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Driver admits causing death of teenage passenger

A young driver has admitted causing the death of a teenage passenger in a 2am smash.

Michael Bowker was at the wheel of a Renault Clio when it crashed into a pedestrian barrier.

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One of his passengers, 16-year-old Chloe Cockton, suffered fatal injuries and died in the arms of her injured sister in the street while they waited for an ambulance.

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Bowker, 18, of Croft Street in Rochdale, admitted causing death by dangerous driving when he appeared at Minshull Street Crown Court.

He also pleaded guilty to two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

He will be sentenced on Friday, November 25.

The crash happened at 2.20am on Sunday, July 24, in Rochdale town centre when the Clio went into a pedestrian barrier on Bury Road.

Chloe had taken her GCSEs but never found out her results.

A month after her death, Chloe’s family learned she had landed a string of top grades.


Wind farm expansion Inquiry to start today

Scout Moor Wind Farm Credit: ITV Granada

A public inquiry will start today as Peel Holdings hope to expand Scout Moor Wind Farm in Rochdale and Rossendale.

In September 2015, the expansion plans for more wind turbines at the farm were supported by both Rochdale and Rossendale Planning Officers and their elected Members.

Subsequently in December, the project has been called in by Greg Clarke MP, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for his own determination.

The inquiry is expected to last eight days.

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