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Summary

  1. Updates on Thursday 2 March
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates return from 08:00 on Friday

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Live updates from Greater Manchester have finished for the day, but we'll be back from 08:00 on Friday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the region.

  2. Weather: Rain in some parts

    Rain and hill snow in the south at first this morning, though a brighter start further north with some early morning sunshine likely here. 

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    Video caption: Dry at first this evening, but rain possible later in the night. Highs of

    Turning drier for all through the day, allowing sunny spells for most during the afternoon. Windy.  

    Lows of 5C.

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  3. Police 'rationing' puts public at risk, warns watchdog

    The former chief constable of Greater Manchester Police, Sir Peter Fahy, said that forces will have to do things differently in the future, if the government continues to ask them "to do more with less".

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    He was speaking following a warning from the police standards watchdog that some police forces are putting the public at risk by rationing their response as they struggle with cutbacks.

    Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary said some forces are "downgrading" 999 calls, in order to justify responding to them more slowly.

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    HMIC's  report  found that most of the 43 forces in England and Wales were providing a good service. But that others have let victims down.

    Greater Manchester Police was rated good and was found to be the fifth best force in terms of performance in cases involving domestic violence cases. 

  4. Community divided over school plans

    The community in Saddleworth is divided after a plan to build a controversial new secondary school was blocked by the High court. 

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    A judge ruled the planning permission for the site in Diggle was "unlawful" on heritage grounds and said the council should not have dismissed the option of rebuilding it on its existing site in Uppermill. 

    Some residents said it would ruin the village while others think a new school is desperately needed.    

  5. Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

    • Manchester City council is earning more than £6,000 a day in fines from just three cameras monitoring bus lanes in the city centre, new figures show
    • The community in Saddleworth is divided after a plan to build a controversial new secondary school in Diggle was blocked by the High Court
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    Video caption: Super League Rewind: Wigan edge St Helens in a floodlit mudbath

    Super League Show Rewind looks back on a time when a waterlogged pitch made no difference to the game going ahead.

  7. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M60 Greater Manchester clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M60 Greater Manchester clockwise severe disruption, between J16 for A666 and J17 for A56 Prestwich.

    M60 Greater Manchester - M60 partially blocked clockwise between J16, A666 (Pendlebury) and J17, A56 (Prestwich), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  8. Bury school bans 'JoJo bows'

    Some UK schools, including Fairfield Community Primary School in Bury, are banning pupils from wearing "JoJo bows", giant hair clips that have gained popularity thanks to a teenage dancing YouTube star. So why have the bows become so big ?

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    Video caption: Jojo Siwa explains giant bows

    Headteacher at Fairfield Community Primary in Bury, Chris Ashley, describes the bows as "distracting".  

    Several schools say the bows breach uniform policy. Sawley Junior School in Nottinghamshire has also banned them. 

  9. New Diggle secondary school plans quashed

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    BBC Radio Manchester journalist

    A plan to build a new secondary school in Diggle in Saddleworth has been blocked after a High Court judge ruled the planning permission was "unlawful" on heritage grounds.

    The case was brought by Diggle resident Keith Lucas, who objected to the plan to move the school from Uppermill village and build it on the site of a historic mill. 

    The council had insisted rebuilding it on its existing site was not an option, but the judge said the planning committee should have been allowed to consider it.

    He said moving the school to Diggle "would cause substantial damage to heritage assets". 

    The planning permission was quashed. The council says its "top priority has always been to deliver a fit-for-purpose educational facility and it will now consider it's next steps. 

  10. Unconfirmed sightings of missing boy, 15, in Bury and Manchester

    There have been two unconfirmed sightings in Greater Manchester of a 15-year-old boy who has been reported missing from Carnforth.

    Kyson Kanesh

    Kyson Kanesh, originally from Blackpool, was last seen on 21 February after leaving an address in Lancaster Road in the early hours of the morning.

    The teenager was reportedly seen in Bury and Manchester Piccadilly Station on the day he went missing.

    He is about 5ft 7ins, of slim build and was last seen wearing a black jacket, a grey tracksuit and a dark grey beanie hat.

    Police are asking anyone with information to contact them.

  11. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M61 Greater Manchester southbound

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    M61 Greater Manchester southbound severe disruption, at J5 for A58.

    M61 Greater Manchester - M61 lane closed on exit slip road southbound at J5, A58 (Westhoughton), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  12. Suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst statue designs go on display

    The six shortlisted designs for a statue of the Manchester suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst will be unveiled in the city later today. 

    Emmeline Pankhurst

    They were displayed for the first time at Westminster earlier this week. 

    A total of 16 of the 17 public statues in Manchester are men.

    There was a public vote to choose a woman to be depicted by a new statue. Emmeline Pankhurst's great grandaughter will help choose the winning design. 

  13. St John's development set to be approved

    Plans for two 36-storey towers, close to Manchester's Museum of Science and Industry, are set to be approved next week. 

    The Victorian terrace part of the set

    Developers want to build the apartment blocks, as part of the St Johns neighbourhood, on the site of the former Granada TV studios. 

    The scheme includes offices and restaurants, as well as plans for another skyscraper - which will be as tall as the Beetham Tower.   

  14. Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

    • A plan to build a controversial new secondary school in Diggle in Saddleworth is blocked after a High Court judge ruled the planning permission was "unlawful" on heritage grounds
    • New figures show Manchester City Council is earning more than £6,000 a day in fines from just three cameras monitoring bus lanes in the city centre 
  15. Jilted boyfriend shook hands with love-rival before stabbing him to death with a potato knife, court told

    Manchester Evening News

    A jilted boyfriend shook hands with his love rival before fatally stabbing him, a court heard .  

  16. Man City's amputee football star

    Jamie lost his leg to bone cancer when he was 13 but he now plays amputee football for Manchester City.

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    Video caption: Jamie lost his leg to bone cancer - he now plays amputee football for Manchester City
  17. Snow on the hills

    BBC Weather Watcher Mags in Moorside, Oldham shared this photo of snow on the hills. 

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