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Teenagers arrested after man stabbed at tram stop

Two 17-year-old boys have been arrested after a man was stabbed at Abraham Moss Metrolink stop in Manchester.

Abraham Moss

The 34-year-old victim was taken to hospital after the attack, which happened after a disturbance on a tram shortly before 14:00, police said.

His condition is not believed to be life-threatening.

The two boys are being held on suspicion of assault.

Metrolink said services travelling towards the city centre would not stop at Abraham Moss, but trams travelling in the opposite direction would be calling at the station as usual.

Man hit by bus in Manchester city centre

A man in his 50s is being taken to hospital with serious injuries after being hit by a bus in Manchester city centre.

Piccadilly Gardens

It happened at Piccadilly Gardens at about 14:20 and emergency services remain at the scene.

Parker Street, where Piccadilly Bus Station is, is closed and buses are being diverted, Transport for Greater Manchester said.

Stagecoach said its services were being diverted via Chorlton Street, Bloom Street and Sackville Street until further notice.

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Large blaze breaks out at car showroom

Dozens of firefighters have been tackling a large fire at a car showroom in Greater Manchester.

Renault showroom in St Mary's Way, Stockport
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

Fire crews were called to the the Renault showroom in St Mary's Way, Stockport, at about 01:00 BST.

The fire started in the services and parts area of the building and has now been brought under control.

The road has been shut between Hempshaw Lane and Spring Gardens, and residents have been urged to keep doors and windows closed.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service warned commuters may face delays during the morning rush hour.

Business owners back protest despite disruption

Kaleigh Watterson

BBC News Online

Business owners in Manchester have said they are fearing disruption over the weekend - even though many support the aims of the Extinction Rebellion protest.

Andrew Doherty, co-owner of Doherty Evans & Stott Tailoring at the junction of Deansgate and Bridge Street, said: "We don't think it's going to help us as a business.

Andrew Doherty and Thomas Stott

"Saturday will probably tell the story - if thousands turn up we'll probably not take much.

"But we do understand the protests."

Business partner Thomas Stott added: "This street is very bad for pollution. We have to have fake trees outside as the real ones died and we can't have the door open."

Abdullah Alturk

Abdullah Alturk, who works at Fit 2 Fix Tailors on Bridge Street, said: "Usually on Fridays and Saturdays you'll see the shop full - but today, nothing."

Richard Katsouris

Richard Katsouris, the owner of Katsouris Deli on Deansgate, said he had planned ahead for the weekend by scheduling a delivery for 06:00.

"It's been good so far, good for business as there's a lot of people around and the atmosphere is good," he said.

"I don't mind the protests.

"It has made us more aware and we've put more vegetarian stuff on the menu."

Extinction Rebellion protest blocks Manchester streets

Kaleigh Watterson

BBC News Online

Extinction Rebellion protest

Climate change protesters from the Extinction Rebellion group have blocked one of Manchester's busiest streets.

Demonstrators towed a yellow boat bearing the words Planet Before Profit onto Deansgate this morning as they prepared for a four-day occupation of the road.

Organisers have promised a peaceful "family friendly" protest on what they say is one of the city's most polluted streets.

Extinction Rebellion protest

Tents and gazebos were erected along the length of the road, one housing a family and arts area and another a "wellbeing hub".

While buses were diverted past the Midland Hotel on Peter Street, pedestrians were able to pass freely through the area.

Extinction Rebellion protest