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Police investigate care home over sex abuse allegations

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Police have launched an investigation following a report of sexual abuse at a former care home in Stockport.

The report relates to boys who were residents at Belmont House, also known as Belmont Assessment Centre, on Baker Street in Heaton Norris around 1989/1990.

The care home has since closed down.

The investigation team is now appealing for anybody who may have information that can assist to come forward, particularly anyone who might have worked or lived at the home around 1989/1990.

“We are still in the early stages of our investigation but have made extensive enquiries since this report was made.

“Although many years have passed since it took place, we take all reports of sexual offences seriously, no matter how long ago they may have happened.

“Given the time that has passed, people who were previously residents or members of staff at the home may have moved to different areas of the country, or even abroad, but we are keen to speak to anyone who was involved with the home around the time the abuse took place.

“It is possible that these people may hold key information and I would ask that any of them who see or hear about this appeal please come forward.”

– Detective Constable Karen Wileman of Greater Manchester Police’s Public Protection Division
  • Anybody with information should contact police on 0161 856 7974 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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The consultation period ends on Monday. Credit: Adam McClean/ITV News

Hundreds of protesters have gathered at Stockport Town Hall to protest against plans to build 4,000 new homes on green and brown belt land in Greater Manchester.

A consultation on plans to build thousands of new homes across the county - many of them of previously protected Green Belt land - ends on Monday, January 16.

Local authorities which support the plan say it will help boost the number of affordable homes in the area - and create jobs.

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Police condemn 'vicious and despicable' attack on horse

Police in Stockport say a horse had to be put to sleep after it was beaten with hammer.

Officers say that shortly after 8pm on Friday, 30 December 2016, the animal received injuries to its face and legs consistent with being hit with a hammer.

The horse, which was in a field off Brindale Road, Brinnington, at the time of the attack, was so badly injured it had to be euthanised.

“This was a vicious and despicable act on a defenceless animal.

“How anyone could harm a living thing is beyond belief.

“The pain the poor horse must have endured is unthinkable and I’m determined to find the person responsible for this sickening offence.

“No one we have spoken to saw the actual attack take place and I would urge anyone who has any information about it to please contact police.”

– Police Constable Louise Butterley,
  • Information can be passed on by calling 101 and quoting incident number 1947 of 30 December 2016.

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