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  1. Blind man Tasered by police after cane mistaken for gun
  2. Health bosses aim to increase Greater Manchester GP access
  3. Wigan Warriors face investigation over Storm Doris match postponement
  4. Updates on Friday 24 February

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

  2. Turning milder this weekend

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  3. Champions League: Celtic fined over crowd disturbances at Man City game

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    Uefa has fined Celtic 19,000 euros over crowd disturbances and setting off fireworks during the Champions League game at Manchester City.

    Trouble

    The governing body charged Celtic over trouble during the  1-1 draw at the Etihad Stadium last December.

    It is the 10th time in the past five years the club have been charged by European football's governing body regarding their fans' behaviour.

  4. Football: United overtake Bayern Munich as China's most popular team online

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    Manchester United have replaced Bayern Munich as the most popular team online in China, according to a new report .

    Chinese Man Utd fans

    The sixth edition of the Red Card,  which analyses the influence of 53 European clubs on China's social media platforms, has Arsenal and Liverpool joint third with Manchester City fifth.

    The German Bundesliga remains the most influential league online.

    Arsenal's Mesut Ozil is the second most popular player behind Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo.

    United forward Wayne Rooney,  who has been linked with a move to China, also features in the top five, along with Old Trafford team-mate Anthony Martial.

  5. Speedway: Future is bright for Belle Vue Aces

    The future of Belle Vue Aces speedway team has been secured after a new franchise stepped in to take control of the club.

    National Speedway Stadium

    Manchester City Council ended the club's tenancy at the National Speedway Stadium last year, saying they had failed to pay rent and "meet important requirements of their agreement".

    But the council has now named Belle Vue Speedway 2017 Ltd as the new owners of the Belle Vue Aces franchise. 

    The new £8m stadium was launched last April as part of plans for huge investment in sport in east Manchester.

    Quote Message: “Belle Vue Aces is one of the Manchester’s most historic sporting clubs and to be able to confirm their continued tenure at the National Speedway Stadium will be welcome news to their fans. from Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council
    Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council
  6. Metrolink prepares for launch of Second City Crossing trams

    Metrolink's Second City Crossing tramline opens on Sunday.

    Tram

    It runs from St Peter's Square and along Cross Street to stops at Exchange Square and Victoria.

    Customers using the East Didsbury to Shaw and Crompton and Rochdale Town Centre trams will travel on the new line.

  7. Europa League: The full draw

    BBC Sport

    Manchester United have have been drawn against Russian side FC Rostov in the Europa League last 16.

    Here is the full draw: 

    • Celta Vigo (Spa) v FC Krasnodar (Rus)
    • Apoel Nicosia (Cyp) v Anderlecht (Bel)
    • Schalke (Ger) v Borussia Monchengladbach (Ger)
    • Lyon (Fra) v Roma (Ita)
    • FC Rostov (Rus) v  Manchester United (Eng)
    • Olympiakos (Gre) v Besiktas (Tur)
    • Gent (Bel) v Genk (Bel)
    • FC Copenhagen (Den) v Ajax (Ned)
  8. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M58 Lancashire eastbound

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    M58 Lancashire eastbound severe disruption, between J5 for A577 and M6 J26.

    M58 Lancashire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M58 eastbound between J5, A577 (Up Holland) and M6 J26, Orrell Interchange, because of a broken down vehicle.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  9. Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

    • Human remains found on a Greek island are those of a man who went missing in 2005 on holiday,  Cheshire Police confirm
  10. £2.5m invested in community groups in Wigan

    More than 100 community groups have been awarded a share of £2.5m from Wigan Council's Communities Investment Fund, Wigan Council said.

    Old Courts

    Examples of funding include the Old Courts, which has been given £240,000 to increase participation in the arts and to create a community hub campus for the creative and digital industry, and Leigh's Turnpike Centre, which received £217,512 to develop cultural opportunities in the community.  

  11. Football: Mourhino makes Ranieri tribute

    Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho said the dismissal of Claudio Ranieri is "very difficult to accept" and believes the Italian deserved to have Leicester's stadium named after him.  

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    Mourhino, who wore a shirt bearing Ranieri's initials as a mark of his respect at his Friday press conference, believes the Foxes boss was let down by the "selfishness" of others. 

    Mourinho followed up an Instagram tribute to Ranieri with warm words and described his own sacking by Chelsea in December 2015 as "peanuts" by comparison.

    Speaking about the initialed shirt, Mourinho said: "It is my little homage to somebody that wrote the most beautiful history of the Premier League."

  12. Cheshire East council tax rise 'to meet growing demand for care'

    Cheshire East Council has announced a 4.99% increase in council tax. 

    Cheshire East Council

    A total of 3% will go towards caring for the elderly and vulnerable, to help fund a £97m adult care budget, the council said. 

    The council has set a revenue budget of almost £264m to spend across services, which will cost taxpayers about £3 per day.

  13. Vigil to raise funds for historic church

    A candlelit vigil will take place tonight to help raise funds for a devastated church in Salford.

    Church fire

    The Grade II listed Church of the Ascension in Lower Broughton was gutted by a fire earlier this month. 

    It is being investigated as arson. 

    More than £2,500 has been raised so far.  

  14. Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

    • Human remains found on a Greek island are those of a man who went missing in 2005 on holiday,  police confirm
  15. Good Samaritan recalls heart-wrenching moment she discovered foals abandoned in storm

    Warrington Guardian

    A good Samaritan who rushed to the aid of two young foals "left for dead" in the middle of a storm on a muddy road has been left heartbroken by the sickening treatment inflicted on the animals.  

  16. Blind man tasered in Levenshulme

    A blind man was Tasered by police after they mistook his cane for a gun.

    Taser

    Armed response officers from Greater Manchester Police (GMP) were called to Albert Road in Levenshulme at about 18:40 GMT on Thursday after reports there was a man with a gun.

    They say a Taser was deployed and a 43-year-old man was detained.

    It was later discovered the man was actually carrying a folding cane and he was released as he posed no threat.

    The incident has been referred to the GMP's Professional Standards Branch.

  17. Greater Manchester patients to get seven-day GP access

    A £41m plan to give everyone in Greater Manchester  seven-day GP access  has been approved.

    Health

    The GM Health and Social Care Partnership Board said the move would make 24/7 urgent primary care provision easier for patients to access.

    The additional access will revolve around neighbourhood hubs and "clusters" where weekend and evening appointments will be available.

    The board said it hopes the plans will reduce pressure on hospital A&E units.

  18. Football statistics: Shots by Ibrahimovic

    BBC Sport

    From the top five European leagues (England, Germany, France, Italy and Spain), only Roma's Edin Dzeko has had more shots (131) than Ibrahimovic in league games this season. 

    Shots stat

    In the Premier League, Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez (91) and Tottenham's Christian Eriksen (90) are ranked second and third for most efforts at goal.    

    Former England Captain Alan Shearer said Manchester United must try keep the striker because he has shown he still has such a lot to offer