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Police appeal for next-of-kin of man from Gorton

Police are attempting to trace the next of kin of a man from Gorton.

Eric Norton, 89, passed away at his home address on 25 December 2017. There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.

It is believed that Eric may have family living abroad.

  • Anyone with information about Eric’s family is asked to contact the Police Coroner’s Office at Manchester Town Hall on 0161 856 3527.

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Wanted: Gavin Handford from Manchester

Gavin Handford, 28, is wanted by Manchester police Credit: GMP

Warrants have been executed across Gorton and Oldham in the search for wanted man Gavin Handford.

At 6.30am this morning police officers in Manchester searched properties on Bryson Walk and Hampden Crescent, Gorton, and Randolph Street, Oldham, in a bid to find the 28-year-old.

Handford is wanted by police in connection with two assaults and supplying Class B drugs.

He has links to Ashton, Oldham and Gorton.

As part of the warrants a man in his 20s has been arrested on suspicion of possession of a Class A and Class B drug with intent to supply and is currently in custody.

Anyone who recognises Handford, or has any information about his whereabouts, is urged to call police on 101.

Alternatively, information can be passed on anonymously to the charity Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111.

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Man has 'life threatening' injuries following Gorton gas explosion

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The injuries suffered by the man in the gas explosion in Gorton have been described as ‘life threatening’.

Group Manager Paul Etches, who is in charge of the incident, told the Manchester Evening News:

We were called to incident after residents heard a large bang.

When the crew arrived they found a man who was taken to hospital with life threatening injuries.

Our Technical Response Unit is working to make the building safe as quickly as possible so firefighters can carry out a thorough search of the property.

Abbey Hey Lane will remain closed for some time, which is affecting the 7, 168 and 169 bus routes.

We’d like to thank residents for their patience while we work to resolve this incident.

– Paul Etches

These latest moving images were sent in to us on Twitter by Bobbi Gorst.

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