The parents of a teenager who died in Rochdale this past weekend have paid an emotional tribute to their “unforgettable” son.
The 17-year-old boy, who has officially been named by Greater Manchester Police (GMP) as Callum Riley, was found with serious injuries on Atholl Drive in the Heywood area of Rochdale on the morning of Saturday 17 September 2022.
He was sadly pronounced dead soon afterwards.
GMP has since confirmed following the incident that a 25-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder, and a 23-year-old woman has also been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.
They remain in police custody alongside two men, aged 18 and 33 – who were also both arrested on Saturday.
A 21-year-old woman has also been released and faces no further action, GMP confirmed.
Now, in an emotional tribute to accompany an appeal for information by investigating officers, Callum’s family have spoken for the first time since losing their son.
In a heartbreaking tribute shared by Greater Manchester Police yesterday, Callum’s mum said: “Callum was a strong and caring young man, loved so deeply by his family, friends, and his girlfriend.
“His love for his mother and his brothers was immeasurable. A lovely lad, with a good heart, protective of his family and always the best of intentions. Stolen away from us far too young in life. He will be forever missed and remembered with love.
“Life will never be the same again.”
His mother also appealed for the family to be granted “respect and privacy” while they come to terms with “this huge loss in our lives”
Callum’s father added: “Callum was a much-loved son, brother, and uncle. He was a loving, caring young man who never failed to make us laugh. He will be sadly missed by us all. In death as you were in life, unforgettable.”
“Our investigation is very much ongoing and we are continuing to appeal for information,” said Detective Chief Inspector Gina Brennand, of GMP’s Major Incident Team.
GMP added that “anyone with concerns can approach them.”
Anyone with information should contact GMP via the Public Portal here, or by calling 0161 856 3400 quoting 723 17/09/22, and information can also be shared to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Manchester music store Forsyth is giving away free music lessons
Manchester music store Forsyth is giving away a host of free music lessons next month in a bid to inspire people to learn a new instrument, or pick up an old one.
The store is giving new and returning musicians a chance to receive a 10–15-minute free music taster session as part of its Music for All Learn to Play ’22 event.
Taking place across 8 and 9 October between 10am-5pm (8 October) and 1130am-30pm (9 October),short taster music lessons will allow all ages and abilities to have a musical experience that could turn into a lifetime of enjoyment, or even a new career.
Speaking on the free music lesson initiative, Emma from Forsyths said: “The past two years have shown how important music is to all our lives and how it can bring people together even in the most difficult of circumstances.
“We aim to help as many people as possible understand the unique joys and benefits of learning an instrument (or taking part in a choir).
“Anyone interested in learning to play an instrument or looking to pick it up again, should come and join us for this two-day celebration of music making.
“We’re delighted to be part of Music for All’s Learn to Play ’22 event, and we can’t wait to get started.”
OBE Jools Holland, Patron of Music for All, said: “Making music is very important to me. It’s my work, my pleasure, my friend, companion and therapist.
The charity Music for All believes passionately in the unique power of music to change lives and that is why it runs Learn to Play.
Music for All believes everyone should have equal access to music making.
The charity supports disadvantaged music makers by providing cash grants for tuition and instruments and by donating instruments directly.
Celebrated author Dame Hilary Mantel has died ‘suddenly yet peacefully’ aged 70
Dame Hilary Mantel has died aged 70.
The unexpected passing of the critically-acclaimed author whose celebrated career spans nearly five decades has just been announced by her agents 4th Estate Books and her publishing team at HarperCollins in two separate statements released this morning – who confirmed that she died “suddenly yet peacefully”.
The Glossop-born writer was famed for historical fiction work, and was most-known for being the author of the beloved Wolf Hall trilogy.
The statement by her agents confirming her passing reads: “We are heartbroken at the death of our beloved author, Dame Hilary Mantel, and our thoughts are with her friends and family, especially her husband, Gerald.
“This is a devastating loss and we can only be grateful she left us with such a magnificent body of work.”
Mantel’s publishers HarperCollins called her “one of the greatest English novelists of this century”.
The company’s statement reads: “It is with great sadness that AM Heath and HarperCollins announce that bestselling author Dame Hilary Mantel DBE died suddenly yet peacefully yesterday, surrounded by close family and friends, aged 70.
“Hilary Mantel was one of the greatest English novelists of this century and her beloved works are considered modern classics.
Mantel has twice been awarded the Booker Prize, the first time for the 2009 novel Wolf Hall, a fictional account of Thomas Cromwell’s rise to power in the court of Henry VIII, and secondly for the 2012 novel Bring Up the Bodies, the second instalment of the Cromwell trilogy.
She was the first woman, and fourth person, to receive the award twice.