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  1. Updates on Monday 16 May
  2. Greater Manchester Live returns at 08:00 on Tuesday with more news, sport, travel and weather updates

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By Helen Carter

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

Weather: Largely dry and chilly night

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A largely dry and chilly night, however there could be the odd light shower mainly over higher ground. Elsewhere some clear spells and a patchy grass frost in rural areas.  

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Boss 'gutted' over 'devastating mistake'

The boss of the firm that left fake bomb at Manchester United's Old Trafford stadium has apologised for making a "devastating mistake".

Mock pipe bomb

A mock pipe bomb (pictured) above was left at the site despite being "signed off as recovered", Manchester United said.

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Old Trafford fake bomb had white label with 'training aid' written on it.

The security firm behind the fake bomb find at Old Trafford said the device had a small white label with "training aid" written on it and "wasn't concealed".

The mock pipe bomb was found in a toilet block in the stadium ahead of Manchester United's games against Bournemouth yesterday.

Christopher Reid, the managing director of Security Search Management & Solutions Ltd, said: "The mistake is entirely mine, I have to take full responsibility."

Security chief apologises for 'devastating mistake' over Old Trafford fake bomb

A security chief who signed off a fake bomb as recovered after a training exercise at Old Trafford has apologised for making "a devastating mistake".

The device was left behind, leading to the postponement of Manchester United's match against Bournemouth yesterday.

Chris Reid, head of Security Search Management & Solutions Ltd, said he logged the item as found on Wednesday.

The club said the device could not have been detected by sniffer dogs.

Security firm boss apologises over Old Trafford fake bomb find

Security chief Christopher Reid, whose firm left fake bomb at Man Utd's Old Trafford ground, has apologised.

Security Search Management & Solutions Ltd staged a training exercise which caused a Premier League match to be postponed yesterday.

A device was left behind, leading to the postponement of Manchester United's match against Bournemouth.

Watch: Bridge collapse next to M60 'felt like an earthquake'

Part of a bridge collapsed at Trafford Park

Sensory bus to be loaned to fire-damaged Dukenfield special school

A special school that was damaged in a fire is to be loaned a sensory bus to use as a classroom.

Cromwell High School
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Cromwell High School in Dukenfield, which teaches children with special needs, will receive the bus as a temporary replacement for its sensory room which was blocked off following the fire on 15 April.

The bus will remain until the sensory room is available and will ensure "minimal interruption" to pupils' development while the school is repaired.

Crackdown on illegal workers in Greater Manchester

Seven firms in Greater Manchester have been warned they could face heavy fines over the use of illegal workers.

Immigration enforcement

In the last week, immigration enforcement officers have visited businesses in Manchester, Longsight, Wigan, Oldham, Didsbury and Cheetham Hill.

They arrested a total of 11 men from Pakistan, China, Vietnam, Tunisia, Iraq, and Iran on suspicion of either immigration or visa offences.

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This afternoon's top stories:

Old Trafford fake bomb was 'signed off as recovered', Man Utd says

A private firm that staged a training exercise which caused a Premier League match at Old Trafford to be postponed after a fake bomb was found had "signed off the device as having been recovered", Manchester United said in a statement.

Bomb disposal experts

The stadium was evacuated after the match against Bournemouth was called off when a device was found in one of the toilet blocks yesterday.

The club's executive vice chairman Ed Woodward said: "The contractor had signed the device as having been recovered along with the 13 other devices at the end of the exercise. 

"That device could not have been detected by sniffer dogs on the routine matchday search of the 100 Club, as it contained no explosives and was used in an exercise training handlers not dogs."  

Permanent memorial to Alan Henning to open

A permanent memorial to Alan Henning will open his home town of Eccles tomorrow.

Alan Henning and memorial garden
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Mr Henning, 47, was beheaded by so-called Islamic State militants after he was kidnapped in Syria in December 2013.  

The circular garden at Eccles recreation ground will open at 18:00.

BMW driven 'erratically' before Snake Pass crash

Two people have died and five have been injured in a serious crash on the Snake Pass involving three cars.

Snake Pass

The road was closed overnight due to the crash, which also caused two other cars to collide when they had to brake sharply.

The two men who were killed were driving a BMW and a white Honda Civic.

Police said the driver of the BMW was seen driving "erratically" before the crash, which happened at about 21:45 on Sunday.

Travel: Broken down car blocks M60 slip road

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One lane blocked on an exit slip road clockwise on the M60 at junction 21, Hollinwood, because of a broken down car.

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Latest headlines from Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

This afternoon's top stories include:

  • A private security firm that staged a training exercise which caused a Premier League match at Old Trafford to be postponed is named
  • A senior officer at Greater Manchester Police is suspended amid allegations of inappropriate behaviour
  • A section of a new bridge being built next to the M60 close to Barton bridge collapses but no-one was injured

Travel: Lane closure on M6 due to broken down van

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A broken down van has led to the closure of a lane on the M6 northbound between junction 18 at Middlewich/Holmes Chapel and junction 19 at Knutsford.

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Man United must be 'up front' about 'shambolic' bomb scare - Tony Lloyd

Manchester United must be "up front" with answers about Sunday's "shambolic" security scare at Old Trafford, the city's police and crime commissioner Tony Lloyd has said. 

Fire engine at Old Trafford
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Mr Lloyd said the club's reputation and public safety had come under scrutiny after a security firm accidentally left a fake bomb in stadium toilets.   

Security Search Management & Solutions Ltd (SSMS) was hired by Deacons Canines to test its sniffer dogs, the BBC understands.

Security firm describes 'unfortunate situation' at Old Trafford

The boss of a private security firm that staged a training exercise which caused a Premier League match at Old Trafford to be postponed has been speaking to reporters.

Old Trafford
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A fake bomb being used to test sniffer dogs was left behind, leading to the postponement of Manchester United's match against Bournemouth on Sunday. 

Security Search Management and Solutions managing director Chris Reid said: "It is a very unfortunate situation and the consequences obviously were that a lot of people were inconvenienced." 

Speaking outside his home in Biggin Hill, south London, Mr Reid said he would like to say more about the "security situation" but he is waiting on Manchester United to contact him. 

Canal bridge in 'raised' position when it collapsed

Pictures of a canal bridge before it collapsed in Old Trafford earlier have emerged.

The structure was in a "raised" position at the top of the piers before it fell.

Bridge in raised position
North Ports

No-one was injured in the incident.

Video: Aftermath of bridge collapse in Trafford

Weather: Grass pollen starting to overtake tree pollen

Old Trafford dummy bomb blunder firm named

A private security firm that carried out a training exercise which caused a Premier League match at Old Trafford to be postponed has been named.

Dog search

Security Search Management & Solutions Ltd was hired by specialist dog firm Deacons Canines to put on a training exercise for its sniffer dogs, the BBC understands.

The game between Manchester United and Bournemouth was called off and the 75,000-seater stadium evacuated after a fake device was discovered shortly before kick-off.

A controlled explosion was carried out on the item which police said was left in the stadium by accident. Calls have been made for an inquiry into the "fiasco".

'Goatman' Thomas Thwaites has spent several days living with the animals

A man has spent several days living in the Swiss Alps with goats after prosthetic goat-like limbs were made by Dr Glyn Heath at Salford University.

Thomas Thwaites spent several days living with goats

Latest headlines from Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

Today's top stories include:

  • Emergency services say no-one was injured after part of a new bridge being built next to the M60 collapsed
  • Greater Manchester's police and crime commissioner, Tony Lloyd, has called for a full inquiry into how a fake bomb used for training, led to Old Trafford being evacuated yesterday
  • A man is arrested on suspicion of murder, following the death of an 18-year-old man who was stabbed to death and run over in Moss Side

Man Utd and Man City players picked for Euro 2016 provisional squad

Man Utd have three players including Marcus Rashford who have been picked for England's provisional Euro 2016 squad.

United's Euro 2016 platers

Manchester City also have three players in England's provisional Euro 2016 squad, including Fabian Delph.

City players

Benidorm star Tim Healy flown home for treatment

TV star Tim Healy is recovering in hospital after being taken ill during the filming of the ITV show Benidorm.

Tim Healy

He was flown to Manchester from Spain on Saturday after his condition improved enough to allow him to travel.

Man City all but assured of place in Champions League

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Manchester City are all but assured of a place in next season's Champions League as Manuel Pellegrini's time at the club ended with a draw at Swansea.

Man City

They were denied a win as Andre Ayew's deflected free-kick cancelled out Kelechi Iheanacho's close-range opener.

The draw leaves them three points ahead of Manchester United, whose final game, against Bournemouth, was abandoned.

Murder arrest over Moss Side stab death

A man has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of an 18-year-old in the Moss Side area of Manchester.

Moss Lane Eas

The victim died as a result of a stab wound to the neck he received after he was hit by a car on Thursday, a post mortem confirmed

A 19-year-old man, from the Moss Side area, was arrested after handing himself in at Longsight police station.

A 17-year-old boy arrested on suspicion of attempted murder has been bailed pending further inquiries.

Fans talk of their disappointment after evacuation

Fans have talked of their disappointment after Man United's final match of the season against Bournemouth was called off when a suspect package was found.

Fans disappointed by game cancellation

The package later turned out to be a training device accidentally left in the stadium by a private company.

Latest headlines from Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

This morning's top stories:

  • Part of a new bridge next to the M60 by the side of Barton Bridge collapses but no-one is hurt
  • A man is arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of an 18-year-old man who was stabbed and run over in Moss Side
  • Greater Manchester's police and crime commissioner Tony Lloyd calls for an inquiry after a fake bomb was left by a private firm following a training exercise at Old Trafford

Bridge under construction at Trafford Park collapses

A bridge that was being built near the Barton Viaduct in Trafford Park has collapsed.

Emergency services are at the scene. No-one was injured, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said.

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Travel: Burst water main closes road in Mottram

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A burst water main has closed Market Street in Mottram between the Junction Inn traffic lights and the Church Brow junction.

Congestion is affecting Manchester Road to the West Drive junction on Glossop Road and on the M67 to junction 4 at Broadbottom.

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Man Utd fan whose dream trip was ruined by hoax bomb drama off to Wembley

A Man United fan from Sierra Leone whose dream Old Trafford trip was ruined by the hoax bomb drama is off to Wembley.


Moses was left in tears after making the 3,000 mile (4,800km) journey, only for the game to be cancelled.

Ryanair flight to Manchester halted over bomb scare misunderstanding

A Ryanair flight from Norway to Manchester was evacuated before take-off over a bomb scare which police say was due to a misunderstanding.

Ryanair plane
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The flight was about to leave from Rygge airport near the Norwegian capital, Oslo, when it was evacuated.

Two men were detained by police after their behaviour aroused suspicion but were later released. 

Travel: Crash involving car and lorry closes M56 lane

BBC Travel

A crash involving a lorry and car has closed one lane of the M56 westbound on an exit slip road at junction 7 Bowdon.

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Events at Old Trafford yesterday

  • The match was abandoned about 15 minutes before kick-off at 15:00
  • The estimated cost to Manchester United will be around £3m
  • A controlled explosion was carried out by bomb disposal experts
  • It was described as "an incredibly life-like explosive device" but was not viable
  • At 20:55 on Sunday, police said the device was part of a training exercise
  • Sunday's match will now take place tomorrow at 20:00
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Old Trafford
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