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Summary

  1. Updates on Wednesday 8 March
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Thursday

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

  2. Weather: Winds strengthen, mostly dry

    BBC Weather

    The wind will strengthen everywhere but it will stay mostly dry with long clear periods overnight. Lows of 7C.

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    Video caption: Remaining dry and mild. Highs of 8C.

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  3. Ice hockey surprise for two-year-old Storm fan

    Two-year-old Sebastian Pitts, who has a severe neurological disorder, has ticked an ice-hockey dream off his bucket list with the help of Manchester Storm. 

    The team flew the young fan and his parents to Belfast to watch their match, where he met the team, did a lap of honour on the ice, and presented the man of the match award.

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    Video caption: Sebastian, who has Leigh Syndrome, is working his way through a bucket list
  4. Man released on bail after hospital crash

    An 89-year-old man arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after  two women were hit by a car outside a hospital  in Manchester has been released on bail.

    Crash

    The women, aged 44 and 49, were injured in the car park at Withington Community Hospital at 14:05 on Tuesday, Greater Manchester Police said. 

    The women were taken to Wythenshawe Hospital and Manchester Royal Infirmary but both later died.

  5. Football: Mourinho hits out at Rostov pitch

    BBC Sport

    Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has criticised the pitch for his side's Europa League match against Russian side FC Rostov on Thursday.

    Rostov pitch

    Rostov, fifth in the Russian Premier League, play at the Olimp-2 which was built in 1930 and has a capacity of just over 15,000.

    Ahead of the last-16, first leg tie, Mourinho said: "It's hard for me to believe we are going to play on that field - if you can call it a field.

    "I don't know which team to play."

  6. Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  7. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise severe accident, at J17 for A56 Prestwich affecting Birch Services.

    M60 Greater Manchester - Slow traffic on M60 anticlockwise at J17, A56 (Prestwich), because of an accident involving multiple vehicles earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion on M62 to Birch Services.

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

  8. Weather: Dry with bright spells

    BBC Weather

    A mainly dry afternoon with sunny spells. Risk of some showers. Highs of 11C.

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    Video caption: Mainly dry afternoon with bright spells. Risk of a couple of odd shower. Highs of 11C.

    The wind will strengthen everywhere but it will stay mostly dry with long clear periods overnight.

  9. Rochdale Council swearing ban is 'misuse of power'

    A council's  town centre ban  on swearing has been labelled a "staggering misuse of power" by a civil liberties group.

    Hoodies

    Rochdale Council has introduced a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) which includes a ban on swearing, skateboarding and begging.

    Lara ten Caten, legal officer for human rights group Liberty, accused the council of curbing residents' rights.

    But the authority's leader Richard Farnell said the council was trying to stop "drunken and abusive idiots".

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    Severe accident: M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise severe accident, between J14 for M61 and J13 for A572 affecting J16 for A666.

    M60 Greater Manchester - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M60 anticlockwise between J14, M61 (East Lancs Road) and J13, A572 (Worsley), because of an accident involving tanker and van. Congestion to J16, A666 (Pendlebury) and to M61 J2, Walkden.

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

  11. Appeal after woman, 91, robbed on way home from church

    A 91-year-old woman who was on her way home from church has been robbed.

    Hollins Road

    Officers are appealing for witnesses to the incident in Hollins Road, Oldham, at lunchtime on 26 February. 

    A man and woman approached her and asked for directions, then pulled a ring off her finger and took three necklaces from round her neck.

    Two men tried to chase them but they got in a car and drove off. Anyone with information is asked to contact police.  

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    Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Cheshire southbound severe disruption, between J18 for A54 Middlewich and J17 for A534 Sandbach.

    M6 Cheshire - Slow traffic and one lane blocked on M6 southbound between J18, A54 (Middlewich) and J17, A534 (Sandbach), because of a broken down car.

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

  13. Northern rail company reveals strike-day plans

    Rail company Northern has released details of a reduced train service in preparation for industrial action planned for Monday.

    Train travelling along a track

    The RMT union is disputing plans to bring in more driver-only-operated trains.

    Northern said it would run  about 40% of its normal timetable  if the walkout goes ahead.

    Southern rail and Merseyrail , which are due to strike on 13 March, have also altered their services.

  14. Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

    • A woman is freed from a car which crashed into a roof canopy at Salford Royal Hospital 
  15. Car crashes into canopy at Salford Royal Hospital

    These pictures show how a car crashed into a canopy at Salford Royal Hospital. 

    Crash

    Paramedics were called to Salford Royal Hospital at about 10:30 and have treated a woman who was freed by firefighters.

    Crash

    Police said nobody else has been hurt and it is understood the woman has minor injuries.

    Salford Royal scene
  16. Woman cut free as car crashes at Salford hospital

    A woman has been cut free after her car crashed into a canopy at Salford Royal Hospital.

    Crash scene

    Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said it received a call at about 11:00 GMT.

    A woman in her 40s was being treated, North West Ambulance Service said. 

  17. Football: Pep Guardiola bemoans cost of English players

    BBC Sport

    Manager Pep Guardiola says he would like more English players at Manchester City, but has bemoaned their cost.

    Raheem Stirling and John Stones

    England defender John Stones  cost City £47.5m  when they signed him from Everton in August and he is one of five English players in City's squad.

    Guardiola says City are hopeful of instead promoting young English players from the academy.

    "I would like to have English players, believe me, but they are so expensive," the Spaniard said.

    Quote Message: I would like to play with English players. When I was in Barcelona I liked to play with locals because they feel something special, but sometimes it is not possible. from Pep Guardiola Manchester City manager
    Pep GuardiolaManchester City manager
  18. Spice drug users 'like zombies' in Manchester's Piccadilly Gardens

    Disturbing images show homeless people appearing to freeze after smoking the former legal high, Spice.

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    Video caption: Spice call-outs surge, says North West Ambulance Service

    North West Ambulance Service says it has seen a surge in call outs to deal with people taking the drug.