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Support plan not effectively communicated, inquest hears

The inquest into the death of a woman who fell from a car park roof in Rochdale has heard how a plan to support her had not been effectively communicated by police.

Tracy Shelvey died after the man accused of raping her was acquitted after trial.

But, the court's heard, Greater Manchester Police focused their plan on protecting the man accused of attacking her, rather than supporting Tracy and a number of other alleged victims.

The inquest continues.


Search for donkey masked attacker

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was viciously attacked in Rochdale by a man in a donkey mask.

The 25-year-old victim suffered a broken jaw after going on a night out ti the Darli Bar in the town. Police say the man was standing by a games machine when he was approached by two men, who launched into an unprovoked attack, punching him simultaneously to both sides of his face. He spent 5 days in hospital undergoing surgeries. It's believed the assault happened between 2 and 3am on Sunday 1 November 2015.

The first offender is described as white, around 6ft 3in tall, between 20 and 30 years old, of muscular build with blonde hair, blue eyes and a goatee beard. The second offender is described as white, in his late 20s, around 6ft 1in tall, with ginger hair and green eyes. He was wearing a white donkey mask.

“This was a cowardly attack which left the victim with serious facial injuries.

“Anybody with information regarding this assault, especially if you watched events unfold, should call police.

“If you know who these people are, please come forward so we can prevent more innocent people becoming victims of their brutality.

"There are those in society who, after drinking alcohol, turn to violence.

“It is crucial that we identify these people and ensure that they cannot conduct further attacks on others, people who are doing nothing more than socialising at the weekend.”

– Detective Constable Russ Clarke


Appeal after woman sexually assaulted in Rochdale

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was sexually assaulted in Rochdale.

A man approached the 26-year-old woman on Watts Street shortly after 7.30am on Thursday 22th October, and attempted to speak to her.

He immediately grabbed the woman on the top of her right leg then ran off down Folly Walk, a ginnel beside Daz's Auto.

The man is described as around 5ft 7in tall, average build and aged in his 30s. He is described as having short hair on the back and sides but slightly curly on top. He was wearing rectangular framed glasses and wearing dark clothing.

Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 8574 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

90-year-old targeted by distraction burglars

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A 90-year-old man was targeted by distraction burglars in Rochdale.

The man was walking to his home on Whiteley Drive, Middleton Between 12.30pm and 1.20pm on Thursday October 8. As he got to the front door, he was approached by a man.

The man asked to see water pipes inside his house and as he was distracted, another man walked in and stole money. Both left in a silver coloured car.

One man is described as being white, in his early 30s, 5ft 10in tall, with a round face and clean shaven.

The second was white with a darker complexion, in his mid 20s, 5ft 6in tall, of slim build, thin face, had dark eyebrows, clean shaven and wore a baseball cap.

"These offenders targeted their victim purely because of his age and vulnerability. I find it hard to believe people can prey on people in such a way which in turn makes us determined to find those responsible.

Thankfully the victim was able to give us a detailed description of those responsible and we have managed to create an efit. I would ask anyone who may recognise them or may have been targeted in a similar way, to contact police as soon as possible."

– Detective Constable Dan Daly

Anyone with information should phone police on 0161 856 8701 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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