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Man jailed after raping child for 5 years

Andrew Furbey Credit: GMP

A man who raped a girl occasions over a period of more than five years has been jailed for 15 years.Andrew Furbey of no fixed address was found guilty at Manchester Crown court after he abused the girl between 2003 and 2007 starting when she was just 12 years old.

Detective Sergeant Suzanne Keenaghan said:

“This has been an extremely difficult time for the victim. She has had to suffer at the hands of Furbey for over five years. It wasn’t until she was older that she had the courage to come forward and report it to police.

“Greater Manchester Police is committed to bringing perpetrators of these serious crimes against children to justice and I hope this sentence helps her find some closure.”

Appeal after woman raped in Colne

Police are appealing for witnesses a 35 year old woman was raped on her way home from a night out in Colne on Saturday.

The attack happened sometime between 9.40pm and 10.15pm at the rear of Exchange Street and Blascomy Way when the woman has encountered a lone man smoking a cigarette.

It is believed the man may have been disturbed during the attack when someone has been heard speaking further up the backstreet.

This appears to be an opportunist attack on a vulnerable lone woman returning home from a night out.

“This is a vicious crime which has had a significant impact on the victim who is being supported by specially trained officers”.

“I would appeal to anybody that saw a man acting suspiciously in the area around the time of the offence or anyone that thinks they may have witnessed this incident to contact police as a matter of urgency.”

– Detective Inspector Jim Elston

Officers are carrying out CCTV and house to house enquires but anyone with any information that could assist police with their investigation should contact Lancashire Police on 101.

A 35 year old man from Colne has been arrested on suspicion of rape and is currently being questioned by officers.


Woman raped outside Royal British Legion

The victim was attacked outside the Royal British Legion in Levenshulme Credit: ITV

A woman has been raped outside the Royal British Legion in Levenshulme, Manchester.

The victim, in her 40s, was dragged into the Legion's car park as she walked home in the early hours of Sunday 7 July.

She was approached by a man on Ross Avenue at around 2am. He walked with her for a short time, then grabbed her and attacked.

The rapist was black, in his 30s, 5ft 8in tall and slim. He wore glasses.

Detective Sergeant Claire Phythian based at Harpurhey Police Station said: “The man started a conversation with the victim and walked with her before dragging her into a secluded area. As you can imagine, the victim has been left terribly shaken."


Chester rape suspect has distinctive tattoos

Peter Watton Credit: Cheshire Police

Police are continuing to search for a man they want to speak to in connection with a rape in Chester.

37-year-old Peter Watton was released from prison on 12 June. He has distinctive tattoos which include the word PETE on the knuckles of his left hand in blue ink, a tribal tattoo on his left arm his wrist up to his neck, and the word BLACON in blue ink on the wrist of his left forearm.

A 44-year-old woman was held for several hours and raped in woodland on Friday 14th June while jogging with her pet dog in the Dukes Drive area of Handbridge. She is being supported by specialist officers.

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