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A DJ friend of Jimmy Savile Ray Teret has been jailed for 25 years for a string of historical sex offences committed against 11 women.
Teret, 73, used his celebrity status in the Manchester club scene in the 1960s and 1970s to prey on his underage victims aged between 13 and 15.
Known as Ugly Ray, Teret was mentored by Savile early in his career and was described as following him around "like a shadow" during his trial.
He was convicted of seven rapes and 11 indecent assaults, which took place between 1963 and 1979. He was cleared of various sexual offences in relation to six other complainants.
Following his trial at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court, Greater Manchester Police confirmed it is investigating fresh sex allegations against Teret made by four other women.
Four men blew a cash machine out of the wall using a gas canister before making off with the loot.Read the full story ›
Two boys arrested in connection with an arson attack on Manchester Dogs’ Home have been released without charge.
The 15 and 17-year-old boys who were arrested on suspicion of arson.
The fire at the dogs’ home, in September, sparked a nationwide response with people driving for hours to help bring food and blankets for the displaced dogs and an online donation drive raising almost £1.5 million.
More than 40 dogs were killed.
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Two people have been charged with assault after a father-of-six was stabbed while waiting to pick up his children outside a school in greater Manchester.
Barry Parkes, 42, and Natalie Lawton, 30, were arrested following the stabbing of Steven Higginson, outside North Walkden Primary School in Salford on Friday.
Mr Parkes was charged with wounding with intent, while Ms Lawton was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Mr Higginson, 33, has since been discharged from hospital.
A grandmother missing for more than two days from her home in Manchester has been found 'safe and well', police say.
Philomena Jones, aged 76, who suffers from dementia, was found in a field in the Cross Street area of Sale, Trafford. She had last been seen at around 2pm on Friday at her home in Ashon-on-Mersey, Trafford.
A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police thanked the media and the public for their help.
Police across the north west of England have launched an urgent search for a vulnerable grandmother who has been missing for more than two days.
Philomena Jones, aged 76, has not been seen since Friday afternoon. Her granddaughter dropped off at her sheltered flat in Ashton-on-Mersey, Trafford, and was due to return a short while later - but she was then spotted on CCTV outside a nearby Tesco Express, and has not been seen since.
Known as Nancy, Mrs Jones, who suffers from dementia, recently moved to the area and her family fear the change may have confused her.
We are just trying to stay positive.
She's a really happy, friendly person, always smiling, loves a laugh and a joke. She's always happy to talk to anyone, she just loves company.
It's thought she could have travelled as far as Liverpool.
Anyone who spots Mrs Jones - who is around 5ft 3in tall with black hair, and was wearing a red coat, black and red hat, and dark trousers - is urged to call police on 101.
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Seven people have been arrested in Greater Manchester as part of a probe into child sexual exploitation.
Six men and a teenage boy are being questioned on suspicion of conspiracy to commit sexual acts with a child.
The arrests took place following raids in the Rochdale and Oldham areas.
Police said the suspects, aged between 16 and 47, were of mixed ethnicity.
Detective Chief Inspector Andy Aston said: "The team were initially looking at reasons why two girls, aged 15 and 13, and a 13-year-old boy were going missing from home.
"Officers spoke to one of the girls who suggested they were being groomed between 16 September and 17 October 2014.
"A swift investigation was launched and agencies worked together which has resulted in these arrests across the Rochdale and Oldham areas plus the safeguarding of three vulnerable children."