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Elderly couple robbed after letting woman use bathroom

Police are investigating after an elderly couple from Oldham were robbed by a woman who asked to use their toilet.

When the man answered the door to their home on Coral Mews in Royton on Sunday the 6th of March he was met by a woman asking to use the loo. She then pushed past him into the house before using the bathroom and and stealing a handbag . The man tried to stop her but she pushed him to the floor and fled.

The woman is described as white, in her mid-20s thin features, short dark hair and was wearing a dark felt cap and a black mid-length coat and jeans.

“The victims are very elderly and are understandably extremely distressed by what happened, particularly as they were just trying to help the woman by letting her use their bathroom.

“Fortunately the victims weren’t badly hurt, but preying on an elderly couple in this way is a despicable act that has left the local community outraged. “If you live in the local area I would ask that you look out for the stolen bag or purse that may have been discarded in the local area. There are items within it that are sentimental to the victim and I would love to be able to return them to her. The bag is a black leather shoulder bag and the purse is red leather.”

– Detective Constable Kelly Bragg

Concern grows for missing 13-year-old girl

Shania Scott, 13, was last seen around 3pm on Friday, March 4, in Oldham. Credit: GMP

Police say they are increasingly concerned for the whereabouts of a missing girl from Oldham.

Shania Scott, 13, was last seen around 3pm on Friday, March 4, on Hollins Road.

She was last seen wearing dark navy blue jeans, a navy/black puffer jacket and white Adidas Superstar trainers. She is described as white, slim with dark brown hair with blonde tips.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police by calling 101.


Police appeal in search for missing Oldham man

Police are appealing for help to find Brian Dodsworth, 70, who has gone missing in Oldham. Credit: GMP

Greater Manchester Police has appealed for the public's help to find a missing man from Oldham.

Brian Dodsworth was last seen leaving his care home on Manchester Road at around 11am on Sunday, February 28.

He suffers from dementia and requires medication for a number of health complications, but does not have his medication with him.

The 70-year-old is described as having short grey hair, a moustache, tattoos on his arm and wears glasses. He is believed to be wearing a blue hooded jacket with a black bomber style jacket over the top.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police by calling 101. Officers are becoming extremely concerned for his welfare.

Police trying to locate Oldham family

Michael Gavin and Sarah Jane Joyce Credit: GMP

Police are appealing for the public’s help to trace a missing family from Oldham.

Sarah Jane Joyce, 26, and Michael Gavin, 25, were last seen at 12pm on Wednesday 17th February 2016, at Manchester Family Court.

They have gone missing with the pair’s seven-month-old daughter and Sarah’s two-year-old daughter.

Detective Sergeant John Coleman said:

“We are deeply concerned for the welfare of this family, who have not been seen by friends and family for almost a week.

“We need to know whether both parents and children are safe, and where they are currently staying.

“The welfare of the children is of the highest priority, so if you see Sarah, Michael and the children please contact police with a matter of urgency.”

– Detective Sergeant John Coleman

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

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