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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.

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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.

Three held in Syria-linked terror investigation freed

Three people arrested on suspicion of terror offences linked to Syria have been released without charge, Greater Manchester Police said.

They were arrested on Tuesday by counter-terrorism officers on suspicion of being involved in travelling to or supporting fighting in war zones.

The two men and a woman were from the Manchester area.
The two men and a woman were from the Manchester area. Credit: Google Maps

Two men aged 24 and 18, both from Levenshulme, and a 21-year-old woman from Trafford were held in Manchester.

A fourth person, 29-year-old Jamshed Javeed, was charged with the intention of assisting others to commit acts of terrorism and engaging in conduct in preparation for giving effect to his intention.

Javeed appeared at London's Westminster Magistrates' Court yesterday and a preliminary date of April 4 was set for his next appearance at the Old Bailey.

Police warn against involvement in conflict after arrests

Police have warned people that they could face prosecution if they travel to fight in conflicts in warzones after four people were arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences.

Detective Chief Superintendent Tony Mole, Head of the North West Counter Terrorism Unit, reassured the public that the arrests were not linked to any imminent threats to the UK, adding:

First and foremost I should reassure everyone that none of today’s activity is linked in any way to any imminent threats in Greater Manchester or the UK.

The operation has been running since autumn 2013 since we first became aware of a number of individuals travelling from the North West to the battlefields of Syria.

We look at every case on its own merits, but travelling to a warzone in order to be involved in conflict, or supporting those who do so, could make you potentially liable to prosecution for terrorism offences.

Also, as well as posing a risk to themselves, there is the very real threat that they could pose a danger to our own communities when they return to the UK.

Read: Woman, 21, among Syria terror arrests

Woman, 21, among Syria terror arrests

Three of those held are from Manchester while a 29-year-old man from Oxford was also arrested. Credit: Google Maps

Four people have been arrested by police on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism in Syria

Two men aged 29 and 18 both from Levenshulme, and a 21-year-old woman from Trafford are in custody, Greater Manchester Police said.

A 29-year-old man from Oxford has been arrested by the South East Counter Terrorism Unit on suspicion of the same offence.

Police said a number of properties were now being searched as part of the investigation.

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Police warn public not to approach killer

Police are warning people not to approach a convicted killer who is on the run.

Paul Maxwell absconded in Rochdale while on day release from jail.

He was sentenced to life in 1996 for the murder of an 85 year old man.

"It has now been more than 24 hours since Maxwell has absconded and our inquiries to trace him are ongoing. We are pursuing a number of leads and we will continue to explore every possible avenue in finding him.

"Because Maxwell may have limited access to money, he may surface in the areas he is known to have links to so I would urge people to be on their guard and if you see this man, please do not approach him but call police immediately."

– Detective Superintendent Jon Chadwick

Convicted killer still on the run after day release escape

A convicted killer is still on the run after absconding while on day release from jail. Paul Maxwell, 49, disappeared while visiting Rochdale town centre on Friday with prison staff.

He was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1996 for the murder and robbery of 85-year-old Joe Smales in Wakefield, West Yorkshire. This morning police said he has still not been located.

Paul Maxwell, 49, escaped yesterday while on day release in Rochdale town centre. Credit: Greater Manchester Police.

Read: Police hunt convicted killer after day release escape

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Police warn public not to approach escaped killer

Police have urged the public not to approach a convicted killer who escaped while on day release.

Detective Superintendent Jon Chadwick said although Greater Manchester Police has "no specific intelligence" to say Paul Maxwell is a threat to the public he could "become desperate" if he runs out of money

I would urge people to be on their guard and if you see this man, please do not approach him but call police immediately.

While we have no specific intelligence to say Maxwell is a threat to the public, he was convicted of the murder of a 85-year-old man and a robbery - so if he does run out of money and becomes desperate, he may seek to commit further criminal acts.

For that reason, it is important we warn people that Maxwell is still at large and ask that people are particularly vigilant at this time, particularly if you are or know an elderly person.

– Detective Superintendent Jon Chadwick, Greater Manchester Police
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