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Husband left heartbroken when wife died following dog attack

The couple met on a blind date over 20 years ago

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Mark Stevens

A husband has spoken of how his world fell apart ‘in a split second’ when his wife died three weeks after a dog attack.

Marie Stevens, 40, was attacked and bitten multiple times on her arm by two Rottweilers on Thursday, August 17th.

Tragically, her husband Mark Stevens found her dead in bed at her home in Brighton-Le-Sands, Merseyside, on September 3rd.

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The attack allegedly happened as Marie ‘tried to stroke’ the dogs, who were both on a lead, on Park Lane West, in Netherton.

According to reports, the dog owners – a man and a woman – tried to stop the Rottweilers from attacking Marie. 

Mark has since spoken of the moment his ‘world fell apart’ in an emotional tribute to his ‘amazing’ wife.

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Speaking to the Echo, Mark said: “She was a bubbly person who loved animals, our house is like Noah’s Ark.

“Everyone around the neighbourhood knew her, she constantly laughed and made everyone happy and feel good. We didn’t have any kids, we had our much-loved dogs.

“We both looked after my uncle and worked full-time jobs, so we never really had the chance to have children ourselves but she was amazing, she always put others first.”

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Marie received first aid until an ambulance arrived to take her to hospital where she was treated for her injuries. However, Mark found his beloved wife dead at her home address on the morning after she had been discharged from hospital.

The couple met on a blind date over 20 years ago, as Mark added: “From the minute I saw her, the rest was history. Before she died we were talking about spending more time together.

“My whole world has fallen apart in a split second; 21 years together, married for four, and that’s it, gone. It’s like restarting my life now. But I’ve got so many memories and a strong family.”


He continued: “Marie was so loved, it’s hard to deal with at the minute, we’ve been robbed. She loved animals, we had a ‘best dog’ at our wedding and we loved going to Wales with our dog.

“I’m so very sorry I lost you, I hope you and Max are walking together on the beach.”

A post mortem determined the primary cause of Marie’s death was a pulmonary embolism. Since her tragic death, tributes have been flooding in for the ‘much-loved’ woman who ‘made everyone ‘laugh’ and ‘feel good’.

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Former colleague of Marie’s, Emily Critchley, said: “Everyone says people are nice but she really was lovely. She talked to everyone and was a huge animal lover.

“We are still in shock. She had the best laugh and would have you laughing. She used to talk and sing to herself all the time, loving Whitney Houston.

“And she loved to go on date night with Mark. She’d get her hair done, and made so much effort, even after 20 years.”

Marie was a care worker for over 20 years and enjoyed her job at the Woolsten Mead Care Home where she liked helping people and putting others first.


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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