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Police appeal for man still missing after three weeks

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Police are continuing to look for a man nearly three weeks after he went missing from Salford.

61-year-old Kenneth Davies is believed to have travelled to the Aberdare area of South Wales on Friday June 12.

Kenneth called into a shop in Irlam, Salford at around 11am that day. During this time, Kenneth explained that he had to leave 'unexpectedly' but did not say why this was the case nor where he was going to.

It is believed he then travelled to the Aberdarearea in a silver Vauxhall Corsa.

Kenneth is described as being white, of medium build, has short grey hair and is 5ft 8in tall. It is believed he was wearing a red t-shirt and jeans.

At this moment in time, we still do not know where Kenneth is. Detectives in Manchester and South Wales have been reviewing his lifestyle and wider friendship circles given the unusual circumstances of his sudden disappearance but unfortunately we have not been able to find him.

– Detective Inspector Ben Hart

Anyone with information is asked to contact South Wales Police on 101 or Greater Manchester Police on 0161 856 5097 / 856 5345.

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Man stole woman's handbag after she fell to her death from Salford motorway bridge

Sean Earle has admitted stealing the handbag of a woman moments after she plunged to her death from a motorway bridge Credit: Manchester Evening News

A man has admitted stealing the handbag of a grandmother seconds after she fell to her death from a motorway bridge in Salford.

26-year-old Sean Earle snatched the bag after speaking to mother-of-three Linda Clarke, who had cut her wrists and walked out of hospital before sitting on a 60 foot ledge over the M602.

After Mrs Clarke, 55, plunged to the ground he "saw his opportunity" to steal her bag before running off, Manchester and Salford Magistrates' Court heard.

Earle, from Eccles, made no attempt to help or call emergency services and admitted theft of the bag and contents, including Mrs Clarke's iPhone which was worth around £350.

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Mrs. Clarke's husband Gary said in a victim impact statement his wife's death had "devastated" the family and Earle had "added to our pain" with his "despicable" theft of her bag.

Linda Clarke was a grandmother with two daughters and a son who is autistic and who she cared for full time.

She had been admitted to Salford Royal Hospital after cutting her wrists but walked out of the building at around 4.45am on April 17 this year.

CCTV captured her walking with her handbag, with Earle walking the same way before following and approaching her. She made her way to the bridge nearby over the M602 motorway in Eccles.

Earle will be sentenced at a later date and Hugh Keachie, chair of the bench, warned him "all options are open".

Emergency call-handler is family's 'guardian angel' after helping to save choking two-year-old

An emergency-call handler who saved the life of a little boy who was choking on a coin has become the family's "guardian angel" according to the boy's mother.

Two-year-old Archie Martin began turning blue and losing consciousness after swallowing a 2 pence piece at home in Salford.

His mum Vicky called 999 in panic but was calmed down and quickly guided through what to do by call-handler Zoe Scott.

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Vicky met Zoe today to thank her in person for her help in saving her son.

For parents who want more first aid advice to make sure they're prepared for the worst follow this link to the charity Millie's Trust.

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Salford backs call for LS Lowry to appear on £20 note

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Salford artist LS Lowry is the front-runner to become the new face of the £20 note.

The Bank of England is seeking nominations for the face that should grace the next £20 note and wants the public to choose a visual artist to celebrate Britain’s talent in this field.

Lowry lived and worked in Salford and now his ‘home’ city is being urged to get behind him to secure his place on the note.

The ‘winner’ will be chosen not by the number of votes they receive but by the strength of the reasons for using them so people are being asked to give a compelling reason as to why LS Lowry should be chosen.

City Mayor Ian Stewart said:

“LS Lowry painted everyday life in Pendlebury and Salford at a time when no-one else was depicting Northern, industrial scenes and people."

“He pioneered a new and unique style, capturing the essence of an industrial world which was disappearing even as he painted it and his work and his style are now loved and recognised around the world."

“Few working class artists have ever achieved the recognition he did and while Lowry never sought fame in his lifetime he wanted his art, his city and his people to be seen and appreciated. He was a very humble man who turned down many honours, including a knighthood, but this would be our way of recognising his genius and saying thank you to him."

“I’d urge everyone in Salford to nominate for Lowry to demonstrate the significance of his work. I think putting him on the £20 note would honour his life’s work and his talent and bring awareness to a whole new audience.”

Nominations for the new face of the £20 note close on July 19 and can be made through the Bank of England website –http://ow.ly/Nvgep

Kennel fire thought to have been sparked by a heat lamp

A fire in Salford in which four dogs were killed is thought to have been started accidentally after one of the animals knocked over a heat lamp. The fire broke out last night in Little Hulton at a kennels believed to have been home to 14 dogs. Eight were rescued and a further two resuscitated at the scene.

Fire at kennels in Salford Credit: MEN Syndication

“The fire spread very quickly and when we arrived the flames were as high as the house.

“The dogs were inside a large collection of sheds by the side of the house.

“People were panicking and it was a very distressing scene.

“We had to ensure the safety of the man in the garden who was fighting the fire. He saved around four dogs using a hosepipe. It was a fantastic effort by him to protect the dogs from the flames.

“The fire crews had to think clearly and their training just kicked in and they did an amazing job of bringing the fire under control.”

– John Duffin, Farnworth Fire Station
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