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Police hunt thief who attacked 91-year-old woman

Police in Manchester looking for man who attacked a 91-year-old woman. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Police in Manchester say they are hunting for a "cowardly and wicked" thief who dragged a 91-year-old woman to the ground and snatched her bag.

The victim was left with bruising across her body following the incident in Whalley Range, Manchester, on Friday afternoon.

The thief is described as having dark skin, about 5ft 5in tall and was dressed all in black. The victim was taken to hospital for treatment to bruising across her body, police said.


Prosecutions after teen apprentice killed in factory tragedy

Apprentice Cameron Minshull was 16 when he died

Police have issued summonses after a teenage apprentice from Bury was killed when he was entangled into machinery at a factory.

Cameron Minshull, 16, was just weeks into an engineering apprenticeship when the tragedy happened in January 2013.

Greater Manchester Police said Huntley Mount Engineering Ltd have been summonsed for offences of corporate manslaughter and failing to ensure the health, safety and welfare of employees. Two employees have also been summonsed for offences of manslaughter by gross negligence.

Lime People Training Solutions Ltd, which places apprentices with employers, has been summonsed for failing to ensure the health and safety of a person other than an employee.

The matter will be heard before Bury Magistrates’ Court on November 4.

Police investigate suspicious incidents of men approaching children

Greater Manchester Police issues the warning today. Credit: ITV News

Police have warned parents to be alert after a number of reports of men acting suspiciously towards children.

Three incidents were reported to Greater Manchester Police (GMP) yesterday, including a report of a man in an old-type Land Rover approaching youngsters in the Abbey Hey area and asking where they lived, shortly after 3.50pm.

The man was described as black, about 40 years old, with short dark hair.

Shortly after 5pm, police received another report that two men in a car had spoken to an 11-year-old girl while she was out jogging, telling her they had been sent to take her home.

The small hatchback car was described as "appearing old", dark green and similar in size to a Nissan Micra or VW Polo. There were two men inside the vehicle but neither got out at any point, police said.

One of the men was described as being in his 30s with long black hair and clean shaven, while the other man looked similar, GMP said.

Shortly after 7.10pm, police received reports that a man on a swing had taken pictures of young girls in Clayton Memorial Park on his phone before following them when they walked off.

He was described as black and had stubble or a short beard and was wearing a red cap. He told children in the park he was 12 years old and appeared confused.

Detective Inspector Mark Hudson said: "Thankfully, no attempt has been made to grab or physically harm any of the children, however, they, their families and no doubt the communities will be concerned about this.

"We are keeping an open mind about these incidents, which at the moment amount to suspicious activity.

"We will brief officers in the relevant neighbourhoods and keep an eye out for people and vehicles matching the descriptions.

"The children have done exactly the right thing in telling parents and the police.

"These incidents act as a reminder that children should not talk to strangers and I would encourage parents to talk to their kids about this and to stress that if they are approached in this manner to simply walk away and tell an adult."

76-year-old woman critically ill after being stabbed during a burglary at her Manchester home

An elderly woman was stabbed in the neck during a burglary at her home in Chorlton.

The robbery happened shortly before 4pm today at her home near Manley Road.

She was taken to hospital where her condition is described as critical.

Police are now appealing for witnesses and are asking for people to come forward.

Anyone with information should phone 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

I would appeal to anyone who may have witnessed a man leaving the Manley Road area this afternoon and thinks they saw something relevant to this investigation to call us.

“To offer reassurance to the community, we will be increasing police patrols in the area and would ask anyone who has concerns, to speak to their local officer.”

– Detective Inspector Rebecca Duggan, Greater Manchester Police


Police release E-fit of man wanted for Rochdale rape

Police E-fit of man wanted for Rochdale rape Credit: GMP

Police have released an E-fit of a man who is wanted for the rape of a 24-year-old woman in an alleyway in the Bamford area of Rochdale.

The incident took place shortly after 4.30am on Saturday, October 11.

The victim has been through a terrible ordeal but I can reassure both her and the community that we are determined to catch the man responsible.

“The victim has managed to provide enough details for us to put together an E-fit so I would now like people to have a look and tell us if they recognise the man.

"I would ask anyone who witnessed the attack to please get in touch. Were you driving or walking near to where the incident took place and see anything suspicious? We believe a man may have been walking near to where the incident took place and I would appeal for him to come forward to let us know if he saw anything."

– Detective Inspector James Faulkner, Rochdale Police.

Anyone with information should phone police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 55 111.

Stabbed Pc "thought he was going to die"

Pc Adnan Ali and Pc Peter Goulding. Credit: Greater Manchester Police

A police officer says he feared he was going to die when a knife-wielding thug stabbed him in the head in a frenzied murder bid.

Pc Adnan Ali, 28, was responding to a ‘routine call’ in Old Trafford when the attack happened.

Police had been called to Stamford Street following a complaint that Dawan Ismail had assaulted a male neighbour.

But when they went to Ismail’s flat, the 32-year-old went berserk with a knife, hacking at Pc Ali’s head and knifing his colleague Pc Peter Goulding in the shoulder while shrieking ‘Allahhu Akbar’ - Arabic for ‘God is the Greatest’.

Ismail was today sentenced to an indefinite hospital order by a court which heard he has significant mental health problems.

He was found guilty of attempted murder, causing GBH with intent and assault in a trial earlier this year, following the attacks on April 30 last year.

It was a routine call-out. We were not expecting any danger, but events escalated quickly.

"Ismail went from being the most calm and cooperative of people to attacking us with that knife. "I was stabbed in the top of my head, cut to my temple, and cut to the side of my neck. I thought I wasn’t going to come out alive.”

– Pc Adnan Ali, Greater Manchester Police

Detective - it's a "shocking and tragic case"

This is a shocking and tragic case, and one that will undoubtedly have a lasting psychological impact upon the poor victim.

“Excellent policing work has gone into tracking down two of the youths we believe to be responsible for this sickening attack, but it is imperative that we try and track down the third man as quickly as possible.

“If you believe you saw a man matching this description in the area at the time, or if you recognise this man, do not protect him, please contact police as soon as possible.”


Youth in court after mugging victim loses baby

The 17-year-old accused, who cannot be named because of his age, appeared in court charged with robbery and was remanded into custody to appear at Manchester Crown Court on October 30.

The youth, wearing a grey tracksuit top and bottoms, pleaded not guilty to robbery.

His jaw dropped open and his mother, sitting in the public gallery, held her hands to her face as the court was told the youth could face up to 10 years in jail if he is convicted of the offence.

An application for bail was refused.

The court heard the victim was waiting to catch a bus to work on Cromwell Road in Eccles, Salford, at around 5.55am on Saturday when she was approached by three youths.

She struggled to keep hold of her bag, containing £170, but was overpowered and after the robbery she noticed she was bleeding.

She then went to hospital and was told she had miscarried.

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