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Pregnant mum tragically dies after horror crash that left kids in hospital

‘This is absolutely devastating for the family and their whole world has been truly turned upside down’

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A pregnant mum has died in hospital after a horror crash on the M66, leaving three young children injured in hospital.

She tragically passed away in hospital following a horror crash on the M66 — which also left her two sons and nephew seriously hurt.

Frankie Jules-Hough, 38, her two sons, Tommy, nine, and Rocky, two, and her nephew Tobias, four, were travelling along the motorway on Saturday afternoon when they were involved in the devastating smash.

Adil Iqbal, 22, of Hope Street, Accrington, appeared at Manchester and Salford Magistrates Court on Monday May 15th, where lawyers confirmed Ms Jules-Hough had died.

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Iqbal, who works in a boxing gym, has now been charged with causing the death by dangerous driving of Ms Jules-Hough, along with the two other charges of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, relating to the two boys.

He was arrested at the scene, between junctions three and four, and detained on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

The incident happened just after three o’clock on Saturday on the southbound carriageway of the motorway. The M66 was closed in both directions to allow two air ambulances to land.

It is understood Frankie, Tommy, Rocky and Tobias — from Chadderton, Oldham — were transported to hospital via air ambulance.

A Greater Manchester Police spokesperson said: “Adil Iqbal (11/02/2001) of Hope Street, Accrington has been charged with three counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

“He has been remanded into custody to appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates Court tomorrow (Monday May 15th). These charges relate to a road traffic collision on the M66, Bury yesterday (Saturday May 13th).”

Friends of Frankie and her family have set up a fundraising page to support the family who frantically rushed to be by the sides of their loved ones’ hospital beds, writing ‘Life can be turned upside down in the blink of an eye’.

In part, it reads: “Frankie, who is currently 18 weeks pregnant, is in intensive care fighting for her life. Her partner Calvin, is frantically by her side.

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“Tommy and Tobias are in induced comas in intensive care, currently awaiting brain scan updates. This is absolutely devastating for the family and their whole world has been truly turned upside down.

“Julia & Frank (Frankie’s parents), Calvin (Frankie’s partner), Becci & Aaron (Tobias’s parents) Tom (Tommy’s father) are all frantically by their loved ones sides. These next few weeks/months will be critical for the family and is absolutely traumatising for them all.

“I am humbly knocking on the door of your kind hearts to help and support this family as they go through this difficult time ahead. Due to the intense injuries and critical conditions, I’m sure you will be aware that their closest loved ones cannot leave their bed side. 

“So I am asking you to find it in your kind hearts to please help my friend’s family by donating what you can. Any amount of donation will be a huge help for the whole family, no matter how big or small. 

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“All funds will go towards Frankie and the children’s recoveries as when they do awake, their lives could look very different and have a long road to recovery, so it will take away any stress/worries of bills as their immediate family cannot leave their bedside. 

“They would be grateful for anything you could contribute.” If you wish to make a donation to the Go Fund Me page, click here.

Following the crash, Sergeant Matt Waggett from GMP Serious Collision Investigation Unit said: “I would like to thank the members of the public who selflessly helped at the scene and called 999, as well as those who assisted when police and emergency services arrived on scene.”

And writing before Frankie died, Keeley D Berry, a friend of Ms Jules-Hough’s family, said on Facebook: “Franki Hough you have to pull through. You have to. Please please pray for her and the boys and her unborn baby girl. You’ve never let ANYTHING beat you, please please please please.”


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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