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'Witness' could hold vital clues to rape in store car park

CCTV of possible witness Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Police investigating the rape of a woman in a car park in Cheadle have issued a CCTV image of a possible witness.

The attack happened on Friday August 28 at around 7pm, when a woman in her late 20s was parked in a car at the far end of the John Lewis car park in Cheadle.

A man opened the car door, pulled the woman away from her car into some nearby bushes and raped her.

Her attacker then ran off into the undergrowth in the general direction towards Wilmslow Road.

The CCTV image released by police shows a person walking across the John Lewis overflow car park at approximately the same time the offence took place.

"The individual, possibly a woman, is wearing a light coloured top and dark trousers and carrying what appears to be a handbag.

“I would like to reassure this individual in the CCTV image that you are not in any kind of trouble, but we are eager to speak with you as you may have vital information that could assist our investigation."

– Detective Inspector Roger Edwards


Lifeboat teams rescue elderly couple from quicksand

Rescuers pulled the couple to safety Credit: Bay Search and Rescue

Search and rescue teams have pulled an elderly couple out of Morecambe Bay's dangerous quicksands.

The pair, in their 60s, were out walking at Humphrey Head when they became trapped this afternoon. Both have been taken to hospital for checks.

The couple became trapped while out walking Credit: Bay Search and Rescue

Rehearsals for Blackpool's Hollywood-led switch on

Rehearsals are underway for tonight's big switch-on of Blackpool's Illuminations.

Acts due to play include The Vamps, Professor Green, Toploader and Little Boots.

Getting ready for the big night in Blackpool Credit: ITV

The event will be led by Hollywood director, Tim Burton. The filmmaker says he is "honoured" to be switching on the lights.

Mr Burton's trailer is already prepped for the evening.

Tim Burton's dressing room is ready Credit: ITV


Police watchdog investigates after death in Lancashire

The IPCC will examine the police response Credit: PA

Police watchdogs will investigate how officers in Lancashire responded to a request to check on the welfare of a man who later died.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission says Peter Mitchell, from Accrington, was found in a "poor state of health by a family member at his home" on 12 August. He died in hospital.

Mr Mitchell's family have complained, after asking Lancashire Police to check on him, a day earlier, on 11 August.

Missing girl from Yorkshire 'in Morecambe'

Geodie Curran Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Police believe a missing teenager from North Yorkshire is somewhere in Lancashire.

Geodie Curran, from Bentham near Skipton, disappeared on 28 August. She was believed to be staying with friends in Morecambe. Officers are asking her to let people know she is safe and well.

Tim Burton 'honoured' to switch on Blackpool's Illuminations

Tim Burton Credit: PA

Hollywood director Tim Burton says he is "honoured" to be switching-on Blackpool's Illuminations.

Burton has filmed a film and a music video in the town, so he was picked for the event in the resort tonight.

I am a huge fan of Blackpool so I was very excited to film here. During the shooting process everyone made us feel extremely welcome and we really enjoyed our time here. As a result, to be given the town's highest honour is incredible and I'm really excited. I'm sure it will be a wonderful show.

– Tim Burton
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