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  1. Updates on Thursday 7 April
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Friday

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

Weather: Largely clear with any showers becoming isolated

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Any showers during the evening will clear from most places by dawn, with patchy frost forming.

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Coming up on North West Tonight

Annabel Tiffin

Presenter, BBC North West Tonight

On tonight's programme:

  • A teenage girl gives evidence at the inquest into the death of Greater Manchester firefighter Stephen Hunt
  • The chair used by JK Rowling to write the first two Harry Potter books has been sold by a man from Salford for more than £250,000

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United 'lead the race' to sign striker

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BBC Sport Gossip Column

The Gossip column reports Manchester United are leading the race to sign Paris St-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic when his contract expires at the end of the season - but a top-four finish is a must. (Daily Star)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic
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When I'm cleaning windows

Naomi Cornwell

Reporter, BBC North West Tonight

Stand back -  I'm in charge of a squeegee! I'm in Manchester at the window cleaning world-record attempt.

Naomi Cornwell
BBC

Terry 'Turbo' Williams set the Guinness World Record of 9.14 seconds in Blackpool in 2009, and is now in Manchester to see if he is still a "glass" above the rest.  

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Police hunt 'cowardly' theft who targeted veteran, 83

Oldham Evening Chronicle

Oldham Evening Chronicle

Police are hunting a cowardly yob who attacked an 83-year-old with dementia and stole his beloved watch — which he has treasured since his days in the Special Forces.

Frank Marchington
Oldham Evening Chronicle

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Latest headlines from Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

Today's top stories:

  • The inquest into the death of  firefighter Stephen Hunt hears two teenage girls stubbed out cigarettes in the doorway of a building which later caught fire
  • A historic Salford pub is to be knocked down to build luxury apartments, after plans were approved by councillors
  • Two men are charged by police over a banner which taunted Liverpool fans over the Hillsborough disaster ahead of a match at Old Trafford

Football: Former Bolton striker Garry Jones dies aged 65

BBC Radio Manchester Sport

Former Bolton Wanderers striker Garry Jones has died, aged 65, the club has announced.

Bolton Wanderers crest
Bolton Wanderers

Jones, who scored 55 goals in 247 games between 1968 and 1975, was a guest of honour at a home game with Preston North End last month.

His most "notable moment in a Bolton shirt came in October 1971" when he netted a hat-trick in a 3-0 League Cup victory over Manchester City.

Stockport flat severely damaged in cigarette blaze

Salford Council votes to demolish Black Horse pub

Salford Star

Salford Star

An historic pub in Salford -  the locally listed Black Horse pub - is to be demolished to make way for 399 flats in the Crescent conservation area.

Black Horse pub
Salford Star

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Planners approve flats to replace historic pub

Salford's planning committee has approved plans to demolish a historic Salford pub and build a luxury apartment complex.

Black Horse pub
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The derelict Black Horse Hotel closed in 2000 with bookmaker Fred Done applying to fund the development of more than 400 apartments on the site in Salford Crescent.

Historic England and the Victorian Society opposed the move but councillors agreed with officers to approve the scheme.

Latest headlines from Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

Today's top stories:

  • The inquest into the death of Greater Manchester firefighter Stephen Hunt hears that two teenagers stubbed their cigarettes out in the doorway of a building which later caught fire
  • A decision is due about whether a historic Salford pub will be knocked down to build a luxury apartment complex

Police appeal over violence at Man Utd v Liverpool Europa League match

Police have issued an appeal to trace nine men they want to speak to in connection with a violent disturbance at the Europa League last-16 second leg at Old Trafford.

Men sought by police after violence at the match
Greater Manchester Police

Liverpool and Manchester United fans were seen fighting in the stand and a child was injured after being hit by a plastic seat that was thrown. Five men were arrested.

Det Sgt Stephen Warriner described them as "mindless thugs" who "paid absolutely no regard to the safety of those around them".

Hillsborough banner: Two charged over 'murderers' taunt

Two men have been "charged after a banner with the word "murderers" was displayed ahead of a match between Liverpool and Manchester United.  

Offensive banner
Liverpool Echo

Police removed the sign from a bridge on the M602 ahead of the Europa League tie on 17 March after complaints it referred to the Hillsborough disaster.

A 24-year-old from Oldham and a 20-year-old from Manchester have been charged with a public order offence.  

Teenagers 'stubbed out' cigarettes near firefighter death site

Two teenage girls who were smoking near a building that was the site of a fatal fire stubbed out their cigarettes in its doorway, an inquest was told.

Fire scene
PA

One of the girls said they both stubbed out their cigarettes but one was knocked under the door.

The fire at Paul's Hair World in Oldham Street, Manchester in July 2013, claimed the life of firefighter, Stephen Hunt.

Both girls were arrested with one accused of arson in a charge which was later dropped.

Football: Latics seaside kick off brought forward

BBC Sport

Wigan Athletic's away trip to Blackpool has had its kick off time brought forward to 12:30 on 30 April after discussions between the clubs and Lancashire Police and the Football League.

The clubs said the time was brought forward in the interests of "crowd safety and public order".

Two charged over offensive M602 bridge banner

Two men have been charged after an offensive banner was draped over a bridge on the M602 in Salford prior to the Manchester United v Liverpool Europa Cup match on 17 March.

Man Utd v Liverpool Europa League Game
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The men are due before Salford Magistrates' Court on 25 April accused of a public order offence.

Girls 'were smoking' near firefighter's death scene

Alex Worsick, BBC North West Tonight

Two teenage girls were smoking cigarettes at the back of a shop shortly before a fire at the premises in which a firefighter was killed, an inquest heard

Firefighter Stephen Hunt
BBC

Firefighter Stephen Hunt, 38, died in July 2013 after taking the wrong turn while tackling a fire at Paul's Hair World in Oldham Street, Manchester.

One of the girls, who is aged 17, rejected a claim that either she or her friend had deliberately set fire to a leaflet which was was pushed under a door of the building.

Football: United short of natural goalscorers

Bill Rice

BBC Radio Manchester

Wayne Rooney is Manchester United's only natural goalscorer says former Reds striker Andy Ritchie.

Wayne Rooney and James Bay
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He told BBC Radio Manchester's Red Wednesday the team are still short in attack although Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford can score goals.

Latest headlines from Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

Today's top stories:

  • A inquest in Manchester begins hearing evidence from a teenage girl over the death of firefighter Stephen Hunt
  • A decision is due about whether a historic Salford pub will be knocked down to build a luxury apartment complex

Travel: Broken down vehicle blocks slip road at Knutsford Services

BBC Travel

The southbound exit slip road on the M6 at Knutsford Services in Cheshire is blocked due to a broken down vehicle.

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Weather: Sunny spells and scattered showers

BBC Weather

Sunny spells and scattered showers through the afternoon, with showers turning heavy and thundery in places.

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It will also feel particularly cool.

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Man admits causing death in M62 crash

A 30-year-old man has admitted causing death by dangerous driving after a woman was killed in a crash on the M62.

Death crash scene
BBC

Joetta Shumba, 25, died in an Audi that was in collision with a lorry, which overturned, on 24 January.

Martin Grant, of Jacey Road, Birmingham, will be sentenced on 9 May at Manchester Crown Court.

Harry Potter chair fetches six figure sum

An anonymous buyer has paid £278,000 for a 1930s oak dining chair used by J K Rowling while she typed up the first two Harry Potter books.

Harry Potter chair
AP

The chair was put up for auction by Gerald Gray from Worsley, Salford who previously bought it for his daughter - he says he'll donate 10% of the sale price to charity.

Watch: The historic Salford pub campaigners are trying to save

Campaigners are trying to save the listed Black Horse pub in Salford from demolition.

It is in a conservation area but developers have put forward plans to build more than 400 apartments on the site.

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Football: We're not favourites says Pellegrini

BBC Sport

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini said his side are not favourites to progress despite a 2-2 draw away to Paris St-Germain in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final.

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Dog dies in fire at Stockport flat

Manchester Evening News

Manchester Evening News

A blaze ripped through a Stockport flat killing a dog that had been left home alone.

Firefighters at scene
Ben Levy/Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

Latest headlines from Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

Today's top stories:

  • A decision will be made later about whether a historic Salford pub will be knocked down to build a luxury apartment complex

Councils to receive £1.5m pothole aid

Councils in Greater Manchester will receive nearly £1.5m to help remove potholes from the roads.

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The funding is part of the £250m Pothole Action Fund announced in last month's Budget, to fix more than four million by 2021.

Travel: Broken down vehicle blocks lane on M56

BBC Travel

One lane is blocked due to a broken down vehicle on the M56 eastbound between junction 7 at Bowdon and junction 6, at the Hale Four Seasons Roundabout.

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Long waits for eating disorder treatment

Patients with eating disorders in parts of Manchester have been enduring some of the longest waits for treatment in the country.

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Science Photo Library

BBC Freedom of Information requests found patients at Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust waited on average for more than five months to be seen between 2012 and 2014.

The longest wait was over a year and a half. The national average was 45 days.

Campaigners fight to save historic Salford pub

A decision is due to take place about whether a historic Salford pub will be bulldozed to build a luxury apartment complex.

Black Horse pub Salford
Google

The derelict Black Horse Hotel closed in 2000 with bookmaker Fred Done hoping to fund the development of more than 400 apartments on the site in Salford Crescent.

Historic England and the Victorian Society have opposed the move.

Travel: Crash reported on M61 southbound