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  1. Updates on Monday 20 March
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Tuesday

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Our live updates have finished for the day, but we'll be back from 08:00 on Tuesday with more of the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

Weather: Clear spells and scattered showers

BBC Weather

Turning colder through the afternoon, but drier and sunnier for a time too. A colder night than of late, with clear spells and scattered showers. Lows of 3C.

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Runner knocks 20 minutes off running backwards record

A woman who ran the Wilmslow half marathon backwards has knocked 20 minutes off the world record.

Shantelle Gaston-Hird
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Shantelle Gaston-Hird, 29, who lives in Irlam, completed her run in two hours 27 minutes and nine seconds on Sunday.

"It is starting to feel quite normal after all my training," she said.

Shantelle first started running backwards a few years ago in a run at Heaton Park with members of the volleyball club she belonged to.

Tory Metro Mayor candidates launches his manifesto

Kevin Fitzpatrick

BBC Radio Manchester Political Correspondent

Conservative Greater Manchester mayoral candidate Sean Anstee has promised to make the region a "global city" at his manifesto launch.

Sean Anstee at manifesto launch in Bury
BBC

Mr Anstee pledged to ensure young people get the skills to set them up for a good career as well as promising improved public transport and more housing.

The leader of Trafford Council launched his campaign at the Bury Black Pudding Company.

Greater Manchester goes to the polls to choose its first directly-elected regional mayor on 4 May.

Headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • A file relating to alleged electoral fraud in three Greater Manchester constituencies has been passed to prosecutors  
  • A crackdown on drug dealers selling the former legal high Spice is under way in Manchester city centre  
  • A minute's silence has been observed in Warrington to remember the victims of the IRA bombing 24 years ago

GMP names three constituencies in expenses probe

A file relating to alleged electoral fraud in three Greater Manchester constituencies has been passed to prosecutors, police have confirmed.

Conservative election bus 2015
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Conservative Party electoral expenses during the 2015 General Election are being investigated in Bury North, Cheadle and Hazel Grove, said Greater Manchester Police.

Thirteen police forces in the UK have asked the Crown Prosecution Service to consider charges.

The party was fined a record £70,000 last week for breaking election expense rules.

Crackdown on Spice drug dealers in Manchester city centre under way

A crackdown on drug dealers selling the former legal high Spice is under way in Manchester city centre.

Spice
BBC

Police in the city centre are tackling the issue following a rise in incidents relating to the psychoactive substance known as Spice in Piccadilly Gardens.

Since 13 March, officers have arrested a number of people including seven men who were held on suspicion of possession of drugs and/or psychoactive substances with intent to supply.

Insp Phil Spurgeon said: "We cannot allow a situation to develop where Spice takes root in Manchester city centre, especially as some of those we have caught dealing have been found with weapons."

Headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • A 13-year-old boy who fell under the wheels of a runaway car after releasing the handbrake died accidentally, an inquest concludes 
  • A minute's silence has been observed in Warrington to remember the victims of the IRA bombing 24 years ago
  • Conservative candidate Sean Anstee launches his manifesto for the Greater Manchester mayoral election.

Severe delays on Altrincham Metrolink line

BBC News Travel

A signalling problem at Trafford Bar is causing severe delays on the St Peters Square, Manchester to Altrincham Metrolink service.

Football: Mourinho 'super happy' after Boro win

BBC Sport

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho said he was "super happy" after his side beat Middlesbrough 3-1 to move up to fifth in the Premier League.  

Boy dies after releasing car handbrake

A 13-year-old boy was crushed after he tripped and fell beneath a runaway car after he released the handbrake, an inquest has heard.

Kaden Gowers
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Kaden Gowers and his friend had been sitting in the front seats of the vehicle on St Austell Avenue, Macclesfield on 16 September last year.

Both boys jumped out but Kaden became "entangled" in the car's wheels.

Coroner Jean Harkin concluded he died through "misadventure" after releasing the handbrake.

Warrington service remembers IRA bombing victims

A service is being held in Warrington to remember the victims of the IRA bombing 24 years ago.

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Johnathan Ball, three, died when two bombs hidden in litter bins detonated in Bridge Street on 20 March 1993. Tim Parry, 12, died five days later.

A minute's silence is being held at the ceremony.

Headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • A 13-year-old boy was crushed by a car after he tripped and fell beneath the runaway vehicle after its handbrake was released, an inquest hears
  • A service takes place in Warrington to remember the victims of the IRA bombing 24 years ago

Spreading a little happiness in Shude Hill

Michelle Adamson

BBC Radio Manchester reporter

A flashmob has been bringing happiness to people waiting at the Metrolink stop at Shudehill this morning.

International Happiness Day Shude Hill
BBC

They braved torrential rain and a miserable morning to mark International Day of Happiness.

Dressed in bright yellow the group turned up offering laughter, free hugs and high fives.

One member said: "We were just adding a little bit of joy to the morning."

Boy, 13, died falling under runaway car, inquest hears

Mark Edwardson

Reporter, BBC North West Tonight

A 13-year-old boy was crushed by a car after he tripped and fell beneath the runaway vehicle after its handbrake was released, an inquest heard.

St Austell Avenue, Macclesfield
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Kaden Gowers, from Macclesfield, had been sitting with a friend in the front seat of the car in St Austell Avenue, on 16 September last year in Macclesfield.

He had jumped out of the car and police believe his friend may have tried to push him out of the way.

Paramedics were unable to revive him.

The cause of death was acute asphyxia and acute chest compression, coroner Jean Harkin was told.

A vehicle inspector found the car and brakes were "serviceable".

Baby boxes for new parents in Wigan to reduce cot deaths

New parents in Wigan and Leigh are to become the first in Greater Manchester to be given baby boxes to help reduce the risk of cot death.

Baby boxes
Wigan Hospitals

Wigan,Wrightington and Leigh NHS Trust said the boxes have been used in Finland for more than 75 years and have been credited with reducing cot deaths.

They contain items including bedding and clothing and it can also be used as a cot in a baby's early days.

The idea was introduced into the UK last year at London’s Queen Charlotte and Chelsea Hospital.

Headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • A petition urging the Tatton MP George Osborne to "pick a job" has reached nearly 170,000 signatures
  • A service is due to take place in Warrington to remember the victims of the IRA bombing 24 years ago

Man held over suspected hit-and-run crash in Holmes Chapel

A man has been arrested after an elderly man was killed in a suspected hit-and-run crash.

London Road, Holmes Chapel, Cheshire
Google

The 77-year-old victim suffered serious injuries when he was struck by a vehicle on Friday on London Road in Holmes Chapel, Cheshire.

Cheshire Police said he died a short time later in hospital. His family has been informed.

A 27-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving, police said.

Football: Why was Manchester City v Liverpool 'superb'?

BBC Sport

lan Shearer and Danny Murphy join Mark Chapman on MOTD3 to discuss the "superb" 1-1 draw between Manchester City and Liverpool, and explain why the match proved these two sides will not win the Premier League title this season.  

Warrington remember bombing victims

A minute's silence will be held in Warrington later to remember the victims of the IRA bombing 24 years ago.

Johnathan Ball and Tim Parry
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Johnathan Ball, three, and Tim Parry, 12, were killed and 54 people injured when two bombs placed in dustbins exploded on Bridge Street.

Warrington bomb
PA

Bronwen Vickers, then aged 33, lost a leg and died a year later. 

The bombing led to the Warrington Peace Centre being set up to help other victims of political violence and terrorism.

Football: Liverpool draw was special says Pep

BBC Sport

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said his side's performance in the 1-1 draw with Liverpool gave him " one of the most special days in his life".

Pep Guardiola
BBC

Guardiola has won two Champions Leagues, six domestic titles and four cups in his stellar career.

But he said he took as much pleasure from the way City responded to the "sadness" of their midweek  Champions League exit in Monaco.

Travel: Crash causes M61 closures

BBC News Travel

One lane is closed and there is slow traffic due to barrier repairs on M61 northbound between junction 5, Westhoughton, and junction 6, Horwich.

Lane three is closed for barrier repairs following earlier crash on the southbound carriageway.

Headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • A petition urging the Tatton MP George Osborne to 'pick a job' has reached nearly 170,000 signatures
  •  A service is due to take place in Warrington to remember the victims and survivors of the IRA bombing 24 years ago  

Weather: Cold, rainy and windy

BBC Weather

A wet start with widespread rain, heavy on high ground. 

A wet start with widespread rain. Highs of 10C.

Turning colder through the afternoon, but drier and sunnier for a time too. 

Showers will then form later, these wintry on high ground like Winter Hill. 

Still rather windy, especially around showers.  

Good morning

Paul Burnell

Reporter, BBC News Online

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