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Summary

  1. Updates on Wednesday 15 March
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates resume at 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: Becoming wet and windy tomorrow

BBC Weather

  It will be a cloudy start with patchy light rain or drizzle, mainly over hills. The rain will turn heavier with blustery showers later in the afternoon.    

Weather

Slightly cooler than today with highs of 11C.

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Gary Neville: 'Right time' to host 2022 Commonwealth Games

The former Manchester United and England footballer Gary Neville has shown his support to Manchester hosting the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Gary Neville
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He tweeted "Yes let's get it on!"

Senior council officials have been in negotiations after Durban in South Africa pulled out because of financial problems,  the BBC understands .  

Liverpool, Birmingham and London have also expressed an interest. 

But Neville says Manchester is a clear contender. 

It's a no brainer for Manchester...We know we can do it. It was a huge success. It feels like the right time for a major event to come back to the city. Manchester has proven in sport or in music it holds some of the best events in the world.

Gary NevilleFormer footballer

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • A man admits attacking a 96-year-old woman with dementia during a break-in at her care home in Leigh
  • A scheme in which smokers received CT scans in shopping centres resulted in a fourfold increase in the diagnosis of potentially curable cancers, a charity says

Champions League: Monaco v Man City

BBC Sport

Manchester City will not sit back and defend their first-leg advantage when they face Monaco tonight for a place in the Champions League quarter-finals, says manager Pep Guardiola.


          Sergio Aguero has scored six goals in his last five games, including two against Monaco on 21 February
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City beat the French side 5-3 at the Etihad Stadium on 21 February.

Monaco have scored 123 goals in all competitions this season and Guardiola believes it would be foolish to let them attack.

"The best way [to defend] is score goals," he said.

Man admits care home attack of woman, 96, and burglary

A man has admitted attacking a 96-year-old woman with dementia during a break-in at her care home.

Bedford Care Home
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The burglary happened at Bedford Care Home on Battersby Street, Leigh, Wigan on 29 January.

Jake Morris, 23, of Holden Road, Leigh, admitted assault and two counts of burglar at Bolton Crown Court. He'll be sentenced on 10 May.

Aim to double cyclist numbers in east Cheshire

Cheshire East Council wants to double the number of people cycling in the borough by 2025.

cycle
Cheshire East Council

 A cycle-friendly network has been designed (pictured) with key routes connecting people and places. 

The council will work with partners and local cycling groups to deliver the cycling strategy over the next 10 years.

Weather: Cloudy skies

BBC Weather

Cloud will thicken this afternoon and this evening to give some further outbreaks of light rain and drizzle, mainly over hills. Cloudy skies will allow for a mild night for most.  

Severe accident: M6 Cheshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cheshire southbound severe accident, at J18 for A54 Middlewich affecting J19 for A556.

M6 Cheshire - Severe delays, stationary traffic and the main road is closed, with traffic being routed around the junction and back on again, on M6 southbound at J18, A54 (Middlewich), because of a multi-vehicle accident. Diversion in operation - via the exit and entry slips. Congestion to J19, A556 (Knutsford).

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

Oaklands Hospital rated 'inadequate'

A private hospital in Salford has been rated inadequate after an inspection by the Care Quality Commission. 

Oaklands Hospital
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Its report found safety at Oaklands Hospital was not a sufficient priority with standard procedures for operations not always followed. 

It also said patients were at risk because on some occasions, anaesthetists did not provide them with the expected level of care and that most theatre staff did not have the right level of training to react to a respiratory or cardiac arrest.

Ramsay Health Care UK which runs the hospital said a new management team was put in place immediately after the inspection and that fixing the issues was an absolute priority. 

It also said significant improvements have been made since the time of the inspection. 

Underground transport 'needs to be considered' as Manchester grows

Manchester Council's Chief Executive Sir Howard Bernstein has said the city will need to consider an underground transport system to cope with the predicted expansion in population. 

Manchester view
GMP

He was speaking at the MIPIM property conference being held in Cannes in France where Greater Manchester and Cheshire's development potential is being showcased to attract future investors. 

He says Manchester needs to be creative as it continues to grow.

Car engulfed in flames at Shell garage in Bolton minutes after refuelling

Bolton News

A driver had a lucky escape when his car caught fire at a petrol station after it was refuelled.  

Four hurt as car hits two families in Wythenshawe

A man is in hospital with "life-threatening injuries" after he was struck by a car that hit four pedestrians in Greater Manchester.

Woodhouse Lane where crash was
Google

The man and his daughter were hit by a Kia Picanto in Woodhouse Lane, Benchill, Wythenshawe, at about 16:45 GMT on Tuesday, police said.

A woman and a toddler were also hurt in the accident. Police said the extent of their injuries was unclear.

The driver remained at the scene and no arrests have been made.

The man who was the 'Body on the Moor'

On 12 December 2015, a man's body was found lying on the ground on Saddleworth Moor. He had died from strychnine poisoning but it took police a year to find out who he was.

David Lytton
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One of the few people with any insight into the puzzle behind the man's death was Maureen Toogood.  

Maureen Toogood
BBC

Maureen says she met David Lytton in 1968. She was suffering from flu at the time but had ventured out to Finchley in north London to buy a stereo. It was the Last Night of the Proms and she wanted to enjoy listening to it at home.

"I didn't feel very well. I was on my knees, and I was collapsing. There was a young man who went 'Oh, hang on, hang on I'll come over,'" she remembers.

"He walked home to my flat and he made me a nice cup of tea. We hit it off. He made me some toast - I hadn't had any breakfast and he stayed with me until my flatmates came home."

Read more .

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • Manchester will need an underground transport system to cope with the predicted expansion in population, says council chief executive Howard Bernstein
  •  A private hospital in Salford is rated inadequate after an inspection by the Care Quality Commission

FC Rostov pitch closed by Russian Premier League after Mourinho criticism

BBC Sport

A week after Jose Mourinho criticised the FC Rostov pitch, the Russian Premier League has "closed" the club's stadium .

Rostov pitch
PA

Manchester United  drew 1-1  at the Olimp-2 Stadium in their Europa League last-16 first-leg tie last Thursday.

the pitch
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"It's hard for me to believe we are going to play on that field, if you can call it a field," Mourinho had said.

Rostov now have until 24 March to bring their pitch up to standard.

Severe disruption: M60 Greater Manchester clockwise

BBC News Travel

M60 Greater Manchester clockwise severe disruption, at J17 for A56 Prestwich.

M60 Greater Manchester - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M60 clockwise at J17, A56 (Prestwich), because of a broken down car.

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

John Culshaw: Mum's anger over son's organs stored in police lab

A mother is preparing to bury her son for a second time after being told his organs were removed and stored in secret for more than 20 years.

John Culshaw
BBC

Stabbing victim John Culshaw's remains were retained by Greater Manchester Police without his family's knowledge.

Dozens of other families have also been told their loved ones' body parts were kept by the force which has admitted there could be more body parts unaccounted for. 

GMP said whether or not to contact the affected families was a decision it "agonised over for a number of months".

It became illegal in 2006 to remove or store human tissue without families' consent following an investigation at Liverpool's Alder Hey hospital in 1999.

'No plans' to reopen A50 at Toft following Monday road collapse

Knutsford Guardian

Traffic problems remain in and out of Knutsford, with the A50 Holmes Chapel Road closed both ways at Toft due to a collapsed carriageway .  

Manchester shopping centre lung scans 'saved lives'

Thousands of lives across the UK could be saved after a scheme in which smokers received CT scans in shopping centres, a cancer charity says .

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There was a four-fold increase in the diagnosis of potentially curable cancers in the Manchester pilot, Macmillan Cancer Support said.

Early diagnosis of lung cancer in "stages one or two" is seen as crucial for a patient's survival.

Consultant Dr Phil Barber said: "We believe we have saved lives."

Jilted boyfriend accused of murdering love rival taxi driver claims he acted in self-defence

Manchester Evening News

A jilted boyfriend accused of murdering a love rival says he acted in self defence .  

Gary Neville speaks at property conference about his plans for Manchester

The former footballer Gary Neville is due to make a speech later at a property conference in Cannes, where he is expected to defend his plans to build two skyscrapers in Manchester city centre, close to the town hall. 

St Michael's
St Michael's

The former Bootle Street police station, the Manchester Reform Synagogue and the Sir Ralph Abercromby pub are all set to be bulldozed as part of the St Michael's development.

Heritage groups have said they are concerned about the scale of the plans. 

Man injured after Hyde Road crash

A man's been taken to hospital with potentially serious injuries after an accident in West Gorton in Manchester after being hit by a car on Hyde Road.

Hyde Road
Google

The crash happened just before 07:00. There are some delays in the area.  

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • Thousands of lives across the UK could be saved after a scheme in which smokers received CT scans in shopping centres, a cancer charity says

Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Cheshire northbound severe disruption, between J18 for A54 Middlewich and J19 for A556.

M6 Cheshire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M6 northbound between J18, A54 (Middlewich) in Sproston Green and J19, A556 (Knutsford) in Cheshire, because of a broken down car and recovery work.

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

Football: Clark 'has raised Bury standards'

BBC Sport

Bury full-back Greg Leigh says manager Lee Clark has raised the standards at Bury since his arrival.

Lee Clark
Rex Features

Bury's  3-0 win over Bristol Rovers  means they have won four of six games since ex-Huddersfield and Birmingham boss Clark  joined from Kilmarnock.

The 18th-placed Shakers are six points above the League One relegation places with six matches left this season.

Asked what Clark had changed, Leigh, 22, said: "I'd say the intensity of training and games."

Body on moor mystery man 'was not suicidal' - brother

The brother of a man whose body was found in mysterious circumstances on Saddleworth Moor says he "absolutely was not a suicidal case". 


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

The reason David Lytton travelled from Pakistan to Saddleworth Moor is still a mystery after an inquest  recorded an open conclusion.

The 67-year-old was found with no ID near Dove Stone Reservoir. It was only after a 14-month investigation, with inquiries in London and Pakistan, that he was identified. 

 Although the inquest did find that he died of strychnine poisoning, his brother Jeremy Lawton insisted he had not planned to take his own life.

David wasn't suicidal...He would not have come back all the way from Pakistan, got on a plane, paid for it, got off at Heathrow, paid for a hotel for five nights, bought a return ticket to Manchester, to come and take his own life.

Jeremy LawtonBrother of David Lytton

Major property conference in Cannes

Manchester's record on regeneration and redevelopment is being showcased at a property conference in Cannes. 

Cannes
BBC

Council and business leaders from across Greater Manchester and Cheshire are at the event - hoping to attract some of the billions of pounds of potential investment up for grabs.

Cannes conference
BBC

Lynda Shillaw from Mag property, the development arm of Manchester Airport, says there is a big UK delegation at the conference to say our region and the country are open for business post Brexit.     

Road in Knutsford collapses

Holmes Chapel Road in Knutsford is closed due to a collapsed road. 

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Man critically ill after Wythenshawe crash

A man is critically ill in hospital after he, a woman and two children were hit by a car on Woodhouse Lane in Wythenshawe just before 17:00 on Tuesday. 

Woodhouse Lane
Google

Police say the woman and children were also hurt, but it was not clear the extent of their injuries. 

One of the children is thought to be a two year old, and another is aged 9. 

Manchester 'ready to help' stage 2022 Commonwealth Games

Senior officials from Manchester have been in talks on the city helping to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games, the BBC understands

Commonwealth Games
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London, Liverpool and Birmingham have expressed interest in staging the event after  host city Durban pulled out .

Manchester City Council said it was ready "to ensure the delivery of a successful games" if asked.

Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson said he would be "happy to work with" Manchester.

However, in a  tweet  he said Liverpool would "challenge" any attempt to "gift the games to London or anyone else without a proper bidding and procurement process".

Severe disruption: M60 Greater Manchester clockwise

BBC News Travel

M60 Greater Manchester clockwise severe disruption, between J15 for M61 and J16 for A666 affecting J10 for B5214.

M60 Greater Manchester - One lane closed and slow traffic on M60 clockwise between J15, M61 (Swinton Interchange) and J16, A666 (Pendlebury), because of a broken down van. Travel time is around 30 minutes. Congestion to J10, B5214 (Trafford Centre).

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

Headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • Senior council officials from Manchester have been in talks about whether the city can host the 2022 Commonwealth Games after Durban pulled out, the BBC understands
  • A man is critically ill after he was hit by a car, which also hit a woman and two children in Wythenshawe
  • Manchester's record on regeneration and redevelopment is being showcased at a property conference in Cannes 

Weather: Cloudy day with some bright spells

BBC Weather

A mainly cloudy day with some bright spells. Mild with light winds. Highs of 14C.

Severe disruption: M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J18 for M62 and J17 for A56 Prestwich.

M60 Greater Manchester - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M60 anticlockwise between J18, M62 (Simister Island) and J17, A56 (Prestwich), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Good Morning

Rachael Lazaro

Reporter, BBC News Online

It is a beautiful sunny start and I'm here with all the news, sport, travel and weather updates from Greater Manchester and east Cheshire today.  

Media City
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