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."
Police are investigating after a woman was sexually assaulted in Middleton in Greater Manchester.
The 33-year-old was approached by a man as she stood outside Tesco Express on Park Road at around 5.55 on the morning of Saturday March 14th.
The man walked up to her before sexually assaulting her but she managed to push him away and run inside he supermarket before he fled in the direction of Middleton Gardens.
The man is described as being in his mid 20s, black, slim to average build with short afro style hair.
Detective Constable Nick Price said: “We have circulated the image on our own internal computer system but unfortunately, the person has not been traced."
“I would ask people to take a good look at the person in the picture and if you recognise him to call police. I would also make a direct appeal to the man himself to come forward so we can eliminate him from our investigation.”"
Anyone with information should phone police on 0161 856 8701 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
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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.
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.
M24 #Middleton we believe the fault is with pumps in the town, engineers are working to restart these. ^SR
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."
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.
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 8701, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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
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.