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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

Map shows Mill Hill in Salford. Credit: Google Maps

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.


Life saving equipment stolen from ambulance

Map shows Barlow Road in Levenshulme.

Police are hunting a thief who broke into an ambulance and stole expensive medical equipment.

The robbery took place between 8.25pm and 9.25pm last Tuesday, when the ambulance car was left parked outside a patient’s house on Barlow Road, in Levenshume, Manchester.

Greater Manchester Police said the offender managed to break into the unattended car, stealing some specialist medical equipment before making their escape.

They stole a EZ-IO Intraosseous Vascular Access System - a piece of equipment used to drill into bones, worth £300 and six drill bits worth £100 each.

“This is a specialist piece of equipment and there is very little chance that the person who stole this item knows what it is used for, or even how much it is worth.

“Chances are the thief will be looking to sell this item, which is in a bright yellow plastic case.

“As you will able to see from the image, this drill is very recognisable and I would like to ask anyone who may have been offered this piece of equipment to come forward.

– Detective Constable Victoria Pickersgill, Greater Manchester Police
  • Anyone with information is asked to call GMP 101 quoting crime number 200638P/15 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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