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12 arrested after investigation into 'horrendous' axe attack

Police targeted 11 addresses across the borough this morning Credit: PA

Twelve people have been arrested in a series of dawn raids across Rochdale.

It's part of an investigation into an axe attack in October 2017, where a man suffered serious hand injuries.

Police targeted 11 addresses across the borough this morning. 11 men and one woman were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm.

They remain in custody for questioning. 

A 19-year-old man was left with life changing injuries after being brutally attacked with an axe and today’s raids are hopefully a step towards finding those responsible and showing people how seriously we take these violent crimes.

– Superintendent John-Paul Ruffle

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting incident number 1398 of 17/10/17, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Still no sightings of 'dangerous' former gang member on run from police

Have you seen Duane Anthony Edwards? Credit: MEN Media

A "dangerous" former gang member has now been on the run for a month.

There have been no sightings of 32 year old Duane Anthony Edwards who is wanted after breaching conditions of his licence.

He has been at large since before Christmas. His last known address was Tindall Street, Reddish, Stockport. He also has links to Gorton.

Edwards was originally jailed in 2007 for being part of a robbery plot by Manchester’s notorious Gooch Gang. He is wanted on recall to prison.

Greater Manchester Police say Edwards knows he is wanted and is actively evading arrest.

Anyone with information about Edwards’ whereabouts is asked to contact police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.


Police appeal after firework flung through letterbox

“Whoever put the firework through this couples’ letterbox needs to be held to account for their actions." Credit: PA

Police are appealing for information after a firework was thrown through a letterbox in Bury.

Officers were called to reports of arson on Spring Street in the early hours of December 30.

A couple had been sleeping when they were awoken by a loud noise downstairs.

They found a lit firework had been pushed through their letterbox.

It went off in the house, but no one was hurt.

Fireworks can be incredibly dangerous in the wrong hands and it’s not difficult to imagine the destruction that could have been caused if the firework set alight in their home.

We are treating this arson very seriously and are following a number of lines of enquiry, but we still need your help.

– Detective Constable Danny Whitaker, GMP

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.

Police release images of woman missing for two weeks

The couple circled had a conversation with Marie Credit: GMP

Detectives searching for a missing woman from Altrincham have released images of a couple that may hold key information.

Marie Scott, 57, was last seen at around 12 pm on Monday 18 December on Sandileigh Avenue in Hale. She is described as 5 ft 4 ins tall with mid-length blonde hair.

Officers know she boarded a 12.30 pm train at Altrincham station the same day she went missing and got off at Deansgate in the city centre at 12.54 pm. From there she made her way along Deansgate to outside Blacks clothes store where she spoke to a couple at about 1.07 pm.

Detectives have released CCTV images of the moment Marie spoke with the couple in the hope of identifying and speaking to them. Police want to stress that the man and woman are not in trouble, but they may have information that could lead them to Marie.

The couple are pictured to the right Credit: GMP

“It might be that Marie asked you for directions or you had a really general conversation - whatever it was we could really do with knowing anything that might lead us to her. So if this is you and you remember stopping to speak to a woman on Deansgate that day, please contact us immediately."

– Detective Sargeant Dave Jones
Marie Scott has been missing since 18th December Credit: Scott family

Detectives say Marie went to Castlefield shortly after Deansgate, and they'd also like to hear from anyone who remembers seeing here there.

Anyone with information about Marie’s whereabouts is asked to contact police on 101. Reports can also be made anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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