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Family of teenager killed in collision pay tribute

Jack Essex Credit: Greater Manchester Police

The family of a teenage boy who died after a collision in Manchester city centre has paid tribute. 18 year old Jack Essex from Manchester, died in hospital yesterday after suffering a head injury following a collision with a lorry on Portland Street on Wednesday.

Our lovely bright boy Jack would be revelling in the amount of Facebook and Twitter activity, but we kindly ask that people stick to tributes and facts. Jack's partner, Tony and Jack's siblings Kat, Charlotte and Alex and parents John and Donna are deeply moved by the thousands of messages and tributes that have been made and continue to pour in. Jack had always expressed a wish to be an organ donor and Tony and his family have ensured that this wish has come true. This tragic accident has affected not only ourselves, but others including the driver of the vehicle concerned. Our thoughts are also with him and his family. We kindly ask the press to now respect our privacy at this horrendous time for us all.

– Family statement

Police try to trace driver in hit and run

Merseyside Police has issued CCTV footage of a hit and run accident in Wallasey. A 69-year-old man was struck by a passing vehicle as he was cleaning his car which was parked on Newton Road. He was taken to hospital where he was treated for a fractured pelvis and two fractured ribs and he's now recovering at home.

The collision left the victim in complete shock and with a number of serious injuries. Thankfully, he has been discharged from hospital and is now recovering with his family. The CCTV we have issued appears to show a car, possibly a silver Skoda Fabia estate, colliding with the victim and we would appeal for the driver of that car to come forward so that we can speak to them and establish exactly what happened. The footage also shows a number of vehicles which pass by the incident immediately after it happened, including a distinctive white hackney cab. These drivers may have information which is vital for our investigation and I would appeal to them, or anyone else with information, however small, to get in touch with us as soon as possible.

– Constable Bryan Watts, Roads Policing Unit


Preston company fined over over death of worker

A Preston-based company, which installs solar panels, has been fined £45,000 following the death of a worker who fell through a barn roof. 34 year old Gregorz Sobko from Southport was working on the roof of a cowshed when a clear plastic panel gave way. He fell five metres to the concrete floor below and died in hospital ten days later. Eco Generation Ltd was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive following the incident at Tower View Farm in Hutton on 15 November 2011 after an investigation found the company had failed to provide vital safety equipment. The court was told there were several measures Eco Generation could have taken to protect workers, such installing netting under the panels, placing protective covers over them or putting up barriers.

Police hunting Liverpool man release raid footage

Detectives who are hunting a Liverpool man wanted in connection with series of raids across the North West and the Midlands have released dramatic footage.

25-year-old Andrew White from Fazakerley fled to Spain after officers began to close in.

He was arrested by Spanish police along with five other Britons after string of similar raids but disappeared after he was bailed.

Andrew White Credit: Merseyside Police

The footage shows a number of attacks on ATM machines in Spain - the tactic being to pump gas into the machine which was then ignited blowing it out to reveal the cash.

Crissy Rock returns to Benidorm

Another North West star is set to return to hit comedy Benidorm tonight - this time it's the turn of Liverpool comic Crissy Rock - last seen in series 5. She has a long history with the resort - having performed there as a stand up comic for many years. In fact, it's where she was discovered by Benidorm writer Derren Litten - and where she was first offered the part of Solana manageress Janey York.


Police warn public to be vigilant

Lorna Walker and Peter Ellis are suspected of targeting the vulnerable Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Detectives hunting a couple who they believe may be robbing vulnerable people have warned the public to be on the lookout.

35 year old Peter Ellis of no fixed address and Lorna Walker who is 34 and of St Bernards Avenue in Pendleton, are wanted for thefts in Stretford Mall and in Bolton. Police say they also have links to the Cheetham Hill, Crumpsall, Stretford and Bolton areas of Greater Manchester.

They are known to target elderly women and vulnerable adults in public places using distinctive tactics - one of them distracting the victim while the other grabs the victim’s handbag or shopping bag.

We are concerned that it is only a matter of time before someone is hurt during one of these robberies. The type of people they target mean that it would not be difficult for one of their victims to fall in the act of protecting their property and seriously injure themselves. I am warning the public to be vigilant against this pair and to keep their belongings safe when out shopping.

– Detective Sergeant Darren Wiggans, Greater Manchester Police

Clint Boon wants you

DJ Clint Boon Credit: PA

DJ and musician Clint Boon is recruiting runners to join his team for this year's Great Manchester Run. They'll be raising cash for Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity as well as sister charity St Mary's Hospital Charity's neonatal intensive care unit. Captaining those running for St Mary's Hospital Charity will be Clint's wife, Charlie. The charity is close to the couple's hearts after their daughter, Luna Bliss, died aged just 34 days in April 2012. Since then the Boon family have helped raise more than #37,000 for the neonatal intensive care unit where Luna was cared for. Joy Division and New Order guitarist Peter Hook is one of the first to sign up after taking part in the race for the last nine years.

Couple suspected of preying on the vulnerable

Couple wanted for preying on elderly

Police have released photos of a man and woman suspected of stealing from vulnerable adults in Manchester and Bolton.

Police say Peter Ellis and Lorna Walker target elderly women and vulnerable people in public places, with one of them distracting the victim while the other grabs a handbag or shopping bag. Officers say they're known to operate at Stretford Mall.

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