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VC war hero honoured on centenary

Sgt Thomas Mottershead VC

A First World War Victoria Cross hero has been honoured in Widnes.

A commemorative paving stone has been unveiled in Victoria Park to recognise Sgt Thomas Mottershead 100 years since his act of bravery.

The Royal Flying Corps pilot landed his plane after it became engulfed in flames from enemy fire, saving the life of his observer in the process.

The brave airman later died due to the injuries he sustained and was posthumously awarded the VC in 1917.


Teenager dies after early-hours collision in Chorley

The junction of Shepherds Way and Clifford Street, Chorley Credit: Google

A teenager has died after a car overturned on a roundabout in Lancashire.

The 18 year old from Chorley died in hospital from serious head injuries following the incident at 12.05am.

Police say the Vauxhall Corsa he was driving collided with a Toyota Yaris at the junction of Sherpherds Way and Clifford Street in the town.

His passengers, an 18 year old and a 17 year old, were also injured.

The driver of the Yaris, a 52 year old man from Blackburn, was uninjured and later arrested in connection with the incident.

The road was closed for six hours while accident investigators attended the scene.

Police are appealing for witnesses following the collision.

"This is a tragic incident and my thoughts are with the man’s family at this time. We believe a number of people were in the area at the time and would encourage them to come forward and talk to police."

– Sgt Finn Quainton, Lancashire Police

Anyone with information can call police on 101 quoting log reference 0002 of January 15.


One person injured after explosion in Harpurhey

3 engines called to fire in Harpurhey Credit: Greater Manchester Fire Service

One person has been injured after an explosion at a cafe in Harpurhey.

The fire service say they were called to the premises, believed to be the Emerald Cafe, on Rochdale Road earlier this afternoon after reports of a blast and a fire.

Currently more than three fire engines are at the scene tackling the flames and dealing with the aftermath.

At the moment there is one known casualty who has suffered burns.

The road has been closed with a big police cordon erected.

Concern over missing pregnant woman

Angela King Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Police are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of a pregnant woman who was reported missing yesterday.

Angela King, 33, from Bury, was last seen at 11.30am on Thursday 12 January 2017.

She is described as mixed race, with black hair, brown eyes, around 5ft 1in tall, slim build and is heavily pregnant.

Angela was last seen wearing multi-coloured leggings, blue and pink Sketcher trainers and a thin khaki green/brown three-quarter length parka-style coat.

Detective Inspector Lee Hopwood said: “We are obviously worried for Angela’s welfare, but also for the welfare of her unborn child.

She is heavily pregnant and our priority first and foremost is to ensure that both her and the baby are safe and sound.

“Angela, if you are reading this please contact us and let us know you are ok."

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