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Four boys arrested after man with learning difficulties attacked

Four boys have been arrested after a man with learning difficulties was attacked and robbed in Hyde.

The 40-year-old man was confronted after getting off the number 330 bus from Bredbury to Hyde on Sunday 24th May at 11.30 in the evening.

The group of four to six boys followed him and attacked him from behind, hitting him on the head causing him to fall to the floor and kicking and punching him there.

They then grabbed his rucksack, containing an iPod, and ran off along Tower Street and left towards Dowson Road.

The man did not initially report the incident to police and went home. Several days later his family discovered him unwell at home and took him to hospital where he is being treated for a fractured skull and a bleed on the brain.

Four boys, one aged 13, two aged 14, and one aged 15 have been arrested on suspicion of robbery. They all remain in police custody for questioning.

Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 9389 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Man with learning difficulties attacked in Hyde

A man with learning difficulties has been attacked and robbed by a group of men after getting off the 330 bus from Bredbury to Hyde.

Police say the man was hit on the head with an object which caused him to fall to the floor where the group proceeded to kick and punch him.

We have managed to get an initial account from the victim's family, however he remains in hospital. We are now reviewing CCTV from the bus and in Hyde but would ask if anyone was on that bus or in the area at the time that they contact us immediately.

– Detective Constable Claire Titterington


'No offence' took place in child 'abduction'

'No crime' in Hyde Credit: PA Pictures

Police have closed an investigation into an attempted abduction in Hyde after it became clear, they say, that no offence took place.

A mother of two called police on Monday afternoon after she believed a man had tried to abduct her two-year-old daughter on Market Street in Hyde.

Police investigated, but after interviewing a 36-year-old-man were satisfied that no offence had taken place and he was released without charge.

Detective Chief Inspector John Mazzolai said: ''We appreciate that the public are understandably concerned about this case, but we would like to reassure people that this incident has stemmed from a misunderstanding between the mother and the man in question.

“Following the mother’s report of an attempted abduction, we launched a full investigation and following some excellent work from our officers we were able to take a man into custody.

“However, following an investigation into the facts and a full interview with both the 36-year-old man and the mother, we have come to the conclusion that no offence took place.

“It has become apparent that this man had no intent to abduct the little girl and was in fact attempting to return the girl to her mother.

“We have spoken at length to the mother about his account and she is completely satisfied that this case was based on a misunderstanding between the two of them.''

Man attempts to snatch two-year-old girl in Hyde

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man tried to walk off with a two-year-old girl in Hyde.

A mother was walking down Market street with her two-year-old child at around 2.20pm on May 11th when they were approached by a man who crouched down in front of the little girl and started talking to them both.

The man then picked the child up and began walking off quickly with her towards the market.

The girl’s mum chased him and took the little girl back from him.

The man then walked off in the direction of market place.

“Clearly this is a disturbing incident and I know members of the public will be worried when they hear news of this taking place.

“If there are any witnesses that saw this man after he walked off through the market place, or if you recognise him from the description as he was wearing a very distinctive jumper, then please get in touch with us so we can identify this offender as soon as possible.”

– Detective Constable Anna Barker

The offender is described as Indian, approximately 5ft 11in tall, of slim build with dark/black short hair and with possibly a receding hairline. He is described as having brown stained teeth and believed to be in his late 30s or early 40s. He was wearing blue jeans with gold studs around the rear pockets and a pink and white horizontally striped polo shirt.

Anyone with information is asked to contact officers at Hyde police station on 0161 856 9484 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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.

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."

Woman's fight to Stand Up To Cancer

A woman from Hyde in Greater Manchester has had a park-bench named in her honour to mark her survival from cancer.

Joanne Crosby has come through treatment for cervical cancer and is now keen to fundraise for Cancer Research UK.

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.”

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