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Desperate family appeal to bring home 22-year-old daughter in coma in Cyprus

The family are fundraising to pay for Ellie’s treatment and to fly her back to the UK

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A family is desperately raising funds to bring home their 22-year-old daughter who has been placed into a medically induced coma after a road traffic accident in Cyprus.

Ellie Horrocks, 22, from Westhoughton, in Bolton, was rushed to hospital after she was involved in a road traffic accident in Cyprus when her buggy overturned in the popular holiday resort of Ayia Napa on Monday, June 26th.  

Doctors put her into a medically induced coma after she suffered a serious head injury as well as fractures to her spinal cord and clavicle.

Ellie’s family have spoken of their anguish as they desperately appeal to bring home their ‘amazing’ and ‘creative’ daughter as mum Leanne says they are suffering ‘any parent’s worst nightmare’.

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Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, Ellie’s auntie Sarah said her niece had moved to Cyprus in May to work in a bar and ‘experience life’.

Sarah said: “She’s young so she likes going out with her friends, she’s got loads and loads of friends, but she’s also just a very creative person.

“She’s a really, really well-loved girl.”

Sarah said her niece had hired the buggy to go and see the sun set on another part of the resort when she was forced to swerve and avoid an oncoming car.

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According to her aunt, this caused her buggy to overturn and Ellie suffered injuries to her head and spine.

Her mum Leanne has flown out to Cyprus to be by Ellie’s side in Nicosia Hospital. The family are now hoping to be able to raise enough money to bring her home to recover at a UK hospital and be close to her family.

Sarah continued: “It’s awful. None of us are sleeping.

“Her condition is just so unknown at the moment. Everyday, her mum gets a call off the doctor at 11am, and they can only see Ellie for one hour.”

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To bring Ellie home to the UK will cost around £60,000, and isn’t covered by her insurance.

The family have launched a Go Fund Me page to raise funds and have so far raised a huge £67,437 of a £70,000 target.

Donations will go towards any ongoing treatments for Ellie in Cyprus and for the cost of an air ambulance to fly her back to the UK.

In a statement written on the fundraising page, mum Leanne said: “Hi everyone, at the beginning of May my daughter Ellie set off to Cyprus to fulfil her dreams of going abroad on an adventure. 

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“She was looking forward to meeting new people and creating lifelong memories.

“Unfortunately on June 26th, Ellie was involved in a major road traffic accident in Cyprus and is currently in a medically induced coma in the ICU. 

“She has suffered a serious head injury, fractured spinal cord and clavicle. We urgently want to get her home to Manchester, to be treated in a specialist neurology hospital where she can heal and hopefully recover close to her family and friends.

“The cost of repatriation from Nicosia Hospital in Cyprus to the UK is significant and not covered by Ellie’s insurance and this has meant we have had to reach out for help.

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“We would really appreciate any help and financial support that you are able to give Ellie. Your donation will go directly towards the cost of on-going medical treatment in Cyprus and an air ambulance back to the UK.

“Any amount you can contribute will help Ellie to get the care and treatment she needs to reach a full recovery.

“As you can imagine this is any parent’s worst nightmare and I desperately need to get her home. Thank you so much, Leanne xx.”

Many kind messages have also been left on the fundraising page by members of the public who have donated money to help bring Ellie home.


Stagecoach hiring over 100 new bus drivers for Bee Network with £31k salaries

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Stagecoach Manchester is hiring over 100 new bus drivers to work from its Oldham depot, following the second phase of the Bee Network launch in March.

You can apply for a range of roles, from positions with no experience required to fully qualified bus drivers.

Successful applicants will receive full training as part of the job, and trainees will get paid to train. Then after only 12 months’ service at Stagecoach, drivers can expect to earn up to £16 per hour, which equates to £31.6K per year, before overtime.

As well as that, drivers that already hold a PCV licence may be eligible to receive a £1,200 joining bonus.


There’s also a host of other benefits available to all Stagecoach employees, like 28 days paid holiday, generous pension and free Stagecoach bus travel for successful applicants and a companion.

Rob Jones, Managing Director at Stagecoach Manchester said: “Expanding our offering in Oldham means we’ll be investing more in the economy and supporting our local community, as well as strengthening our workforce.

“Whether you’re looking for a career change or you’re a fully qualified, experienced bus driver, there’s a role for everyone here in Oldham.

“We’re looking for personable and dedicated drivers who are ready to help us build on the success of the Bee Network and connect the people of Oldham and Greater Manchester with the places and people that are important to them.”


Phil Cornwall, bus driver at Stagecoach Manchester, said: “I’ve been a driver at Stagecoach for 25 years and I couldn’t recommend it more.

“From the perks to the people to the passengers, it really is a great place to work.”

To apply, head to the Stagecoach website HERE.

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Two men charged with murder after torso discovered in Salford nature reserve


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Two men have now been charged with murder, following the discovery of a human torso in Kersal Dale.

As well as that, more suspected human remains were also discovered this morning, Monday April 29th, in an alleyway close to the railway lines off Worsley Road, Eccles.

This follows earlier discoveries of human remains over the past three weeks, at Kersal Dale, Blackleach Reservoir and Colliery Wood, all in Salford.

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Michal Jaroslaw Polchowski (25/04/1956) and Marcin Majerkiewicz (10/04/1982) both of Worsley Road, Eccles, have been charged with murder.

They are set to appear at Tameside Magistrates Court this afternoon.

While formal identification is still ongoing, the remains found at Kersal Dale are believed to be of a local man in his 60s. The remains found at the other three locations are still to be tested, but police are confident they belong to the same victim.

ACC Sarah Jackson said: “We have had large numbers of officers, staff and specialists working diligently on this investigation over the last three weeks. It has been very much a large, collective effort, with the victim and family at the heart of it from the outset.

“We have specially trained officers deployed to support the family as they come to terms with this tragic news. They are aware of this morning’s further discovery and will continue to be kept up to date with how we are progressing.

“Despite the charges brought today, our work is far from over.

“The scenes we already have established in Bury and Salford will remain in place for much of this week whilst our searches and enquiries continue. Local officers will continue to patrol the impacted areas to provide reassurance.

“We will continue following every line of enquiry to recover and reunite the victim with his family, bringing a dignified end to this terrible scenario.

“I’d like to thank the communities of Salford and beyond for their cooperation throughout this investigation. I know this incident has come as a shock, and the support we’ve had from those in the area is very much appreciated.”

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More human remains discovered in Greater Manchester as police identify victim

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Detectives investigating the discovery of a torso in Kersal Dale have found more human remains around Greater Manchester.

GMP released a statement on the weekend, revealing they had opened four scenes for extensive searches – one of them at a warehouse in Bury, and three in Salford.

Searches took place at Blackleach reservoir, where human remains were found, and a dog walker found a package containing human remains at Colliery Wood.

Officers believe they have now identified the man, who they believe to be a man in his 60s that lived in Salford, and his family have been informed.

Two suspects have already been arrested in connection with the murder probe, with officers saying they are thought to have lived with the victim.

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Detective Superintendent Lewis Hughes, Senior Investigating Officer for this investigation, said in a statement at Blackleach reservoir yesterday, Sunday April 28th: “We have continued to make significant progress in our investigation into human remains being found in Kersal earlier this month.

“From day one, our priority has been to identify the man and his family so that we can give them the support and the answers that they need.

“Thanks to meticulous forensic work, we are now confident we have identified the man. Formal identification hasn’t yet taken place, but we believe he is a man in his 60s and lived in Salford.

“Specially-trained family liaison officers have met with his family this afternoon to give them the devastating news, and we will do all that we can to support them at this awful time.

“We believe he is known to the two suspects we have in custody. They have remained in custody for questioning over the weekend, as we work to establish how the victim met this tragic outcome.”

He continued: “We have painstakingly worked to follow up every line of inquiry in this investigation. Over the last couple of days, we have acted on information and had four scenes in place for extensive searches – one of them is at a warehouse in Bury, and three of them are in Salford, including here at Blackleach reservoir.

“Today, we have found some human remains at the reservoir here, and last night a dog walker found a package containing human remains at Colliery Wood. Forensic tests will continue to establish whose remains these are, but we are very confident that this is also the victim in our investigation.

“We have also been searching a house in Winton where we believe the victim and the two suspects lived. We have found evidence that the victim is likely to have died there – most likely in late March.

“While this is significant progress, we know there is still some way to go to complete this investigation. I also recognise details of this case will have been distressing for the people of Salford and beyond – including the officers that are diligently working on this investigation, and most importantly the man’s heartbroken family.

“Local officers will continue to patrol the affected areas, and we will provide updates when we have more information.”

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