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Police release E-fit of man wanted for Rochdale rape

Police E-fit of man wanted for Rochdale rape Credit: GMP

Police have released an E-fit of a man who is wanted for the rape of a 24-year-old woman in an alleyway in the Bamford area of Rochdale.

The incident took place shortly after 4.30am on Saturday, October 11.

The victim has been through a terrible ordeal but I can reassure both her and the community that we are determined to catch the man responsible.

“The victim has managed to provide enough details for us to put together an E-fit so I would now like people to have a look and tell us if they recognise the man.

"I would ask anyone who witnessed the attack to please get in touch. Were you driving or walking near to where the incident took place and see anything suspicious? We believe a man may have been walking near to where the incident took place and I would appeal for him to come forward to let us know if he saw anything."

– Detective Inspector James Faulkner, Rochdale Police.

Anyone with information should phone police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 55 111.

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Homes evacuated after large house fire in Rochdale

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More than 20 firefighters tackled a house fire in Rochdale which broke out about 4am this morning. Crews were called to Sheriff Street, Milnrow, to find the empty house well alight.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said the fire had spread from the basement. At the height of the blaze four neighbouring properties were evacuated as a safety precaution and the street was cordoned off.

A spokesman at the scene said: “The house is a traditional, large terraced property spanning three floors. There was nobody inside and we understand from local people that it is unoccupied presently. By the time we got here it was well alight and we were concerned about neighbours because of the shared roof space. Four adjoining homes were evacuated.”

The cause of the fire is not yet known.

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.

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