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Woman, 18 raped in alleyway

Police are investigating after an 18 year old woman was raped in Bolton. It happened in an alleyway off All Saints Street, Bolton, early this morning. The offender is described as white, with short hair and wearing a T-shirt and jeans. Police are appealing to anyone who has information to come forward.

"We are currently in the early stages of investigating the rape of a young woman and we are providing support to the woman and her family during what is clearly a very difficult and traumatic time for them.

"We are still piecing together the movements of this woman and the offender and trawling CCTV so we can build up an accurate picture of where they met and where they went before she was raped."

– Detective Inspector Damian Simpson

Two men jailed for stabbing teenager to death

Two men have been jailed for stabbing a teenager to death in Wythenshawe following a re-trial at Manchester Crown Court.

Kelvin Wilhelm was found guilty of murder and Anthony Ellis was found guilty of the manslaughter of John Muldowney.

Wilhelm has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 20 years. Ellis has been jailed for 10 years for manslaughter.

Kelvin Wilhelm
Kelvin Wilhelm was found guilty of murder. Credit: Greater Manchester Police
Anthony Ellis
Anthony Ellis was found guilty of manslaughter. Credit: Greater Manchester Police

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HSBC closes bank account of Bolton based charity

A Muslim charity has accused a bank of putting lives at risk for shutting down its account.

The Ummah Welfare Trust based in Bolton has distributed 70 million pounds to projects in 20 countries. It has had a presence in Gaza for the past 10 years.

But the charity has now received a letter from the HSBC to tell them their account is being closed for being beyond the bank's "risk appetite".

Ashley Derricott reports:

Health watchdog calls for inquiry into emergency care consultation

There are calls for an inquiry into a £4 million consultation which could lead to the reorganisation of Accident and Emergency care in Greater Manchester.

It is over plans to take seriously ill patients to a handful of specialist hospitals rather than their own A & E.

Healthwatch which campaigns on behalf of patients claims the proposals were put together behind closed doors and the consultation breaks Parliamentary rules.

However those involved in the Healthier Together plans say the process is legitimate. Andrew Fletcher reports.

HSBC closes Bolton charity's bank account

A Bolton-based Muslim charity has accused a bank of putting lives at risk for shutting down its account.

The Ummah Welfare Trust has distributed 70 million pounds to projects in 20 countries. And it's had a presence in Gaza for the past 10 years.

But the charity has now received a letter from the HSBC to tell them their account is being closed for being beyond the bank's "risk appetite".

Mohammad Ahmad is from the charity.

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Conman ransacks 90 year old man's house

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man conned his way into the home of a 90-year-old man in Oldham and attempted to rob him.

The man knocked on the 90-year-old victim's door between 2.30pm and 3.30pm on Thursday 24 July.

He asked if he would like any gardening work carrying out and forced his way into the house.

Once inside, he threatened the victim and demanded money, but when the man refused, he became aggressive and pushed him onto the bed.

He then ransacked the house and searched in the victim's pockets.

The victim tried to call the police but the man stopped him and unable to find any money, he left empty-handed.

The man is described as white, in his thirties, clean shaven between 6ft and 6ft 2in tall, and of slim build.

Detective Constable Christian Julien said:

This man targeted a vulnerable and frail elderly gentleman and, after conning his way into his home, he used aggression and intimidation to try to steal money.

"I would also like to make other local residents aware so they can remain vigilant and I urge anyone who may feel they have been targeted in a similar way in the nearby area to phone police.

– Detective Constable Christian Julien, GMP

Vandals smash windows in 70 cars at Wigan garage

Police are appealing for information after vandals smashed the windows in 70 cars at a car dealership in Wigan.

It happened at the Chorley Nissan dealership on Pottery Lane in the town between 12pm and 1.40am on Tuesday 29 July 2014.

The attackers used a sledgehammer and sticks to smash the windows of the showroom before making their way onto the cars.

Police are now appealing to anyone with information to come forward.

The three vandals are described as men of medium build, and all were wearing dark clothing with hoods up and one was wearing white trainers and was carrying a sledge-hammer.

Detective Constable Daniel Ritchie said:

"I am asking anyone who lives in these communities to come forward with any information they may have that will help us catch the culprits.

We are taking this matter extremely seriously and we will do everything we can, with the public's help, to identify those responsible for this senseless acts of vandalism."

– Detective Constable Daniel Ritchie, GMP

Health watchdog calls for inquiry into consulation on emergency care in Greater Manchester

A health watchdog is demanding an inquiry into a £4 million consultation which could lead to a shake up of Accident and Emergency care in Greater Manchester.

There are plans to take seriously ill patients to a handful of specialist hospitals rather than their own A and E.

But Sir Ian McCartney from the patient group Healthwatch says the consultation has already used up £4 million pounds of public money.

And that is before Parliament has given it powers to introduce any proposed changes.

Leila Williams from'Healthier Together' say the process is legitimate.

Man charged with attempted murder in Oldham

Man charged with attempted murder in Oldham
Man charged with attempted murder in Oldham Credit: PA

A man has been charged with attempted murder after two men were shot in Oldham.

Andrew Burke, 35, of HMP Manchester has been charged with two counts of attempted murder and possessing ammunition.

He has previously been charged with possession of a firearm.

He is due to appear at Manchester City Magistrates’ Court on Friday 1 August 2014.

At about 10.20pm on Sunday 29 June 2014, two men were sitting in a car on Radcliffe Road, Oldham, when a gunman approached, spoke to them briefly before shooting them both.

They were treated in hospital for their injuries but have been discharged.

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