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Exclusive: Geoffrey Dickens feared his child abuse investigation would "die with him"

It's emerged that a North West MP who was trying to expose an alleged paedophile ring at the heart of the British Establishment feared his campaign would die with him.

Geoffrey Dickens, who was MP for Littleborough and Saddleworth until his death in 1995, was seriously ill when he confided to a friend that he had compiled a dossier naming several high profile suspects.

Our Political Reporter Daniel Hewitt has the story:

Parents lead tribute to Rochdale road crash victim

Joseph Brown-Lartey was aged 25. Credit: Greater Manchester Police.

The family of a man who died following a collision in Rochdale has paid him tribute.

Police were called to Sandy Lane in Bamford shortly before 4.40am on Sunday 9 November 2014, to reports of a collision.

When officers arrived they found a white Audi A6 S-line had collided with a grey Audi A5 Sport.

The 25-year-old Joseph Brown-Lartey, who was driving the Audi A5, was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

Joseph was a great son, brother and friend to many people with his whole future ahead of him, which has been tragically and suddenly taken away from us far too soon.

He will be sadly missed but never forgotten. Our lives will never be the same again.”

– The parents of Joseph Brown-Lartey.


Police appeal after man dies in crash in Rochdale

The crash involved two Audi cars Credit: ITV Granada

A man's died after a crash involving two cars in Rochdale. It happened on Sandy lane early Sunday morning.

Fire crews had to free four men from the two vehicles. A 25-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene. Four men aged between 18 and 21 are being treated at Royal Oldham Hospital.

Police are appealing for anyone in a silver taxi that was near the scene at the time to come forward.

Police closed the road at the junction of Sandy Lane and Bury Road Credit: ITV Granada

Man dies after crash in Rochdale

A 25-year-old man has died after a crash in Rochdale involving two Audi sports cars.

Officers were called to Sandy Lane around 4.00am on Sunday morning. Fire crews freed four men who were trapped in the vehicles.

Four men aged between 18 and 21-years-old were taken to the Royal Oldham Hospital for treatment.

Police are appealing for witnesses, and are appealing for the occupants of a silver taxi to come forward.

Sergeant Mark Thomas from GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said:

“Our thoughts and sympathies are with the family of this man at this tragic time, and we have specially trained officers supporting them.

“We are keen to speak to anyone who saw the White Audi A6 in the area shortly before the collision, and I would urge you to speak to police if you have any piece of information, no matter how small.

“Two men were seen in a silver taxi near to the scene at the time of the collision, and we are urging them to come forward and speak to police, as they may hold vital information about what happened.

“We are fully investigating the circumstances leading up to this collision and are appealing for anyone who witnessed or heard the collision, to call us with any information.”

– Sergeant Mark Thomas from GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit

3 men arrested on suspicion of murder after a police officer was dragged 150 yards by a moving car

Police were called to Yorkshire Street in Rochdale just after 9pm on Thursday evening. Officers attended and identified a car which had been seen driving around the area with its boot open. When one of the officers approached the car and leaned in through an open door to speak to the five occupants, the driver of the car set off, forcing the officer to cling on to one of the car seats.

The car drove 150 yards whilst the offenders repeatedly punched the officer in the face before speeding up at which point the she could not hold on anymore. She fell from the car and lay injured in the road.

Following an appeal for information, police in Rochdale recovered a car which is believed to have been involved in the incident.

A 19-year old man and two 24-year old men have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and remain in custody for police questioning.


Police woman injured in 'appalling incident'

This is an appalling incident where the officer has been unnecessarily injured when she has only been trying to establish what has happened earlier in the night

“Thankfully she has not sustained any broken bones or any other serious injuries but this is still something that should not happen to somebody who was only trying to do their job.

“If anybody has any information then I would urge them to contact the police. I would also like to appeal for assistance from parents in knowing where their sons and daughters are planning to be over the weekend so that they can stay safe.

“We will continue to work closely with residents and the council to ensure that there is no repeat of the disturbances which lead to this disgraceful incident.”

– Detective Inspector Charlotte Cadden

Police officer dragged by car in Rochdale

Police are appealing for information after a car drove off with an officer hanging out of the window in Rochdale. Officers had been called to Yorkshire Street around 9 last night following reports of a disturbance. When one officers approached a car window and leaned in to speak to the occupants, the driver of the car set off, forcing the officer to cling on to one of the car seats for 150 yards before speeding up again until the at officer could hold on no more and fell from the car and lay injured in the road.

She is now being treated at hospital for serious bruising and shock. The car is described as a dark coloured 5 door hatchback and the five occupants of the car are described as Asian men

Police woman injured in Rochdale

Yorkshire Street

A police woman has been injured trying to stop a car in Rochdale. The officer was responding to a call from a member of the public that a disturbance had broken out following a nearby bonfire. Details are vague at this stage but it's believed she was attempting to stop a car leaving the scene on Yorkshire street when she was knocked down. The extent of her injuries are unknown at this time.

Taxi boss will no longer offer white drivers on demand

The owner of a taxi firm in Rochdale has made a dramatic U-turn on his policy of offering customers a white driver if they requested it.

Stephen Campbell, boss of Car 2000 in Heywood, changed his mind after dozens of his Asian drivers staged a protest in the town centre calling the service ‘racist’ and ‘discriminatory’.

Mr Campbell employs 80 drivers at Car 2000, 55 of whom are Asian. All 55 were on strike today over the row.

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