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Police concerned for missing 45-year-old man from Beswick

Police are appealing for information after a 45-year-old man went missing from his home in Greater Manchester.

Roy Thompson, who's from Beswick, was last seen at his home on Viking Close on Friday afternoon.

He's described as white, around 5ft 9ins, of slim build and a bald head.

It is believed he is wearing blue jeans, a blue chequered shirt with a khaki green coat and dark Adidas trainers.

Police think he may be in the Ashton-under-Lyne area and are appealing to anyone who has seen him to make contact.

If you see Roy or know where he is, please contact police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Roy Thompson Credit: GMP

Four arrested after police seize 50,000 nitrous oxide canisters

Police have arrested four people after finding 50,000 nitrous oxide canisters at a house in Fallowfield.

The raid on the property on Longley Road was part of a police crackdown on psychoactive substances. Nitrous oxide is often referred to as 'laughing gas'.

A 51-year-old woman and three men aged 58, 30 and 25 were all arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply. They were all bailed.

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This is a successful outcome that has resulted in 50,000 canisters off the streets of Greater Manchester.

We are one step closer to removing harmful substances and the people who shamefully benefit from the proceeds of their distribution from society.

Thanks to intelligence, we have been able to take this positive action but we still need your help. If you know about criminality in your area, please get in contact with us either by calling 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously.

– Inspector John Picton, GMP

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

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Police confirm two people were killed in Manchester fire

The blaze killed two people, and put five in hospital Credit: MEN Syndication

Two people have died, and five others are in hospital, after a house fire in Manchester.

Police have confirmed that a man and a woman lost their lives at the scene of the blaze, in Withington, in the early hours of this morning.

Four children, aged between 10 and 17, are being treated in hospital. Another man, whose age has not been made public, is in a serious condition.

My thoughts are with the family of the man and woman after such a tragic incident and we have specially-trained officers supporting the family at this time.

We are continuing to work closely with GMFRS to establish exactly how this fire started and I urge anyone who may have witnessed the fire, or anyone in the area in the hours before the fire.

If you have any information at all contact police as soon as possible so we can piece together what happened.

– Detective Inspector Tony Lea, Greater Manchester Police
Investigators are trying to determine the cause of the fire Credit: MEN Syndication

Pictures show intensity of Manchester house fire

The house was badly damaged in the fire Credit: MEN Syndication

Photographs from the scene of what emergency services say was a "tragic fire," show just how intense the blaze was.

Flames ripped through the house in Withington, Manchester in the early hours of this morning. Two people, a man and a woman, were killed.

Firefighters say it was a Credit: MEN Syndication
Two people were killed, and five others put in hospital Credit: MEN Syndication

Four children, aged 10 to 17, are being treated in hospital alongside another man.

Investigators have increased the size of the area that is sealed off around the house, on Parsonage Road, while they try to determine the cause of the fire.

Police: House fire in Manchester is 'a tragic incident'

A house fire which has killed two people, and put five others in hospital, is a "tragic incident" according to police.

Medics say they are treating four children, the youngest aged 10, and a man. Firefighters were called to the property in Withington, Manchester at 2.21am this morning.

This is a tragic incident and we are working work closely with Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue to establish exactly how this fire started.

We want to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the fire, or were in the area in the hours before the fire.

– Superintendent Mark Kenny, Greater Manchester Police
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