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Football fans warned of diversions as motorway closes

One of our busiest motorways is to close this evening, which could mean a weekend of problems for thousands of drivers.

The M56 is being shut near Manchester Airport while a new bridge is lowered into place.

United supporters are being urged to follow the official diversions for tomorrow's match at Old Trafford, and on Sunday, City fans are being warned to use alternative motorways for their game at Anfield.

Ralph Blunsom reports:-

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Greater Manchester handed £6-billion in health spending

Greater Manchester has been handed £6 billion worth of health spending, in what the government is calling an historic day.

It's the first area in the country to get control of every penny it spends on health and social care.

News of the 'memorandum of understanding,' signed in Manchester today leaked earlier in the week.

So is it the start of local decisions taken by local people or the beginning of the end for our National Health Service?

Here's our correspondent, Matt O'Donoghue:

Everton to face Dynamo Kiev in Europa League

Everton FC have been drawn against Dynamo Kiev in the last 16 of the Europa League.

They are the only British side left in the competition.

This comes after they comfortably finished the job against Young Boys last night.

They beat the Swiss 3-1 at Goodison Park, that's 7-2 on aggregate.

10 years after winning the Champions League on penalties, there was deja vu for Liverpool on their return to the Ataturk Stadium.

No repeat result though. Dejan Lovren's miss against Besiktas gave Liverpool their second European exit of the season.

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Man jailed for 14 years for attempted murder

Nazakat Ali

A man who stabbed a woman 15 times during a frenzied attack and left her for dead has been jailed.

Nazakat Ali of East Street, Rochdale pleaded guilty to attempted murder at Manchester Crown Square.

Today, he was sentenced to 14 years in prison.

The court heard that Nazakat and the victim were at an address on East Street, Wardleworth, when the pair started arguing.

Ali’s mother, who was also there, entered the sitting room where the two were arguing and saw that Nazakat was holding a knife.

She describes how both herself and the victim leapt up to try and remove the knife from his grasp, but they were unable to prevent the attack.

He viciously stabbed the victim multiple times in the head, neck, abdomen and upper body, severing her aortic artery, the main blood supply to the heart.

Ali then ran, leaving the victim lying in a pool of her own blood as his mother screamed for help.

The victim was rushed to hospital, where she underwent major surgery and was intensive care for several weeks.

“This is one of the most brutal and horrific attacks I have experienced as a detective.

“The injuries she suffered were so severe that the first officer on the scene thought she was dead, her defensive injuries showed that he stabbed her with such force that the knife went right through her hand, breaking her forefinger.

It was only after the officer felt for her pulse, that he realised she was still alive and even then it was touch and go, with the victim undergoing life-threatening surgery and several harrowing weeks in intensive care.

But the victim was strong and brave, and I hope this sentence goes some way to helping her overcome what has happened.”

– Detective Sergeant Louise Ashurst
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