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Councillor says he is 'shocked and worried' at son's arrest

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Shakil Ahmed, who represents the Kingsway ward on Rochdale Borough Council, said that among those detained were his son Waheed's aunt, Zadia Bi, two of Zadia's sons and one of the son's wives.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Mr Ahmed said he thought the group were on holiday and that the next thing he knew was that they had been arrested.

Mr Ahmed earlier said in a statement that he thought his son was on a work placement in Birmingham.

I was shocked, worried and extremely upset to hear that my son has been arrested on the Turkey-Syria border. It's a total mystery to me why he's there, as I was under the impression he was on a work placement in Birmingham.

My son is a good Muslim and his loyalties belong to Britain, so I don't understand what he's doing there. If I thought for a second that he was in danger of being radicalised, I would have reported him to the authorities.

– Shakil Ahmed, Labour Councillor for Rochdale

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said officers were trying to establish their reason for travelling to the Syrian border.

The group includes two women aged 47 and 22, three men aged 24, 22 and 21, and four children aged one, three, eight and 11, GMP said.

Police search Councillor's house as son is detained in Turkey

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Police are searching the house of Rochdale Labour Councillor Shakil Ahmed after his son Waheed is being held in Turkey for trying to cross the border into Syria.

Waheed Ahmed was part of a group of five adults and four children, who are related, that are being returned to the UK after they were stopped in Hatay province on Wednesday.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said officers were trying to establish their reason for travelling to the Syrian border.


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Laptop containing band's charity single stolen

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Indie band The Social Leftover's emotional appeal for return of stolen laptop containing charity single

A band who spent five months recording a charity single have made an emotional appeal for the return of a stolen laptop containing the track.

The Social Leftover began working on the song last autumn and it was just weeks from completion.

But they face having to start from scratch after a laptop containing the only copy was swiped during a raid at a recording studio.

Bosses at the Vibe Music Project, based in Champness Hall in Rochdale, found their door kicked-in and the Macbook Pro missing on Tuesday last week.

A 33-year-old man has since been arrested on suspicion of burglary and has been bailed pending further enquiries.

IPCC launch investigation into claims that GMP failed to investigate Cyril Smith incident

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The Independent Police Complaints Commission has decided to manage an investigation into an allegation that Greater Manchester Police failed to adequately investigate an incident involving former MP Cyril Smith in Stockport in 1988.

The investigation follows an article in the Manchester Evening News reporting an allegation by a former police officer that he found Smith and a police officer in plain clothes in the home of a known sex offender with two teenage boys. The former officer claims shortly after the incident he was threatened with the Official Secrets Act by a senior officer if he said anything.

The allegation will now form part of Greater Manchester Police's ongoing Operation Clifton, a criminal investigation launched in July 2014, into how previous reports of child sexual abuse were handled or allegedly covered up. The IPCC will manage how this specific allegation is investigated.

The IPCC's involvement will ensure independent oversight of the investigation, while ensuring Greater Manchester Police's wider ongoing criminal investigation is not affected.


Family devastated by Rochdale murder

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A man murdered outside the Mucky Duck pub on Drake Street has been formally identified as 28-year-old Adam Nightingale.

Adam was killed just after midnight today, officers were called to the pub following reports a man had been found collapsed outside the pub. He was taken to hospital with head injuries but sadly died a short time later.

Two men have been arrested in connection with the murder

His family have paid tribute to him:

Adam was the nicest guy you could ever meet, he would do anything for anyone .We are all devastated that he has been taken away from us and he will be missed but never forgotten.

How could anybody forget Adam the big teddy bear.

– Adam’s family has paid tribute to him

Police launch murder investigation after attack in Rochdale

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Greater Manchester Police have launched a murder investigation after 28-year-old man was killed in Drake Street in Rochdale this morning.

He was attacked just after midnight near the Muddy Duck pub, he was taken to Royal Oldham Hospital where he later passed away.

Two people have been arrested in connection with the incident.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111

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New claims of a Cyril Smith cover-up

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A former police officer claims he was threatened with the Official Secrets Act after he found Cyril Smith in the home of a known sex offender with young boys present.

The officer, who has not been named, told the Manchester Evening News he was ordered, ‘in no uncertain terms’, to say nothing about it.

Smith, the former Rochdale MP who died in 2010, sexually and physically abused young boys.

Both Greater Manchester Police and the Crown Prosecution Service said if Smith had been accused today he would be charged and prosecuted.

“I want to make an appeal for anyone who has information about the way the authorities including Greater Manchester police dealt with reports of child abuse to come forward.

“I also appeal to victims who suffered abuse in care homes and other institutions who made complaints then or have suffered in silence and not reported what they went through to consider contacting the police or indeed one of the children's or survivors charities.

– Assistant Chief Constable Ian Wiggett, Greater Manchester Police

Anyone with information which could help Operation Clifton, the investigation into Smith's activities, is urged to call Greater Manchester Police's incident room on 0161 856 0310 or the Police Complaints Commission.

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