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Man fights for life following Manchester city centre assault

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A man is fighting for his life in hospital after an altercation in the city centre.

Shortly after 4.15am this morning, Friday 24 January 2014, police were called to reports of an assault on Deansgate, at the junction with John Dalton Street.

Officers went to the scene and found a man in his mid-30s with serious head injuries collapsed in the street.

He was treated by ambulance crew at the scene before being taken to Hope Hospital. He is now in a critical condition.

Detectives have launched an investigation into the incident and officers are likely to be at the scene for some time.

It is believed the victim was punched during an altercation with another man. It is believed the offender then got into a white Volkswagen Polo which has now been recovered.

A man and a woman, both from Baguley, have now been arrested on suspicion of section 18 assault and are currently being interviewed.

Detective Superintendent Serena Kennedy, of GMP’s Major Incident Team, said: “This incident is only a few hours old but we are already building up a picture of what may have happened.

“However, we still need to hear from any witnesses that we have not yet spoken to. If you saw some kind of disturbance in the run-up to this incident then please call us.

“It’s quite possible that the offender or any witnesses didn’t know how seriously injured the victim was. However, his injuries are genuinely life threatening so this is extremely serious.

“It is natural that shoppers, residents and people who work in the city centre will be concerned about this, but I want to reassure them that millions of people use our city centre every year and that serious incidents like this are unusual.
“There will be a high profile police operation tonight which is designed to reassure people coming to the city that they can have a safe and enjoyable time this weekend.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 4711 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Urgent appeal takes 2 seconds to share to help find missing teen from York

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Please share this picture far and wide in hope that we can bring this 13-year-old back home . It only takes one person who shares this to spot her and be that’s difference

North Yorkshire Police is urgently appealing for information to help find a missing 13-year-old girl from York.

Elise Donoghue was last seen leaving her drama class at the York Theatre Royal on St Leonard’s Place just before 8pm on 19 October.

It’s thought Elise is without money or access to a mobile phone, and she is considered vulnerable due to her age.

Police enquiries have been ongoing to locate in York where it is known she has connections in the Fulford and Danesgate areas of the city.

There is also a possibility she headed to York Railway Station and boarded a train heading towards the north-west where she has friends in the Cheshire area. British Transport Police is assisting with enquiries.

Elise is described as white, 5ft 2in tall, blonde hair with a medium build. When she was seen she was wearing a grey hooded -top, black leggings, black Ugg boots and she carrying a shoulder bag.

Anyone who knows where Elise is or have seen a girl matching her description, please call North Yorkshire Police as a matter of urgency on 101, select option 1, and speak to the Force Control Room. Please quote reference number 12170187979.

If Elise you are reading this there is help and support available simply call or text 116000 they will be able to help you free and confidential.

Anyone who is currently missing from home Missing people are here to help you whenever you are ready; they can listen, talk you through what help you need, pass a message for you and help you to be safe. Call. Text. Anytime. Free. Confidential. 116000

They are also on hand to provide support for anyone who has been recently returned home having been missing.

 

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Police Dog Blue finds missing vulnerable teenager hidden in woodland undergrowth

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Police Dog Blue and his handler from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire (BCH) Dog Unit found a vulnerable teenager on Wednesday (October 18).

Officers were called to an address in Friday Bridge, Cambridgeshire at around 10.45pm after concerns were raised about a teenager who had gone missing.

Due to concerns for her welfare, PD Blue and his handler were also called to assist with the search.

German Shepherd Blue was deployed and began searching the local area. Whilst going down a nearby lane, Blue led his handler into an area of woodland and undergrowth.

It was here that the pair found the missing teenager. They were then able to provide immediate care before other officers arrived to take her home.

Inspector Iain Clark, who is the head of the BCH Dog Unit, said: “The officers had numerous places to search and I am glad PD Blue and his handler were able to provide assistance, which saw the teenager safely found within a short period of time.

“I am proud of their work and this is another great example of how the BCH Dog Unit can support other officers around the three counties.”

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Man admitted to racially harassing security guards at Student Halls

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A man who admitted racially harassing security guards at student halls has been served with a Community Order and a fine.

The 22-year-old from Luton pleaded guilty to two counts of racially aggravated harassment and criminal damage at Luton Magistrates’ Court yesterday (Thursday). The sentencing followed an incident in student halls in Luton on 24 September.

Hate Crime Sergeant James Hart said: “This was an unacceptable incident which was extremely distressing for the victims. We won’t tolerate hate crime in our county as everyone has the right to live free from fear or harassment.

“We hope this case will provide reassurance to victims that we take hate crime offences very seriously. Victims should not have to suffer such abuse and should feel comfortable reporting their experiences to the authorities.”

The man was handed a 12-week curfew with electronic tag and must pay £100 compensation to the victims.

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