Live updates

Man charged with raping a child in Rochdale

A man will appear in court later charged with raping a child in Rochdale.

Osman Ali, 24, of Corbett Street, Rochdale has been charged with six counts of raping a child under 13.

The charge comes following an investigation carried out by the multi-agency Rochdale Sunrise team into a report of child sexual exploitation made on 16 May 2017.

He has been remanded into custody to appear before Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court today.


WATCH: Living with Schizophrenia - one man's story

What's it really like to live with a long term mental illness?

Jon Paul Bamford began to hear voices as a teenager. He's lived with his condition for more than 20 years.

But after support and therapy from Rochdale MIND, Jon Paul says he now thinks of his voices as a gift.

And he says he uses the voices only he hears to help him write songs.

In the next in our series of pieces raising Mental Health Awareness he's been talking to our correspondent, Matt O'Donoghue, about his illness and about how people's attitudes towards it need to change.


Young dad who disappeared on stag weekend in Budapest has died

Sam Clancy was on a night out in the Hungarian capital when he became separated from his friends. Credit: Family handout/MEN

A young father who disappeared whilst on a stag weekend in Budapest has died, the Foreign Office has confirmed.

Sam Clancy, 24, from Rochdale, was one of a 22-strong group who flew out for the celebrations in the Hungarian capital on Friday.

However, just hours after arriving the 22-year-old became separated from the rest of the group on a night out.

Friends and family launched a desperate campaign to find him. A social media appeal for information was shared hundreds of time.

But on Tuesday a Foreign Office spokesman confirmed Sam had died. No others details of his death have been revealed.

We are supporting the family of a British man who has died in Budapest. We are in contact with the Hungarian police and hospital services.

– Spokesman, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Load more updates