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Police release pictures of street attack victim's injuries

Pictures of the injuries suffered by a 20-year-old woman who was assaulted in Manchester have been released as part of a police appeal.

Hannah Fryer was walking with two friends, one female, the other male, along Little Lever Street in the Northern Quarter at around 2am on Saturday 17 October 2015, when they were approached by two men.

The men tried to engage the victims in conversation before launching into a brutal and completely unprovoked attack, punching the man to the floor and kicking him to the head.

They also attacked both women, punching them both to the floor and leaving one with serious injuries to her eye and nose.

The first offender is described as black, in his late 20s to early 30s, with short hair and stubble. He was wearing jeans, dark trainers and a distinctive patterned shirt.

There is no description of the second offender.

Constable Avril Gordon said: "These men subjected a young man and two young women to a vicious attack and left all three requiring treatment for facial injuries."

"So often we see attacks like this one end with more serious consequences, and it is sheer luck that these victims were left with injuries that did not require surgery or substantial stays in hospital.

"We have an image of one of the men, and he is wearing quite a distinctive shirt so I hope there is someone out there who can recognise and identify him to us.

"Similarly, if you were in the area at the time of the attack and believe you can assist our investigation, please do not hesitate to contact us."

– Constable Avril Gordon
CCTV images of man police want to speak to Credit: Greater Manchester Police
  • Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 quoting incident number 171015/0296 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.


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No cuts to police budget 'at all', Osborne says

There will be no cuts to police budget 'at all', George Osborne announced.

Now is not the time for further police cuts.

Now is the time to back our police and give them the tools do the job.

I am today announcing there will be no cuts in the police budget at all.

There will be real terms protection for police funding. The police protect us, and we’re going to protect the police.

– George Osborne

No 'real' investigation into Poppi's death, says judge

Poppi Worthington

No "real" police investigation took place into the sudden and unexpected death of a 13-month-old girl for nine months, a High Court judge has revealed.

Senior detectives in Cumbria thought a pathologist "may have jumped to conclusions" when she raised suspicions about the death of Poppi Worthington in December 2012.

They decided not to investigate until the full post-mortem report was ready, but it was not finished until the following summer, according to a fact-finding family court judgment which was released for the first time today.

By that time the body of the Barrow-in-Furness toddler had been released by the local coroner and she was buried in February 2013.

Details of the case have only just been released after a high court ruling to make them public.

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Construction of HS2 to begin in £61bn transport boost

Construction of the HS2 high-speed railway, linking George Osborne's 'Northern Powerhouse' to the south will begin, thanks to a £61bn boost to transport capital spending, the Chancellor announced.

It represents a 50 per cent increase in the budget - though the Department for Transport's annual budget will fall by 37 per cent.

Other announcements include:

  • The electrification of lines like the Trans-Pennine, Midland Main Line and Great Western can go ahead.
  • London get an £11bn investment in its transport infrastructure.
  • A new quarter of a billion pound investment in facilities in Kent as part of Operation Stack.
  • £300m commitment to cycling
  • Over £5bn on roads maintenance
  • A permanent pothole fund.


Support plan not effectively communicated, inquest hears

The inquest into the death of a woman who fell from a car park roof in Rochdale has heard how a plan to support her had not been effectively communicated by police.

Tracy Shelvey died after the man accused of raping her was acquitted after trial.

But, the court's heard, Greater Manchester Police focused their plan on protecting the man accused of attacking her, rather than supporting Tracy and a number of other alleged victims.

The inquest continues.

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