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A man who raped his "highly vulnerable" victim over a nine-year period after he trafficked her into the UK has had his sentence increased.

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Man lunges at police officers in Oldham with a knife

A domestic violence suspect lunged at police officers with a knife when they went to arrest him.

It happened at about 8.30am on Tuesday morning. Officers had been called to a flat at Eldon Street in Oldham, following a report of a domestic disturbance.

When officers arrived they were confronted by a man who threatened to stab and kill them if they tried to arrest him then suddenly lunged at them with a knife. One of the officers managed to deploy a taser and he was disarmed.

A 37-year-old man was arrested and charged with affray.

No-one was hurt in the incident.

Detective Inspector Ann Buckley praised the quick thinking of the officers.

She said:

Faced with a knife-wielding suspect they carried out their job to the letter, ordering him to put down the knife before disarming him when he came at them.

This is the kind of day-to-day danger faced by officers that often goes unheralded and is considered just part of the job.

They were there to help resolve a domestic situation which we always take extremely seriously. A taser was used in this case as it was the quickest and most effective way to reduce the risk to everyone involved, not least the suspect himself.


Police investigate paintball shooting spree

Police are investigating a paintball shooting spree in Greater Manchester, involving eight separate attacks on pedestrians.

File photograph of a paintballer Credit: PA

Officers were called to Powell Street in Bury on Saturday after men in a dark-coloured Vauxhall were seen firing paintballs at a house.

The first victim was walking with friends when two cars drove past and opened fire, hitting the victim on the body with orange paint.

File photograph of a paintballer

There were two further attacks by these men on Bury New Road, and later in Fallowfield and Stockport.

In the final attack, just before 3am, a man was shot several times, before being told 'I hope that hurt'.

A 20-year-old man has been arrested and bailed until 19 May and a further two men, aged 22 and 20, have also been arrested on suspicion of assault.

They remain in custody for questioning.

British Consul travels to Tenerife to help doctor's family

The British Consul in Spain has travelled to Tenerife to help the family of a doctor from Altrincham who drowned trying to rescue her son when they were on holiday in Tenerife.

A British holiday maker who witnessed the tragedy has described the scene.

Uma Ramalingam, who was a consultant at the Royal Oldham Hospital, was one of two women killed when they were swept out to sea as they tried to rescue their children.

Man charged in connection with death of baby

A man has been charged in connection with the death of a baby in Wigan.

Martin Thomas, 30, of Beech Hill Avenue, Wigan, has been charged with six counts of assault.

On 21 February 2013, police were called by paramedics who had attended a call at an address on Beech Hill Avenue in Wigan, where they found a four-month-old girl unconscious and not breathing.

He is due before Wigan magistrates’ court on Friday 11 April 2014.

A 24-year-old woman who was arrested on suspicion of murder and child neglect has been released without charge.

Tenerife deaths: Foreign Office providing consular assistance to families

A spokesman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: 'We can confirm the deaths of two British nationals in Tenerife on April 6.

"We are in touch with the authorities and are providing consular assistance with the families."

A spokeswoman for emergency services said both local police and fire brigade assisted in the emergency operation and the Guardia Civil is now investigating the incident.


Consultant drowns off Tenerife after trying to rescue children

Uma Ramalingam

A consultant working at the Royal Oldham Hospital in Greater Manchester has drowned off Tenerife, after trying to rescue two children who had been swept away by a wave.

Uma Ramalingam, 42, from Altrincham, was on holiday with 39-year-old Barathi Ruvikumar, who also died.

The women were pronounced dead on Sunday evening, after getting into difficulties during their rescue attempt off the coast of Playa Paraiso, to the southwest of the island.

A third woman, aged 38, who has not been named, survived along with the two children, aged 10 and 14, after being pulled out of the water by rescuers.

Mrs Ramalingam, originally from Chennai in India, was a consultant obstetrician at the Royal Oldham Hospital's women and children's unit.

The Royal Oldham Hospital: Uma was a 'fantastic doctor'

Olubusola Amu, consultant and clinical director of Women and Children Services at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, has described Uma Ramalingam, who drowned at the weekend, as a 'fantastic doctor'.

She said:

We are greatly saddened to hear the death of Uma who had been working for the Trust for about six years.

She was a fantastic doctor who brought a lot of hope to the high risk women attending the Women and Children’s Unit at The Royal Oldham Hospital.

This is a terrible shock to everyone who knew Uma. Our thoughts are with her family at this sad time. She will be sorely missed.

Uma was a consultant obstetrician at The Royal Oldham Hospital Women and Children’s Unit.

– Olubusola Amu, Women and Children Services

One-eyed horse Ruby rescued from Manchester river

Crews reassure Ruby Credit: Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

Greater Manchester fire service have released pictures of their battle to rescue a horse from the River Irwell in Radcliffe.

21 year old Ruby, lost her footing and fell in on Monday and was unable to get out of the water.

Pictures courtesy of GMFRS Credit: Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service
Ruby is pulled out of the water Credit: Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service
Ruby out of danger Credit: Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

Her owner called 999 and firefighters from Broughton, Whitefield and Bury stations were called to help out. After a rest, Ruby was able to stand and made her way back to her stable.

Ruby safe and well and on her way home

Greater Manchester Police hunt convicted murderer Maurice Travis

Maurice Travis Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Police are appealing for help to trace a convicted murderer who's on the run. Maurice Travis, 33, was jailed for life in 1999 after murdering an inmate at Stoke Heath Young Offenders' Institute.

He absconded while released on temporary licence in the Werneth area of Oldham.

He is white, 5ft 9in tall and has short cropped brown hair. He was wearing black jeans, black jacket with white motif on top of left shoulder and white trainers. He has links to Tameside, Oldham and Salford areas.

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