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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.

Family of Darren Walmsley who died in a crash on M62 have paid tribute to him

Darren Walmsley Credit: GMP

The family of a man who died in a collision on the M62 have paid tribute to him. Darren Walmsley died on Monday, July 4 after the car he was travelling in crashed with a HGV at Junction 21 of the M62.

Police officers who attended found that the car had been travelling on the Eastbound carriageway before it was struck.

Junction 21, M62 Credit: Google Maps

The car then went through the central reservation onto the Westbound carriageway and collided with another car and two HGVs.

The driver, 51-year-old Darren Walmsley, was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

A man and a woman who were travelling in one of the other vehicles were taken to hospital for treatment to serious injuries, which are not believed to be life threatening.

Paying tribute to him, the family said:

Darren was a quiet, shy and unassuming man who was happiest in the company of his family and friends.

He was a loving and devoted husband to his wife of twenty five years, Noreen and a caring and proud father to his beloved daughter Melanie.

His father John raised Darren and younger brother David when their mother passed away at an early age, making them a tight, supportive family unit.

He was always willing to help those close to him and found time to do favours for anyone who needed them.

Those who spent time with him found Darren to be good company, quick to smile and laugh. He will be sorely missed.

– Family of Darren Walmsley

Rochdale man wanted for assault which left woman with fractured jaw

Police are searching for a man who's wanted for a serious assault which left a woman with a bleed on the brain and a fractured jaw.

Twenty one year-old Haider Ali has links to Rochdale.

The assault happened on Sunday 19th June.

Anyone with any information has been encouraged to contact the police on 101, or via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Ali has links to the Rochdale area of Greater Manchester Credit: GMP


Police are appealing for witnesses after a 9-year-old boy was hit by a car in Rochdale.

Argyle Street heading towards Angus Avenue Credit: Google Maps

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 9-year-old boy was hit by a car in Rochdale.

Around 3.40pm yesterday afternoon, police received a report of a collision on Argyle Street, Heywood involving a blue Toyota Yaris and a 9-year-old boy.

The Toyota was travelling west along Argyle Street towards Angus Avenue when it collided with the boy.

The boy was taken to hospital where he is being treated for serious injuries to his face, a fractured hip, a tear to his spleen and bruising to his lung.

Officers are investigating the circumstances surrounding the collision and are appealing to any witnesses to come forward.

Police Constable Paul Patterson of GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said:

Fortunately, the boy is in a stable condition and is beginning his road to recovery but the investigation continues.

I am appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the collision to come forward. No matter how insignificant they may think the information could be, it could be the information we need to progress with the investigation.

Anyone with information should contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 0161 856 4741 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

– Police Constable Paul Patterson

Plasterer wins month-long trial with League One's Rochdale

River Humphreys, Rochdale's new team member.

In the week England's footballers are being labelled overpaid and pampered, we meet a young man from St Helens who is anything but.

River Humphreys works as a plasterer and has landed a one-month trial with League One's Rochdale.

The 25-year-old has won the Professional Tradesman Trials - a search to find a current tradesman who has the talent to turn professional.

England hero, and former electrician, Stuart Pearce was among the coaches to pick him.

Police appeal for public's help to track down Genci Koburi

Genci Koburi who has had addresses in Radcliffe and Rochdale Credit: GMP

Police are appealing for the public's help to track down a 42-year-old man wanted for violent disorder.

Genci Koburi who has had addresses in Radcliffe and Rochdale, is wanted for violent disorder following a large-scale brawl which took place at a pub in Radcliffe in May 2015.

He has links to the Bury, Rochdale and Radcliffe areas in Greater Manchester, while also having known links to addresses in Devizes in Wiltshire.

Anyone with information about Goburi's whereabouts is asked to call police on 0161 856 9908, 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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