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Police hunting John Lewis rapist issue image of suspect

Police investigating a rape in the car park of the John Lewis store in Cheadle have released this image of the suspect.

The victim was dragged out of her car and raped in bushes near its flagship outlet.

The horrific attack, which happened at 7pm on Friday an hour before the store closed, has left staff and customers in shock.

The efit was released as bosses at the store announced they would be stepping up security.

The attack happened when the woman, in her late 20s, was parked up in a car at the far end of the John Lewis car park.

The offender is described as an Asian man, aged about 40 Credit: Greater Manchester Police
The John Lewis store in Cheadle Credit: Manchester Evening News Syndication

A man opened the car door, pulled the woman away from her car into some nearby bushes and raped her, say police.

He ran off into the undergrowth towards Wilmslow Road.

The victim visited St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre following the attack, and reported the incident to police on Sunday.

The offender is described as an Asian man, aged about 40 and with a medium build and black hair.

He has heavily pock-marked and open-pored skin on his face, with a thick black ‘mono-brow’. He was wearing black jogging bottoms.

United Utilities lifts boil ban for another 25,000 homes

A further 25,000 customers in parts of South Blackpool and Lytham St Annes no longer need to boil their tap water.

It's expected two-thirds of customers will be back to normal service by the end of the day after an outbreak of cryptosporidium at treatment works in Preston.

United Utilities say customers will be getting compensation - but have yet to say how much. The firm say eradicating the bug from a water network covering 2,500 miles of pipework is a complex process.

Water supplies are under constant testing by the firm Credit: ITV News


Man to appear in court charged with pianist's murder

Ms Strelchencko died from head and neck injuries Credit: Greater Manchester Police

A man will appear in court today charged with the murder of concert pianist Natalia Strelchenko.

John Martin who's 48, has been charged with murdering 38-year-old Ms Strelchenko, at her home in Newton Heath, Manchester on Sunday.

He has also been charged with the attempted murder of a boy under the age of 17.

The house in Newton Heath where the pianist was found injured Credit: ITV News


Sneak preview of Blackpool's Illuminations

Cyclist took up the chance to see the lights first Credit: Vicky Grimes ITV

Hundreds of cyclists have got a sneak preview of Blackpool's illuminations by taking part in the popular 'Ride the Lights' event in the resort. Hundreds rode along the famous front where this year's displays are ready.

Riders got to see the lights before the big switch on this weekend Credit: Vicky Grimes ITV

The official big switch on is this Friday as part of a three day festival. Hollywood director Tim Burton, whose hit movies include, Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands, will be the star flicking the switch this year.

Tim Burton comes to Blackpool on Friday for the big switch on Credit: PA
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Steven's family refuse to give up hope - ten years after he disappeared

The appeal to find Steven. Credit: Cheshire Police.

In 2005 a young man called Steven Cook disappeared while on holiday on the Greek island of Crete.

His family from Sandbach have refused to accept Steven is dead and have not stopped in their efforts to find him.

Now 10 years to the day since he vanished, they've launched a fresh appeal.

Rob Smith looks at one family's fight for answers:

Steven's brother Chris came into studio and Tony and Ann asked him if his family thought about him every day:

Man charged over concert pianist murder

Natalia Strelchenko. Credit: Greater Manchester Police

A man has been charged with the murder of international concert pianist Natalia Strelchenko.

John Martin, thought to be Ms Strelchenko's partner and manager, has been charged with murder.

He was also charged with the attempted murder of a boy under the age of 17.

Martin has been remanded into custody to appear before Manchester Magistrates Court tomorrow.

Police launched a murder investigation after Ms Strelchenko, 38, was found injured at a house in Culcheth Lane, Newton Heath, at about 12.45am on Sunday.

Paramedics attempted to revive her at the scene, but she died a short time later.

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