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Paul Massey's wife and daughter talk to Granada one year on from his death

Police in Salford are re-appealing for information a year on since the murder of Paul Massey.

The 55-year-old, once known as the city's Mr Big, was shot dead at his home last July. A 50-thousand-pound reward is still on offer for information about his killer.

Matt O'Donoghue went to talk to Paul Massey's widow, Louise Lydiate, and daughter, Lydia Massey.

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Woman dies after being hit by bus in Salford

A woman has died after being hit by a bus in Salford. Police were called to the East Lancashire Road in Swinton just after 6pm yesterday evening.

Officers found a woman believed to be in her 70’s with very serious injuries before she was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead.

This is a tragic incident where a woman has sadly lost her life and we are appealing for anybody with information to come forward.

The investigation is in the early stages and we are currently working to provide the woman’s family with support from specially trained officers.

– Police Constable Dermot Murray from the GMP Serious Collision Investigation Unit

Peter Kay awarded honorary degree by University of Salford

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Peter Kay has been awarded an honorary degree from the University of Salford.

The Bolton comedian took part in the University's graduation ceremony at the Lowry Theatre where he was given a rapturous reception from graduates and staff.

He studied a HND in Media and Performance at Salford in 1996, and it was Kay took his first steps into stand-up comedy.

Here's what he had to say.

I’ve turned down a few of these Honorary doctorates over the years but I accepted this one because I actually came here to Salford University, so it really means a lot to me.

When I graduated 20 years ago, I was feeling like many of the graduates here today about going out into the world.

I knew I could make people laugh but I was frightened in case they wouldn't laugh. But I knew I would regret it if I didn't have a go.

I'm not sure what this Doctorate is exactly - I hope I'm not on a plane when they urgently need a doctor."

– Peter Kay
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The University said the 43-year-old was awarded the honorary doctorate in light of his contributions to television and comedy and his ongoing support for the University.

After winning the North West Comedian of the Year award in 1997, Peter Kay made his TV breakthrough with the BAFTA award-winning series Phoenix Nights, and since then has become a Guinness World Record holder for the most successful comedy tour ever, playing to over 1.2 million people at 140 shows.

Jail for care home maintenance man who molested elderly woman

Wayne Brownsey has been jailed for three years and nine months. Credit: Manchester Evening News

A pervert who groomed and molested an elderly woman with dementia at the care home where he worked has been jailed.

Maintenance man Wayne Brownsey was caught abusing the woman by horrified staff at the Alderwood Care Home in Salford, and got his hand tangled in her clothing in a panic.

At his Manchester Crown Court sentencing, the staff members who caught him – Alison Jones and Phillipa Head –were commended by the judge.

They had feared for about a year that he was preying on the woman, who couldn’t talk or look after herself.

They even contacted Crimestoppers to ask for a camera to be installed in her room, and a kept a diary of suspicious incidents.

Brownsey, 44, of Leigh Road, Worsley, has now been jailed for three years and nine months.

He was found guilty of sexual assault earlier this year, but continues to protest his innocence, supported by his family.

The woman has since died.

In a statement, her daughter said: “I feel I can’t trust the care system. It makes me fearful for elderly people and for myself when I grow old. My mum had a very unfortunate life from being a little girl and I believed I was rescuing her by placing her in the care home. However, this was not the case.”

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