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Report: Fury after a grandmother was left lying in the road for 90 minutes waiting for an ambulance

A 69-year-old woman from Atherton says she was left lying in the road for 90 minutes as she waited for an ambulance following a road accident.

The case of Margaret Freeborn has been raised in the commons by her MP, Julie Hilling.

Mrs Freeborn, from Atherton, had been knocked unconscious by a car and spent more than a week in hospital.

She's been talking to our correspondent Matt O'Donoghue.

Please be advised that the report contains images you may find upsetting:

Responding to the case, the North West Ambulance Service said it was sorry for any upset which had been caused.

We understand that waiting for an ambulance can be distressing and we are sorry for any upset caused to the patient and her family.

“We take complaints about our service extremely seriously and have now made contact with the family, and have invited them to work with us on this investigation.”

– North West Ambulance Service


Efit appeal after men attacked in Atherton

Efit Credit: GMP

Police are appealing for help after two men were threatened with a machete and robbed in a home in Atherton.

Just before 8pm on the 16th January, four masked men wearing walked through the front door of a home on Sumner Street and walked into the living room where the 22-year-old victim’s partner and baby were.

As he walked into the living room, he and his friend were pushed into the kitchen and set upon. They threatened them with a machete before demanding money. The 22-year-old was also hit across the back of the head with a coffee jar. The men stole an iPad and mobile phone before leaving.

Detective Constable Darren Reid from Wigan East INPT said:

“The victim’s partner was the first to see these four men with balaclavas in her home and her natural concern was for her baby. The woman and her child were not hurt but have been left shaken.

“Thanks to a detailed description, we have been able to create an efit of the main offender. If you recognise him or believe you may have seen this man leave the house that night, to contact us.”

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Rochdale child sex abuse gang refused leave to appeal

Nine men who were part of the Rochdale child sex abuse ring have been refused leave to appeal against their convictions and jail sentences.

The sex offenders were part of a gang who received jail sentences of between four and 19 years from a judge who said they had treated their victims "as though they were worthless and beyond any respect".

Top - L to R: Abdul Rauf, Hamid Safi, Mohammed Sajid, Abdul Aziz. Bottom - L to R: Abdul Qayyum, Adil Khan, Mohammed Amin, Kabeer Hassan. Credit: Greater Manchester Police/PA Wire

Following the trial, the Crown Prosecution Service, Greater Manchester Police and Rochdale Social Services were forced to apologise for failing to bring the paedophile gang to justice sooner.

The news that the men have been refused leave to appeal against their sentences and convictions comes the day after Britain's top prosecutor called new guidelines for child sex abuse cases "the most fundamental attitude shift" in the criminal justice system in a generation.


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Family 'disgusted' as dog death owner goes free

The family of a 14-year-old girl savaged to death by four dogs said they were "disgusted" after the owner walked free from court with a suspended sentence.

14-year-old Jade Lomas-Anderson was mauled to death by four dogs. Credit: Family handout

Beverley Concannon kept one of her dogs, a big American bull mastiff, in a tiny cage where it went "stir crazy," along with two other pit bulls and a bull mastiff which were all kept cooped up in her council house.

The conditions led to them becoming stressed and "hyper aggressive" before they turned on Jade Lomas-Anderson at the house in Atherton, Greater Manchester on March 26.

Dog owner handed suspended sentence

A woman who admitted causing unnecessary suffering to a pack of dogs that went on to kill a girl from Greater Manchester has been given a suspended jail term.

Beverley Concannon was sentenced to 16 weeks, suspended for 12 months at Wigan Magistrates Court. She's also been handed an indefinite ban on keeping dogs.

Jade Lomas Anderson was mauled to death at a house in Atherton in March. The 14 year old was visiting a friend during her school holidays. Armed officers shot dead the four dogs at the house.

Woman sentenced over dog attack death

Jade Anderson

The owner of a pack of dogs that killed a girl from Greater Manchester will be sentenced today

Jade Lomas Anderson was mauled to death at a house in Atherton in March. The 14 year old was visiting a friend during her school holidays.Armed officers shot dead the four dogs at the house.

Beverley Concannon admitted causing unnecessary suffering to the dogs at an earlier hearing.