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Police searching for missing man launch murder investigation

Michael Martin, 25, was first reported missing on Monday, August 8 Credit: GMP

Police who were searching for a missing man from Salford have now launched a murder investigation.

Michael Martin, 25, was first reported missing on Monday, August 8, and was last seen at his home on Sidmouth Drive in Blackley in the early hours of Sunday, August 7.

Officers investigating have since searched two properties in Blackley, one on Victoria Avenue and one on Longton Road.

A room at the Premier Inn on Middleton Road in Higher Blackley has also been searched as part of the investigation.

Premier Inn on Middleton Road Credit: Google Maps

His car has since been found on Vermere Avenue, Blackley.

Police are now treating this investigation as a non-body murder and appealing for anyone with information about what may have happened to Michael to get in touch.

Detective Inspector Andrew Naismith from GMP’s Major Incident Team said:

We are keen to speak to anyone who may have any information about what has happened to missing Michael Martin.

We are investigating a number of possibilities; however a non-body murder investigation has now been launched.

Our specialist support officers are supporting Michael’s family through this incredibly difficult time and my thoughts are with them.

– Detective Inspector Andrew Naismith

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting incident number 1248 of 08/08/16 or via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Sadistic rapist made victim 'dig her own grave'

Michael Walsh was jailed for 23 years Credit: GMP

A man who repeatedly raped a woman, even imprisoning her in a wheelie bin, during nearly two decades of abuse has been jailed.

58-year-old Michael Walsh, of Chain Road, Blackley, was sentenced to 23 years in prison after being found guilty of 17 charges - including 10 counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, five counts of rape, one count of common assault and one count of false imprisonment.

The Manchester Evening News reports that the woman was made to 'dig her own grave'.

I want to pay tribute to the courage of this woman who, for the best part of two decades, was subjected to barbaric and vile abuse at the hands of Michael Walsh.

Despite the years of torment she suffered, both sexual and physical and even to the extent of being imprisoned in a wheelie bin, she showed incredible bravery by speaking out. It is thanks to her courage, and her refusal to suffer in silence, that Walsh is now where he belongs - behind bars.

– Detective Inspector Carol Hobson

Forensic teams continue searching property in Blackley

Credit: Granada reports

A large-scale forensic team is searching a house in Manchester as part of a 'historic investigation'.

The search is in to its second day, this morning over 15 forensic officers searched an address on Chain Road in Blackley.

They removed hundreds of objects from the property and outlying buildings, including furniture and bags of clothes.

Our correspondent Matt O'Donohue has this report:

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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