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Convicted robber wanted on recall to prison

Kevin Barlow

Merseyside Police is appealing for the public's help to trace a convicted robber from Liverpool who was released from prison early.

Kevin Barlow, 38-year-old man from Old Swan, was sentenced to 3 years and 4 months, he was released on licence on 17th November last year.

Barlow is wanted by officers after he failed to comply with his release conditions and has been recalled to prison. Extensive efforts to find him have so far been unsuccessful.

Man held over Burnley baby death

A 30-year-old man has been arrested over the "unexplained" death of a newborn baby found at a house in Burnley.

The child was discovered at an address in Wellington Court, after police were called at about 3pm on Monday.

"The death is currently being treated as unexplained.

"A 30-year-old man from Burnley has been arrested on suspicion of the concealment of the birth of a child contrary to Section 60 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861.

"A 26-year-old woman from Burnley is currently receiving medical treatment."

– Lancashire Police


Near miss for the Kitty who swallowed a cat!

A cat called Kitty had a lucky escape after swallowing a toy cat - also called Kitty! The four year old ginger tabby from Manchester was rushed to the vets by her owners Paul and Michelle Grice from Denton after she became poorly one Saturday afternoon.

Kitty Credit: Willows Veterinary Group

An x-ray revealed a foreign body had become lodged in her abdomen. An operation discovered the toy cat - which also happened to be called Kitty -wedged against her intestinal wall, which would have proven fatal.

Thanks to quick thinking staff Kitty since made a full recovery.

“I cannot thank the staff enough. We’re so grateful to them. It’s all down to them she’s still here, without a doubt,” said Paul, 38. "What are the chances of a cat called Kitty swallowing a cat called Kitty? “I have no idea where the toy cat came from and how she managed to eat it."

Kitty has made an amazing recovery. We starved her after the operation for 36 hours to allow everything to settle down and then we fed her small meals to help her digestive system recover slowly and by then she was eating normally.”

– Ann Mee, Willows Veterinary Group

“Kitty is glued to my little girl. It sounds daft but Amelia sits her in a chair and dresses her up. She’s her best friend. At night time, as soon as Amelia’s door opens, she will sneak in her room and lie on her bed,” said Paul. “If we’d lost her it doesn’t bear thinking about, my little girl would’ve been devastated. Thankfully she didn’t really understand the implications of it and it all happened so quickly.

– Michelle Grice
Kitty with owner Paul Grice, his son Charlie, wife Michelle, vet Ann Mee with her colleagues vet nurses and Amelia Grice (front) holding the toy.

Vet Ann urged pet owners to keep small toys out of the reach of animals just as they would very young children.

Man charged following Heywood stabbing

Matthew McKenzie Credit: MEN Syndication

A man has been charged with murder after a body was found in an alleyway in Heywood.

Matthew McKenzie was discovered by a passer-by in Promenade Street on Thursday the 12th of January. The 33 year old was discovered at 11:25pm, he'd been stabbed in the chest.

James Hurst of Littlemoor Lane, Oldham, will appear at Bury Magistrates’ Court today.

A 33-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of murder has since been bailed until 21 March 2017 pending further enquiries.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting reference number 2211/120117 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.


Major Barrow road still shut after huge fire last week

Part of Abbey Road is still closed after the blaze Credit: North West Evening Mail

The aftermath of a huge fire is forcing one of Barrow's major roads to stay closed. Part of Abbey Road is still shut, close to the town centre, almost a week after the blaze.

The House of Lords pub was destroyed in the fire last Wednesday. The road will remain blocked off, until at least tomorrow, to allow for repairs.

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