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  1. Updates on Friday 17 March
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday 20 March

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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 Monday with more of the latest news, sport, travel and weather.    

  2. Weather: Rain heavy over the hills

    BBC Weather

    There will be outbreaks of rain tonight that will be heavy over the hills in particular.   

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    Video caption: Weather

    The winds will be strong too, however towards dawn we will see the wind and rain start to ease.

    More from BBC Weather .

  3. Football: Middlesbrough v Manchester United preview

    BBC Sport

    Paul Pogba misses out for Manchester United on Sunday away at Middlesbrough because of a hamstring strain, while Daley Blind received a blow to the head against Rostov and is a doubt.

    Jose Mourinho

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ander Herrera are suspended, but Wayne Rooney, Luke Shaw and Anthony Martial could be fit.

    Middlesbrough's caretaker boss Steve Agnew has fitness concerns over five players ahead of Sunday's game.

    George Friend, Daniel Ayala, Calum Chambers, Bernardo Espinosa and Rudy Gestede are all doubts.

  4. Jail for PCSOs who used police resources to falsely accuse man of attempted murder

    A pair of PCSOs who were in a relationship have been jailed for using police resources to make untrue allegations about a man, which caused him to lose his job, his driving licence and be falsely arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, the Crown Prosecution Service have said.

    Thomas Fendall and Jessica Hussell used "restricted material on the police computer system... to settle a personal grievance", Senior prosecutor Brett Gerrity said.

    He said:

    Quote Message: Fendall used the police computer system to research background information on people both he and Hussell knew and shared information and documents with others.
    Quote Message: They provided Crimestoppers with bogus information leading to an innocent man being investigated by the police for attempted murder. They also supplied the DVLA with fictitious intelligence which lead to the same man having his driving licence revoked. He had to prove he was medically fit to drive before his licence could be reinstated two months later.
    Quote Message: Their actions had a profound effect on their victim and his family. Not only was he arrested for an extremely serious offence he had not committed, he also lost his driving licence and his job.

    Fendall and Hussell, who have since been dismissed by Greater Manchester Police, pleaded guilty to misconduct in a public office at Liverpool Crown Court and were jailed for 19 and 16 months respectively.

  5. Latest headlines from Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

    • George Osborne is facing calls to stand down as the MP for Tatton, following his appointment as editor of the London Evening Standard newspaper
    • Road safety campaigners have criticised former Manchester United star Gary Neville after a newspaper printed a photograph of him apparently holding a mobile phone while driving  
    • Manchester United are  drawn against Belgian league leaders  Anderlecht in the Europa League quarter-finals
  6. Gary Neville criticised by RAC for 'holding mobile phone' while driving

    Road safety campaigners have criticised Gary Neville after a newspaper printed a photograph of him apparently holding a mobile phone while driving .

    Gary Neville

    The Mirror  claims the pictures were taken on the M60 in Greater Manchester shortly after the punishment for doing so was  was doubled  to a £200 fine and six penalty points.

    The former Manchester Utd and England star has been approached for comment.

    Pete Williams, of the RAC, told the BBC it was a "disappointing... own-goal".

  7. George Osborne: 'I will speak for London and Londoners'

    Former Chancellor and Tatton MP George Osborne says he is "thrilled" he has been appointed as the new editor of the London Evening Standard. 

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    Video caption: Osborne: 'I will speak for London and Londoners'

    Mr Osborne, who will continue as Tatton MP, has already taken a part-time job with investment firm BlackRock. 

    He will start his new role in May. 

    He told London Live, which is owned by ESTV - the same company that owns the Standard newspaper - that he would "speak for London and Londoners".  

  8. Man wanted on recall in connection with assault and burglary

    A 28-year-man is wanted in connection with robbery, assault and burglary in separate incidents in Skelmersdale and Greater Manchester.

    Craig Shelley

    Craig Shelley, from Upholland, near Wigan, is wanted after a man was punched in the head and face and had his car keys stolen on 26 December on Ormskirk Road, Upholland. 

    He is also wanted in connection with an assault on 20 November in the Greater Manchester area after a woman was bitten on her neck. A burglary also occurred at an address on the same day.

    Shelley, who has links to Skelmersdale and Orrell, is also wanted on recall to prison.

    He is described as white, about 5ft 9in tall, with blue eyes and of medium build.

    Anyone with any information is asked to contact police.

  9. Glass partition plan for Bolton Town Hall

    Plans are being put forward by Bolton Council to erect a glass partition in the town hall that would separate councillors and the public. 

    Bolton Town Hall

    Opponents say the move would "stifle democracy", but the council says it's part of "a wider refurbishment of the Albert Halls and is to protect members of the public.

    The previous balustrade on the gallery was very low and would not be effective in stopping a fall, the council said.  

  10. Guitarist speaks at 'world's first Prince conference'

    Prince fans will be able to listen to Dez Dickerson, who sang backing vocals and played guitar in Prince’s original band, talk about his experiences touring and recording with the star during a public event at the University of Salford’s Peel Hall on 24 May .

    Prince

    Dickerson, who performed on tracks such as 1999 and Little Red Corvette, will take questions from the audience and talk in conversation with Ken Paulson, Dean of the Middle Tennessee State University’s College of Media and Entertainment.

    HOME Manchester will also mark the event by screening the 1986 musical drama Under the Cherry Moon, which Prince directed and starred in.

  11. Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

    • Tatton MP George Osborne is to become editor of the London Evening Standard newspaper, in a surprise move that has angered Labour MPs
    • Ofsted has carried out an inspection at troubled primary school The Bollin, it emerges
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    Severe disruption: M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J14 for M61 and J13 for A572.

    M60 Greater Manchester - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M60 anticlockwise between J14, M61 (East Lancs Road) and J13, A572 (Worsley), because of a broken down car. In the roadworks area.

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

  13. Jose Mourinho: Manchester United are not ready to dominate Premier League

    BBC Sport

    Manchester United "are not ready to be a dominant force" and fans should forget about a return to the days of Sir Alex Ferguson, manager Jose Mourinho has told BBC Sport

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    Video caption: Jose Mourinho says he would never have sold Di Maria, Chicharito & Welbeck

    United won 13 Premier League titles under Ferguson, but Mourinho says it is now impossible to be so dominant. 

    Asked if he could return the club to its former greatness, the Portuguese said: "Forget it. "Don't try to go 10, 20 years ago because it is not possible any more." 

    In a wide-ranging interview with Gary Lineker for the Premier League Show , Mourinho also said United do not need to qualify for the Champions League to attract top players, it has not been easy for midfielder Paul Pogba to adjust back to English football and he would not have sold forwards Angel di Maria, Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck had he been United manager.

  14. 'Prisoner' call to phone-in show 'breached BBC guidelines'

    A late night phone-in show on BBC local radio breached the BBC's editorial guidelines for allowing a caller to talk about his purported sex crimes.

    Presenter Allan Beswick

    The caller, who said he was speaking from prison, claimed he had had sex with children, that they had enjoyed it and that he had made "child sex" DVDs.

    Rather than cutting him off, presenter Allan Beswick spoke to the caller for more than four minutes.

    The committee described his actions as "a most serious error of judgement".

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    Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Cheshire southbound severe disruption, between J19 for A556 and J18 for A54 Middlewich.

    M6 Cheshire - One lane closed on M6 southbound between J19, A556 (Knutsford) and J18, A54 (Middlewich), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  16. Growing concern for missing Manchester man

    Police are appealing for information after the disappearance of a 16-year-old from Harpurhey in Manchester.

    David Johnstone

    David Johnstone, who police believe could be staying within the local area or Blackpool, was last seen on 10 March.

    He is described as slim, 5ft 6in (1.72m), with short brown hair. He normally wears sportswear and black and orange trainers. 

    Anyone with any information is asked to contact police.

  17. Bury college downgraded from outstanding to requires improvement

    Bury Times

    A sixth form once deemed outstanding has been downgraded to requires improvement by school inspectors – leaving the borough without a good or outstanding state-funded college.  

  18. Former Man Utd captain Roy Keane says Jose Mourinho talks rubbish

    BBC Sport

    Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane says Jose Mourinho is "talking rubbish" by complaining at the club's fixture schedule .

    Paul Pogba and Jose Mourinho

    United beat FC Rostov on Thursday to reach the quarter-finals of the Europa League but lost Paul Pogba to injury.

    Mourinho said "fatigue has a price" and they will "probably lose" Sunday's game at Middlesbrough, which kicks off at 12:00 - a fourth game in 11 days.

    Keane said:

    Quote Message: Why do we have to listen to that garbage?
    Quote Message: He is manager of one of the biggest clubs on the planet. They've had an easy ride in the cups, with a lot of home draws.
    Quote Message: Maybe the club's too big for him. I'm sick to death of him. Manchester United reserves could have won that game.