30/06/2014

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Manhunt Afrter Prisoner Absconds

South Yorkshire Police have launched a manhunt after a prisoner absconded from HMP Hatfield in Doncaster.

The incident happened at around 7am on Sunday morning (29 June).

Damian Pearson, 24, was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison for burglary at the start of 2013.

Police have described him as white, 6ft 1ins tall and of slim build. He has links to Doncaster, in particular the Wheatley Park area. Detectives have added that while he is not thought to be dangerous, the public have been advised not to approach him.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts should call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Man, 77, Assaulted With Crowbar

Police have said they are looking for four men who tied up an elderly man in his home and assaulted him with a crowbar.

At around 10.30pm on Sunday (29 June), four men broke in to the 77-year-old's home on Bramhall Lane South, Stockport. They tied his hands and feet with duct tape, then placed a pillow over his face before they assaulted him. He has been left with a number of injuries.

It is understood the gang threatened to kill the victim unless he gave them money and jewellery. They ransacked the house, taking just £40 from the property.

The first man is said to be tall and was wearing a white balaclava or face mask and green jacket. The second offender was a shorter, mixed-race man with a thin moustache, who was also wearing a balaclava.

Detective Constable Joseph Trippett from Greater Manchester Police said: "This was an utterly terrifying ordeal for the victim, who was left tied up and wounded on his bed as the four men trashed his house looking for valuables.

"They subjected him to a vicious assault that left him requiring hospital treatment and has meant he is scared to be alone in his own home.

"The injuries were so appalling that the victim's son required medical attention for shock."

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

More Than 100,000 People See Dolly Parton At Glastonbury

Dolly Parton is thought to have attracted the largest crowd at this year's Glastonbury Festival.

More than 100,000 people are said to have turned up to watch the 68-year-old perform a number of her hits. At one stage during her set, the singer was joined by Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora.

Speaking to the crowd at the time, Ms Parton said: "I know you're here to see a whole load of artists at the festival and we're just glad that you came to see me."

(CVS/JP)

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