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Anyone missing a snake? Unusual appeal by police in Bolton

Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Police in Bolton are appealing for help in tracing the owner of a pet snake.

They believe it escaped from an address in the Great Lever area of the town.

Officers were alerted by residents and say they 'charmed' the one metre plus reptile into a box before transporting it to an exotic pet centre.

Credit: Greater Manchester Police

It was identified as a Corn Snake said to be non-venomous and a common pet.

Officers say anyone wanting to clam the snake can call 01618565619.


Friends pay tribute to tragic Samantha Derbyshire who was hit and killed on M61

The close friends of a special constable who was killed in a motorway accident have paid tribute to the woman who wanted to change the world.

Samantha Derbyshire was hit by a lorry last Monday on the M61 in Bolton. The 23 year old was on the verge of joining Greater Manchester police when she was killed.

But her friends say they'll carry on her legacy. They spoke exclusively to our reporter Sarah Rogers.

You can find out more about the fundraising initiative set up in memory of Samantha at:

Boy, 7, hit by TWO vehicles in Bolton

Crompton Way, close to Hall ‘ith ‘Wood railway station Credit: Google Maps

A seven-year-old boy has been left in a serious condition after being hit by TWO cars.

Officers investigating a collision in Bolton which left a seven-year-old boy with a fractured skull are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Around 7.10pm on Tuesday, 5th July, the boy was on his foot-propelled scooter at the pelican crossing on Crompton Way, close to Hall ‘ith ‘Wood railway station.

As he crossed the road, a Honda CRV struck him and knocked him to the ground, resulting in a further collision with a Ford Transit van which had been travelling behind the Honda.

The boy was immediately taken to Manchester Royal Infirmary, where he was assessed to have suffered a fractured skull, a bleed to the brain and a badly broken left foot.

He was placed in an induced coma, and he remains in a serious but stable condition.

Constable Philip Shaw, of the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said:

This was a serious collision which has left a little boy fighting for his life.”

We believe we have a good idea of what happened, but we know there were other people in the immediate vicinity at the time of the collision who have not yet come forward.”

It is vitally important that they do so, so we can build a completely accurate picture of the events which led to this little lad being hurt.

– Constable Philip Shaw

Anyone with information is asked to call the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 0161 856 4741 quoting incident number 050716/1959 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.


Police appeal for information after attempted child abduction in Bolton

Police in Bolton are searching for a man after an attempted child abduction.

Officers were called after a man tried to take a 10 year-old boy on Bailey Lane in Breightmet. The man grabbed his satchel and tried to grab his arm.

It's thought another man with his two children was able to distract the attacker, which allowed the young boy to escape.

The man is described as white with a tan, around 30-years-old and had a red mark under his eye. He was wearing a yellow top and black trousers.

Enquiries are ongoing and anyone with information should contact police on 101.

''We have extra reassurance patrols in the area and are working closely with local schools during the school run to ensure the safety of the children.

I’m urging anyone who has any information to contact police as soon as possible. Also, if you think you were the man walking with two children to school that morning, please get in touch.”

– Detective Inspector Charlotte Cadden, GMP

Bolton Wanderers supporters welcome Phil Parkinson

Phil Parkinson says building character will be his number one priority after taking charge at the Macron Stadium. Credit: ITV News Granada Reports

The Bolton Wanderers Suporters Association says it welcomes the appointment of Phil Parkinson as the new manager of Bolton Wanderers.

In a statement, the BWSA said it wishes "Phil and his backroom team, Steve Parkin, Nick Allenby and Lee Butler every success and look forward to reviving Bolton Wanderers' fortunes together."

Confirmed - Bolton appoint Parkinson on two-year deal

Bolton have announced Phil Parkinson as the club's new manager after agreeing a compensation package with Bradford.

Parkinson, 48, has signed a two-year contract and will be joined at the Macron Stadium by assistant manager Steve Parkin.

Bolton had been searching for a new manager since March after Neil Lennon left the club by mutual consent, five days after Dean Holdsworth's Sport Shield consortium had completed its takeover.

"Bolton Wanderers Football Club are delighted to announce Phil Parkinson as the club's new first team manager," read a statement on the club's official website.

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