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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

WATCH: CCTV footage of gunmen who shot at Social Services building

CCTV footage of two gunmen graffitiing and shooting at a Social Services building in Greater Manchester has been released by police.

The gunmen pulled out handguns and shot at the door of the Harpurhey District Office in April.

The building houses both Manchester Adults and Children's Services. Nobody was injured.

One of the men also graffitied the door before the shooting. Afterwards, both of the men ran away before jumping into a car and driving off.

The gunmen ran away before driving off in a white Ford Focus Credit: GMP

Officers who were called to the offices the next day discovered bullet shell casings and damage to the door of the building.

Witnesses have described the two men as wearing balaclavas and dark clothing.

Greater Manchester Police are urging anyone with information to contact them on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800555111.

"We suspect this was a targeted attack on this building.

“The footage we have released demonstrates that these are dangerous men, they possess three firearms and seem willing to fire indiscriminately without knowing if anyone was in harm’s way.

“We continue to work with Manchester City Council to ensure the safety of those who work in and use the building, but the public can also assist us in keeping the people in that building safe.

“If you recognise these men, or the vehicle pictured in the images we have released, please call the police as a matter of urgency, so we can remove the threat they pose from the streets.”

– Detective Constable Natalia Montano, GMP’s North Manchester Division

Police appeal after woman in Blackpool injured in cigarette attack

Blackpool Police are keen to speak to this man in connection with the attack Credit: GMP

Police in Blackpool are appealing for information after a 24-year-old woman in Blackpool was spat on and injured with a lit cigarette.

They are keen to speak to the man, pictured, in connection with the attack and are urging anyone with information to contact them on 101.

The woman had been out with friends when an argument started with a group of men nearby.

One of the men approached the woman and spat on her, before pushing a lit cigarette towards her face and damaging her eye. The men then ran away.

She was taken to hospital and treated for a damaged cornea and impaired vision.

"This was a cowardly and despicable assault which has left a woman requiring hospital treatment.

"The nature of the attack was particularly shameful and we want to find the person responsible.

"If you recognise the man pictured, please contact police immediately."

– PC Matthew Pearson, Blackpool Police
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