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Firefighters tackling blaze in Rochdale

Huge plume of black smoke can be seen in sky the as a fire rages in Rochdale.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue service have confirmed they are attending an incident in Moss Bridge Road. They said:

We currently have eight pumps dealing with an incident in Moss Bridge Road, Rochdale. A large amount of thick smoke has discharged over the local area. Please keep doors and windows closed and avoid the area

– Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue service

Man jailed after sneaking into woman's bedroom as she slept

A man who entered a woman's bedroom whilst she slept with the intent of sexually assaulting her has ben jailed.

Sikander Khan of Park Hill in Rochdale was sentenced to 4 years in prison after a jury found him guilty of trespassing with intent to commit a sexual offence. Police say he 'fabricated a web of lies' to talk his way out of it.

The court heard how the victim was asleep at her home with her children and Khan went into the house without permission and made his way upstairs. He went into the woman’s bedroom but the victim woke up and confronted him before demanding he leave and calling police.

Sikander Khan

“This incident has understandably had a profound effect on the victim and her children. It took place within their home, a place where you should be able to feel safe.

“Khan didn’t once think about the victim or her children and instead sought to satisfy his own selfish and perverse sexual desires.

“Throughout this investigation and trial, Khan refused to admit his true intentions that night and instead attempted to evade punishment by fabricating a web of lies.

“It is thanks to the consistent bravery of the victim and her family, that he has today been sentenced to 4 years and signed the sexual harm prevention order for life.”

– Detective Constable Russ Clarke


Teenage boy dies after incident in a field in Rochdale

A teenage boy has died following an incident in a field in Rochdale, Manchester.

The circumstances surrounding the boy's death remain unclear but three other teenagers have been taken to hospital, police said. Officers were called to the field, near Dewhirst Road in Syke at 11.15am this morning over concern for the boy's welfare.

​Other emergency services were​ ​​also scrambled to the scene but the boy sadly died. Officers are investigating whether or not his death is suspicious, a GMP spokesman said.

She said: "Shortly before 11.15am today (Saturday 26 May 2018) police were called to reports of the concern for the welfare of a teenager in a field near Dewhirst Road in Rochdale.

"Emergency services attended but the teenage boy sadly died and three teenagers have been taken to hospital for treatment.

"Enquiries into whether there were any suspicious circumstances around this boy’s death are ongoing."

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, quoting reference number 805 of today's date.

Credit: ITV Granada Reports

Sexual Health worker who exposed Rochdale grooming scandal honoured at NHS Heroes awards

A sexual health worker in Rochdale will be honoured at the NHS Heroes awards, broadcast tonight.

Sara Rowbotham's evidence helped convict nine men in the town's grooming scandal.

Rochdale hero helped save his club from relegation after cancer battle

One of the most incredible stories from the final weekend of the Football League season is the fairytale goal that saved League One Rochdale from relegation.

Joe Thompson, a player who's twice beaten cancer, was the hero.

His first goal since returning to the team at Christmas following nine gruelling months of treatment and recovery.

Joe joined Mike Hall in the studio today and explained what that moment felt like.

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