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Police investigating a string of indecent exposures in Salford

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Police investigating a string of indecent exposures in Salford, and have asked the public to remain vigilant and report incidents quickly.

There have been 23 exposure crimes in Ellesmere Park and Walkden in the past 12 months, the latest occurring on Friday 8th August.

A large proportion of the victims have been girls of school age.

Officers are advising that chances of catching the perpetrator increase significantly if the crimes are reported immediately to Police.

Detective Inspector Alan Clitherow said: “We want increased public awareness to coincide with schools re-opening after summer holidays.

“It is vital that any victims report the matter immediately so we can get to the area fast.

“Following the most recent incident, where the victim called straight away, the offender was arrested.

“It is very difficult to locate and prosecute the offender after the offence, as the primary evidence is mostly down to positive identification.”

Five people have been arrested in relation to the offences in Salford in the last year, four of whom were charged, but officers warn that a repeat offender remains at large and likely to strike again.

The most prolific offender is described as white, around 30 years old, slim build with fair or ginger hair.

“There is a clear trend through the offences of a repeat offender, the one described above, and we do not believe this male is one of the five previously arrested,” said Alan Clitherow.

“We do have offences with different descriptions to male above, so he is not responsible for all the crimes, but we believe around two thirds of them.”

In light of the prolific nature of this offender and the frequency of these types of incidents in Salford and Walkden, particularly Quaker Bridge in Eccles, GMP have responded by increasing resources and organising extra patrols in the areas most affected.

Clitherow added: “Plain clothes and uniform officers have been deployed, plus force resources such as dog handlers and mounted officers.

“It is important to reiterate that no other sex crimes are believed to be linked to these incidents, so there is no need for excess concern, however this offender obviously needs to be found to reassure the local community and safeguard the area’s school children.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Police on 101 or independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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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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Girl aged 5 sadly dies after being recovered from the water at Durdle Door in Dorest

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Officers investigating an incident where a girl tragically died after being recovered from the water at Durdle Door are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

At around 11.30am today, Wednesday 18 April 2018, HM Coastguard received reports of a child and a woman in distress in the water at Durdle Door in Dorset.

The woman was rescued from the water by a member of the public. A Ministry of Defence military range safety vessel, which was in the area and responded to a Mayday broadcast, recovered the girl from the water.

The five-year-old girl, from Salisbury, was taken by the RNLI Weymouth Lifeboat to Weymouth and transferred by the ambulance service to Dorset County Hospital, where she was sadly pronounced dead.

Detective Inspector Steve May, of Dorset Police, said: “Our thoughts are with the family of the young girl involved at this very difficult time.

“At this time there is nothing to suggest this was anything other than a tragic accident however, with the sudden death of any child we have an obligation to carry out an investigation to establish the full circumstances of what happened.

“I am appealing to anyone who witnessed how the girl came to be in the water and has not already spoken to police to contact us immediately.

“There were also a number of visitors in the area at the time and I am appealing to anyone who may have filmed or photographed the incident to please get in touch as it may assist our investigation.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email [email protected] or by calling 101, quoting incident number 18:127. 

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Police name Steven John Willis following targeted murder

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Cleveland Police have this morning named Steven John Willis aged 27 following what is believed to have been a targeted murder.

Steven’s body was found in the road outside of his home in Meadowcroft Road, Normanby.

Locally Steven was also known as Steven Pickering or Picko. There have been floods of tributes on social media.

It is believed Steven was subjected to a violent and targeted attack.

Cleveland Police are currently holding five men in police custody on suspicion of murder.

Police received a 999 reporting a disturbance near Skippers Lane Normanby.

Crime scene investigators are combing the area following the death. Officers responded to the incident just after 10.30pm on April 16th.

It is believed all five men are being held at separate police stations

Local residents have told Police Hour that police have not yet conducted house to house enquires but police remain at the house on the corner of Meadowcroft Road.

The crime scene within the area bas been reduced and now centres around the front garden of Meadowcroft Road and the house in which Steven lived within.

The area in which the incident happened is a very quiet area.

Cleveland Police progressed the investigation very quickly initially announcing three arrests had been made all men aged 20, 22 and 31 all being held on suspicion or murder.

Later it was announced a fourth arrest had been made of a man aged 21.

A fifth arrest of another 21-year-old man was then made late on Tuesday evening.

All five men currently remain in police custody for questioning.

Cleveland Police have not released details surrounding the incident that unfolded however two people aged 17 and 44 are being treated at James Cook Hospital they are in a non-life threatening stable condition.

Anyone with any information is urged to call Cleveland Police on 101.

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