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Teenage cyclist stabbed in Salford

The incident happened on Bolton Road in Irlams O Th Height. Credit: Google maps.

A teenager suffered a stab wound to his leg after being attacked in Salford.

The 18-year-old man was cycling along Bolton Road in Irlams O Th Height when he was attacked yesterday afternoon.

Four men got out of a car and one of the group was heard to say "stab him".

The teenager was stabbed in the leg. He suffered a 10cm deep wound which needed hospital treatment.

After the attack, the victim ran to a nearby dental surgery to raise the alarm and the four men drove off.

The attackers have not been described but police are appealing to anyone with information about the stabbing to come forward.

The teenager was stabbed yesterday. Credit: Google Street View

"We are dealing with what appears to be a random, motiveless attack on a young man.

"He was out minding his own business with his friends when he was attacked for no apparent reason, suffering a serious and deep stab wound to his leg which has needed hospital treatment.

"We need to find the culprits and I would encourage anyone who has information about what happened to come forward and help us.

"If you know what happened, or you witnessed the attack itself, or perhaps you suspect who may be responsible, then please call us."

– Detective Sergeant Julie Connor, Greater Manchester Police

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 5351 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Man beaten with bricks by up to eight attackers in Salford

Shortly before 11pm on Monday October 20, police were called to assist a man found seriously injured and unconscious on the ground in a walkway between the M602 and St Luke’s Road in Salford.

The man, aged 33, has been taken to hospital for treatment to multiple injuries, including a fractured skull, fractured ribs and severe bruising. He also lost a number of teeth in the assault.

Police believe the man was accosted by up to eight men on St Luke’s Road and was assaulted between there and where he was found, he was repeatedly kicked and hit with bricks during the assault.

An unknown person used the victim’s phone to contact the ambulance service and police are trying to locate this person as well as any other witnesses.

The victim has been given an horrific beating by as many as eight men and has suffered some very serious injuries.

While we think this was a targeted attack as opposed to a random act of violence, the motive behind it is unclear and I need people with information to call us.

I really need whoever called the ambulance to come and speak to us.

– Julie Connor, Detective Sergeant.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 5351 or Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.

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Report clears police of brutality towards anti-fracking activists at Barton Moss

An independent report has cleared police of brutality in dealing with anti-fracking protestors at Barton Moss in Salford.

It says Greater Manchester Police must improve the way it handles major demonstrations.

But protestors say the report is a whitewash - their solicitor argues most of the people arrested by officers went on to have all charges dropped against them.

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Detective - it's a "shocking and tragic case"

This is a shocking and tragic case, and one that will undoubtedly have a lasting psychological impact upon the poor victim.

“Excellent policing work has gone into tracking down two of the youths we believe to be responsible for this sickening attack, but it is imperative that we try and track down the third man as quickly as possible.

“If you believe you saw a man matching this description in the area at the time, or if you recognise this man, do not protect him, please contact police as soon as possible.”

– DETECTIVE SERGEANT ROGER SMETHURST, GREATER MANCHESTER POLICE

Youth in court after mugging victim loses baby

The 17-year-old accused, who cannot be named because of his age, appeared in court charged with robbery and was remanded into custody to appear at Manchester Crown Court on October 30.

The youth, wearing a grey tracksuit top and bottoms, pleaded not guilty to robbery.

His jaw dropped open and his mother, sitting in the public gallery, held her hands to her face as the court was told the youth could face up to 10 years in jail if he is convicted of the offence.

An application for bail was refused.

The court heard the victim was waiting to catch a bus to work on Cromwell Road in Eccles, Salford, at around 5.55am on Saturday when she was approached by three youths.

She struggled to keep hold of her bag, containing £170, but was overpowered and after the robbery she noticed she was bleeding.

She then went to hospital and was told she had miscarried.

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Teenager hunted as pregnant woman loses baby during mugging

A CCTV image of the suspect. Credit: Greater Manchester Police

A pregnant woman lost her unborn baby after she was robbed at a bus stop in Greater Manchester.

The victim was sitting at the stop in Cromwell Road, Salford, when she was approached and attacked by three teenagers who stole her handbag, said Greater Manchester Police.

The incident took place at about 5.45am on Saturday.

Police have released a CCTV image of a suspected offender, described as white and aged between 16 and 20-years-old.

He was wearing a black hoody with white stripes down the arms, a black body warmer with a white motif and dark tracksuit bottoms.

Earlier a 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was charged with robbery.

A second boy, also aged 17, was arrested on suspicion of robbery and remains in custody for questioning.

CCTV images released after men steal pensioners car and wallet

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Police have released CCTV of two men they want to speak to after thieves broke into the home of a pensioner in Salford and stole his car and his debit cards.

The cards were then used to make numerous cash withdrawals. Police have now issued pictures of two men captured on using one of the stolen cards to buy goods from the Tesco store in Pendleton.

The break-in happened at the man's home on Light Oaks Road, Irlams O'Th Height, between 10pm and 10:20pm on 9 September 2014. The man returned home to find thieves had broken in through an unsecured patio door and stolen the car keys to his Nissan Micra, the car itself, and his wallet. However, the following morning the victim found the car had been returned and parked outside his home.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously,

"While the victim's car has been returned, he has still been faced with the trauma of someone breaking into his home, rifling through his belongings and then using his debit cards to withdraw cash.

"Anyone who has been a victim of this sort of crime will sympathise with the anger, frustration and upset this man is feeling at the thought of criminals spending his hard-earned money.

"We have captured the images of two men on CCTV who were caught using one of the stolen cards and I would ask people to look very carefully at the images we have issued and if you think you recognise these two men then please come forward and talk to us."

– Police Constable Stephen Houg
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Fresh appeal after 17 year old boy raped

Police are making a fresh appeal for witnesses after a 17-year-old boy was raped as he walked through a park in Salford.

Officers believe the attack happened between 12.10am and 12.42am on Wednesday 8 October, in Buille Hill Park, in the Eccles area. The victim was approached by two men, who then pushed him to the ground and raped him.

The men, described as white and in their late twenties, were both wearing shorts and hoodies with the hoods up. One of them had blonde hair and was wearing glasses.

I would like to make a direct appeal to anyone who may have been walking in Buille Hill park between 11pm and 1am.

We understand that the park is popular with dog walkers and I would ask anyone who was walking their dog in the park at the time of the incident to contact us, even if you don’t think you have any relevant information.

This is a very serious incident, which has left a boy traumatised, and I would urge anyone with information to contact police immediately.”

– Detective Chief Inspector Clare Devlin

Teenage solider from Eccles admits making a nail bomb

A teenage rifleman has admitted making a nail bomb.

Ryan McGee pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey to two charges, one of possessing the Anarchists Cook Book contrary to terror laws, and one of making an explosive device.

The 19-year-old, from Eccles, was bailed at the Old Bailey to be sentenced on a date to-be-fixed.

The first charge states that between May 31 2013 and November 29 2013 at Salford in Greater Manchester he possessed a document containing information of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism.

The second charge states that between September 1 2013 and September 3 2013 at Salford he made an explosive device.

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