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Man in hospital after suspected acid attack in Salford

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A man was rushed to hospital after a gang of robbers hurled a liquid feared to be acid in his face.

Police confirmed he suffered injuries to his eyes and face during the attack in Pendlebury, Salford.

The man, aged in his 20s, was walking alone along a pathway in Silverdale Country Park, off Bolton Road, when he was grabbed from behind.

The substance was then thrown in his face before a struggle broke out in bushes. The man’s rucksack was taken.

Police confirmed officers responded to reports of an acid attack at around 2pm yesterday and said more than one offender was involved in the robbery.

The full circumstances are under investigation and an appeal for witnesses has been issued.

The attack follows a spate of shocking acid attacks in London and comes as tough new guidelines were announced by the Crown Prosecution Service.

Thugs who carry acid in the street could face up to four years in prison and those who throw acid could face a life sentence whether a target is hit or not.

A witness to the Salford attack said he saw police and paramedics near the park’s Clively Avenue entrance.

He said: “We heard a lad was walking through and was attacked. He was dragged into the bushes and someone stole his bag.”

The North West Ambulance Service said paramedics were called to Whitehead Road, but police said officers attended City Walk.

The streets are separated by the park and run into each other.

The man’s condition in hospital isn’t believed to be life-threatening. He hasn’t been named.

Paramedics confirmed he was treated at the scene before he was taken to hospital.

A spokesman for North West Ambulance Service said: “There was an incident with a male patient who was taken to Salford Royal Hospital. We treated a patient at the scene.”

Details of his exact injuries or treatment administered haven’t been revealed.

Police said: “Shortly after 2pm on Friday, August 4, police were called to City Walk, Pendlebury, to reports of an acid attack.

“A man in his 20s suffered injuries to his eyes and face and was taken to hospital for treatment.

“Enquiries into the circumstances are ongoing.”

No arrests have been made. The police spokesman added: “Anyone with information should call police on 101, quoting incident number 1118 of August 4, 2017, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Police were called to City Walk in Pendlebury on Friday afternoon Credit: Googlemaps

Rocker devastated after seven of guitars are stolen from flat

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A musician has spoken of his devastation after burglars snatched seven of his guitars in a £17,000 raid at his Salford flat.

Tim Smith, 24, was came home and found thieves had stolen his most prized possessions.

He is having to borrow guitars from friends so he can perform with his hard rock band, The Ninja Report.

Police are now investigating, while Tim scouring music shops and trading websites in a desperate bid to retrieve the seven stolen guitars.

An amplifier, effects pedals and two Macbook laptops were also taken. Tim, a part-time hotel worker, discovered his flat at Linen Court near Salford University had been ransacked when he arrived home from a trip on July 28.

He noticed four of his guitars had been taken from a display stand and three others, which had been stowed away in their cases, had also been swiped. Burglars also took the keys for Tim’s flatmate’s Vauxhall Corsa - and it is believed they used the vehicle to load up the valuables and drive away.

In all, goods worth £17,000 were stolen in the raid. The Corsa was later found abandoned, minus the valuables.

“I almost haven’t properly processed this yet.

“It sounds weird to non-musicians, but musicians will understand - it’s as if I have lost a pet.

“These guitars are part of me and they are my livelihood, I modified them myself. It’s heartbreaking.

“I’ve made them mine so they play for me best. They are going to be almost impossible to replace. They’re guitars I’ve grown up with.

It’s so disheartening. To be honest, I’ve been having trouble sleeping. It’s really hit me.”

– Tim Smith

The guitars the thieves stole are: A heavily modified Epiphone Les Paul in a yellow and red sunburst and with birdseye maple top, which Tim bought 12 years ago An ESP LTD Ninja 600 in black which was an 18th birthday present. A second ESP LTD Ninja 600 in red A Fender Stratocaster in yellow and red A seven string PRS SE in bright purple An Ibanez EW series acoustic guitar which he bought four years ago An ESP EX in black Also stolen was a Victory V30 Countess amplifier and two effects units, a Line 6 and a Boss GT8. Police are appealing for witnesses. Anyone with information is asked to call GMP on 101, quoting incident number 921 of July 28 - or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Salford residents angry and face uncertainty about their homes

Residents in Salford say they're angry and face uncertainty about the safety of their homes as work to strip potentially dangerous cladding from nine tower blocks continues.

The council claims they'll spend tens of millions of pounds to get the buildings up to the correct fire safety standards.

They hope to recoup that money through legal action. A new cladding system is currently being tested in Dubai.


Region's universities increase number of firsts awarded

Here is a full list of the proportion of degrees awarded as firsts by higher education institutions in the academic year 2015/16.

The institutions are ranked according to the change in the proportion of degrees awarded between 2010/11 and 2015/16, starting with the biggest increase.

The table reads, from left to right: name of institution; proportion of degrees awarded as firsts in 2010/11; proportion of degrees awarded as first in 2015/16; change in percentage points.

All figures have been rounded to one decimal place and the calculations exclude degrees that were rated as unclassified.

The list includes only those institutions for which comparable figures are available.All data has been compiled from information supplied by the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

  • Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts 14.6% 37% 22.3
  • University of Salford 16% 30.4% 14.3
  • University of Central Lancashire 10.1% 22.2% 12.1
  • Edge Hill University 15.8% 25.5% 9.7
  • University of Manchester 17.1% 26.8% 9.7
  • Liverpool John Moores University 12.6% 22.2% 9.6
  • Manchester Metropolitan University 14.7% 23.6% 8.8
  • University of Liverpool 18% 26.8% 8.8
  • University of Chester 11.2% 15.2% 4
  • University of Bolton 12.3% 16% 3.8
  • Liverpool Hope University 16.5% 15.3% minus 1.2

Police appeal for witnesses after axe attack in Salford

A police cordon is placed in Buile Hill Park, Salford, after a man is attacked with axes. Credit: Press Association

Police are appealing for information after a man was attacked by two other men with axes in Buile Hill Park, Salford, last night.

Police say they were called to the scene of the horrific attack at around 7.20pm.

It is reported that the two men, who were wearing balaclavas, had attacked the man as he was walking through the park with his dog. They are then said to have jumped over some railings and onto Weaste Lane as they fled the scene.

The 41-year-old victim was taken to hospital with serious injuries to his head and arms. He remains there for treatment, although his injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

Police believe that the targeted attack is an isolated incident.

“We know this incident has caused a lot of concern to local people who have heard the news however I would like to say that we believe this to be a targeted attack, with no further threat to any other members of the public.

“There are numerous lines of enquiries that we are currently following up this morning but every piece of information that we receive helps us build a better picture about exactly what happened and who may be responsible.

“With that in mind, I would like to appeal to anyone who has any information at all to please come forward.

“This was a totally unprovoked and brutal attack on a man as he walked his dog through a popular park and we believe there could have been a number of witnesses who may have seen something.”

– Detective Sergeant Paul Davies, GMP’s Salford borough

Anyone with information has been asked to call 101, quoting incident number 2043 of 12/07/17. Alternatively people can call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Police release dramatic footage of armed bank robber in Salford who fled with thousands of pounds

An armed robber grabbed a terrified bank customer from behind and threatened her with a knife before fleeing with thousands of pounds in cash.

Dramatic footage shows the balaclava-wearing suspect storm the Halifax Bank at the Salford Shopping Centre in Pendleton, Manchester, armed with the blade.

The CCTV shows him running in from the car park and grabbing hold of the petrified customer as she stands at the cashier desk inside.

The armed robber grabs hold of a terrified customer Credit: MEN Media

According to police he held the knife to her, and demanded staff hand over money.

The cashier did as he said, and within seconds is handing over the notes through the security glass.

The robber begins to scoop them into his arms, but drops some, and tries to pick them up again before running back out of the door.

Greater Manchester Police are investigating the robbery, which happened at around 2.25pm at the Sutton Way branch on June 7, and are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

They described the suspect as being white, 6ft tall and of stocky build. He was wearing a balaclava and black clothing and fled with a ‘significant’ amount of cash.

“This was a brazen incident that has left an innocent member of the public terrified and it is fortunate that nobody was injured.

“This happened on a busy shopping precinct in the middle of the day when lots of people would have been around and could have seen something. “If anyone recognises the man in this footage I would urge you to contact me. It could prove to be vital in bringing him to justice.”

– Detective Constable Paul Reynolds
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