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Police condemn protesters' actions as 'totally unacceptable'

Protest outside Manchester Town Hall. Credit: Manchester Evening News.

Police have condemned a protest outside Manchester Town Hall as totally unacceptable.

The demonstration against funding cuts and homelessness resulted in officers and politicians being barricaded inside the building for around two hours.

Officers say the actions of a small minority of the group resulted in a number of assaults and criminal damage.

“Whilst the majority of people protesting were doing so in a peaceful manner, a number of individuals decided to go beyond this and began to participate in disorder which resulted in criminal damage to the Town Hall and a number of assaults.

“This is totally unacceptable behaviour and Greater Manchester Police and Manchester City Council will be working together to identify these individuals in order that they can be prosecuted."

– Assistant Chief Constable Rebekah Sutcliffe, Greater Manchester Police.
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Four held at Manchester airport after Syria border visit

Four people have been arrested at Manchester airport on suspicion of terrorism Credit: PA

Four people have been arrested at Manchester airport on suspicion of terrorism.

The arrests come after nine people were stopped by the Turkish authorities on the Syria border earlier this month, Greater Manchester Police said.

Those arrested this morning are aged between 22 and 47. Their arrests follow those of two men, aged 21 and 31, yesterday.

Officers are working to establish their reason for travel and apparent attempted entry into Syria, Greater Manchester Police said.


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Report: Waheed Ahmed flown back from Turkey

A Labour councillor's son who was detained in Turkey on suspicion of trying to enter Syria illegally is being flown back to the UK, it has been claimed. Waheed Ahmed, from Rochdale, Greater Manchester, and eight of his relatives were stopped by Turkish authorities as they allegedly tried to cross the border into the war-torn country on April 1.

Waheed Ahmed was arrested for allegedly trying to cross into Syria. Credit: ITV News

Simon Danczuk, who is defending the Rochdale seat for Labour in the General Election, said he been told by the Foreign Office that Ahmed was due to arrive into Birmingham Airport today.

The Foreign Office said it did not comment on individual cases. Mr Danczuk could not confirm when the remaining eight Britons would return to the UK.

Petition to fill quarry where teenager drowned

More than 3,700 people have signed a petition to get a quarry filled in after a 13-year old boy drowned in Wigan. The body of Miracle Godson was found by police divers after a frantic search at East Quarry in Appleby Bridge on Friday afternoon. Tributes have been paid to the talented rugby player and a minute's silence was held before Wigan Warriors game against Catalans Dragons.

Teenager jailed for manslaughter of Blackpool man

Kyle Major Credit: Lancashire Police

A 14 year old boy has today been jailed for three years at Preston Crown Court after he admitted the manslaughter of a man who was found unconscious in a street in Blackpool in the early hours of New Year’s Day.

The teenager, who can now be named as Kyle Major, 14, of Devonshire Road, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of 52-year-old Paul Walker when he appeared at Preston Crown Court last month (March 9).

Police launched an investigation after Mr Walker was found lying unconscious in Sutton Place in Blackpool at around 2am on January 1. He was taken to hospital where he sadly died.

A post mortem examination showed the cause of death was head, face and neck injuries.

Detective Chief Inspector Pete Simm of the Force Major Investigation Team said: “Kyle Major has today been sentenced for his reckless and violent actions which tragically cut Mr Walker’s life short and left devastating consequences for his family and friends. It took just one punch to kill Mr Walker and this case serves as a stark warning to others, showing just how much damage a single punch can cause.

“Thankfully, Mr Walker’s family have been spared the ordeal of having to sit through a trial and although nothing can compensate them for their loss, I hope that the conclusion of this case offers them some form of closure. My thoughts very much remain with them at this time.”


Last chance to ride Manchester's Big Wheel

Big Wheel in Picadilly Gardens Credit: ITV

This weekend will be the last chance to ride Manchester's Big Wheel. The Piccadilly Gardens attraction will be dismantled on Monday. The council say that it was always going to be a fixed term attraction and removing it will make more green space for the Summer months.

The wheel will be dismantled on Monday Credit: ITV

Firefighters tackle recycling plant blaze in Preston

Around one hundred firefighters are continuing to tackle a blaze at a recycling plant on Longridge Road in Preston. Crews are expected to remain at the scene throughout the day.

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service were called to Recycling Lives just before 21:40 on Thursday evening and when firefighters arrived they found that a pile of cars, approximately 30 metres by 20 metres, which were ready to be recycled, was well alight. Firefighters managed to contain the fire from spreading to other piles of recycling and equipment.

As the fire grew in size, 15 fire engines and other specialist equipment from across the county were called to the scene. This specialist equipment included aerial ladder platforms, a command unit and foam pods.

An initial investigation into the cause of the fire began overnight. The cause has not been established so far.

Court appearance over Heywood death

The family of a 34 year old who has been charged with murdering his father at a house in Heywood say they are devastated.

Graham Clarke was found injured on Claybank Street in on Sunday, he died later in hospital.

A woman was also found with facial injuries. James Clarke has been charged with murder. He's due before magistrates in Rochdale later morning

United legend, Roy Keane, due in court

Former Manchester United player, Roy Keane Credit: PA Images

Former Manchester United skipper Roy Keane will appear at court over an alleged road-rage row with a taxi driver.

The 43 year old was summonsed Trafford Magistrates' Court for a public order offence after police received a report he'd behaved aggressively in January.

The incident is alleged to have taken place on Friday 30 January 2015 when police were called to Ashley Road, Altrincham.

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