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Three plead not guilty to Walkden fire murders of four children

Three people accused of murdering four children in a house fire have pleaded not guilty to all charges,

Zak Bolland, 23, Courtney Brierley, 20, and David Worrall, 25, appeared at Manchester Crown Court for a plea and trial preparation hearing.

The defendants are charged with the murders of Demi Pearson, 15, her brother Brandon, aged eight, and sisters Lacie, seven, and Lia, three.

They are also accused of arson with intent to endanger life and the attempted murder of the children's mother, Michelle Pearson, 35, and two juveniles who cannot be named for legal reasons.

Emergency services were called to the family's mid-terraced home in Jackson Street, Walkden, shortly after 5am on December 11 last year.

A provisional trial date has been set for April 30.

Ms Pearson was left in a critical condition after the fire.


Fly tippers dump 160 tonnes of waste in Salford

Clarence Street

Fly tippers have brazenly dumped around 160 tonnes of rubbish on Salford's streets.

The City council are appealing for the public's help after the stinking mess was left on a patch of vacant ground in Clarence Street, Lower Broughton on Tuesday afternoon. A second pile was left on land in Edward Street on Wednesday.

Edward Street

I am absolutely furious about this. Salford City Council has just lost another £11 million from its budget, hitting front line services hard and we now have to waste public money cleaning up after these criminals.

“This looks like processed household waste which has been mulched down or shredded at a waste transfer station somewhere for incineration or landfill.Whether that’s an illegal or legal station we don’t yet know but we will do everything we can to find and prosecute those responsible.

– Councillor David Lancaste

WATCH: The animal rescue centre run from a house

Could you share your home with 20 dogs, a sheep, goats, pigs, ferrets, a rabbit, horses, turkeys and a brood of chickens?

The founders of an animal rescue centre run from a three bedroom house in Salford say demand for their services has grown so much it needs a new home.

They take in all sorts - including abandoned and unwanted dogs from all over the world. The idea is they can happily roam free with no cages to confine them and have a lot of fun at the same time.

For more information on how to help visit the Dogs4Rescue website


Police hunt man jailed for attempted murder wanted on recall to prison

Dean Edgar is aware that is wanted and is believed to be actively evading arrest. Credit: GMP

Police are appealing for the public’s help to trace a wanted man from Salford.

Dean Edger, who's from Clippers Quay, is wanted on recall to prison.

He was originally jailed in 2004 for attempted murder following a shooting on April 11 2003 in Newall Green but has since been released on license.

Edgar is aware that is wanted and is believed to be actively evading arrest.

He is known to have links to the South Manchester and Salford areas.

Anyone with information about Edgar’s whereabouts should contact police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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