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Fusilier Lee Rigby's parents unable to grieve for their son

by Mel Barham

Ten months after Fusilier Lee Rigby was murdered in Woolwich, his mother says she hasn't been able to grieve because of legal red tape.

Lyn Rigby has been denied any of her son's possessions because his estranged wife was still classified as his next of kin.

They were speaking after a charity helped transform their garden in Middleton, a place they describe as their 'safety zone'.

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Driver punched in face after argument

Police are appealing for witnesses, after a man was attacked in Middleton.

It happened on the 24th of February but police are just releasing the details. The victim who was driving on Hollin Lane was dragged out of his car and punched in the face after an argument with the driver and passenger of a VW Caddy Van.

The van driver has been described as white, 30-35-years old, slim build and had teeth missing. He was wearing an orange hi-vis jacket. The passenger in the van has been described as around 27-30-years old, with black hair and a black beard.

This was a violent attack and we want to find the van driver as soon as possible. There are likely to have been quite a few people around at this time in the evening, maybe returning from work that may have seen the two men in the VW van or seen the attack. We are urging anybody who may have any information or recognises the description of the offender to contact us.”

– Detective Constable Michael Berger

Man who bit and strangled girlfriend is jailed

Lee Edwards was jailed for 10 years Credit: GMP

A man who bit, strangled and stamped upon his girlfriend after an argument, has been jailed for 10 years.

Lee Edwards, 29, from Lever Street in Middleton, turned on his partner one night last August. He threw her onto the stairs before punching her so hard he broke her cheek bone.

The thug did not stop there. He bit her face and, as she tried to crawl away, stamped on her neck and back. Then, he tried to strangle her.

Thankfully, she survived. She escaped after he went to sleep.

Pensioner sexually assaulted in her own home

A pensioner was sexually assaulted in her own home by a man who claimed to be a tree-cutter.

The 75-year-old, who is ill and house-bound, was attacked in her warden-controlled bungalow on Tintern Avenue in Middleton on December 14th.

Her attacker knocked on the door and claimed he was cutting down trees. She felt sorry for him and innocently thought he was trying to earn money for Christmas. Feeling charitable, she offered him the chance to help her build some furniture for a small fee and invited him into her home.

However, while inside the bungalow he sexually assaulted her.

He is described as being white, not very tall, in his 30s or 40s and with a round face and stocky build. He was wearing either a black coat with red writing or vice versa and had 'maintenance' or words to that effect on his jacket.

"To sexually assault such an obviously frail and vulnerable pensioner in the sanctity of her own home is completely unforgivable.

"What makes this attack even more disturbing is that the woman is such a kind-natured soul that she thought she was helping someone out over Christmas by putting a few extra quid his way. To therefore have that good nature and trust abused by this man is appalling and we need to find him."

– Detective Constable Dan Daly

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