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    100-YEARS-AGO: "KILL ALL WHITES IN SALFORD" THREAT MADE

    Was the Magistrate related to Leslie Walsh.? 9k..poor guy would have been paying that back for the rest of his days..
  3. As I have written in earlier articles there was a spate of racial tension in Salford around the Greengate and Adelphi areas, these areas were populated by a lot of black seaman, mainly from Africa who had been paid off at Salford Docks and continued to reside here. The Salford City Reporter often carried out stories about these new residents and sadly often in in offensive terms, which was par for the course, 100 years ago and happily no longer the case. This story is from October 1919 and concerns four black men, none of whom resided in Salford who appeared at the Magistrates Court charged with, "Behaving in a manner likely to cause a breach of of the peace" and more seriously one of the men, Thomas Momo was charged with threatening to shoot Elizabeth Donohue and Mary Ellen Jones, also with assaulting Inspector Kelly and carrying a pistol without a licence. Again the Salford City Reporter used inflammatory headlines when they covered this story, Threatening Nig**r scare in the Adelphi area, "Will Kill All Whites" The Court was told that John Momo, Thomas O'Koro, Richard Dixon and James Andrews who all resided at Carter Street, Manchester were seen in Artillery Street, Adelphi and Momo was brandishing a revolver. A strange case then unravelled before the Court as the witnesses and accused told their side of the story. Mrs Donohue told the Court that she was on her doorstep talking to a neighbour when John Momo walked up to her and said, "You ------if you say anything, I'll put this pistol through you!" Momo denied saying this but a witness by the name of Ellen O' Brien stated that she did hear Momo make these threats. She then told the Court that she saw the four men accused walking down her street and remarked to a neighbour, "We've got Dixieland back" Momo approached her, drew his revolver from his pocket and said that he would shoot her, adding, "I will kill all whites" Things got heated when Momo said that as they passed young boys in the street, they began jeering him and throwing stones, he admitted pulling his revolver out but it was only to scare them he said. P.C. Foden took the stand and said that he was on duty at the corner of Adelphi Street and Chapel Street when he heard a commotion and went to investigate. He saw Momo walking quickly away and when asked if he was carrying a pistol, he denied this, but then showed him a pistol and said he didn't want to shoot anybody, he was then taken into custody along with the three other men to Chapel Street police station. When he was searched the pistol was taken from him and it was found to be fully loaded with six bullets in it's chambers. He then became violent and struck Inspector Kelly in the face and chest, he was so violent that it took four men to subdue him and put him in the cells. The Magistrate then dealt with Momo separately, he was bound over for £100 with two sureties of £50 each for 12 months or in default, three months imprisonment, and for carrying the pistol with no licence he was fined £5 or 26 days imprisonment. Sadly there is no mention of what sentences the other three accused men received. Obviously Momo was provoked by the Dixieland slurs and the children throwing stones but there is no justification for brandishing a loaded revolver in the street and threatening to, "Kill all Whites" The fine he received amounted to over £200 an amount these days which comes to almost £9,000! Perhaps the Magistrate used his discretion in not sending Momo to prison considering the provocation he received, but decided to hammer him with a massive fine. We'll never know if Momo managed to pay this fine and avoid jail, hopefully so, however Adelphi is a more peaceful place to live these days.
  4. The two men were seen entering one of the storage rooms at the Terminal 1 buildinshortly after 10pm on Sunday 10 March 2019, before leaving with a quantity of bags and cases. Shortly after 1.20am, the two men are seen re-entering the storage room with the bags and cases they had previously taken. They were closely followed by a third offender. Shortly after 1.45am, all three men emerged from the storage room carrying bags and cases. They are believed to have stolen a number of items including personal property such as watches, jewellery, electrical items and electronic devices worth an estimated £15,000. Police would like to speak to the men pictured in the CCTV images in connection with this incident. Information can be given to police by calling 0161 856 0252 quoting crime number 064690M/19 log 1112 of the 110319 Alternatively, information can be passed on to the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
  5. Just under 3,000 children in Salford were helped with food over the summer holidays thanks to a pioneering voucher scheme. Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett made funds available through the Salford Assist crisis scheme to help ease the financial burden on families whose children normally get free school meals. It’s the first time the council has run the scheme which offered £30 in shopping vouchers per eligible child – enough to provide a daily lunch of sandwiches, soup and fruit. Deputy City Mayor Councillor Paula Boshell said: The Booth Charities, Salford, made a substantial grant towards Salford City Council’s voucher scheme. Councillor Boshell said she hoped the council could find funding to repeat the voucher scheme next year. The Salford Assist scheme www.salford.gov.uk/salfordassist helps people in crisis and signposts them to further help such as debt advice or benefit checks to make sure they are receiving all the money they are entitled to. Families are also being encouraged to check if they are entitled to free school meals at www.salford.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals
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  7. Police have been called to a report of 'multiple' stabbings at Starbucks in Manchester Arndale this morning, it is said that four people were stabbed, one of which who is in a serious condition. The Arndale was shut down and no one is was allowed to enter, police cordoned off the area and a video on social media shows a man being held to the floor whilst being handcuffed outside the Arndale on church street by one officer whilst another holds what looks to be pointing a taser at him. Police have now confirmed they initially arrested a man in his 40's on suspicion of serious assault. He was taken into custody for questioning and has now been subsequently re-arrested on suspicion of the commission, preparation and instigation of an act of terrorism. Shops were evacuated within the Arndale and armed police were sighted patrolling the area. GMP have now released the following statement, People are being advised to avoid the area whilst emergency services deal with the situation. Tram services are also disrupted around Exchange Square. Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting incident number 1055 of 11/10/2019, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
  8. It would appear or maybe not appear? that budget retailer Poundland, is offering FREE invisibility cloaks as part of its Halloween range, whilst stocks last. At first we couldn't see it being real but now after spending some time looking at them we still can't. A wide range of lack of colours are available and they come in a range of sizes to fit all, Poundland will even chuck in a FREE hanger too. Poundland’s trading director Tim Bettley. The Invisibility Cloak is part of Poundland’s biggest ever Halloween range, featuring over 270 different products available now in all stores across the country from just... you guessed it... a pound. Local Salford Historian and part time Tony Flynn look-a-like, Tony Flynn, said, Although most would agree the man needs no help disappearing when that happens. They will also come in handy for those who wish to avoid being abducted by aliens after last weeks UFO attack. The extensive range includes Halloween essentials like the Skull Tealight Holder, Trick or Treat Loot Bags (and the loot to go in them), Pumpkin Candy Buckets. See, Speak, Hear No Evil Skulls, Halloween signs and a full range of make-up to create spooky looks from ghosts to devils.
  9. This is the perfect time of year to check your car tyres ahead of the colder winter months. Salford has already experienced an unprecedented amount of rain over the last few weeks, so in order to ensure safety on the regions roads, it’s imperative the tyres on your car can withstand the conditions and meet the legal standards. The latest figures show that in 2018 there were a total of 459 road traffic collisions in the UK as a result of illegal, defective or under inflated tyres. In addition to this, 17 people sadly lost their life as a result, with a further 116 suffering serious life changing injuries. The consequences of driving with illegal tyres could cost you three penalty points on your licence, as well as a fine of up to £2,500 per tyre, most importantly it could cost the lives. With that in mind GMP is planning six days of action across the force that will aim to increase education and enforcement. Traffic Police Community Support Officer, Mark Pickford of GMP said: More information on tyre safety can be found online - www.tyresafe.org, www.theaa.com and www.rac.co.uk.
  10. It's heartening that younger people are finally becoming aware of what we once had where this magnificent building and gardens now stand. Perhaps this will translate into action to restore all this to it's former glory for the next generation to enjoy as we once did 😁
  11. Wave-Field, a world-famous interactive art installation in the form of illuminated music generating seesaws, is making a stop at Salfords waterfront as part of its tour of the North West. As us adults get older it gets harder to justify sitting on a see-saw, this is the perfect excuse. Wave-Field is intended as a playful art installation made accessible to all. Visitors to the Quays are encouraged to become active participants in the art. When motionless, the seesaws are dimly lit and emit a low sound, inviting passers-by to participate. When set in motion, the seesaws burst into sound and light, which becomes richer as more users partner up, encouraging interactions and ‘the development of relationships, new and old’. The see-saws are the brainchild of creators Lateral Office and CS Design with the accompanying futuristic soundscape provided by Mitchell Akiyama. Image and Video: Wave-Field
  12. As we head into the cold, dark, winter months the plight of the homeless within Salford and Greater Manchester becomes even more apparent, it is not good to be sleeping on the streets at the best of times but as the frosts set in and the icy cold winds whip through the streets, it is good to know that Salford City Council’s rough sleepers team has helped 63 rough sleepers off the streets and into their own homes in its first year. Every person helped is a potential life saved and for that we should be thankful. Six outreach workers, covering the whole city, are on the streets every day looking out for people and responding to reports of people sleeping rough. Their work complements the A Bed Every Night scheme which is helping an average of 115 people a night – and it’s all about not just putting a roof over people’s heads but helping them to get the long-term support they need to rebuild their lives. City Mayor Paul Dennett said he was speaking out on World Homeless Day to reassure people that there is help and support available to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Salford – and dedicated staff to work with them. Councillor Tracy Kelly, lead member for housing, said:
  13. As the days grow shorter and the temperatures plummet, we are reminded that the onset of the colder winter months are not far ahead. As always at this time of year the UK prepares itself for the annual event of forgetting to set the alarm clock back an hour, then waking up in a mad rush to get to work in the morning. The good news of course is that most modern day electrical goods will carry out this function by themselves, smartphones, TV's etc... There is always that one appliance that catches you out though and for me it is the cooker which makes things worse considering I have lost the handbook. The process is a bi-yearly one and it was first brought into practice during 1916 at the height of the first world war, the original reason was to reduce the demand for coal, reduce energy needs, save money and get people outside in the evenings, since those days the time altering measure has become a part and parcel of our daily lives and so twice a year without fail the clocks go either back or forth depending on the month. You could say it is as regular as clockwork. There are other reasons why swapping between GMT and BST and back again is a good idea, from making it lighter when the kids are going to school, to construction work, farming and even allowing the postie to do his/her job in the daylight. Although I don't get my post until way after dinner most days. This year they will be going back an hour at 2am on the morning of Sunday the 27th of October when British Summer Time (BST) officially ends and we head back to the Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) system. It won't be until the 31st of March 2020 until the clocks go forward once again to take advantage of the longer days. So until then we are stuck with shorter, colder days and longer, darker nights. Not all is lost though as we do get an extra hour in bed to dream about winning the lotto. The bad news is we will all get to grumble again at the end of March when we loose an hour again. There have been proposals however to scrap it altogether and choose if we remain an hour in front or an hour behind. The EU will be debating such a proposal after scrapping the twice-yearly clock changes. The UK should be out of the EU by the 31st of October if the governments plans go forward so the changes would not affect the UK who would have the option to make the decision by itself.
  14. The Mansion Association was born out of public anger after proposals to build homes within the boundary of Buile Hill Park emerged online, since the associations early days and tentative initial meetings, it has gone from strength to strength. The associations Facebook Group has steadily grown and in recent months it has seen a huge burst of activity and support from the public who have thrown their weight behind the belief that the historic park and mansion can be once more brought back to a condition that the whole City can be proud of. They have been at the forefront of the campaign to protect the park from housing developers as well as the fight to restore the grade 2 park and mansion back to their former glory, with a petition ran by Lynda Curran managing to gain over three thousand signatures, a noble effort which was widely seen as being instrumental in highlighting the growing opposition to any form of plans for housing within the park. This option has since been completely ruled out by Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett, after a huge public backlash prompted him to make a statement on the parks future, housing has since been discounted, with other options now being pursued. Whilst the plans for the Mansion and Depot area's future are still being discussed and debated, the group hopes to get a head start on restoring at least one part of the park, that being the 'sensory garden' which was originally known as the garden for the blind when it first opened to the public back in 1963. Sadly the Garden was shelved due to budget cuts and as with the Mansion, it has since fallen into disuse and decline to such an extent that it was overgrown, wild and unkempt. Despite a crowdfunder by the parks friends group in 2017 which raised £27 to buy new bulbs and flowers, the garden has sadly remained empty and unloved, albeit in a much better state than in previous years thanks to the hard work of volunteers who put a lot of effort into removing the brambles and overgrowth. After what was described as a positive meeting with the Mayor and the Council last week, the mansion group has set its sights on trying to restore the garden back to a place of beauty for the local community to enjoy once more, they are seeking permission to 'revive' the garden. The group has asked the council for permission to have access in order to clean it up and make the area available to the public once more, with that in mind they are looking for volunteers to devote a little time and effort into clearing the site of any old vegetation and to help clean it up and make it look beautiful once more. The public response to the idea so far has been nothing but positive with people from across the whole city offering to put in a little time and effort to make it happen. The people of Salford are seemingly very much behind this idea and want to see it happen. We popped down with a camera this morning to see the current state for ourselves and although the local friends group have done a sterling job of cleaning up and maintaining the area, it really could do with a little more tender loving care to revive it back to its former status as a local asset and thing of beauty. Whilst there we spoke to a lady named Karen who lives local to the park, she suggested that local green fingered folks could maybe grow plants to be planted in the garden each year, she also suggested it may be a good idea to ask local schools to become involved in order to turn it into a community garden, by the community for the community. She said, John who has walked his dogs at Buile Hill for over 3 decades, thought it was a 'grand idea'. Others have suggested contacting local allotments & growers associations asking them to get involved as well as the RHS who are soon to open their latest 'Bridgewater' garden in Worsley. The will and want of the community is there, all it needs is for the council to sign off on the idea and work can begin, this much loved and important part of our history could soon see a blossoming future. To find out more and to join the group, please follow this link which will take you to the associations Facebook group. https://www.facebook.com/groups/171606253691611/
  15. Huawei, the leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) solutions, today announced it is opening a new office in Greater Manchester, a major boost to the local tech economy in the region. The new office space located in the Blue Tower building at the flourishing MediaCityUK complex, is the company’s first in the North West of England and will serve as a base of operations for Huawei as it looks to develop its business in the Northern Powerhouse. The office will house several of Huawei’s key business operations including customer account teams, the Huawei Network Design Centre and Huawei’s Delivery Operations Center for the north of the UK. Initially upwards of 50 roles will be allocated at the new facility, with a view to doubling that headcount by 2022. The MediaCityUK complex has gained a reputation for being an international hub for technology, innovation and creativity. Greater Manchester is also home to one of the fastest growing digital technology sectors in Europe. Victor Zhang, Huawei Group President of Government Affairs said: Paul Dennett, Salford City Mayor said: Jerry Wang, Huawei UK CEO said: Rhys Whalley, Executive Director, Manchester China Forum said: Stephen Wild, Managing Director of MediaCityUK said: Huawei and the North West Huawei supports *26,200 jobs across the UK both directly and indirectly including 2,200 in the North West of England. Before the opening of the new office in Greater Manchester, Huawei held many important partnerships with local institutions across the city including an R&D collaboration with the University of Manchester conceived in 2015. This alongside the skills training and support it provides to local businesses. In 2018, Huawei’s Consumer Business Group partnered with British Pop Star Rita Ora to provide a free concert at the Intu Trafford Centre to celebrate the launch of its P20 Lite smartphone. Seeds for the Future Earlier this year, 10% of the students inducted onto Huawei’s Seeds for the Future Scholarship Programme where from the University of Manchester. The 2019 programme saw 50 UK STEM students taken to China to visit Huawei’s HQ in Shenzhen and its research facilities in Beijing. The programme shows students what it’s like to work for a large scale multinational organisation and how modern technologies such as 5G, the Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence are developed and made useful for society. Huawei 5G Experiential Huawei’s 5G Demo Truck will also be making an appearance at MediaCityUK, demonstrating 5G consumer case studies. Members of the public can fully experience virtual reality galaxies, streaming a live gig in 360° to friends or seeing how future smartphones will morph into tablets. Businesses and professionals will learn how cloud computing and VR will make education fully interactive and immersive. *2018 Figures: The Economic Impact of Huawei in the UK Report
  16. Police were called after reports of a break-in at a local Jet Petrol Station this morning, the thieves made a hole in the wall to gain entry and once inside they prised open a cash machine and made off with an unknown amount of cash. During the attack which took place shortly after midnight, loud voices and banging noises could be heard from within the building. The intruders damaged the building and left rubble behind on the floor. The thieves managed to get in and out before the police arrived and there have been no reports of any arrests made so far. A police spokesperson said, Anybody with any further information or any witnesses can contact GMP on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
  17. Salford residents are being invited to come together to take part in a group-buying scheme for solar panels on their homes. Solar Together Greater Manchester is helping homeowners feel confident they are paying the right price for a high quality installation from a vetted installer which will boost local renewable energy generation. It follows three highly successful schemes run across the country last year which lead to over 1650 installations and an impressive 35,000 tonnes of avoided lifetime carbon emissions. Salford residents can join Solar Together Greater Manchester, a solar panel group-buying scheme, until 22 October. It is free to register and there is no obligation to install panels. Bolton, Bury, Manchester City, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan have partnered with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and the group-buying specialist, iChoosr Ltd, to bring this opportunity to homeowners. Salford City Council Lead member for sustainable development and neighbourhoods, Councillor Derek Antrobus said: How does it work? · From 17 September until 21 October: Salford residents can register online to become part of the group for free and without obligation at: www.salford.gov.uk/solartogether · Pre-vetted UK solar panel suppliers participate in an auction on 22 October. They are able to offer competitive pricing as the volume and geographic concentration will make it possible for them to realise greater savings, which they pass on with lower costs for installations. · After the auction, registered households will receive a personal recommendation, which is specific to the details they submitted in their registration. · If they choose to accept their recommendation, the specifics of their installation will be confirmed with a technical survey after which a date can be set for the installation of their solar panels. · Phone and email help desks are available throughout the whole process and information sessions will allow households to make an informed decision in a safe and hassle-free environment. Marie-Louise Abretti, iChoosr UK Solar Manager added iChoosr has a strong track record of delivering group purchase schemes for councils. It has worked with 160 UK councils on its collective energy switching schemes. In 2018 UK councils, in collaboration with iChoosr, initiated their collective purchase schemes for solar panel systems. iChoosr’s collective schemes have been embraced by 120 local authorities in The Netherlands and Belgium. More than 25 schemes led to 50,000 residents installing solar panel systems - a total of 175 MW of power.
  18. Much loved Salford based brewery 'Seven Bro7hers' has been nominated in two categories at this years Salford Business Awards 2019, they are named as finalists in both the 'Business of the year' section and also the illustrious 'Innovation' award. The Brotherly Beer Brewers have become quite popular not only within Salford but also across the whole nation since they started production back in 2014. Since then they have doubled production and increased brewing capacity and that has been simply down to the popularity and wide range of beers they offer and the totally unique flavours on offer. From chocolaty 'Sling It Out Stout' based on a recipe using up-cycled Kellogg's coco pops, to 'Cast Off Pale Ale' which is full of 'Snap, Crackle and Pop' being brewed using the famous brekky providers Rice Krispies, they have a range of craft beers that are truly unique. The family ran firm has been a huge hit with those who like a tipple and they have managed to garner quite a following in such a short time. Based out of unit 63, at the Waybridge Enterprise Centre, the family brewery has gone from strength to strength. The awards are sponsored this year by Talk Talk and will take place on the 31st of October at the Lowry Hotel, solet us hope the Halloween Magic happens for this intrepid band of brothers. https://www.sevenbro7hers.com/
  19. I was pleased to receive this collection of photographs from Tony Green an ex-resident of Eccles, who took these photos in 1975, and show many scenes of the town centre, I love the bench outside the Bulls Head pub! Tony tells me,
  20. Walkden Central Post Office branch on Edgerton Walk in the Ellsemere Shopping Centre is set to close at the end of the trading day at 5:30pm on Wednesday the 13th of November, the branch will then be reopened at its new location the following morning of the 14th of November, at Rashid's retail store situated at 23a on Bolton Road, Worsley, M28 3AX. The store will be renamed to Walkden Post Office. This comes after the public were asked for their views and opinions via an online consultation over the past couple of months. The branch will operate from a newly built dedicated open plan Post Office area located towards the rear of the store and customer access both into and within the store will meet Post Office Ltd’s own accessibility standards and all applicable legislation. The new branch will be a bright, modern open-plan layout which will include a complete internal refurbishment to combine Rashid’s and the vacant unit next door. A new shopfront will be installed to provide level access with an automatic door at the entrance. Externally the store front will include Post Office signage and an opening hours board. It is said that the same range of services would still be available at the new branch. In a public letter, Steve Blampied, Head of Directly Managed Branch Network for Post Office Limited, said, The full details of the consultation can be found on this link: https://www.postofficeviews.co.uk/national-consultation-team/walkden-central-m28-3aa-071422/results/walkdencentralm283aa-decision.pdf
  21. Salford City Council’s new housing company Dérive has picked up the keys to its first new homes. The keys to the first of 20 two and three bed-roomed properties are now being handed over to tenants. The properties at Riverbank View in Charlestown were bought off plan from Keepmoat Homes to provide affordable homes for people in Salford. The homes are part of a wider 430 home development where a fifth (86) of the homes are affordable. Forty three affordable homes have already been delivered and Dérive is purchasing a further 20 affordable homes, with an opportunity for another 23 homes when the final stage of development takes place.Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett said: Councillor John Merry, a director of Dérive, said: Councillor Tracy Kelly, a director at Dérive and Lead Member for Housing and Neighbourhoods at Salford City Council, said:
  22. A prison officer at the Sodexo ran HMP Forrest Bank in Agecroft has been arrested on suspicion of attempting to smuggle mobile phones into the class B privately ran prison in a pair of boots. The officer was arrested shortly after starting an early morning 6:30am shift on Friday (4th October), on inspection it is understood that the illegal contraband was discovered hidden in the officers boots. Prison Director Matt Spencer, said: A full investigation is now underway. Meanwhile, the prison has had a number of issues with it's staff, in July two male staff members were arrested on suspicion of smuggling in prohibited items and in November last year (2018) two former workers were sent to prison themselves after they were found guilty of up to £100,000 worth of electrical equipment from the prison which they later sold online shopping website eBay.
  23. Edit: Sandra's family have now been found, thanks for sharing. Police are appealing for any next-of-kin of after the unfortunate death of a 'sweet natured' lady from Swinton. Sandra Louise Spencer, 43, has sadly passed away at her home address on Martin Road, Swinton on 3 October 2019. Police believe there to be no suspicious circumstances surrounding her death. We understand that she has a son who is serving in the Armed Forces as well as a daughter who may be living in the United States of America. Anyone with information about Sandra’s next of kin should contact the Police Coroner’s Office in Bolton on 0161 856 4687.
  24. Less than a month after police discovered a huge cannabis farm in Lower Broughton, they have come across yet another. As part of their ongoing attempts to disrupt the supply of drugs in and around the North West of the country, GMP in Salford have discovered another substantial crop that would have otherwise entered the supply chain. The sophisticated set up was used to nurture the plants in various stages of growth, they will now be bagged as evidence and then later destroyed. A female was arrested at the scene for further questioning.
  25. Can you help police find a missing man from Eccles? Andrew Hughes, 44, was last seen on Walnut Road, Eccles at about 12:30pm on 20 September 2019. He is described as a white man, approximately 6ft tall and of slim build with light brown short hair. He was last seen wearing dark blue jeans; a black coat and a white cap. Officers are becoming increasingly concerned for Andrew and want to make sure that he is safe and well. The image of Andrew that has been released is around 15 years old, however his appearance is not believed to have changed significantly since the photo was taken. Anyone with information about Andrew’s whereabouts is asked to contact police on 0161 856 5488.
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  27. Graffiti has been sprayed and damage has been done to an iconic veterans shelter in Monton for the second time within a week. The initials ED and JB were painted across the shelter which not long ago had a £25,000 face-lift thanks to a heritage fund grant. Alongside the initials are what look to be a phone number. Salford Council has been quick to act and the Grafitti has now been removed, CCTV is also planned for the area to help combat this kind of mindless behaviour. If anyone knows who ED & JB are then please get in touch as we would like to give them the fame they crave.
  28. Shortly after 6.50am on Monday 30 September 2019, police were called to reports of a robbery at a property on York Avenue, Prestwich. A 77-year-old woman was confronted by a masked man on her landing who tied her hands and feet before demanding money and the PIN numbers to her bank cards. The offender then fled with a quantity of cash, several bank cards and jewellery. Shortly after 4.30am today, Tuesday 1 October 2019, police were called to reports of a robbery at a property on Bury New Road, Salford. A 28-year-old woman was woken in her bedroom by a man who demanded her phone, money and the PIN numbers to her bank cards. He then tied her hands and feet before fleeing with bank cards, a phone and a laptop. An arrest was made earlier in the week and now police have confirmed that Gary Spilsbury (23/01/1973) of Bury New Road, Salford has been charged with two robberies in relation to both aggravated burglaries which took place on York Avenue, Prestwich and Bury New Road, Salford on Monday 30 September and Wednesday 2 October. He has also been charged with two previous burglaries at different addresses in Albert Avenue, Bury and Bury New Road, Salford on Saturday 21 September and Wednesday 2 October respectively, as well as two counts of fraud. He has been remanded in custody and is due to appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court on Monday 7 October.
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