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One man rescued after explosion

This tweet shows the damage caused at the property in Heywood after the explosion. One man has been rescued and fire crews are still at the scene at High St in the town.

Man charged with murdering father in attack in Heywood

A man has been charged with murdering his father following an attack at a house in Heywood.

Police were called to Claybank Street, Heywood, shortly before 5.45pm on Sunday 5 April 2015, following reports two people had been assaulted.

Officers attended and found 52-year-old Graham Clarke with stab injuries.

He was transferred to hospital but died a short time later.

Man arrested after Heywood murder

Police have arrested a man in connection with a murder on Claybank Street Credit: Granada reports

Police in Greater Manchester have arrested a 34 year old man in connection with a murder at a house in Heywood yesterday.

A 52-year-old man was found stabbed to death at an address on Claybank Street just before six o'clock last night after police investigated reports two people had been attacked.

A 37-year-old woman who was also at the house suffered facial injuries.

While the news that a man has been murdered, coupled with the police presence at the address will most likely cause some concern to residents, I want to reassure them that we believe this to be an isolated incident and there to be no wider threat to the community.

– Detective Chief Inspector John Harris

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Man dies and woman injured in knife attack

A man has died after being stabbed in an attack at a house in Greater Manchester, which also left a woman with injuries to her face.

The 52-year-old victim was at a property in Claybank Street, Heywood, along with the 37-year-old woman when they were attacked shortly after 5.40pm this afternoon.

The attack happened at a house in Claybank Street Credit: Google Maps

Det Ch Insp John Harris said officers were now searching for the person responsible.

While the news that a man has been murdered, coupled with the police presence at the address will most likely cause some concern to residents, I want to reassure them that we believe this to be an isolated incident and there to be no wider threat to the community.

We will have officers in and around the area should any residents wish to come and talk to us or pass on any information they may have about this terrible incident.

– DCI John Harris, Greater Manchester Police

He urged witnesses or anyone with information to call police on 101.

Taxi boss will no longer offer white drivers on demand

The owner of a taxi firm in Rochdale has made a dramatic U-turn on his policy of offering customers a white driver if they requested it.

Stephen Campbell, boss of Car 2000 in Heywood, changed his mind after dozens of his Asian drivers staged a protest in the town centre calling the service ‘racist’ and ‘discriminatory’.

Mr Campbell employs 80 drivers at Car 2000, 55 of whom are Asian. All 55 were on strike today over the row.

Report: Controversy over the taxi firm that's offering white drivers to customers who ask for them

There's controversy over a taxi firm in Heywood that's offering white drivers to customers when they ask for them.

It says all it's providing a service to people who want it.

Rochdale council is now looking into the firm's policy.

This report from our correspondent Elaine Willcox.

Taxi firm says it's 'catering to demand'

The story in today's Guardian.

Nine men from Pakistan and Afghanistan were jailed for a total of 77 years in May 2012 for plying young, vulnerable girls with drink and drugs so they could "pass them around" for sex.

A serious case review highlighted a catalogue of "shocking" failures and found that social workers and police adopted a "colour blind" approach that was "potentially dangerous".

Mr Campbell's firm, Car 2000, took over Eagle Taxis, a firm which formerly employed two drivers at the heart of the scandal, in May 2011.

But he said he only discovered that two former employees were part of grooming ring when they were on the news for being in court the following year.

He said at least two other taxi firms in the borough of Rochdale only employed white drivers, but 60% of the cabbies on his books were Asian.

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