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Search for mystery man after girl, 2, suffers head injuries

Police were alerted by the ambulance service

Police want to find out about a mystery man who may have been with a two-year-old girl who suffered serious head injuries.

Officers are investigating reports that the girl was with a man in Springfield Park, Rochdale, on January 11 between 2.30pm and 5.30pm.

The girl, from Rochdale, is now in hospital in a serious but stable condition.

The ambulance service alerted the police on January 11, just after 5pm, that the girl had been taken to hospital with serious head injuries.

Detectives are seeking witnesses to an incident they believe happened earlier that day.

It is thought that the man and child arrived at and left the park in a beige-coloured Volkswagen Passat.

"We need to speak with anyone who thinks they may have seen a man with the child in Springfield Park that afternoon.

"I am appealing to anyone who has any information to please get in touch as soon as possible. Your call could prove vital in helping us secure justice for this child."

– Detective Chief Inspector Estelle Mathieson

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Man found dead in Rochdale alleyway

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Police are investigating after a man was found dead in an alleyway in Rochdale.

The man thought to be in his thirties was discovered at the back of Promenade street in the Heywood area of the town at 11:25pm last night.

“We believe we are now in the early stages of a murder investigation, but there remain many unanswered questions as to exactly how and why this man lost his life. “We would like to ask members of the public to come forward with any information they may have which would help us shed some light on this tragic situation. “If you were in the area of Promenade Street on Thursday night and believe you saw or heard anything which may assist us in our enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact police.”

– Detective Chief Superintendent Paul Rumney

Former Mayor of Rochdale Norman Smith MBE dies

Norman Smith MBE has died Credit: MEN syndication

The former Mayor of Rochdale, Norman F Smith MBE has died.

He died on Wednesday evening at Rochdale Infirmary after a long illness. The 84-year-old who was also a town councillor was the younger brother of Cyril Smith, the former Rochdale MP.

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