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Police hunting John Lewis rapist issue image of suspect

Police investigating a rape in the car park of the John Lewis store in Cheadle have released this image of the suspect.

The victim was dragged out of her car and raped in bushes near its flagship outlet.

The horrific attack, which happened at 7pm on Friday an hour before the store closed, has left staff and customers in shock.

The efit was released as bosses at the store announced they would be stepping up security.

The attack happened when the woman, in her late 20s, was parked up in a car at the far end of the John Lewis car park.

The offender is described as an Asian man, aged about 40 Credit: Greater Manchester Police
The John Lewis store in Cheadle Credit: Manchester Evening News Syndication

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

He ran off into the undergrowth towards Wilmslow Road.

The victim visited St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre following the attack, and reported the incident to police on Sunday.

The offender is described as an Asian man, aged about 40 and with a medium build and black hair.

He has heavily pock-marked and open-pored skin on his face, with a thick black ‘mono-brow’. He was wearing black jogging bottoms.

United Utilities lifts boil ban for another 25,000 homes

A further 25,000 customers in parts of South Blackpool and Lytham St Annes no longer need to boil their tap water.

It's expected two-thirds of customers will be back to normal service by the end of the day after an outbreak of cryptosporidium at treatment works in Preston.

United Utilities say customers will be getting compensation - but have yet to say how much. The firm say eradicating the bug from a water network covering 2,500 miles of pipework is a complex process.

Water supplies are under constant testing by the firm Credit: ITV News


Man to appear in court charged with pianist's murder

Ms Strelchencko died from head and neck injuries Credit: Greater Manchester Police

A man will appear in court today charged with the murder of concert pianist Natalia Strelchenko.

John Martin who's 48, has been charged with murdering 38-year-old Ms Strelchenko, at her home in Newton Heath, Manchester on Sunday.

He has also been charged with the attempted murder of a boy under the age of 17.

The house in Newton Heath where the pianist was found injured Credit: ITV News
  1. Rob Smith, ITV News

Steven's family refuse to give up hope - ten years after he disappeared

The appeal to find Steven. Credit: Cheshire Police.

In 2005 a young man called Steven Cook disappeared while on holiday on the Greek island of Crete.

His family from Sandbach have refused to accept Steven is dead and have not stopped in their efforts to find him.

Now 10 years to the day since he vanished, they've launched a fresh appeal.

Rob Smith looks at one family's fight for answers:

Steven's brother Chris came into studio and Tony and Ann asked him if his family thought about him every day:

Man charged over concert pianist murder

Natalia Strelchenko. Credit: Greater Manchester Police

A man has been charged with the murder of international concert pianist Natalia Strelchenko.

John Martin, thought to be Ms Strelchenko's partner and manager, has been charged with murder.

He was also charged with the attempted murder of a boy under the age of 17.

Martin has been remanded into custody to appear before Manchester Magistrates Court tomorrow.

Police launched a murder investigation after Ms Strelchenko, 38, was found injured at a house in Culcheth Lane, Newton Heath, at about 12.45am on Sunday.

Paramedics attempted to revive her at the scene, but she died a short time later.

  1. Chris Hall, ITV News

Meet the team of North West schoolboys who've all been signed by professional clubs

Transfer deadline day often leaves fans gutted about the players they lose to other clubs.

But what if you lost your whole team?

That's what's happened to Vauxhall Motors Under 8s, who are celebrating getting every one of their squad signed up to professional clubs.

Chris Hall went to meet the pride of Ellesmere Port.


How technology's being used in the fight against flytippers

It's one of the annoying sights as you travel through the area where you live - piles of rubbish dumped on the side of the road.

Figures released by local councils across Britain - including many from the North West - show that despite all the anti-litter campaigns and threats of fines - fly-tipping is actually on the rise.

But councils are fighting back, as Tim Scott reports:

United confirm Martial deal on a four-year contract

Martial unveiled today at Manchester United. Credit: Manchester United.

Manchester United have announced the signing of forward Anthony Martial from Monaco on a four-year contract.

Louis van Gaal took his total expenditure as Manchester United manager to over a quarter of a billion pounds following the signing of Anthony Martial from Monaco.

United failed in their last-minute bid to offload goalkeeper David de Gea to Real Madrid on Monday night, but there were no late hiccups regarding Martial.

The Old Trafford club confirmed on Tuesday afternoon they had completed a deal to sign the 19-year-old French striker for a fee believed to be worth in excess of £36million.

Martial becomes the 12th signing of Van Gaal's reign. In total, the Dutchman has spent around £261million on new additions since he took over as manager last summer.

The 19-year-old also becomes the most expensive teenager in the history of football, eclipsing the £30million fee Van Gaal paid for Luke Shaw last year.

Monaco, who signed Martial from Lyon two years ago, rate the player highly, but the Ligue 1 club admitted United's offer was simply too good to turn down.

Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev told the club's website: "We wished to keep him this season but Manchester United made an incredible offer that neither Anthony, nor AS Monaco, could refuse."

The forward, who scored 15 goals in 70 appearances for Monaco, has signed a four-year contract, with the option of another year.

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