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Police hunt Salford man who escaped from Lancashire prison

Connor Smith-Macphee. Credit: Greater Manchester Police.

Police are hunting a man from Salford who has escaped from prison.

Connor Smith-Macphee, 21, was jailed for nine years in 2013 for conspiracy to rob, conspiracy to burglary, conspiracy to kidnap, possession of a firearm without authority and possession of a prohibited weapon.

He was recently re-categorised as a Category D prisoner and sent to Kirkham prison.

He fled the jail on February 22.

"Although Smith-McPhee was convicted of very serious offences and has committed a further offence to enable his escape on Friday we do not believe that he currently poses a risk to the general public.

“However, we obviously are keen to locate him, or for Connor to hand himself in to police as soon as possible.

“We believe others may be offering him refuge and those individuals are being warned that they too face possible arrest for shielding him from police.”

– DI Robert Cousen, Greater Manchester Police.
  • Anyone with information about Smith-McPhee's whereabouts is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Police search for pregnant woman missing from Oldham

Police are appealing for the public’s help to find a missing woman from Oldham.

Alisha Khan, 19, was last seen at around 12.20am on Saturday 28th February 2015 at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

She has not been seen or heard from since.

She is described as mixed race, slim build, brown eyes and usually has long, dark hair but is believed to currently have blonde hair tied back in a ponytail. She was last seen wearing all black clothing, but is known to have a grey jacket and blue jeans with her.

Alisha is known to frequent the Dukinfield, Wythenshawe and Oldham areas of Manchester.

Detective Sergeant Simon Halliwell said:

“Alisha is 36 weeks pregnant and fainted while out shopping, hence why she taken to hospital.

“She left the hospital without treatment or checks and we are concerned she may have an ongoing condition that could harm her or the baby.

“We’d like Alisha to contact us to let us know she is ok, or alternatively, if you believe you have seen her, please ring the numbers provided.”

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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."

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
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