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Man fractures skull in pub assault

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was left with a fractured skull following an assault in Ashton-under-Lyne.

At around 10.30pm on Sunday 4 May, the 25-year-old was outside of the Timezone pub on Old Street smoking a cigarette with his partner, when there was an argument between him and another man.

Two unknown men walked up to him and tried to hit his partner. He then confronted one of them before being assaulted. He was knocked unconscious and both offenders ran away.

We believe these two men have seen the argument and decided to take unnecessary action by attacking this man. He was hit with such force, his skull was fractured and he had a bleed on the brain. Thankfully, he is recovering well from his injuries. We believe someone somewhere will know who the two people are in the images we have released. If you do, I would urge you to contact police.”

– Detective Constable John Nestor

Junior doctor due in court on child sex charge

Greater Manchester Police headquarters. Credit: Dave Thompson/Press Association

A junior doctor working in paediatrics is due in court today charged with sexual activity with a 15 year old boy.

Raza Laska who's 31 and from Ashton under lyne is also accused of possessing indecent images of children.

He's worked at hospitals across Greater Manchester and is due to appear at Manchester Minshull Street Court.

Divisional Commander of Tameside, Chief Superintendent Caroline Ball said:

"We know this man has worked in hospitals right across Greater Manchester and the public will undoubtedly be concerned upon hearing about the offences with which he has been charged.

"We are currently working through numerous computers and other electronic items as part of our investigation, which is very much in its infancy, and would encourage anyone with information or concerns to contact the police or our partners in the NHS."


Police release CCTV of two men wanted in connection with serious assault

Wanted in connection with serious assault Credit: GMP

Police have issued CCTV images of two men they wish to speak to in connection with the serious assault of a man in Ashton.

At around 1.10am on Friday 18 April, two men approached a man who was standing next to Ashton-under-Lyne Metrolink Station.

They attacked the victim and left him lying on the floor, needing hospital treatment.

Wanted in connection with serious assault Credit: GMP

Detective Constable Sharon Hilton said:

"We are keen to speak to these two men in relation to this vicious and seemingly unprovoked attack on an innocent man who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time."

Ten people taken to hospital suffering suspected carbon monoxide poisoning

Ten people were take to hospital suffering suspected carbon monoxide poisoning from a petrol generator being run in a shop.

Emergency services were called to computer sales and repair shop Sana Tech in Ashton under Lyne after concerns were raised for public safety.

Several businesses on Market Street were evacuated.

The North West Ambulance Service sent two ambulances and a hazardous area response team to the scene.

The people affected were taken to the Manchester Royal Infirmary and Tameside Hospital as a precaution but nobody was seriously harmed.

Dramatic video of building collapse - once home to troubled Poet

Caught on camera the dramatic moment the former home of a troubled poet collapses.

The video shows a structural engineer on a cherry picker appearing to dislodge bricks and a beam at the property on Stamford Street Central in Ashton-under-Lyne.

Structural engineers were called out following reports of falling debris after the building bowed outwards.

The terrace has a blue plaque saying it was once home to poet Francis Thompson who lived there between 1864 and 1885.

During his life he experienced extreme poverty and became addicted to opium.

Tameside council say the boarded up property, which is privately owned, has not been in use for some time.

Police watchdog acts over unconscious prisoner

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating after an ambulance was called to an unconscious prisoner.

Officers arrested a 48-year-old man in Oldham on 4 March, before taking him to a cell in Ashton-under-Lyne. They suspected he was "intoxicated" and placed him under observation.

The man was later found unconscious and taken to hospital. Medics eventually sent him home.

Our investigation is in its early stages and we have visited the man concerned to explain our involvement.

We will be investigating whether officers and staff applied the appropriate duty of care to this individual and checking whether any searches of the man’s person on his arrival were carried out satisfactorily. The outcome of this incident could have been even more serious and we need to look at whether safe custody procedures were followed.

– James Dipple-Johnstone, IPCC Commissioner


Police concerned for 16-year-old girl missing from home

Demi Dewsbury Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Police are growing concerned for a 16-year-old girl missing from home. Demi Dewsbury, from Ashton-under-Lyne, was last seen by friends at Ashton bus station, in the town centre, while on her way to Tameside College at around 9.30am on 25 February 2014.

She was last seen wearing a red crop top, green waistcoat, red beanie hat, black and nude striped leggings, red Puma trainers and carrying a black bag.

PC Stewart Chitty, based at Tameside, said: "Demi's disappearance has naturally left a lot of people very worried about her as she it is not like her to remain out of contact like this. "They want Demi to know she is not in trouble at all and they simply want to know she is okay.

Demi has links to Tameside and Merseyside. Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 9311 or 101.

Men jailed for robbing grocery store with machete


Two men who threatened shoppers with a machete and told to fill baskets with stolen goods have been jailed fro five years.

Daniel Hamilton from Ashton-under-Lyne admitted robbery and possessing an offensive weapon and Mark Simms from Oldham admitted robbery, disqualified driving and driving without insurance at Minshull Street Crown Court.

Daniel Hamilton

At 10.10pm on Wednesday 6 March 2013, Hamilton and another man entered the Co-Op on King's Road, Ashton-under-Lyne. Hamilton, who was armed with a large machete, and his accomplice, stole cash from the till and made staff fill shopping baskets with a large quantity of cigarettes.

Mark Simms

They ran off with the cash and shopping baskets filled with cigarettes and got into a waiting red Subaru Impreza, driven by Simms. The car was later found abandoned on Ravensbury Street, Clayton after colliding with a white transit van.


Detective Constable Joe Harrop, from the Tameside Organised Crime Team, said: “This has been a complex investigation - with extensive forensic work linking both suspects to the vehicle and complex analysis of phone data linking them to the offence

Thankfully, due to the efforts of the Organised Crime Team at Tameside, we have been able to provide every person in the shop that day as well as the wider community the best reassurance possible by bringing these two to justice.”

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