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Man charged over car park pub death in Middleton

Arron Wasdell who died in Middleton at the weekend Credit: Men Syndication

28 year old Arron Wasdell from the Middleton area died from multiple injuries after being hit by a car outside the Carters Arms pub. It's believed Arron had been in an argument with a group of men outside the pub before the collision.

Steven Vincent Carroll, of Heywood Court, Middleton, has been charged with manslaughter.

A 31-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder has been bailed until 29 December 2014 pending further inquiries.

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Water supply to homes cut in Middleton

A number of schools have been closed and residents in Middleton face a morning without water after the supply was unexpectedly cut off. United Utilities said that the problem was ‘widespread’ and they didn't know when it would be back on again.

The company posted on their website:

"You may have noticed that the water is coming out of your tap slower than usual or may have gone off altogether. We have one of our inspectors looking into this at the moment and as soon as we know what the cause of the problem is we’ll let you know. We’re sorry about this and will try and get your taps flowing normally as quickly as we can. We’ll keep you posted as soon as we know what’s causing the problem."

– United Utilities

Machette robbery at Middleton supermarket

Police appeal for information after a robbery at Middleton Co-op Credit: GMP

Staff and customers were herded into a stock room when machete-wielding robbers targeted a Co-op supermarket in Middleton.

Shortly before 9pm on October 10, two men, armed with machetes, entered the Co-op on Kenyon Lane and herded staff and customers into a rear stock room.

The offenders ran off along Willow Lane and threw two bottles of spirits at a member of the public who had given chase.

A number of innocent people were threatened and intimidated by these men - who were armed with machetes - and as a result have been left understandably traumatised. It is possible that these men live locally or at the very least discarded items from the robbery into peoples gardens.

– Detective Constable Mark Green

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 8701, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Digger smashes through bus window

A passer-by caught the moment the arm of a digger smashed through the window of a bus in Middleton.

The image was captured by Andy Ogden at the junction of Greengate and Grimshaw Lane in Middleton on Tuesday lunchtime.

Stagecoach Greater Manchester tweeted soon after: “112 Delays of up to 15 minutes due to a RTC near to Middleton Junction.”

It’s not yet known if anyone was on the top deck at the time of the collision

UKIP confirm candidate for Heywood and Middleton by-election

John Bickley hopes to become MP for Heywood and Middleton.

The UK Independence Party has announced that their candidate to contest the forthcoming parliamentary by-election in Heywood and Middleton is John Bickley.

The election was called following the death of MP Jim Dobbin at the weekend.

Mr Bickley, 61, said, “I’m honoured to have been asked to represent the party.

“It is a Labour stronghold where by pure co-incidence I actually lived for a while as a small boy.

“I am looking forward to getting out and about and talking to voters and explaining why UKIP is the only party that really represents their interests now.”

This will be second by-election Mr Bickley has contested this year as he was UKIP’s candidate in the Wythenshawe and Sale East by-election, where he came second.

He began his working career with a Manchester based company as a laboratory technician. After five years John joined EMI Records representing them in the North West before moving to London in the early ‘80’s and working for a number of music and video film companies at a senior level.

Mr Bickley returned to the North West in 1992 to take up a senior position with a Liverpool based computer and video games company. He now runs his own software company and has diverse experience of international markets in music, film, video games and technology software.

He is a father-of-two and his wife works as a part-time carer at a special needs school.

The party said Mr Bickley joined UKIP three years ago and has been an active member of the party's Cheshire West branch. His interests apart from politics include walking.

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Motorist dies in M62 crash at Heywood

A motorist has died in a crash on the M62.

The incident happened at about 3.25am today and emergency services were called to the westbound carriageway at junction 19 at Heywood and Middleton.

A Ford Mondeo had collided with an HGV. The driver of the Mondeo suffered multiple injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

No-one else was injured in the collision.

The westbound carriageway was fully closed while emergency services dealt with the scene but has now been re-opened.

Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to call the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 0161 856 4741.

Fusilier Lee Rigby's name engraved on National Memorial

Engraver Nick Hindle engraves the names. Credit: PA

Work has begun to engrave the name of Lee Rigby and 16 other forces personel killed on duty in 2013 on Britain's largest military memorial.

Fusilier Lee Rigby Credit: PA

The Fusilier, from Middleton, was killed by Michael Adebolajo, 29, and Michael Adebowale, 23, in a street in Woolwich, south-east London last year.

His name will be immortalised alongside 16,000 other military personnel at the Armed Forces Memorial in the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.

Stonemason Nick Hindle began producing the tribute yesterday morning and is expected to take several weeks to chisel the name of the murdered soldier, and 16 others killed last year, into the Portland stone walls.

A stencil with the name of LJ Rigby used by engraver Nick Hindle. Credit: PA
Engraver Nick Hindle engraves the names of UK Armed Forces personnel killed on duty in 2013. Credit: PA

Police hunt man who's made threats to kill

Matthew Wright Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Police are hunting a man who is wanted for making threats to kill and committing criminal damage.

Officers are searching for Matthew Wright who's 29 in relation to causing criminal damage and making threats to kill or cause serious harm on April 16, 2014.

Wright was last seen in Middleton, but he also has links to the Fleetwood and Blackpool areas of Lancashire.Police are now appealing for Wright, or anyone who knows of his whereabouts, to contact them as soon as possible.

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

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