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Man dragged along motorway as van stolen

The man was dragged along the M602. Credit: Google Maps

A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a motorist was dragged along the motorway in an effort to stop his van being stolen.

Police said the 28-year-old victim had pulled his vehicle over to help after seeing an overturned lorry on an M602 slip road just outside Salford, leaving his keys in the ignition - only for the lorry driver to jump into his van and drive off as he clung on.

The victim, who is in a critical condition, was dragged "for some distance" along the motorway before falling off and sustaining serious head injuries, Greater Manchester Police said.

A 43-year-old man is currently in custody in relation to the incident, and police are urging witnesses to come forward.

Detective Sergeant Julie Connor from Salford CID said: “We are keen to trace anyone who witnessed this incident and to recover the stolen VW Caddy van registration number DY14 FPN."

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Multi million pound boost for cycling in Manchester

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Manchester has secured a 22 million pound investment to improve more than 45km of cycle routes around the city.

In November the coalition government announced plans to extend funding for eight cycling cities across the country to the tune of £115 million.

In January Manchester successfully bid for a share of the money to deliver the second phase of its Cycle City plan.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said:

“We are in the midst of a cycling revolution in the UK but we need to make sure we’re in the right gear to see it through. That’s why I’m so pleased to announce this investment for Manchester to make it easier for people to get around on two wheels.

“Research shows us that boosting cycling could save billions of pounds otherwise spent on the NHS, reduce pollution and congestion, and create a happier and safer population.”

Wigan Council launch campaign to empower women

Players from the Leigh Centurion support the campaign to empower women. Credit: Wigan Council

Wigan Council is launching a campaign to empower local women today. The #BelieveInHer campaign aims to highlight the achievement of women in order to tackle sexism.

The campaign has already gained the support of a number of celebrities and sport personalities including Former Hollyoaks actress, Sarah Jayne Dunn, the Wigan Warriors and the Leigh Centurions.

The former Hollyoaks actress Sarah Jayne Dunn is supporting the campaign Credit: Wigan Council

BelieveInHer aims to:

  • Raise awareness of the issue of gender inequality and encourage people to take action
  • Create a platform to highlight role models in the community, males that are taking a stand against gender inequality
  • Inspire schools, colleges and other organisations to use this campaign to help address gender inequality issues

The campaign has created an online page were people can sign a pledgeto: "take action against all forms of gender inequality and discrimination facing women and girls."

Sean O'loughlin from the Wigan Warriors is proud to support #BelieveInHer Credit: Wigan Council

Merseyside police back new drug legislation

Merseyside police are backing a new drug drive law which comes into force today. It's now illegal to drive with certain drugs above specified blood levels in the body.

These limits are set at very low levels for eight illegal drugs, including cannabis and cocaine and eight medicines that have been set at a higher limit. Merseyside Police has been one of a number of forces who have equipped their custody suites with a device to test suspected drug drivers.

This new law states that it is an offence to drive with certain drugs above specified blood levels in the body, whether you’re driving impaired or not.

“As with alcohol, drugs do impair your ability to drive and is just as unacceptable. A drug drive conviction will have a serious effect on your life including a criminal record, a minimum 12 month driving ban and a fine of up to £5000. It could also cost you your job.”

– Sergeant Paul Mountford

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William Hill bookies in Childwall targeted by armed robbers

Detectives from the specialist Matrix Serious Organised Crime team are appealing for information following a cash-in-transit robbery in Childwall on Sunday morning

A security guard, who was carrying a cashbox, was just about to leave William Hill Bookmakers on Childwall Valley Road when he was approached by two men, believed to be armed with a handgun and a hammer. The men demanded the cashbox and threatened the security guard before grabbing the cashbox and running off with it towards Court Hey Park.

One of the offenders is described as male, approximately 6ft tall, 18-25 years, with a slim build. He was wearing a hooded top, which was possibly light grey at the bottom and navy blue or black at the top and dark trouser bottoms.

The second offender is described as male, approximately 5ft 10in to 6ft tall, 18-25 years, with a medium build. He was wearing a dark blue anorak top with the hood up and a mask covering his face.

Detectives are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident, or who has any information which could help them with their inquiries, to contact detectives on 0151 777 8617, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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