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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.

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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.”

Driver seriously injured after crashing into tree

Car damaged after hitting a tree in Middleton Credit: ITV

A driver is seriously ill in hospital after crashing into a tree earlier this morning.

Emergency services were called to Heywood Old Road in Middleton just before 7am after reports of a crash.

They found a Ford Kia which had come off the road and smashed into a tree.

The 49 year-old man was trapped inside vehicle and fire crews were called to help cut him free.

Police say he is being treated in hospital for life-threatening injuries

The car has been towed away as forensic officers carry out investigations into the cause of the crash.

The car is towed away Credit: ITV

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"Britain's Stupidest Criminals" try to hide stolen car at POLICE station ... in front of officers

Two men are being described as "Britain's stupidest criminals" after driving a stolen car straight into a police station car-park in Middleton.

The white Mercedes was stolen in the early hours of this morning from an address in Eccles after one of the offenders broke into the property and stole the car keys.

Soon after the men were seen driving the car down the entrance ramp to the car park at Middleton Police Station.

But after they were unable to enter through the secure gates two police vans arrived behind them waiting their turn to get into the car park.

Thinking they had been rumbled the driver drove up a grass verge and both men jumped out of the car to make a run for it.

During their attempts to escape, the men ran towards a nearby bridge and jumped into a river, wading their way through before getting out and continuing their getaway through the streets of Middleton.

Police officers and a dog were dispatched to find them and a short time later a 25-year-old man and a 26-year-old man were arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle and a section 4 road traffic accident offence.

Detective Inspector Lee Hopwood said:

"Obviously these two men did not realise that they were driving a stolen car into a police station, so when they saw the vans behind them waiting to get in the car park, they panicked."

"The search for the two offenders got underway very quickly and a lot of good work went into finding them."

"It was quite a surprise to us as it is not every day that suspected criminals bring stolen cars straight to the police station."

– Detective Inspector Lee Hopwood
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