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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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Mother of Lee Rigby 'welcomes memorial decision'

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The mother of murdered Lee Rigby has welcomed a decision to have a plaque bearing his name near to where he was killed.

His mother Lyn said in an interview with The Sun that the decision meant a great deal to her and that she does not want Lee to be forgotten.

Lyn said: “This means so much to me and my family because we want to make sure Lee is never forgotten.

“I will have a special place to take my children and grandchildren to show our love and respect for Lee. The support has been overwhelming."

Fusilier Rigby, 25, was murdered in Woolwich in May 2013 by two Muslim converts.

"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

Woman sexually assaulted in Middleton

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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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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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