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Man found dead in Rochdale alleyway

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Police are investigating after a man was found dead in an alleyway in Rochdale.

The man thought to be in his thirties was discovered at the back of Promenade street in the Heywood area of the town at 11:25pm last night.

“We believe we are now in the early stages of a murder investigation, but there remain many unanswered questions as to exactly how and why this man lost his life. “We would like to ask members of the public to come forward with any information they may have which would help us shed some light on this tragic situation. “If you were in the area of Promenade Street on Thursday night and believe you saw or heard anything which may assist us in our enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact police.”

– Detective Chief Superintendent Paul Rumney

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Former Mayor of Rochdale Norman Smith MBE dies

Norman Smith MBE has died Credit: MEN syndication

The former Mayor of Rochdale, Norman F Smith MBE has died.

He died on Wednesday evening at Rochdale Infirmary after a long illness. The 84-year-old who was also a town councillor was the younger brother of Cyril Smith, the former Rochdale MP.

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