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Fires leave two families homeless this Christmas

Two families have been left homeless after a fire believed to have been started by a candle in Moss Side destroyed the roof of two homes.

Crews were called out to to Hadyn Avenue at this 2.07am this morning.

At this stage we think the fire was caused by a candle in an upstairs bedroom. The fire has started in one property and spread through the roof void to another. “The blaze has destroyed the roof of two homes and damaged two more properties. “Please take care when using candles. Thankfully no one was harmed during this incident, but two households have been left without a home this Christmas.”

– Station Manager Mick Rothwell

Police want to trace this man in connection with a rape

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Police investigating reports of a rape in Moss Side, Manchester, have released an image of a man they want to speak to.

A 20-year-old woman was attacked in October 2013 but after initially reporting the offence, declined to take it any further.

Detectives have since managed to trace an image of a suspect and the victim has recently contacted police.

On the night of 26 October 2013 she went out into Manchester city centre with friends.

At some point she became separated from them and awoke in a house, later found to be on Claremont Road, Moss Side, with two men in bed with her.

She didn't recall how she got there and she had been raped.

The offender in the image released today is described as black, in his early 30s, with shaven hair, quite tall, a slim build and spoke with a foreign accent.

The second offender is described as Asian, around 5ft 8in tall with a chubby build, thick, short hair and a short, scruffy beard.

He was in his early 30s and spoke with a foreign accent.

"The victim in this case initially called 999 to report the attack a few days after it happened.

"However, we had very little to go on.

"We managed to find a CCTV image of a man we believe could have been involved following our enquiries.

"We have circulated this image across the force for help in identifying him but we now need the public's help.

"If you recognise this man please get in touch.

"Obviously nine months have elapsed since the crime happened, but that doesn't lesson our determination to bring the offender to justice."

– Detective Constable Emma Cyprien, the Serious Sexual Offences Unit, Greater Manchester Police


Best in Britain: the primary where most pupils don't speak English as a first language

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An 'inspirational’ school in Moss Side has been named one of the best in Britain.

St Mary’s CofE Primary is in the heart of inner city Manchester and has opened its doors to students from around the world.

And teachers and pupils are now celebrating after the school was named ‘Primary of the Year’ at a national teaching awards ceremony. Judges were impressed for the huge progress it helps pupils make in reading and maths.

The school is in the top two per cent in the country for the progress pupils make with reading, and the top seven per cent for their improvement in maths. Read more on the Manchester Evening News.