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Police investigate claims man threatened pub goers with power saw

Police are investigating reports of a man threatening customers with a power saw at a pub.

Mobile phone footage of it happening in Sale on Saturday was posted on social media.

Officers say no one was hurt and they later recovered a saw at the scene.

A 37 year old man was arrested.

Couple say they could be murdered if the Home Office return them to Pakistan

A couple who say they could be murdered if they're forced to return to Pakistan have been speaking about their fears . Balaaj and Ridal - have been in the North West almost 10 years, and their children were born here.

The couple fled their home because Ridal's parents rejected the man she fell in love with and she fears a so called honour killing.

We've changed their names and altered their voices to protect their identities.

Sarah Rogers has been looking into their case:


Police say car was used as a weapon against fleeing man

Police say that the car was used as a weapon Credit: PA

Police in Manchester are investigating after a man was hit by a car and a police car was rammed in Hulme.

Shortly after 12.25am on Sunday police were called to Stretford Road at the junction with Leaf Street in Hulme after they received reports that a black Audi TT had rammed into a white Renault Scenic.

After the collision the driver of Renault, a 45 year old man, got out and tried to run away but was chased by the black Audi and a second man on foot and hit by the car.

He continued to try and escape, running down Leaf Street to get away from the Audi, but was chased and hit again by the car. The driver was then assaulted by the man who was chasing him on foot.

Police officers who were patrolling the area had their car rammed by the Audi as it tried to escape.

The driver of the Audi had complete disregard for anyone’s safety and it is terrifying to think about what could have happened.

The police car was rammed when it got in the way of the Audi, nothing was going to stop the driver trying to get away.

I am only thankful that no one was more injured in this incident. We are basically talking about a car that was used as a weapon, tonnes of metal careered towards the man, his car and then the officers in their patrol car.

I am aware that there is footage on social media and many people saw the incident. I would like to hear from them all as we continue to investigate, we need to find those responsible as soon as possible.

– Detective Constable Stuart Macquiban, Greater Manchester Police

Tiny pup put down after being crushed by other dog

Buffy had to be put down after being crushed Credit: MEN Syndication

This tiny puppy had to be put down after it was 'crushed' by another dog at a park.

Buffy the Cavapoo Buffy - a cross between a Cavalier King Charles spaniel and a poodle - weighed just 2.5 kilos and she was left with serious injuries after being attacked by the animal at Cale Green park in Stockport on Saturday afternoon.

Despite desperate efforts to save her by vets, including giving her methadone, her owner was told it would be kinder to put her to sleep.

Her owner says she's been left heartbroken by what's happened.

She suffered terrible injuries in the incident Credit: MEN Syndication

It was just like any other normal day....We were having fun, Buffy was running around playing. We were walking back towards the car when it happened....It grabbed hold of Buffy; no warning, no nothing.... It had Buffy in its mouth, I couldn't get it to let her go. I was just screaming, 'get your dog off my puppy'. Buffy was screaming and wailing. Eventually I managed to get her, she was shaking. I ran a bit further away before the woman managed to get the dog on a lead, but she was having to use her strength to hold it back, it was still trying to get at us. She had horrific spinal injuries, it was in bits....There was nothing they could do, and they told me it would be kinder to let her go.

– Sophia Siddiqui, Buffy's owner
Her owner says she doesn't want anyone else to go through the same thing Credit: MEN Syndication

Police appeal for witnesses after shop robbed at gunpoint twice within days

Police are appealing for witnesses Credit: PA

Police in Greater Manchester are hunting a thief who held up staff at a shop in Middleton twice in as many days.

Mellalieu Food & Wines on Higher Wood Street, Middleton was first targeted on the evening of Sunday 3rd February.

A man threatened staff with what is believed to be a gun before stealing money from the till.

The following Tuesday he tried to rob the shop again, but was told by a member of staff that there was no money in the till and he left empty handed.

Police say that the man is white, approximately 6ft tall and of slim build. On both occasions he was wearing a face covering with a navy blue jacket and blue jogging bottoms.

'Good Samaritans' sought by police investigating rape allegations

Police say the couple aren't suspects Credit: PA

Police in Liverpool are trying to trace two people who went to the aid of a woman who is alleged to have been raped.

The attack happened on Seal Street in the early hours of 18th January.

Two people are believed to have helped the woman to get home following the incident and police are keen to speak to them, though they emphasise they are not viewed as suspects.

Detectives describe the man as black, possibly in his early 20s with short dark hair and wearing a black ‘Millionaire Boys Club’ t-shirt and dark trousers.

His female companion is described as being in her early 20s with shoulder length brown hair, wearing a dark jacket and pink or red top.


North West couple say they fear death if forced to return to Pakistan

The Home Office has refused the couple leave to remain Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire/PA Images

A couple living in the region say they fear they will be murdered if they're forced to return to Pakistan.

Balaaj and Ridal, not their real names, have lived here for almost 10 years and have children born in the region.

Ridal's family disapproved of their marriage and she fears a so-called honour killing if she is forced to return to Pakistan.

Before their escape Ridal was forced to marry a family member in Pakistan and claims to have been raped and beaten on her wedding night.

She ran away from home and came to the North West on a student visa. Balaaj later joined her before the pair claimed asylum. They've been in the British system for almost a decade but have been refused leave to remain several times.

Granada Reports has seen a police report filed by Ridal's mother calling for the worst punishment possible for her daughter for immoral living in the UK with Balaaj.

But the Home Office has refused them leave to remain the UK, saying they could relocate to another area of Pakistan.

The UK has a proud history of granting asylum to those who need our protection. All claims are considered on their individual merits and in line with the immigration rules.

– Home Office Statement

M62 closed after man hurt in crash

Police at the scene. Credit: Cheshire Police

A motorway has been closed in both directions after a man was seriously hurt in a crash.

The man, in his mid-twenties, was taken to hospital with "major trauma injuries" after the incident on the M62 in Merseyside, North West Ambulance Service said.

Police confirmed they attended the incident, between junction 7 and 8, which happened at about 7.48pm on Wednesday night.

An ambulance service spokeswoman said: "We were called at 7.48pm to the M62.

"There's a male patient in his mid-twenties. He's been taken to hospital with major trauma injuries.

"We had two ambulances, an advanced paramedic and a rapid response vehicle."

She said the man suffered "a head injury, leg injuries and chest injuries".

An advanced paramedic remained at the scene after the man was taken to hospital, the spokeswoman said.

North West Motorway Police urged motorists to avoid the area.

A statement on Twitter said: "Further update re RTC on M62 - both carriageways are still closed due to police investigation and will remain closed for foreseeable future please avoid area and find alternative route."

Highways England also warned football fans at Liverpool's home match against Leicester, which kicked off at 7.45pm, to expect delays.

It said in a tweet: "Closures of #M62 both directions J7 #Warrington #A57 to J8 #Burtonwood #A574 in place due to a serious traffic collision, we are attending along with @NWmwaypolice nd @NWAmbulance.

"Likely to be in place for some time, be aware if leaving @LFC vs @LCFC."

A statement from Highways England added: "Our traffic officers are on scene, along with Northwest Motorway Police Group and North West Ambulance Service."

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