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Five injured after explosion in Manchester

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Five people have been injured, two seriously, in a house explosion.

Emergency services were called to Blackley, Manchester, just before 12.30pm.

A spokeswoman for North West Ambulance Service said two people had been taken to Salford Royal Hospital with what were believed to be serious injuries.

Three other people were being treated at the scene for minor injuries.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said five crews were called to the partially collapsed end terrace house on Victoria Avenue.

Crews were assessing the scene and carrying out a primary search of the area.

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Man charged with historic rape and strangling offences

The charges relate to reports of historic sexual abuse between January 2000 and January 2002 Credit: PA

A former Blackley man has been charged with a number of sexual offences including rape.

Michael Walsh, 49, of HMP Manchester, has been charged with four counts of rape, two counts of administering a substance with intent to overpower to enable sexual activity and three counts of strangling to cause unconsciousness.

He was further charged with three counts of indecent assault, one count of actual bodily harm as well as three counts of false imprisonment.

He will appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court on 4 January 2017.

The charges relate to reports of historic sexual abuse between January 2000 and January 2002.


Three arrested after body found at Manchester flat

Helena Court Credit: Google Maps

Three people have been arrested on suspicion of failing to bury a body after officers discovered a dead man in a flat in Manchester. It has been reported that the body could have been there for some time.

A police spokesperson said:

Shortly before 6.40pm on Sunday October 23, police were called to Helena Courts, Blackley, to reports of a concern for welfare.

Officers attended and discovered the body of a man.

A 46-year old woman, a 30-year-old man and a 44-year man have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to prevent a burial and remain in police custody for questioning.

An investigation has been launched to establish the circumstances surrounding his death.

Anyone with information should call police on 101, quoting incident number 1887 of 23/10/16, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.


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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