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Mother's anger after son dies from seizures in custody

by Matt O'Donoghue

Billy Salton died after spending 33 hours in a police cell in Stockport.

The 19 year old had epilepsy. Despite knowing this, officers failed to monitor him correctly or pass on crucial information that could have saved his life.

Billy's mother Joanna Hynd spoke exclusively to Granada Reports about her anger over her son's treatment.

Read more: Mother's anger after son dies following epileptic seizures in police custody

Hydro-electric power plant milestone on River Calder

by Amy Welch

A community hydro-electricity project in Lancashire has reached a major milestone with the installation of an archimedes screw.

The 13 tonne screw will be turned by the force of the River Calder at Whalley, feeding power into the national grid.

It will generate money for other local renewable energy projects and is expected to be completed in October, depending on the weather.


Pregnant woman punched in stomach during burglary

A pregnant woman was punched in the face and stomach by intruders who broke into her home in Bury.

Four men forced their way into the house on Parrenthorn Road at around 6pm on September 1st 2014.

They left with money and jewellery, possibly in a silver VW Golf that was seen at the scene and nearby before the robbery.

The 22-year-old woman, who is seven months pregnant, was taken to hospital as a precaution.

“Thankfully this traumatic incident does not appear to have caused any lasting damage to the woman or her unborn child but she has been taken to hospital as a preacuation.

“To threaten and assault a heavily-pregnant woman in her own home is cowardly and reprehensible and if anyone knows anything about those responsible it is vitally important they speak to us."

– Pc Paul Boothwel

One offender was white, about 23 years old, 5ft 10in tall and of chubby/stocky build and was wearing a black baseball cap and red gloves. Another was about 18, white, about 5ft 3in tall and of slim build. He was wearing a brown hat with ear flaps. Two other intruders were also white.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 8145, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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