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Live updates from 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: Rain clears to leave dry night

BBC Weather

Winds will ease as rain soon clears, bringing a mostly dry night with the odd isolated shower.

Weather forecast
BBC Weather

Staying cloudy for many with some clear spells and patchy mist and fog.

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Somme soldier's life saved by spoon and bible

A soldier shot during the Battle of the Somme in 1916 survived as the bullet hit a spoon and bible he kept in his jacket pocket.

Rod Cooper holding a spoon which deflected a bullet

Henry Cooper, from Manchester, was aged 20 when he was hit in the chest during the battle but the bullet was deflected before it pierced his skin.

Mr Cooper returned to the UK and spent months in hospital in Southampton recovering from the gunshot wound.

His family kept the spoon following his death in the 1970s and his grandson Rod Cooper (pictured) carried it in his pocket while serving in Iraq in 1991.

Woman 'humiliated and shocked' after Stockport station sex assault

A woman has been left feeling "humiliated and shocked" after a sexual assault at a railway station, British Transport Police said.

Stockport station

A woman was touched inappropriately by a boy, believed to be aged about 11, at Stockport train station on Friday at about 15:45.

PC Rebecca Swift said: "The victim was waiting with her boyfriend in the booking hall of the station when she was inappropriately touched by a young boy who then left the station laughing."

Mum fleeced 92-year-old relative out of £100k

Manchester Evening News

Manchester Evening News

A Blackley mum who stole £100,000 worth of life savings from a 92-year-old relative so she could splash out on holidays and cars was only caught when the family were chased for unpaid care home bills. 

Travel: Broken down lorry closes M60 lane

BBC Travel

One lane is closed due to broken down vehicle on the M60 clockwise between junction 13, Worsley, and junction 15, the Swinton Interchange.

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Manchester council to invest £10m in children's services

Plans have been approved for a shake-up of the children's services department at Manchester City Council.

School playground

The service was rated "inadequate" by Ofsted two years ago - and now the authority is recruiting an extra 130 members of staff, using council reserves. 

Youngsters plan to build travellers' wagon

Independent television broadcaster That's Manchester has filmed youngsters who are building a travellers' wagon from scratch.

Travellers rest

Football: Ibrahimovic to seal Man Utd move

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Zlatan Ibrahimovic should complete his long-anticipated move to Manchester United by the end of the week.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic
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The Swedish striker, 34, is a free agent after leaving Paris St-Germain and is expected to sign a one-year deal with the Old Trafford club.

Manchester council approves wheelie bin size reduction plan

Plans to reduce the size of black wheelie bins and boost recycling rates in Manchester have been approved by the city council.

Black bins

The bins will be replaced in August by new 140-litre grey bins.

The council estimates the change will save £2.4m a year in waste disposal costs, through increased recycling rates across the city.

Latest headlines from Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

This evening's top stories:

How Labour stronghold of Middleton sees Corbyn

Judith Moritz

BBC North of England Correspondent

Labour MPs are expected to announce a challenge to Jeremy Corbyn's leadership after a motion of no confidence in him was supported by three-quarters of the parliamentary party.

But Mr Corbyn says he won't "betray" his supporters by resigning. 

Judith Moritz has been talking to people in the Labour seat of Middleton in Greater Manchester to get their take on events.

Travel: Metrolink bus replacement service stops in Eccles

Appeal after motorist stabbed at Salford traffic lights

Police investigating a stabbing at a set of traffic lights in Salford have released a photograph of the victim's injuries as they search for his attacker.

Salford stabbing victim
Greater Manchester Police

The 19-year-old motorist was stabbed after pulling up at the junction between Regent Road and Albion Way on 19 June. He was treated in hospital for wounds to his chest.

His attacker, described as white, large, bald and aged in his 30s, had also stopped at the lights in a blue family-sized car, Greater Manchester Police said.

Latest headlines from Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

This afternoon's top stories:

  • A Bolton woman describes the aftermath of the bomb attack at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport as "like a scene out of a movie"
  • A US Army veteran who was racially abused on a city centre tram says he has received support from around the world
  • Plans are approved for a shake-up of children's services at Manchester City Council

Cricket: Lancashire's Championship game abandoned after rain

BBC Sport

Rain has prevented any play at Lord's as Lancashire's County Championship match with against Middlesex was called off as a draw.

Lord's cricket ground
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Middlesex were 419-5 overnight, in reply to Lancashire's 513 all out.  

Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk claims North 'missed out' on Heritage Lottery funding

Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk has claimed the North had "missed out" on the latest round of Heritage Lottery funding.

Rochdale Town Hall

At Prime Minister's Questions, Mr Danczuk raised the issue adding Rochdale Town Hall had not been awarded grants for restoration.

David Cameron said Mr Danczuk was being a "little unfair" focusing on recent projects in the south of England.

"He'll find, for instance, that Blackpool Museum received a grant of over £13m, so I believe it is fairly balanced across the country."

Bolton woman says Istanbul airport bombing was 'like movie scene'

A woman who witnessed the aftermath of a gun and bomb attack at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport said it was like a scene "out of a movie".

Ataturk Airport
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Heather Nelson, from Bolton, was on board a plane which had landed just before the attacks.

"There was glass smashed everywhere and then when you got nearer to where the bombing happened you could see it was a very strong bomb."

Yesterday's attack killed 41 people and injured more than 230 others.

Watch: Manchester Ramadan project 'unites community over food'

A project in Manchester is aiming to "unite the community over the simple act of sharing a meal" during Ramadan.

The Ramadan Tent Project wants people of faith and no faith to come together

Weather: Heavy rain likely over higher ground

BBC Weather

Rain continues to spread in from the west, with heavy outbreaks over the higher ground.

Weather forecast

Brighter and drier spells will develop from the south by late afternoon.

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Manchester tram abuse victim receives global support

A US Army veteran who was racially abused on a tram in Manchester says he has received global support from "complete strangers".

Juan Jasso
Channel 4 News/PA

Juan Jasso was targeted by three youths during the incident on a tram in the city centre on Tuesday morning.

Video footage captures him being called "an immigrant" and told to "get back to Africa" when confronting the trio.

"It's been a bit surreal how social media can instantly take an incident like this and make it global," he said.

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

This afternoon's top stories:

  • A US Army veteran says he has received support from "complete strangers" after he was racially abused on a tram in Manchester
  • A boy, believed to be aged about 11, is sought by police after a sexual assault at Stockport station which left a woman feeling "humiliated and shocked"
  • Manchester City Council approves plans to reduce the size of black wheelie bins

Cricket: Ground staff prepare Middlesex v Lancashire wicket

Suspected race hate victim intervened over abusive language

The victim of a suspected race hate crime on a tram in Greater Manchester has been speaking about the incident.

Juan Jasso

Juan Jasso, a Manchester Metropolitan University lecturer who has lived in the UK for 18 years, claims he was targeted after challenging three youths who were swearing on a busy city centre tram.

"I could see the majority of people around me weren't very comfortable. I decided to intervene and asked them to watch their language.

Mr Jasso said it was not acceptable for people from other countries to feel threatened in the UK.  

"I haven't been in Manchester for very long but here in the UK I've only had it happen once before."

Young boy wanted over Stockport train station sex assault

A boy, believed to be aged 11, is wanted over a sexual assault at Stockport train station.

Stockport Station

A woman was touched inappropriately by a young boy while she was waiting in the booking hall on Friday at about 15:45.

He walked off laughing and then spat at station staff who had asked him to leave the area, British Transport Police said.

The boy is approximately 11 years old and was wearing a black bubble jacket with a hood, black trousers and black trainers at the time.

Latest headlines from Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

This morning's top stories:

Rugby League: Warrington's Atkins receives one-game ban

BBC Radio Manchester


Warrington's Ryan Atkins has received a one-match ban and a £300 fine for a dangerous challenge on Rhys Hanbury during last week's Challenge Cup win at Widnes.

Ryan Atkins
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Atkins' appeal was rejected but the ban was reduced due to his exemplary disciplinary record.

Manchester council set to approve wheelie bin plan to boost recycling

Manchester City Council is set to approve plans to almost halve the size of its black wheelie bins in an attempt to boost recycling.

Wheelie bin

The current 250-litre bins would be replaced with 140-litre grey bins, following the example of Bolton, Stockport, Tameside and Trafford. 

The idea is to boost the city's current recycling rate of 33%, and save money.

Two bailed over Manchester tram 'hate crime'

Two people who were arrested over a suspected hate crime on a tram in Manchester city centre have been bailed, police have said.

Two men and a boy are arrested over an alleged 'hate incident' on a Manchester tram

Officers were made aware of the alleged racial abuse on a tram travelling towards the city centre on Tuesday after a video surfaced online. 

Two men, aged 20 and 18, and a boy, 16, were detained on suspicion of affray. 

The 18-year-old and the 16-year-old have been bailed until 10 August while the teenager remains in custody for questioning.

Travel: Crash closes lane of M60

BBC Travel

One lane is closed on the M60 anti-clockwise between junction 24, Denton Island, and junction 23, Ashton Under Lyne, because of a crash.

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Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

This morning's top stories:  

  • A 16-year-old boy and a man are bailed, and another remains in custody, following a suspected hate crime on a tram
  • Greater Manchester Police say figures show there has not been a spike in racist incidents recorded in the area since the UK voted to leave the European Union
  • Manchester City Council is set to approve plans to almost halve the size of its black wheelie bins

Weather: Bright start with rain later

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a bright start but rain will move in from the west and it will remain for much of the afternoon.

Weather forecast
BBC Weather

There could be heavy bursts at times so be aware of spray and standing water on roads.

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Good morning: Join us for today's coverage

Jon Lowe

Reporter, BBC News Online

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