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  1. Updates on Thursday 9 March
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Friday

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

Former Happy Mondays tour manager's son drug sentence

Manchester Evening News

The son of an ex-manager of the Happy Mondays has had his drug dealing sentence reduced - because of his father's bad influence.


          The Happy Mondays performing with Kirsty McColl on Tops of the Pops in 1989
BBC

More than 2,000 vote for new Emmeline Pankhurst statue design

The deadline for voting for the design of the new statue in Manchester for suffragette heroine Emmeline Pankhurst has been extended after a huge public response.

Emmeline Pankhurst
PA

More than 2,000 have voted so far so the deadline has now been extended for a month until the first week of April.

The statue, which is privately funded, is due to be unveiled in 2019.  

The leader of the suffragette movement was born in the city and was instrumental in the fight for women to get the vote.   

Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cheshire southbound severe disruption, at J18 for A54 Middlewich.

M6 Cheshire - M6 entry slip road closed southbound at J18, A54 (Middlewich).

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

Co-op Bank reports £477m loss

The Manchester-based Co-op Bank has reported a loss of £477m - a month after it put itself up for sale.

Co-op
Getty Images

The Co-op Bank, which has four million customers and is well known for its ethical standpoint, has its headquarters on Balloon Street in the city centre.  

Headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • A man is arrested on suspicion of assault after a suspected hit-and-run in Deansgate in Manchester city centre 

Three Salford men jailed for plotting to blow up cash machine

Manchester Evening News

Three man have been jailed for more than 20 years for plotting to blow up a cash machine and attacking a police car with a sledgehammer during a 110mph chase in Handforth.

Weather: Bright and sunny afternoon

BBC Weather

Bright and sunny afternoon with highs of 11C. However clouds will start to creep in later with rain tonight

Man arrested over suspected hit-and-run

Police have arrested a 33-year-old man after a suspected hit-and-run on Deansgate in Manchester city centre.

Deansgate was closed for several hours after the incident
BBC

The victim, 36, suffered serious head injuries after he was carried on the boot of the car before being thrown rom the moving vehicle, police have said.

He remains in a serious condition in hospital after the 04:00 GMT incident after which the dark-coloured car fled the scene.

The 33-year-old male was arrested on suspicion of assault.

Detective Sergeant Phil Marsh, of Greater Manchester Police described the incident as "shocking".

Search for Molly the rescue dog

Messenger Newspaper

Messenger

Volunteers are trying to find Molly who was rescued from Romania after she went missing just 20 minutes after arriving at a foster home in Old Trafford.

Joe Hart gets 'positive vibes' from fans in Turin
Joe Hart says he gets very "positive vibes" from the fans of his on-loan club Torino and says he's settling well to life in the city.

Police patrols for Man Utd fans in Russia

Manchester United fans are being urged to take extra care over the threat of Russian hooligans ahead of the club's Europa League game against Rostov.

Rostov hooligans
BBC

The Old Trafford club wrote to the 400 travelling fans urging them not to wear club colours while in Rostov-on-Don and to avoid most of the city.

Police are patrolling two specific streets in the city to try and keep United fans safe.

A BBC documentary, Russia's Hooligan Army , filmed a firm of hooligans in Rostov training for forest fights.  

Manchester International Festival puts New Order and politics centre stage

Ian Youngs

Entertainment and Arts Reporter, BBC News

Seminal Manchester band New Order will be centre stage at this summer's Manchester International Festival .

New Order
BBC

The group will play five gigs inside a "unique installation" created by artist Liam Gillick, accompanied by a 12-piece synthesiser ensemble.

There will also be an exhibition of art inspired by the band and their original incarnation, Joy Division.

The full line-up for the 18-day biennial festival has just been announced. It begins on 29 June.

Severe accident: M62 Greater Manchester westbound

BBC News Travel

M62 Greater Manchester westbound severe accident, between J19 for A6046 and J18 for M60.

M62 Greater Manchester - Queuing traffic on M62 westbound between J19, A6046 (Heywood) and J18, M60 (Simister Island), because of an accident involving lorry and car earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Monkey-mad dying man visited by marmoset at hospice

A dying cancer patient who loved monkeys got to spend his final day with one after his hospice arranged a visit.

Monkey hospice visit
WIGAN AND LEIGH HOSPICE

Ian Cadman, who "was crazy about monkeys", met two-year-old marmoset Millie at Wigan and Leigh Hospice on Tuesday.

Ian cadman and nephew
WIGAN AND LEIGH HOSPICE
Ian Cadman (right), pictured here with a nephew, had a lifelong love for monkeys

A few hours after the visit the 58-year-old died surrounded by his family, the hospice said.

Mr Cadman's twin sister Karen Lund said: "To know he's had a real monkey there with him, meant so much to us."

Chinese restaurant founder named as new High Sheriff

The founder of the Yang Sing restaurant has been named as the new High Sheriff of Greater Manchester.

Yang Sing
Google

Gerry Yeung, who has been awarded an OBE for his charity work, will take over his role next month.

Mr Yeung said: “I am honoured and delighted to have been chosen to carry out this unique role by the Queen."

Headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • A man is in a serious condition in hospital after a suspected hit-and-run in Deansgate in Manchester city centre
  • There are more than 70 incidents of anti-social behaviour every day on trams, buses and trains across Greater Manchester, transport bosses say
  • Man Utd fans are urged to be cautious of hooliganism in Rostov-on-Don ahead of tonight's Europa League game in Russia 

Teenager locked up for sex attacks

Bury Times

Bury Times

A teenager who committed sex attacks against women walkers has been sentenced to 16 months in a young offenders institute for 16 months. 

Pep Guardiola

Chris Bevan

BBC Sport at Etihad Stadium

Manchester City miss the chance to move to second in the Premier League as their game in hand ends goalless against Stoke City.

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Violent burglar gang jailed thanks to 12-year-old girl

Manchester Evening News

A violent gang of burglars has been jailed after a brave 12-year-old girl fought back after a machete was put to her throat.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

LA Galaxy tell Zlatan Ibrahimovic they are prepared to make him the highest paid player in MLS history if he joins them this summer.

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Record passenger numbers at Manchester Airport

More than 26 million passengers have used Manchester Airport in the last 12 months - a new record.

Manchester airport
BBC

The UK’s third largest airport hit the milestone in February when 1,659,843 passengers used the terminal - an 11% increase on 2016.

Airport bosses reported that 13,200 planes either landed or took off last month.

Headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • A man is a serious condition in hospital after a suspecteded hit-and-run in Deansgate in Manchester city centre
  • There are more than 70 incidents of anti-social behaviour every day on trams, buses and trains across Greater Manchester, say transport bosses
  • Record number of passengers using Manchester Airport

Football: Stoke 'didn't rely on luck' in Manchester City draw

Chris Bevan

BBC Sport

The Stoke City boss Mark Hughes says his side "didn't rely on luck" in holding title-chasing Manchester City to a 0-0 draw at the Etihad Stadium.

A win for City would have moved them above Tottenham and into second place but they could not find the attacking spark required to break down a well-drilled Potters side.

Mark Hughes

Too many misplaced passes meant Stoke were under little pressure for much of the match, and Manchester City's finishing was also wide of the mark when they did create chances late on. 

The outcome could have been worse for the home side had Mame Biram Diouf not scuffed an early shot from close range following Gael Clichy's slip. 

Bruno Martins Indi and Saido Berahino also had sniffs of goal when Manchester City left space at the back, but Stoke's main aim appeared to be a clean sheet and they accomplished that comfortably enough.

Fire at Denton industrial unit

More than 50 firefighters tackled a blaze at an industrial unit in Denton in the early hours of this morning.

Cricket Street fire
GMFRS

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service sent seven crews after the fire broke out at 02:10 in Cricket Street.

It took nearly five hours to bring the blaze under control and residents were advised to keep their windows closed.

Seventy anti-social behaviour reports on public transport

More than 70 incidents of anti-social behaviour are reported on Greater Manchester's transport network every day, according to figures from transport bosses.

Tram
TfGM

It is a rise of 65% from four years ago and now Transport for Greater Manchester bosses want to ban those responsible from buses and trams.

Football: Man City 'needed to be brilliant' - Guardiola

BBC Sport

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says his side " needed to be brilliant " to break down a Stoke defence which held them 0-0.

Man in serious condition after 'hit-and-run'

A 36-year-old man is in a serious condition in hospital after a suspected hit-and-run in Manchester city centre.

Deansgate
BBC

He suffered a head injury after being struck by a car that drove off in Deansgate just after 04:00.

Paramedics treated him at the scene before he was taken to hospital.

A section of Deansgate was closed but it has now reopened.

Headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • A man is a serious condition in hospital after a suspecteded hit-and-run in Deansgate in Manchester city centre
  • There are more than 70 incidents of anti-social behaviour every day on trams, buses and trains across Greater Manchester, say transport bosses
  • A fire broke out at an industrial unit in Denton, Tameside in the early hours

Weather: Bright and sunny day

BBC Weather

Mainly sunny day with a few cloud spells here and there. Highs of 11C touching 12C in the sunshine. 

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Severe disruption: M6 Greater Manchester southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Greater Manchester southbound severe disruption, between J26 for M58 and J25 for A49.

M6 Greater Manchester - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 southbound in Wigan between J26, M58 (Orrell Interchange) and J25, A49 (Bryn), because of a broken down lorry.

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

Good morning

Stewart Whittingham

Reporter, BBC News Online

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