COLLISION IN IRLAM LEAVES PROPERTY AND VEHICLES HEAVILY DAMAGED AS TWO WOMEN ARE SAID TO HAVE FLED THE SCENE ON FOOT
A horrific vehicle collision in Irlam overnight has left a wake of destruction behind as two women occupants said to be responsible fled the scene on foot towards Glenmuir Close.
Local 'Core Party' councillor, Darren Goulden, told of how he had been awoken at around 1am in the early hours of this morning (Saturday 21st of November), to what he describes as carnage outside of the 'Cakes by P' shop on Liverpool Road which he owns with his wife.
It would appear that a silver Honda estate car collided with his next door neighbours work van, with the resulting impact being so forceful that it shunted the van into the neighbouring garden, damaging a wall and another two other vehicles in the process.
It is unbelievable that the occupants were able to free themselves from the wreckage and flee the scene as the impact was so energetic that it sent the traffic calming sign on the street flying over a quarter of a mile along the road and the badge from the silver Honda was found in the BACK garden of the house.
Councillor Goulden said that it is a miracle that no one has been killed, adding that anyone with information or CCTV footage should contact the police.
Officers are currently on scene and investigating the collision, this morning.
If you can help with CCTV footage or were witness to the incident or saw the two women leaving the scene then please get in touch with GMP via 101.
Photos: Barry Briggs
If you are travelling through Irlam and Cadishead this evening, you should be aware that there has been a serious road traffic collision on Liverpool road close to the Leisure Centre which has resulted in the road being closed by emergency services as they deal with the incident.
A stretch of Liverpool Road is closed between Lathom Road and Victoria Road.
We are told that the incident thought to have involved 3 vehicles happened shortly after 5:20pm.
It is being reported that traffic is being diverted along Cadishead Way (A57) and Fairhills Road.
Additionally bus service provider 'Go North West' have diverted the number 67 and 100 busses.
Please avoid the area if you can for the time being as delays are expected and at present it is unclear how long the road will be closed for.
Earlier this morning (21st November) there was another report of a another vehicle being involved in a collision with a stationary van close to the current scene. The occupants of the vehicle fled the scene before emergency services arrived.
We are trying to obtain more information and will update accordingly.
Police are appealing for the public's help to trace the next of kin of a man from Salford.
Alan Rhodes, 75, passed away at his home address on Silver Street, Irlam on Saturday 5 September 2020.
Alan may have had a brother named John who also lives in the Salford area.
There are believed to be no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.
Anyone with information about Alan's next of kin should contact the Police Coroner's Office in Bolton on 0161 856 4687.
A crowd-funding bid has been launched to raise £17,950 for an iconic Manchester sculpture damaged by vandals.
The sculpture At the End of the Day has been admired and enjoyed by generations of local people in Irlam (& Cadishead) since it was created by a very talented schoolboy 40 years ago this year.
The full-scale replica of a man in a flat cap relaxing on a bench was restored in 2016 and took pride of place on a platform at the refurbished Irlam Station House, where it won a new audience of commuters and visitors, many keen to take a selfie with it.
Following vandalism, the statue was moved to safe storage. Campaigners want to mark its 40th anniversary by raising enough money to recreate it, ideally in bronze so that it will be enjoyed outside for several more decades, and restore it to its rightful place at the Station House.
In 1978, Simon Law made At the End of the Day for his O-Level art exams, creating it from clay, plaster of Paris, mesh and cloth, with a metallic paint coating finish
Then aged 15, the Irlam school pupil was an aspiring sculptor - one of his other creations, a bust of Ena Sharples actress Violet Carson, was bought by Granada Studios.
Simon, now a senior design manager for John Sisk and Son, said:
The sculpture – also known locally as The Man on the Bench – was on proud display at Irlam High, for years before it had to be rehoused due to school refurbishments.
Irlam charity the Hamilton Davies Trust (HDT) became guardians of the statue and funded its restoration in a project which took over 140 hours. It then took pride of place at Irlam Station.
Often thought to represent a tired shift-worker from the town’s now defunct steelworks, it has come to symbolise the regeneration of Irlam’s Station House from a run-down building into a vibrant community hub.
In 2017, vandals broke off the statue’s leg, leaving the sculpture looking dented and bashed about.
HDT is now leading the new appeal to make the statue stronger than ever. It has also submitted a funding request to The Arts Council.
Mandy Coleman, Consultant General Manager of HDT, said:
Donations can be made on the appeal page: www.gofundme.com/manonthebench