Police, Fire & Court

Sale woman, 90, and man, 70, charged with alleged historic abuse including child abandonment

By Barbara Metcalfe at

Officers investigating reports of  abuse in the 60s and 80s have charged two people.

Lotte McMurray, 90,  of Manor Avenue, Sale and David Smith, 70,  of Gladstone Road,  Altrincham have both been charged with two counts of assault, ill-treatment, neglect, abandoning a child, causing a young person unnecessary suffering and causing injury.

Police say Smith’s charges relate to three alleged victims and McMurray’s charges relate to two  alleged victims and they are both due to appear at Manchester Magistrates’ Court on Thursday March 23.

Between September 2015 and April 2016, GMP say they received a number of allegations of “non-recent” abuse between 1975 and 1982.

An investigation was launched and GMP’s Project Phoenix identified victims who were aged under 18 at the time of the alleged offences.