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LATEST: 50 firefighters battling Greater Manchester Moorland fire

The fire near Stalybridge has been burning on and off for two days Credit: Heywood Community Fire Station

Around 50 firefighters are continuing to tackle a large moorland fire in Buckton Vale, Greater Manchester.

Phil Nelson, Group Manager for Tameside and Stockport division of Greater Manchester Fire Service, said:

Approximately 50 firefighters, specialist officers and three wildfire units are tackling the blaze on the moor in very challenging conditions. Our crews are working tirelessly to fight the fire and we are utilising a number of tactics to reduce the scale of the blaze.

“We have a helicopter deployed to drop water in challenging areas that cannot be accessed on foot which is helping to reduce the scale of the fire. We are also working alongside Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service who are fighting the fire on the other side of the moor.

“Firefighter and partner safety and welfare is a priority for us. Conditions are really arduous on the moor and we are ensuring crews are rotated and are given relief breaks.

“I would like to thank all of our crews and partners for all their hard work so far in tackling this challenging incident. We will continue to fight the fire for the rest of the day and into the evening but I want to reassure the public that we are working closely with partner agencies at United Utilities and the Peak District to ensure our crews are tackling the fire in the safest and most efficient way.”

– Phil Nelson, Group Manager for Tameside and Stockport division of Greater Manchester Fire Service


Two arrested after armed police called to 'firearms incident'

Police were called to reports of a firearms incident inside a property in Stalybridge. Credit: MEN Media

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of firearms offences after police swooped on a street in Stalybridge.

A photograph showed the moment armed police descended on Mottram Road on Sunday evening.

Police were called to reports of a firearms incident inside a property at around 6.30pm. The incident in question is understood to have happened around an hour before.

Two men were later detained on suspicion of firearms offences and remain in police custody for questioning.

Officers investigating confirmed that no shots had been fired and that no one was hurt.

A gun or firearm was not recovered at the scene, police said.

“They have been in detained in relation to an alleged incident earlier on"

Naked man seen running through town centre tasered by police

The man was taken to hospital for assessment on Sunday evening. Credit: MEN Media

A naked man seen running through the centre of Ashton-under-Lyne has been tasered by police.

The man, whose age is unknown, was spotted by a number of witnesses near Stamford Street Central at around 9.50am on Sunday morning.

He was said to be running through the town centre, Ashton Market and nearby streets.

Police were called and a number of officers were filmed by onlookers in a car park, beside the A6043 Ashton Bypass, taking the man to the ground and putting his hands behind his back.

Two officers were filmed restraining the individual, while a third officer stands nearby having apparently deployed the stun device.

The incident took place outside a carpet warehouse, close to Henrietta Street Car Park and around 80 metres from Ashton Market.

A Greater Manchester Police spokesman later confirmed they received reports of a naked man, officers were sent to the scene and a man was detained after a ‘Taser was deployed’.

The man was then taken to hospital where he remained for assessment on Sunday evening, the spokesman said.


26-year-old man dies after car crash in Denton

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A 26-year-old man has died after a car crashed into a tree near Denton.

Police were called after a black VW Golf hit a tree near the Arden Arms pub on Ashton Road.

Three people were inside the car. A 24-year-old man who's in hospital with serious injuries has been arrested on causing death by dangerous driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

A third passenger – aged 25 - suffered serious leg injuries and remains in hospital in a stable condition.

An investigation has commenced to establish the circumstances of this tragic collision, my thoughts are with the families of those involved.

I would urge witnesses to the collision, anyone who saw the occupants of the VW Golf before the collision or those with any information, to contact my team as soon as possible on 0161 856 4741.

– Sergeant Lee Westhead from GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit

High-speed police chase leaves 10 injured in Tameside

This is the aftermath of a crash following a high-speed police chase through Denton which left 10 people injured.

Police were first called to reports of a speeding car on the M60 near Denton at around 7.45pm on Thursday night. Officers began to chase the car on Ashton Road, at the junction of York Road. It then smashed into three other vehicles.

Ten people suffered minor injuries, which were dealt with at the scene and did not require hospital treatment.

The driver attempted to flee, but was later arrested, police say. A 22-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving. Police have launched an investigation and are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 2993 or 101, quoting incident number 1826 of 24/08/17, or anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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