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  1. Updates from Tuesday 9 August
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday 10 August

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

Weather: Late sunshine and showers on the way

A final look at the forecast now, and there should be some late sunny intervals during the evening but also a few showers. 

BBC Weather forecast
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Overnight isolated showers will continue, although most places will become dry. It will become chilly during the night in rural areas.   

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Firefighters to remain at blast site overnight

Firefighters will remain at the scene of an explosion in Ashton-under-Lyne throughout the night, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service has said.

Destruction caused by blast
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

Crews have been dealing with the aftermath of the blast which injured ten people. 

The service said an investigation into the cause of the incident is continuing.

Boy, 10, seriously injured as car mounts the pavement in crash

A ten-year-old boy is seriously ill in hospital after a car involved in a collision with another vehicle mounted the pavement and hit him in Falinge, Rochdale.

High Street Red Cross Street
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It happened when a Toyota Yaris travelling along High Street collided with a Peugeot, which was on Red Cross Street heading to St Marys Gate at 19:15 last night.   

Police said the boy suffered multiple injuries and is in a serious but stable condition in hospital. 

The drivers of the two cars were not injured, said police.

Former GMP special constable jailed over child sex

A former special constable who groomed and engaged in sexual activity with a child has been jailed for five years.  

America Luke Richardson
Greater Manchester Police

America Luke Richardson sent about 4,000 messages to a 14-year-old girl from Essex and met her in a hotel, Greater Manchester Police said.

The 22-year-old had previously been dismissed by the force after he stole uniform and visited schools without authorisation.

Richardson, of Salford, was sentenced at Manchester Crown Court.

Ashton-under-Lyne blast: Neighbour used mattress to help save woman

A woman living near a house that was devastated by an explosion in Ashton-under-Lyne has told the BBC her brother put a mattress down to help a woman escape from the property.

Aerial view of the damage caused by an explosion
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

Emma Cooney said he dragged the mattress for her friend, who was on the roof, to jump on to.

She said a lot of other people also helped, but her brother had helped save her.

Firefighters confirmed a mattress was used to help one of the casualties get out.  

Headlines from Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

Police and fire service probe cause of the Ashton-under-Lyne explosion

Dave Guest

Chief reporter, BBC North West Tonight

Here's more on the blast at a house in Ashton-under-Lyne, in which at least ten people have been injured.

Ashton-Under-Lyne explosion

Emergency services say an investigation is under way into the cause of the explosion.

Man arrested over Crumpsall shooting

A man has been arrested in connection with a shooting on Crescent Road, Crumpsall last night.

Crescent Road, Crumpsall
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Police said the 20-year-old was being held on suspicion of possession of a firearm. 

Two shotguns and a pistol were seized, Greater Manchester Police said.

The force said it was too early to say if it was linked to two other recent shootings in Harpurhey - one on Sunday and the other at 22:30 last night - but said an investigation was underway.

Rio Ferdinand: Pogba worth world-record fee

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New Manchester United midfielder has the "personality to handle" his £89m transfer fee, says former team-mate Rio Ferdinand.

Paul Pogba
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France midfielder Pogba, 23, has returned to Old Trafford for £89m.

"Paul is a huge talent and someone with the personality to handle that price tag," Ferdinand told BBC Sport.

Vandals ruin football club's pitch for second time

Bolton News

The Bolton News

Stoneclough FC has been rocked again after vandals ruined its pitch for the second time in two years.

Community pulls together after Ashton-under-Lyne house explosion

The community in Ashton-under-Lyne where an explosion injured at least ten people is pulling together.

A crowdfunding page has been set up to raise money for the family whose home collapsed in the blast in Curzon Road and the nearby church has opened its doors to provide refreshments to those affected.

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Man City sign Stones for £47.5m

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Manchester City sign John Stones from Everton for £47.5m, making him the second most expensive defender in history.

John Stones
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The 22-year-old England international has signed a six-year deal and is City boss Pep Guardiola's eighth signing.

Stones was earlier named in City's official Champions League squad, published on the Uefa website before the transfer was confirmed.

Fire service to remain at Ashton-under-Lyne house blast site

The fire service is expected to remain at the scene of the house destroyed by a suspected gas explosion.

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Oldham 'urinating' assault victim 'ready to forgive' attacker

Oldham Evening Chronicle

Oldham Evening Chronicle

A 70-year-old pensioner who was subjected to a sickening beating after having the courage to rebuke a "drunken thug" has said he is ready to forgive him after receiving a personal letter from the attacker.  

Bury swimmer narrowly misses out on Olympic medal

World champion James Guy from Bury narrowly missed out on an Olympic medal in the men's 200 metres freestyle.

James Guy
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He placed fourth and was just 0.26 seconds outside a bronze in the race in Rio which was won by China's Sun Yang. 

The 20-year-old turned in third place at halfway but was unable to hold on to a podium spot.

Guy won gold in the 200m freestyle at last year's World Championships in Kazan.

Football: Why have Man City paid £47.5m for Stones?

BBC Sport

England centre-back John Stones becomes the second most expensive defender in history. Is he worth the money Manchester City have paid?

John Stones
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Four summers ago John Stones was targeting a regular place in Barnsley's first team - now the England centre-back has become the second most expensive defender in history.

Manchester City have paid a fee of £47.5m to sign the 22-year-old from Premier League rivals Everton.

Is he worth it?

Analysis: Burnham in 'poll position' to become Greater Manchester mayor

Kevin Fitzpatrick

BBC Radio Manchester journalist

You could argue that Andy Burnham has just won the real battle to become the first mayor of Greater Manchester.

Andy Burnham
BBC

Now he's won the selection as Labour's candidate, the Leigh MP is in poll position to come top in next May's mayoral election as well.

Despite the turmoil at the top of the Labour party and the apparent growth in support for UKIP, Greater Manchester is still an area dominated by the red rose.

Nine of the area's 10 councils are run by Labour. So you get an idea of the challenge facing the other parties and any independents who decide to stand.

Those other parties have yet to announce when they will choose their candidate, let alone who it will be. That means Mr Burnham has another advantage - a head start in shaping his vision for how he would lead Greater Manchester as mayor.

'My family's escape' from Ashton-under-Lyne blast

Michelle Adamson

BBC Radio Manchester reporter

A woman who told the BBC her parents and sister lived at the house where an explosion erupted in Ashton-under-Lyne has said they remain in a "stable" condition.

Damage to the back of the house
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

Ten people were hurt, three seriously, in a blast on Curzon Road, Ashton-under-Lyne earlier. 

Leanne Wilson, who lives nearby, said: "My mum and dad got out the window and my sister got out on the roof. 

"Don't know their injuries yet. They're all in hospital and they're all stable."

She added that the whole house was "a mess" and "everything was lost".

Gas explosion probe at Aston-under-Lyne blast house

A severe gas explosion is believed to have caused the blast at a house in Ashton-under-Lyne which seriously injured three people. 

House destroyed by blast
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service incident commander Alan Ashworth confirmed a family of three - a mother, father and daughter - lived at the property and gas "possibly caused the explosion".

He said there was concern over the stability of the neighbouring properties and utilities have been isolated at the house and neighbouring properties.

Headlines from Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

Neighbour describes being lifted off feet in near-miss blast drama

A woman living near to the Ashton-under-Lyne explosion said the window frame from the house blew off and landed just yards away from her young daughter.

House destroyed in blast
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

Claire Evans ran out to investigate the initial fire and was caught up in the explosion.

"I got a couple of feet away and the whole house went with a bang and it lifted me off the floor," she said. 

"The window frame literally went past me - just yards away from my little girl. It was really traumatic."

Travel: Blast and crash causes disruption

BBC Travel

There are still disruption around the explosion in Curzon Road, Ashton-under-Lyne and a crash is also causing severe delays on the M67.

One lane is closed and there is queuing traffic on M67 westbound between junction 2, Denton, and junction 24, Denton Island.

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BreakingBurnham to run for Manchester mayor

Shadow Home Secretary Andy Burnham has won the contest to become Labour's candidate for Greater Manchester's first mayoral election next May.

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He beat Bury South MP Ivan Lewis and interim mayor Tony Lloyd after a vote by local party members closed on Friday.

He said it was "a great honour".

Gas 'may have caused' Ashton-under-Lyne house blast

Gas may have caused an explosion at a terrace house which has left three people seriously injured, the fire service said.

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Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service was initially called to a fire at the property in Curzon Road, Ashton under-Lyne, at about 05:00.

A blast followed the fire and when firefighters arrived they found the front and back of the building had collapsed.

Incident commander Alan Ashworth said 10 people were injured, adding: "It's some sort of explosion, possibly gas, but we can't confirm. Our fire investigation department are dealing with that."

Ashton-under-Lyne house explosion - other coverage

This is what others are reporting about the blast at Ashton-under-Lyne.

The Manchester Evening News is live at the scene and the Tameside Reporter said a crowdfunding page has been set up to raise £10,000 to help the family of the Curzon Road explosion.

Ashton-under-Lyne house blast headlines

  • Ten people are thought to have been hurt - three seriously - in an explosion at a terraced house in Ashton-under-Lyne
  • Initially there was a fire at the property followed by the blast which resulted in further injuries, the fire service said
  • An investigation is under way into the cause of the explosion in Curzon Road

Some casualties hurt rescuing those injured in Ashton-under-Lyne house blast

Some of the casualties in the explosion at a house in Ashton-under-Lyne were hurt as they helped rescue people, said the fire service.

House devastated by explosion
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service's Alan Ashworth said he is aware of "at least 10 casualties" in the blast in Curzon Road.

"Some are suffering with burns and lacerations. We don't have full details of the casualties, but we now know three people were inside the property at the time of the explosion.

"Some people were also injured while helping to rescue people."

Three 'serious' after Ashton-under-Lyne house explosion

Dave Guest

Chief reporter, BBC North West Tonight

Three people have suffered serious injuries after an explosion destroyed a terraced house in Ashton-under-Lyne, it has emerged.

An investigation is under way into the cause

This is the scene of the blast in Curzon Road where up to 10 people were hurt.

It caused the terraced house to collapse at both the front and back.

An investigation is under way into the cause.

Travel: Delays around Ashton-under-Lyne house explosion scene

BBC Travel

Curzon Road in Ashton-Under-Lyne remains closed due to an explosion at a house on the street.

It has also caused slow traffic in both directions between the Clinton Street and Alfred Street.

There are also delays in Clinton Street between Russell Street and Curzon Road, Hulme Street between Curzon Road and Herries Street and Whiteacre Road between Rodney Street and Diamond Street.

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Ashton-under-Lyne house blast neighbours woken up by 'massive bang'

People living near to an explosion at a house in Ashton-under-Lyne have described being woken up by a "massive bang".

House destroyed in explosion
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

Up to 10 people have been injured, one seriously, in the explosion in Curzon Road earlier.

Carmel O'Neil said: "We heard a big, massive explosion and loads and loads of smoke in the air... and [then] seen the fire."

Another neighbour named Barney was shocked at the devastation caused, saying: "We've no electric - but they've got no house. I thought it was a car crash at first - I thought I was dreaming. I came outside and it was on fire."

In pictures: Ashton-under-Lyne house explosion

Here are some pictures released of the damage caused by the explosion in Ashton-under-Lyne.

Aerial image of the blast
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service
House destroyed by an explosion
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

Six people have been hurt, one seriously, in the blast which caused the house to collapse in Curzon Road at about 05:00.

The cause of the blast has not yet been established, said Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.

Ashton-under-Lyne blast scene 'thick with smoke'

Michelle Adamson

BBC Radio Manchester reporter

It is still the scene of a major operation here in Ashton-under-Lyne.

There is smoke billowing from what used to be a mid-terraced house in Curzon Road - the front and back wall completely destroyed and most of the roof as well.

Blast
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

There is a big hole in the roof and the glass has been blown out of the windows of the adjacent properties as well.

The air is thick with the smell of smoke. The debris was blasted up to about 70m away.

Ten injured in Ashton-under-Lyne explosion

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service believes ten people have been injured in the blast in Curzon Road, Ashton-under-Lyne.

Major damage to the house where the explosion was 10 people now thought to have been hurt, some seriously

Major damage to the house where the explosion was 10 people now thought to have been hurt, some seriously

Emergency services remain at Ashton-Under-Lyne house blast scene

Emergency services remain at the scene of a blast that left six people injured, one seriously.

Gas and electricity supplies have been turned off

The explosion caused the terraced house in Curzon Road, Ashton-under-Lyne, to collapse at both the front and back at about 05:00.

Gas and electricity supplies have been turned off at the house and four neighbouring properties.The roof of the house next door has been badly damaged.

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Weather: Sunny spells with occasional showers

BBC Weather

A chilly and bright start followed by a day of sunny spells and occasional showers.

North West weather forecast for Tuesday 9 August 2016

Temperatures still on the cool side for the time of year but it will feel pleasant in a light north-westerly wind.

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Travel: Road closures due to Ashton-under-Lyne explosion

BBC Travel

A blast at a house in Ashton-under-Lyne has resulted in a number of road closures.

Six people have been injured in the explosion at a terraced house in Curzon Road.

Curzon Road, Whiteacre Road and Clinton Street are closed and there is slow traffic in both directions in the area. 

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