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CCTV released in connection with Andre Marshall murder

Detectives investigating the murder of a man in Urmston have released CCTV footage.

Shortly before 7.30am on Wednesday 20 May 2015, police were called to Manor Park after the body of 29-year-old Andre Marshall was found lying in the road next to a car.

Andre had suffered gunshot wounds to his torso and leg. A post-mortem examination later established that he died from gunshot wounds.

The investigation is on-going.

Detective Chief Inspector Sarah Jones of the Major Incident Team said: "It has been just over two months since Andre was murdered and we are re-appealing for any information that may help our investigation.

"We have released CCTV footage of a white van driving in the area and we are keen to speak to the driver. The van had to brake heavily to avoid colliding with a silver BMW that pulled out from Manor Avenue onto Stretford Road at 12.45am in the early hours of Wednesday 20 May.

"I want to stress that they are not a suspect, but may be able to help us with enquiries.

"We hope that this might jog someone's memory if you were driving a white van in the area at that time. Even the smallest piece of information may be vital and I would urge to come forward if you remember anything."

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call police on 0161 856 2491 or 101, or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Manchester's vets join the Big Tick Project to track rising threat of Lyme Disease

Chris Packham and his dogs Itchy and Scratchy support the Big Tick Project Credit: Big Tick Project

Blood sucking ticks are feeding earlier in the year and for longer, putting Manchester’s dogs and their owners at risk. Tick bites can transmit serious infections, such as Lyme disease, a serious and debilitating illness that can cause long term health problems in dogs and people.

Now, Manchester’s veterinary practices are taking action by joining naturalist and TV presenter Chris Packham and the University of Bristol in the Big Tick Project. This new nationwide initiative runs from spring through to autumn, tracking the rise of the tick population in the UK and finding out how many carry disease.

Dog owners can take their pets to participating practices in Manchester, including Jackson & Nuttall Vets, Water Street Vets, Tyldesley Veterinary Centre, RT Jones Vets and Manchester Vet Centre for a tick check and advice about innovations in effective tick control. Any ticks found on dogs will be collected and sent to Bristol University laboratories to help advance the knowledge of tick-borne disease, benefiting both veterinary and human medicine.

Chris Packham feels the challenge of keeping dogs and people tick-free has never been greater, “Research highlighted by the Big Tick Project experts at Bristol University suggests that ticks are a growing problem, especially in areas such as urban parkland, woodland or open country. While I find both ticks and fleas interesting creatures, I don’t want them on my dogs, in my house, or on me.” He continued, “I want the best advice and treatment available and I know I can get this by talking to my vet.”

By taking part, local veterinary practices will help the level of risk to dogs and people in Manchester to be identified, compared to the national average. The practices also aim to provide advice to local dog owners on effective tick control.

Ticks are hard to spot when small but can transmit infections as they feed off the blood of their host. Dog owners often see ticks when they have increased in size as a result of their blood meal but by then the damage may have been done.

Local practices Jackson & Nuttall Vets, Water Street Vets, Tyldesley Veterinary Centre, RT Jones Vets and Manchester Vet Centre are determined to do all they can to ensure Manchester’s pets are protected. As well as helping to keep local pets safe, participating in The Big Tick Project gives vets and dog owners a chance to contribute to building important knowledge of this damaging disease.

New advances and treatment innovation means that there are a number of ways that vets can control ticks, including the use of spot-ons (typically applied every four weeks), sprays, collars and oral chewable formulations which can last up to 12 weeks. That means there should be an easy and practical solution for every owner in Manchester who wants to help protect their dog against ticks.

Dog owners wanting to take part in the Big Tick Project with a tick check for their dog(s) or to find out more about the risks from tick bites can visit www.bigtickproject.co.uk

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Check out the reception the Rugby World Cup Trophy received on its final day in the North West

Thousands of people braved the bad weather to come out and see the Rugby World Cup on the final day of it's tour across the North West.

The Webb Ellis Trophy is travelling around the country to celebrate the World Cup which kicks off in September. Our sports correspondent David Chisnall spent the day with the biggest prize in the sport.

Education: Swim & Survive

A life saving session organised by Nelson Fire Service for police cadets aged 13 to 18. Credit: GTV

The family of a teenager from Colne who drowned last year want water safety to be part of the national curriculum. James Goodship died at Fullridge reservoir after becoming stranded on a raft. The Royal Life Saving Society say drowning can be prevented by teaching people survival and water rescue skills.

Arrest over murder of skip hire firm worker

Stephen Whitehead, from Burnley, was found at Pendle Skips, Balderstone Credit: Lancashire Police

A man has been arrested over the murder of a skip hire firm worker from Burnley. Stephen Whitehead, 49, was discovered in the kitchen area of Pendle Skips in Burnley when his colleagues arrived at work on Monday morning. He was pronounced dead at the scene in Balderstone Close and a post-mortem examination showed the father-of-one from Burnley had died from "extensive" head injuries. A spokesman for Lancashire Police said: "Detectives investigating the death of 49-year-old Stephen Whitehead in Burnley have made an arrest. "A 34-year-old man from Burnley was arrested on suspicion of murder and is currently in custody." Police said on Tuesday that Mr Whitehead had on occasion slept on the business premises. Mr Whitehead was said to have "fallen on tricky times" recently and had been staying at friends' addresses but detectives said it was unclear where he had been sleeping in the past week

CCTV appeal following rape in Toxteth

Detectives from the specialist Unity team have released CCTV of a man who they would like to speak following a rape in Toxteth on Sunday, 19 July 2015.

Detectives believe that the man, featured in the stills, could have vital information which could help them with their investigation. They are appealing to him, or anyone who may know him, to come forward.

The incident happened in Beaumont Street close to the junction with Dove Street just before 6.30am.

The 21-year-old victim was walking along Beaumont Street on her way to her partner's house when she was approached by a man she didn't know, who started talking to her.

After a brief conversation the man pushed her to the ground and raped her before leaving the scene in an unknown direction.

Detective Sergeant Paul Donaghy from the force's specialist Unity team said: "We have now spoken to the victim and can confirm that this is being investigated as a rape. This has had a traumatic effect on the young woman and she is still struggling to come to terms with what has happened to her and will have to live with this for the rest of her life.

"We believe that the man in the CCTV footage we have released today may have information which could help us with our investigation and we would urge him, or anyone who recognises him to come forward and contact the Unity team on 0151 777 1382, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Burnham: Members don't want return to 'Old Labour'

The MP for Leigh Andy Burnham has been addressing a meeting as a new independent opinon poll puts him third in the race for the Labour Leadership.

The popularity of the one time favourite appears to have dipped to 20 percent. He's behind Yvette Cooper and Jeremy Corbyn whose popularity now stands at 42 percent.

The Shadow Health Secretary says members are looking for radical change and don't want a return to Old Labour

Woman dies in Rochdale stabbing

Rochdale murder inquiry launched Credit: GTV

A woman has died after being stabbed in Rochdale. She was found injured on Shawclough Way but died later in hospital. Two men have been arrested.

Superintendent Steve Howard said: "Our sympathies are with the family of the victim of this tragic incident at this time. Incidents such as this as thankfully extremely rare but I understand the concerns that will be felt in the local area. We have specialist officers at the scene and we have local officers in the area providing reassurance to local residents. "

"Understandably, there will be some disruption to local residents while the scene is examined and we will endeavour to keep that disruption to a minimum. In line with normal procedures, a voluntary referral will be made to the IPCC."

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of murder Credit: GTV

Machine to scan and kill cancer to be tested on patients in Manchester

Patients in Manchester will be first in world to have revolutionary treatment Credit: PA

A revolutionary machine that scans and kills cancer at the same time is to be tested on patients in Manchester.

Experts say the MR-Linac machine to be installed at two centres in the UK could open up a new era in highly-personalised radiotherapy.

The machine combines magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanning and tumour-busting radiation treatment in one package.

Two of only seven of the machines in the world are being delivered to the UK, initially for use in clinical trials.

Patients with tumours affecting different parts of the body will be recruited, including brain, head and neck, lung, oesophageal, pancreatic, breast, prostate, cervix and rectal cancers. They will be among the first in the world to use the machine.

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