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Appeal to help solve 10-year-old murder case

Halton McCollin Credit: Police Handout

Police want help in breaking a wall of silence that's been protecting the killers of a man in Trafford for a decade.

20 year old Halton McCollin was shot dead at a takeaway in Stretford 10 years ago... in a case of mistaken identity.

Detectives have revealed the gun had been used in previous shootings.

A 50- thousand pound reward is on offer for information.

Inspectors critical of conditions at HMP Liverpool

HMP Liverpool has received a scathing report from inspectors Credit: pa

A report's branded Liverpool Prison one of the worst jails inspectors have ever seen. .

It follows an unnannounced visit....and claims the site in Walton is squalid and fails to offer a safe, decent or purposeful environment.

Inspectors found that drugs were readily available and many cells had broken windows with dangerous jagged glass, damp, leaks and broken or blocked toilets.

Their report stated that violence of all kinds had increased, with assaults on staff more than tripling compared with the last assessment in 2015.

Andrew Neilson is from the Howard League for Penal Reform. He says the prison's problems are systemic.

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Community garden for soldiers and veterans

Shoulder to soldier team at allotment in Leigh

A charity has set up a gardening project in Leigh to help serving and former soldiers. Shoulder to Soldier aims to give financial and welfare help, as well as organising practical projects like the new garden. Ex-forces engineers are already using their skills to design the layout which will take into account veterans with disabilities.

Police believe taxi driver can help murder inquiry

Mohammed Aftab Credit: Manchester Evening News

Police investigating after a man was found dead on Christmas morning have released images of a taxi whose driver could be a key witness.

21 year old Mohammed Aftab was found with fatal head injuries and stab wounds on Dyehouse Lane in Rochdale.

Images were taken from CCTV outside the Bull’s Head pub on Halifax Road in Rochdale between 10.45pm and 11pm on Sunday 24 December 2017.

The car is believed to be a silver, grey or gold Toyota Avensis with taxi signage.

Police are trying to find the driver of this taxi. Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Jason Byrnes of Waithlands Road, Rochdale has since been charged with murder.

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Hundreds search for missing Ramsbottom man

Steven Dyson Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Hundreds of people are continuing to search countryside in and around Ramsbottom for a man who's been missing since New years Day.

Steven Dyson who's twenty two, was last seen on Monday morning leaving a party in the town.

Police say their inquiries indicate he was assaulted and may be seriously injured.

Friends and family have been searching nearby woodland and are urging anyone with information to come forward.

Meanwhile police have issued CCTV footage of Steven at two locations on the day he was last seen.

It shows Steven at Longsight service station around 4am and then later that morning using a cash machine on Bridge Street at 6am.

It’s believed he’s wearing a leather jacket with a grey top, black skinny jeans and grey boots.

It’s been five days since Steven was last seen and his friends and family are worried sick.

Searches will continue around the Nuttall Lane area, with officers being supported by the underwater search unit, NPAS and the dog unit to find Steven.

We’ve had lots of help from people in searching for Steven so far and we’d ask for people in the area to please check your sheds and garages in case he’s seeking shelter.

It is likely that he is still in need of medical attention, which is why it’s so important that we find Steven as soon as we can.

– Detective Inspector Vicky Shaw, GMP

Couple from Wirral face separation after eighteen years marriage

A couple are facing the prospect of spending the rest of their married lives several thousand miles apart.

Collette Murwin from Wirral married American husband Clayton almost 18 years ago - the couple lived most of their lives in the USA.

They returned and set up home in Wallasey in 2016. But now Clayton's been told he can't stay.

Police seek woman after shopper racially abused at Trafford Centre

Police are appealing for the public’s help after a mother and her children were racially abused while shopping in the Trafford Centre.

Officers were called to the area near to John Lewis in the Trafford Centre after a 34 year old woman who was shopping with her five children, aged 5-13, was racially abused.

Another woman approached two of her children and started shouting at them, before hurling racial abuse at their mother.

The woman continued to shout abuse as the mother and her children walked away, towards Peel Avenue, before spitting at her 11-year-old child.

Police are treating it as a hate crime.

Nobody should be subject to the tirade of abuse that this mother and her children had to endure while they were enjoying the day together.

We have released an image of a woman we wish to speak to in connection with this incident and are asking for anyone who can help identify her, to please get in touch.

Hate crime is, without question, something that will never be tolerated in Greater Manchester and I’d encourage anyone who saw something that could help with our investigation, share this with police as soon as you can

– Police Constable Ian Underhill, GMP
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