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Family of Darren Walmsley who died in a crash on M62 have paid tribute to him

Darren Walmsley Credit: GMP

The family of a man who died in a collision on the M62 have paid tribute to him. Darren Walmsley died on Monday, July 4 after the car he was travelling in crashed with a HGV at Junction 21 of the M62.

Police officers who attended found that the car had been travelling on the Eastbound carriageway before it was struck.

Junction 21, M62 Credit: Google Maps

The car then went through the central reservation onto the Westbound carriageway and collided with another car and two HGVs.

The driver, 51-year-old Darren Walmsley, was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

A man and a woman who were travelling in one of the other vehicles were taken to hospital for treatment to serious injuries, which are not believed to be life threatening.

Paying tribute to him, the family said:

Darren was a quiet, shy and unassuming man who was happiest in the company of his family and friends.

He was a loving and devoted husband to his wife of twenty five years, Noreen and a caring and proud father to his beloved daughter Melanie.

His father John raised Darren and younger brother David when their mother passed away at an early age, making them a tight, supportive family unit.

He was always willing to help those close to him and found time to do favours for anyone who needed them.

Those who spent time with him found Darren to be good company, quick to smile and laugh. He will be sorely missed.

– Family of Darren Walmsley

Rochdale man wanted for assault which left woman with fractured jaw

Police are searching for a man who's wanted for a serious assault which left a woman with a bleed on the brain and a fractured jaw.

Twenty one year-old Haider Ali has links to Rochdale.

The assault happened on Sunday 19th June.

Anyone with any information has been encouraged to contact the police on 101, or via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Ali has links to the Rochdale area of Greater Manchester Credit: GMP


Police are appealing for witnesses after a 9-year-old boy was hit by a car in Rochdale.

Argyle Street heading towards Angus Avenue Credit: Google Maps

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 9-year-old boy was hit by a car in Rochdale.

Around 3.40pm yesterday afternoon, police received a report of a collision on Argyle Street, Heywood involving a blue Toyota Yaris and a 9-year-old boy.

The Toyota was travelling west along Argyle Street towards Angus Avenue when it collided with the boy.

The boy was taken to hospital where he is being treated for serious injuries to his face, a fractured hip, a tear to his spleen and bruising to his lung.

Officers are investigating the circumstances surrounding the collision and are appealing to any witnesses to come forward.

Police Constable Paul Patterson of GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said:

Fortunately, the boy is in a stable condition and is beginning his road to recovery but the investigation continues.

I am appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the collision to come forward. No matter how insignificant they may think the information could be, it could be the information we need to progress with the investigation.

Anyone with information should contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 0161 856 4741 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

– Police Constable Paul Patterson

Plasterer wins month-long trial with League One's Rochdale

River Humphreys, Rochdale's new team member.

In the week England's footballers are being labelled overpaid and pampered, we meet a young man from St Helens who is anything but.

River Humphreys works as a plasterer and has landed a one-month trial with League One's Rochdale.

The 25-year-old has won the Professional Tradesman Trials - a search to find a current tradesman who has the talent to turn professional.

England hero, and former electrician, Stuart Pearce was among the coaches to pick him.

Police appeal for public's help to track down Genci Koburi

Genci Koburi who has had addresses in Radcliffe and Rochdale Credit: GMP

Police are appealing for the public's help to track down a 42-year-old man wanted for violent disorder.

Genci Koburi who has had addresses in Radcliffe and Rochdale, is wanted for violent disorder following a large-scale brawl which took place at a pub in Radcliffe in May 2015.

He has links to the Bury, Rochdale and Radcliffe areas in Greater Manchester, while also having known links to addresses in Devizes in Wiltshire.

Anyone with information about Goburi's whereabouts is asked to call police on 0161 856 9908, 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.


Teenager dies after falling into a canal in Rochdale

The family of a 13 year-old boy who died after falling in a Canal are urging parents to talk to their children about water safety.

Rafael Pizarro fell into the canal near Lock 62 of the Rochdale Canal on Sunday 6th June. He was taken to hospital, but died in early hours of this morning.

Rafael Pizarro died after falling in a canal in Rochdale Credit: Family handout

Today his family have been paying tribute to him.

''We are devastated with the loss of Rafael and are lost for words. It is hard to comprehend what has happened over the last week.

Rafael had a big impact on his family and friends and was much loved and we will truly miss him.

Out of this tragedy we are comforted to know that's his organ donation will help others in Manchester and across the country.''

– Rafael Pizarro's family

There was also a message for other parents.

As a family we would urge all parents to talk to their children around water safety so no other family have to go through what we are dealing with. We would ask for privacy at this time to grieve.

– Rafael Pizarro's family
Rafael Pizarro fell in the water in the canal near Lock 62 of the Rochdale Canal Credit: MEN Syndication

Police say there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the 13 year-old's death.

Rafael’s death is believed to be a tragic accident and the case will now be passed to the coroner for progression.

My thoughts are with Rafael’s family and friends as well as his school colleague’s at this terrible and sad time.

I would urge people, especially children, to take care around the water and try not to swim anywhere other than supervised swimming pools.

– Detective Inspector Kate Atton, GMP

OBE for head of Rochdale's 'outstanding' sixth form college

Julian Appleyard, principal of Rochdale Sixth Form College. Credit: Rochdale Sixth Form College

The principal of Rochdale Sixth Form College has been awarded the OBE in the Queen's birthday honours.

Julian Appleyard will be presented with the award in recognition of services to the education sector.

Mr Appleyard became the principal of the college in 2009. Since then it has been rated 'outstanding' by Ofsted.

"I thought it was a wind up but it's truly humbling.

"My honour is testament to the superb team I have at the college."

– Julian Appleyard
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