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Man suffers broken jaw after unprovoked attack in Rochdale

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Police have issued a CCTV image of a man they wiah to speak to in connection with an unprovoked attack in Rochdale that left a man with a broken jaw.

The attack happened outside the Planet USA takeaway on South Parade, Rochdale, at about 5am on 26 July 2015.

The 39-year-old victim was stood outside when the attacker confronted him. The offender is described as white, of a slim build, with brown hair and he spoke with an Irish accent.

Detective Constable Gabriel Gibson said:

"For reasons known only to the offender, he launched into a needless and unprovoked attack on this man, leaving him with a broken jaw and an injury to his foot."

"It's possible this attack was induced by alcohol or drugs but we cannot say for certain – all we can say with any certainty is that this was an unprovoked attack that left a man with a broken jaw."

"We have issued a CCTV still and I would appeal to anyone who recognises the man in this image to come forward."

"I would also urge anyone who witnessed what happened, or perhaps any taxi drivers who may have picked up the man in the CCTV still, to call us."

– Detective Constable Gabriel Gibson

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101, quoting log number 1559/270715, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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Police appeal for witnesses after hit and run

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Police are trying to trace the next of kin of a man who remains in critical condition following a hit and run.

At 10.10pm on Thursday August 13, 52-year-old Gerard (Gerry) McConnell was walking on Featherstall Road near to the junction of Whitelees Road, Littleborough when there was a collision with a silver Mitsubishi Shogun Estate. The car registration was YS53 YFK.

Gerry is currently in hospital in critical condition and, despite police’s best efforts, his next of kin have not yet been found. Hospital staff are growing increasingly concerned about his condition and police are appealing for help to trace next of kin who are believed to be in Manchester or Ireland.

Despite extensive efforts we have been unable to locate Gerry’s next of kin.

We believe that he may have family in Manchester or Ireland. If anybody has any information, if you are a friend or relative of Gerry’s and can help then please contact the GMP Serious Collision Investigation Unit.

– Sergeant Brian Orr from the GMP Serious Collision Investigation Unit
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Police are still appealing for information the incident itself which saw the car also collide with a lamppost which went through the window of a house on Featherstall Road. No one in the house was injured.

After the collision, three men were seen to get out of the car and run off. Police are now trying to trace them.

It is thought the car has recently been sold and police are appealing to anyone who knows who bought it to call police.

Anyone with information on Gerry’s next of kin or the incident should phone the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 0161 856 4742.

Man critical after hit and run in Rochdale

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A man is critically after a hit and run in Rochdale. The 52-year-old was walking on Featherstall Road in Littleborough yesterday morning, when he was hit by a silver Mitsubishi Shogun Estate.

The car then hit a lamppost which went through the window of a house. No one else was injured. Three men were seen getting out of the car before running off.

Police are appealing to anyone who knows about the car with the registration, YS53 YFK to contact them on 0161 856 4742.

Huge scrap fire causes disruption in Rochdale

People are being urged to avoid Corporation Road in Rochdale after a blaze broke out involving scrap cars.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said six engines have been sent to tackle the incident.

Pictures from a Granada Reports viewer showed a plume of thick black smoke over the area.

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Concern for missing Rochdale man

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Police are growing increasingly concerned for the whereabouts of a missing man from Rochdale.

Thomas Gibbons, 25, was last seen near Mitchell Hey flats, College Bank, Falinge at 6.30pm on Saturday.

“Thomas has not been seen since Saturday evening. I would appeal to anyone who has seen Thomas, or may have knowledge of his whereabouts to contact police. I would also ask Thomas directly should he see this appeal, to contact the police or a family member so that we can make sure he is safe and well.”

– Detective Inspector Andy Duncan

Can you help? Wanted sex offender believed in Manchester

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Francis Patrick Doherty, 61 from Burnley, is wanted for breaching of his notification requirements by not informing police of his current address in May. As a result, his licence was revoked and he is now being recalled to prison.

The last sighting of Doherty reported to police was at Spring Gardens Post Office in Manchester on Saturday 13 June 2015.

He is also known to have connections to Oldham and Rochdale having visited the areas previously and so he is believed to possibly be in the Greater Manchester area.

Doherty’s last conviction was in 2014, also for failing to inform police of his address. He was originally sentenced for the sexual assault of a boy at Burnley Crown Court in May 2005.

I am asking anyone who may have seen or knows of the whereabouts of Francis Patrick Doherty to get in touch with the police immediately.

He has not been in touch with the officers who monitor him as per his notification requirements for well over a month which is simply unacceptable.

We take any breach of notification requirements very seriously and are continuing to try and find him.

I would also urge Doherty himself, if he sees this appeal, to hand himself in to the police.

– Andy Ashworth from the East Dangerous and Sexual Offenders Unit

Aside from Manchester, Doherty also has links to Lancashire including Accrington, Bacup and Haslingden. He tends to move around sleeping on friend’s sofas.

Former councillor killed himself days after being arrested on suspicion of sex assault

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A former Rochdale councillor killed himself days after being arrested on suspicion of sexual assault, an inquest heard.

Jonathan Burns, 33, who represented the North Middleton ward for almost seven years until stepping down last year, was a successful entrepreneur and was described as a ‘great community champion’.

But on January 16 this year, the dad-of-one was arrested over an alleged sexual assault and bailed.

But seven days later,Mr Burn was found hanged in the kitchen of his company premises.

The Manchester Evening News reported that officers who attended Pride Media Association, the company which Mr Burns founded helping people learn IT and media skills, retrieved eight hand-written letters intended for various members of his family and friends, it was said.

Following a hearing at Heywood Coroners Court where he recorded a conclusion of suicide, coroner Simon Nelson said it is sad that young men found it difficult to ‘open up to others’.

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