Live updates

Court hears video of dying Islamic scholar shown to friend of accused

A court's heard that a video of an Islamic scholar murdered in Rochdale was shown to a friend of the accused on the night of the attack.

Jalal Uddin died in February after being attacked as he walked home from prayers. Mohammed Syeedy denies murder.

Advertisement

'Respected' Jalal made a positive contribution in Rochdale community

Jalal Uddin was described in court as "a quiet and dignified man".

Murder victim Jalal Uddin secured his first job as an imam at the age of 20.

The Islamic scholar began learning the Koran at an early age in his home country of Bangladesh, a jury at Manchester Crown Court was told.

By the age of 21, he gained the title of Qari Saab, a term of respect reflecting a deep knowledge and understanding of the Koran.

Married with children, he came to the UK to work as an imam in 2002 - initially in Birmingham and later in Rochdale.

The jury heard Mr Uddin, 71, had worked at the Jalalia Mosque in Trafalgar Street, Rochdale, and still prayed there.

Prosecutor Paul Greaney QC said Mr Uddin was "a quiet and dignified man who was not only well respected in the local community but also well liked".

He said he had made "a positive contribution" in Rochdale but at the time of his death he was illegally in the UK and that had been his status for "many years".

Mr Uddin would not settle in any particular address for long and tended to stay with different members of the community for varying periods of time.

The community was happy to support him in this way because of his status as Qari Saab, said Mr Greaney, and Mr Uddin would always prefer to stay near to the Jalalia Mosque so he could pray there five times a day.

At the time of his death he was staying rent-free at a vacant house in Samson Street.

Mr Uddin was en route to that address after visiting a friend's house in South Street before he was brutally murdered on the evening of February 18 this year.

Azeem targets Tough Mudder to show anything is possible

17-year-old Azeem Amir, from Rochdale, is taking on the Tough Mudder event to show people anything is possible. Credit: Manchester Evening News.

A blind teenager will be the youngest person to take part in a gruelling 12-mile obstacle course – with his former PE teacher helping him along the difficult route.

Seventeen-year-old Azeem Amir, from Rochdale, is taking on the Tough Mudder event to show people anything is possible.

He has already completed a 10km event but wanted to take it to the next level and remembered his former PE teacher, Sam Dainty, at Matthew Moss High School , talking about the Tough Mudder event, so decided to take part.

He will be the youngest blind person to ever take part in the race and will tackle the 12-mile challenge to raise money for Manchester Royal Eye Hospital.

To donate to Azeem's JustGiving page, go here.

“Being born with a very severe eye condition and still having always participated in mainstream education, nothing has ever stopped me from achieving my ambitions."

– Azeem Amir
Azeem will take part in Tough Mudder, helped by PE teacher Sam Dainty Credit: Manchester Evening News

Advertisement

Watch: Why have the bells stopped ringing at Rochdale Town Hall?

Here's something not a lot of people might not know -it's said that Adolf Hitler admired the famous Rochdale Town Hall so much, he wanted to ship the building to Germany brick by brick.

Thankfully that never happened, but things are strangely quiet in Rochdale at the moment, as the bells have stopped ringing.

So what's going on? Does Paul Crone have the answer?

Boy, 10, critical after being hit by car in Rochdale

Redcross Street, heading toward St Marys Gate Credit: Google Maps

A boy is seriously ill in hospital following a collision in Falinge, Rochdale.

Shortly before 7.15pm yesterday, a red Toyota Yaris was travelling along High Street towards the junction with Red Cross Street when it was involved in a collision with a blue Peugeot 308, which was travelling along Redcross Street heading towards St Marys Gate.

The Yaris then mounted the pavement and collided with a 10-year-old boy.

The boy suffered multiple injuries and was taken to hospital for surgery, where he remains in a serious but stable condition.

The drivers of the two cars were not injured.

Sergeant Lee Westhead from GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit said:

We are doing all we can to support the boy’s family at this very traumatic time and our thoughts remain with him as he receives treatment in hospital

Our investigation to establish the exact causes in the lead up to this collision remains ongoing.

Any witnesses or anyone with information is asked to contact officers at GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 0161 856 4741.

– Sergeant Lee Westhead

Man dies after being found unconscious on road in Rochdale

Roch Valley Way Credit: Googlemaps

A man has died after being found unconscious on a road in Rochdale.

Police were called to Roch Valley Way shortly after 2:30am on Wednesday to find a man with head injuries who was suffering a cardiac arrest. He was taken to hospital but died a short time later.

The man's death is currently being treated as unexplained. Formal ID has not yet taken place.

We have launched an investigation to establish the circumstances that led to this man’s death.

We would like to appeal to anyone who may have been in the area at the time or seen anything that can help us establish how this man died to come forward.

– Detective Inspector Andy Butterworth, GMP

Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 8549, 101 quoting log number 218 of 03/08/16 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Load more updates