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Summary

  1. Updates on Wednesday 15 March
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates resume at 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: Becoming wet and windy tomorrow

    BBC Weather

      It will be a cloudy start with patchy light rain or drizzle, mainly over hills. The rain will turn heavier with blustery showers later in the afternoon.    

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    Video caption: Weather

    Slightly cooler than today with highs of 11C.

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  3. Gary Neville: 'Right time' to host 2022 Commonwealth Games

    The former Manchester United and England footballer Gary Neville has shown his support to Manchester hosting the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

    Gary Neville

    He tweeted "Yes let's get it on!"

    Senior council officials have been in negotiations after Durban in South Africa pulled out because of financial problems,  the BBC understands .  

    Liverpool, Birmingham and London have also expressed an interest. 

    But Neville says Manchester is a clear contender. 

    Quote Message: It's a no brainer for Manchester...We know we can do it. It was a huge success. It feels like the right time for a major event to come back to the city. Manchester has proven in sport or in music it holds some of the best events in the world. from Gary Neville Former footballer
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  4. Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

    • A man admits attacking a 96-year-old woman with dementia during a break-in at her care home in Leigh
    • A scheme in which smokers received CT scans in shopping centres resulted in a fourfold increase in the diagnosis of potentially curable cancers, a charity says
  5. Champions League: Monaco v Man City

    BBC Sport

    Manchester City will not sit back and defend their first-leg advantage when they face Monaco tonight for a place in the Champions League quarter-finals, says manager Pep Guardiola.

    
          Sergio Aguero has scored six goals in his last five games, including two against Monaco on 21 February

    City beat the French side 5-3 at the Etihad Stadium on 21 February.

    Monaco have scored 123 goals in all competitions this season and Guardiola believes it would be foolish to let them attack.

    "The best way [to defend] is score goals," he said.

  6. Man admits care home attack of woman, 96, and burglary

    A man has admitted attacking a 96-year-old woman with dementia during a break-in at her care home.

    Bedford Care Home

    The burglary happened at Bedford Care Home on Battersby Street, Leigh, Wigan on 29 January.

    Jake Morris, 23, of Holden Road, Leigh, admitted assault and two counts of burglar at Bolton Crown Court. He'll be sentenced on 10 May.

  7. Aim to double cyclist numbers in east Cheshire

    Cheshire East Council wants to double the number of people cycling in the borough by 2025.

    cycle

     A cycle-friendly network has been designed (pictured) with key routes connecting people and places. 

    The council will work with partners and local cycling groups to deliver the cycling strategy over the next 10 years.

  8. Weather: Cloudy skies

    BBC Weather

    Cloud will thicken this afternoon and this evening to give some further outbreaks of light rain and drizzle, mainly over hills. Cloudy skies will allow for a mild night for most.  

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  9. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M6 Cheshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Cheshire southbound severe accident, at J18 for A54 Middlewich affecting J19 for A556.

    M6 Cheshire - Severe delays, stationary traffic and the main road is closed, with traffic being routed around the junction and back on again, on M6 southbound at J18, A54 (Middlewich), because of a multi-vehicle accident. Diversion in operation - via the exit and entry slips. Congestion to J19, A556 (Knutsford).

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

  10. Oaklands Hospital rated 'inadequate'

    A private hospital in Salford has been rated inadequate after an inspection by the Care Quality Commission. 

    Oaklands Hospital

    Its report found safety at Oaklands Hospital was not a sufficient priority with standard procedures for operations not always followed. 

    It also said patients were at risk because on some occasions, anaesthetists did not provide them with the expected level of care and that most theatre staff did not have the right level of training to react to a respiratory or cardiac arrest.

    Ramsay Health Care UK which runs the hospital said a new management team was put in place immediately after the inspection and that fixing the issues was an absolute priority. 

    It also said significant improvements have been made since the time of the inspection. 

  11. Underground transport 'needs to be considered' as Manchester grows

    Manchester Council's Chief Executive Sir Howard Bernstein has said the city will need to consider an underground transport system to cope with the predicted expansion in population. 

    Manchester view

    He was speaking at the MIPIM property conference being held in Cannes in France where Greater Manchester and Cheshire's development potential is being showcased to attract future investors. 

    He says Manchester needs to be creative as it continues to grow.

  12. Car engulfed in flames at Shell garage in Bolton minutes after refuelling

    Bolton News

    A driver had a lucky escape when his car caught fire at a petrol station after it was refuelled.  

  13. Four hurt as car hits two families in Wythenshawe

    A man is in hospital with "life-threatening injuries" after he was struck by a car that hit four pedestrians in Greater Manchester.

    Woodhouse Lane where crash was

    The man and his daughter were hit by a Kia Picanto in Woodhouse Lane, Benchill, Wythenshawe, at about 16:45 GMT on Tuesday, police said.

    A woman and a toddler were also hurt in the accident. Police said the extent of their injuries was unclear.

    The driver remained at the scene and no arrests have been made.

  14. The man who was the 'Body on the Moor'

    On 12 December 2015, a man's body was found lying on the ground on Saddleworth Moor. He had died from strychnine poisoning but it took police a year to find out who he was.

    David Lytton

    One of the few people with any insight into the puzzle behind the man's death was Maureen Toogood.  

    Maureen Toogood

    Maureen says she met David Lytton in 1968. She was suffering from flu at the time but had ventured out to Finchley in north London to buy a stereo. It was the Last Night of the Proms and she wanted to enjoy listening to it at home.

    "I didn't feel very well. I was on my knees, and I was collapsing. There was a young man who went 'Oh, hang on, hang on I'll come over,'" she remembers.

    "He walked home to my flat and he made me a nice cup of tea. We hit it off. He made me some toast - I hadn't had any breakfast and he stayed with me until my flatmates came home."

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  15. Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

    • Manchester will need an underground transport system to cope with the predicted expansion in population, says council chief executive Howard Bernstein
    •  A private hospital in Salford is rated inadequate after an inspection by the Care Quality Commission
  16. FC Rostov pitch closed by Russian Premier League after Mourinho criticism

    BBC Sport

    A week after Jose Mourinho criticised the FC Rostov pitch, the Russian Premier League has "closed" the club's stadium .

    Rostov pitch

    Manchester United  drew 1-1  at the Olimp-2 Stadium in their Europa League last-16 first-leg tie last Thursday.

    the pitch

    "It's hard for me to believe we are going to play on that field, if you can call it a field," Mourinho had said.

    Rostov now have until 24 March to bring their pitch up to standard.

  17. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M60 Greater Manchester clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M60 Greater Manchester clockwise severe disruption, at J17 for A56 Prestwich.

    M60 Greater Manchester - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M60 clockwise at J17, A56 (Prestwich), because of a broken down car.

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

  18. John Culshaw: Mum's anger over son's organs stored in police lab

    A mother is preparing to bury her son for a second time after being told his organs were removed and stored in secret for more than 20 years.

    John Culshaw

    Stabbing victim John Culshaw's remains were retained by Greater Manchester Police without his family's knowledge.

    Dozens of other families have also been told their loved ones' body parts were kept by the force which has admitted there could be more body parts unaccounted for. 

    GMP said whether or not to contact the affected families was a decision it "agonised over for a number of months".

    It became illegal in 2006 to remove or store human tissue without families' consent following an investigation at Liverpool's Alder Hey hospital in 1999.

  19. 'No plans' to reopen A50 at Toft following Monday road collapse

    Knutsford Guardian

    Traffic problems remain in and out of Knutsford, with the A50 Holmes Chapel Road closed both ways at Toft due to a collapsed carriageway .