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Azeem targets Tough Mudder to show anything is possible

17-year-old Azeem Amir, from Rochdale, is taking on the Tough Mudder event to show people anything is possible. Credit: Manchester Evening News.

A blind teenager will be the youngest person to take part in a gruelling 12-mile obstacle course – with his former PE teacher helping him along the difficult route.

Seventeen-year-old Azeem Amir, from Rochdale, is taking on the Tough Mudder event to show people anything is possible.

He has already completed a 10km event but wanted to take it to the next level and remembered his former PE teacher, Sam Dainty, at Matthew Moss High School , talking about the Tough Mudder event, so decided to take part.

He will be the youngest blind person to ever take part in the race and will tackle the 12-mile challenge to raise money for Manchester Royal Eye Hospital.

To donate to Azeem's JustGiving page, go here.

“Being born with a very severe eye condition and still having always participated in mainstream education, nothing has ever stopped me from achieving my ambitions."

– Azeem Amir
Azeem will take part in Tough Mudder, helped by PE teacher Sam Dainty Credit: Manchester Evening News


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Boy, 10, critical after being hit by car in Rochdale

Redcross Street, heading toward St Marys Gate Credit: Google Maps

A boy is seriously ill in hospital following a collision in Falinge, Rochdale.

Shortly before 7.15pm yesterday, a red Toyota Yaris was travelling along High Street towards the junction with Red Cross Street when it was involved in a collision with a blue Peugeot 308, which was travelling along Redcross Street heading towards St Marys Gate.

The Yaris then mounted the pavement and collided with a 10-year-old boy.

The boy suffered multiple injuries and was taken to hospital for surgery, where he remains in a serious but stable condition.

The drivers of the two cars were not injured.

Sergeant Lee Westhead from GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit said:

We are doing all we can to support the boy’s family at this very traumatic time and our thoughts remain with him as he receives treatment in hospital

Our investigation to establish the exact causes in the lead up to this collision remains ongoing.

Any witnesses or anyone with information is asked to contact officers at GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 0161 856 4741.

– Sergeant Lee Westhead

Man dies after being found unconscious on road in Rochdale

Roch Valley Way Credit: Googlemaps

A man has died after being found unconscious on a road in Rochdale.

Police were called to Roch Valley Way shortly after 2:30am on Wednesday to find a man with head injuries who was suffering a cardiac arrest. He was taken to hospital but died a short time later.

The man's death is currently being treated as unexplained. Formal ID has not yet taken place.

We have launched an investigation to establish the circumstances that led to this man’s death.

We would like to appeal to anyone who may have been in the area at the time or seen anything that can help us establish how this man died to come forward.

– Detective Inspector Andy Butterworth, GMP

Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 8549, 101 quoting log number 218 of 03/08/16 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.


Fears for safety of pet Cats after air rifle shootings

Cat Owners in Rochdale are keeping their pets indoors after a spate of air rifle shootings.

Pauline Graham says she no longer allows her pets outside after reports of three cats being shot this month.

Retired cashier Pauline, a Croft Hill Court resident, found her neighbour’s cat Tiddles with injuries to its face outside her house on Thursday, July 7.

She said residents had also told her about two other fatal shootings. Pauline said she has reported the incidents to the RSPCA and the Cats Protection.

There was a mark on the cat’s face so we wondered if it had been attacked by a fox or a dog. It upset me. My neighbour is heartbroken.

Another neighbour took it to Crown House Vets and the vet said the cat had been shot. Apparently two more cats have been shot and killed.

– Pauline Graham
Pauline Graham won't let he cats out of the house due to fears over their safety Credit: MEN Syndication

In 2014 police launched an investigation after three cats were shot with air rifles in Littleborough.

CCTV released as police hunt for shop robbers

CCTV footage has been released by Police after an armed robbery in Rochdale.

It happened shortly after 7AM on Friday 1 July 2016 when two men went into Bargain Booze, on New Road, Littleborough.

One man produced a knife and threatened to stab a staff member if she did not open the safe while the second man leapt over the counter and forced open the till, taking cash from inside.

The staff member managed to shrug off one of the men and escape through the front door. Both men then fled on foot towards Crowther Street.

“This was a brazen robbery which left the victim terrified.

“This happened early in the morning on a busy road where lots of people would have been heading to work in the morning.

“We would urge anyone who was in the area at the time and may have seen anything that can help our investigation to come forward.

“We would also like to appeal to anyone who recognises the men shown in the CCTV footage to contact police.”

– Detective Sergeant Louise Ashurst

The first man is described as white, 5ft 11in, slim build, very pale skin, in his 20's and clean shaven. He was wearing a black and grey hooded top with his hood up.

The second man was wearing dark clothing with his hood up.

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