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57-year-old woman dies after hit and run

Police say a woman who was the victim of a hit and run in south Manchester last weekend has died.

Janice de Botte, 57, and her friend, aged 70, were hit by a van at a pedestrian crossing on Princess Road in West Didsbury at around 7pm on Saturday, January 16.

Witnesses say the van hit the women, stopped briefly, then drove away from the scene. The vehicle was later found at the entrance to Wythenshawe Park.

The two women were taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries. Janice de Botte has since died from her injuries. The 70-year-old woman remains in a serious but stable condition.

Two men were arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and failing to stop at the scene of a collision. They have been released on bail pending further enquiries.

Tragically one of the women has now died from her injuries while the other remains in a serious condition in hospital. We are continuing to support their families through this difficult time.

While we have made two arrests our investigation is still ongoing to establish exactly what happened and we are urging anyone who may have witnessed the incident or seen the van before or after the collision to get in touch.

– Sergeant Mark Thomas, GMP's Serious Collision Investigation Unit
  • Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 0161 856 4741.


Tributes paid to 'loving son and brother' after bus stop crash

Zaid Salei

Tributes have been paid to a 'loving son and brother' who died after driving into a bus stop in the Didsbury area of Manchester.

It happened at 12:10am Wednesday, police were called to the Kingsway in Parrswood, near to the junction with Gawsworth Avenue, to a report of a collision. Officers found that a BMW had collided with the central reservation and then gone into a bus stop.

The driver, 22-year-old Zaid Salei from the Hale area, suffered serious injuries and later died in hospital.

“To our beautiful loving son and brother, you will be forever with us. Heaven now has the most precious angel. Love you always, Mummy, Daddy, Muna, Chloe and Julie xxxxx."

– Family tribute

Police are appealing for witnesses to find out what happened.

Power cut affects 100 homes in Didsbury

A power cut hit around 100 homes in east Didsbury this morning.

The electricity supply failed in the M20 postcode, a residential area near the train station and Parrs Wood complex, early on Thursday morning.

Engineers have found the source of the problem and are working to repair it. The power should be fully restored to everyone this afternoon. Yesterday more than 350 homes were cut off in Bolton.

Police still looking for axe wielding Aldi robbers

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Two masked thieves brandishing axes robbed the Aldi supermarket in on Wilmslow Road in Didsbury at around 1.30pm today, Monday July 13.

Two masked men clad in balaclavas burst into the store armed with axes. They threatened a member of staff before stealing cash and leaving in a black car in the direction of Withington.

Both men were wearing black clothes, face coverings and were had their hoods up.

Police are now appealing to anyone who has information to come forward.

Understandably, the staff were horrified to be confronted by masked thieves brandishing axes.

We need to find the culprits as soon as possible and stop them from using weapons and violence to target any others.

I would appeal to anyone who witnessed any men with similar descriptions in the area at the time of the robbery, or anyone who saw the men fleeing, to get in touch.

And if you do have information about who you suspect may be involved, then please call us.

– Detective Sergeant Suleman Sange of South Manchester division

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 9945, 101, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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