user This Cycling Manc, the fire is at the Topkapi restaurant.

Restaurant fire in Manchester
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Restaurant fire in Manchester
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Fire crews dealing with blaze at Deansgate restaurant

Emergency services are dealing with a fire at a restaurant on the junction of Deansgate and Bootle Street in Manchester.

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Football: De Bruyne 'is all heart'

Manchester City's social media team captured the moment star player Kevin De Bruyne whipped off his shirt, signed it and gave it to one of the home fans at the end of his side's win at Sunderland.

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Businessman becomes eighth Greater Manchester mayoral candidate

Kevin Fitzpatrick

BBC Radio Manchester political reporter

Businessman Marcus Farmer has announced he will be running in the Greater Manchester mayoral election - the eighth candidate to throw their hat in the ring.

Mr Farmer, who will be running as an independent, runs a waste disposal company in Cheadle Hulme and says his experience growth, opening new markets and creating jobs in at his company will be "invaluable" should he become mayor.

He stood as an independent in Withington in the 2010 general election and says the fact voters will have to make a first and second choice means someone not linked to a political party could win.

The election takes place on 4 May.

The other candidates are:

  • Sean Anstee - Conservative
  • Jane Brophy - Liberal Democrat
  • Andy Burnham - Labour
  • Peter Clifford - Communist League
  • Stephen Morris - English Democrats
  • Shneur Odze - UKIP
  • Will Patterson - Green Party

Cheshire's new bypass in numbers

Highways England have provided some facts and figures about the new dual carriageway linking the M6 and M56 in Cheshire, which opened this morning.

Knutsford to Bowdon bypass
BBC
  • The project includes 14.5 miles (23.3km) of fencing, which is enough to stretch from Mere to centre of Manchester
  • Workers moved 24,720,000 cubic ft (700,000 cubic m) of earth, enough to fill over 10,000 shipping containers
  • Seven bridges and one underpass over and under the road
  • The construction team worked on 100,000 tonnes of surfacing and moved 180,000 tonnes of hardcore
  • Over 1,259,000 sq ft (117,000 sq m) of shrubs and trees were planted and 42,377,000 cubic ft (1,200,000 cubic m) of earthworks landscaped

Football: City's England star celebrates Lionesses win

Manchester City's Jill Scott celebrated England's victory over world champions USA with a snap of her Lionesses teammates.

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The side snatched a last-gasp winner in New Jersey on Saturday and face Germany in their final SheBelieves Cup match tomorrow.

Bolton family discuss how PTSD impacted on their lives

BBC News Magazine

A Bolton family have spoken about how their lives have been affected by post-traumatic stress disorder.

Grace and Toni Collard
BBC

It's well known that soldiers can suffer from PTSD after their experiences on the battlefield - but the effect this has on their families is rarely discussed. 

Toni Collard was finally able to help her husband Keith find effective treatment after he twice smashed up their home with an axe.

Read more on BBC Magazine .

Cycling: British Cycling name new chief executive

BBC Sport

Julie Harrington has been named the new chief executive officer of British Cycling , replacing Ian Drake.

Julie Harrington (l) with Greg Dyke and Prince William
Getty Images

Harrington has been a senior executive at the Football Association, where she has been responsible for Wembley and England's training base at St George's Park.

The Manchester-based organisation is currently under intense scrutiny around accusations of sexism and treatment of riders, and questions have been raised about the lack of records kept by the governing body regarding medical treatments.

Latest headlines in Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • Senior FA executive Julie Harrington is named as the new boss of Manchester-based British Cycling
  • A new £192m bypass has opened linking the M6 and M56 in Cheshire
  • Police are looking for a woman who witnessed a sexual assault on a 16-year-old girl in Bolton

Football: Do referees give away teams penalties at Old Trafford?

BBC Sport

BBC Sport takes a look at the quirkiest and more interesting statistics from the weekend , including that age-old suggestion that visiting teams do not get penalties at Old Trafford (something which may not ring true, given Bournemouth's equaliser there on Saturday ).

Away penalty takers at Old Trafford
BBC Sport

Here is the list of all-time away penalty takers at Old Trafford in the Premier League. Out of a total of 24 penalties awarded, 17 have been scored, while seven (highlighted in red) have been missed  

Bros cancel dates but keep Manchester show

BBC Entertainment and Arts

Reformed pop group Bros have cancelled all their concerts outside London and Manchester .

Matt and Luke Goss
PA

The duo, brothers Matt and Luke Goss, were due to play a full UK tour this summer, after a break of 24 years.

But now dates in Newcastle, Glasgow, Nottingham and Birmingham have been scrapped.

A statement said the dates had been cancelled "due to unforeseen logistical circumstances", with the brothers offering "sincere apologies" to fans.

BBC sorry for 'RIP Mark E Smith' tweet

The BBC has apologised after mistakenly announcing the death of Mark E Smith on The Fall frontman's birthday.

Mark E Smith
BBC

The BBC Music Twitter account posted a message reading "RIP Mark E Smith" followed by a sad face emoji yesterday afternoon.

The tweet was deleted a short time later and replaced with a "Happy 60th" message.

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A BBC spokesman said it had been "a genuine human error and the message was posted by mistake and swiftly deleted".

“We apologise for the error," he added.

Severe disruption: M60 Greater Manchester clockwise

BBC News Travel

M60 Greater Manchester clockwise severe disruption, at J10 for B5214.

M60 Greater Manchester - M60 in Urmston lane closed on exit slip road and heavy traffic clockwise at J10, B5214 (Trafford Centre), because of a broken down lorry.

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

Proposals to demolish care home and build 12 houses withdrawn

Warrington Guardian

Proposals to demolish a Lymm care home in order to build 12 houses have been withdrawn by the applicant – but plans could be resubmitted in the near future.

Female witness of Bolton sex attack sought

Police are looking for a woman who witnessed a sexual assault on a 16-year-old girl in Bolton.

Bolton Bus Station
David Dixon/Geograph

The teenager was waiting at Moor Lane Bus Station at about 22:30 on 25 February when she was approached by a man who offered her money to go for a walk with him.

When she refused, he assaulted her and grabbed her wrists when she tried to walk away.

The teenager tried to speak to a woman sitting nearby and police would like that woman to come forward, describing her as vital to their investigation.

Cycling: Stockport para-cyclist wins three World Championships golds

BBC Sport

British tandem pair Sophie Thornhill and Corrine Hall won three gold medals at the Para-cycling Track World Championships in Los Angeles this weekend.

GB took its tally to eight golds, four silvers and two bronzes at the event.

"We'd joked about doing the treble before coming here but to actually do it is unbelievable," Stockport's Thornhill told BBC Sport.

Latest headlines in Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • BBC Radio Manchester is shown papers which appear to show Manchester City Council knew about problems with the track at the National Speedway Stadium a week before its grand opening was cancelled at the last minute
  • Police are looking for a woman who witnessed a sexual assault on a 16-year-old girl in Bolton
  • A new £192m bypass between Knutsford and Bowdon opens in Cheshire

Football: Tyrone Mings’ stamp 'has no place in any walk of life'

BBC Radio 5 live

A Manchester City fan called BBC Radio 5 live's 606 to complain about the behaviour of Bournemouth’s defender Tyrone Mings during Saturday’s Premier League clash against Manchester United.

The match that had two unpleasant incidents involving Mings and United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic. 

First, Mings appeared to land on the back of the head of the United forward as he lay on the ground, and then from a corner, Ibrahimovic elbowed the Cherries defender.

“If I went out tonight and did that, I would be in a prison cell” argued Dave, referring to Mings’ incident with Ibrahimovic.

Greater Manchester failing to meet pollution targets

The World Health Organisation has warned air pollution is one of the biggest threats to public health today .

Traffic in Manchester
Anthony O'Neil/Geograph

The most recent government data shows Greater Manchester has been in breach of its legal limits for nitrogen dioxide every year since 2011. 

Professor Hugh Coe - an expert on air pollution at the University of Manchester - says the city is also failing to meet targets for tiny particles produced mainly by diesel cars, which also affect health.

Football: I wanted more goals from Man City - Guardiola

BBC Sport

Man City boss Pep Guardiola says his team needed to try and score more goals in the final third of their 2-0 win at Sunderland, saying it was "too risky" to settle for a 2-0 lead.

New bypass opens between Knutsford and Bowdon

A new dual carriageway opened in Cheshire today, linking Knutsford and Bowdon.

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Highways England say the bypass, which cost £192m and replaces the A556, will ease congestion for drivers journeying between the M56 and M6 motorways.

Football: Man Utd draw brings Ibrahimovic controversies

BBC Sport

Manchester United's draw with Bournemouth at Old Trafford on Saturday remains one of the talking points of the weekend's Premier League action - but not because of the goals.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Tyrone Mings
AFP/Getty Images

Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings, 23, landed on United forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic's head with his studs, but said afterwards the collision was "unintentional".

Moments later, Ibrahimovic caught Mings in the face with his elbow at a corner.

"He jumped into my elbow," said the former Paris St-Germain striker, 35.

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho said he and Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not go "crying to the media" about the two controversies involving the Swede.

Documents appear to show council knew about speedway stadium problems

BBC Radio Manchester has seen documents that appear to show Manchester City Council knew about problems with the track at the National Speedway Stadium in Belle Vue a week before the grand opening last year.

Belle Vue Aces moved to the National Speedway Stadium from Kirkmanshulme Lane in March last year, but had to wait  54 days  to ride at their new home because of problems with the track.  

After remedial work, the first home fixture went ahead on 6 May but the Aces' former boss David Gordon said they lost £700,000 in the meantime and never recovered:

We were flat on our backs, smashed to the floor, and we never got over the fact that the meeting had been cancelled or the stigma that was attached to it.

Manchester City Council said they "reject Mr Gordon's version of events", adding that the "support given to his Belle Vue Group of companies and the events which led to their collapse and liquidation are set out in detail in a public report to the Council's Executive which meets on Wednesday".  

Belle Vue Aces were taken over by two local businessmen last month .

Football: Man City up to third with Sunderland win

BBC Sport

Sergio Aguero scored his fifth goal in his last three games to help Manchester City back into third place in the Premier League with a 2-0 win at Sunderland.

Sergio Aguero
PA

The Black Cats had defended doggedly before a swift City counter attack ended with Aguero prodding in Raheem Sterling's low cross from close range.

The visitors then clicked into gear as David Silva fed the explosive Leroy Sane for the Germany winger to double their lead after the break.

Jermain Defoe did find the net in a rare Sunderland attack late on, but his header was ruled out for offside.

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • BBC Radio Manchester is shown papers which appear to show Manchester City Council knew about problems with the track at the National Speedway Stadium a week before its grand opening was cancelled at the last minute
  • Police continue to investigate the death of a man whose body was found following a fire in Hattersley
  • A new £192m bypass between Knutsford and Bowdon opens in Cheshire

Man dies after flat fire in Hattersley

Police investigations are continuing into the death of a man whose body was found by firefighters tackling a blaze at a flat in Hattersley.

Fire engines in Hattersley
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Emergency services were called to Honiton Avenue at about 10:00 yesterday, Greater Manchester Police said.

Firefighters found the man's body inside the flat during a search after the fire. 

Formal identification is yet to take place.

Weather: Mostly dry day with some sunny spells

BBC Weather

Early mist and fog will clear this morning to leave a mostly dry day with some sunny spells and a few showers.

Winds will be light at first, but it will turn a little breezier into the afternoon.

Highs of 9C.

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Chris Long

BBC News Online

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