Sentences increased for traffickers

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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Health regulator says it's 'shocked' by carers' abuse

We are aware of this shocking case involving two former employees of The Priory Highbank Centre in Bury. Our thoughts today are with the victim of this dreadful abuse, and their family.

Our most recent inspection in February 2014 found the home to be meeting the national standards reviewed.

However, we continue to monitor the position carefully and will not hesitate take any regulatory action necessary to ensure residents receive the service they are entitled to expect.

If anyone has any concerns about The Priory Highbank Centre or any other registered service, please contact CQC.

– Malcolm Bower-Brown, CQC’s Regional Director for the North

CQC telephone number: 03000 616161. Email:

The health regulator advises people to call the police if they think a crime has been committed.


Hospital regrets 'unacceptable actions' of carers who abused patient

Highbank hospital said

"Everyone at the Company deeply regrets the unacceptable actions of these two members of staff both of whom had over 10 years’ service and previously unblemished records.

The Company will not tolerate behaviour of this nature and both healthcare assistants have been dismissed for gross misconduct.

This was an isolated incident and does not represent the high standards at this otherwise excellent hospital.

The most recent unannounced CQC inspection of the hospital is solid evidence that the hospital is providing a safe, caring and effective service to its patients. The Company has issued an unreserved apology.”

ITV Granada Exclusive: carers secretly filmed abusing a brain damaged patient

Carers Lynette Crook and Rita Page today pleaded guilty to abusing a brain damaged patient at the Priory Highbank Centre in Bury.

In exclusive footage obtained by ITV Granada they were secretly filmed by a concerned relative after slapping and swearing at a patient.

Read: Hospital apologises for 'unacceptable actions' of two members of staff

Care assistants filmed abusing brain damaged patient

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The Priory Highbank Centre in Bury Credit: ITV Granada

Carers Lynette Crook and Rita Page were covertly filmed by concerned relatives abusing the patient at the Priory Highbank Centre in Bury.

They have pleaded guilty to abusing a brain damaged patient on the first day of their trial, which was due to begin at Bolton Crown Court.


Man charged after child sexual abuse at a primary school

A man has been charged as part of an investigation into child sexual abuse at a primary school in Oldham.

The investigation relates to the sexual assault of two boys during their time at St Martin’s primary school in Fitton Hill.

The boys were aged between seven and nine at the time of the alleged offences which took place in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Anthony Kerr who's 71 from Netherlees in Oldham has been charged with 10 counts of sexual assault. He's due to appear at Oldham Magistrates Court tomorrow.

Detectives accused of rape case 'misconduct'

Greater Manchester Police HQ Credit: ITV

Two detectives from Greater Manchester Police have been accused of misconduct in a public office, over a rape inquiry.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has served the pair, and two retired officers, with notices alleging they "failed to carry out the investigation to correct standards".

Commissioners say they will interview all four under criminal caution.

The allegations relate to someone who reported being raped at knife-point, but claimed police did not investigate the crime properly nor question the man identified as responsible.

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