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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 more of the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

Weather: Cloudy with outbreaks of rain

Cloudy and breezy with rain in some parts. Highs of 5C.

Rochdale footballer diagnosed with cancer for second time

Rochdale midfielder Joe Thompson has been  diagnosed with cancer for the second time , having recovered from it in 2014.

Joe Thompson
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The 28-year-old  overcame  nodular sclerosing Hodgkin lymphoma in 2014, while at Tranmere, after a six-month course of chemotherapy.

He returned to Rochdale, where he began his career in their youth system, from Carlisle at the start of the season.

I will fight this life hurdle with the same belief, courage and desire as my previous battle. The support shown to me since I discovered my illness has returned has been immense.

Joe ThompsonRochdale midfielder

Latest headlines from across the region

  • Three men are jailed over the death of a man who fell from the roof of a building near Bury
  • Highways England announces half a million pounds of funding to improve roads in Oldham

Greater Manchester selected for arts access pilot

Greater Manchester has been selected as one of 12 areas in a national pilot to give more people access to the arts.  

Home statue

Organisations such as the Halle, HOME and Bolton Octagon will be involved in the three-year "Great Places" project, which has been funded by the National Lottery.

The aim is to encourage people to get involved with local heritage and culture.

Hyde war dead honoured on new website

Hundreds of men from Hyde who died in World War one are to be honoured in a new website dedicated to their memory.

Hyde War Memorial
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The World War One Project website by the Hyde War Memorial Trust is a database full of information about each of the 710 men.

It includes details of who they were, where they lived and where they fought.

Football: Man Utd striker Rashford called for England

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Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford has been named in Gareth Southgate's England squad .

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The 19-year-old was initially expected to feature for the England Under-21 side in friendlies against Germany and Denmark next weekend.

But with England forwards Harry Kane and Wayne Rooney both ruled out through injury, Rashford has been called up.

England face Germany away in a friendly before a World Cup qualifier against Lithuania at Wembley on 26 March.

Weather: Cloudy, with rain likely later

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It's looking like a cloudy end to the afternoon with winds increasing. Some rain likely later and highs of 11C.

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The next generation of BBC journalists?

We're welcoming students from across Greater Manchester here at MediaCityUK today as part of the BBC News School Report.

This afternoon we're joined by Year Eight pupils from Our Lady's School in Blackley.  And if we're not careful they're going to be taking our jobs in a few years' time.

That's because they run a student newspaper which was launched last year.

Pupils from Our Lady's School, Blackley
Andreja, Leander, Tayo, and Annelisa making themselves comfortable in the BBC Radio Manchester newsroom

"We had to decide what we wanted to include in the paper, and jobs were allocated, like Editor, Social Media Editor etc.

"Our mission was to give students a voice and to raise the profile of what the school was about.

"We would write stories which would then be checked and improved. It is published every term," said Annelisa.

Two of her classmates explained their motivation for getting involved.

"I get to represent my people - the emo kids at my school!" said Leander.

"And I get to write from the geek perspective," added Andreja.

"My favourite colour is purple," concluded surrealist Tayo.

Football: Guardiola criticises players after Champions League exit

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has  criticised the approach of his players during the first half of the 3-1 defeat to Monaco that saw Manchester City knocked out of the Champions League.

Holmes Chapel residents back neighbourhood plan in referendum

Knutsford Guardian

Holmes Chapel residents gave an overwhelming thumbs up to the village’s neighbourhood plan as part of a landmark referendum last week.

WW2 soldier to be reburied in Italy

A young British soldier whose remains lay undiscovered in Italy for almost 75 years will finally be laid to rest.

L/Cpl Ronald Blackham

L/Cpl Ronald Blackham, from Cheshire, was killed as he stormed a German-held hill in southern Italy in 1943, at the age of 22.

His remains were found in February 2014 in a shallow grave near the village of Capezzano by military historians.

His 80-year-old sister Alma Williams said the discovery had left her "speechless".

Former Man City player Adam Johnson loses Court of Appeal challenge

Former England, Sunderland and Manchester City footballer Adam Johnson has lost Court of Appeal challenges against his conviction for sexual activity with a schoolgirl.

          The former Sunderland footballer is currently serving a six year sentence

The 29-year-old was  jailed for six years last March  for sexually touching and grooming the 15-year-old fan.

The former footballer was  refused leave  to appeal his conviction and sentence in July and  launched a second bid.

Three judges rejected the latest appeal and a bid to reduce his sentence.

Johnson played for Man City for two years before transferring to Sunderland in 2012.

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • Ex-Mancheser City footballer Adam Johnson loses his appeal against his conviction for sexual activity with a 15-year-old schoolgirl
  • Police want to trace two men who may have important information about an attack on a 70-year-old woman in Mossley in Tameside

Thank you to Gorse Hill Studios

We have had some great input from students from Gorse Hill Studios who have spent the day at Media City as part of BBC School News Day. 

Gorse Hill students

Thank you very much for telling us your stories. 

How I found my voice...

We're hosting a group of students from Gorse Hill Studios as part of the BBC School News Day here in Salford.

Gorse Hill offers an alternative education to young people away from the mainstream.

One of the students, 14-year-old Megan said: 

"I used to be sat at home doing nothing but started at Gorse Hill in October. They've given me a lot of confidence.

"I used to get myself into trouble and get called the naughty child. I just had to get out of there and I was blamed for stuff even when it wasn't me."


"Here they give everybody a second chance, and treat us with more respect.

"I love singing and do that in the morning with my music tutor.  Afternoons are a bit different, working towards an arts qualification.

"I also worked at a local primary school, helping children with music.

"I recently sang at the Kids in Care Awards at Lancashire Cricket Club at Old Trafford and performed Read All About It by Emili Sande in front of 250 or 300 people.  Everybody was crying because it was so emotional."

Jo Lacon, director of Gorse Hill Studios, said: "Megan has developed into a much more confident and outgoing young person.

"She now feels like she has a voice - literally!"

How mainstream education is not the only answer...

All today we've thrown open the doors at MediaCityUK in Salford to students for the BBC School News Day.

This morning we're joined by youngsters from  Gorse Hill Studios , which offers creative programmes to young people who are not engaged in mainstream education.

Gorse Hill

Alfie, 12, said: "I first came to Gorse Hill after mainstream education wasn't working out for me any more.

"You'd have kids kicking off every day. I was in a class of Year Sixes and I got bullied and beaten up lots.

"Then I went to Gorse Hill once a week and it was a place where I could have a break and do things like dancing and art.

"I used to really look forward to it and now go there every day.

"We get to go skateboarding - there's always loads of people there.

"I now record videos and edit them. I'd love to do that in future if I can.

"One of my movies was called Gore Hill (see screengrab!) - a zombie movie shot in Gorse Hill, Manchester."

"In Year Nine I plan to go to Manchester Creative Studios where you can learn about the media, including designing video games."

Childline's smart phone app developed by Stockport pupils

Students from Poynton High School near Stockport have helped develop a new smartphone app for Childline. 


The NSPCC's phone service for young people was launched 30 years ago. 

The new "For me" app means the same confidential advice and support is now available via a mobile. 

I'm just really hoping we can spread awareness and make people realise it is a problem and needs to be sorted. It is literally at the touch of your phone. It is so accessible...You are downloading an app and can talk to a counsellor. You can do it the way you want to do it.

Olivia PryerPoynton High School

A50 'to partially reopen' later after road collapse

The A50, Holmes Chapel Road in Knutsford will partially reopen later with temporary traffic lights being put in place,Cheshire East Council said.

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Motorists are advised to follow the diversions that remain in place as engineers repair the damaged drainage system.

 The road is due to reopen fully on Sunday.

A&E waits: Pennine Acute Hospitals 'face real pressures'

Pennine Acute Hospitals Trust's medical director has apologised to patients and says Accident & Emergency departments at Fairfield, North Manchester and Rochdale, have faced "real pressures" with demand on services further increasing in Winter. 

Prof Matt Makin

It has emerged the trust has  experienced the biggest rise in patients waiting more than four hours  at Accident & emergency across England. 

Prof Matt Makin said: "Like most trusts across the country, we are finding this a challenge due to the flow of patients in and out of hospitals and the large numbers of admissions of patients, particularly those who are elderly and with complex and chronic health conditions.

"We are sorry that some patients have to wait longer than we would like to be seen by a doctor and also those who are waiting to be admitted and taken to the ward."

Analysis: Monaco 3-1 Man City

Phil Neville

Former Manchester United defender on Radio 5 live

They have been two brilliant football matches. City lost it in the first half when they were outplayed, outfought and were bullied.


They got back into the game and they thought they were through. But their Achilles heel was a sloppy goal. Another year has failed to live up to expectations.

I am not so sure the signings over the last five years have been that good, but when Leroy Sane scores, Pep Guardiola is thinking 'this is perfect, we can control the game from here'. Then they concede.

Guardiola doesn't go out there and spend the bulk of his money on defenders. He will be thinking if they had put one of those chances away they would be in the next round.

Pep Guardiola: Man City boss says he failed to convince players to attack Monaco

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Pep Guardiola says his failure to convince his Manchester City players to attack in Monaco is the reason for their Champions League elimination .

Pep and players
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Leading 5-3 from the first leg of their last-16 tie, City fielded an attacking XI in the second leg on Wednesday but  lost 3-1 to go out on away goals.

"I tried to convince them in all the meetings we had to come here, try to attack and score," said Guardiola.

"My mistake was being not able to convince them to do that."

It's simple. The difference was between the first and the second half. In the second half we tried to win the game, we tried to play. I did it all my career in that way. But the problem was the first half. We weren't there.

Pep GuardiolaMan City manager

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

Corrie fans felt very uncomfortable as Bethany Platt was paraded in front of Nathan's 'sex ring'

Manchester Evening News

Coronation Street viewers felt incredibly "uncomfortable" after last night's episode, as Bethany Platt met the sex ring Nathan has been grooming her for .  

Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire northbound

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

M6 Cheshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 northbound between J17, A534 (Sandbach) and J18, A54 (Middlewich), because of a broken down lorry and recovery work.

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

Commonwealth Games 2022: Manchester and Liverpool joint bid 'would be considered'

A joint bid from Manchester and Liverpool to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games would be considered - according to the organising committee

Manchester successfully hosted the event in 2002
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Liverpool is already bidding to have the games in 2026, but has offered to step in four years earlier, after Durban was stripped of the games. 

Manchester hosted the games in 2002 - and has said it would be ready to host either with Liverpool or on its own.

Yvonne Harrsion - Deputy CEO of the charity Greater Sport and said the joint bid idea has definitely got potential. 

Liverpool and Manchester are both fantastic cities with amazing facilities...they're not too far apart. It could be a great experience to showcase the two cities. Ultimately it will be down to the mayor of Liverpool and Manchester City Councils to make that decision.

Yvonne HarrisonGreater Sport

Search and rescue dog gets bravery award

One of Cheshire Fire Service's search and rescue dogs is to be given an award for his bravery. 

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Bryn helped find casualties both here and in several disasters abroad, like the Nepal earthquake and the Tsunami which struck Japan. 

The border collie, who retired last year, will receive an Order of Merit from the charity PDSA.

Police forces pass election spending files to CPS

Twelve police forces, including Greater Manchester Police, have asked the Crown Prosecution Service to consider charges over general election expenses .

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The CPS said it had received files from 11 forces, and a 12th, Staffordshire Police, confirmed to the BBC it too had sent one.

The files are for the CPS to decide whether charges should be brought.

It comes after complaints about the way Conservative "battle bus" visits to constituencies had been recorded in campaign spending returns.

Community sentence for man who took photographs of woman in toilet at Bay Horse pub, Unsworth, Bury

Bury Times

A man covertly took pictures of a woman in a pub toilet cubicle, a court heard .  

Severe disruption: M60 Greater Manchester clockwise

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M60 Greater Manchester clockwise severe disruption, between J7 for A56 and J8 for A6144.

M60 Greater Manchester - Very slow traffic and a lane blocked on M60 clockwise in Manchester between J7, A56 (Stretford) and J8, A6144 (Carrington), because of a broken down car.

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

Four-hour accident and emergency waits rise 300% at some hospitals

The number of patients waiting four or more hours at A&E has risen more than 300% at some hospitals, it has emerged , with a Greater Manchester NHS trust seeing the biggest rise.


Pennine Acute Hospitals, which operates Fairfield General Hospital in Bury, North Manchester General Hospital, the Royal Oldham Hospital and Rochdale Infirmary, topped the list for waiting times in new figures.


In 2013-2014, 13,867 people were not dealt with in four hours. In 2015-2016, that number rose 296% to 54,945.  

The Royal College for Emergency Medicine (RCEM) says there is a "large and systemic problem" caused by a lack of hospital beds.

NHS England said hospitals were under pressure but continuing to cope.

Champions League: Monaco 3- 1 Man City

BBC Sport

Manchester City are out of the Champions League after Monaco struck late to seal a thrilling away-goals victory, which ended 6-6 on aggregate .

Man City
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The English side were 13 minutes from a place in the quarter-finals after clawing themselves back into a second leg their hosts had dominated, but slack marking from a set-piece allowed Tiemoue Bakayoko to head home the decisive goal.

Having won the competition twice in his time at Barcelona, this is the first time in manager Pep Guardiola's career that he has gone out at this stage.

Monaco lost 5-3 in an extraordinary first leg in Manchester.

Shoppers' lung scans 'saved lives'
Early cancer diagnosis increased fourfold after Manchester shoppers received CT scans, research shows

Headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • Pennine Acute Hospitals has experienced the biggest rise in patients waiting more than four hours at A&E, it emerges 
  • A joint bid from Manchester and Liverpool to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games would be considered - according to the organising committee

Weather: Cloudy and mild

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A foggy start to a cloudy day with heavy rain later. Mild with highs of 12C.

Good Morning

Rachael Lazaro

Reporter, BBC News Online

I'm here with all the news, sport, travel and weather updates from Greater Manchester and east Cheshire today.  

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