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Robbers with Samurai swords threaten man in wheelchair

Police are investigating after masked men with Samurai swords burst into a disables mans home. The 46-year-old wheelchair user was with his friend at home on St Johns Court in Hyde on Tuesday night when the intruders struck.

His friend got up to answer a knock on the door, presuming it was a takeaway they'd ordered when the men clad in balaclavas burst inside. The 25-year-old was sprayed with an unknown liquid in his eye, before the two thieves forced their way into the front room with the weapons.

They stole wheelchair users bank card before withdrawing cash from a nearby cash point. Police are appealing to anyone with information to come forward.

"This man and his friend were at home, expecting a takeaway, when two masked intruders burst into the house.

The offenders were clearly set on one purpose and that was to cause as much fear and intimidation as possible, no matter who was in their way. The man's friend was sprayed in the face with some sort of liquid to temporarily blind him, while the wheelchair user was threatened with two swords."

– Detective Constable Marc Barker

Rolex watches stolen from Hatton's home worth £28,000

Police are still appealing for information after Ricky Hatton's house was burgled Credit: PA

Police are still hunting for the offenders who broke into the house of boxing legend Ricky Hatton and made off with a large amount of cash as well as two Rolex watches worth £28,000.

Sometime between Friday 30th January and Monday 2nd February 2015 an unknown number of offenders broke into the former world champion boxer’s home in Hyde and ransacked the property.

They broke several windows before tearing the house apart looking for valuables.

The offenders caused substantial damage to the house before stealing the watches and a large amount of 500 euro notes.

This Rolex Yatchmaster is a watch simillar to one of those stolen during the break in Credit: GMP

These were some valuable and quite distinctive timepieces and we hope that this will assist us in tracking these items and the offenders down.

One was a gold Rolex Yachtmaster worth £20,000, while the other was a stainless steel Rolex Explorer worth £8,000.

– Marc Baker, Detective Constable

A 37-year-old woman has since been arrested on suspicion of burglary and bailed pending further enquiries.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 9389 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.

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Two injured after candle starts fire in flat

Two people have been taken to hospital after a candle sparked a fire at a flat in Hyde. Crews were called to Harbour Farm Road shortly after 1am this morning to find the blaze started in a display cabinet.

A man and woman were taken to hospital suffering from some inhalation – the man also had burns to his hands. A second man suffered smoke inhalation but declined hospital treatment.

Chair of the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: “Whether using candles for light or decoration, it’s really important that you ensure the flame is fully out before you go to bed or leave the house.

“Luckily nobody was too seriously injured but two people have been taken to hospital just days before Christmas – and the consequences could have been far worse."

Hyde house 'dwarfed' by building rubble

Alan Hallworth Credit: MEN Syndication

A homeowner from Hyde is furious at the pile of rubble construction workers have left close to his home. Alan Hallworth, 62, says his terraced house is being completely overshadowed by the pile of earth, which has built up at a construction site just yards from his home on Lodge Lane, Hyde, Tameside.

And Mr Hallworth, who himself works as a builder, claims the pile of rubbish and dirt on the site of the new Flowery Field Primary School is getting bigger by the day.

He told the Manchester Evening News: “They are building a school and have piled hundreds of thousands of tons of soil up. It’s an absolute eyesore and it will be there for months and months. It’s about 15 yards from the back of our house. It just keeps getting higher and higher.”

Alan Hallworth Credit: MEN Syndication

Plans to build a new school just behind Mr Hallworth’s property were approved by Tameside Council in April 2013. It's due to open in February of next year. Mr Hallworth, objected to the scheme at the planning stage.

Dean Williams, of contractors Interserve Construction, said: “Now that we are aware, we will investigate and work with residents to resolve the matter as quickly as possible to their satisfaction.”

Greater Manchester soldier due to be extradited within days

David McIntyre recently lost a high court challenge to his extradition

The former soldier from Greater Manchester who's been battling extradition to the USA says he's been told he'll be gone in a week.

David McIntyre, who's 43, lives in Worsley and suffers from PTSD, is accused of overcharging a US government agency for a security contract in Iraq.

He's been told he'll be flown to America in chains next Thursday.

He says he feels he's been let down by his government after the Home Secretary has refused to intervene. Only David Cameron can help him now.

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Ex soldier takes battle to Court of Human Rights

A former soldier from Hyde who's wanted in the US on fraud charges is launching a final appeal against his extradition.

David McIntyre is accused of overcharging for security services in Iraq.

His High Court appeal's been rejected. The 43 year old has post traumatic stress disorder.

He'll now take his fight to European Court of Human Rights.

Ex soldier plans extradition fight in European Court

David McIntyre recently lost a high court challenge to his extradition

A former soldier from Hyde, facing extradition to the US to face fraud charges, is taking his fight to the European Court of Human Rights.

David McIntyre served with the Queens Lancashire Regiment in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Authorities in the US want him to stand trial on eight charges of fraud relating to a contract between a security firm he ran in Baghdad in 2009 and an American company working to prevent conflicts abroad.

It is alleged that McIntyre, who says he has been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), overcharged the institute by 100,000 US dollars (£66,000). He denies the accusation.

The 43 year old recently lost a legal challenge to his extradition in the High Court in London. ,

Ex-soldier loses extradition hearing

David McIntyre lost his legal challenge. Credit: PA

A former soldier from Hyde has lost his legal challenge against extradition to the US where he is wanted on fraud charges.

Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas and Mr Justice Cranston, sitting at the High Court in London, rejected an appeal by David McIntyre, 43.

The judges, who were told at a hearing in March that McIntyre is "at high risk of suicide", ruled today that there was no legal "impediment" to his removal to America.

McIntyre served with the Queen's Lancashire Regiment in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan.

The US authorities want him to stand trial on eight charges of fraud relating to a contract between Quantum Risk, the security firm he ran in Baghdad in 2009, and the US Institute of Peace, which describes itself as an American "national security institution" devoted to preventing conflicts abroad.

It is alleged that McIntyre, who says he has been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), overcharged the institute by 100,000 US dollars (£66,000).He denies the accusation.

He was serving as a Royal Military Police Territorial Army sergeant at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan in July 2012 when he was flown home to face extradition proceedings.

At the March hearing, Edward Fitzgerald QC, for McIntyre, argued there was convincing medical evidence that he was suffering from a mental disorder and it would violate his human rights if extradition went ahead because of the suicide risk.

He suggested McIntyre could stand trial in the UK. The US authorities opposed the bid to block removal.

McIntyre's supporters say of the extradition threat: "Is this really the way Britain should be treating its brave soldiers?"

The ex-soldier has said in an online blog: "If I was given an order to be extradited to the US I am fearful that I would take my own life as I would rather be dead then be locked up in an American prison away from my family.

"I think, after serving my country all my life, the least I can expect is to be helped with my PTSD and being allowed to prove my innocence in my own country."

But the judges said they were satisfied there was no "injustice" in the case.

Lord Thomas said there was "no conceivable basis" on which an application in the case could be made to the Supreme Court.

Hyde butcher creates tripe smoothie

Lyndon Boot runs Lets Talk Tripe. Credit: Manchester Evening News

A butcher from Hyde is hoping to attract younger customers by creating a smoothie from tripe.

Lyndon's tripe smoothie. Credit: Manchester Evening News

Lyndon Boot, 50, who runs Let's Talk Tripe at Hyde Market is offering free samples of the drink as part of the Love Your Market festival.

He says tripe, made from a cow's stomach, has "medicinal qualities".

Fancy a tripe smoothie? Credit: Manchester Evening News

Lyndon is promoting his smoothie, along with a book of tripe recipes, as part of a Love Your Market festival.

Lyndon is part of the Love Your Markets festival. Credit: Manchester Evening News
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