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  1. Updates on Thursday 9 March
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Friday

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

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

  2. More than 2,000 vote for new Emmeline Pankhurst statue design

    The deadline for voting for the design of the new statue in Manchester for suffragette heroine Emmeline Pankhurst has been extended after a huge public response.

    Emmeline Pankhurst

    More than 2,000 have voted so far so the deadline has now been extended for a month until the first week of April.

    The statue, which is privately funded, is due to be unveiled in 2019.  

    The leader of the suffragette movement was born in the city and was instrumental in the fight for women to get the vote.   

  3. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Cheshire southbound severe disruption, at J18 for A54 Middlewich.

    M6 Cheshire - M6 entry slip road closed southbound at J18, A54 (Middlewich).

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

  4. Co-op Bank reports £477m loss

    The Manchester-based Co-op Bank has reported a loss of £477m - a month after it put itself up for sale.


    The Co-op Bank, which has four million customers and is well known for its ethical standpoint, has its headquarters on Balloon Street in the city centre.  

  5. Headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

    • A man is arrested on suspicion of assault after a suspected hit-and-run in Deansgate in Manchester city centre 
  6. Weather: Bright and sunny afternoon

    BBC Weather

    Bright and sunny afternoon with highs of 11C. However clouds will start to creep in later with rain tonight

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    Video caption: A bright afternoon with some scattered cloud. Highs of 11C.
  7. Man arrested over suspected hit-and-run

    Police have arrested a 33-year-old man after a suspected hit-and-run on Deansgate in Manchester city centre.

    Deansgate was closed for several hours after the incident

    The victim, 36, suffered serious head injuries after he was carried on the boot of the car before being thrown rom the moving vehicle, police have said.

    He remains in a serious condition in hospital after the 04:00 GMT incident after which the dark-coloured car fled the scene.

    The 33-year-old male was arrested on suspicion of assault.

    Detective Sergeant Phil Marsh, of Greater Manchester Police described the incident as "shocking".

  8. Search for Molly the rescue dog

    Messenger Newspaper


    Volunteers are trying to find Molly who was rescued from Romania after she went missing just 20 minutes after arriving at a foster home in Old Trafford.

  9. Police patrols for Man Utd fans in Russia

    Manchester United fans are being urged to take extra care over the threat of Russian hooligans ahead of the club's Europa League game against Rostov.

    Rostov hooligans

    The Old Trafford club wrote to the 400 travelling fans urging them not to wear club colours while in Rostov-on-Don and to avoid most of the city.

    Police are patrolling two specific streets in the city to try and keep United fans safe.

    A BBC documentary, Russia's Hooligan Army , filmed a firm of hooligans in Rostov training for forest fights.  

  10. Manchester International Festival puts New Order and politics centre stage

    Ian Youngs

    Entertainment and Arts Reporter, BBC News

    Seminal Manchester band New Order will be centre stage at this summer's Manchester International Festival .

    New Order

    The group will play five gigs inside a "unique installation" created by artist Liam Gillick, accompanied by a 12-piece synthesiser ensemble.

    There will also be an exhibition of art inspired by the band and their original incarnation, Joy Division.

    The full line-up for the 18-day biennial festival has just been announced. It begins on 29 June.

  11. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M62 Greater Manchester westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M62 Greater Manchester westbound severe accident, between J19 for A6046 and J18 for M60.

    M62 Greater Manchester - Queuing traffic on M62 westbound between J19, A6046 (Heywood) and J18, M60 (Simister Island), because of an accident involving lorry and car earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

  12. Monkey-mad dying man visited by marmoset at hospice

    A dying cancer patient who loved monkeys got to spend his final day with one after his hospice arranged a visit.

    Monkey hospice visit

    Ian Cadman, who "was crazy about monkeys", met two-year-old marmoset Millie at Wigan and Leigh Hospice on Tuesday.

    Ian cadman and nephew
    Image caption: Ian Cadman (right), pictured here with a nephew, had a lifelong love for monkeys

    A few hours after the visit the 58-year-old died surrounded by his family, the hospice said.

    Mr Cadman's twin sister Karen Lund said: "To know he's had a real monkey there with him, meant so much to us."

  13. Chinese restaurant founder named as new High Sheriff

    The founder of the Yang Sing restaurant has been named as the new High Sheriff of Greater Manchester.

    Yang Sing

    Gerry Yeung, who has been awarded an OBE for his charity work, will take over his role next month.

    Mr Yeung said: “I am honoured and delighted to have been chosen to carry out this unique role by the Queen."

  14. Headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

    • A man is in a serious condition in hospital after a suspected hit-and-run in Deansgate in Manchester city centre
    • There are more than 70 incidents of anti-social behaviour every day on trams, buses and trains across Greater Manchester, transport bosses say
    • Man Utd fans are urged to be cautious of hooliganism in Rostov-on-Don ahead of tonight's Europa League game in Russia 
  15. Chris Bevan

    BBC Sport at Etihad Stadium

    Pep Guardiola

    Chris Bevan

    BBC Sport at Etihad Stadium

    Manchester City miss the chance to move to second in the Premier League as their game in hand ends goalless against Stoke City.

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