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Police: is missing man in London?

Police searching for a man who has been missing from his home in Rochdale for two weeks are investigating whether he could have travelled to London.

Agron Metalia, aged 30, was last seen by his wife leaving his home address on Dewhurst Road, Rochdale at 1pm on Wednesday, May 21, 2014.

Inspector Kate Atton, based in Rochdale, said: “Agron’s family are desperately worried about him as he has been missing for quite a long time and this behaviour is completely out of the ordinary.

“Agron has lived in Croyden and may have returned to the London area, but there is a chance that he is still in Greater Manchester somewhere.

“His family have a grave concern for his physical and mental well-being and would ask him or anyone who knows where he is to contact us as soon as possible.”

Concern for Rochdale man missing for a fortnight

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Missing; 30 year old Agron Metalia. Credit: GMP

Police are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of a man who has been missing for more than two weeks.

Agron Metalia, aged 30, was last seen by his wife leaving his home address on Dewhurst Road, Rochdale at 1pm on Wednesday, May 21, 2014.

Agron is described as white, about 5ft 9in tall with brown eyes, an average build, short black hair and stubble. When last seen he was wearing a green t-shirt and blue jeans.


Rochdale lorry driver killed in freak accident

Scene of the accident Credit: Manchester Evening News

A lorry driver from Rochdale has been killed in a freak accident while making a delivery.

William Ernest Barker, from Milnrow, died when a car park barrier fell onto his truck, crushing the cab.

The 68-year-old, who worked for Heywood-based haulage firm Wincanton, was making a delivery to an Argos store in Oswestry, Shropshire.

Shocked passers-by rushed to Mr Barker’s aid, but were unable to free him and he died at the scene despite the efforts of emergency services.

An inquest into Mr Barker’s death has been opened by Shropshire coroner John Ellery.


Manchester Airport welcomes 21 million passengers for first time in six years

Dr Rachel Brown with Martin Friend, of Singapore Airlines, and Manchester Airport's Nicola McMullen. Credit: Manchester Airport Group.

Manchester Airport, the UK’s third busiest airport, has hit the 21 million passenger mark for the first time since 2008.

The 21-millionth passenger was Singapore Airlines’ customer Dr Rachel Brown, from Warrington, who received several prizes when she arrived for her flight to Asia.

She said: “I am absolutely delighted to be Manchester Airport’s 21 millionth passenger and what an incredible start to my trip.”

Dr Brown was treated to an upgrade to business class and lounge access within an exclusively sectioned off area.

Busy times at Manchester Airport. Credit: PA

Ken O’Toole, Chief Commercial Officer of Manchester Airports Group (MAG), said: “Manchester airport is the Northern Gateway, providing global connectivity through our unrivalled network of short and long haul destinations.

"We continue to grow thanks to the strength of our catchment, the support of our airline partners and the continued hard work and dedication of all MAG colleagues.”

Over 9.3m passengers set to use the airport over the coming months as the busy summer season gets under way.

Air traffic controllers at work in Manchester Airport's tower. Credit: PA

Bury man's grief after wife dies of brain tumour

Scott and Vicky Williams. Credit: Manchester Evening News

A heartbroken husband has spoken of his grief after his wife died just weeks before giving birth to their first child.

Vicky Williams, 34, had been fine throughout her pregnancy and was looking forward to her due date on May 3.

But, after kissing her goodbye and going to work, husband Scott returned to find her dead at the couple’s home in Bury.

It was later revealed she had died from a brain tumour.

Scott and Vicky Williams on their wedding day. Credit: Manchester Evening News

Scott said: “She had a couple of migraines before she was pregnant but that was all - there were no signs at all that anything was wrong.

“We were at a christening two weeks before she died and she looked really well.”

The couple, who married in Rhodes in 2012, had been house hunting and the week before Vicky died had made an offer on a house in Rochdale.

On the day of her death, Scott sent Vicky - a business analyst at British Gas in Old Trafford - an email at work saying the sellers had accepted their offer, but she never got to see it.

Vicky Williams died just weeks before giving birth to her first child. Credit: Manchester Evening News

Scott, also 34, said: “On the day it happened she was going to do a bit of a later shift as she was getting more tired as the pregnancy went on. I left early so I spoke to her, gave her a kiss, said ‘I love you’ and went to work.

Vicky Williams suffered a brain tumour.

“I sent her the email but when I didn’t hear back I just thought she was busy - she was always so professional about work.

“When I got home it was strange because the dogs would usually be so giddy but they were just standing at the back so quiet.

“I went upstairs and that’s when I found her. It was too late - I just knew.”

Scott is planning to raise funds for the Brain Tumour Charity in his wife's memory. Credit: Manchester Evening News

Scott is now planning a Manchester to Blackpool bike ride in honour of Vicky and to raise money for the Brain Tumour Charity.

Around 40 people have already signed up to the ride on July 13 and Scott has raised almost £4,000 towards his £10,000 target.

Click here to find out more about Scott's fundraising.

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