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Summary

  1. Updates on Tuesday 28 February
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates return from 08:00 on Wednesday

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    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.    

  2. Weather: Rain will clear to leave a mostly dry evening

    BBC Weather

    Showers will ease during the evening and overnight, leaving a dry night for many with some clear spells.

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    Video caption: Rain will clear to leave a mostly dry evening with clear spells

    It will be less cold than last night, although there is a risk of some icy stretches forming in the coldest spots.

    Lows of 3C.

    More from BBC Weather .

  3. Takeaways to be limited in Manchester

    New limits are being proposed on where and when takeaways can open in Manchester. 

    Burger

    The city council said the aim of the policy would be to "reduce the negative effects of fast food on children's health". 

    Manchester already has about 750 takeaways.   

  4. Five arrested after organised crime raids

    Five men have been arrested in connection with the supply of Class A drugs over an 18-month period across Oldham, police said. 

    Officers investigating organised crime in Greater Manchester executed a series of warrants this morning.

    The men, aged 21, 23, 28, 34 and 47 are being questioned in police custody.  

  5. Northern, Southern rail and Merseyrail staff to strike

    Staff on Northern, Southern rail and Merseyrail have voted to strike in a dispute over the role of guards.

    Train

    The RMT union announced the walkouts in a dispute with the firms over plans to remove guards from trains, which would become driver-only-operated (DOO).

    Union officials, who confirmed the 24-hour strike on 13 March, say the move will make trains potentially dangerous.

    The  Office of Road and Rail insists they are safe  provided the right equipment and training is given.

  6. Rochdale sex grooming gang lawyers investigated

    A firm of solicitors criticised  by a judge during a Rochdale child sex grooming gang deportation case are being investigated.

    Shabir Ahmed

    Mr Justice Bernard McCloskey accused them of "frankly shameful" behaviour during a delayed immigration tribunal.  

    Four men, led by Shabir Ahmed, 63, were convicted in 2012 of preying on girls as young as 13 in Rochdale, Greater Manchester.

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority have confirmed it has launched an investigation.

  7. Latest headlines from Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

    • Detectives investigating a fire in Manchester's Chinatown which killed two people last year are offering a £50,000 reward to find who was responsible
    • Health bosses approve plans to improve social care for vulnerable elderly and disabled people across Greater Manchester
    • Work is set to begin later this year on a £50m office block on the site of the former Odeon cinema on Manchester's Oxford Street
  8. Cricket: Australia block Faulkner's Lancashire move

    BBC Sport

    Australia all-rounder James Faulkner has been refused permission to play for Lancashire this summer by his country because of an ongoing knee injury.

    James Faulkner

    He had re-signed for the Red Rose club for the 2017 T20 Blast, which he helped them win in 2015.

    But Lancashire have not received the necessary paperwork from Cricket Australia to allow him to rejoin.

    "The decision has been taken for me to rest up in July and August," said Faulkner, 26.

    "This will undoubtedly be in my best interests but I am sorry to be missing out on more playing time with Lancashire."  

  9. Former Oldham footballer Jack Tuohy cleared of grooming girl, 14

    A League One footballer has been cleared of sexually taking advantage of a 14-year-old girl. 

    Jack Tuohy

    Former Oldham Athletic player Jack Tuohy, 20, said he believed the girl was aged 16 and denied her claim that she told him her real age.

    A jury at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court took an hour to find the midfielder not guilty. 

    Mr Tuohy, of Shaw in Oldham, had been accused of five sexual offences against a child.  

  10. Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

    • Rail workers vote to go on strike in a dispute with Arriva Rail North over driver-only operated trains
  11. RMT rail strikes: Northern statement

    Northern rail said it is " a shame" that the RMT union has announced rail workers will strike in a dispute over the role of guards, as "modernisation proposals are in the early stages".

    Northern

    The RMT union announced a 24-hour walkout will take place on 13 March.  

    Northern said it wanted to reach a "constructive resolution" and it urged RMT to continue talks.

    Quote Message: We want to protect jobs and pay, and during our recent discussions we offered to consult fully with our people, customers and key stakeholders. If strike action goes ahead, our customers can be reassured that we have plans in place to keep them moving. from Northern
    Northern
  12. Football: Manchester City v Huddersfield

    BBC Sport

    Manchester City defender Gael Clichy is likely to be available after a back problem for Wednesday's FA Cup replay against Huddersfield.

    
          Huddersfield head coach David Wagner shakes hands with Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola

    Vincent Kompany remains unavailable but is close to a return to fitness.

    Huddersfield will again be without midfielder Aaron Mooy, who is ineligible against his parent club.

    Nakhi Wells turned an ankle in training last Friday, while Kasey Palmer is still struggling with a hamstring problem and Harry Bunn and Jonathan Hogg are battling groin injuries.

  13. Meeting held over troubled school

    The council and NUT are holding a meeting in a bid to resolve a dispute that led to a school in Bowdon near Altrincham being closed at short notice yesterday afternoon.

    Bollin Primary

    Bollin Primary at Apsley Grove remains shut today after a dispute between staff and management.

    Teachers went on strike last week and are due to hold more industrial action next month. 

    Quote Message: We have some concerns about how and why this school was kept open with a massively reduced capacity on strike day. So we'll be asking those questions. But the priority, I think we share with council, and that is to get the school back up and running. from Peter Middleman Regional Secretary NUT
    Peter MiddlemanRegional Secretary NUT
  14. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M6 Cheshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Cheshire northbound severe accident, between J17 for A534 Sandbach and J18 for A54 Middlewich.

    M6 Cheshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 northbound between J17, A534 (Sandbach) and J18, A54 (Middlewich), because of an accident involving two lorries.

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

  15. Tour of the 'lady in the lodge's' home

    Val Dawson from Knustford shows BBC Radio Manchester around the "lodge" she lives in in her son's garden. 

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    She decided to become the "lady in the lodge" to avoid soaring property prices in Cheshire.

  16. Weather: Heavy rain and wintry showers

    BBC Weather

    Heavy rain this afternoon, with some showers turning wintry. Wind will pick up too. Highs of 7C.

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    Video caption: Heavy rain this afternoon, with some turning wintry. Wind will pick up too. Highs of 7C.
  17. Northern rail workers' industrial action set for 13 March

    Passengers who use Northern rail services are facing a 24-hour train strike after RMT members voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action, over the issue of driver-only trains. 

    Northern train

    The walkout is due to take place on Monday 13 March. 

    It is in a dispute with Arriva Rail North who operate Northern services over their plans to introduce driver-only trains. 

    The same dispute led to crippling strikes on Southern rail services which will also face a walkout on the same day - as will Merseyrail.