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Manchester city council brings in £7.5 million in bus lane fines

Manchester City Council criticised for bus lane fines. Credit: PA

Manchester City Council has fined drivers more than £7.5 million for straying into bus lanes during the last five years.

The data, released through a Freedom of Information request, shows the fines exceeded more than £2.1m alone for the financial year 2014/15.

One bus lane running on Rochdale Road from the city centre to Blackley is bringing in at least £800 per day in fines.

Blackley and Broughton MP Graham Stringer said:

People are being fined unnecessarily. There is no public transport benefit to these fines and local people and the local economy is paying high price for another ill thought through scheme.

– Graham Stringer, MP Blackley and Broughton


Partner of Manchester pianist appears in court charged with her murder

Natalia Strelchenko Credit: Greater Manchester Police

The partner of world renowned concert pianist Natalia Strelchenko has appeared before magistrates charged with her murder.

John Martin, 48, spoke only to confirm his name, address and date of birth. Ms Strelchenko, 38, who was also known by the surname Strelle, died from head and neck injuries at her home in Newton Heath last Sunday.

Mr Martin is also accused of the attempted murder of a boy.

He was remanded into custody to appear before Manchester Crown Court on Friday 4 September.

12 year old boy sexually assaulted in public toilet

Police have launched and investigation after a 12-year-old boy was sexually assaulted at a shopping arcade in Ashton-Under-Lyne.

It happened on the afternoon of Friday the 28th August but details are just emerging. Officers say the victim was in the public toilets on Warrington Street when he was approached by a man who sexually assaulted him before leaving.

The offender is described as white, 5ft 9in tall, with a big nose and was wearing big glasses and a red jumper with cream trousers.

“This was obviously a distressing ordeal for the young victim, who was sexually assaulted by an older man.

“If you saw anything of the attack or were in the toilets at that time, or you believe you saw someone matching the above description in the area at the time, please contact police.”

– Detective Constable Jason Pickles

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
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