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WATCH: Living with Schizophrenia - one man's story

What's it really like to live with a long term mental illness?

Jon Paul Bamford began to hear voices as a teenager. He's lived with his condition for more than 20 years.

But after support and therapy from Rochdale MIND, Jon Paul says he now thinks of his voices as a gift.

And he says he uses the voices only he hears to help him write songs.

In the next in our series of pieces raising Mental Health Awareness he's been talking to our correspondent, Matt O'Donoghue, about his illness and about how people's attitudes towards it need to change.


Young dad who disappeared on stag weekend in Budapest has died

Sam Clancy was on a night out in the Hungarian capital when he became separated from his friends. Credit: Family handout/MEN

A young father who disappeared whilst on a stag weekend in Budapest has died, the Foreign Office has confirmed.

Sam Clancy, 24, from Rochdale, was one of a 22-strong group who flew out for the celebrations in the Hungarian capital on Friday.

However, just hours after arriving the 22-year-old became separated from the rest of the group on a night out.

Friends and family launched a desperate campaign to find him. A social media appeal for information was shared hundreds of time.

But on Tuesday a Foreign Office spokesman confirmed Sam had died. No others details of his death have been revealed.

We are supporting the family of a British man who has died in Budapest. We are in contact with the Hungarian police and hospital services.

– Spokesman, Foreign and Commonwealth Office


Man found dead outside Rochdale health centre

A man has been found dead outside a health centre in Rochdale.

Three girls found the man slumped on a bench outside the Nye Bevan Health Centre on Maclure Road in Freehold on Monday 3rd of April.

When they arrived, emergency services discovered the body of a 50-year-old man.

Police say there aren't any suspicious circumstances surrounding his death, but they are keen to speak to the three girls who found him.

Anyone with information should contact the Police Coroner’s Office on 0161 856 909

Nye Bevan Health Centre, Rochdale Credit: Googlemaps

Four arrested as police raids net a kilo of 'Spice'

The Spice seized by police. Credit: Greater Manchester Police

More than a kilogram of ‘Spice’ has been seized a raid in Rochdale today.

Police targeted two properties in the Spotland area as part of a crackdown on the supply of psychoactive substances.

Over a kilogram of the herbal smoking mixture known as ‘Spice’ as well as drugs paraphernalia were recovered from the addresses.

Three men - a 29-year-old, a 23 -year-old, a 22 -year-old - and 19-year-old woman were all arrested and remain in police custody.

The Spice seized by police. Credit: Greater Manchester Police

“This warrant is part of an on-going campaign to clampdown on the supply of 'Spice' - a highly addictive and extremely dangerous drug which is often used by the most vulnerable people in our community.

“This is truly a terrible drug with the police experiencing first-hand the dangers of it and its impact on the community.

– Sergeant Daniel Shirazi, greater Manchester Police
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