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Police search a house in Blackley as part of historic investigation

A large amount of police activity is still going on around the house Credit: Granada reports

A large forensic team has been searching a property on chain road in Blackley as part of a 'historic investigation'.

According to the Manchester Evening News around 20 police vehicles surrounded the property this morning.

A large forensic team were seen removing hundreds of items from a large shed, shipping container and van before filling a police lorry with the storage.

Sniffer dogs were also brought to the scene and used to inspect the garden.

Hundreds of items have been taken away by forensic officers Credit: MEN Syndication

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Watch: shocking footage of off-road bikes speeding through Liverpool

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Police have released shocking footage of two men erratically driving off-road bikes through Liverpool.

With no consideration for their safety or that of other drivers they swerve in and out of traffic at high speed, even driving straight through red lights.

At one point one of the men can be seen driving up the wrong side of the road into busy oncoming traffic, very nearly crashing several times.

The images were released as part of a clampdown on dangerous and anti-social use of off-road bikes across Merseyside.

16 people were arrested this morning and 28 bikes were seized as officers executed warrants at 14 addresses in Liverpool, Knowsley and Sefton and one in Greater Manchester

To highlight the dangers, we are issuing CCTV which shows a teenage boy riding a quadbike the wrong way into oncoming traffic through Liverpool city centre. Following the incident he was arrested and subsequently pleaded guilty to various offences, resulting in him being disqualified from driving for 12 months and made the subject of a youth rehabilitation order and a curfew.

He is, though, lucky to be alive and the case clearly highlights the risks for the entire community when off road bikes are ridden in this way.

– Chief Superintendent Jonathan Roy

Police launch murder investigation after attack in Rochdale

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Greater Manchester Police have launched a murder investigation after 28-year-old man was killed in Drake Street in Rochdale this morning.

He was attacked just after midnight near the Muddy Duck pub, he was taken to Royal Oldham Hospital where he later passed away.

Two people have been arrested in connection with the incident.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111

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16 arrested in police crackdown on 'dangerous' off-road bikes

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16 people have been arrested across Merseyside and Manchester as Police clamp down on dangerous and anti-social use of off-road bikes across the area.

28 off-road bikes all believed to have been stolen or used in dangerous ways were recovered during the morning raids.

Officers executed warrants early this morning at 14 addresses in Liverpool, Knowsley and Sefton and one in Greater Manchester. Two storage facilities have also been searched.

Searches are on-going at a number of properties.

Credit: Merseyside Police

Today's action is all about responding to the concerns of communities across Merseyside and targeting those people who we believe have been using scrambler bikes in a dangerous or anti-social way.

We know that many people are plagued by the problem of off road vehicles and actually find them incredibly intimidating. When they are ridden dangerously, they pose a huge risk, not only to the safety of the rider, but also to pedestrians and other law abiding road users.

– Chief Superintendent Jonathan Roy

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Boy, 6, injured in hit and run

Greater Manchester Police are appealing for witnesses after a six-year-old boy was injured in a hit and run in Chadderton.

The boy was crossing Burnley Lane when he was hit by a car at about 8pm on Tuesday. The driver did not stop and left the scene.

An ambulance took the boy to hospital where he was treated for a broken leg.

New Lusitania exhibition

New exhibition on the Lusitania Credit: Liverpool Maritime Museum

A new exhibition on the sinking of the Lusitania in World War One opens in Liverpool tomorrow. The Lusitania: life, loss, legacy exhibition is at the Merseyside Maritime Museum. A pair of cufflinks worn by Lusitania telegraphist and survivor, Robert Leith, on the day of the ship's tragic sinking, is one of the items on show for the first time. It comes as Liverpool prepares for the centenary of the ships sinking in May.

Fat pets 'huge issue' - owners urged to join fitness club

Owners of fat pets in the North West are being challenged to join an animal fitness club in a bid to combat a serious increase in illnesses caused by obesity.

The charity the PDSA says four-out-of-five vets have seen an dramatic rise in overweight pets over the past two years.

Lack of exercise and junk-food treats are being blamed.

The latest PDSA Animal Wellbeing (PAW) Report says four out of five veterinary professionals have seen an increase in pet obesity cases in the last two years.

Obesity is the number one concern among vets but worryingly, nearly half of people surveyed are not aware it’s a major issue. This is a huge concern, says PDSA, given that four out of five vets and vet nurses also believe there will be more overweight pets than healthy pets in five years time.

Although pet owners in the North West are not the worst offenders in the UK for feeding their animals fatty treats- the report says 61% of pet owners regularly feed their animals high calorie treats such as crisps, cake and takeaways, which is fuelling the pet obesity epidemic.

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