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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 updates from across the region.

Weather: Showers ease, cool overnight

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Any showers will gradually die away overnight and it will become rather chilly tonight, especially in rural spots.

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Graphene plane prototype to have first public test flight

A prototype of a plane coated with graphene is to have its first public test flight at the Farnborough Air Show this weekend.

Prototype graphene coated aircraft
National Graphene Institute

The aircraft has been designed by scientists at the National Graphene Institute (NGI) at the University of Manchester and the Central University of Lancashire.

The NGI said it has already been shown to have increased levels of impact resistance when compared to conventionally coated carbon fibre wings.

Graphene - the so-called wonder-material - is both the thinnest and the strongest material known to science, and it conducts electricity better than copper.

Football: Mourinho will be 'magician Dynamo' for Man Utd to win Premiership

Bill Rice

BBC Radio Manchester

Jose Mourinho will have to be like Dynamo the magician for Manchester United to win the Premier League title.

That's the view of former Reds striker Andy Cole, who told BBC Radio Manchester he was not sure they will be favourites to regain the trophy when the new campaign starts. 

Cole was speaking at the Manchester United and New Era FA Cup Winners Cap event.

Hiroshima survivors' art held in UK to be returned to Japan

Chris Long

Entertainment reporter

Paintings by pupils who survived a World War Two atomic attack are to be returned to Japan by the man who looked after them "for many decades".

Hiroshima From The Inland Sea, Yayoi Nose
Yayoi Nose

The works were given to a Manchester teacher by a Hiroshima school principal in the 1950s, who passed them to art education supervisor Michael Stevenson.

They were used as teaching aids and were shown at the House of Lords on the 70th anniversary of the attack in 2015.

 Mr Stevenson said Japan was now "the right place" for them.

Travel: Cheshire crash causes delays

BBC Travel

The A556 in Plumley near Knutsford is closed following a collision between a HGV and a bike at about 16:30.

Cheshire Police said the road is closed from the Morrisons roundabout at Rudheath up to the Northwich Road turn-off for Knutsford. 

Motorists are advised to avoid the area, police said.

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Travel: Burst water main still causing delays in Manchester city centre

BBC Travel

One lane is still closed and traffic is very slow on Portland Street in Manchester in both directions between Sackville Street and Princess Street because of a burst water main.

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Latest headlines across Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • New figures from Trading Standards departments across the country show Manchester is a hotspot for fake goods and fake e-cigarettes
  • Plans for a major refurbishment of Manchester Town Hall are being proposed at a cost of at least £330m
  • A Jet 2 plane flying from Leeds-Bradford to Larnaca, Cyprus, is diverted to Manchester because of a disruptive passenger

Greater Manchester devolution deal's waste review

As part of the devolution deal with the government, waste disposal could become part of Greater Manchester's responsibilities.

Devolved powers given to the ten council's that make up Greater Manchester Combined Authority means local politicians have more control over the region.

Greater Manchester was the first region to sign such a deal with the government.

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Weather: Sunny spells with some showers

BBC Weather

Most places will be dry with sunny spells today, though there will be some showers in a few places too.

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'Aggressive' passenger arrested after diverting flight to Manchester

A passenger acting aggressively caused a flight from Leeds-Bradford to Cyprus to divert to Manchester, an airline has said.

Manchester Airport
PA

Jet2 said: “Today's flight LS465 from Leeds-Bradford to Larnaca diverted to Manchester Airport to offload a 21-year-old male passenger who was reportedly showing increasingly aggressive behaviour towards our customers and crew."

A spokesman apologised for delays but said the safety and welfare of customers and crew was "our utmost priority, and such anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated”.

Greater Manchester Police said a 21-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of endangering an aircraft.

Latest headlines across Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • A Jet2 plane flying from Leeds-Bradford to Cyprus has been diverted to Manchester because of a disruptive passenger
  • Passenger numbers and profits are up for the Manchester Airport Group, which has announced its latest full year results
  • Plans for a £330m refurbishment and development of Manchester Town Hall have been proposed

Football: Slice of World Cup history

Paul Burnell

Reporter, BBC News Online

It is not often you get this close to a piece of footballing history.

The Jules Rimet Trophy and the ball used in the 1966 England v West Germany World Cup final were in our building here at MediaCity UK earlier.

World Cup trophy and 1966 match ball
BBC

They are currently on display at the National Football Museum in its World Cup 66 exhibition.  

Rugby League: Wigan's Tomkins to miss rest of season

BBC Sport

Wigan Warriors confirm back-row forward Joel Tomkins will miss the rest of the season with injuries to both knees.

Joel Tomkins
SWpix.com

The 29-year-old has missed the last two games to have the problem scanned but is now out for the rest of 2016.

Tomkins, a dual-code England international, scored one try in his 10 appearances this season.

Meanwhile, Wigan captain Sean O'Loughlin will serve a one-match ban for a high tackle against Wakefield.

'Disruptive passenger' diverts plane to Manchester Airport

A Jet2 Leeds-Bradford flight to Cyprus has been diverted to Manchester Airport because of a disruptive passenger, the airline has confirmed. 

Greater Manchester Police said they were alerted to the problem at 1130. Armed officers removed a passenger from the aircraft which was on a scheduled flight to Larnaca.

A 21-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of endangering an aircraft. The arrest is not thought to be terror-related.

Manchester city centre remains closed following water main burst

A road remains closed in Manchester city centre after a water main burst earlier.

Portland Street
Google

Portland Street is shut between Sackville Street and Princess Street as engineers carry out repairs.

Customers' water supplies are not affected.

A spokesman from United Utilities said: “Our engineers are working as quickly as possible to complete the repair and we are liaising closely with the council.  Our apologies for any inconvenience caused.”

Manchester Town Hall needs £250m for 'urgent repairs'

Repairs costing £250m are needed to fix Manchester's crumbling 19th Century town hall, a report has found.

Manchester Town Hall
BBC

More than 54,000 parts of the neo-Gothic building need attention, with 40% requiring "immediate repair or replacement".

The internal review by Manchester City Council warned the property was "seriously showing its age" and plans to invest a £110m for a hotel and gym to "help offset the refurbishment costs".

The council said if no action is taken the building "would have to close". The report said developing and refurbishing the site is the preferred option ahead of a decision being made in the autumn.

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • Plans that could see 36,000 new homes built in Cheshire over the next 15 years are submitted
  • Scientists from Manchester will showcase a new plane prototype, the first ever to be built out of graphene, at the Farnborough air show this weekend
  • More than 60 dairy farms have closed in Cheshire in the last three years, according to figures obtained by the BBC

Teenager arrested after boy takes 'ecstasy' in Timperley is bailed

A teenager arrested after a 13-year-old boy was left critically ill in hospital having taken a drug believed to be ecstasy has been released on bail.

Timperley train station
Google

The boy was taken to hospital after falling ill at Timperley Metrolink station in Trafford on Saturday. He remains in a critical but stable condition.

A 15-year-old boy, from Trafford, held on suspicion of supplying class A drugs and perverting the course of justice has been released pending further inquiries.

Woman jailed for 'scam marriage' awarded £25K damages for 'unlawful detention'

Bolton News

The Bolton News

An woman jailed for an immigration scam will get £25,000 of taxpayers' cash after a judge found she was "unlawfully detained" following her sentence.

Bury Council to oppose fracking

Kevin Fitzpatrick

BBC Radio Manchester journalist

Bury Council will confirm its opposition to fracking later when it passes a motion banning it on local authority land.

Bury town hall
Google

The government has included most of the borough on a map of sites where drilling may be viable.

The council has no power to stop it on private land but leader, Rishi Shori, wants to warn companies off.

Gorton Labour Party suspended over members' conduct

Gorton Labour Party has been suspended following allegations relating to the conduct of members.

It is understood the complaints centre around jostling within the Constituency Labour Party (CLP) ahead of Sir Gerald Kaufman's seat becoming available if the 86-year-old does not stand at the next election.

Sir Gerald Kaufman
BBC

No meetings of the CLP, which has more than 300 members, or any of its branches will now take place while an inquiry is undertaken, a spokeswoman for the party said.

Greater Manchester Police said it was yet to receive any complaints and is unaware of reports that discussions between the force and the CLP have taken place.

Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

Football: Ex-Man Utd midfielder Powell joins Wigan

BBC Sport

Championship side Wigan Athletic sign midfielder Nick Powell, who left Manchester United in June, on a three-year contract.

Nick Powell
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Powell, 22, scored 12 goals in 41 appearances for Championship side Wigan during a loan spell in 2013-14.

He joined United for £3m from Crewe in 2012 and was loaned out to Leicester City and Hull City before his contract expired in June.

China flights boost Manchester Airport passenger numbers

Around 24 million passengers flew to and from Manchester Airport in the past year, figures have revealed.

Manchester Airport
Manchester Airport

Manchester Airport Group's full year results show profits and passenger numbers had increased, largely on the back of launching flights to mainland China.  

It said 2.5m passengers flew through from the airport in June - a 9.22% increase on the same month last year.

Hainan Airlines launched flights to Beijing in June making Manchester the only UK airport outside of London with a direct, scheduled service to China.

Travel: Buses disrupted by burst water main in Manchester

Manchester's black market revealed

Daniel Wainwright

Data unit - English regions

The trade in fake goods is putting hundreds of jobs at risk, experts have warned, as a BBC investigation shows the extent of the black market in England's biggest cities.

fake clothing
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OFFICE

The investigation revealed Manchester's Cheetham Hill had the biggest issue with counterfeit clothing, which saw it dubbed Counterfeit Street by the Intellectual Property Office.

Commonly copied items included Beats by Dr Dre headphones, phone covers and cigarettes.

The Anti-Counterfeiting Group said some fakes were "potentially lethal".

Travel: Burst water main causes delays in Manchester city centre

BBC Travel

There are severe delays caused by a burst water main in Manchester.

Portland Street in Manchester is closed and there is congestion in both directions between Nicholas Street and Princess Street and between Chorlton Street and Oxford Street.

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Weather: Dry with sunny spells but breezier

BBC Weather

Most places will be dry with sunny spells today, though there is a risk of an isolated shower in a few places too. It'll be a little breezier than it was yesterday.

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Lynette Horsburgh

Reporter, BBC News Online

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