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Police: Salford child abduction was "false alarm"

Police in Salford say a reported child abduction on Friday was a false alarm.

Officers investigated the circumstances surrounding the report that a man had momentarily abducted a three-year-old girl at a block of flats in the Patricroft area.

“We have spoken to witnesses, viewed CCTV and made extensive enquiries to verify what has taken place. We are now happy that this was a misunderstanding.

“From what the three-year-old child’s mum saw she was right to be concerned and right to report this to the police.

“The child momentarily moved from the area where she was playing and the man described saw her running towards the road and was bringing her back to where she had come from."

– Detective Inspector Ben Hart

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Thousands of swimmers take on open water challenge

Thousands of swimmers take on open water for Great Manchester Swim
Thousands of swimmers take on open water for Great Manchester.Swim Credit: ITV Granada

Great Swim 2014 ambassador and Coronation Street actress Catherine Tyldesley lent her support to the thousands of swimmers taking to on open water at Salford Quays.

The Great Manchester Swim takes place over a one mile course, starting near the Lowry and Media City UK, passing through Mariners Canal and finishing beside the Helly Hansen Watersports Centre.

Attempted abduction of three year old girl

Police are hunting a man who tried to abduct a three year old girl in Salford this afternoon.

He lifted her over the fence of a garden in Patricroft and was attempting to walk off with her. The girl's mum immediately challenged him and he quickly left the area. The girl was not physically injured in any way.

The man was described as being of eastern European appearance, around 5ft 8in tall, of medium build and with black, short but tightly curled hair. He was described as wearing a red and white baseball cap, red jacket and red trainers.

“We do not know what this man’s intentions were, but nevertheless are very concerned about this incident and we have launched a criminal investigation led by a team of experienced detectives."

– Detective Inspector Benjamin Hart

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Salford killer appeals against 27 year jail sentence

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Michael Cope jailed for 27 years for murder Credit: Greater Manchester Police

A man jailed after strangling his ex-girlfriend at her home in Salford will appeal his 27 year jail term today. Michael Cope went on the run after killing Linzi Ashton in June last year. The court heard she had more than 100 injuries. Cope admitted admitted murder at Manchester Crown Court.

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Linzi Ashton murdered at her Salford home Credit: Greater Manchester Police
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Flowers in memory of Linzi Credit: ITV Granada Reports

Ex soldier expected to be extradited to US

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Ex soldier David McIntyre Credit: ITV Granada Reports

A former soldier from Salford is due to give himself up to the authorities today so he can be extradited to America.

David McIntyre is denying allegations that he defrauded the US Government of one- hundred- thousand dollars on a private security contract in Iraq.

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David McIntyre faces extradition to US Credit: PA

Fire crews tackle Irlam blaze

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Good progress being made at fire off Liverpool Rd #Irlam. Congestion past scene. @manchesterfire http://t.co/jHSbkvysxk

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Fire crews tackle large blaze near Liverpool Road in Irlam - public urged to avoid the area

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We have 5 fire engines tackling a fire involving building in Boysnope Wharf #Irlam http://t.co/YlkB8DD5Bm

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Avoid Liverpool Road #Irlam if you can as we tackle the fire - no danger from the smoke our crews are working to put fire out

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