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Computers stolen from primary school

Classrooms were ransacked by burglars Credit: Manchester Evening News

Burglars have stolen laptops and iPads worth tens of thousands of pounds from a primary school.

Classrooms at St Mary’s RC Primary School in Levenshulme were ransacked and damaged by thieves who took 30 new Acer Chromebook laptops and 48 iPad minis.

It’s the second time the school has been burgled this year. Thieves had stolen valuable laptops on the first day of the summer holidays. Many of those taken in Thursday night’s burglary were replacements.

It’s understood the break-in happened at around 6.20 pm on Thursday 29th December and the burglars are believed to have been inside the building for around an hour. Greater Manchester Police has confirmed it has received a report of a break-in and is waiting for updates.

Damage caused to classrooms at St Mary's RC Primary School Credit: Manchester Evening News

"The school is an absolute mess. They clearly knew what they were doing. Watching them back on CCTV, you can see them getting a step ladder out of a very specific cupboard. They knew where the alarm was. They were clearly very organised."

– Mylene McGuire, head teacher


Several train services resume through Levenshulme

Several services have now resumed through Levenshulme Credit: PA

Several train services have now returned to normal after a police incident in Levenshulme.

Arriva Trains Wales, CrossCountry, East Midlands Trains, TransPennine Express and Virgin Trains can now run as normal.

Rail services suspended between Stockport and Manchester due to police incident

Police incident at Levenshulme train station Credit: PA

Rail services between Stockport and Manchester Piccadilly have been suspended due to emergency services dealing with an incident.

The incident is reported to be at Levenshulme train station which has been closed off.

Two fatalities on Greater Manchester roads today

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Greater Manchester Police has confirmed that two people have died today on Greater Manchester roads.

At around 3.40pm on Helvellyn Road in Wigan a teenage boy was riding a motorbike when he hit a lamppost. He was taken to hospital where he died.

Credit: Google Maps

The other incident happened around 3.50pm on Stockport Road in Levenshulme when a man was hit by a Peugeot car.

The man was taken to hospital where he later died.

The police are appealing for witnesses.


Manchester family of five killed in mini-bus crash in Saudi Arabia

Map shows location of Medina and Mecca in Saudi Arabia. Credit: Google Maps.

A family of five from Manchester are understood to be among seven people killed in a mini-bus crash in Saudi Arabia.

It happened yesterday on a road between Mecca and Medina.

It's understood there were 12 people aboard the bus when it happened, five of the fatalities belonged to a family from Levenshulme and two were from Glasgow.

Staff at the Manchester-based tour operator Haji Tours, who organised the trip on behalf of the family, have offered their condolences to the relatives of those involved.

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Boy arrested over rape of 12-year-old

Boy arrested over rape Credit: Granada Reports

A 16-year-old boy has been arrested following the rape of a 12-year-old girl in Levenshulme.

She had been walking along Chapel Street sometime between 5pm and 5:30pm on 22nd November, when she was grabbed from behind by a male who dragged her into the alleyway which runs behind Cardus Street and raped her.

He then ran away from the scene in the direction of Stockport Road.

Detective Inspector Dave Moores of GMP’s serious Sexual Offenses Unit said: “This week we released an e-fit of a person we wished to speak to regarding this attack. I would like to thank the public for the response we have had.

“We have now arrested a 16-year-old boy. He is currently in custody being questioned.

“Our investigation is still ongoing however, so anyone who may have witnessed the incident or may have seen anything suspicious is asked to get in touch.

“There will still be an increased police presence in the community whilst the investigation continues to encourage those who have information to come and speak to us and reassure anyone with any concerns.”

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