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Police appeal for man still missing after three weeks

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Police are continuing to look for a man nearly three weeks after he went missing from Salford.

61-year-old Kenneth Davies is believed to have travelled to the Aberdare area of South Wales on Friday June 12.

Kenneth called into a shop in Irlam, Salford at around 11am that day. During this time, Kenneth explained that he had to leave 'unexpectedly' but did not say why this was the case nor where he was going to.

It is believed he then travelled to the Aberdarearea in a silver Vauxhall Corsa.

Kenneth is described as being white, of medium build, has short grey hair and is 5ft 8in tall. It is believed he was wearing a red t-shirt and jeans.

At this moment in time, we still do not know where Kenneth is. Detectives in Manchester and South Wales have been reviewing his lifestyle and wider friendship circles given the unusual circumstances of his sudden disappearance but unfortunately we have not been able to find him.

– Detective Inspector Ben Hart

Anyone with information is asked to contact South Wales Police on 101 or Greater Manchester Police on 0161 856 5097 / 856 5345.


New cancer treatment developed in Manchester

A new technique to treat lung cancer is being developed in Manchester. Cancer cells will be captured in te patients blood by special magnets. It's hoped, it could lead to better ways to treat patients. It comes as research from Cancer Research UK announces cases of the disease in women is the highest since records began despite a drop in smoking rates.

Lung cancer rates have hit the 20,000 mark say the charity, an increase of 22% soaring from around 14,200 cases diagnosed around 20 years ago.

"It really is devastating to see that the number of women diagnosed with lung cancer continues to climb. We also know survival remains poor and one of the problems is that lung cancer tends to be diagnosed at a late stage when it has already spread. Cancer is very difficult to treat once it has spread around the body.

"It is very challenging to biopsy lung cancer and very hard for the patient too. The new technique we're testing uses magnets to capture rogue cancer cells in patients' blood and could be a more effective form of biopsy - providing vital information on the biology of the disease. And, ultimately, this could lead to better ways to treat patients."

– Prof Caroline Dive, Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute

The new technique is being presented at the Royal Society's Summer Science Exhibition this week by staff from Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute who have travelled to London.

CCTV of man wanted in rape attempt

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Police have released CCTV images after a man tried to rape a woman in Manchester.

Shortly before 11.30pm on Friday May 15 a woman was trying to flag down a taxi on Church Street when she was approached by a man. She began to walk with him along Red Lion Street and into an alleyway behind a nearby pub, where he tried to rape her. He was disturbed and ran off onto Turner Street, then High Street before making a loop back to Piccadilly Gardens via Tib Street.

Police are appealing for witnesses and enquiries are ongoing.

The man is described as black, aged between 16 and 22, of slim build and had short, black hair.

Anyone with information should phone police on 0161 856 3221 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Power cuts affecting Manchester city centre

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A power cut is affecting hundreds of properties in the city centre.

Electricity North West said the outage has been caused by a high voltage fault.

Electricians are currently working to fix the problem but ENW warned that the power supply may not be restored until 9pm tonight.

The Manchester Evening Newsreports that the power cut is affecting shops, businesses and homes on Cross Street, Blackfriars Street, King Street, St Ann’s Churchyard, South King Street, Ridgefield, Deansgate, John Dalton Street and St James Square.

Shops in The Arndale Centre and Selfridges are also believed to be affected by the fault.

We have a high voltage fault affecting your area. We believe that this affects your property. This fault is due to damage to our equipment. Our engineers are aware of the problem. And a team is currently travelling to site.

Our estimated time for restoration is 21:00 hours today. Should this change as the job type progresses we will keep you updated.

We apologise for the inconvenience caused by the interruption to your supply and our engineers will work to restore your power as soon as possible.

– Electricity North West statement

Masked man attacks police car with a hammer

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A masked man attacked a police car with a hammer following a pursuit late on Sunday.

Shortly after 11:30pm officers from the Greater Manchester Police Intercept Unit spotted two people wearing balaclavas in a black Ford Mondeo at a petrol station on Cromwell Road, Salford and signalled the vehicle to pull over.

The driver of the car ignored the initial attempts and after a short pursuit the offender pulled over on Upper Camp Street, where his passenger jumped out and came towards the police car armed with a hammer.

Fearing for their safety, the driver of the police car rammed the masked assailant, driving him onto the floor.

As this was happening, the driver of the Mondeo rammed the police car twice before turning round and driving towards the junction with Bury New Road, at which point the passenger ran and got back into the car.

The car turned right onto Bury New Road and got away before it was later found abandoned on Thanet Close with a number of weapons inside.

I think it is clear that the occupants of the car were about to commit a violent offence when the officers originally attempted to stop them and their subsequent behaviour only further reinforces that.

It is possible that the actions of the Intercept Unit officers prevented a robbery from taking place as, when they first approached the offenders, they were pulling into a petrol station forecourt wearing balaclavas and carrying a number of weapons.

Although we don’t have a clear description of the offenders, the one who attempted to attack the police with a hammer may have been injured in his attempts and returned home limping.

– Chief Inspector Mark Dexter

Anybody with information should contact police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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