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MPs debate new dog 'licence' to help control dangerous breeds after death of Bolton schoolgirl

Dangerous dogs, MPs debate new licence scheme Credit: PA

A new scheme to force dog owners to register their animals every year is being debated by MPs. It follows the death of 14 year old Jade Lomas Anderson. Her local Bolton MP Julie Hilling has been calling for tougher action on dangerous dogs since Jade was killed by dogs in 2013.

Jade Lomas Anderson was killed by dogs Credit: ITV Granada

She's backing calls from Jade's parents and from the coroner at her inquest They all want a licence brought back. The MP wants money raised from the scheme to be used to enforce conditions and penalties on the owners of dangerous dogs.


Crane topples over in Bolton park

The collapsed crane Credit: Picture:Mark Paulson

A crane has collapsed into a drain at a United Utilities work site at Wayoh Reservoir in the Edgworth area of Bolton.

The scene after the collapse Credit: Picture: Phil McDermott

Quick-thinking bystanders Mark Paulson and Phil McDermott snapped some photographs in the aftermath of the collapse.

Man's due in court after series of indecent exposures

A man's been charged after a series of indecent exposures in Bolton.

Patrick Tamas of Merehall Close, Bolton, is charged with three counts of exposure in Bolton in the space of 24 hours. He's due to appear before Bolton magistrates in November.

The first occurred in the Brownlow Way area of Halliwell at about 7pm on 26 October 2014 when a man exposed himself to a 12-year-old girl.

The second incident took place just two hours later in the Shepherds Cross Street area of Halliwell and a 17-year-old girl was the victim of an indecent exposure.

The final incident took place at about 7.45pm on 27 October 2014 on Thynne Street, Great Lever, during which a man exposed himself to a 32-year-old woman.

Detective Sergeant Patrick Wood said: "These exposures caused a great deal of distress and anxiety in the local area, particularly among women and parents given the ages of two of the victims.

"I want to assure people that we have charged a man and while I cannot go into detail at this stage because the matter will be dealt with by the courts, it is clearly reassuring for the community to know we have made an arrest and brought a charge.

"I would appeal to anyone who has been affected by the investigation to call us."

Land Rover ploughs into Bolton pub

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Police have arrested a man after a Land Rover ploughed through the wall of a pub, in Bolton.

The vehicle went through the Dog and Partridge coming to a stop in the bar. Officers say no-one was injured in the crash and engineers will carry out tests to see how safe the building is.

Bolton boss ask for positive performance

Neil Lennon, Bolton's new manager, has outlined his battle plan. Credit: PA

Neil Lennon has outlined his Bolton battle plan as he prepares to take charge of Wanderers for the first time.

The former Celtic boss replaced Dougie Freedman last Sunday after Bolton won just one of their opening 11 Sky Bet Championship games.

They are rock bottom as they head to fellow strugglers Birmingham on Saturday and Lennon insisted he expects instant progress from his new side at St Andrew's.

I can't guarantee that we'll go to Birmingham and wipe the floor with them," Lennon said, with Bolton six points behind their fifth-bottom hosts.

It would be good to try to get the result; if we can give a decent performance then so be it. What I'm looking for is a performance of some sort that gives me encouragement going forward.

– Neil Lennon, Bolton manager


Lizard given oxygen treatment by fire crews after blaze

The lizard was treated with oxygen. Credit: Greater Manchester Fire Service.

Fire crews have rescued and treated a bearded dragon lizard following a house fire in Bolton.

Firefighters found the lizard in its tank and took it out to the fire engine where they treated it with oxygen therapy - and it made a full recovery.

The occupant of the house, on Chorley Old Road, and her two dogs were unharmed in the incident.

The lizard was treated with oxygen. Credit: Greater Manchester Fire Service.

Lennon: "It's not easy walking straight into a Premier League job"

Neil Lennon, Bolton manager Credit: PA

New Bolton manager Neil Lennon admits the perception of domestic football in Scottish may have prevented from landing a Premier League job.

The former Celtic manager has taken over a struggling championship side despite winning the Scottish Premier League three times and impressing in the Champions League.

"You look at the Premier League now - you have got Brendan (Rodgers), Roberto (Martinez), Paul Lambert, Steve Bruce, the list is endless really of managers who have managed in the Championship.

You probably have to earn your spurs to get into the Premier League. Sometimes it's not as easy as walking straight into a Premier League job; it's a pretty exclusive band.

I'm very happy with the decision I've made; I think they're good football people here."

– Neil Lennon, Bolton manager

Gang break into home before stealing cars from drive

Gang approach Credit: MEN Syndication

The moment a gang broke into a family’s home has been caught on camera. The gang of four men used a screwdriver to break into the house in Bolton. It is believed they targeted the property especially for the Audi cars parked outside - ignoring a laptop and iPad in the smash-and-grab raid.

Gang target house for cars Credit: MEN Syndication

The MEN reporting the thieves first struck at 2.20pm on Wednesday, September 24, knocking on the front door to establish no-one was home before climbing over the gate of the property in Farnworth.

They then used what is thought to be a screwdriver to smash the patio doors.

In the house for less than two minutes, they stole a piggybank and briefcase containing jewellery, documents and spare keys to the family’s two Audis.

Screwdriver used to smash window Credit: MEN Syndication

A GMP spokesman confirmed a burglary had taken place at the property with items including the family's car keys being taken and that officers were examining cctv footage of the incident.

Gange force entry Credit: MEN Syndication
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