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20 years in jail for man who murdered ex with hockey stick in front of their children

Oral David Bryan will serve a minimum of 20 years. Credit: Greater Manchester Police.

A man who hit his ex-partner in the head with a hockey stick and killed her during a heated argument in front of their children has been sentenced to life in prison.

Oral David Bryan, 44, of Cadogan Street, Moss Side, will serve a minimum of 20 years for the murder of Nicola McKenzie.

Bryan killed Ms McKenzie on September 17 last year after a heated argument broke out between Nicola and another woman outside his home, Greater Manchester Police said.

After watching it unfold, Bryan took a hockey stick from his house and walked towards the two women before he raised the stick with both hands high in the air and swung it down in an axe like motion and struck the top of Nicola's head.

She lost consciousness and fell to the ground, banging her head on the road in the process. With blood pouring from her head, Bryan attempted to lift the victim off the ground before letting her drop which resulted in her banging her head again.

He ran away from the scene but was arrested nearby a short time later.

The attack was witnessed by the former couple’s two children as well as Bryan’s other two children from a different relationship and another ex-partner's child.

Nicola was taken to the intensive care unit at Hope Hospital with massive skull trauma and brain injuries but she sadly died two days later.

“This was a tragic incident where the life of a woman was sadly cut short in brutal fashion by a man she was once close to.

“Oral David Bryan showed absolutely no concern about his victim and the only intention in his mind when he retrieved the hockey stick from his house was to cause serious harm.

“His lack of concern was further exemplified when he fled the scene to try and save himself rather than get medical attention for Nicola.

“I know the sentence passed here today won’t bring her back or even begin to make up for their loss but I hope it will offer Nicola’s family some closure and my thoughts are with them.”

– Senior Investigating Officer Duncan Thorpe, Greater Manchester Police

Teen held after Moss Side shooting

Greater Manchester Police are appealing for witnesses to the shooting. Credit: Press Association.

A teenager's has been arrested after a shooting in Manchester.

The 17-year-old was held on suspicion of attempted murder this morning after a 23-year-old man was shot in the leg on Great Western Street in Moss Side yesterday afternoon.

The man was taken to hospital for treatment and his injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

The suspect remains in custody for questioning.

"I know people were anxious and alarmed following reports that a man had been shot in our community.

"I want to reassure people that as a result of the significant inquiries officers have been making, we have this morning carried out a warrant and arrested a man on suspicion of attempted murder.

"We will now be questioning that man so I hope people will understand that I cannot divulge much more details at present.

"However, it is important that our community is made aware of this arrest and of the significant policing operation we have in place both to get to the bottom of this incident and reassure residents living and working here.

"We will keep the community fully updated as our investigation progresses."

– Detective Chief Inspector Andy Cunliffe, Greater Manchester Police
  • Anyone with information should contact Greater Manchester Police's South Manchester Neighbourhood Policing Team on 0161 856 4436 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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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.

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