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Summary

  1. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday 13 June
  2. Updates on Friday 10 June

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By Rachael Connors

All times stated are UK

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Our live coverage across the day

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

Weather: Staying warm with some showers

BBC Weather

It will be fairly cloudy for most, with some showers, particularly early and late in the night.

Weather forecast
BBC Weather

Some of the showers could be on the heavier side and feeling muggy.

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Annabel Tiffin

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On North West Tonight at 18:30:

Parklife revellers warned to 'stay safe'

Police have issued warnings to people going to the Parklife Festival in Heaton Park this weekend about the dangers of psychoactive substances - formerly legal highs - before the ban on them came into force. 

Parklife
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A total of 70,000 people are expected in Manchester this weekend as part of the annual Parklife Festival on Saturday and Sunday. 

Greater Manchester Police is advising festival-goers to be alert and take sensible precautions to stay safe.    

Appeal over woman's next of kin

Police are trying to find relatives of a woman who died at her home in Middleton. 

Terri Olivia Hind, 69, died on 9 June. There are no suspicious circumstances.

Anyone with information is urged to call the police coroner's officer on 0161 856 8497. 

Police 'sorry' for using Hillsborough picture on poster

Greater Manchester Police has apologised for using a "distressing" photo of Liverpool fans at Hillsborough on a poster.

Hillsborough Memorial
AFP/Getty

The image from the 1989 disaster which claimed the lives of 96 football fans was sent to police staff on Wednesday.

Assistant Chief Constable Robert Potts said he was "deeply sorry" for the use of the "inappropriate" image.

Missing man found safe and well

A man with Alzheimers who went missing from Droylsden has been found safe and well, police said. 

Geoffrey Ralph
Greater Manchester Police

Geoffrey Ralph, 73, had been missing since last night at The Gardeners Arms. 

MP's concern over lack of female candidates in mayoral race

Labour MP Yvette Cooper has admitted she is worried no women are standing to become the new mayor of Greater Manchester next year.

Yvette Cooper
BBC

Leigh MP Andy Burnham, the Shadow Home Secretary, Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd and Bury South MP Ivan Lewis are in the race, with local members choosing the candidate in August.

Weather: Met Office yellow warning for rain

Latest headlines in Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

This afternoon's top stories:

First direct flight from Manchester to mainland China takes off

The UK's first direct scheduled flight to China from outside London has taken off from Manchester Airport.

Hainan Airlines staff
Manchester Airport

The new 10-and-a-half hour route to Beijing will fly four times per week.

It makes Manchester the only airport outside of London with a scheduled non-stop service to mainland China.  

Hainan Airlines
Manchester Airport

Road closures in Macclesfield due to flooding

Fresh review of Manchester IRA bomb blast evidence

Police are launching a fresh review of the evidence behind an IRA bomb in Manchester, as the 20th anniversary of the blast approaches.

Manchester bomb
GMFRS

The 3,300 lb device exploded near the Arndale Centre on 15 June 1996, devastating the busy shopping area. 

About 200 people were injured and no-one was killed.

Greater Manchester Police said it was now "the right time for another assessment" of the case. The force had previously concluded there was "no realistic possibility" of a prosecution.

Travel: Flooding causes M60 lane closure

BBC Travel

One lane is closed on the anti-clockwise M60 between Junction 23 at Ashton Under Lyne and Junction 22 at Failsworth, because of flooding.

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Phil Parkinson on bringing new players to Bolton

Necklace snatched from pensioner's neck during robbery

A necklace of sentimental value was snatched from an elderly woman’s neck during a robbery in Gorton.

Stolen necklace
Greater Manchester Police

Police were called to a robbery in Deverill Avenue at 02:35 on Tuesday.

The victim, in her 70s, was asleep in her home when three men broke into the house and demanded jewellery and money.

The necklace is engraved with her late husband's date of birth, police said.

Latest headlines in Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

This afternoon's top stories:

  • A re-examination of the 1996 Manchester bombing is to be carried out by police  - to find out if anyone can be prosecuted
  • Too many Manchester schools are failing their brightest pupils, according to OFSTED
  • Police are trying to trace the next of kin of a woman from Middleton - and a man from Oldham    

Watch: Family of Canada geese go on walkabout in Salford

Michelle Adamson

BBC Radio Manchester reporter

A family of Canada geese have gone on walkabout at MediaCityUK in Salford today.

Super League: Castleford Tigers 28-38 Widnes Vikings

BBC Sport

Patrick Ah Van scored two tries on his return from a five-match ban to help Widnes to victory at Castleford.

Lloyd White (right) celebrates scoring one of his two tries with Widnes captain Kevin Brown
SWPIX.COM

Tries from Macgraff Leuluai, Ah Van and Chris Bridge gave Widnes a 14-6 half-time lead, with Cas loanee Paddy Flynn responding against his parent club.

Flynn scored another early in the second, but Ah Van, Lloyd White (2) and Joe Mellor tries made it 38-12.

Calls to assess if prosecution possible 20 years after Manchester bomb

Almost 20 years since the Manchester bomb, Greater Manchester Police say it's time for another assessment to see if a prosecution is possible.

Manchester bomb
BBC

Staff shortage hospital A&E 'to reopen'

Chorley Hospital A&E department which was closed temporarily over "unacceptable" safety risks is expected to reopen in August. 

Chorley Hospital
BBC

Wigan Hospital said on Wednesday its "unprecedented" demand for emergency care was partially due to the closure.  

Chorley was downgraded to an urgent care centre in April due to a doctor shortage.

The trust said nine of the 14 doctors needed have been secured and they are recruiting six others.

Stockport driver has ear bitten off as parking space row turns violent

Stockport Express

A man's ear was bitten off when an argument over a parking space on a Stockport road turned nasty.  

Euro 2016: Octopus predicts results

If you're wondering who to support in Euro 2016 Otto the Octopus from Sea Life Manchester has been busy making some predictions for you. 

Travel: M6 queues in Cheshire due to broken-down vehicle

BBC Travel

Traffic is queuing on the M6 southbound between Junction 20 at Lymm Interchange and Junction 19 at Knutsford, because of a broken-down vehicle.  

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First flight to mainland China takes off from Manchester

The first flight to mainland China from Manchester has taken off.

First flight to mainland China from Manchester

Ribbon cut as first Manchester to Bejiing direct flight takes off

Dave Guest

Chief reporter, BBC North West Tonight

The ribbon is cut for the first Manchester to Beijing flight. But what does it mean for the region?   

Ribbon cut before flight
BBC

Thousands of bright pupils let down, says Ofsted

Pupils in four boroughs in Greater Manchester are being failed by the standards of secondary schools, Ofsted has warned.

Exams
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The report names Oldham, Rochdale, Salford and Bury as being in the poorest performing local authority areas in the country. 

Ofsted says many pupils fail to achieve a B grade or above in both English and Maths GCSE despite having the ability to do so.    

What is most depressing is that the brightest children from disadvantaged backgrounds are the most likely not to achieve their full potential. The most able children in receipt of pupil premium funding still lag well behind their more advantaged peers."

Sir Michael WilshawHead of Ofsted

Free Metrolink overnight parking to be made permanent

A pilot trialling free overnight parking at some tram stops in Greater Manchester has been a success and should be made permanent in July, Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) said.

East Didsbury Tram stop
BBC

The trial operated at weekends at 15 Metrolink stops on Fridays and Saturday nights - with motorists required to pick up their vehicle by 12:00 the following day.  

The permanent scheme will offer more than 2,500 overnight parking spaces for Friday and Saturday nights covering the 15 Park and Ride sites, TfGM confirmed.

Weather: Showers with some brightness

BBC Weather

Labour councillors votes against Cheshire devolution deal

Ruling Labour councillors in Warrington have voted against the devolution deal which would see Cheshire getting an elected mayor.

Cheshire
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In a private meeting last night, they asked for more detail about the plans and possible alternatives. 

Some wanted the council to look at joining-up with a wider area, like the Liverpool city region.  

Latest headlines in Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

This lunchtime's top stories: 

  • Ruling Labour councillors in Warrington vote against the devolution deal which would see Cheshire getting an elected mayor
  • Nominations close for people wanting to be Labour's candidate to become the Mayor of Greater Manchester
  • Metrolink says a trial scheme allowing tram users to park overnight for free at the weekend at designated tram stops, has proved a success 

From Manchester to the Middle East: Vimto bottles sales soar

More than 17.5 million bottles of Vimto are sold in the Middle East during the Ramadan festival  - which began on Monday - and is the longest in the last 33 years.

Vimto heritage in the North West

The company was created in Manchester City Centre on Granby Row more than 100 years ago by Blackburn man John Noel Nichols.

Travel: Lane closed on M60 due to broken-down vehicle

BBC Travel

A lane is closed and there's queuing traffic on the M60 anti-clockwise between Junction 26, Stockport East and Junction 25, Bredbury, because of a broken-down vehicle.

Congestion is stretching back to Junction 1 at Stockport Pyramid.    

More BBC Travel News

Labour nominations close for Manchester Mayor candidates

Nominations close today for people wanting to be Labour's candidate to become the Mayor of Greater Manchester next year. 

Andy Burnham, Ivan Lewis and Tony Lloyd
BBC

Police and Crime Commissioner and interim Mayor Tony Lloyd, Bury South MP Ivan Lewis and the current Shadow Home Secretary Andy Burnham are running so far.

Local members will choose the Labour candidate in August.     

Man who wrote ‘nuke Muslims’ wept as he apologised

Wigan Today

Wigan Today

A Wigan man who posted on Facebook that Muslims should be “nuked”, wept as he apologised for his actions.

First passengers about to board flight from Manchester to Beijing

Dave Guest

Chief reporter, BBC North West Tonight

The first passengers are about to board the inaugural flight from Manchester to Beijing. This isn't one of them!

Manchester Airport dragon
BBC

Steve Parkin confirmed as Wanderers' assistant manager

Travel: Queues on M62 after accident

BBC Travel

There are queues on the M62 eastbound between Junction 19 at Heywood and Junction 20 at Rochdale, because of an earlier accident in the roadworks area. 

All lanes have been re-opened and congestion is stretching back to Junction 18 at Simister Island.    

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