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Family ordered to leave country to 'face death'

  • The petition to stop the family from being deported can be found here

A family have been ordered to leave the country to face what they claim will mean almost certain death.

The Al-Aloosi family fled their home in Iraq in 2006 after a failed assassination attempt and death threats because of their religion.

Their asylum claim's been rejected, and the Home Office say they'll be deported unless they leave the country - but members of their adopted community in Liverpool are now fighting that ruling.

Rachel Townsend's been to meet them.

Police want to speak to this woman after stabbing

Police are looking for a crucial witness after a man was attacked in Bolton.

Shortly before 11pm on Monday October 9 last year. Police were called to reports of an assault on Chorley Old Road.

A 49-year-old man had been outside a Spar shop when he was approached by a man who began shouting, before stabbing him a number of times and fleeing the scene.

The man was taken to hospital for treatment of his serious injuries and has since made a full recovery.

Police have now released an image of a woman they believe may hold key information.

Detective Constable Chris Hickey of GMP’s Bolton borough, said:

We still need to find the person responsible for inflicting such serious injuries in this unprovoked attack.

We think the woman in the photo was there at the time and could hold key information for our investigation, so would like to speak to her at the earliest possible opportunity.

If you saw something that night, or have information that could help our enquiries, it’s not too late to get in touch.

– Detective Constable Chris Hickey
  • Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 0161 856 5757 or 101, quoting incident number 2466 of 09/10/17. Any report can also be made anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Police appeal after shooting near Liverpool

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Police in Merseyside are investigating after an injury shooting in Litherland this afternoon.

At around 2.10pm, the ambulance service reported that a man in his 20s had been shot in the area of Fulwood Way. He has been taken to hospital for assessment of his injuries, which are believed to be serious but non life-threatening.

Armed officers attended the scene and initial house-to-house and witness enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances and exact location of this incident.

Chief Inspector Diane Pownall said:

This is the very early stages of our investigation so I want to appeal to anyone who was in the area of Fulwood Way this afternoon to come forward with any information, which may be vital as we seek to establish exactly what happened.

To fire a weapon in the middle of the day is reckless in the extreme and we will act on all information from our communities to identify those responsible and put them before the courts.

If you saw the incident itself, or anyone making off on foot or in a vehicle, and may have obtained any mobile phone or dash-cam footage, please let us know directly or anonymously through Crimestoppers. Any information, no matter how small, could help our initial enquiries.

– Chief Inspector Diane Pownall

Anyone with information is asked to contact officers on the gun crime hotline on 0800 230 0600 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


IoM ferry sailings could be cancelled due to bad weather


Sailings between the Isle of Man and Heysham could be cancelled due to weather conditions today and tomorrow.

The Steam Packet Company will announce a final decision at 17:00 regarding tonight's Douglas to Heysham scheduled for 19:45 and tomorrow morning's 02:15 crossing from Heysham to Douglas.

Fore more information visit the Steam Packet website or call Reservations: 661661 (IOM), 08722 992 992* (UK) / 0044 8722 992 992* (ROI & Outside UK).

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