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Flood hero given award by PM

A man from Rochdale who helped bring together the community during the Boxing Day floods has received an award from the Prime Minister.

Charity worker Mohammed Sheraz joined forces with the charity Al-Khair Foundation to lead a team of a hundred volunteers to make sure the vulnerable were safe.

When they saw the devastation caused by the flood they opened up a youth centre where they worked to give residents access to gas, electricity, food and blankets.

They've now put together a disaster response team to help plan for any future flooding.



Second suspect bailed over death of religious leader

Jalal Uddin

A second suspect has been bailed by police investigating the murder of a religious leader on his way home from a mosque.

Jalal Uddin, 64, was found with head injuries in a children's play area in Rochdale after being attacked on his way home on February 18.

He was taken to hospital but died a short time later. A 21-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy arrested on Monday have both now been bailed until April 20.

"Our investigation is continuing and we remain committed as ever to finding out the circumstances surrounding what happened to Jalal and I would like to thank the community for their patience and support whilst we carry out our inquiries. "We are continuing to appeal for witnesses who may have been in the South Street area at the time of the attack and I would urge anybody with information to please contact police."

– Detective Chief Inspector Terry Crompton
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