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He loved the job, but it cost him his life

Inspector Ray Codling was shot dead at Birch Services on the M62 near Rochdale 25 years ago.

He was on a routine patrol when he was killed by Anthony Hughes a convicted armed robber. Hughes later took his own life.

Today Ray Codling was remembered, not just by his relatives, but by the wider police family.

Matt O'Donoghue reports.

Flowers for a fallen officer - memorial service under way for Inspector Ray Codling


Memorial for police officer shot 25-years-ago

Insp Ray Codling Credit: Manchester Evening News

A special service is being held later to mark the anniversary of the death of a police officer from Rochdale 25 years ago.

Inspector Ray Codling was shot by an armed robber at Birch Services in 1989.

The memorial service is being held at a monument at the services erected in his memory.

Labour indicate Heywood by-election date

The by-election sparked by the death of Labour MP Jim Dobbin will be held on October 9, the party indicated.

The by-election was triggered by the death of Jim Dobbin Credit: Labour Party/PA Images

A writ setting the date for the contest in Heywood and Middleton is to be moved by the party in the Commons today, a source said.

It is the same day as voters go to the polls in Clacton, Essex following Douglas Carswell's defection to Ukip from the Conservatives.

Mr Dobbin, who had represented the seat since 1997, died at the weekend while on a Parliamentary trip to Poland at the age of 73.

At the 2010 general election, Labour won the Greater Manchester seat with a majority of 5,971.

Changing minds about young people

The charity Fixers has just been named the country's best in this year's National Lottery Awards. They give a voice to inspirational young people around the country with the help of ITV. Each week, Granada Reports features an update from the Fixers team. Today teenagers from Rochdale are trying to change minds about young people's value to society.... and they're doing it by singing.


Tribute to Rochdale's VC hero of the Crimea

Private Anthony Palmer VC. Credit: Manchester Evening News

A street in Heywood is set to be renamed in commemoration of Private Anthony Palmer, a Crimean war hero and Victoria Cross recipient, who is buried in Heywood Cemetery.

A heritage sign will be unveiled on Wood Street, outside Heywood Library, to mark the official renaming of the street to ‘Private Anthony Palmer VC Parade’.

Private Palmer was born on the 10 March 1819 in Brereton Green, Cheshire.

He joined the British Army and served with the 3rd Battalion, Grenadier Guards during the Crimean War between 1854-1856.

He is buried at Heywood Cemetery, in a family plot with father James and mother Mary Rachel.

The citation on his gravestone reads ‘An upright, valorous, god-fearing hero much beloved’.

Following the War, he was presented with the Victoria Cross, the highest military honour, by Queen Victoria at Hyde Park in London in June, 1857.

Private Palmer is also believed to be one of only 13 recipients of the Bentinck Medal for Gallantry.

First presented by Major-General Sir Henry Bentinck, KCB in 1855, the medal recognised Guardsmen who had performed outstanding service, at a time when insufficient official awards for gallantry were available.

After leaving the army in 1863 he rose to become the Head Constable of The Millwall Dock Company.

He died on 12 December 1892 at the age of 73, in Crumpsall Hospital, Manchester.

The unveiling of ‘Private Anthony Palmer VC Parade’ follows that of ‘LCpl Joel Halliwell VC Way’ and ‘L Cpl Stephen Shaw MC Way’, in recognising servicemen associated with the borough, who have received awards for their gallantry.

The street renaming is one of a host of events across the borough this year commemorating the sacrifice of British service personnel.

The Bentinck Medal for Gallantry. Credit: Rochdale Council.

“Private Palmer’s story is one of gallantry and selflessness, he is buried in Heywood and, as such, we have an obligation to preserve his memory and to recognise his incredible heroism.”

– Councillor Alan McCarthy, Lead Member for the Armed Forces, Rochdale Council
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Lee Rigby's mum 'wept' when she heard of Foley killing

The mother of murdered soldier Lee Rigby, who was hacked to death in the street last year by Islamist fanatics, "wept" when she saw the news about the beheading of US journalist James Foley.

Fusilier Lee Rigby's mum wept when she heard about US journalist James Foley. Credit: Reuters

Lyn Rigby told the Sun on Sunday (£) that the American's violent death brought back nightmarish memories of her son's killing.

She said: "The moment I saw the news about James's beheading, I felt my heart turn over and I just wept."

She added that she supported calls from Foley's parents not to watch the fanatics' video, saying: "By refusing to watch, you are making a stand against the terrorists who are trying to push a nasty and violent agenda."

Fusilier Rigby, a 25-year-old father-of-one, was knocked down by a car near Woolwich Barracks in south east London and subjected to a frenzied knife attack in broad daylight. Michael Adebolajo and fellow extremist Michael Adebowale were this year convicted of his murder.

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