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City news in 250 words: Tuesday 19 October

Baby assault conviction, arrest made over city centre rapes and Rochdale nightclub hit and run update

Published on October 19th 2010.

City news in 250 words: Tuesday 19 October

WOMAN SEXUALLY ASSAULTED BABY: Tracy Dawber, 44, of Southport has been convicted of sexually assaulting a five-month-old baby girl. She is the final member of a paedophile ring to face justice. A court heard how Dawber carried out the assault as her boyfriend, Colin Blanchard, 40, of Rochdale photographed the abuse. She is due to be sentenced at a later date.

MAN ARRESTED OVER CITY CENTRE RAPES: A teenager has been arrested in connection with two sexual assaults in Manchester city centre last week on Wyre Street and Fairfield Street. Superintendent Julian Snowball, said: "I must stress that while we have made an arrest this investigation is far from over and I would still urge anyone with information about either attack or the person responsible to contact us.”

ROCHDALE NIGHTCLUB HIT AND RUN UPDATE: Police have named a man they want to speak to after a car drove into a crowd outside the Dali Bar in Rochdale on Sunday. Twenty-three people were injured when the Saab went along the pavement towards door staff. Police want to speak to Lee Anthony Bradley, 26, from Rochdale, about the incident.

MORE ECO-FRIENDLY BUSES: Greater Manchester is to get more eco-friendly buses after transport leaders were awarded £1.6m from the government's latest Green Bus Fund grants. Lib Dem Councillor Keith Whitmore, Vice-Chair of Transport in Greater Manchester said: “Manchester has the highest CO2 emissions in the country. Public transport has a vital role to play in helping Greater Manchester to reduce its carbon footprint.”

Out of the window weather forecast: Cold and wet. Now all we need is for the clocks to go back to complete the winter package with darkness.

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