Inquest into death of Oldham hostage

An inquest will open today in Wiltshire into the death of an Oldham man held hostage for ten months before he was killed.

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Man lunges at police officers in Oldham with a knife

A domestic violence suspect lunged at police officers with a knife when they went to arrest him.

It happened at about 8.30am on Tuesday morning. Officers had been called to a flat at Eldon Street in Oldham, following a report of a domestic disturbance.

When officers arrived they were confronted by a man who threatened to stab and kill them if they tried to arrest him then suddenly lunged at them with a knife. One of the officers managed to deploy a taser and he was disarmed.

A 37-year-old man was arrested and charged with affray.

No-one was hurt in the incident.

Detective Inspector Ann Buckley praised the quick thinking of the officers.

She said:

Faced with a knife-wielding suspect they carried out their job to the letter, ordering him to put down the knife before disarming him when he came at them.

This is the kind of day-to-day danger faced by officers that often goes unheralded and is considered just part of the job.

They were there to help resolve a domestic situation which we always take extremely seriously. A taser was used in this case as it was the quickest and most effective way to reduce the risk to everyone involved, not least the suspect himself.


British Consul travels to Tenerife to help doctor's family

The British Consul in Spain has travelled to Tenerife to help the family of a doctor from Altrincham who drowned trying to rescue her son when they were on holiday in Tenerife.

A British holiday maker who witnessed the tragedy has described the scene.

Uma Ramalingam, who was a consultant at the Royal Oldham Hospital, was one of two women killed when they were swept out to sea as they tried to rescue their children.

Tenerife deaths: Foreign Office providing consular assistance to families

A spokesman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: 'We can confirm the deaths of two British nationals in Tenerife on April 6.

"We are in touch with the authorities and are providing consular assistance with the families."

A spokeswoman for emergency services said both local police and fire brigade assisted in the emergency operation and the Guardia Civil is now investigating the incident.

Consultant drowns off Tenerife after trying to rescue children

Uma Ramalingam

A consultant working at the Royal Oldham Hospital in Greater Manchester has drowned off Tenerife, after trying to rescue two children who had been swept away by a wave.

Uma Ramalingam, 42, from Altrincham, was on holiday with 39-year-old Barathi Ruvikumar, who also died.

The women were pronounced dead on Sunday evening, after getting into difficulties during their rescue attempt off the coast of Playa Paraiso, to the southwest of the island.

A third woman, aged 38, who has not been named, survived along with the two children, aged 10 and 14, after being pulled out of the water by rescuers.

Mrs Ramalingam, originally from Chennai in India, was a consultant obstetrician at the Royal Oldham Hospital's women and children's unit.

The Royal Oldham Hospital: Uma was a 'fantastic doctor'

Olubusola Amu, consultant and clinical director of Women and Children Services at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, has described Uma Ramalingam, who drowned at the weekend, as a 'fantastic doctor'.

She said:

We are greatly saddened to hear the death of Uma who had been working for the Trust for about six years.

She was a fantastic doctor who brought a lot of hope to the high risk women attending the Women and Children’s Unit at The Royal Oldham Hospital.

This is a terrible shock to everyone who knew Uma. Our thoughts are with her family at this sad time. She will be sorely missed.

Uma was a consultant obstetrician at The Royal Oldham Hospital Women and Children’s Unit.

– Olubusola Amu, Women and Children Services


Police watchdog acts over unconscious prisoner

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating after an ambulance was called to an unconscious prisoner.

Officers arrested a 48-year-old man in Oldham on 4 March, before taking him to a cell in Ashton-under-Lyne. They suspected he was "intoxicated" and placed him under observation.

The man was later found unconscious and taken to hospital. Medics eventually sent him home.

Our investigation is in its early stages and we have visited the man concerned to explain our involvement.

We will be investigating whether officers and staff applied the appropriate duty of care to this individual and checking whether any searches of the man’s person on his arrival were carried out satisfactorily. The outcome of this incident could have been even more serious and we need to look at whether safe custody procedures were followed.

– James Dipple-Johnstone, IPCC Commissioner
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