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Showing 1 - 10 of 30 results for crime type "Violent crime" & area "North West"

Oldham man jailed for manslaughter

Jamie Kennedy, 24 from Oldham, has been jailed today at Manchester Crown Court following the death of 60-year-old Robert Payne.

| Press Release , Violent crime , North West News

Greater Manchester man found guilty of killing his terminally ill wife

A man who took the life of his terminally ill wife has been found guilty of killing her.

| Press Release , Violent crime , North West News

Blackpool man jailed for murdering a 76-year-old man

A 44-year-old man has been sentenced for murdering a 76-year-old father of four in December last year.

| Press Release , Violent crime , North West News

Lee Tipping convicted of murdering his parents

A man has been found guilty of murdering his parents in a brutal attack last November.

| Press Release , Violent crime , North West News

Man jailed for life for Nelson murder

Naeem Mustafa, 46 from Nelson, has been jailed for life for the murder of Michael Brierley, 48, in Nelson in November 2021.

| Press Release , Violent crime , North West News

Three sentenced to 63 years for Rhamero West murder

Ryan Cashin 19, Giovanni Lawrence 20 and Marquis Richards 17 have been sentenced to a total of 63 years for murdering 16-year-old Rhamero West.

| Press Release , Violent crime , North West News

Woman guilty of murdering a one year old boy placed in her care

A Cumbrian woman has been found guilty of murdering a 13-month-old baby.

Leiland-James Corkill was placed with Laura Castle, 38, and her husband in August 2020 as they had applied to adopt him.

| Press Release , Violent crime , North West News

Man jailed for manslaughter in Bolton

A 31-year-old man has been sentenced today at Manchester Crown Court for the manslaughter of a 36-year-old man at a bar in Bolton in September last year.

| Press Release , Violent crime , North West News

86-year-old died after challenging a gang of youths near his Preston home

Mohammed Al Aaraj, 19, has been jailed for the manslaughter of Frank Fishwick, 86, after hitting him once in the face outside his home in Preston.

| Press Release , Violent crime , North West News

Man jailed for Accrington murder

John Swannack, 59, has been jailed for life and will serve a minimum of 30 years for murdering William Howard, 79, in Accrington last year. 

| Press Release , Violent crime , North West News

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