A SALFORD-born author has released a new book which details some of the most horrific crimes which shocked the city during the Victorian-era.

Martin Baggoley has written 'Murder and Manslaughter in Victorian Salford', which includes cases from across Salford during the 19th century.

Martin, who is the author of several historical and regional true-crime books, said that the Victorian period is one that fascinates him and that it is the first book of its kind about Salford.

He said: "I have always wanted to do a Salford book because it is my background. I thought I would try self-publishing as well, so this is my first e-book.

"Crime can tell a lot about the society that it occurs in. The book examines things like infanticide and how it affected poor, single women from the parish, who chose to kill their babies.

"Violence against women and other issues like that are ones I explore in the book."

The book examines 19 criminal cases, which Martin sourced by scouring through newspaper archives.

He found that big criminal cases often had much of the transcript from the court published in reports, with some having three or four pages devoted to them.

Other cases include the 1881 bombing of a Salford barracks, which killed a nine-year-old boy, and the murder of a young woman in 1877 after she rejected her former lover.

Martin added: "I used to think a lot about the crimes but I tend not to now, so I am not particularly traumatised by the stories.

"One that did stand out for me was the case of Thomas Donoghue, who killed his first wife in Salford in 1868 but was convicted of manslaughter, so only served a few years.

"He then tried to commit suicide, before we next heard of him in Manchester a few years later when he killed his second wife.

"Another one was where a man killed seven members of his family in 1888 in Garfield Street after his business went downhill."

Martin's book can be found on Amazon here.