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Issue:- 09 January 2015

British Transport Police officers help canine commuter find her way home in a tail with a happy ending

THE British Transport Police Officers were on hand to make sure a 4 legged passenger was reunited with her family after she hitched a ride on a Northern Rail service.

Princess, a 4 year old Staffordshire Terrier, found herself far from home after she escaped from her back garden in Rochdale, on Friday, 2 January 2015, and headed to Castleton Station where she hopped on board a Northern Rail train to Manchester for a doggy day trip.

She jumped off the train at Manchester Victoria, where she was met by Station Staff, who handed her over to PC Christopher O'Connor and PCSO Lee Howard.

When they realised Princess was travelling alone, they set about attempting to find her owners with PC O'Connor tweeting an appeal for help from his Twitter Account. This was then retweeted by colleagues at Greater Manchester Police and Northern Rail while PC O'Connor and PSCO Howard set off, with Princess in tow, to the Dogs Trust to have her scanned for a micro chip. And thanks to a lot of teamwork and the power of social media, Princess' owners, the Hughes family, were soon tipped off that she had taken a trip into Manchester on the train!

Amanda Hughes said:- "I knew she'd got a train into Manchester within 40 minutes of her going missing. I'd posted it on my facebook account and someone replied saying they'd spotted her on Twitter and facebook. They said they were sure it was Princess, but I thought it's just not something she would do. We don't live far from the Station, but we always walk her in the other direction, so how she found her way there and then jumped on a train is a mystery, but she is a bit of a character."

Now recovered from her adventure, and with a new micro chip, it's unlikely Princess will be getting a rail pass anytime soon... "The funny thing is, when I collected her and we went home on the train she was scared stiff yet she managed to make the journey all on her own. I can laugh about it now that she's safe and sound, but at the time we were worried sick." added Amanda.

PC Christopher O'Connor who, along with PCSO Howard, escorted Princess to safety after her adventure said:- "She's a lovely dog and she was a real pleasure to deal with, she was so affectionate and friendly. This was definitely 1 of our nicer jobs, we got a great deal of satisfaction from seeing her get home safely. It's great to think that, thanks to a lot of teamwork with colleagues at Northern Rail and Greater Manchester Police, there was a happy ending."

Unite Student Gets Call Up From GB Team

From the left, Joe Dove (Silver), Jake Cribb (Gold) Eliie Mawsdley (Silver) Master Thomas (Team Coach)

UNITE Martial Arts Academy are celebrating the remarkable achievements of 1 of their students this week as he was selected for the Taekwondo national development squad after starting classes only one year ago. Joe Dove recently put on an excellent performance at the National Championships in September, bringing home a Silver medal amongst a very strong field. Joe will test his skills and train amongst the best athletes in the country at the Taekwondo national performance centre in Manchester and benefit from world class coaching and performance analysis. This will give him a great opportunity to hone his technique and look towards competing at international level. If you would like to try Taekwondo Unite offer 4 free classes for age 4+ including Olympic style sparring, we are based at Tulketh Street, Southport and Mayflower Est, Formby. Visit:- for more info or call:- 01704500323.

Bag containing passport and flight tickets stolen from train at Manchester Piccadilly.

THE British Transport Police have issued a fresh appeal to track down a thief who stole a bag, leaving its owner stranded in the UK for Christmas.

Officers have eliminated from their enquiries a man they initially wanted to speak to and have now released images of another man they think could have vital information that would assist the investigation.

The incident occurred at around 2pm on Tuesday, 16 December 2015, as the victim travelled from Hull to Manchester Airport to spend Christmas with his family in China. His bag, containing his passport and tickets, was stolen from the luggage rack on the train.

Investigating officer PC Carly Rickwood said:- "When the victim changed trains at Doncaster he stored his bag in the overhead racks. When the train arrived at Manchester Piccadilly he looked up and realised that his bag had been stolen."

Officers believe the man in the CCTV image could have vital information about the theft and urge him or anyone who recognises him to come forward to assist with their enquiries.

PC Rickwood added:- "The bag contained the victim's passport, his flight tickets to China and expensive electrical equipment. Sadly because of this act the victim missed his flight and could not see his family at Christmas. Theft at anytime is bad enough but at Christmas, supposedly the season of goodwill to all men, it seems particularly cruel, especially when it has prevented the victim from spending this special time of year with his family. If anyone has any information please contact British Transport Police on:- 0800 40 50 40, or text:- 61016, quoting reference:- PSUB/B6 of 05/01/2015. Information can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on:- 0800 555 111."

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