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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.

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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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Hit-and-run victim's mother criticises justice system

The mother of a hit-and-run victim has criticised the justice system.

Wayne Leary was killed while crossing the road in Oldham.

His death is one of three involving 42 year old Colin McDonald, a man Mr Leary's family say has a history of being jailed, then released, only to commit further crimes.

ITV Granada contacted the Ministry of Justice about this story, but have yet to receive a response.

Latest on Oldham fire

Firefighters have tackled a fire involving the roofs of a number of houses in Oldham.

Four fire engines and an aerial platform were called to Belmont Street at 12.25pm on Thursday, January 21, 2016.

North West Fire Control received several calls after smoke was seen across Oldham.

The fire is believed to have started in an end terraced house and spread through the roof spaces of two adjoining houses.

Part of the roofing collapsed and a local authority dangerous buildings inspector was requested.

Station Manager Steve Twinn, who was in charge of the incident, said:

"Crews have worked really hard to bring the fire under control and we have now reduced the number of fire engines to two.

"Firefighters are damping down the fire and there will be one engine on Belmont Street overnight."

– Station Manager Steve Twinn

An investigation into the cause will be carried out tomorrow and roads in the area are now open.

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