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Family cat dies in fire sparked by e-cigarette

A family’s pet cat died in a house fire sparked by an e-cigarette the Manchester Evening News are reporting.

The nicotine vaporiser had been left plugged in upstairs at the home in Leigh when the woman living there heard a bang.

When she went to investigate the noise she discovered a blaze had broken out in the bedroom, which spread to the loft. She escaped unhurt with her partner and three children, aged 13, nine and four - but their cat was not so lucky.

The family had a lucky escape with discovering the fire when they did, although their house is damaged and they have lost their pet.

“Please can we remind people to take extra care when it comes to electrical items, not leaving them plugged in too long and making sure wires, plugs and chargers are in good working order.”

– David Acton, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority


"Tragic case" of pensioner conned out of thousands.

Detectives say they have conducted numerous enquiries, including conducting covert policing, CCTV, phone and financial enquiries.

They have also released an e-fit of the suspect.

This is an absolutely tragic case in which the victim has been repeatedly targeted over a prolonged period of time and has ultimately lost everything.

“He has been caught in a vicious circle, not wanting to stop payment over concerns he would not see any of his money again and only paying in the vain hope the situation would change and he would be reimbursed.

“The actions of the offender are wicked and shameful.

"To knowingly take so much money from a vulnerable pensioner is despicable and I don’t know how the person responsible can live with themselves.

– Detective Constable Richard Willoughby, Greater Manchester Police

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 7225 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Pensioner conned out of more than £107,000

Evofit of conman. Credit: Greater Manchester Police

A pensioner from Leigh has been swindled out of more than £100,000 after being repeatedly targeted by a conman for more than 12 months.

The 72-year-old fell victim after agreeing a price for maintenance work on his driveway when the conman visited his home.

The trickster gave his name as "Howard" and claimed to work for a company called "Marshalls".

The work the victim got for his money effectively amounted to his driveway being jet washed, police said.

Over a period of 15 months the offender used the same approach to systematically steal £107,000 from the victim, who continued to hand over cash believing he would be fully reimbursed and fearful that he would not be if he did not do as asked.


Man hospitalised after one-punch skull fracture

Police say the attack was unprovoked Credit: PA

A man's in hospital after his skull was fractured in a one-punch attack in Leigh.

It happened outside Vogue Nightclub at 5.15am on Sunday. The attacker walked up to the man, punched him once, and sent him crashing to the pavement.

Detective Sergeant Paul Jackson said: "This was a cowardly and unprovoked attack on an innocent man. The strength of the attack caused the victim to sustain serious head injuries and, though he is now in a stable condition, the consequences could quite easily have been worse."

Woman threatened at knifepoint in Leigh

Police are investigating after two men threatened a woman at knifepoint during an attempted robbery in Leigh.

Just after 8pm last night the men broke into a house on Maple Crescent and walked into the living room, confronted a 59-year-old woman and demanded they gave her money.

They searched the house but left empty handed. The man carrying the knife is described as being white, 5ft 5in tall, of slim build, wore a beige hooded top and a scarf covering the lower part of his face.

Detective Constable Stuart Woodhead said: “Unfortunately we do not have a description of the second offender as the victim was so frightened, her attention was on the man holding the knife.

“I would ask anyone who may have either seen these men break into the back of the house or leave at the time of the incident to contact police.”

Tributes to taxi death pair

The families of a taxi driver an his passenger who dies after a head on crash in Leigh have paid tribute to them. Shortly before 4am on Saturday the cab was involved in an accident with another car on Twist Lane at the junction with Kendal Grove.

The driver of the taxi, 59-year-old Kenneth Grimshaw from the Leigh area, suffered multiple injuries and died at the scene.Emma Houghton, 23 and from the Golborne area, was a rear-seat passenger in the taxi and was taken to hospital with a serious head injury, but died on Saturday evening.

Kenneth Grimshaw

The driver of the Astra, a 34-year-old man, was taken to hospital for treatment to serious leg injuries but has since been discharged.

Kenneth’s family said: “Ken was a loving, devoted father to his two daughters and a caring granddad to his three young grandchildren, who became a focal point in his life in the last few years.

Ken was a truly larger than life character who was always smiling and found humour in almost every situation. He will be remembered by everyone who knew him as a good-hearted, kind, family-oriented man. He will be sadly missed by everyone whose life he touched. Rest in peace, Ken.”

Emma’s family said: “Taken from us too early, Emma was a young girl that loved life. Emma will be missed dearly by all those that loved her and still love her.”

Emma Houghton

Police Constable Paul Hailwood said: “Our thoughts continue to be with the families of Ken and Emma, as they try to come to terms with the devastating events of this weekend, and we are supporting them as best we can at this difficult time.

“We are carrying out a thorough investigation to establish the circumstances leading up to this collision, so we can provide the families of all involved with some much needed answers as to what exactly happened on Saturday morning.

“We are asking for any witnesses that saw either the silver Astra or the metallic blue Mondeo private-hire taxi driving shortly before this incident occurred, to contact us.”

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