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  1. Updates on Tuesday 14 March
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Wednesday

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

Weather: Rain expected overnight

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  Patchy light rain is expected during the early hours leading to a damp start tomorrow. Lows of 7C.  

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BreakingOpen verdict at inquest into death of mystery moor man

The inquest into the death of David Lytton, who was found dead on Saddleworth Moor in 2015, has recorded an open verdict. 

David Lytton
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The coroner said: "There was no way I could be sure as to Mr Lytton's prevailing intention. 

"Whilst accepting therefore, he died of his own hand, the only appropriate conclusion I can reach is an open conclusion." 

It took police more than a year to establish Mr Lytton's identity and a "provisional" cause of death was given as  "strychnine poisoning".

Mystery moor man was a loner, inquest told

A man whose body was found in mysterious circumstances near a reservoir on Saddleworth Moor was a loner, an inquest into his death has heard.

David Lytton and Saddleworth Moor
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David Lytton, 67, from London, was discovered at Dove Stone Reservoir in Greater Manchester on 12 December 2015.  

It took police more than a year to establish his identity and a "provisional" cause of death was given as  "strychnine poisoning".

Mr Lytton's brother, Jeremy, spoke at the hearing and described him as "very insular".

After finishing university "he didn't want to be with anyone," he told the hearing.

Manchester offers to help host 2022 Commonwealth Games

Manchester City Council has offered to help host the 2022 Commonwealth Games after Durban in South Africa pulled out because it could no longer afford it.

The opening ceremony in Manchester in 2002
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Liverpool, which is bidding for the 2026 Games, has offered to step in and now Manchester has offered to help a Northern event.

Manchester hosted the 2002 event which saw 5,000 athletes from 72 countries visit the city as well as venues such as the City of Manchester Stadium and the Velodrome built.

A council spokesman said: "If we were invited to help we would be pleased to work with the Commonwealth Games Federation and the Government to ensure the delivery of a successful 2022 Games in England, which could make a significant contribution to the growth of the Northern Powerhouse as well as supporting the Commonwealth sporting family."

Referee Michael Oliver is surrounded by several Manchester United players after sending off midfielder Ander Herrera

Manchester United are charged by the Football Association with failing to control their players during Monday's FA Cup quarter-final loss at Chelsea.

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Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • Manchester offers to help host the 2022 Commonwealth Games after Durban in South Africa pulls out
  • The death of a man whose body was found in mysterious circumstances on Saddleworth Moor  is being examined  at an inquest

Housing plan for older LGBT community

Manchester City Council plans to create specialist housing for the city's older LGBT community.

It will be the first of its kind in the UK and the proposal is to offer at least 51% of places to lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people.

Charity shop roof and wall demolished in post office raid

Oldham Evening Chronicle

Raiders demolished the roof of a charity shop and then smashed through a wall so they could rob a post office in Chadderton.

'Mannequin challenge' men sought after Salford robberies

Police have revealed they want to speak to a group men who posed for a mannequin challenge after two robberies in Salford.

Mannequin challenge
GMP

Two men were robbed of their mobile phones five minutes apart on 14 November 14 by offenders who then got into a blue Ford Focus.

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Police later stopped a Ford Focus in Manchester city centre and found the mannequin challenge footage on a mobile phone in the car that had been filmed between the robberies.

A 22-year-old who was driving the car, was arrested and bailed but is now wanted by police after failing to return to answer his bail.

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • The death of a man whose body was found in mysterious circumstances on Saddleworth Moor is being examined at an inquest.  
  • Researchers at Manchester University are working on finding a drug to stop nerve cell damage caused by Alzheimer's Disease

Football: Man City face Arsenal in FA Cup semi-final

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Manchester City face Arsenal in the FA Cup semi-final.

Man City v Middlesborough
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London rivals Chelsea and Tottenham have been drawn against each other in the other last-four tie.

Both semi-finals will be played at Wembley on the weekend of 22 and 23 April. 

Inquest begins into body on moor mystery

An inquest has begun hearing evidence about a man whose body was found near a reservoir on Saddleworth Moor, sparking a 14-month search to establish his identity. 

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The body of 67-year-old David Lytton who was from London was found by Dove Stone Reservoir with no identification. 


          Police established David Lytton had flown to London from Pakistan, but why he travelled to Saddleworth remains a mystery
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Police established Mr Lytton had flown to London from Pakistan, but why he travelled to Saddleworth remains a mystery 

Police firearms training 'hardest thing I've ever done'

PC Kelly Ellis is one of an increasing number of UK police officers who are undertaking firearms training in Cheshire. 

Her friends have dubbed her Lara Croft - after the Tomb Raider action hero - but she says the training is the hardest thing she has ever done. 

Over three months, Dominic Casciani - reporting for the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme - had unique access to some of the new recruits being assessed in Cheshire. 

Watch Dominic Casciani's full film on firearms training on the Victoria Derbyshire website.

Footsteps support service for runaways launched

A new support service to reduce vulnerable children and young people going missing in Greater Manchester is being launched. 

Runaway
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The Children's Society will be working with youngsters who've run away at least twice in the past 12 months.  

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According to the National Crime Agency, more than 16,000 youngsters went missing in the region last year.

Weather: Drizzle possible later

Some brighter breaks across the region, but cloudy and light outbreaks of rain or drizzle also possible.   

The cloud will break through the night and it should turn drier for all too. Clear skies will develop by dawn and winds will ease.  

Blue skies in Salford

As promised, parts of the region are brightening up this afternoon with some bright bursts of sunshine. 

Media City
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Great Lever police chase driver had baby in car

Bolton News

A driver has been jailed after trying to escape police in a car carrying his eight-month-old daughter.  

Specialist housing to be built for LGBT pensioners

Manchester's LGBT community has welcomed plans to build specialist housing in the city for LGBT pensioners. 

LGBT flag and man
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The housing community, to be created by Manchester City Council, will be the first of its kind in the UK to offer at least 51% of its places to lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people. 

Research by the LGBT Foundation found that its older members are more likely to experience isolation than the general population. 

Michael Martin 'murder' inquiry: Police search Kearsley wasteland

Police are searching an area of wasteland in Kearsley after receiving "new information" relating to Michael Martin who they believe may have been murdered.

Michael Martin
Greater Manchester Police

Mr Martin, 25, was last seen at his home in Sidmouth Drive, Blackley, in the early hours of 7 August.

Greater Manchester Police said the search is expected to last a few days. 

In August last year, the force released CCTV  showing Mr Martin at a petrol station on Bolton Road, Kearsley, on 7 August.

CCTV of Michael Martin
Greater Manchester Police

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • Officers are searching an area of wasteland in Kearsley after receiving "new information" on suspected murder victim Michael Martin who went missing in August
  • Manchester's LGBT community welcomes plans to build specialist housing in the city for LGBT pensioners 

New boiler appeal for Fred Dibnah Heritage Centre

The Fred Dibnah Heritage Centre has launched a crowdfunding appeal for a new boiler, to bring steam power back to the old work yard in Bolton.

Former steeplejack Fred Dibnah
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The late steeplejack's collection of steam driven machines is on display at his former home.

Around £20,000 is needed for new boiler to get them running on steam again - something that hasn't happened since Fred died.

His enthusiasm for Britain's industrial heritage first made him a well-loved screen personality in the 1970s.

Severe accident: A662 Greater Manchester both ways

BBC News Travel

A662 Greater Manchester both ways severe accident, at Buxton Lane.

A662 Greater Manchester - A662 Manchester Road in Droylsden closed and slow traffic in both directions at the Buxton Lane junction, because of a multi-vehicle accident.

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

Football: Jose Mourinho tells Blues fans 'Judas is still number one'

BBC Sport

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho told Chelsea fans " I'm still number one " after being heckled during his side's FA Cup loss  at Stamford Bridge.

Mourinho, sacked twice by Chelsea, was called 'Judas' by fans during United's 1-0 defeat, responding by pointing three fingers in reference to the three league titles he won with the club.

Until the moment they have a manager that wins four Premier Leagues for them, I'm the number one. Until then, Judas is number one.

Jose MourinhoManchester United manager

Prison staff 'smuggling goods into jail', inmates say

Drones are seen as an increasingly popular method for smuggling drugs and mobile phones into prisons, but having prison staff bring in contraband is also an effective route for prisoners.  

Two former prison inmates from Greater Manchester have told the BBC that corruption amongst prison staff is fuelling turmoil in the system.

Mobiles
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An investigation by BBC Radio 4 found that the bulk of smuggled goods come in with those working in the jail.

The Ministry of Justice says it takes "swift action" against corrupt prison officers but it says the "vast majority" of employees are "hard-working and honest". A total of £3m is being invested in a new intelligence unit to counter corruption. 

File on 4 will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 at 20:00 and 17:00 on Sunday.

The member of staff told me if you can fit it in a Pringles tub. Bring it in. I'll do £500 a tub. And that was that every two weeks one of those was coming in full of drugs and mobile phones.

MarkFormer prison inmate

Appeal for Stockport day centre to remain open

A group of disabled and vulnerable people in Stockport say they would be "left isolated and lonely" if the day centre they use is forced to close.

Disability Stockport
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The Primus Club at Disability Stockport is facing an uncertain financial future, after the local council withdrew a grant of £126,000 a year. 

Stockport Council says it has to make savings - and a new contract arrangement has been put into place, as a different way of commissioning services.

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • Transport for Greater Manchester says it may take a while for trains to resume to their normal pattern, after 24-hour strikes
  •  A new support service to prevent vulnerable children and young people going missing in Greater Manchester is being launched 

Schoolgirl suffers chemical burns after making ‘unicorn slime’

Bury Times

A schoolgirl has been referred to a plastic surgeon after a new playground craze left her with serious chemical burns.  

Football: FA Cup funnies, action and analysis from Chelsea win

BBC Sport

Funnies, action and analysis from Chelsea's 1-0 victory over Manchester United at Stamford Bridge in the FA Cup quarter-finals.

David Lytton: Inquest to probe Saddleworth Moor mystery death

The death of a man whose body was found in mysterious circumstances on Saddleworth Moor will be examined at an inquest later.

CCTV
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David Lytton, 67, from London, was discovered at Dove Stone Reservoir in Greater Manchester on 12 December 2015.

It took police more than a year to establish his identity and a "provisional" cause of death was given as  "strychnine poisoning".

A full inquest is scheduled to begin at Heywood Coroner's Court at 14:00.

Alzheimer's drug study by Manchester University

Researchers at Manchester University are working on a drug to stop nerve cell damage caused by Alzheimer's disease.


          Loss of tissue in a demented brain compared with a healthy one
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The study is investigating how Alzheimer's can trigger the immune system to produce inflammation which then damages cells in the brain. 

The progress so far will be revealed at a science conference being held in Aberdeen.

Derek Griffiths to leave Coronation Street

Fans of Corrie will have to wave goodbye to mechanic Freddie Smith soon as Derek Griffiths is leaving the soap.

Derek Griffiths
ITV

The actor and children's TV legend joined Weatherfield last year, but is set to move on to star in a stage production of Driving Miss Daisy.

The BBC understands he filmed his final scenes last week and will appear on TV screens until April.

But it's thought the character could possibly return to the cobbles at a later date.

FA Cup: Kante outclasses Pogba

Phil McNulty

BBC Sport chief football writer at Wembley

As Manchester United were beaten 1-0 by Chelsea in the FA Cup, in the absence of Ibrahimovic, this was a night when United needed £89m world-record buy Paul Pogba to step forward and prove his worth. 

Instead he did a disappearing act.

Kante v Pogba
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The contrast between the influence of Pogba, on the periphery of the action and conceding possession with alarming regularity, and Chelsea's own summer purchase Kante was stark.

Kante was perpetual motion, starting attacks, breaking up moves and crowning another magnificent performance with the winning goal, emphatically drilled past De Gea.

Pogba simply could not get into the game, either before Chelsea took the lead or afterwards when Mourinho looked to his showpiece summer capture, the signing he set his heart on, to revive United's hopes.

Chelsea's fans revelled in Pogba's struggles as they chanted "what a waste of money" - no such charges will be levelled at Kante, who looks a £30m bargain.

Passengers 'stayed away' from rail during strike

Passengers appear to have largely stayed away from the railway network as staff from three train firms across England held 24-hour strikes.

Manchester
AFP

Guards and drivers working for Merseyrail, Northern rail and Southern rail took action yesterday over proposals for driver-only-operated (DOO) trains.

Up to 2,000 rail staff have walked out in the dispute, but only limited disruption was reported.

Northern rail thanked customers for "altering travel plans".

Weather: Mild and cloudy

BBC Weather

A milder start than yesterday, to a partly cloudy morning. 

It will remain rather cloudy through today with some light outbreaks of rain or drizzle and the westerly wind will strengthen too. 

Some brighter breaks are likely later. Staying mild.    

FA Cup: Chelsea 1- 0 Manchester United

BBC Sport

Manchester United's defence of the FA Cup is over.

Ngolo Kante's strike gave Chelsea a 1-0 victory in their FA Cup quarter-final at Stamford Bridge.

United played almost an hour of the game with ten men after Ander Herrera was sent off. 

Headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • The inquest begins later of a man whose body was found on Saddleworth Moor, sparking a 14-month search to establish his identity
  • Northern rail thank customers for "altering travel plans" following a strike by rail workers over proposals for driver-only-operated (DOO) trains. 
  • A group of disabled and vulnerable people appeal for The Primus Club at Disability Stockport to remain open after the local council withdrew a grant of £126,000 a year