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Computers stolen from primary school

Classrooms were ransacked by burglars Credit: Manchester Evening News

Burglars have stolen laptops and iPads worth tens of thousands of pounds from a primary school.

Classrooms at St Mary’s RC Primary School in Levenshulme were ransacked and damaged by thieves who took 30 new Acer Chromebook laptops and 48 iPad minis.

It’s the second time the school has been burgled this year. Thieves had stolen valuable laptops on the first day of the summer holidays. Many of those taken in Thursday night’s burglary were replacements.

It’s understood the break-in happened at around 6.20 pm on Thursday 29th December and the burglars are believed to have been inside the building for around an hour. Greater Manchester Police has confirmed it has received a report of a break-in and is waiting for updates.

Damage caused to classrooms at St Mary's RC Primary School Credit: Manchester Evening News

"The school is an absolute mess. They clearly knew what they were doing. Watching them back on CCTV, you can see them getting a step ladder out of a very specific cupboard. They knew where the alarm was. They were clearly very organised."

– Mylene McGuire, head teacher

Dream Christmas gift for Daisy

Daisy in her police patrol vehicle Credit: Manchester Evening News

Police have transformed a children's ride-on car to create the perfect Christmas present for a young girl with a rare chromosome disorder.

Daisy Berry from Wigan is "absolutely made up" with her gift, which has been transformed from a toy racer into her own police patrol vehicle. It has reflective stickers and blue lights, thanks to officers who added Greater Manchester Police force livery to the car.

Daisy, who has Pallister Killian Syndrome, has had more than 20 operations in her short lifetime due to various medical complications.

The four-year-old, who doesn't talk, loves the sound of sirens on the streets, and always takes a mini police car with her whenever she has a medical appointment.

This year, her parents Steven and Jenny decided to get her an electric toy ride-on car, so she could drive around in a vehicle herself.

They then contacted Greater Manchester Police to see if they could turn it into her own special patrol car.

Daisy Berry Credit: Manchester Evening News

“She’s absolutely made up with it. She’s a tough little girl and does so well, and I am delighted we were able to give her this gift that she loves. In fact she loves it so much that she even pulled over another little girl in her electric toy car on Christmas morning in the street.”

– Steven Berry, Daisy's dad

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Man charged with murder of Mohammed Aftab

Mohammed Aftab Credit: Manchester Evening News

A man has been charged with the murder of Mohammed Aftab, who died of multiple head injuries and stab wounds on Christmas Day. The 21-year old’s body was discovered on Dyehouse Lane in Rochdale at around 8.15 on the morning of 25th December.

Jason Byrnes, 26, of Waithlands Road, Rochdale, is due to appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court charged with murder.

Mohammed's family have paid tribute to him in a statement released by Greater Manchester Police.

"This has been a devastating loss to all the family. Aftab had respect and love for people from all walks of life. You see these things happen to other people but can never comprehend it when it happens to you. We all loved him from the bottom of our hearts and will miss him."

– Altaf Hussain, Mohammed's father

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Police are urging motorists to obey road closures

Police across the region are urging motorists to take care in the icy and snowy conditions, with several routes closed.

Greater Manchester Police have already warned on Twitter they are reprimanding those who disobey the road closures.

Greater Manchester Police issued a ticket to this driver who ignored the closure in Farnworth Credit: Twitter
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