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Man charged with rape, sexual assault on 14 and 16 year old girls

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A man has this morning been charged with the alleged rape of a 14 year old and a 16 year old.

Greg Smith aged 26 from sale, has been charged with five counts of rape, two counts of sexual assault and a section 39 assault on two teenage victims.

Police during the investigation have uncovered further evidence against him resulting in five counts of the possession of indecent images and twelve counts of possession of pornographic images.

The offences relate to two female teenagers aged 14 and 16, the further charges relate to a secondary investigation.

Detective Inspector Debbie Oakes, from GMP’s Protect Team, a specialist unit set up to tackle child sexual exploitation in Manchester and Salford, said: “Greg Smith has been charged with a number of very serious offences and it is important his case can go ahead and be heard fairly and without prejudice.

“Although there are charges in this case, our investigations into these offences are still very much ongoing.

“I would ask anyone who might have information about these or any other matters relevant to the investigation to call us.

“Your call will be treated in absolute confidence and we have dedicated and specially trained detectives on hand to speak to you.”

Smith is due to appear at Trafford Magistrates Court on July 26th.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Protect Team on 0161 856 6020 or CID at Stretford on 0161 856 7655 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 00800 555 111.

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Verne Troyer has tragically died aged just 49

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Verne Troyer who was know for his role in Mini-Me within the Austin Powers films has tragically died today.

Verne had made it public that he was struggling with alcoholism & depression leading up to his death.

On April 3rd Verne was rushed to hospital following suspected alcohol poisoning. A friend contacted police after a call from Verne who appeared to be very upset, drunk and feeling suicidal.

His agent has released a statement requesting thoughts and prayers for Verne at a difficult time.

“Asking you to keep Verne in your thoughts and prayers. He’s getting the best care possible and is resting comfortably.

“Appreciate the support from family, friends, and fans around the world. We will keep you updated here.”

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Verne.

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Cops catch gang of criminals leaving Hartlepool in stolen cars

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Recently in Hartlepool there has been an increase in criminals targeting Ford Fiesta cars, because criminals have a device that gets them into the car without the need for a key.

Over recent months up to Three Fiesta at a time have been going missing.

This morning the gang was at it again but this tome they didn’t count on the CDSOU A Relief who this morning recovered not 1; not 2 but 3 Stolen Ford Fiesta motor cars all attempting to leave Hartlepool containing suspected travelling criminals.

Police said “One of the vehicles unfortunately lost control and crashed while the other 2 vehicles had their front tyres stung and limped to a stop with one of the vehicle’s going the wrong way onto the A19 which was stopped by an unmarked vehicle. The driver was detained after a short foot chase and with the assistance of dog section 2 more males were also detained from another vehicle.

“Offences these males were arrested on suspicion of were theft of motor vehicle; drink driving; drug driving; dangerous driving; fail to stop for Police; no insurance and no licence.”

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TV Presenter Dale Winton Dies Aged 62

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Dale Winton who was best known for his game show Supermarket Sweep and In It To Win it has tragically died aged 62z

His agent has this evening confirmed the very sad news that Winton has lost his life.

No further details around Winton’s death have been released and it is requested that his family are offered privacy at this very tragic time.

His long-term agent Jan Kennedy said:

It is with great sadness that we can confirm the passing of Dale Winton who died at home earlier today.

While we know many will share this terrible loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy at this time of grief.

A number of tributes have been left on Twitter

Winton started his career as a DJ in London and he was soon hosting his own show on local radio.

This lead Winton to joining the BBC Bristol to present Pet Watch for BBC One.

Over the years he also worked for Channel 4 ITV and on BBC One’s national lottery show.

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