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Watch: Refugee who fled from Taliban calls UK home

The former Afghan judge who had to escape her home when the Taliban came calling.

As a woman of power and influence, Marzia Babakahail, was the target of extremists.

And when they tried to kill her - she was forced to become a refugee, finally arriving in Oldham with nothing.

Now, Marzia has become a British Citizen and made the town her home.

She's be talking to our reporter, Matt O'Donoghue:

Funeral for Oldham cousins killed in alleged hit-and-run

Helina Kotlarova and cousin Zaneta Kvokova Credit: Manchester Evening News

The funeral of two cousins who died following an alleged hit and run crash in Oldham is due to take place.

12 year old Helina Kotlarova died at the scene on Ashton Road on New Year's Eve.

Zaneta Krokova, 11, died later in hospital.

A man has been charged with causing their deaths by dangerous driving.

Three other men are accused of perverting the course of justice.


Man in 90s attacked and burgled in Oldham

Police are hunting for a burglar after a man in his 90s was attacked in his own home in Oldham.

The man was was asleep in his lounge at his home on Rochdale Road in Shaw at around 4.20pm on Friday when he was awoken by noises.

He went into his bedroom, where he saw a man climbing through the window.

The man pushed the victim and he banged his head on the floor, before stepping over him and looking around the rest of the house. He returned a few minutes later, climbed back through the window, and fled.

The offender is described as white, in his twenties, about 5ft 8in tall, of slim build, with short/medium length black hair. He was dark clothing and a hooded top with the hood up and trainers. He spoke with a local accent.

Police have launched an investigation and are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

Detective Constable Nichola Chapman of GMP’s Oldham Borough said: “This was a heartless attack on a vulnerable man who, fortunately wasn’t seriously injured, but he was understandably extremely distressed.

It is not clear if the offender stole anything, but this does not detract from the fact that an elderly man was targeted in his own home and I would urge you to come forward if you have any information.

If you saw a man matching that description in the area at the time please get in touch with police and tell us what you know.”

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