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Officers searching for missing woman find body in Bury

Officers searching for a missing woman from Ramsbottom found a body in the River Irwell in Bury at around 1pm this afternoon.

Although formal identification has not taken place, police say they believe the body to be that of the missing 58-year-old woman Valerie Weston.

Officers are supporting the family at this difficult time and our thoughts are with them.

– Inspector Andrew Carter of Lancashire Police

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Huge factory fire in Bury

Factory fire Credit: @MarkDickson79

Around 40 firefighters have been tackling a huge fire at a factory in Bury overnight. Crews were called to Alston Street in Tottington at around 9 o'clock. Residents nearby have been told to keep windows closed.

Hearing into death of teenage apprentice at factory

Cameron Minshull was 16 when he died

A court hearing will begin today into the death of a teenage apprentice from Bury who died after becoming entangled in machinery at a factory. Cameron Minshull, 16, was just weeks into an engineering apprenticeship when the tragedy happened in January 2013. Greater Manchester Police said Huntley Mount Engineering Ltd have been summonsed for offences of corporate manslaughter and failing to ensure the health, safety and welfare of employees. Two employees have also been summonsed for offences of manslaughter by gross negligence. Lime People Training Solutions Ltd, which places apprentices with employers, has been summonsed for failing to ensure the health and safety of a person other than an employee. The matter will be heard before Bury Magistrates’ Court.

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Mayor's stolen chains 'a despicable crime that hits heart of Bury'

“This is a despicable crime that hits at the very heart and soul of the town.

“What makes those responsible for this crime doubly callous is that the Mayor had just been to a service commemorating those who gave their lives for our freedom during World War I. These individuals have no pride or respect and I’m sure the residents of Bury will, like me, be appalled at this crime.

“I’m assured that Greater Manchester Police are doing everything possible to track down those responsible and I appeal to anyone with information to come forward so these men can be brought to justice and the chains returned to where they belong.

“I also send my best wishes to the driver who was injured and hope he makes a full recovery.”

– Tony Lloyd, Police & Crime Commissioner for Greater Manchester

Bury ceremonial chains stolen in violent attack

The Mayoress of Bury Michelle Wiseman wearing the ceremonial chains. Credit: GMP

Two men violently assaulted and robbed the Mayor of Bury's driver last night as he was putting a briefcase containing the Mayor and Mayoress’ ceremonial gold chains into the boot of a car parked up in the Stand Lane area of Radcliffe.

One of the attackers, wearing a balaclava, approached him from behind and struck him on the shoulder with a hammer, before grabbing the briefcase and making off in a green VW Polo driven by an accomplice.

The brutal attack happened around 10.15pm after the Mayor had left a service commemorating the lives lost in World War 2.

The victim suffered muscle damage in his shoulder from the hammer blow.

Everyone connected to the borough of Bury and Bury Council will be appalled at this dreadful crime committed on our First Citizen and her Deputy as they were carrying out their civic duties.

The chains are an irreplaceable part of our heritage and so we are offering a substantial reward for their safe return. Our thoughts are also very much with the Mayor’s driver who was hurt during the robbery and we wish him a speedy recovery.

– Councillor Mike Connolly, Leader of Bury Council.

Police are appealing to anyone with information to come forward by calling 101 or the independent charity, Crimestoppers on 0800 55 111.

Company charged with Corporate Manslaughter over death of apprentice

Cameron Minshull suffered a serious head injury and later died, after becoming entangled in a lathe at Huntley Mount Engineering Ltd. Credit: Granada reports

A corporate manslaughter charge has been brought against a company which employed a 16-year-old apprentice from Bury who died after being trapped in a lathe.

Cameron Minshull suffered a serious head injury and later died at the Wythenshawe Hospital, after becoming entangled in a lathe at Huntley Mount Engineering Ltd where he worked in January 2013.

Greater Manchester Police said that Huntley Mount Engineering Ltd of Bury have been summonsed for corporate manslaughter and failing to ensure the health, safety and welfare of employees.

Huntley Mount Engineering Ltd director Zaffar Hussain, 59, and supervisor Akbar Hussain, 35, both of Bury, have also been accused of manslaughter by gross negligence.

Lime People Training Solutions Ltd, which places apprentices with employers, have also been accused of failing to ensure the health and safety of a person other than an employee.

Greater Manchester Police, which carried out a joint investigation with the Health and Safety Executive, said a hearing has been set for Bury Magistrates' Court on November 4.

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