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Knutsford man dies after parachute jump in Lancashire

A man from Knutsford has died after an incident at a parachuting centre near Lancaster.

Emergency services were called at 4pm to Black Knights Parachute Centre on Hill Lane, in Cockerham yesterday afternoon to reports that a 46 year old man from Knutsford, Cheshire had been injured following a parachute jump.

The man, an experienced parachutist, was pronounced dead shortly after.

A post mortem examination to establish the cause of the man’s death will take place in due course.

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of this man and in particular those who witnessed this tragic incident yesterday.

During our initial investigation at the scene, we saw nothing that suggested any sign of suspicious activity.

We are working with the British Parachute Association who are now in charge investigating the incident and have been conducting enquiries on their behalf.

– DI Simon Ball, Lancaster Police

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Council say speed limit will address safety concerns on Princess Road

Police are working with the city council on the scheme Credit: PA

Manchester City Council say they hope that a new speed limit on one of the major arteries into the city will address safety concerns raised by local people.

A 30 mph limit has been introduced from today on a 3.7 mile stretch of Princess Parkway and Princess Road.

The pilot scheme has been launched in response to a petition created by local residents with more than 1,000 signatures, expressing concerns about the high level of collisions on the road.

There have been 84 incidents, including two causing deaths, recorded between 2013 and 2016.

This scheme has been launched to address the serious concerns of residents about road safety in their neighbourhood.

We know that there have been too many collisions in this area in recent years and so using a temporary order to set the speed limit at 30mph for the whole stretch of road is a sensible step, which we will carefully review before deciding on whether to adopt the change permanently.

– Councillor Rosa Battle, Manchester City Council

Blue Light torch reaches Liverpool

The torch relay was launched in Blackpool Credit: GTV

A relay to raise awareness about mental health issues amongst emergency service workers is due in Liverpool.

A special torch is being carried around the region by members of the 'blue light' services. It started on the 'Comedy Carpet' on Blackpool Prom, then heading on by lifeboat to Southport.

Today it is being carried by a vintage fire engine to Liverpool before progressing around the region.

New speed limit on Princess Road in Manchester

The lower speed limit begins today Credit: PA

A new lower speed limit has been introduced on one of the major routes into Manchester after safety concerns were raised by local people.

A 30 mph limit has been introduced on Princess Road from today.

The pilot scheme has been launched in response to a petition created by local residents with more than 1,000 signatures, expressing concerns about the high level of collisions on the road.

There have been 84 incidents, including two causing deaths, recorded between 2013 and 2016.

The scheme will see the speed limit harmonised for the 3.7 mile stretch of Princess Parkway and Princess Road.

The effectiveness of the new limit will be reviewed after a year.

Man in hospital after air crash in Cumbria

Cumbria Police have referred the incident to the Air Accidents investigation Branch. Credit: PA

A man's recovering at Royal Lancaster Infirmary after the aircraft he was flying crashed into a hill in Cumbria.

Emergency services were called to Dent near Sedbergh this afternoon after reports that a Gyroscope Helicopter had crashed at the summit of Great Knoutberry,

The Air ambulance located the aircraft with the pilot and passenger..

The passenger had no injuries, and the pilot suffered minor injuries.

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Police make two arrests in Moss Side assault

Glen Smith has been left in a coma Credit: MEN/Family

Police investigating an assault in Moss Side which left a man in a critical condition have made two arrests.

Officers were called to Alexandra Road in Moss Side two weeks ago.

They found 58 year old Glen Smith suffering from serious injuries.

He is still in a critically ill in hospital.

Glen is fun loving and very friendly guy with lots of friends and is really well known in the community.

He would never hurt anyone and we can’t believe that someone would do something like this to him.

– Family statement
Glen's family can't believe what has happened Credit: MEN/Family

First of all my thoughts are with the Glen and his family.

This was a vicious and brutal attack on a man which has left him with very serious injuries.

I want to assure his family that we are doing all that we can to find the people responsible, and I hope them and the local community will take solace in the fact that we have already made three arrests in relation to this attack.

Our investigation does not stop here, however, and we still need people to come forward with any information, no matter how small, which they believe could help us give Glen and his family the answers they deserve.

– Detective Inspector Mark Davis, GMP

Police appeal for witnesses after man held at gunpoint

Police have released this image of a man they want to speak to Credit: GMP

Police are appealing for witnesses after a family was held at gunpoint after confronting burglars at their own home. Detectives have released CCTV images of two men they would like to speak to.

The victim, his wife and their 18-month-old child were in their home address on Rectory Lane, Prestwich, when they heard the front door being opened.

After chasing two men, one of them armed with a machete down the street the man was held at gunpoint by the two robbers before they escaped on bikes.

The victim was incredibly brave to chase after these two men, who were armed with some very dangerous weaponry.

Thankfully the man and his family are unscathed, but the fact is these men pose a serious risk to the public and it is imperative that we track them down.

Our investigations have revealed two CCTV images of men matching the description of the offenders in the surrounding area, one at the Longfield Centre off Bury New Road, and the other on Heywood Road.

These images may not be of the offenders at all, they may be completely innocent members of the public, but it is vitally important we identify and speak to them, even if it is just to rule them out of our enquiries.

If you can help us identify the men shown, or know anything else about the incident which may assist our investigation, please call us as soon as possible.

– DC Donna Haldane, GMP
Officers are also seeking this man Credit: GMP

Torch relay launched to raise awareness of 'Blue Light' mental health issues

The torch relay gets underway in Blackpool Credit: GTV

A special relay is getting underway in Blackpool to raise awareness about mental health issues amongst emergency service workers.

A torch will be carried around the region by members of the 'blue light' services, starting on the 'Comedy Carpet' on the prom, then heading on by lifeboat to Southport.

Tomorrow it will be carried on to Liverpool before progressing around the region.

Police hunting men for armed burglary release images

Police would like to speak to this man Credit: GMP

Police hunting armed burglars who robbed a couple in their own home have released CCTV images of two men they would like to speak to.

The victim, his wife and their 18-month-old child were in their home address on Rectory Lane, Prestwich, when they heard the front door being opened.

The man was confronted by a masked man armed with a machete in the hall, a second man was standing behind him outside.

When the householder shouted at the intruders, they both turned and ran back out of the door.

As he ran away one of the burglars shouted ‘Wrong gaff mate, wrong gaff’ with the victim chasing after him.

However once they reached the street one of the men pulled a gun out of his waistband and pointed it at the victim, the second burglar also produced a gun and the two escaped on bikes.

This man was also caught on CCTV Credit: GMP
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