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Rochdale singer Lisa Stansfield recording new music

Rochdale singer Lisa Stansfield's first hit All Around the World was released nearly 30 years ago.

Lots more best-selling music followed - along with a stack of awards. But it's now been nearly four years since her last album.

Now she's back in the recording studio.

Our entertainment correspondent Caroline Whitmorewent along for an exclusive chat as she records her latest music video.

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March against plans to build homes Rochdale greenbelt

Credit: ITV

Hundreds of campaigners turned out in the sleet and snow this morning to protest against plans to build 750 homes on greenbelt land in Rochdale.

The scheme is part of Greater Manchester’s housing drive highlighted in the Greater Manchester Spacial Framework. The development would create 'large executive houses' in Norden and Bamford.

Public consultation ended earlier in the week however, the council say after they've considered each submission 'a final plan is published for a further public consultation'. More details on the plans can be found here.

One of the organisers Sean Clowes said the move would 'be a disaster' for residents:

12 arrested after investigation into 'horrendous' axe attack

Police targeted 11 addresses across the borough this morning Credit: PA

Twelve people have been arrested in a series of dawn raids across Rochdale.

It's part of an investigation into an axe attack in October 2017, where a man suffered serious hand injuries.

Police targeted 11 addresses across the borough this morning. 11 men and one woman were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm.

They remain in custody for questioning. 

A 19-year-old man was left with life changing injuries after being brutally attacked with an axe and today’s raids are hopefully a step towards finding those responsible and showing people how seriously we take these violent crimes.

– Superintendent John-Paul Ruffle

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting incident number 1398 of 17/10/17, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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Man charged with murder of Mohammed Aftab

Mohammed Aftab Credit: Manchester Evening News

A man has been charged with the murder of Mohammed Aftab, who died of multiple head injuries and stab wounds on Christmas Day. The 21-year old’s body was discovered on Dyehouse Lane in Rochdale at around 8.15 on the morning of 25th December.

Jason Byrnes, 26, of Waithlands Road, Rochdale, is due to appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court charged with murder.

Mohammed's family have paid tribute to him in a statement released by Greater Manchester Police.

"This has been a devastating loss to all the family. Aftab had respect and love for people from all walks of life. You see these things happen to other people but can never comprehend it when it happens to you. We all loved him from the bottom of our hearts and will miss him."

– Altaf Hussain, Mohammed's father
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