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.
Bernie Ryan, counsellor and manager at St Mary's Sexual Assault Referral Centre in Manchester, say agencies must work together to help victims of sexual assault.
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The Chief Constable of Greater Manchester has questioned how victims of sexual crimes are questioned in court.
He was speaking after the death of a woman in Rochdale, who fell from a roof at a shopping centre in the town on Monday.
It's since emerged a man who had been accused of raping her had been acquitted the previous Friday.
Sir Peter Fahy says he understands giving evidence in court can be traumatic for victims, and questioned how evidence is gathered in these cases.
The family of Tracey Shelvey, who died after falling from a roof in Rochdale, have paid tribute to her.
“Tracy was a kind and caring person and comes from a loving family who she kept in regular contact with.
“She had a warm heart and was a loyal friend and will be deeply missed by all.
“We are so proud of Tracy for standing up in court on the two trials.
“She was a strong person with a lot of pride.
“We also want to thank Tracy’s friends for their support at this time.”
Tracy Shelvey died after falling from the roof of a car park in Rochdale on Monday morning, days after a man she had accused of raping her was acquitted.
"Our deepest sympathies are with the family in this case.
"We know that going to court can be intimidating and sometimes distressing and want to ensure the entire system is doing everything it can to support people through this process, and ensure justice is done, as well as provide the specialist help they need to recover from such traumatic crimes.
"There are already numerous special measures available to help vulnerable witnesses give evidence - such as using screens or video link - but we know sometimes more could be done
"That is why we are trialling an important new way of sparing vulnerable witnesses the trauma of appearing in court through pre-trial cross examination.
"We have also overhauled the Victims' Code so people know what to expect and who to demand help from every step of the way.
"Under this Government we are also providing more money than ever before to organisations who give vital help and support to victims of crime."
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Greater Manchester's Police and Crime Commissioner has called for a "root and branch" review after a woman fall to her death, days after a man she had accused of raping her was acquitted.
Tracy Shelvey died after falling from the roof of a car park in Rochdale on Monday morning.
Now, Tony Lloyd has called for a review into how vulberable people are treated, and questioned the process of giving evidence in court.
In a statement Mr Lloyd said:
“Tracy Shelvey’s death is absolutely tragic and our thoughts have to be with her family and friends at this terrible time.
“We have to learn from this tragedy and others that have come before. What is abundantly clear is that victims and witnesses are not where they should be, at the heart of the criminal justice system.
“The court process is a brutal one, and the fact that we have had at least two people in Greater Manchester alone who have taken their lives after going through this ordeal is of grave concern.
"Many, many rape victims say that the court process is as traumatic as their original ordeal.
“This can’t go on – a root and branch review of how victims and witnesses are treated is urgently needed. “A chain of vulnerability exists from the moment someone reports an incident to police – and it can break at any point. We need to ensure that victims and witnesses are surrounded by support from when they report to police, throughout the investigation, the court process and – critically – after trial is over, whether the accused is found guilty or innocent.
“We need to ensure the right services are engaged, be they mental health or psychological counselling. And we all need to work much better together to ensure that victims and witnesses get the support they need, when they need it.”
“The IPCC investigation is welcome, but they can only look at the police conduct when we need a review that goes much wider and deeper than police actions. This is about the entire system. “I want to stress this isn’t about finding scapegoats. This is about support for vulnerable people, not assigning blame to agencies.”
Police have released CCTV of a man suspected of sexually assaulting a teenage girl in Rochdale.
The 15-year-old girl was shopping in B & M on Yorkshire Street in Rochdale town centre on Thursday 19 December 2013 shortly after 3.35pm, when she was approached by a man who started talking to her.
The girl politely responded and then walked away from him, after which he left the store.
However, when the girl went outside, the man was waiting for her and started talking to her again and asked for her phone number, which she refused to give.
The man walked with the girl towards some steps leading to Bailey Street, continuing to ask her if she wanted to go for a drink or come back to his flat, despite knowing her age.
He then sexually assaulted her before apologising and walking off.
The girl walked away and found a police officer to whom she reported what had just happened.
The man is described as black, in his late 20s, of average build and was wearing a brown bubble jacket with black sleeves, red jeans, grey trainers and a white beanie hat with a black stripe.
Detective Constable Chris Whalley, based at Rochdale police station said: “We have released CCTV footage which shows a man in B & M Bargains just before the young girl was sexually assaulted outside the premises a short time later.
“The man’s clothing is extremely distinctive – a brown bubble jacket with red jeans and a beanie hat - and I am hopeful someone will recognise him from these CCTV images.
“If you do then I would please ask you to get in touch with the investigation team and help us identify the individual that has targeted this lone young girl.”
Northern Rail has revealed there are more fare dodgers on the Rochdale to Manchester line than any other routes.
The rail company is launching a campaign to crack down on traveling without tickets across Greater Manchester.
Across Greater Manchester, there were 10,046 occasions where passengers were caught travelling on Northern services without a valid ticket last year.
876 of those journeys started at Rochdale, 635 at Guide Bridge and 622 at Ashton under Lyne, all of which have staffed ticket offices where customers can buy a ticket before they board the train.
In an attempt to reduce the number of people receiving fines for not buying a ticket, Northern has launched two online videos and a series of station and train posters showing two scenarios where someone takes something for free.
Alex Hynes, Managing Director of Northern, explains: “We know from talking to our customers they have a real problem when they see others not paying for their journey.
We don’t want to see passengers get into trouble and want to make sure they understand the implications of taking a free ride.
“We hear all sorts of excuses from passengers as to why they don’t have a ticket – they don’t have any money or a conductor did not come down the train and sell them one.
It’s the passenger’s responsibility to buy a ticket, so they must seek out the conductor to get one or if that is not possible, then buy a ticket at their destination station.”
“We know that some of our smaller stations have limited opportunities to buy tickets, and we are investing in new ticket buying facilities and currently carrying out independent surveys across the network to gain information on how our customers want to purchase tickets.
This will allow us to continue to give our customers easy and varied opportunities to pay for their journey.
However, the highest number of journeys made without paying for them started at stations with open ticket offices and Ticket Vending Machines.”