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Five arrests at Barton Moss anti-fracking camp

Five people have been arrested as anti-fracking protests continue at Barton Moss in Salford.

A Greater Manchester Police statement said:

The four men and one women were arrested on suspicion of either obstructing the highway or obstructing police and one offence of drink driving.

Greater Manchester Police respects everyone's democratic right to peacefully protest.

Officers are monitoring the demonstration and working with partner agencies, in particular Salford Council, to ensure it passes safely.

Due to the nature of the protest, a proportionate number of police officers are required to ensure the safety of all sections of the public.

– Greater Manchester Police statement

Appeal for information after stabbing

"This was an horrendous attack on a 21 year old man who should be enjoying his life and going out with his friends. This has been taken away from him and instead both he and his family are having to come to terms with the fact that he has been robbed of his future.

"I am particularly interested in a dark grey Mercedes estate car, which we believe was used by the offenders. It was stolen during a burglary on 6 August and the offenders put a stolen number plate on it (DA12 XPZ). It was found by officers on the 21 August in Wallasey.

– Det Chief Inspector Robbie Slater, Merseyside Police


Police shut down cannabis factory in Blackburn

Police say they were alerted about a potential cannabis factory at an address on Shear Brow by information from the local community.

Police seized around five hundred mature cannabis plants. Credit: Lancashire Police

When police then executed a warrant at the address on Sunday, they discovered and seized around five hundred mature cannabis plants.

Police say the plants are worth several hundred thousand pounds. Credit: Lancashire Police

Police want to speak to man over attempted rape

Police want to speak to this man in connection with an attempted rape. Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Police have released an image of a man they want to speak to following the attempted rape of a woman on Great Bridgewater Street in Manchester.

The woman, 26, was walking to work and was on her mobile phone when she was attacked at about 6.20am on Sunday 22 December 2013.

Cumbria Police warning motorists of standing water

Due to the amount of standing water that is currently on roads in parts of the county, police are urging motorists to take care and reduce their speed.

Motorists are asked to slow down, take extra care and be particularly aware of motorcycles around them. Bikers are urged to be particularly careful when rounding bends and avoid travelling at high speeds.

– Cumbria Police statement


Police seek witnesses to random knife attack

A man's recovering after he was slashed in an unprovoked attack in Greater Manchester. He was knifed at a bus stop on Rochdale Road in Blackley. Detectives say the attacker was behaving erratically.

"This was an unprovoked attack and we need to trace the man responsible. His behaviour was very erratic so I am urging any commuters who were in the area to call us if they remember seeing a man fitting this description."

– Detective Sergeant Alex Wild, Greater Manchester Police
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