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  1. Updates on Wednesday 8 June
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Thursday

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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 Thursday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the region.

Weather: Showers easing leading to mild night

BBC Weather

Showers will die out during the evening to leave a dry night, with some clear spells.

Weather forecast
BBC Weather

It will stay fairly warm overnight with light winds.

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Two men steal cash box from security officer at Wigan Asda

Two men threatened a security officer before stealing a cash box at a supermarket in Wigan.

He was threatened with a wooden implement near the entrance of Asda in Worthington Way, Marus Bridge.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

Drug dealer convicted after music festival death

A drug dealer from Tameside has been convicted of supplying pills that killed a teenager at a music festival in Cumbria.

Kendal Calling
BBC

Christian Pay, 18, died in hospital after being taken ill at the Kendal Calling music festival near Penrith last year.

Michael Mountfort, 42, from Denton denied he was involved in a conspiracy to supply class A drugs but was found guilty after a trial at Carlisle Crown Court.

Two other men pleaded guilty to the same charge earlier this year.

Football: United's Smalling calms England injury fears

BBC Sport

England defender Chris Smalling says he is fully fit for England's Euro 2016 opener against Russia despite leaving Tuesday's training session with an ice pack on his left knee.

Chris Smalling
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The Manchester United player said his knee was "normal" and the treatment was part of his usual routine.

Man wanted over £300 theft at Wigan cash machine

A CCTV image of a man suspected of stealing £300 from a 79-year-old woman in Wigan has been released.

Suspect
Greater Manchester Police

The woman was withdrawing cash from an ATM outside Lloyds in Market Street on 27 May when a man diverted her attention and stole money from her account without her realising.

PCSO Debbie Alty said: “This poor woman was left significantly out of pocket by an opportunist thief who targeted her while she was using the cash machine."

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Football: Bolton manager choice down to two candidates

Jack Dearden

BBC Radio Manchester

We're hearing that Bolton Wanderers search for a new manager is now down to two, with Nigel Adkins and Steve Cotterill the leading candidates.

Nigel Adkins (left) and Steve Cotterill
Gett

A final decision is expected later this week or early next week.

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

This afternoon's top stories: 

  • An "unprecedented demand" for emergency care in Wigan has been blamed on the temporary closure of an A&E unit in Chorley 
  • Pictures are released of a man police want to speak to in connection with the rape of a teenager at a Manchester nightclub  
  • Calls are being made for banning orders on beggars in Manchester city centre after claims a teenage girl was abused and shouted at by someone asking for money

Council calls for action on beggars demanding money

Calls have been made for banning orders on beggars in Manchester City Centre after claims a teenage girl was abused and shouted at by someone asking for money.

Piccadilly Gardens
Google

Manchester City Council say action is needed after the incident in Piccadilly Gardens was filmed and widely shared on social media.

Weather: Flash flooding in north Manchester

Flash flooding is reportedly affecting parts of Greater Manchester this afternoon.

Weather
BBC Weather

Torrential downpours have affected areas including Middleton, Rochdale and Oldham and rain is expected to ease later.

If you have flooding pictures send them to us via emailFacebook or Twitter

Mountain Road crash rider named as Shaun Watkinson

A man from Greater Manchester who died after the motorcycle he was riding collided with a car in the Isle of Man, has been named.

Shaun Watkinson
Isle of Man Police

Shaun Watkinson from Bolton was riding his BMW motorbike when it collided with a Citroen car driven by a local man on the (A18) Mountain Road on 3 June.

The 55-year-old was treated at the scene but pronounced dead on arrival at Noble's Hospital in Braddan.

The car driver and passenger were taken to hospital but later released.

Reward offered after bike was stolen in 'broad daylight' from Hollingworth Lake

Rochdale Online

David Inns is offering a reward after his motorbike was stolen in broad daylight from Hollingworth Lake.

Weather: Warm with a risk of heavy showers

BBC Weather

A mostly fine, warm afternoon with sunny spells, although it is set to be cloudier in the west.

Weather graphic
BBC

There is the risk of a few heavy and thundery downpours in the afternoon.

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Latest headlines in Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

This afternoon's top stories:

  • "Unprecedented" demand for emergency care in Wigan is blamed on the temporary closure of an A&E unit in Lancashire
  • There are calls for banning orders on beggars in Manchester City Centre after claims a teenage girl was shouted at and abused by someone asking for money
  • Jose Mourinho makes his first signing as Manchester United manager, paying Villarreal £30m for defender Eric Bailly

Theatre 'needs to be more diverse', say actors

Chris Long

Entertainment reporter

Theatre has gone backwards in providing opportunities for people from black and ethnic minority background, Matthew Xia, an associate artistic director at the Royal Exchange in Manchester has said.

Don Warrington in King Lear
Jonathan Keenan

The theatre's recent production of King Lear saw veteran actor Don Warrington (right) take the lead role but some actors say diversity in casting is still an issue.

Football: Man Utd sign Villarreal defender on four-year deal

BBC Sport

Manchester United have completed the signing of Villarreal defender Eric Bailly, subject to the 22-year-old receiving a work permit.

Eric Bailly
Manchester United

The Ivorian international joins for a fee of around £30m on a four-year deal.

Bailly said: "It is a dream come true to be joining Manchester United. To play football at the highest level is all I have ever wanted to do."

United manager Jose Mourinho said: "Eric has the potential to become one of the best around."

Flats plan for former Queen's Head pub, Lee Lane, Horwich

Bolton News

The Bolton News

A Horwich pub building could be converted into three new flats, if plans are approved.

Wigan MP calls for government intervention over A&E's 'unsustainable' pressure

Watch: Wigan hospital A&E full 'all of the time'

A consultant at Wigan's hospital's A&E unit, which is closed to all but emergency cases, has told how it is trying to cope.

Dr Stephen Gulliford was speaking as bosses at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust blamed a rise in admissions on the closure of the casualty unit at neighbouring Chorley Hospital.

Football: Jose Mourinho makes his first signing as Man Utd manager

BBC Sport

Manchester United have signed defender Eric Bailly from Villarreal.

Eric Bailly from Villarreal
Getty Images

The Ivorian international joins for a fee of around £30m on a four-year deal, subject to obtaining a work permit.

Jose Mourinho said:"Eric is a young central defender with great natural talent. He has progressed well to date and has the potential to become one of the best around. 

"We look forward to working with him to help nurture that raw talent and fulfil his potential. Eric is at the right club to continue his development."

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Weather: Heavy showers warning issued

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for heavy, thundery showers this afternoon and evening.

Yellow warning for heavy, thundery showers in the North West
Met Office

While most will avoid the showers, there is the potential for a few isolated heavy, thundery bursts that could lead to tricky driving conditions and localised flooding.

Wigan hospital blames 'unprecedented' pressure on Lancashire A&E closure

"Unprecedented" demand for emergency care in Wigan has been blamed on the temporary closure of an A&E unit in Lancashire.

Chorley Hospital
BBC

Chorley Hospital was downgraded to an urgent care centre in April as it could not "recruit enough staff to provide a safe service".

Wigan hospital said it has seen a four-fold increase in people attending its A&E with Chorley postcodes.

It has dealt with 260 additional patients since the service was downgraded in Lancashire.

Latest headlines in Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

This afternoon's top stories:

  • "Unprecedented" demand for emergency care in Wigan is blamed on the temporary closure of an A&E unit in Lancashire
  • Residents raise concerns about the impact new developments at MediaCityUK in Salford could have on already congested roads
  • Jose Mourinho looks set to make his first signing as Manchester United manager, paying Villarreal £30m for defender Eric Bailly

Football: Former Bolton boss lands Hibernian job

Chris McLaughlin

BBC Sport

Former Bolton Wanderers boss Neil Lennon has agreed a deal to become the next Hibernian manager and should formally sign a contract on Wednesday.

Neil Lennon (left)
Getty Images

The former Celtic boss has been out of work since parting company with Bolton in March but will succeed Alan Stubbs.

Travel: Lanes reopen on M6 southbound

BBC Travel

All lanes have reopened on the M6 southbound around junction 19, Knutsford, after an earlier broken down vehicle caused delays but there is still queuing traffic.

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Retired Catholic priest cleared of Rochdale sex assault allegations

A retired Catholic priest has been acquitted by a jury of sexually assaulting nine girls and one boy.

St Vincent de Paul RC Church in Norden
Google

Father Mortimer Stanley, 82, from Ballybunion, County Kerry, denied 19 indecent assaults allegedly committed in Rochdale between 1977 and 2002.

He was accused of targeting most of the complainants, aged under 11, in his presbytery at St Vincent de Paul RC Church in Norden.

Judge John Potter has recorded not guilty verdicts on two counts at Manchester Crown Court.

Traffic fears over MediaCityUk expansion

Residents have raised concerns about the impact new developments in Salford could have on already congested roads.

MediaCityUK
Peel Group

Peel Holdings revealed plans for a £1bn expansion of MediaCityUk including an additional 1,800 apartments and retail and leisure facilities.

Land next to the AJ Bell stadium, close to Barton Bridge on the M60, has been earmarked for retail development.

Transport for Greater Manchester said: "We will continue to work closely with partners on the next phase of development at MediaCityUK to ensure that it supports and promotes sustainable travel choices."

Latest headlines in Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

This morning's top stories:

  • The temporary closure of a hospital's A&E department has led to an "unprecedented demand" on services at Wigan infirmary, an NHS trust says 
  • Residents raise concerns about the impact new developments at MediaCityUK in Salford could have on already congested roads
  • Jose Mourinho looks set to make his first signing as Manchester United manager, paying Villarreal £30m for defender Eric Bailly

Hospital A&E closure prompts Wigan infirmary 'unprecedented demand'

The temporary closure of an A&E department at a hospital has led to an "unprecedented demand" on services at Wigan infirmary, an NHS trust has said.

Wigan Infirmary
Google

The A&E department at Chorley Hospital in Lancashire closed temporarily in April as it could not "recruit enough staff to provide a safe service".  

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust said the closure and downgrading of that service was one of the two factors that had caused an influx of emergency cases at Royal Albert Edward Infirmary.

The other was the drop-off in the number of people in the area using out-of-hours GP services.

'Very, very frightening' thunderstorm

The hot and humid weather ended with a large thunderstorm across Greater Manchester last night.

Here's a picture of some of the lightning that broke out.

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Travel: Signalling problems change train service

Wigan hospital's A&E department under 'unprecedented demand'

Health officials have asked people to avoid the A&E department at the hospital in Wigan as it is under pressure due to an "unprecedented demand".

Wigan Infirmary
Google

People can attend Royal Albert Edward Infirmary if their condition is a serious or life-threatening emergency, the NHS trust said.

Those with less serious conditions are being directed to use the walk-in centre at Leigh, or out-of-hours GP services.

Travel: Broken-down vehicles causing congestion on M6

BBC Travel

One lane closed and there is queuing traffic on the M6 southbound between junction 20, the Lymm Interchange, and junction 19, Knutsford, because of a broken down lorry, in the roadworks area.    

There is also slow traffic on the M6 northbound between junction 19, Knutsford, and junction 20, the Lymm Interchange, because of an earlier broken down vehicle, in the roadworks area.

Both incidents are causing congestion.

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Football: Man Utd set to sign Villarreal defender Eric Bailly for about £30m

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Villarreal central defender Eric Bailly looks like being Jose Mourinho's first signing as Manchester United manager.

Eric Bailly
Getty Images

Bailly is due to have a medical this week and terms are thought to have been agreed with the 22-year-old, who will cost the Red Devils about £30m.

Latest headlines in Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

This morning's top stories:

  • People are being urged to avoid the A&E department at Wigan hospital unless it's a serious or life-threatening emergency due to an "unprecedented demand" on its services
  • Two Greater Manchester MPs have concerns about plans to create a single NHS hospital service for Manchester
  • Jose Mourinho looks set to make his first signing as Manchester United manager, paying Villarreal £30m for defender Eric Bailly