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Gang smash through factory to steal £50K worth of copper

Images of the break in Credit: GMP

Police are investigating after a gang smashed through a factory wall taking up to £50,000 worth of copper granules. The business on Buckley road in Rochdale has been hit twice in one week in what officers are calling 'highly planned' raids.

The first happened on the 9th of February, and the second on Valentines day. The gang managed to knock a 3ft by 3ft hole in the brick wall before shovelling more than nine tonnes of copper granules worth around £40,000 into large drums. They then drove off in a white Transit van and/or a dark coloured car. On the second occasion brickwork was again removed from one of the outer walls and the gang got away with £10,000 worth of granules.

Copper granules

It is clear these were not opportunistic break-ins: these was executed after a great deal of pre-planning and organisation by a gang of professional criminals who were intent on stealing thousands of pounds worth of metal.

"They are obviously well aware that the granules could be lucrative if sold on the black market and have gone to considerable lengths to transport more than ten tonnes worth of copper, striking twice in the space of just five days.

– Police Constable Lorraine Norbury

A Valentine's date with Danczuk

Karen Danczuk Credit: MEN Syndication

Selfie-mad councillor Karen Danczuk is auctioning herself off this Valentine's day.

Karen who is married to Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk tweeted last night that she was thinking off offering a 'lucky person' a date with her for charity.

That prompted a deluge of responses from fans and a free meal has already been donated by a local restaurant.

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Boy, 16, arrested in rape probe

A 16-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with the alleged rape of a 46-year-old woman, police said.

The woman was allegedly pushed to the ground and raped by a stranger in the early hours of Wednesday.

Greater Manchester Police said officers were called to Manchester Road, Heywood, Rochdale at around 1.25am.

The woman was taken to Fairfield General Hospital, where she reported having been attacked at the junction of Birnam Grove and Argyle Street.

As part of the subsequent investigation a 16-year-old boy was arrested yesterday on suspicion of rape, a police spokesman said. He remains in custody for questioning.

Police urged any witnesses who may have seen any individuals around that area to get in touch.

Anyone with information was asked to contact the Serious Sexual Offences Unit on 0161 856 1741 or CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111.

Reports 11 people treated after carbon monoxide leak

There are reports 11 people are being treated, three in hospital and others at the scene, after reports of a carbon monoxide leak at a community centre in Rochdale.

Suspected carbon monoxide leak at Rochdale community centre

Several people have been taken to hospital after a suspected carbon monoxide leak at a Rochdale community centre.

Some roads near the area have been cordoned off:

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Watch: Rochdale fans don't let snow spoil the show

Rochdale AFC fans woke up this morning to the prospect of their team not playing today, because their pitch was buried in snow.

But showing that their support extends far beyond simply turning up to watch, they got stuck in to make sure the game would happen.

Dozens of them responded to a Twitter appeal by the club to come down and help clear the pitch so that the referee could inspect it.

And after hours of gruelling work they were rewarded by the referee's approval and free tickets to the game.

Police help canine commuter find her way home

British Transport Police have helped a canine commuter find her way home, after an unexpected journey.

Princess, a four-year-old Staffordshire Terrier, escaped from her back garden in Rochdale on Friday, 2nd January, and headed to Castleton station where she hopped on board a train to Manchester.

Princess with her owners and helpful officers Credit: British Transport Police

Princess disembarked at Manchester Victoria, where station staff handed her over to PC Christopher O’Connor and PCSO Lee Howard.

PC O'Connor tweeted asking for help in finding her owners, and Manchester Dog's Trust scanned her microchip to try and find her home address.

After a bit of detective work and following of leads the Hughes family came forward to claim Princess.

Amanda Hughes said: “I knew she’d got a train into town within 40 minutes of her going missing. I’d posted it on my Facebook account and someone replied saying they’d spotted her on Twitter and Facebook.

"They said they were sure it was Princess but I thought it’s just not something she would do. We don’t live far from the station, but we always walk her in the other direction so how she found her way there and then jumped on a train is a mystery but she is a bit of a character.”

PC Christopher O’Connor who, along with PCSO Howard, escorted Princess to safety after her adventure said: “She’s a lovely dog and she was a real pleasure to deal with, she was so affectionate and friendly. This was definitely one of our nicer jobs, we got a great deal of satisfaction from seeing her get home safely.

“It’s great to think that, thanks to a lot of teamwork with colleagues at Northern Rail and Greater Manchester Police, there was a happy ending.”

Princess is now safely home and has a new microchip, to help find her if she takes a day trip again.

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