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Missing 14-year-old girl found but abductor still at large

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A missing 14-year-old girl has been found safe and well in Spain. Camilia Lupu was reported missing from her home in Oldham on Friday 26 June 2015.

Yesterday, Monday 13 July 2015, Camilia handed herself in to police in the Almerian Province of Spain as a direct result of the media coverage generated in the UK last Friday, 10 July 2015.

The 37-year-old Romanian national called Alin Coman, who she was believed to be travelling with, remains wanted by Greater Manchester Police on suspicion of child abduction.

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Coman is described as white, Romanian, around 1.8 m tall, slim build with short, dark receding hair and a mole in the middle of his forehead.

Obviously everyone is delighted with the news that Camilia is safe, well and under the protection of the Spanish police.

Greater Manchester Police is now working with the Spanish authorities and social services in the United Kingdom to bring her home. I would like to personally thank those members of the media who assisted us with the appeal, as a direct result of that coverage a young girl has escaped potential harm and will hopefully now be returned home safely.

– Detective Inspector Mark McDowall

Anyone with information of Coman’s whereabouts is asked to call 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Can you help? Wanted sex offender believed in Manchester

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Francis Patrick Doherty, 61 from Burnley, is wanted for breaching of his notification requirements by not informing police of his current address in May. As a result, his licence was revoked and he is now being recalled to prison.

The last sighting of Doherty reported to police was at Spring Gardens Post Office in Manchester on Saturday 13 June 2015.

He is also known to have connections to Oldham and Rochdale having visited the areas previously and so he is believed to possibly be in the Greater Manchester area.

Doherty’s last conviction was in 2014, also for failing to inform police of his address. He was originally sentenced for the sexual assault of a boy at Burnley Crown Court in May 2005.

I am asking anyone who may have seen or knows of the whereabouts of Francis Patrick Doherty to get in touch with the police immediately.

He has not been in touch with the officers who monitor him as per his notification requirements for well over a month which is simply unacceptable.

We take any breach of notification requirements very seriously and are continuing to try and find him.

I would also urge Doherty himself, if he sees this appeal, to hand himself in to the police.

– Andy Ashworth from the East Dangerous and Sexual Offenders Unit

Aside from Manchester, Doherty also has links to Lancashire including Accrington, Bacup and Haslingden. He tends to move around sleeping on friend’s sofas.


Oldham sofa warehouse fire - man arrested on suspicion of arson

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A man has been arrested after a large fire at a warehouse in Oldham.

The fire brigade dealt with a large fire at around 12.35am at the Holden Fold Mill warehouse which belongs to the Oldham Sofa Company.

A number of local residents were evacuated from their homes as a result of the blaze.

A 50-year-old man was later arrested by police on suspicion of arson and remains in police custody for questioning.

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"We are treating the fire as deliberate and a 50-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of arson and remains in custody for questioning."

"I do not want people to be unduly alarmed and while I obviously cannot go into specifics, we believe this is the result of an ongoing dispute and is not a random act so I do not want the community to be fearful."

"Firefighters did an excellent job as they always do in bringing the fire under control and there was no damage to people's homes nor were there any injuries."

– Detective Sergeant Simon Haliwell

Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 9080 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Sofa warehouse hit with second suspected arson attack in a matter of months

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A sofa business is counting the cost of a second suspected arson attack in a matter of months.

The warehouse at Holden Fold Mill in Royton, which belongs to the Oldham Sofa Company, was hit by the fire overnight after another fire broke out at the premises in early May.

Fire crews attended the scene and were able to get the fire under control. A man has been arrested on suspicion of arson.

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Man charged with murder of Oldham grandfather Terry Taylor

Terry Taylor died after being attacked near a hotel in Cumbria. Credit: Cumbria Police.

A man has been charged with the murder of Terry Taylor, from Oldham, who was found with serious injuries at a hotel in Cumbria.

Mr Taylor, 59, was a married father of three and grandfather of two. He was found after police were called to the Globe Hotel in Cockermouth on Sunday.

His family issued a statement saying he'll be greatly missed.

Cumbria Police said Michael Sanderson, of Arkleby, Wigton, has been charged with murder.

The 30-year-old will appear at West Allerdale Magistrates Court later today.

Campaign launched to encourage families to foster teenagers

Oldham Council has launched a campaign to encourage families to open up their homes to teenagers by becoming foster carers. They warn it's not just young children that need foster families.

Officials say specialist qualifications are not needed and carers will receive extensive support, including their own highly trained social worker, a 24/7 emergency line and a financial package up to £29,000.

For more contact Oldham Council’s fostering team on 0161 770 6600 or go to fostering.

“Here in Oldham, our greatest challenge is finding foster families for teenagers as unfortunately, they can be perceived as being more difficult to handle than younger children. This is simply not true.

“Caring for a teenager, like all children, will have its ups and downs, but it is also one of the most rewarding things you will ever do.Foster carers play a vital role in helping young people do well at school and preparing them for adult life.

“Many of the young people just want to be given a chance to live in a stable family like all their friends at school. If you could offer an Oldham teenager a home, please get in touch.”

– Councillor Jenny Harrison

Police investigate Oldham death

Police are investigating an unexplained death in Oldham. Police were called to a flat in the town on Wednesday. Officers found body of a 44-year-old man there.

A postmortem showed he died from a single stab wound to the chest. He has been formally identified as Jonathan Alan Smith. Officers are now working to establish what happened to Jonathan, also known as Johnny.

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"Johnny was last seen in Chadderton town centre on 11 May 2015 and I would ask anyone who may have been in contact with him either that day or up until his death, to contact us as soon as possible.

Anyone with information should phone police on 0161 856 8955 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111."

– Detective Inspector Lewis Hughes
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