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Police: 'May be further arrests' over alleged teen rape

The five suspects arrested over the alleged rape of a 15-year-old girl are understood to be of various ethnicities.

Detective Inspector Simon Davies, of Greater Manchester Police's Serious Sexual Offences Unit, said:

This is the result of a complex and detailed investigation that has been running for several months into allegations of serious sexual assaults committed against a young girl.

There are other people we are actively seeking to speak to as part of this investigation and there may be further arrests in future.

For those reasons, we are unable to go into any more detail about the status of the investigation.

Specially trained staff are continuing to support the victim throughout what is clearly a very traumatic time for her.


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Pensioner dies after attack in own home

An 87 year old man has died weeks after being attacked in his home in Bolton. Frank Worsley was robbed and beaten when he was woken up by an intruder on Longfield Road just after midnight on Saturday 3 August.

Frank was admitted to hospital after suffering a stroke and a bleed to his brain, but died there yesterday afternoon.

A Home Office post-mortem examination is due to take place today, 21 August 2013, to determine the cause of Frank's death.

Boy, 12, in critical condition after 'racing' cars crash

A schoolboy is fighting for his life in hospital after a major car crash in Bolton that injured a dozen people.

The 12-year-old is in a critical condition, while a 50-year-old man was also hospitalised when a vehicle ploughed into a pavement.

One of the drivers, a 20-year-old man, is in hospital Credit: Rashaad Atcha

Police said they believe the two cars involved were racing each other when they collided.

Sergeant Danny Byrne from Greater MP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “One young boy has been left seriously hurt and we have officers with his family.

The two cars involved were Vauxhall Astras Credit: Rashaad Atcha

“The fact they are waiting to hear whether their beloved 12-year-old boy will survive reflects the absolute appalling consequences of driving in such a reckless manner."

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Dead baby's parents urged: 'Don't miss funeral'

Greater Manchester Police is urging the parents of the baby that was found on Ox Hey Lane, Lostock, on Thursday 14 March, to come forward. It is expected that representatives from the Bolton Council of Mosques will begin planning the funeral today, which is expected to take place on Tuesday.

The baby was born alive and lived independently for up to two hours; however officers are still trying to find out what happened and who the parents are.

We would be really keen to give the baby a name that means something to the parents.

I am grateful to members of the local community who have offered to cover the funeral costs.

I would very much like for the parents to be involved with the preparations for the funeral of their child.

If you think you can come forward...we will try and get you the help and support that you need.

– Detective Chief Inspector Sarah Jackson

It has been requested that this baby be given an Islamic burial and we will be ensuring this is done.

We want to appeal for help from all communities to come forward and put an end to this investigation.

There is help available to Alia's family and the grieving process could be easier for you if you come forward and use the help that is available.

You may not get another opportunity and we don't want you to end up regretting this for the rest of your life.

– Bolton Council of Mosques (BCOM)

Police appeal to newborn baby girl's parents

Police are appealing to the parents of a newborn girl, whose body was found a week ago.

Last Thursday afternoon, officers were called to Ox Hey Lane in Lostock, Bolton after the baby was discovered.

Wrapped in clothing and plastic bags, a note was attached to the girl's body requesting she had an Islamic burial.

Given the name Alia by police, her cause of death remains uncertain, as does Alia's age and ethnicity.

Officers will be manning a mobile police station on Ox Hey Lane today from 7am to 7pm, Chief Inspector Carol Martin, said, "I would encourage either parent to pick up the phone."


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Police confirm baby body found in Bolton was a girl

Police have confirmed the newborn baby whose body was found in Bolton was a little girl.

The baby's body was discovered on Friday by walkers in Ox Hey Lane, Lostock, near the Reebok Stadium.

Officers also recovered a note that requested the baby receive an Islamic burial.

We can now confirm the baby was a little girl but there are still a number of questions that remain unanswered.

"Chief among these questions is the identity of the mother. Our priority remains to trace the mother who we imagine must be having an extremely distressing time.

“We are still very worried about the parents physical and emotional state."

– Chief Inspector Carol Martin, Greater Manchester Police

A post-mortem examination failed to determine the cause of death.

Police 'worried for physical and emotional state' of parents

A chief inspector at Greater Manchester Police has appealed for information to locate the parents of the newborn baby found dead on a lane in Bolton.

Carol Martin said:

I cannot begin to imagine what either parent may be going through and we are very worried about their physical and emotional state.

It is likely the mother in particular will require some form of medical attention and I want to appeal directly to both parents or anyone who knows them to contact police or visit your GP or local hospital.

It is vitally important that I stress support networks are in place and are waiting and on hand to help the parents.

– Chief Inspector Carol Martin, Greater Manchester Police

Appeal to Muslim community over baby's body

While we cannot speculate on the ethnicity of either parent, there was a note left requesting the baby receive an Islamic burial and we have already reached out to the Muslim community through their Friday prayers through our partnership connections at the Bolton Council of Mosques.

The answer undoubtedly lies somewhere in the community and I want to ask the Bolton community as a whole whether they know of anyone who may have tried to conceal a birth or who recently have been pregnant but now is without a baby or appears withdrawn, upset or in physical discomfort.

– Greater Manchester Police
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