Detectives have launched an investigation into reports of historical sexual abuse at a Rochdale primary school.
Five men sexually exploited the "profound vulnerability" of a "damaged" 15-year-old girl in Rochdale, it can be reported.
A row over a "scandalous" £40,000 pay rise for a town hall boss could lead to a Parliamentary inquiry.
Rochdale will say thank you to hundreds of soldiers for their overseas service during a parade through the town centre today.
Following a six month tour in Afghanistan, the First Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers is now home - the event will give people a chance to welcome the soldiers back to the UK and thank them for their service in Afghanistan.
Rochdale Borough Council Leader Colin Lambert said: "I encourage as many people as possible to come and show the soldiers and their families how much we appreciate the way they carry out their duties.''
The parade will start from Maclure Road by the Old Fire Station at 11am. The 1st Battalion will then be led down Drake Street into the town centre, towards the Esplanade. A reception will then be held at Rochdale Town Hall.
Soldiers from the 1st Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers will parade through Rochdale. It marks their safe return following a 6 month tour of Afghanistan.
The parade will start from Maclure Road by the Old Fire Station at 11am. The 1st Battalion will then be led down Drake Street into the town centre, towards the Esplanade. A reception will then be held at Rochdale Town Hall. Everyone is welcome to show their support by lining the route.
– Col Mike Glover, Regimental Secretary for the Fusiliers in Lancashire
"We are delighted that Rochdale is hosting this homecoming parade for the Fusiliers. It will give people chance to see the soldiers and welcome them home, but also enable the soldiers to express their appreciation for the kind well-wishes and messages of support that have been sent to them while fighting in difficult conditions. The parades promise to be a great occasion."
– Rochdale Borough Council Leader Colin Lambert
"I encourage as many people as possible to come and show the soldiers and their families how much we appreciate the way they carry out their duties. The council is proud to support this homecoming. Events like this provide an opportunity for the whole community to get involved and show the sense of pride we have in the work of the Armed Forces. Soldiers don't really get a sense of just how valued their service is when they are overseas so these events are fantastic for morale.
The Esplanade will be closed to vehicles from 6am until approximately 2pm due to the parade, and the town hall car park will also be closed. Other town centre car parks will be open however, including the nearby Bus Station and Baillie Street car parks.
A new multi-million pound transport interchange has opened in Rochdale.
It will offer new facilities for bus passengers and will link directly with the new Metrolink extension.
It is the first building of its kind in Europe to be powered by hydro-electricity.
Cllr Colin Lambert Leader, Rochdale Council
– Minister of State for Transport Baroness Kramer
I am pleased the Department for Transport has been able to support this scheme. It will make bus travel more attractive in Rochdale, promoting growth and cutting carbon. Redevelopment of the existing bus station site is expected to bring some 1,500 new jobs into the town.
Rochdale’s £11.5m transport interchange opens its doors to the public later. Transport for Greater Manchester say it will provide enhanced levels of facilities and improved safety and security for bus passengers and will link directly with the new Metrolink extension.
– Councillor Andrew Fender, Chair of the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee
I am delighted that we have completed this innovative and hugely significant project that will provide a fantastic, modern gateway for the town centre and a European first, thanks to its hydropower plant.
The interchange will provide better links between rail and bus services as well as improved waiting areas, passenger facilities, accessibility, information, safety and security.
The facility is also going to play a crucial part in making Rochdale an exciting destination for residents, shoppers and businesses alike.”
A man has been jailed for 8 and a half years after raping his wife in Rochdale.
Darryl Conway, 24 guilty at an earlier hearing to two counts of rape and child neglect and Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court.
He has been ordered to sign the sex offenders register for life.
Between September and December 2012, Conway raped his then 23-year-old wife Chelsea Conway four times at an address in Middleton.
In November last year Conway was looking after a two-year-old boy, when his mother picked him up she found him in the house alone in his high chair.
Detective Constable Chris Maddockst, said: “His victim has suffered immensely as a result of these attacks. Conway put his own wife that trusted and loved him through something that no person should have to go through.
"But rather than focus on the offender, I would like to praise the victim as she has been incredibly brave for coming forward and seeking justice.
“I would like to think that this case gives confidence to others in the same situation to come forward - we will support you and do everything we can to ensure offenders are brought to justice."
An anti-extremism campaigner from Rochdale placed under police protection after his life was threatened says he will not be silenced by terrorists.
Mohammed Shafiq was featured in a propaganda video by Al-Shabaab, the Somalian terror group which carried out the deadly attack at a shopping centre in Kenya in September and is linked to the killing of soldier Lee Rigby.
But the father of three has vowed to continue speaking out against extremism despite the threats to his life.
He's been speaking to our political reporter Daniel Hewitt.
A 23 year old woman was attacked as she walked with her 2 children in Rochdale on Friday evening. She was on a path between Silver Street & Spotland Road with her 5 year old daughter and 3 year old son.
– Detective Constable Russ Clarke
“Not only did this victim sustain fractures to her eye, cheekbone & other facial & body injuries, but her young children had to watch the violent and unprovoked attack take place. I ask that anyone who knows the identity of the attackers or who has information as to what happened to contact the police as soon as possible. These women clearly thought nothing of attacking this woman in front of her children, who are now having to deal with the consequences.
She was pushed to the ground, punched & kicked by 4 women. They only stopped when one of the children shouted for the attackers to leave her mum alone.
Police are investigating after a car and two front doors were deliberately set on fire in Rochdale.
At about 11.30pm on Friday 25 October, the front door of two homes on Vivian Street and a Toyota Land Cruiser were deliberately set alight. The fires were quickly extinguished by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service and no one was injured in the incident.
– Detective Constable Russ Clarke, GMP
This was an appalling incident which, without the quick response of the fire service, had a real potential to cause loss of life and extensive damage to several properties and vehicles. This is a family area with small children who could easily have found themselves trapped inside their own homes. ''Whilst we are not currently linking this to any other incidents, we are extremely keen to identify who is responsible and prevent any further incidents of a similar nature taking place.
I would urge anyone with information to search their conscience and contact us as a matter of urgency.