Live updates

Motorist dies in M62 crash at Heywood

A motorist has died in a crash on the M62.

The incident happened at about 3.25am today and emergency services were called to the westbound carriageway at junction 19 at Heywood and Middleton.

A Ford Mondeo had collided with an HGV. The driver of the Mondeo suffered multiple injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

No-one else was injured in the collision.

The westbound carriageway was fully closed while emergency services dealt with the scene but has now been re-opened.

Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to call the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 0161 856 4741.

Carer burgled as she tends to elderly mother

Millbank Court in Heywood Credit: Google Street View

Burglars ransacked the home of a carer from Heywood as she tended to her elderly mother.

The woman had gone out early in the morning, to visit her mum's house nearby.

She came home to find the property at Millbank Court had been broken into, and cash was missing.

It happened sometime between 6am and 12.45pm on 25 June.

Detective Constable Nick Price said: "This was a sickening break-in at the home of a woman who was out looking after her elderly mother. I hope... they are ashamed of themselves."


Argos 'contingency plans' ready for strike

Retail giant Argos says it has contingency plans in place to deal with a 24-hour strike by around 1,000 workers at five of its distribution centres. Members of Unite in Heywood, Greater Manchester will walk out for 24 hours in a row over new shifts

Argos said it had a five-year transformation plan involving its digital and in-store services.

We have proposed changes to our distribution employees' terms and conditions and have been engaging colleagues to introduce them. 98% of our distribution colleagues have already accepted the changes to their contract and we are working hard to understand and address any outstanding issues.

"We believe the proposed changes represent the best outcome for the security of our colleagues and Argos alike. We are now asking colleagues to accept the changes to their contract in order to help us realise our transformation plan.

– Argos statement

Unite said new shift patterns would disrupt workers' personal lives at weekends.

Appeal for getaway car used in armed robbery

Detectives investigating are appealing for help tracing a getaway car used in an armed robbery in Heywood. It happened at about 3pm last Thursday when two men approached a bank on York Street, climbed onto the roof at the back of the property and cut through security bars.

The thieves smashed through the window and walked into the bank where they threatened members of staff with a crowbar and demanded cash. They then stole cash and ran out of the bank and drove off in a car waiting outside.

The car was a blue Audi S4 with the last three digits of the registration plate are similar to FFR or FRR and had a glass panoramic roof.

There was a violent robbery last week at a bank in Heywood and we are keen to trace the getaway car which was parked outside of the bank waiting for the thieves.

“The car is described as a blue Audi S4 with the last three digits similar to FFR or FRR with a glass panoramic roof and we believe it is parked up somewhere in the Heywood area.

"If you have seen a car matching this description, I would advise you not to touch the car, but call us as soon as possible with the location.”

– Detective Sergeant Jimmy Cowan

Search for missing Heywood man

Photo of Michael Savage issues by police

Michael Savage, aged 35, has been missing from an address in Heywood since Sunday 20 October 2013.

He is described as white, about 6ft tall and of stocky build.

He is not in possession of prescribed medication and his family and police are becoming increasingly concerned for his welfare.

Anyone who has seen him or knows of his current whereabouts is asked to call police on 101.


New Rochdale Community Forum launches in wake of grooming case

A new community forum is being launched in Rochdale today.

It is after nine men were convicted of grooming girls as young as 13 for sex in Heywood, near Rochdale.

Speakers at the launch event today will include Pater Fahy, the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, Nazir Afzal, the Chief Crown Prosecutor for the North West and Rochdale Imam Irfan Chishti.

Girl drank 'straight vodka'

Liverpool crown court heard she started hanging out at the Tasty Bites takeaway in Heywood.

She said she would drink "straight" vodka and started to get calls from men who wanted to "chill" with her. They would pick her up at a Morrison's car park.

She said:

Most of the time I didn't know who it was, they'd just ring me are you coming, and I go yeah, and I didn't care who they were, I didn't know them, didn't know where we were going, just got in the car with people and then they took me to wherever".

– alleged victim

She was introduced to Adil Khan, of Oswald Street, Rochdale, known to her as Billy. It was alleged during the relationship the girl got pregnant with Khan's child. She went to a doctor with her mum and had an abortion while the pregnancy was still in its early stages.

Mr Khan and 10 other men accused of sexually abusing young girls in the area all deny the charges against them. The trial continues.

Load more updates


Today's top stories