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Items removed from house in Benchill by police investigating historic rape

2643922800_962838c834_z-e1539845490898793143050513031791.jpgPolice have carried out an investigation into a report of a historic rape at a house in Benchill Road.

Police began inquiries at the house last Monday and have stressed the inquiries do not relate to anyone currently living at the property.

A cordon was established while officers conducted their inquiries, which included the excavation of the property’s garden. The cordon has now been lifted and investigations concluded.

The current occupants were supported while police carried out their inquiries and will be supported throughout their return to the property.

Superintendent David Pester of GMP’s City of Manchester Division said: “We’d like to thank residents, particularly those living at the address, for their patience while we conducted our inquiries.

“I’m pleased to say those investigations have now concluded. A number of items have been recovered from the search. These will be taken away and assessed by forensic teams.

“I am aware of speculation surrounding this investigation. I want to make it absolutely clear that no human remains have been recovered during the forensic examination of the property.

“People in the area may notice a continuing police presence over the next couple of days while officers assist partner agencies with the current occupants’ move back into the property.

“We’re grateful for the support of all our partners within the community during this investigation.”

Man killed in Wythenshawe crash “died a hero”

A man who was struck by a car in a road accident in Benchill earlier this week has died.

Paul John, from Wythenshawe, died in hospital last night, following the accident on Tuesday when he was struck by a Kia Picanto on Woodhouse Lane at the junction of Hollyhedge Road in Benchill.

The Manchester Evening News reported that the dad died a hero by pushing his nine-year-old daughter out of the way of the car to save her life. The youngster suffered only minor injuries following the crash.

Mr John, 47, also donated all of his organs to give the gift of life to others.


The Picanto, driven by an 88-year-old man also struck a 27 year-old woman with her two-year-old son who was in a push chair.


The woman was treated for a broken wrist but the boy was uninjured.

The driver of the Kia remained at the scene and is helping police with their enquiries. No arrests were made.

Motorcyclist fighting for life after collision in Benchill

A motorcyclist is fighting for his life following a collision in Benchill in which a young child was injured.

At about 3.50pm on Monday 15 June 2015, police were called to Brownley Road, at its junction with Chigwell Close, Benchill, following reports of a collision involving a car and a motorbike.

Officers attended and found a Nissan Qashqai and a Yamaha R1 had collided.

The driver of the car, a woman, suffered whiplash, cuts and bruises and her nine-year-old grandson also suffered injuries to his face and ribs. The child was taken to hospital to be treated for his injuries, which are described as serious but not life-threatening.

The motorcyclist suffered a serious head injury and also internal injuries and he remains in hospital in a critical condition.

Police are appealing to anyone who witnessed the collision to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 0161 856 4742.

Wythenshawe stab victim leaves hospital as police make new appeal for witnesses

A man who was stabbed in Benchill has been discharged from hospital as police make a fresh appeal for witnesses to the incident.

The 25-year-old victim has left hospital following the attack last weekend in which he received a single stab wound to the chest and is receiving ongoing care to aid his recovery.

Police want the public’s help to identify a man and a woman believed to be nearby. Continue reading “Wythenshawe stab victim leaves hospital as police make new appeal for witnesses”

Former Wythenshawe head banned from teaching over dishonesty about sacking

A former Wythenshawe head teacher has been banned from teaching after failing to disclose to her new employer she had been sacked for gross misconduct.

Lesley Haslam lost her job at Haveley Hey Primary School in Benchill in 2010 for gross misconduct amid allegations of bullying staff and abusing a pupil.

And when she applied for a new job at Christian Malford Church of England Primary School in Wiltshire she kept the dismissal from her new employer and was appointed as head teacher for the school.

When information about Ms Haslam’s past came to light she was immediately suspended and subject to disciplinary action.

A hearing conducted by the National College for Teaching and Leadership was held in  in her absence after Ms Haslam said she would not be attending or be represented.

The panel found Ms Haslam’s conduct amounted to unacceptable professional conduct that may bring the profession into disrepute. The hearing found she had acted dishonestly in not telling her new school about her past.

She has been banned from teaching for at least two years, after which she can apply to have the judgment set aside.

The judgment said: “Ms Haslam’s actions have demonstrably brought the profession into disrepute. Her  appointment to the role of Head Teacher at Malford School when she had not disclosed the fact of her previous dismissal resulted in a substantial adverse reputational impact on Malford School, whose position in the local community was already difficult, and some parents appear to have removed their children from the school as a result.

“Both as a teacher and, in particular, as a Head Teacher Ms Haslam is a role model for pupils and young people. Her actions fell significantly short of those expected of such a person.”