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Man critical after stabbing in Middleton

A man has been stabbed outside a pub in Middleton. Police were called to Cheap Side to reports of a group of men and women fighting last night.

Officers found a 27-year-old man with multiple stab wounds. He was taken to hospital where he remains in a critical condition.

We are still trying to understand exactly what happened and why this man was attacked in such a brutal way.

From enquiries already carried out, this appears to be an isolated incident and I would like to reassure the public we are doing everything we can to find the person responsible.

If you saw anything, or have any information to do with this incident then please call us. If you recognise the description of the man we want to speak then please also contact us immediately.

– Inspector Caroline Ward, from GMP’s Rochdale borough


Middleton mum of four scoops £1m Lotto prize - and plans trip down under to be reunited with her daughter

Susan celebrates her win with her sons. Credit: National Lottery

A mum of four from Middleton is celebrating today after scooping £1m on the Lotto Millionaire Raffle from Saturday’s draw.

Susan Home, 48, said she immediately handed in her notice at work and is now looking forward to making the trip of a lifetime to Australia to see her daughter – something she never believed would be possible.

Susan, who plays The National Lottery online, discovered she was a millionaire early on Sunday morning by a loud bleeping on her phone.

“I was asleep in bed and my phone bleeped to tell me I had an email. I just thought it was probably another junk email. “I went to look and saw it was from The National Lottery – it said I had won two lucky dip tickets – I was over the moon. I couldn’t believe it!

– Lotto winner Susan Home.
Susan celebrates with her sons. Credit: National Lottery.

Susan, who worked as a warehouse operative in Middleton, said her new life begins today and she is planning to use some of her newfound fortune to visit her eldest daughter, Joanna, 29, in Australia – something she always dreamed of doing but never believed would be possible.

She said: “Joanna went travelling last November and I’ve not seen her since. I always hoped I would be able to visit her so I’ve literally been working seven days a week and as much overtime as possible in hope that one day I would be able to save enough money to go.

“Now, thanks to The National Lottery I have – this win really couldn’t have come at a better time.

“When I broke the news to Joanna she couldn’t believe it. We can’t wait to be reunited.”

Abandoned dog found in Greater Manchester

Jazz was very underweight when she was found Credit: RSPCA

An abandoned dog who was so emaciated that her spine and ribs were protruding has been rescued after being found tied to a gate.

The female Staffordshire bull terrier type dog was discovered covered in sores in Middleton, Greater Manchester.

The RSPCA is appealing for information after she was found by a dog walker in Ullswater Drive.

Although the dog was not wearing an identification tag, she was microchipped and the RSPCA was able to find that previous owners had given her the name Jazz.

Investigations revealed that Jazz had been through at least three homes - including an animal welfare charity - before being abandoned and left to suffer.

The neglected dog is now under veterinary care.

RSPCA inspector Nichola Waterworth said:

"Thankfully she was spotted by the member of the public. It was a cold night and she was tied up alone.

"She's extremely thin and has pressure sores from where she's been laid down on a hard floor of some type. Her skin is flaky and her nails are overgrown. I suspect she's been living outside or perhaps in a shed or something like that, as she was very dirty and smelly too.

"Though a little nervous, she is a very sweet girl with a very waggy tail.

"It certainly seems as though this poor girl has had a rough life so far."

– RSPCA inspector Nichola Waterworth

Anyone who recognises Jazz and has any specific information about her owner is asked to get in touch with the RSPCA by calling 0300 123 8018.


Two women arrested over "doll torture" claims

Dolly therapy is increasingly used for dementia patients Credit: ITV Granada

Two women have been arrested in connection with an investigation into distressing images at a care home in Middleton.

At around 9am on Friday 22 January 2016, police were called about a number of concerning images that had been taken by staff at a care home in Middleton.

Police investigating the incident have arrested a 19-year-old woman and a 23-year-old woman on suspicion of ill treatment or wilful neglect by a care worker.

The 19-year-old woman has been bailed pending further enquiries and the 23-year-old remains in custody for questioning.

Detective Inspector Lee Hopwood of GMP’s Rochdale Division said:

“We have made two arrests but our investigation continues and I would like to again urge members of the public to allow us to investigate and deal with this matter”.

– Detective Inspector Lee Hopwood

The two carers had already been suspended over claims they cruelly taunted dementia patients by torturing their 'comfort dolls'.

The shocking video taken at Ashbourne House nursing home in Middleton shows a member of staff throwing a doll to the floor in front of an elderly resident and laughing.

Dolly therapy is increasingly used for dementia patients, with some considering the dolls to be like their own babies.

Police confirm they're looking into doll torture claims

Dolls are used as therapy for some elderly patients Credit: MEN SYNDICATION

Greater Manchester Police have confirmed that they received a report about a number of "concerning images" that had been taken by a staff member at the Ashbourne House nursing home in Middleton.

The statement comes after an unsettling video was released which appeared to show staff members at the homethrowing a doll to the floor while shouting 'die baby, die!'

The dolls are used to comfort some elderly patients at the home.

"At around 9am on Friday 22 January 2016, police were called about a number of concerning images that had been taken by staff at a care home in Middleton.

"Officers from the Rochdale Public Protection Investigation Unit have liaised with adult services to assess any safeguarding concerns.

"Police are now looking into the circumstances surrounding the incident."

– GMP Spokesperson

Detective Inspector Lee Hopwood of GMP’s Rochdale Division said “We take reports of this nature extremely seriously and we are now investigating the possibility that a criminal offence may have been committed.

“I understand incidents like this can cause a lot of concern but I would like to urge members of the public to allow us to investigate and deal with this matter.”

– Detective Inspector Lee Hopwood

In the video a colleague of the female staff member asks her: “How do you feel that you’ve just done that? How do you feel?”

The woman can be heard loudly laughing, then responding: “Great, because [resident's name] is upset.”

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