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Tuesday across the NW

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Teenager stabbed in Manchester

Police are appealing for witnesses after a teenager was stabbed in Manchester.

At 7.45pm on Tuesday 26 August 2014, police were called following reports a 16-year-old boy had been stabbed in Crumpsall.

Officers found the boy off Herristone Road, he had injuries to his abdomen and arm.

He was taken to hospital for treatment and remains in a stable condition in hospital.

Detective Inspector Neil Jones said:

We believe there was an argument between the victim and another boy before the attack.

Thankfully his injuries are not life threatening but he is very lucky.

The incident took place on the basketball court and I would ask anyone who may have been in the Herristone Road area at the time and witnessed the attack to contact police.

– Detective Inspector Neil Jones, GMP

Police hunt for pair after brutal attack on taxi driver

CCTV of suspect
CCTV of suspect Credit: GMP

Police are hunting two men who attacked a taxi driver in Manchester leaving him with a broken jaw.

It happened on Rochdale Road in Harpurhey at about 4.45am on 20 July 2014.

The 36 year old driver had picked up the two passengers from outside Dixy Chicken.

CCTV of suspect
CCTV of suspect Credit: GMP

After a disagreement about the fare, the driver and the two passengers got out of the taxi and he was punched to the floor.

The men punched and kicked him in the head before stealing his money.

They then ran off towards Factory Lane.

Detective Constable Ania Ostafijczuk said:

These men were responsible for a totally unprovoked, sustained and brutal attack on a taxi driver who was simply trying to earn a living.

They set upon this driver like a pack of wild animals, leaving him with a broken jaw and numerous other injuries that needed hospital treatment, and all for £30.

It is a desperate, not to mention violent, act and we need to find the culprits.

We have released two CCTV stills of men we want to speak to in connection with the assault and I would appeal to anyone who recognises these men to come forward.

Alternatively, I would ask anyone who was in the area at this time and either witnessed the assault itself, or perhaps saw two men getting into or out of a silver Volkswagen mini-bus, to call us.

– Detective Constable Ania Ostafijczuk, GMP

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Self harm and suicide rates "double"

People self-harming or attempting suicide at mental health hospitals has doubled in parts of the region, according to figures obtained by the Labour Party.

Shadow Public Health Minister and Liverpool MP Luciana Berger says incidents in Manchester, Merseyside and Cheshire have risen from 1877 hundred to over 3072 over a three year period. The figures were obtained by a freedom of information request.

Meanwhile some health experts are warning that acute mental health services are struggling to cope with demand.

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The figures were disclosed by mental health trusts Credit: pa

Missing diver search called off

Emergency services have called off the search for a diver from Manchester missing off the coast of the Scottish Borders. The man, who's 49 years old, vanished on Sunday near St Abbs Head, a popular spot for divers. He went missing when his ‘buddy diver’ lost contact with him underwater and surfaced, but the diver was not seen. The RNLI say they'll begin a search of local beaches after being unable to find him. Ian Wightman is from St Abbs Lifeboat Station.

Man jailed for stabbing partner at Salford home

Liam King
Liam King Credit: Greater Manchester Police

A man who repeatedly stabbed his partner and then left her dead body on the floor as he slept has been jailed.

26-year-old Liam King, from Eccles, pleaded guilty to murder at Manchester Crown Court today.

He was sentenced to life imprisonment and will serve a minimum of 15 years before he is considered for parole.

Rebecca Ayres
Rebecca Ayres Credit: GMP / Family handout

King was sentenced for murdering Rebecca Ayres, 24, who was found dead at the home she shared with King on Holt Street on Thursday 6th March 2014.

He admitted that he became involved in a domestic argument with Rebecca at the house that they shared. He then stabbed her several times in the chest and arms as she tried to defend herself.

Scene of murder at Holt Street
Scene of murder at Holt Street Credit: ITV News

Senior Investigating Officer Duncan Thorpe said:

“Liam King’s actions have left a three-year-old little boy without a mother, parents without a daughter and a family and group of friends without a young woman that lived life with a smile on her face and brought joy to those she knew.

– Senior Investigating Officer Duncan Thorpe

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