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  1. Today
  2. Greater Manchester Police say the operation is part of an investigation by the force into the supply of guns in Salford. Police descended on an old disused chapel in Weaste Cemetery earlier this evening and are said to have recovered a number of firearms. Forensics officers were seen putting items into white boxes, information on the type or number of firearms recovered has not been released.. It is unclear as to if the operation is related to the recent gun-fire which took place on Liverpool Street last week, or if the weapons are related to previous shootings. It will not be known if the firearms are viable until they are tested. A statement released by GMP reads, The police are currently running a campaign to get guns off the streets by offering an amnesty on handing them in.
  3. Officers planned the warrant after intelligence-led research highlighted that the premises was housing illegal immigrants who were being used to manufacture counterfeit footwear and sports clothing. As the building was around 700sqft in size, a large number of staff were assembled and deployed, which were made up of partners from Immigration Enforcement, Border Force, Police Officers from Op Challenger, City of Manchester Police, City of London Police, Manchester City Council, the Drone Unit, North West Regional Organised Crime Unit and other private industry partners. The British Red Cross were on hand at a rest centre to provide emotional support, clothing, and refreshments to potential victims evacuated as a result of the operation. The British Red Cross plays a leading role in providing support to people who have been trafficked, both in the UK and internationally. On arrival at the premises officers found there were no victims of modern slavery on-site, however a large amount of counterfeit goods were discovered, that on first-look is being estimated to have a street value of millions of pounds. DI Jamie Pearson said: Councillor Rabnawaz Akbar, Executive Member for Neighbourhoods, said: Photo: Google
  4. City Mayor Paul Dennett made the announcement today after receiving a 2000 signature petition from local residents calling for further acknowledgement of the Eccles taxi driver. All 60 councillors on Salford City Council have backed the idea of paying another tribute to Alan in this way. It is five years since Alan from Eccles, Salford, was captured and tragically killed in Syria where he had gone as a volunteer to deliver humanitarian aid. Kas Jameel, who travelled to Syria with Alan, presented the petition and spoke at the full council meeting of Salford City Council in support of the idea. City Mayor Paul Dennett said: Work is already underway to choose an appropriate principal road on a new development in Eccles, Alan’s home town. Councillor Shamina August, who gained all party support for the idea, said: Mayor Dennett said the Alan Henning memorial garden, opened in May 2016, was a place where Alan’s family and the community could reflect quietly on his life and kind deeds. The garden was based on a clock face to symbolise time and planted with yellow flowers to reflect the overwhelming love, support and remembrance to Alan and his family that came from Eccles and Salford. Communities from across the city came together and launched individual Alan Henning memorial funds while the former City Mayor Ian Stewart launched a council-led memorial fund to provide support for Alan’s children. said Mayor Paul Dennett. On a personal note we wish to thank the tireless work of Councillor Sharmina August who has been instrumental in making this happen, also the Salford City Councillor, MP's and both its ceremonial and city mayors. Most of all I would like to thank Alan's family for showing such strength in the years that have passed since his death, this is as much for them as it is for Alan. I can not even start to imagine the suffering they have endured over those years but rest assured you are always in our hearts and the people across the whole of Salford stand with you and your family. Video: Salford Labour
  5. For the past year, housing association Salix Homes has been awarding grants to groups and projects across Salford that are making a difference in communities. Salix Homes has donated more than £100,000 to dozens of local groups and initiatives across Salford as part of its Springboard community grant programme. From children’s drama clubs and bowling teams, to youth groups and dance troupes; Springboard has provided much-needed cash injections to local projects that boost community spirit, promote health and wellbeing, reduce isolation and improve the environment. Now, Salix Homes has picked four fantastic projects from across its neighbourhoods as the Springboard Heroes finalists. It’s now over to the public to vote for their favourite and the winning project will receive a £1,000 cash boost. The finalists for the second annual Springboard Heroes are: Peel Park parkrun- a group of local volunteers are hoping to bring the international running phenomenon – parkrun to Salford’s Peel Park The Fountains - a Swinton care home raising funds for a sensory room and empathy dolls for its dementia patients Audacious Foundation - a Salford charity which supports the homeless and families living in poverty Friends of Green Grosvenor Park – a Broughton community group which organises events and activities for local children and families including a new children’s drama class at St Clements Church. Sue Sutton, executive director of operations at Salix Homes, said: Lower Kersal Young People and Community Group (LKYPCG) were voted the winner of the first ever Springboard Heroes Award in 2018. The Salford charity has transformed the lives of hundreds of people and were named as the deserving winners of the accolade last year. The winner will be announced during Love Your Neighbourhood Week, which takes place from 19 – 23 August, and is organised by Salix Homes to encourage people to take pride in their neighbourhoods. Voting is now open and closes on Monday, August 5, and you can vote via the Salix Homes website, where you can also watch a video about each of the groups. https://www.salixhomes.org/springboardheroes
  6. The National Firearm Surrender campaign will take place between Saturday 20 July and Sunday 4 August 2019 and is running across all forces with the aim of reducing violent crime. Firearms legislation is regularly updated and GMP is asking people to surrender unlawfully held or unwanted guns and ammunition to help avoid them getting into the wrong hands. This surrender is not just targeting those involved in criminal behaviour it’s also aimed at collectors, licence holders and anyone who has inherited a firearm. Many firearms may be held in innocence and ignorance of their illegality or may be forgotten in people’s homes. We also want to highlight that stun guns and similar devices, in particular front venting blank firers, are illegal in the UK and if you have ordered any illegal guns or component parts using internet sites, this is your opportunity to hand them in before we find them. Illegal possession of a firearm can result in a sentence of up to five years in prison and if you are found guilty of possession with intent to supply this can increase to life in prison. There has been an increase in the theft of legitimately held firearms over the past year, and anyone who has a gun in their house is at risk of becoming a victim of gun theft. These stolen guns are then used in illegal activity and assist criminals with their corrupt behaviour. This year alone has seen 31 confirmed discharges from firearms. Do your part and get shot of the gun by handing it in at the front desk of any of the 12* police stations across Greater Manchester. Chief Superintendent Tony Creely said: Firearms and ammunition can be surrendered at any GMP station without any questions being asked. Please check opening times by visiting your local force website. If you know of people involved in illegal firearms activity please call 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.” #gunsurrender #getshotofit
  7. Yesterday
  8. Brandon Cooper (16/07/95) of Brook House Avenue, Eccles has today (Tuesday 16 July 2019) been sentenced at Manchester Crown Court, Crown Square to one year and four months in prison. He previously pleaded guilty to inciting a child to commit a sexual act. He will also have to sign the sex offenders register for ten years and be subject to a sexual harm prevention order for the rest of his life. In August 2018, police received a report from the victim’s father who was concerned about messages of a sexual nature, which his son had received through a social networking platform. The victim – a boy who was under the age of 13 at the time of the abuse – had been contacted online by Cooper, who was using a fake name and profile. It emerged that Cooper had cloned the account of a well-known, local body builder in order to gain the trust of the young victim. He went onto send the child messages of a sexual nature and incite him to commit a sexual act. The court heard how the man who Cooper impersonated was initially arrested as part of early enquiries, but thankfully he was quickly eliminated by detectives who were able to uncover the truth. Detective Constable Tina Jackson, of GMP’s Project Phoenix team in Bury, said: For information on protecting children from Child Sexual Exploitation and how to seek support or report concerns visit www.itsnotokay.co.uk
  9. Greater Manchester Metro Mayor Andy Burnham asked the Government for £116m to help fund upgrades to local businesses to enable them to switch to cleaner vehicles, the Government said a resounding NO and has offered a ring-fenced £36m for a networked camera system that would issue fines to those in breach. Not only that, the 10 local councils have been told to accelerate the 2023 time frame to include vans in the plans by two years, this would see non-compliant vans being forced to pay the daily charge within just 18 months. Some company owners have said that this would have an enormous effect on their businesses. The funding was asked for to help fund the transition of public transport and commercial vehicles that do not comply with the standards set out in the Mayors plan. • £59m was earmarked for the creation of a clean freight fund, to help companies upgrade HGV's and vans • £29m would have supported a switch to a greener bus and coach fleet in the city-region • £28m was set to help hackney cabs and private hire vehicles upgrade their vehicles to be compliant. After taking three months to respond the Government has decided that the camera system presents a better option, sadly not for those who need it most. It has been said by taxi drivers and small distribution companies that the new compliance rules would cripple them to such a point that many would be forced to go out of business. Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, said: Green City-region Portfolio Lead for Greater Manchester, Councillor Andrew Western, added: However, not everyone is convinced the plan is workable as the Greater Manchester Spacial Framework (GMSF) is set to see hundreds of thousands of new homes built in the coming years, many of which will bring even more traffic to already congested roads. Campaigners in Irlam have slammed the proposals as ludicrous at a time when the region is set to embark on the largest building spree it has seen in many many years. One campaigner told us, The Greater Manchester Clean Air Plan proposals are a collaboration between the 10 Greater Manchester local authorities, the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM).
  10. Shortly after 2pm on Thursday 11 July 2019, officers were called to reports of shots being exchanged between two men on a stolen motorcycle and at least two men in a blue Renault Megane. The incident happened as locals were picking up their children from a nearby primary school. The rider and pillion passenger on a black Yamaha MT130 motorcycle, fled the scene, as did the occupants of the car who left it abandoned on nearby Port Soderick Avenue. Officers found evidence consistent with a firearms discharge at the scene. There are thought to have been no injuries. Following a number of warrants executed in the Salford area yesterday, four men- aged 17, 18, 22 and 25- were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. Officers also recovered a handgun. Two of the men- aged 22 and 25- remain in custody for questioning. An 18-year-old man and 17-year-old boy were released on bail pending further enquiries. Detective Inspector Joanne Kay, from GMP’s Salford District, said: Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 5187 quoting reference number 1850 of 11/07/19 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
  11. Purely by coincidence as it is also the 50th anniversary of the launch of 3 brave souls on their journey to land upon the moon (Yes it happened), if you look into the sky tonight from around 21:07 BST onward, you will be treated to views of a partial lunar eclipse. The mid point of the eclipse is set to happen at around 22:30 BST. If the heavens are playing ball and the clouds don't obscure the view, as the moon rises in the South East you will notice that up to 60% of the Moons surface is obscured by the Earths shadow (Umbra). The met office is saying that any showers will soon fade to leave a fine end to the day. It will stay dry with clear spells overnight, with perhaps a few isolated fog patches forming, so it is so far so good. For the best unobstructed view you will have to be high up on a hill or in a high building. As this is a Lunar Eclipse it is quite safe to view and it will not damage your eyesight, you also don't need any specialist equipment. Although for any amateur astronomers and photographers out there who fancy taking a few snaps, feel free to send them to us and we will put them all on show. Sadly we only get to see the partial view, but for Salford expats in much of Asia, Eastern South America and those on the West Coast of Australia, they will get the full spectacle of a total lunar eclipse. Also don't forget to check out the moon landing celebrations on Saturday 20th of July when Salford Astronomical Society, will screen historic live footage of the landing at their base at Chaseley Field, Chaseley Road, M6 7DZ Observatory, Road, Salford.
  12. Blackleach Country Park, Clifton Country Park, Boothsbank Park and Peel Green Cemetery, have kept their Green Flag status for another year. Boothsbank Park in Boothstown scored in the highest category with judges praising the planting and community orchard, how the park attracts birds and insects and the dedication of the Friends of Boothsbank Park to the appearance and upkeep of the site. Salford City Council has invested Section 106 money from developers in resurfacing paths, installing security lighting and adding a new play area and multi games area. All four spaces have now held the award for five years or more – after being judged on key criteria such as being welcoming, clean, healthy, safe and secure and how well they involve the local community. Peel Park, Salford, Victoria Park and Winton Park, which were checked but not judged this year, also have Green Flag status. The national award is given to the top parks, cemeteries, community gardens and other green spaces in the country and the Salford parks are among over 1970 to receive or retain the award this year. Councillor David Lancaster, lead member for environment and community safety, congratulated staff and volunteers on their achievement, he said. The Green Flag Awards are judged by an army of more than 700 green space experts, who volunteer their time to visit applicant sites and assess them against eight strict criteria, including horticultural standards, cleanliness, sustainability and community involvement. The Green Flag scheme is run by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, under licence from the government.
  13. Medical student Hannah Chow is the latest person to benefit from the Feryal Rajah Trust. Hannah, from Eccles, will use the £800 to help her through her master’s degree at UCL in London where she will specialise in Reproductive Science and Women’s Health. Previously she studied Medicine at Queen’s University in Belfast. The trust was set up in recognition of the work of former Salford Dr Feryal Rajah, who tragically died in her 30s. She was the former wife of Deputy City Mayor Councillor John Merry, and he now commemorates her life and work by offering awards through the trust. Councillor Charlie McIntyre, the Ceremonial Mayor of Salford, greeted Hannah and her family in the Mayor’s Parlour. He said: “My husband was a doctor and I used to be a nurse so I fully support all young people who want to pursue a career in medicine. “It was an absolute pleasure to meet Hannah and her family in the Mayor’s Parlour and hear about her education so far and plans for the future. I wish her all the best and I know she is going to be a big success whatever field of medicine she chooses to go down.” Councillor John Merry said: Hannah said: Councillor John Warmisham who is the Chair of Trustees said:
  14. Last week
  15. Two elderly occupants of a light blue Hyundai Tucson were taken to hospital this afternoon (15/07/19) after the car swerved abruptly from the road and collided with a wall at the junction of Claremont and Cholomondley Road. The accident happened shortly before 4:00 pm. A witness told us that the vehicle had suddenly stated to be driven erratically along Claremont Road before making an abrupt swerve towards the wall. The vehicle is said to have flipped onto its side after impacting. The circumstances as to how the accident happened are currently unknown but we are told that thankfully a male (thought to be the driver) had managed to pull himself free from the wreckage, whereupon he immediately tried to assist a female who was trapped inside. We were told that she was rescued shortly after by emergency services and that both occupants were taken to a nearby hospital by ambulance after being treated at the scene. Sadly a third canine passenger did not make it and unfortunately died as a result of injuries sustained in the collision. Fortunately there were no other casualties. The busy road was temporarily closed until the incident had been dealt with, both Claremont and Doveley's Roads were reopened not long after although a cordon was still left in place for a little while after at the top of Cholomondely Road.
  16. It is almost 50 years since man first stepped onto the moon, as part of the moon landing celebrations, Salford Astronomical Society, will screen historic live footage of the landing at their base at Chaseley Field, Chaseley Road, M6 7DZ Observatory, Road, Salford. There will also be a talk by Apollo Mission expert Frank Rourke on SATURDAY 20 July from 6.30pm and the event is free. People attending may also be able to see Jupiter and Saturn through the observatory if the weather is good, but unfortunately the moon will be out of view at the time. For younger visitors there will be a rocket making competition NASA experts will be landing in Salford to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. NASA have been working with Salford City Council and Pendleton Sixth Form College to set up a programme of specialist lessons for both college and school students in November. The NASA team took part in Salford’s historic live broadcast of the NASA Mars Curiosity landing in 2012. Celebrations begin on 16 July for the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 landing on the moon when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took humanity’s first steps on the moon. And Councillor Stephen Coen, who is working with NASA on the Salford ‘space programme’ is promising the talks will be out of this world. Councillor Stephen Coen, Executive Support for Culture, Leisure and Sport at Salford City Council, said: The aim is to provide a unique experience for college and local high school pupils to learn all about astrophysics and heliophysics in a special week-long series of lessons and lectures. Dr. Jon Griffin, Head of Centre of Excellence for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics at Pendleton Sixth Form College said: Councillor Stephen Coen City Mayor Paul Dennett and Dr. Jon Griffin are working with NASA on the programme. As part of the moon landing celebrations, Salford Astronomical Society, will screen historic live footage of the landing at their base at Chaseley Field, Chaseley Road, M6 7DZ Observatory, Road, Salford. There will also be a talk by Apollo Mission expert Frank Rourke on Saturday 20 July from 6.30pm and the event is free. People attending may also be able to see Jupiter and Saturn through the observatory if the weather is good, but unfortunately the moon will be out of view at the time. For younger visitors there will be a rocket making competition. Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett said:
  17. Police now believe they have identified teenager who was involved in a ride-by phone theft at Salford Quays on Sunday. Thanks for sharing.
  18. Police are appealing to the public asking if they have seen a 2003 model silver coloured Suzuki Swift car around the Buile Hill Park area between the 2nd of July and the 9th of July, as they are eager to trace its movements. The registration number of the car is DG03XKE. They are also appealing for anyone who may have video or photos from Eccles Old Road between 11:10 pm on the night of Tuesday July 2nd 9:00 am on Tuesday July 9th. Any footage can be uploaded at the Major Incident Public Portal mipp.police.uk If any members of the public have seen the car then please get in touch with GMP Detective Chief Inspector Colin Larkin, of GMP’s Major Incident Team, said:
  19. Fortunately we are happy to report that it was not the historic grade 2 listed mansion house which is situated a few hundred meters to the west. Once again, arsonists have set another building alight in Buile Hill Park and by our reckoning this latest fire has finally taken out the last one in the depot area which was left standing from previous arson attacks. At around 6:30 pm GMFRS were called to reports of a fire at Buile Hill Park, upon arrival it was discovered that a fire had been started in the old union building in the depot area of the park. The union building has been targeted before (May 2017) but thankfully firefighters were able to prevent the fire spreading to the roof at the time, sadly not the case this time as the building has been gutted by the flames and past of the roof has now collapsed. Firefighters knocked the remaining roof beams into the shell of the building for safety and to allow them access to the fire from above as it was deemed too unsafe to enter. Three fire apparatus were on hand to dampen the flames and a cordon was put in place by police in order to ensure the safety of the public. Smoke billowed out of the buildings now collapsed roof and quickly spread around the park with reports that people could smell it as far away as Eccles and Peel Park. An ambulance was sent to the scene but thankfully it seems that it was not needed as no one was hurt. It is currently unknown who the culprits are or how the fire started but a witness we spoke to at the scene told us that she had seen a group of teenage children coming from the site shortly before the smoke appeared. They were said to have ran off towards the bottom exit on Weaste Lane, however, unfortunately she was too far away to get a proper look at them.
  20. Police responded to a report of a man carrying a firearm at the Coach and Horses pub on Eccles New Road. Armed police descended on the area and a cordon was put in place across the road at around 7pm, however there was no evidence found of anyone with a firearm and despite extensive searches of both the pub and the surrounding area, the cordon was lifted just 20 minutes later. Tensions are currently high after a gun battle took place less than a mile away in the nearby Clarendon area on Thursday. Police have remained at the scene to continue their investigations and there has been an increased presence in the area to reassure the public. It is thought by police that the call was a hoax with the malicious intent.
  21. Detectives now believe that shots were exchanged between two men on a stolen motorcycle and at least two men in a blue Renault Megane on Liverpool Street shortly after 2pm on Thursday 11 July 2019. The rider and pillion passenger on the motorcycle, a black Yamaha MT 1030, fled the scene as did the occupants of the car. Although a number of shots were fired, there are not believed to have been any serious injuries. No firearms were recovered and no arrests have been made at this stage. Officers are now studying CCTV footage and appealing for information. Detective Inspector Lee Moriarty, from GMP’s Salford District, said: Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 5187 quoting reference 1850 of 11/07/19 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
  22. The body has now sadly been formally identified as 24-year-old Hiran Chauhan, who was reported missing on Thursday 4 July 2019. A man aged 32 from the Salford area was arrested on suspicion of murder and has been released on bail pending further enquiries. Police are continuing to appeal for information. Shortly before 8.10am on Tuesday 9 July 2019, police were called to a wooded area close to Eccles Old Road, where it meets the junction of Brentwood, to reports that a body had been found. Detectives are particularly interested in speaking with anyone who has information or has any video footage captured between 11.10pm on Tuesday 2 July 2019 and 9am on Tuesday 9 July 2019 on Eccles Old Road between Weaste Lane and Castleway including Rivington Road. Detective Chief Inspector Colin Larkin, of GMP’s Major Incident Team, said: Files can be uploaded online via the investigation page on the Major Incident Public Portal. Search mipp.police.uk and click on the tile for this investigation and follow the instructions. Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 6777 quoting reference number 585 of 09/07/19 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
  23. Carol Torkington, Ann Anderson, Sue Herbert, Margaret Gormley and Liane Freebody-Smith, who all have 25 years each under their belt in care work and 40 years for Marie Dunne - were given long service awards by their employer – Salford care provider – Aspire. Marie, who has been doing the same job in supported accommodation since she was 18, said: "I am honoured to have been given this award. I love what I do. I get great reward out of giving people a better quality of life. Salford is a caring city." The annual Aspire staff awards also saw accolades for dozens of other staff from best team to going above and beyond. Aspire, which has its headquarters at Humphrey Booth Resource Centre in Swinton, is an accredited Living Wage employer, and has a total of 290 employees that provide person centred support services to people in Salford. They support adults and young people with complex needs, learning disabilities, physical disabilities, older people and people living with dementia. Chief executive of Aspire, Janet Tuohy, said: City Mayor Paul Dennett attended the awards and praised Aspire for their commitment and dedication to caring for the people of Salford. He added: Aspire has recently been given an accolade from the Living Wage Foundation for its commitment to its workforce. The “Beyond the Living Wage Champion Award” was given to them in recognition of the organisation’s leadership role in tackling in-work poverty and improving the well-being of employees, going above and beyond the Living Wage rate.
  24. The survey, available on GM Consult, has been launched to help the Task Force provide further evidence of the impact on residents living in high rise buildings following the tragic Grenfell tower fire and inform the future work of the Task Force. It will run until July 28, 2019. Paul Dennett, Salford City Mayor and Chair of the Greater Manchester High Rise Task Force, said: The research will also look into residents understanding of fire safety and the safety measures of their building. Paul added: The High Rise Task Force brings together all ten local authorities, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, landlords of tower blocks across the city-region in both private and public ownership, as well as representatives from Universities, Utility Companies and other specialist teams to ensure buildings are safe and that Greater Manchester could respond effectively to a major high rise incident. Since it was established, the work of the taskforce has included: Inspecting every residential high rise in Greater Manchester by GMFRS to ensure they comply with fire regulations. GMFRS officers have and continue to work with local authorities, social landlords and buildings in private ownership to address fire safety concerns Full participation and submission of evidence to Dame Judith Hackitt’s Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety. The interim report echoed Greater Manchester’s findings that the building regulations system is not fit for purpose and needs to be overhauled Looking at developing plans for a ‘Greater Manchester’ standard of fire safety, putting the safety of buildings and those living and working in them at the centre Continuing to lobby government to provide clear guidance and the necessary funding to ensure our buildings and our residents are safe. This includes supporting housing providers and building owners with interim fire safety measures and the replacement of cladding systems, ensuring our fire and rescue service has the resources it needs to effectively enforce fire safety legislation, and protecting residents The GM High Rise Task Force has met to look at the implications of the Government’s current Building a Safer Consultation and the High Rise Residents Forum is meeting on the July 11 at 6pm to look at this from a Residents perspective. The results of the survey will help shape the Task Force response to the consultation. High rise residents can let the task force know about their experiences, thoughts, opinions and concerns through the survey: https://www.gmconsult.org/strategy-team/gm_hrtf/
  25. It seems utterly unbelievable but the owners of Irlam Juniors Football Club have had to put up signs warning dog owners that they are being recorded on CCTV. The reason being, that uncaring dog walkers are letting their pets run free to (for the want of a better word) crap all over the same pitch that the youngsters play on. It is utterly disgusting and totally out of order and it seems some owners need to have their ruddy noses rubbed into it to teach them a lesson. As you can imagine this is very much NOT acceptable at all when the pitch at Silver street in Irlam is used on a regular basis by a children's football club. Most people have the sense to pick up their pedigree pooch poops but it seems that there are some who think its acceptable to leave a massive steaming curly hound mound on the ground. Dog owners are being asked to have a little consideration for others using the field and they are reminded that it is a football pitch and not a dog toilet. It is not too much to ask that if your dog does a titanic turd, you bag it and bin it. It's not the dogs who are to blame here, they are just doing what comes naturally too them, it is up to the owner to clean up after them and failure to do so could land you with a fine. The volunteers at the club have been working tirelessly to ensure that the pitch is poop free so the kids can enjoy the game, however they increasingly had to deal with it on a daily basis and its just not on. Anyone found failing to clean up after their pooches will be prosecuted, you are being watched by CCTV.
  26. As the school holidays will soon upon us, parents in some households will be feeling the pinch more than others when it comes to feeding their youngsters, so with that in mind parents of Salford children who get free school meals are being offered shopping vouchers to help towards the cost of food during the six week summer holidays. The £30 grocery vouchers will be made available to those eligible through the City Mayor’s Salford Assist programme, designed to help people facing a crisis or emergency. Around 8,500 children qualify for free school meals in Salford and the council expects to spend up to £150,000 on the scheme. The Booth Charities, Salford, made a significant grant to support the scheme. The council, Salford Community Leisure, local schools and community groups are also drawing up a menu of healthy holiday activities, which include free healthy snacks and lunches. Deputy City Mayor Councillor Paula Boshell said: Parents of children in reception classes and primary school years one and two will need to claim certain benefits to qualify for the food shopping vouchers. Parents of older children who receive free school meals will automatically qualify. Families who do not qualify for the free school meal shopping voucher scheme and need short term support to meet basic needs such as baby items, food, gas or electricity or essential furniture may be able to get help from Salford Assist. The scheme can also refer people for help with debt, affordable loans and affordable energy. Last year the scheme helped just under 4,000 Salford residents. For details of the holiday voucher scheme please see: www.salford.gov.uk/healthyholidays For details of Salford Assist please see www.salford.gov.uk/salfordassist
  27. Diversions are in place at the top end of Liverpool Street close to Clarendon Leisure Centre this afternoon and a huge police presence is on the ground in the area. Witnesses have described two individuals on a motorcycle chasing a car along Liverpool Street and then discharging a firearm at it. Greater Manchester Police have confirmed they have received reports of a shooting and have no released this statement. Officers are currently responding to reports of a shooting in Salford. Shortly after 2pm on Thursday 11 July 2019, police were called to reports that a number of shots had been exchanged between the rider of a motorcycle and the occupants of a car in Liverpool Street. The occupants of the vehicle, a blue Renault Megane, fled the scene as did the motorcyclist. There are no reported injuries at this time. No arrests have been made. A scene is in place in Liverpool Street as police continue with their enquiries. Detective Inspector Joanne Kay, of GMP’s Salford District, said: It is thought that the occupants escaped the vehicle unharmed. A second area around Port Soderick avenue has been cordoned off as forensics officers focus on a dark blue Renault Megane that appears to have a smashed rear window and bullet holes in the front windscreen. The timing of the incident came at around 3 pm as parents were picking up their children from the local Lark Hill Primary school. A cordon is in place between Fitzwarren Street and Cross Lane, drivers are being told to divert around the area where possible. The traffic restrictions are expected to be in place for the foreseeable future. Police are currently going door to door asking for the help of locals in the area with their enquiries. Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 5187 quoting reference 1850 of 11/07/19 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
  28. A report by Judge Thomas Teague QC has heavily criticised Greater Manchester Police for role in a botched surveillance operation which left Anthony Grainger of Lower Broughton dead from gun shot wounds back in 2012. The QC said that the police did not conduct the armed deployment of officers in accordance with the requirements stipulated under article 2 of the European convention on human rights, this failure was to blame for his death. The father of two from Salford's Lower Broughton area was shot dead by marksmen during an operation in which they aimed to arrest a group of men who they suspected of being involved in armed robberies. He was one of three men sat in a red Audi and officers believed they were planning an armed robbery. However the police intelligence was flawed. During the the operation, an officer fired through the windscreen of the vehicle Mr Grainger was in whilst sat in the sleepy village of Culcheth, within seconds a canister of CS gas was thrown through the window and shocked onlookers screamed and panicked as the vehicles tyres were shot out. The officer known as Q9, said he had seen Grainger lower his arms and mistakenly though he was reaching for a firearm, however no weapons were found in the vehicle, or for that matter later on when a search was conducted at his home premises. After the shooting, police failed to follow proper procedures, the inquiry found. A case was brought against then police chief Peter Fahy but it collapsed after the judge accepted an abuse of process argument lodge by his defence. Q9 was never prosecuted, however, the force was charged under health and safety law. A GMP spokesperson said: The report stated that although Mr Grainger had a previous history of dishonesty and vehicle crime, there were no convictions on his record for violence or robbery. Anthony's mother, Marina Schofield has called for the officers to be held accountable for their actions that evening and asked that the CPS consider whether criminal charges could be brought.
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