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  1. Updates on Wednesday 8 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: Winds strengthen, mostly dry

BBC Weather

The wind will strengthen everywhere but it will stay mostly dry with long clear periods overnight. Lows of 7C.

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Ice hockey surprise for two-year-old Storm fan

Two-year-old Sebastian Pitts, who has a severe neurological disorder, has ticked an ice-hockey dream off his bucket list with the help of Manchester Storm. 

The team flew the young fan and his parents to Belfast to watch their match, where he met the team, did a lap of honour on the ice, and presented the man of the match award.

Man released on bail after hospital crash

An 89-year-old man arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after  two women were hit by a car outside a hospital  in Manchester has been released on bail.

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The women, aged 44 and 49, were injured in the car park at Withington Community Hospital at 14:05 on Tuesday, Greater Manchester Police said. 

The women were taken to Wythenshawe Hospital and Manchester Royal Infirmary but both later died.

Football: Mourinho hits out at Rostov pitch

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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has criticised the pitch for his side's Europa League match against Russian side FC Rostov on Thursday.

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Rostov, fifth in the Russian Premier League, play at the Olimp-2 which was built in 1930 and has a capacity of just over 15,000.

Ahead of the last-16, first leg tie, Mourinho said: "It's hard for me to believe we are going to play on that field - if you can call it a field.

"I don't know which team to play."

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Severe accident: M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise severe accident, at J17 for A56 Prestwich affecting Birch Services.

M60 Greater Manchester - Slow traffic on M60 anticlockwise at J17, A56 (Prestwich), because of an accident involving multiple vehicles earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion on M62 to Birch Services.

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

Weather: Dry with bright spells

BBC Weather

A mainly dry afternoon with sunny spells. Risk of some showers. Highs of 11C.

The wind will strengthen everywhere but it will stay mostly dry with long clear periods overnight.

Rochdale Council swearing ban is 'misuse of power'

A council's  town centre ban  on swearing has been labelled a "staggering misuse of power" by a civil liberties group.

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Rochdale Council has introduced a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) which includes a ban on swearing, skateboarding and begging.

Lara ten Caten, legal officer for human rights group Liberty, accused the council of curbing residents' rights.

But the authority's leader Richard Farnell said the council was trying to stop "drunken and abusive idiots".

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Severe accident: M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise severe accident, between J14 for M61 and J13 for A572 affecting J16 for A666.

M60 Greater Manchester - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M60 anticlockwise between J14, M61 (East Lancs Road) and J13, A572 (Worsley), because of an accident involving tanker and van. Congestion to J16, A666 (Pendlebury) and to M61 J2, Walkden.

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

Appeal after woman, 91, robbed on way home from church

A 91-year-old woman who was on her way home from church has been robbed.

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Officers are appealing for witnesses to the incident in Hollins Road, Oldham, at lunchtime on 26 February. 

A man and woman approached her and asked for directions, then pulled a ring off her finger and took three necklaces from round her neck.

Two men tried to chase them but they got in a car and drove off. Anyone with information is asked to contact police.  

Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cheshire southbound severe disruption, between J18 for A54 Middlewich and J17 for A534 Sandbach.

M6 Cheshire - Slow traffic and one lane blocked on M6 southbound between J18, A54 (Middlewich) and J17, A534 (Sandbach), because of a broken down car.

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

Northern rail company reveals strike-day plans

Rail company Northern has released details of a reduced train service in preparation for industrial action planned for Monday.

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The RMT union is disputing plans to bring in more driver-only-operated trains.

Northern said it would run  about 40% of its normal timetable  if the walkout goes ahead.

Southern rail and Merseyrail , which are due to strike on 13 March, have also altered their services.

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  • A woman is freed from a car which crashed into a roof canopy at Salford Royal Hospital 

Car crashes into canopy at Salford Royal Hospital

These pictures show how a car crashed into a canopy at Salford Royal Hospital. 

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Paramedics were called to Salford Royal Hospital at about 10:30 and have treated a woman who was freed by firefighters.

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Police said nobody else has been hurt and it is understood the woman has minor injuries.

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Woman cut free as car crashes at Salford hospital

A woman has been cut free after her car crashed into a canopy at Salford Royal Hospital.

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Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said it received a call at about 11:00 GMT.

A woman in her 40s was being treated, North West Ambulance Service said. 

Football: Pep Guardiola bemoans cost of English players

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Manager Pep Guardiola says he would like more English players at Manchester City, but has bemoaned their cost.

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England defender John Stones  cost City £47.5m  when they signed him from Everton in August and he is one of five English players in City's squad.

Guardiola says City are hopeful of instead promoting young English players from the academy.

"I would like to have English players, believe me, but they are so expensive," the Spaniard said.

I would like to play with English players. When I was in Barcelona I liked to play with locals because they feel something special, but sometimes it is not possible.

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Spice drug users 'like zombies' in Manchester's Piccadilly Gardens

Disturbing images show homeless people appearing to freeze after smoking the former legal high, Spice.

North West Ambulance Service says it has seen a surge in call outs to deal with people taking the drug.    

Bolton Wanderers Free School 'not financially viable'

A football club's free school will close at the end of the academic year because of low pupil numbers,  its trustees have said.

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Bolton Wanderers Free School, which opened in 2014 as  part of a £100m development near the club's stadium , offers courses to up to 400 students, but only had 95 enrol in 2015.

The school's trustees said the numbers meant it was "not financially viable".

An inspection by Ofsted in September 2016 found  the school to be inadequate.

Rail strike: Northern publishes revised timetable

Train operator Northern has published details of its revised timetable which is due to operate during industrial action on Monday 13 March.

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The RMT union announced strike action last month in a dispute over plans to bring in more driver-only-operated trains.  

Northern says it expects to run approximately 980 services, or about 40% of its normal timetable on many, but not all, of its routes in the north of England.

All services are expected to be extremely busy and the firm's advising customers to give themselves extra time to travel and consider whether their journey is necessary.

Richard Allan, Northern's deputy managing director, says: "We've focused our planning efforts on maintaining a train service on our busier routes between 07:00 and 19:00, and are looking to provide replacement bus services on some routes where trains won't run."

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  • Highways England says delays on the new A556 bypass between Bowdon and Knutsford are down to a technical fault with a traffic sensor junction 19 of the M6

New bypass delays 'due to technical fault'

Highways England says delays on the new A556 bypass between Bowdon and Knutsford are due to a technical fault with a traffic sensor junction 19 of the M6. 

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Drivers using the new relief road reported being stuck for over an hour on Monday night - the day the new road opened - because of delays at the roundabout at junction 19. 

Engineers are investigating after resurfacing work was carried out which may have affected the sensor. 

Highways England has apologised for the disruption.

Man shot and stabbed in Manchester

A man has been shot in the mouth and stabbed in Manchester.

Police were called to reports of a shooting at around 20:00 on Tuesday in Cheetham Hill, but found no victim at the scene. 

A man with gunshot and knife wounds turned up later at the North Manchester General Hospital. His injuries are not thought to be life threatening.   

Manchester hospital crash: Man, 89, remains in custody

Investigations are continuing after two women were killed after a car hit pedestrians outside a hospital in south Manchester. 

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The pair - aged 44 and 49 - were injured in the car park at Withington Community Hospital just after 14:00 on Tuesday. 

An 89-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He remains in police custody.  

Spice call-outs 'surge', says ambulance service

North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) says it has seen a surge in call-outs to deal with people taking the former legal high, Spice. 

It is a synthetic form of cannabis which some experts say can be up to 100 times as potent as the natural form of the drug and can leave users in a "zombie-like" state. 

Spice
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A BBC Radio Manchester reporter spent an hour and a half in Piccadilly Gardens yesterday and saw four cases where ambulances had to be called to treat people who had apparently taken spice. 

Homeless charity, Lifeshare, said 95% of Manchester's homeless community are now taking Spice and said it was a "dangerous" problem.

Football: Birmingham City 0-1 Wigan Athletic

BBC Sport

Former Birmingham City loan player Dan Burn hit the only goal of the game against his old club, as Wigan Athletic improved their chances of escaping an immediate return to League One.

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Burn's 19th-minute strike earned the Latics a first win in five Championship games to lift them within two points of safety with 10 games remaining.

Severe disruption: M62 Greater Manchester westbound

BBC News Travel

M62 Greater Manchester westbound severe disruption, at J19 for A6046 affecting J20 for A627.

M62 Greater Manchester - One lane closed and slow traffic on M62 westbound at J19, A6046 (Heywood), because of a broken down vehicle. Congestion to J20 A627(M) Rochdale.

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

Headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • There has been a surge in emergency call outs to deal with people taking the former legal high, Spice, North West Ambulance Service says  
  • Highways England says delays on the new A556 bypass between Bowdon and Knutsford are due to a technical fault with a traffic sensor at junction 19 of the M6

Weather: Mild with some sunshine later

BBC Weather

A dry but cloudy day with some sunshine this afternoon. 

 Temperatures will be a few degrees higher than yesterday so it will feel pleasantly mild. It will become rather breezy on the hills.  

Good Morning

Rachael Lazaro

Reporter, BBC News Online

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