Gillian Kay, the head teacher that was brutally attacked with a screwdriver by her neighbour has described the attack for the first time.
Greater Manchester Police say a man set fire to himself while allegedly setting fire to a truck in Rochdale
An investigation is underway after a woman fell to her death in Rochdale days after a man accused of raping her was cleared.
Greater Manchester Police have confirmed they are no longer looking for a man unlawfully at large. Shortly before 11.50am on Monday 24 February 2014, a 49-year-old man was arrested in Albert Park, Salford. Another man he was with has been arrested on suspicion of assisting an escapee.
The Detective leading the hunt for Paul Maxwell says they have contacted all his friends and extended family and says they have been co-operative. He says Maxwell only had a small sum of money with him and could be sleeping rough. Maxwell has links to Rochdale, Middleton and West Yorkshire.
Police are warning people not to approach a convicted killer who is on the run.
Paul Maxwell absconded in Rochdale while on day release from jail.
He was sentenced to life in 1996 for the murder of an 85 year old man.
– Detective Superintendent Jon Chadwick
"It has now been more than 24 hours since Maxwell has absconded and our inquiries to trace him are ongoing. We are pursuing a number of leads and we will continue to explore every possible avenue in finding him.
"Because Maxwell may have limited access to money, he may surface in the areas he is known to have links to so I would urge people to be on their guard and if you see this man, please do not approach him but call police immediately."
A convicted killer is on the run after absconding while on day release from jail.
Paul Maxwell, 49, disappeared while visiting Rochdale town centre on Friday with prison staff.
He was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1996 for the murder and robbery of 85-year-old Joe Smales in Wakefield, West Yorkshire.
He is described as white, about 5ft 7in tall, of medium build with short brown hair and blue eyes.
He has links to Rochdale and Tameside.
– Inspector Niall Pawson of Greater Manchester Police
"While we do not believe Paul Maxwell presents a significant threat to the public, he is unlawfully at large and he needs to be returned to prison.
"I would ask anyone with information about where he currently is, has been or could be heading to contact us in confidence."
A primary school head teacher has told of her terror at being brutally attacked by her neighbour with a screwdriver.
Gillian Kay says she thought she was going to die when Mark Pierson repeatedly stabbed her in the head and neck outside her Rochdale home.
Dozens of residents have been forced to leave their homes after a fallen lamp post damaged a gas mains in Rochdale.
16 properties in the Manchester Road area of Castleton had to be evacuated because of the leak.
The M62 motorway between junctions 19 and 20 is still closed as a precaution.
Greater Manchester Police say they hope to re-open the road around 11pm tonight. National Grid engineers are working at the scene.
A number of residents have had to be re-housed.
One of the region's most enduring singers releases her seventh studio album today.
Lisa Stansfield recorded Seven in her home town of Rochdale and shot the video in Manchester.
Ann Coffey MP has launched an inquiry into sexual exploitation in Greater Manchester.
It comes in the wake of the Rochdale sex grooming case, when nine men were jailed for grooming young girls in the town.
Ms Coffey said:
– Ann Coffey MP
"One of the key issues in the Rochdale case was the failure of police and partner agencies to listen properly to young victims and their families and to adequately respond to them.
"It is clear that victims in Rochdale and elsewhere were not identified or taken seriously because of negative and discriminatory attitudes of the police and other partner agencies towards them.
"I will be focusing on how far these attitudes and cultures within organisations have changed and at what barriers still remain to be overcome."