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CCTV released as police hunt for shop robbers

CCTV footage has been released by Police after an armed robbery in Rochdale.

It happened shortly after 7AM on Friday 1 July 2016 when two men went into Bargain Booze, on New Road, Littleborough.

One man produced a knife and threatened to stab a staff member if she did not open the safe while the second man leapt over the counter and forced open the till, taking cash from inside.

The staff member managed to shrug off one of the men and escape through the front door. Both men then fled on foot towards Crowther Street.

“This was a brazen robbery which left the victim terrified.

“This happened early in the morning on a busy road where lots of people would have been heading to work in the morning.

“We would urge anyone who was in the area at the time and may have seen anything that can help our investigation to come forward.

“We would also like to appeal to anyone who recognises the men shown in the CCTV footage to contact police.”

– Detective Sergeant Louise Ashurst

The first man is described as white, 5ft 11in, slim build, very pale skin, in his 20's and clean shaven. He was wearing a black and grey hooded top with his hood up.

The second man was wearing dark clothing with his hood up.

Police issue e-fit after schoolgirl approached in the street

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Greater Manchester Police have released an e-fit of a man after a school girl was approached by a stranger in Hale.

At around 12:30pm last Friday a 13-year-old girl was walking on Hale Road on her way home from school when a man driving a small silver car pulled up next to her.

The man asked the girl for directions, which she gave him, before offering her a lift to where she was going.

The girl refused but the man again asked her to get in the car, saying that she should get in because it is raining.

Again she refused his offer and the man drove off.

He is described as a white man, aged between 50 and 60 with short grey hair and short stubble. He was wearing dark rimmed glasses and spoke with a local accent.

“I understand this is a worrying incident which will no doubt cause concern but I want to assure everybody that we have launched a full investigation.

“The young girl was approached but refused to go with the man, which is a testament to her as she could have easily been tempted to take up the offer of a lift when it was raining.

“I would like to appeal to anyone who recognises the man in the e-fit to please get in touch.

"Likewise if you are the man who was involved in this incident and feel there is a different side to this report then come forward and give us your version of events.”

– Detective Sergeant Dan Hayes
  • Anybody with information should contact police on 0161 856 7530 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.


Anyone missing a snake? Unusual appeal by police in Bolton

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Police in Bolton are appealing for help in tracing the owner of a pet snake.

They believe it escaped from an address in the Great Lever area of the town.

Officers were alerted by residents and say they 'charmed' the one metre plus reptile into a box before transporting it to an exotic pet centre.

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It was identified as a Corn Snake said to be non-venomous and a common pet.

Officers say anyone wanting to clam the snake can call 01618565619.

CCTV appeal over stiletto heel attack

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Detectives have released a CCTV image after a woman was attacked with a stiletto heel in Manchester.

The victim was taken to hospital where she was treated for a head injury, which has left her with a permanent scar to her forehead.

At about 2.20am on Saturday 16 April 2016 a 21-year-old woman was with friends at Yates Wine Lodge on Portland Street in Manchester city centre when an altercation broke out on the dance floor of the bar.

During the assault, the victim was stuck on the head by the heel of a stiletto worn by the woman.

“This was a vicious attack and there may have been a lot of people around the area at the time of the assault.

"If you saw what happened, you may have information that could help us track down the person that did this.

“We have released an image of a woman we want to speak to in connection with this attack and if anyone recognises her I would urge them to contact police.”

– Detective Constable Tom Munnery

This woman is described as white, in her mid-twenties in, 5ft-5ft 2”in, slightly chubby build with blonde shoulder-length hair.

  • Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 4436 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Man charged after car collides with 10 year old on pedestrian crossing

A man has been charged with dangerous driving after a car collided with a schoolgirl on a pedestrian crossing in Greater Manchester.

Murat Polat, 26, of Burlington Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, has also been charged with using a motor vehicle without insurance.

He will appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court on tomorrow.

The 10 year old girl remains in a serious but stable condition in hospital with multiple injuries following the incident on the eastbound carriageway of Manchester Road, Denton on Friday evening.


Schoolchildren produce play to educate others about honour abuse

A play has been produced to teach children about honour-based abuse.

Two Manchester schools have worked alongside Greater Manchester Police and Contact, a young people's performance venue to help children understand the issue.

Creative experts worked with pupils from Levenshulme High School and Manchester Grammar School to create the play, Not in My Honour.

The play explores forced marriage, child marriage and other honour-based abuse from all cultures, nationalities, faith groups and communities.

Honour-based abuse can be used to control behaviour within families to protect perceived cultural and religious beliefs. It often leads to violence.

It is hoped the play will be studied in schools across the country.

The play's script and other materials will be made available on the Home Office website for anyone who wishes to download it.

It will be performed at the two schools on June 29 and June 30.

PCSO stabbed in the neck whilst on duty to receive MBE

A PCSO from Greater Manchester who nearly lost his life in the line of duty is to be recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Gary Etchells is to get an MBE for services to policing after was he stabbed in the neck during an eviction in Stalybridge a decade ago.

  • He spoke to Matt O'Donoghue ten years after Granada Reports first covered his story.

Man, 33, left injured in chest after being shot in Salford

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A man is fighting for his life after being shot in the chest in Salford last night.

The attack, which police believe is linked to a feud between organised crime groups, happened on Mill Hill in Little Hulton at around 9.25pm.

Greater Manchester Police said the 33-year-old victim was taken to hospital where he is being treated for a gunshot wound to the chest and remains in a stable condition.

Enquiries are ongoing and police are appealing for anyone in the area at the time or anyone with information to come forward.

“We have dedicated extra patrols to Salford to try and prevent further incidents from taking place and also offer reassurance to the community that incidents like this will not be tolerated.

“I would urge the local community to come forward if they saw or heard anything in their area at the time of the incidents to get in touch as a matter of urgency.”

– Detective Superintendent Emily Higham, Greater Manchester Police
  • Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 9403 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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