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Teenager accused of Darwen murder due in court

An 18-year-old is due in court charged with murder after a man died and a woman was injured at a house in Darwen in Lancashire.

Daniel Bamford, of Harvey Lane, Warrington, will appear at Preston Crown Court.

Five other men have been bailed until 25th October.

Michael Keen, 42, had suffered multiple stab wounds.

A 42 year old woman was treated in hospital.

Michael Keen Credit: Lancashire Constabulary

Detectives hunt man after attempted rape in Wavertree

Detectives are hunting a man following an attempted rape in Wavertree, Liverpool.

The victim was pushed through a front door on Liscard Road late last night. The man escaped towards Lawrence Road following a struggle.

He's described as tanned in appearance, possibly of Asian or Eastern European origin, in his 20s, of medium build, with short dark hair and wearing a big, dark coloured coat.

Officers are carrying out extensive enquiries in the area.

Specialist detectives are looking after the victim and providing her with care and support.

Extra high-visibility patrols will be in the area over the bank holiday to provide reassurance to residents.

  • Anyone with information should call Merseyside Police on 0151 777 1382 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Police appeal after girls assaulted on bus

Police on Merseyside are appealing for witnesses after three girls were assaulted on a bus travelling from St Helens to Liverpool.

The girls, two aged 14 and one aged 10, were on the top deck of the 10A yesterday when three teenage boys got on at Nutgrove shouting lewd and sexual comments at the girls.

Detectives say the teenagers started to assault one of the girls when she ignored them. Her friends were also assaulted when they tried to help.

The girls managed to get free and tell their parents when they returned home.

“The girls involved in this incident were really shaken up following this despicable attack and an investigation is underway to find those involved. Detectives are carrying out inquiries into the incident and are seeking CCTV in a bid to identify the offenders.”

– Temp Supt Jonathan Davies

The teenagers are described as:

  • 16, “lanky” with long shoulder length black hair and wearing a black jacket.
  • 16, “lanky” with “spotty” complexion, long shoulder length brown hair and a blue jacket.
  • 14, ginger hair with a black hat.

Anyone who witnessed the incident, or recognises the descriptions of the offenders, should contact St Helens CID on 0151 777 6883 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Police make fourth arrest in connection with Manchester man stabbed to death

Four people have been arrested in connection with the murder of Abdul Hafidah, pictured Credit: GMP

Police have made a fourth arrest in connection with the murder of Adbul Hafidah who was stabbed to death in Moss Side.

A 14-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of murder today and is currently in police custody for questioning.

18-year-old Abdul was rushed to hospital with stab wounds to the neck and abdominal injuries earlier in May. He did in hospital on Saturday.

Abdul was reportedly being chased by a group of men. He collided with a car before being stabbed. The car was later recovered on a small road nearby.

A Home Office post-mortem examination found that Abdul died as a result of a stab wound to the neck.

The two 19-year-old men who were arrested on suspicion of murder on Monday have been bailed until July, as was the 17-year-old boy arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in connection with the case.

Police are urging anyone with information to contact them on 0161 856 9283, 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. A dedicated Dropbox has also been set up:

“We have made a fourth arrest and the investigation into Abdul’s murder continues to make progress.

“I want to remind people who may have been driving past around the time of the attack and has any dash-cam or mobile phone footage to come forward. This attack took place during rush-hour in a busy area and may have lasted for quite a period of time.

"I would urge you to check your devices and if you have any footage from around the time it happened, please pass it to police. You can do this by sending footage to the dedicated link we have set up for this case on Dropbox or by coming in to a station.”

– Detective Chief Inspector Terry Crompton, GMP’s Major Incident Team
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