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Special house in Lee Rigby's honour

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The final touches are being put to a special house in memory of Lee Rigby. The soldier from Middleton was killed by extremists close to his barracks in London in 2013.

The Foundation set up in his name has funded the project which aims to give respite to veterans and their families.

It comes ahead of a fundraising concert for the Lee Rigby Foundation at the weekend.

For more information on the concert and how to buy tickets click here.


Crown Prosecution Service drop Knowl View sex abuse case

Knowl View School in Rochdale Credit: ITV Granada

The investigation into sexual abuse at Knowl View residential school for boys in Rochdale has been stopped.

Assistant Chief Constable Debbie Ford said:

Operation Jaguar was launched following allegations of both physical and sexual abuse that took place at Knowl View residential school for boys from 1969 until the school closed in 1995.

“GMP conducted an extensive and thorough investigation, into which a significant amount of resources were invested, and in April 2016 David Higgins, 76, of HMP Rye Hill, was charged with 18 counts of indecent assault and one count of attempt indecent assault of boys under the age of 16.

“In October 2016 the CPS advised that the case should be discontinued and no further action will be taken.

“We recognise this will be a disappointing outcome for victims and we will continue to offer them support at what is understandably, a very difficult time.

“I'd also like to pay tribute to the victims in this case. They have shown tremendous courage by coming forward and embarking on what has been a long and emotional journey.

“Victims are given specialist support throughout the process, no matter how long the criminal justice process takes, and we continue to offer support and refer them to specialist agencies.”

– Assistant Chief Constable Debbie Ford

Steven Woolfe to sit as independent MEP

Ukip leadership frontrunner Steven Woolfe has announced he is to sit as an independent MEP for the North West after resigning from the party.

Mr Woolfe said he has "come to the conclusion that UKIP is ungovernable without Nigel Farage leading it and the referendum cause to unite it".

The party's former spokesman on Immigration said the UKIP is "riddled with infighting, proxy wars between rival camps and is run by an NEC that is not fit for purpose".

His resignation comes just just weeks after collapsing in the EU parliament following an altercation with a fellow MEP.

Mr Woolfe says his collapse has has a lasting effect.

Murder investigation after street brawl in Middleton

Murder investigation after brawl in Middleton Credit: GMP

A murder investigation has been launched after a man died in Middleton.

Shortly after 11.30pm last Friday police were called to Cheap Side to reports of a group of men and women fighting.

Officers found a 27-year-old man with multiple stab wounds. He was taken to hospital but died of his injuries.

Police appeal for community for help Credit: GMP

The loss of any loved one is heart breaking but for the victim’s family and friends to lose him to an act like this must be unbearable and I would ask anyone with knowledge about the incident to think about this, to do the right thing and get in touch with us.

We are particularly interested in speaking to a man who is described as around 21-years-old, white, of medium build and was believed to have been wearing a grey t-shirt and shorts.

– Detective Chief Inspector Jamie Daniels, from GMP’s Major Investigation Team
Police cordon at scene in Middleton Credit: GMP

Anyone with any information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously 0800 555 111.


Man critical after stabbing in Middleton

A man has been stabbed outside a pub in Middleton. Police were called to Cheap Side to reports of a group of men and women fighting last night.

Officers found a 27-year-old man with multiple stab wounds. He was taken to hospital where he remains in a critical condition.

We are still trying to understand exactly what happened and why this man was attacked in such a brutal way.

From enquiries already carried out, this appears to be an isolated incident and I would like to reassure the public we are doing everything we can to find the person responsible.

If you saw anything, or have any information to do with this incident then please call us. If you recognise the description of the man we want to speak then please also contact us immediately.

– Inspector Caroline Ward, from GMP’s Rochdale borough

Astronaut Tim Peake on life in space

Tim Peake Credit: ESA

Fresh from his adventure in space, astronaut Tim Peake is in Salford to meet some of his fans.

He'll give a talk and answer questions about life onboard the International Space Station.

The event will take place on the steps of the MediaCityUK piazza and will be live streamed to the nearby large screen.

I’ve been extremely touched by the support of the British public before, during and after the Principia mission. I hope that my post-flight tour will allow me to thank as many of those people as possible for being a part of my mission to the International Space Station.

– Tim Peake

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