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Distraction burglar targets elderly women

Police are warning about a female distraction burglar who is targeting elderly women in Manchester.

She has stolen money from the homes of two pensioners after claiming to both that she was pregnant and needed to use the toilet.

Detectives say the offender made off with a purse containing £90 and a £20 voucher, after being allowed into the home of an 87-year-old woman in Ancoats on Thursday 27th August.

The following morning she stole a purse from an address in Newton Heath. She had been invited into the 76-year old victim's house after striking up a conversation with her as she walked home from the shops.

She is described as white, mid to late 30s, slim build, around 5ft 2in tall, with dark brown, shoulder length hair tied back in a ponytail. She spoke with a husky voice with a local accent.

“This contemptible woman preyed on the victims’ compassion and humanity, and rewarded their kindness with a terrible act of theft.

“We would like the public to be vigilant and keep an eye out for this offender, who will almost certainly look to target other elderly people in the North Manchester area.

“While it is, of course, important that we try to locate the woman responsible for these despicable thefts, it is equally important that we warn the public to try and ensure we prevent any other people falling victim to this offender.”

– Sergeant Keith Gibbs

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.


Our Queen: Share your memories of Elizabeth II in the North West as her reign reaches an historic landmark

The Queen at Manchester Town Hall during her most recent visit. Credit: ITV News.

On 9th September, Queen Elizabeth II will become Britain's longest serving monarch.

To commemorate this historic occasion, ITV News is looking for your memories of Our Queen.

If you have any special memories, photographs or videos of the Queen that you would like to share with us, you can email them to, or send a message to our Twitter or Facebook accounts.

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North West teens arrested in website hacking investigation

The National Crime Agency.

three teenagers from the North West are among six people arrested as part of an operation to tackle computer hacking.

The National Crime agency says a 17 and an 18 year old from Manchester were arrested along with a 15 year old from Stockport.

They're accused of using software to flood online shopping and gaming websites with data, meaning legitimate users can't access them.

New crime thriller filmed in Cheshire to hit the screens this weekend

Ray Winstone and Amanda Redman star in new ITV drama The Trials of Jimmy Rose Credit: ITV Studios.

A brand new three-part drama for ITV, filmed in Cheshire and starring Ray Winstone & Amanda Redman, arrives on screen on Sunday

The Trials of Jimmy Rose tells the story of Jimmy Rose, played by Winstone, an armed robber who has spent the last twelve years in prison.

Returning to his family Jimmy has to face up to his commitment as a husband, father and grandfather and try to stay out of trouble, but when he finds out his granddaughter has gone off the rails, viewers are left wondering if he will stray back to his old ways.

Filming the crime thriller took place in Cheshire, and last December our Entertainment Correspondent Caroline Whitmore went to speak to to the stars:

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Funeral of Salford's 'Mr Big'

Credit: Manchester Evening News

The funeral's taking place later of a man dubbed Salford's Mr Big. Paul Massey, who was 55 was shot at his home. He's served time in jail for a stabbing, but had also stood to be mayor of his home city.
Hundreds are expected at the funeral service at St Paul’s CE Church off Churchill Way near the estate where Paul Massey grew up.

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