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Man who attempted to meet underage girls he groomed online attacked by group of men

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Police in Wigan have launched an investigation after two men attempted to meet up with underage girls, they thought they had groomed over the internet.  

The first incident happened on Friday 17 April 2015, at around 9pm, when a 19-year-old man arranged to meet who he thought was a 14-year-old girl in a church car park in Atherton.

When he arrived he was filmed being attacked by a group of men who accused him of being a paedophile,and of having arranged to meet up with an underage girl.

The man managed to get away from the group; he went home where he received messages demanding money and they said if he did not pay, the group would upload the video of him on Facebook.

The following day the man reported the incident to the police and was subsequently arrested on suspicion of being an adult attempting to meet a girl under the age of 16 following grooming. He has been bailed pending further enquiries.

The second incident happened at 2.40pm on Saturday 18 April 2015, when concerned shoppers witnessed a 25-year-old man being beaten up by a group of people at Market Placein Wigan.

The group accused the man of arranging to meet a 14-year-old girl online. The man was attacked byone of the men in the group; he head butted him and knocked out two of his teeth.  

The rest of the group filmed the incident which has since been posted online.  The man got away from the group and went to the police station to report the incident.

The 25-year-old man was subsequently arrested on suspicion of being an adult attempting to meet a girl under the age of 16 following grooming and remains in police custody for questioning.

The first offender that attacked the 18-year-old is described as white, aged between 18 – 20, shaven brown hair, wearing a white t-shirt, a black tracksuit and was carrying a black Foot Asylum drawstring bag. He has a tattooed left arm.

The second is described asa white woman, about 5ft 4in tall with reddish, dark hair wearing a greyhoodie and a black top.

The third is described asa white man, aged in his 40s, 5ft 4in tall, wearing glasses and carryinga walking stick.

The fourth is described as a white man with short brown receding hair and wearing a blue T-Shirt.

Detective Inspector Charlotte Cadden from Bolton division, said: “These men were targeted because they had illegally arranged to meet up with underage girls online.  

“I want to make it clear that grooming and arranging to meet up with children you have met over the internet is a criminal offence and if you are caught doing this you will be arrested and prosecuted.

“It is unacceptable that this group are posing as underage girls and meeting up with men with the view to either blackmailing them or attacking them in the street.

“If you have any information regarding these incidents, please contact the police as soon as possible”

Anyone with any informationis asked to call police on 101 or independent charity Crimestoppers 0800555 111.


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Two police officers in critical condition after being hit by a car

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Two Met Police Officers are in a critical condition after being struck by a car as they returned to their vehicle.

The police constables are based at Brent Borough in North West London were returning to their marked police car on the A406 North Circular Road near Brent Park, Neasden, at around 3.40am on Sunday, when the collision occurred.

Police have arrested three people including the driver.

Sadly the officers one male and one female are in a critical condition in hospital with loved ones by their beds.

The male officer suffered serious injuries, while female officer sustained a number of fractures. Her condition is described as serious but stable.

Officers have arrested a man in his 50s on suspicion of dangerous driving and failing to provide a specimen of breath.

He has been taken to a north London police station where he remains in custody.

Police placed a cordon at the scene which has now been lifted.

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Six dead after six-vehicle crash in Birmingham

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Six people have been killed in a horrific crash in Birmingham just one week before Christmas.

Another person is fighting for their life the crash involving three cars including a taxi in Edgbaston, Birmingham occurred in the early hours of this morning.

Witnesses have described how they saw a number of people ejected from their vehicles during the incident resulting in utter devastation and carnage.

The crash happened at about 1.10am at the entrance to the underpass on Lee Bank Middleway, near Edgbaston, at the junction of Bristol Road.

The driver of a black cab died at the scene along with a female passenger, a male passenger died later in hospital.

Four men in a car were all thrown from their vehicle and three of them died at the scene of the crash. The fourth is in a critical condition.

Any witnesses to the crash have been asked to contact West Midlands Police on 101.

Our thoughts are with all of those emergency workers who responded to this truly traumatic incident and the family and the friends those who have sadly died in this incident.

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Nine-year-old boy locked in safe during game of hide and seek

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A Nine-year-old boy became trapped in a safe during a game of hide and seek at his grandfathers home in Berlin.

He had to be rescued by firefighters after he hid inside the sade. He was playing with his little brother at home in Lichterfelde, Berlin.

Believing he has found the perfect hiding place the boy went inside the unused safe and closed the door locking himself in.

The boy was playing with his little brother at the home in Lichterfelde, Berlin, when he found the ultimate hiding place.

His hiding place was eventually found but his grandfather was the only person who knew the code for the safe and he was away.

They could not get in contact with him and called for help from the local fire brigade.

They tested family birthdays for three hours in the hope they’d crack the code while pumping oxygen into the safe via a tiny crack.

As a specialist team arrived who was able to cut the safe open they managed to enter a successful six-digit code.

Firefighters say the child remained calm throughout the ordeal and was shocked but unharmed.

Berlin firefighter Thomas Kirstein said it was a happy ending and super early Christmas present.

Hopefully, he won’t be hiding in there again and in future, they’ll be keeping the door shut because this incident could have been very different.

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