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Manchester family of five killed in mini-bus crash in Saudi Arabia

Map shows location of Medina and Mecca in Saudi Arabia. Credit: Google Maps.

A family of five from Manchester are understood to be among seven people killed in a mini-bus crash in Saudi Arabia.

It happened yesterday on a road between Mecca and Medina.

It's understood there were 12 people aboard the bus when it happened, five of the fatalities belonged to a family from Levenshulme and two were from Glasgow.

Staff at the Manchester-based tour operator Haji Tours, who organised the trip on behalf of the family, have offered their condolences to the relatives of those involved.

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Boy arrested over rape of 12-year-old

Boy arrested over rape Credit: Granada Reports

A 16-year-old boy has been arrested following the rape of a 12-year-old girl in Levenshulme.

She had been walking along Chapel Street sometime between 5pm and 5:30pm on 22nd November, when she was grabbed from behind by a male who dragged her into the alleyway which runs behind Cardus Street and raped her.

He then ran away from the scene in the direction of Stockport Road.

Detective Inspector Dave Moores of GMP’s serious Sexual Offenses Unit said: “This week we released an e-fit of a person we wished to speak to regarding this attack. I would like to thank the public for the response we have had.

“We have now arrested a 16-year-old boy. He is currently in custody being questioned.

“Our investigation is still ongoing however, so anyone who may have witnessed the incident or may have seen anything suspicious is asked to get in touch.

“There will still be an increased police presence in the community whilst the investigation continues to encourage those who have information to come and speak to us and reassure anyone with any concerns.”

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CCTV appeal after woman raped in Manchester

The incident happened at Cringle Park in Levenshulme. Credit: Greater Manchester Police

CCTV images have been released of two men police want to speak to after a rape in south Manchester.

The victim, a 31-year-old woman, was raped as she made her way through Cringle Park in Levenshulme.

Officers have also released a detailed description of a suspect – who has yellowing teeth and a large pointed nose with pimples on it.

Police were called to the park on Clare Road at around midday following the attack.

An investigation was launched and part of the park was sealed off while forensics combed the area for clues.

After extensive enquiries, detectives have now released CCTV images of two men they wish to speak to after the November 14 assault.

“We believe from our work so far these men were in the area at the time of the attack and we need to speak to them.

“I know the images are not very clear, but if someone does know either of these men you should be able to recognise them.

“I would appeal directly to the men to contact police or anyone who recognises them to also get in touch.

“I would like to praise the victim for her courage throughout this investigation and specially trained officers continue to offer their support to her.

“We know this incident raised concerns in the community and we continue to carry out patrols in the area.

“If you have any concerns or suspect something suspicious then please approach one of our officers or call police.

“We will always try and assist in any way they can.”

– Det Insp Dave Moores, from GMP’s Serious Sexual Offences Unit
  • Anybody with information should contact police on 0161 856 1911 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Police appeal after man stabbed in Manchester

Junction of Matthews Lane and Lonsdale Road Credit: Google Maps

Detectives in Manchester are appealing for information after a man was stabbed in Levenshulme.

Shortly after 6am today (Friday,August 12) police were called to reports of a man being attacked at the junction of Matthews Lane and Lonsdale Road.

On arrival police discovered a man in his 30s who had suffered stab wounds to his neck.

He was taken to hospital where he remains in a stable condition.

Detective Inspector Muz Kernain, from GMP’s city centre team, said:

The investigation is in its early stages and the motive for the attack is currently unclear.

We have a team currently at the scene and we are following a number of lines of enquiry.

We would urge anyone who may have witnessed this attack or has any information about it to please call us.

Anyone with any information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

– Detective Inspector Muz Kernain
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