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Man, 31, arrested over Parklife festival punch death

A 31-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a festival-goer in a row over an inflatable doll.

Robert Hart, 26, was punched to the ground at the Parklife music event in Heaton Park, Manchester, last Saturday after an altercation triggered by an inflatable doll striking his girlfriend, Gemma.

The pair were at the front of the festival's main stage when the incident took place at about 9.15pm.

Avid Manchester City fan Mr Hart, from Macclesfield, Cheshire, was knocked unconscious and later died in hospital.

Police said the suspect was arrested in Cheshire today and is being questioned in custody.


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ITV News Correspondent Damon Green is in Manchester where 2,500 England fans are readying to watch the match against Uruguay.

Reporting from the event he said, "It's like the early stages of food poisoning preparing to watch England in the World Cup - nerves, fears, anticipations."

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Police investigating Parklife violence look at images on social media sites

A possible attack pictured below is the latest to be investigated by officers following the two-day music festival at Manchester's Heaton Park that attracted more than 140,000 people.

A photograph of a suspect attacking another man at the Heaton Park posted on social media sites.

Detectives from Greater Manchester say they are already investigating three serious assaults at the weekend event.

In total, police made 29 arrests plus a further 26 crime reports were submitted, the majority of which were for either assaults or public order offences.

Meanwhile, officers have confirmed that a man punched unconscious by an unknown man has since died.

Robert Hart was dancing with his girlfriend on Saturday night in front of the main stage when he was punched unconscious by an unknown man.

Man dies after being punched at music festival

A man who was punched to the ground at a music festival has died in hospital.

Robert Hart, 26, was attacked at the Parklife event at Heaton Park in Manchester on Saturday night, following an altercation thought to have been triggered when his girlfriend was struck with an inflatable doll.

File photo of Robert Hart, 26.
Robert Hart, 26, died after he was punched to the ground at the Parklife festival in Heaton Park, Manchester. Credit: Greater Manchester Police/PA Wire

Mr Hart was treated at the scene by two off-duty medical personnel after being knocked unconscious, Greater Manchester Police said. He died in hospital yesterday.

Police are searching for his assailant who is described as a mixed race male in his late 20s, who is around 6ft 1in.

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Husband found guilty of missing wife's murder

The husband of a missing woman has been found guilty of her murder at Manchester Crown Court.

Police believe Ahmed Al-Khatib buried Rania Alayed's body at an unknown location in North Yorkshire sometime between June and July last year.

Rania Alayed was last seen in June last year.
Rania Alayed was last seen in June last year. Credit: Greater Manchester Police

The court heard how his 25-year-old wife was subjected to years of domestic and sexual violence and then killed her when she left him to try and make a new life.

After murdering his wife while their children were in the next room, Khatib put on her clothes, in an attempt to pass himself off as her, and stuffed her body into a suitcase before driving from the scene, the court was told.

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Ex-Taliban man allowed to keep his home

The family home of a convicted British Taliban fighter cannot be seized to pay for the cost of his trial, a judge ruled today.

Authorities had wanted to confiscate the former home of Munir Farooqi, who was given four life sentences in September 2011 for running a "recruitment centre" for home-grown extremists to go to Afghanistan to kill British troops.

Munir Farooqi was jailed for trying to recruit men to fight British soldiers in Afghanistan. Credit: Greater Manchester Police

But in a landmark ruling at the High Court in Manchester, senior law lord Sir Richard Henriques QC denied the order because it would make Farooqi's "wholly innocent" family homeless.

It is believed to be the first ever bid to seize the home of a convicted terrorist using new laws under Section 23A of the Terrorism Act 2000.

Justice Henriques ruled that the Legal Aid Agency must instead claim the money - £400,000 in legal aid costs and £100,000 in prosecution costs - as a civil debt.

Farooqi turned the four-bedroom property on Victoria Terrace, Longsight, Manchester, into a "production centre" for propaganda, with a collection of 50,000 extremist books, DVDs and CDs.

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Man, 76, dies falling from motorway bridge into traffic

An elderly man has died after he fell from a motorway bridge into moving traffic in Greater Manchester.

One vehicle avoided the 76-year-old by swerving onto the hard shoulder, but he was hit by a transit van travelling behind on the M67 in Denton.

The man fell onto the carriageway of the M67 from the bridge on Seymour Street, Denton. Credit: Google Street View

“We are in the early stages of our investigation and are trying to establish the full circumstances of what happened leading up to the man’s death," said Chief Inspector Rachel Buckle from Greater Manchester Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit.

Woman left with fractured skull after 'racist attack'

A picture has been released of a man suspected of racially attacking a woman, leaving her with several fractures in Chorlton, Manchester. The woman was in the kitchen of Bon Bons on Barlow Moor Road on February 6 when a man walked in and racially abused the 38-year-old, police said.

Greater Manchester Police said there was a scuffle as the woman escorted him to the door, in which she was then hit in the jaw with a glass bottle and kicked as she fell to the floor.

Man suspected of attack captured on CCTV Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Detective Constable Paul Jackson based at West Didsbury Police Station added: “Not only was she assaulted but she was racially abused without provocation. I would ask anyone who may recognise the man in the picture to call us as soon as possible.”

Anyone with information is urged to contact police by dialling 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 and give information anonymously if preferred.

Four police forces 'failing domestic abuse victims'

Just eight of 43 police forces responded well to domestic abuse and the most vulnerable victims faced a "lottery" in the way their complaints were handled, inspectors said.

The forces singled out by inspectors as being of particularly serious concern were:

  • Greater Manchester
  • Bedfordshire
  • Cambridgeshire
  • Gloucestershire

Lancashire Police was hailed as having the best response to domestic abuse.

Read more: Police 'failing' domestic violence victims

Among the forces found to be of serious concern, Bedfordshire had one officer working in its domestic violence unit, and in a case in Greater Manchester, the 13-year-old daughter of a victim was asked to act as a language interpreter for officers investigating allegations against her father.

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