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Jealous husband kills his wife of 40 years before trying to cut his own throat

James Bland killed his wife of 40 years before trying to kill himself Credit: GMP

A man who stabbed his wife of more than 40 years to death with a kitchen knife before cutting his own throat has been jailed for six years.

Sixty two-year-old James Bland of Bury Road in Radcliffe was found guilty of the manslaughter of his wife Carole Bland at Liverpool Crown Court.

On August 1 last year he stabbed his wife Carole a number of times in in a jealous fury after she admitted to him that she had been seeing another man. He then turned the knife on himself, cutting his own throat in an attempted suicide.

Police were called to the house later that morning and discovered the body of Carole and what they thought to be the body of James Bland.

However, on closer inspection the officers noticed that James was still alive and immediately performed first aid while they waited for an ambulance.

While he lay waiting for the ambulance, Bland admitted to police that he stabbed her following the breakdown of their marriage and Carole’s admission that she had been seeing someone else.

I’ve stabbed her and tried to kill myself, she wanted me to carry on living in the house with her while she was doffing her boyfriend. She wouldn’t let me sell the house, she didn’t want to move.”

– James Bland

Police hunt rapist after jogger attacked

A female jogger has been raped near a canal path in Radcliffe.

The woman, aged in her 20s, was confronted by a man on a path near to the Red Bridge which crosses the canal at the top of Banana Walk behind Riverside High School.

The man then attacked and raped her shortly before 10pm on Thursday, August 14.

It was reported to police several days later.

Anyone with information should contact Greater Manchester Police on 0161 856 8204.

“This appears to be an isolated incident however we do have increased patrols in the area.

“We are in the very early stages of our investigation and some time has passed since the attack happened but we are doing everything we can to find out the full circumstances of what happened and find the man responsible.

“We would urge members of the public to be extra vigilant. The area where the attack is reported to have happened is very isolated and would’ve been poorly lit at the time.

“We would remind the public to stay in well-lit areas if out at night and report any suspicious activity. “

– Detective Inspector Dave Sinclair, Greater Manchester Police

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Some residents still unable to return to their homes after Radcliffe factory fire

People living close to a warehouse in Radcliffe in Greater Manchester which has been badly damaged in a huge overnight fire, are still unable to return to their homes.

More than a hundred properties had to be evacuated, and while many people have been allowed back, a small number may have to spend a second night in temporary accomodation.

Councillor: "The building has been completely destroyed and will have to be demolished"

People living close to a warehouse in Radcliffe in Greater Manchester which has been badly damaged in a huge overnight fire, are still unable to return to their homes.

More than a hundred properties had to be evacuated, and while many people have been allowed back, a small number may have to spend a second night in temporary accomodation.

Pictures from last night's factory explosion in Radcliffe

Hundreds of people were forced to leave their homes after an explosion at a factory in Greater Manchester last night.

Firefighters were called to Bury Road in Radcliffe after a gas main ignited a fire.

The blaze broke out at the industrial site in Radcliffe at around 9.45pm. Credit: Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

Many people will be allowed home later this morning but roads in the area will remain closed.

The blaze broke out at the industrial site at around 9.45pm.

Around 50 firefighters were called to the scene on Schofield Street as the flames spread across a number of units.

Firefighters were called to Bury Road in Radcliffe after a gas main ignited a fire Credit: Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said a gas mains pipe in one of the properties then exploded forcing emergency workers to evacuated nearby properties as a precaution.

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