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90-year-old targeted by distraction burglars

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A 90-year-old man was targeted by distraction burglars in Rochdale.

The man was walking to his home on Whiteley Drive, Middleton Between 12.30pm and 1.20pm on Thursday October 8. As he got to the front door, he was approached by a man.

The man asked to see water pipes inside his house and as he was distracted, another man walked in and stole money. Both left in a silver coloured car.

One man is described as being white, in his early 30s, 5ft 10in tall, with a round face and clean shaven.

The second was white with a darker complexion, in his mid 20s, 5ft 6in tall, of slim build, thin face, had dark eyebrows, clean shaven and wore a baseball cap.

"These offenders targeted their victim purely because of his age and vulnerability. I find it hard to believe people can prey on people in such a way which in turn makes us determined to find those responsible.

Thankfully the victim was able to give us a detailed description of those responsible and we have managed to create an efit. I would ask anyone who may recognise them or may have been targeted in a similar way, to contact police as soon as possible."

– Detective Constable Dan Daly

Anyone with information should phone police on 0161 856 8701 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.


Appeal after cash stolen in Rochdale robbery

An image of the suspects released by Greater Manchester Police. Credit: Greater Manchester Police.

Three people broke into a home in Rochdale and stole money.

It happened sometime between 1.30pm and 8pm on Wednesday, July 29.

Police said an Audi car pulled up at the junction of Broad Lane and three men broke into the home and searched a number of rooms before finding money and stealing it.

It is believed the three men got back into the car and drove off.

“The investigation has been ongoing and we have now managed to obtain a CCTV still of three men we are keen to trace and speak to.

"I would ask people to take a good look at the picture and if they recognise the men, to phone police.”

– Detective Constable Lucy Hartley, Greater Manchester Police
  • Anyone with information should phone police on 0161 856 4619 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Rochdale Hornets hunt new head coach

The Hornets' website carried a banner saying 'Thank You Tol'. Credit: Rochdale Hornets

Rochdale Hornets are advertising for a new head coach following Ian Talbot's decision to leave the League 1 club.

Talbot left his backroom role at St Helens to take charge of Hornets three years ago and has now opted to return to the Super League champions.

"Following the conclusion of the season, I have decided to return to Saints to carry on my coaching career," Talbot said.

"I would like to thank everyone involved with the Hornets, members, fans, players and staff that have welcomed me and my family and helped us to create memories and friendships that we will always fondly remember."

Appeal for witnesses after fight stabbing

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was stabbed whilst attempting to break up a fight in Littleborough.

A 21-year-old man was taken to hospital and had a two inch wound to his shoulder stitched up on 30 August.

There is absolutely no reason for anybody to be carrying a weapon like a knife on a night out.

Thankfully the victim’s wound was not so serious that it became life threatening but it could easily have been a different story.

We would like to appeal to members of the public who were present at the time to come forward and help identify those who were involved.

– PC Chris Eardley of GMP’s Rochdale Division


Karen Johnson wins Pride of Granada 2015

Karen Johnson has been crowned the Pride of Granada.

Both of Karen’s sons died from the rare genetic disorder Hunter’s Syndrome, less than 18 months apart.

Karen Johnson Credit: ITV Granada

She began fundraising for research into genetic disorders, and continued despite her third child being diagnosed with Leukaemia.

More: Pride of Britain North West finalist Karen Johnson

Karen’s charity the Gem Appeal has raised £2.6million for both research and treatment machines at Manchester Children’s Hospital.

She will go on to represent the North West in the Fundraiser category at the star-studded Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards in London.

Click below to see the moment Granada Reports presenter Tony Morris told her the news:

Video captures aftermath of Rochdale bus crash

Video footage has emerged showing the aftermath of a bus crash in Rochdale.

It shows bystanders helping the injured after the double-decker’s roof was ripped off when the bus smashed into a railway bridge on Milkstone Road.

Eleven people were taken to hospital for treatment.

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