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One person injured after explosion in Harpurhey

3 engines called to fire in Harpurhey Credit: Greater Manchester Fire Service

One person has been injured after an explosion at a cafe in Harpurhey.

The fire service say they were called to the premises, believed to be the Emerald Cafe, on Rochdale Road earlier this afternoon after reports of a blast and a fire.

Currently more than three fire engines are at the scene tackling the flames and dealing with the aftermath.

At the moment there is one known casualty who has suffered burns.

The road has been closed with a big police cordon erected.


Investigation launched after man shot in Manchester

A man in his twenties was shot on Rochdale Road Credit: ITV Granada

Police are investigating after a man was shot in Manchester.

Detectives were called to a takeaway in Harpurhey, just after 11pm on Sunday night.

Officers were called to the takeaway on Rochdale Road late on Sunday night. Credit: ITV News Granada Reports

A man, 27, was taken to hospital with a gun shot wounds. He remains in a critical condition.

Residents nearby said they heard two loud bangs before the sound of a car screeching and speeding away from the scene.

Harpurhey councillor Pat Karney, who met with police early on Monday morning, said he was ‘shocked and horrified’ by the incident.

He said police told him they believe it was a ‘targeted attack’ and that those involved knew each other.

The man is believed to have been shot from outside the takeaway through the window. Credit: ITV News Granada Reports

Police are appealing for witnesses to call 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Man wanted in connection with a rape in Harpurhey

Police are hunting a man who is wanted in connection with a rape in Harpurhey.

Sean McNabb Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Sean McNabb from Blackley is wanted by police in connection with a rape and on recall to prison.

The offence took place on 23 February 2013 in Harpurhey. McNabb has been circulated as wanted since 27 February 2013, but continues to evade police capture.

He is believed to have links to the Bacup and Blackley areas.

Anyone who knows of his whereabouts should call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

'People like us' protest

Harpurhey residents protest about BBC3 programme 'People like us' Credit: ITV Granada

People who live in Harpurhey in Manchester protested outside the BBC in Salford this morning, angry at the way a programme has portrayed their community.

'People like us' is a reality TV show about the city district which campaigners say it is offensive and laden with stereotypes.

A BBC spokesman said: “We are listening to the range of feedback from the local area and contributors, many of whom have been positive.

"People Like Us" takes a warm and at times unflinching look at the reality of life for young people in Harpurhey and follows a range of contributors as they tell their own stories in their own words through both good times and bad.

"The series does not focus on negative stereotypes, indeed many of those featured are resilient, resourceful and ambitious young people with positive stories to tell – from running their own businesses to planning their future careers – and they do so with captivating wit and enthusiasm."

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