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Showing 1 - 10 of 46 results for area "North West"

Teenagers sentenced for the murder and manslaughter of Reece Tansey

Two boys aged 15 and 16 years have been sentenced to a total of 21 years detention for causing the death of 15-year-old Reece Tansey in Bolton in May 2021.

| Press Release , Violent crime , North West News

Man guilty of causing death of 11 year old girl in Radcliffe

Andrew Cairns, 36, from Radcliffe has been found guilty of causing the death by dangerous driving of 11-year-old Ruby Cropper on 10 August 2020.

| Press Release , Driving offences , North West News

Woman jailed for killing Mum

A 36-year-old woman was jailed today for a brutal attack on her mother. Beverley Scott died of her injuries.

| Press Release , Violent crime , North West News

Four men jailed for Salford murder

Four men have been given life sentences for the murder of 17 year-old Josiah Norman in Salford on 21 April 2021.

| Press Release , Violent crime , North West News

Ex-fireman jailed for raping two women

A 39-year-old ex-fireman has been sentenced to 17 years in prison for raping two women, after taking them home from nightclubs in Manchester city centre in October and November 2017.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , North West News

Man convicted of murdering his own children

A man has been convicted of three counts of murder and two counts of Attempted murder.

| Press Release , Violent crime , North West News

Man sexually abused child at East Lancashire hotel

A 31-year-old man has been jailed for three years for sexually assaulting a child at Lancashire Manor Hotel, Skelmersdale in Sept 2021.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , North West News

Man sentenced for exposing himself in family changing rooms

Michael Reid has been jailed for nine months at Preston Crown Court for engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child at Padiham Leisure Centre on 2 December 2019.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , North West News

Man jailed for 25 years for rape and coercive and controlling behaviour

A serial abuser has been jailed for 25 years for subjecting women to years of mental, physical and sexual abuse.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS, North West News

Allerdale councillor guilty of being drunk and disorderly

Maurice (Will) Wilkinson has today been found guilty and sentenced at West Cumbria Magistrates' for being drunk and disorderly and resisting Cumbria Police.

| Press Release , North West News

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