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Man jailed for raping woman in her own home

Peter John Drummond has been jailed for 10 years. Credit: Greater Manchester Police

A man who tried to kill himself after tying up and raping a woman in her own home has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Peter John Drummond from Rochdale, pleaded guilty to charges of rape, sexual assault by penetration, three counts of sexual assault and false imprisonment.

Four charged over child sexual exploitation in Rochdale

Operation Doublet is an an on-going inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation.

Four men have been charged with sexual activity with a child following an investigation into child sexual exploitation.

Greater Manchester Police's Operation Doublet inquiry centres on sexual exploitation between 2005 and 2007 in the Rochdale area.

The force said today's charges relate to offences committed against one victim who was under 16 at the time.

  • Hadi Jamel, 33, of Yorkshire Street, Rochdale has been charged with one count of Sexual Activity with a Child.
  • Abid Khan, 38, of Whitney Road, Liverpool has been charged with three counts of Sexual Activity with a Child.
  • Mohammed Zahid, 54, of Croxton Avenue, Rochdale has been charged with one count of Sexual Activity with a Child.
  • Raja Abid Khan, 38, of Palatine Street, Rochdale has been charged with one count of Sexual Activity with a Child.

The men are all due to appear at Bury and Rochdale magistrates’ court next Tuesday.

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Four held at Manchester airport after Syria border visit

Four people have been arrested at Manchester airport on suspicion of terrorism Credit: PA

Four people have been arrested at Manchester airport on suspicion of terrorism.

The arrests come after nine people were stopped by the Turkish authorities on the Syria border earlier this month, Greater Manchester Police said.

Those arrested this morning are aged between 22 and 47. Their arrests follow those of two men, aged 21 and 31, yesterday.

Officers are working to establish their reason for travel and apparent attempted entry into Syria, Greater Manchester Police said.

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Report: Waheed Ahmed flown back from Turkey

A Labour councillor's son who was detained in Turkey on suspicion of trying to enter Syria illegally is being flown back to the UK, it has been claimed. Waheed Ahmed, from Rochdale, Greater Manchester, and eight of his relatives were stopped by Turkish authorities as they allegedly tried to cross the border into the war-torn country on April 1.

Waheed Ahmed was arrested for allegedly trying to cross into Syria. Credit: ITV News

Simon Danczuk, who is defending the Rochdale seat for Labour in the General Election, said he been told by the Foreign Office that Ahmed was due to arrive into Birmingham Airport today.

The Foreign Office said it did not comment on individual cases. Mr Danczuk could not confirm when the remaining eight Britons would return to the UK.

Video: Sending children into a war-zone is 'despicable'

One of the nine Britons detained in Turkey for allegedly trying to cross the border into Syria is Waheed Ahmed the son of Shakil Ahmed, who represents the Kingsway ward on Rochdale Borough Council.

Waheed 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.

Mohammed Shafiq from the Ramahdan Foundation said it was 'despicable' that children as young as one were going to be taken into a war-zone.

He also said that Waheed's father was a descent law abiding member of the community:

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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

The Social Leftover began working on the song last autumn. Credit: MEN Syndication

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.

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