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Man jailed for 12 years for sexually abusing children in Bolton

Warren Kirkb has been sentenced to 12 years for sexually abusing children. Credit: GMP

A man who sexually abused children in Bolton has been jailed for 12 years today at Bolton Crown Court.

Warren Kirkby 62, of Westleigh Lane, Leigh pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to a range of sexual offences, including indecency with a child, indecent assault on a child, and inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

Between 1977 and 2006 Kirkby sexually abused four girls, some of whom were aged five and six, at the time the abuse started.

Kirkby’s offending came to light when one of the victims called police and made a report against Kirkby of sexual abuse in June 2014.

“Firstly, I want to commend the victims’ bravery for supporting our investigations, during what has been a difficult time. The effect this has had on them has been profound, but with their help, we have been able to ensure Kirkby is behind bars and cannot prey on any more young girls.“This has been a difficult and harrowing enquiry that has taken three years for justice to finally be found for these victims.

“Kirkby is a sexual predator who abused children for decades. This sentence reflects the fact that if you commit serious sexual offences, time will not be a hiding place and eventually you will be caught.”

– Detective Constable Stuart Round of GMP’s Bolton Borough


Family pay tribute to 'devoted father' killed in motorcycle collision

Ryan Davies pictured with his two sons. Credit: Family handout

The family of a motorcyclist who died in a collision in Kerasley have paid tribute to a "devoted father".

Ryan Davies, 30, was involved in a collision with a parked red Renault Clio and a grey BMW 320i on Bolton Road at around 11.25pm on Sunday July 23rd.

“Ryan was a devoted father to his two boys, a loving husband, son and brother. He was loved by many.

“Ryan enjoyed the freedom of his motorbike and has been taken far too soon.

“He will be sadly missed by all of his family and all that knew him.”

– Ryan's family

The family have asked that they now be given time to grieve privately.

Police Constable Edward Lister from GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit said:

“My thoughts are with Ryan’s family, what they are going through is heart breaking.

“We are continuing to investigate and we would still like to hear from anyone who may have any CCTV or dash-cam footage of the incident.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 0161 856 4741, alternatively call 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

The dramatic moment a car ploughed into a parked vehicle and destroyed a couple's front room

This is the dramatic moment a car ploughs into a parked vehicle during a police chase.

The impact of the crash sends a concrete gate post flying into a house on St Helen's Road, in Bolton, Manchester, wrecking the front room.

The clip shows the vehicle being forced up over the stationary car because of the force of the collision. It then spins out of control, leaving debris and clouds of smoke behind it.

The police chase began on Deane Church Lane just before 1.30am on Thursday morning

The car sent a concrete post flying into a living room Credit: MEN Media

Images show the post lying in the building’s living room, with smashed glass, debris and broken blinds strewn across the floor.

Greater Manchester Police traffic officers arrested a man on suspicion of dangerous driving.

He remains in police custody.

A spokesman for GMP said there are no reports of any serious injuries following the incident.


Firefighters visit homes to "offer reassurance and advice"

The scene of the devastating fire on Saturday. Credit: ITV News

Firefighters and community safety teams in Bolton have visited over 200 homes to "offer reassurance and advice".

It follows the horrific fire which left a mother and her three children dead at their home on Rosamond Street on Saturday.

As part of the "Safe and Well" visits, officers have placed fire alarms in people's houses and offered advice on what actions to take in the event of a fire.

Officers from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service and Greater Manchester Police, now believe that the tragic fire on Saturday was caused accidentally by a halogen heater in the living room at the front of the house.

“When anyone loses their life in a fire, it is devastating – but even more so when it involves young lives.

“Our deepest condolences go to the family, friends and the local community following this tragic incident. We are especially thinking of the father of the children who has lost his family in such terrible circumstances.

“This was a tragic accident and over the coming days and weeks we will be working hard to spread our safety messages and offer reassurance and advice to residents to try and make sure that this never happens again.”

– Assistant County Fire Officer Tony Hunter

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