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Five injured after explosion in Manchester

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Five people have been injured, two seriously, in a house explosion.

Emergency services were called to Blackley, Manchester, just before 12.30pm.

A spokeswoman for North West Ambulance Service said two people had been taken to Salford Royal Hospital with what were believed to be serious injuries.

Three other people were being treated at the scene for minor injuries.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said five crews were called to the partially collapsed end terrace house on Victoria Avenue.

Crews were assessing the scene and carrying out a primary search of the area.

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Man charged with historic rape and strangling offences

The charges relate to reports of historic sexual abuse between January 2000 and January 2002 Credit: PA

A former Blackley man has been charged with a number of sexual offences including rape.

Michael Walsh, 49, of HMP Manchester, has been charged with four counts of rape, two counts of administering a substance with intent to overpower to enable sexual activity and three counts of strangling to cause unconsciousness.

He was further charged with three counts of indecent assault, one count of actual bodily harm as well as three counts of false imprisonment.

He will appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court on 4 January 2017.

The charges relate to reports of historic sexual abuse between January 2000 and January 2002.

Three arrested after body found at Manchester flat

Helena Court Credit: Google Maps

Three people have been arrested on suspicion of failing to bury a body after officers discovered a dead man in a flat in Manchester. It has been reported that the body could have been there for some time.

A police spokesperson said:

Shortly before 6.40pm on Sunday October 23, police were called to Helena Courts, Blackley, to reports of a concern for welfare.

Officers attended and discovered the body of a man.

A 46-year old woman, a 30-year-old man and a 44-year man have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to prevent a burial and remain in police custody for questioning.

An investigation has been launched to establish the circumstances surrounding his death.

Anyone with information should call police on 101, quoting incident number 1887 of 23/10/16, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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