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Being a victim of crime can be deeply traumatic, and for those who find themselves in the criminal justice system the process can feel overwhelming, unfamiliar, and incredibly challenging.

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Showing 1 - 10 of 38 results for crime type "Violent crime" & area "North West"

Man found guilty of attack on lone woman in Middleton

Gift Oladele, 21, from Manchester, has been found guilty of the false imprisonment of a woman in Middleton in May this year.

| Press Release , Violent crime , North West News

Burnley man jailed for murdering mother-of-two Katie Kenyon with axe

Andrew Burfield, 51, from Burnley, has been given a life sentence for murdering 33-year-old Katie Kenyon in April this year.

| Press Release , Violent crime , CPS, North West News

Three teenagers convicted following the death of a 17-year-old boy

One teenager from the Manchester and Salford area has been found guilty of murder and two other teenagers have been found guilty of manslaughter today at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court following a 9-week trial.

| Press Release , Violent crime , North West News

Two men convicted of fatal stabbing in Carlisle

Two men have been convicted of murder following a nine-day trial at Carlisle Crown Court.

Kane Hull, 29, and Liam Porter, 33, pleaded not guilty to murder and manslaughter when they appeared in court in March 2022

| Press Release , Violent crime , North West News

Lancashire man jailed for causing death of two-year-old

A 45-year-old man has been sentenced today for manslaughter, following the tragic death of two-year-old George Hinds.

| Press Release , Violent crime , North West News

Burnley man sentenced for attempting to murder his son

A 50-year-old man has today been sentenced to a hospital order for attempting to murder his 29-year-old son.

Around 6pm on 28 November 2021 following a 999 call, officers attended Cog Lane, Burnley where they were met by Andrew Heaton who told them that he had stabbed his son.

| Press Release , Violent crime , North West News

Burglar jailed for running over homeowner with her own car

A 41-year old-man has been sentenced to seven years and 11 months imprisonment for running over a 68-year-old woman who tried to stop him stealing her car in Horwich in February this year.

| Press Release , Violent crime , North West News

Man guilty of attacking female dog walkers in East Lancashire

A 53-year-old homeless man has pleaded to attacking two women in East Lancashire.

| Press Release , Violent crime , North West News

Man jailed for life for Bury knife point robberies

A 38-year-old man has been given a life sentence for robbing and stabbing a taxi driver in Bury in January this year. A few minutes earlier he robbed another man at knife point on the same street.

| Press Release , Violent crime , North West News

Crumpsall man sentenced for attempting to murder wife

A man has been sentenced for the attempted murder of his wife at their home in Crumpsall in January 2020.

| Press Release , Violent crime , North West News

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