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Couple suspected of preying on the vulnerable

Couple wanted for preying on elderly

Police have released photos of a man and woman suspected of stealing from vulnerable adults in Manchester and Bolton.

Police say Peter Ellis and Lorna Walker target elderly women and vulnerable people in public places, with one of them distracting the victim while the other grabs a handbag or shopping bag. Officers say they're known to operate at Stretford Mall.

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Schoolgirl sexually assaulted in Bolton

Police are investigating after a 14-year-old girl was sexually assaulted in Breightmet, Bolton last night. It happened on a grassed area off Long Lane, Leverhulme Park, at about 8pm when the girl was walking home from the gym.

The victim noticed a man walking behind her. She started to walk faster but he too speeded up, he then ran past her before grabbing and sexually assaulted her before she managed to fight him off and run away.

The offender is described as a white man, of a slim build and between 20 and 25-years-old. He spoke with a Bolton accent and was wearing a black waterproof, waist-length coat zipped up to the chest and grey tracksuit bottoms.

While I understand this incident will cause alarm among parents in the community, I want to reassure those people this is an isolated incident and we are not dealing with any sort of spate of this type of crime.

"There will be extra patrols in place over the coming days, both to reassure any worried residents but also to gather any information about this incident so that we can trace the man responsible.

– Detective Inspector Charlotte Cadden

Passenger clings to ladders out of car window

A photo posted on Twitter by a Bolton builder has caused a storm after exposing the risky actions of a man travelling in a car holding a set of ladders out of the window.

Steve Wignall, spotted the scene on St Peter's Way earlier this week, the speed limit on the A666 is 50mph. He told the Bolton News: "Okay, it looks funny but I was a bit annoyed. I've got two young kiddies and there's a potential there for a really bad road traffic accident."

Family's warning over daughter's drug death

The family of a young woman who died of a heroin overdose are warning that hard drugs are still too easy to buy on the streets of the North West.

Leanne Johnson from Bolton was 26 and had trained to become a hairdresser.

But her life was taken over and destroyed by her addiction to hard drugs - an addiction that even led her to turn to prostitution to feed her habit.

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