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Former Bolton defender dies in car crash

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Former Bolton defender Jlloyd Samuel died in a car crash this morning, the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association has announced.

Cheshire Police have released the following statement:

Emergency services remain at the scene of a serious collision involving a van and a car in High Legh.

At around 7.55am police were called following reports of a collision involving a van and a Range Rover near to Costcutter on West Lane.

Sadly the driver of the car, Jlloyd Samuel, 37, from Lymm, died at the scene.

His next of kin have been informed and are currently being supported by specially trained officers.

The driver of the van, a 54-year-old man, sustained serious injuries and has been taken to hospital for treatment.

Road closures remain in place at either end of West Lane, near to the junctions of the A56 and the A50.

Motorists are advised to avoid the area.

Anyone with any information about the incident should call Cheshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 64540.

– Cheshire Police


Six injured after ceiling collapse at Bolton restaurant

Ceiling collapse in Bolton Credit: MEN syndication

Six people have been reportedly been injured after part of a ceiling at a Bolton restaurant collapsed onto diners. The incident occurred in the Sizzling Palate in the town centre.

Fire crews were called to the scene at around 10.30pm Saturday night. The fire service said two engines and a special appliance from Leigh attended.

“I am traumatised and shocked. I could see it happening so I reacted quickly and was able to get out of the way.”

– Customer speaking to the Manchester Evening News
Fire Crews on scene Credit: Musab Patel

60 years on: remembering the victims of the Winter Hill plane crash

Commemorations are taking place to mark 60 years since 35 people lost their lives in the Winter Hill air disaster.

60 year 35 people died when plane crashed in snow and fog on Winter Hill

A plane travelling from the Isle of Man to Manchester came down in bad weather on the moors near Bolton in 1958.

35 of the passengers were killed, many of whom were connected with the Isle of Man motor trade, and on their way to a car show.

The three crew were among the seven that survived with injuries.

35 people died in the crash. Credit: British Pathe

The people of Horwich were praised at the time for helping with the rescue efforts.

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University of Bolton says its vice chancellor attended controversial Presidents Club event

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The University of Bolton statement:

‘The University can confirm that its President & Vice Chancellor, Professor George Holmes, attended The Presidents’ Club Charity Dinner event held at The Dorchester Hotel, London on Thursday, 18 January 2018.

"Professor Holmes has never previously attended any event held by The Presidents’ Club and is not a member. His attendance was on the basis of an invited guest to a charity fundraising dinner. More specifically, he was a guest of one of the University's key business sponsors who hosted and paid for the table.

"Professor Holmes has confirmed that he was approached whilst dining and served drinks by several hostess staff allocated to his area of the dining room. Co-incidentally he now recognises one of those staff who spoke to him as being the undercover reporter now identifying herself as Maddison Marriage. Professor Holmes recalls expressing at the time (to the woman now known as Maddison Marriage) that both personally and also in the current context (in 2018, particularly post the Harvey Weinstein allegations) he was uncomfortable with the totally unexpected influx of hostess staff and certain auction lots. The undercover reporter has confirmed subsequently to a fellow journalist and Editor, that Professor Holmes ‘looked pretty shocked

"Professor Holmes has further confirmed that another member of the hostess staff also served him a drink whilst he was dining and when he asked her what she thought of the event, she similarly indicated to him that she was uneasy with the event. She stated that she was particularly nervous about descriptions she had been given of the ‘after party’ which she had heard from other hostess staff who had worked at the event in previous years.

" This prompted Professor Holmes to seek out and speak with one of the event staff team leaders, expressing his concern that some of her staff were uncomfortable. Although Professor Holmes did not witness any of the assaults subsequently alleged in the press, he chose to leave as soon as was politely possible at the end of the charity auction after he fulfilled his role to network with a number of key influential individuals as required of him when he attends such public events.

"Professor Holmes has confirmed that he did not and, more importantly, chose not to participate in the post dinner ‘after party’ which he had been unaware of when he accepted the invitation to the black tie dinner, and he returned to his family who were with him in London."

– University of Bolton

Police want to speak to this woman after stabbing

Police are looking for a crucial witness after a man was attacked in Bolton.

Shortly before 11pm on Monday October 9 last year. Police were called to reports of an assault on Chorley Old Road.

A 49-year-old man had been outside a Spar shop when he was approached by a man who began shouting, before stabbing him a number of times and fleeing the scene.

The man was taken to hospital for treatment of his serious injuries and has since made a full recovery.

Police have now released an image of a woman they believe may hold key information.

Detective Constable Chris Hickey of GMP’s Bolton borough, said:

We still need to find the person responsible for inflicting such serious injuries in this unprovoked attack.

We think the woman in the photo was there at the time and could hold key information for our investigation, so would like to speak to her at the earliest possible opportunity.

If you saw something that night, or have information that could help our enquiries, it’s not too late to get in touch.

– Detective Constable Chris Hickey
  • Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 0161 856 5757 or 101, quoting incident number 2466 of 09/10/17. Any report can also be made anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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