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  2. Salford's favourite artist/debt collector is best known for his industrial scenes of Salford and Manchester which feature his iconic match stalk men and match stalk cats and dogs figures. Lowry's 'A Cricket Match' was one of just a handful of times he turned his hand to capturing sport. Lowry was and still is world renowned for capturing the gritty realism of the industrial landscapes and backdrops of our dirty old town, a painting style which is unique only to him. Beloved British actor Timothy Spall is set to take on the role of LS Lowry in an upcoming film set in his beloved home City of Salford where the Artist spent many a day with his easel. The film will also star talented actress Venessa Redgrave as his titular mother. Mrs Lowry & Son depicts the relationship between one of Britain’s most iconic artists, and his mother Elizabeth, with whom he lived until her death. The biopic follows Lowry in the beginnings of his career, as he yearns for appreciation of his work from his peers in London. The last time this piece sold at auction was in 1996 when it fetched what was for then a phenomenal sum of £280,000 upon its debut. The sporting depiction of a packed children's cricket match was painted in 1938. The painting was unveiled to the public during a five day review at Salford's Lowry which carries his name, it attracted huge crowds as his work always does. A note by sotheby's describing the painting says.
  3. Parents are being asked to show a little care and consideration when picking/dropping their children from school as irresponsible and in many cases illegal parking is causing major road safety issues. Over the past few years the problem has only gotten worse as more and more cars take to the roads. According to Rule 243 of the Highway Code , you are advised not to park near a school entrance or anywhere that would obstruct access for emergency services, at or near a bus stop, as well as opposite or within 10 metres of a junction, over a dropped kerb, and in front of an entrance to a property. All schools will have areas with yellow zig zag lines outside their exits/entrances, these lines are to indicate the length of road where stopping or waiting is strictly prohibited. There may also be an upright sign displayed, indicating a mandatory prohibition of stopping during the times shown. If caught by a local authority enforcement officer you could find yourself with a fine to pay and quite rightly so as you are needlessly putting lives in danger. And officers are on patrol so be warned. Children's lives are increasingly being put in danger as they struggle to cross roads between parked cars, these areas are specifically meant to be kept clear at all times to prevent those dangers. Today, Junior PCSO's Libby and Ibrahim from Monton Green Primary School were out on patrol as part of a crackdown on irresponsible parking in the area. Road safety around schools is very important but drivers will only change their behaviour if they are aware of the consequences and who better to hear it from than a small child. The pupils have been on patrol accompanied by an officer and are enjoying being involved in promoting road safety. They are both described as being polite, courteous and a credit to the school and I am not one to dispute that but I would not take the chances as they both look like they could have you in a headlock in seconds. So please, have some consideration when parking, no one wants to see children hurt on their way too and from school.
  4. The redevelopment of the University of Salford’s historic Maxwell Hall is aimed at creating a world class entertainment and cultural venue for both students and the wider Salford and Greater Manchester communities. After a competitive bidding process Architects Flanagan Lawrence have been appointed to develop the final designs, and have already created striking images of what the new venue could look like. When completed, Maxwell Hall will be an iconic new building along Salford Crescent and the A6 corridor and provide a unique venue for the city and region. It is all part of the ambitious £800m Salford Crescent Masterplan that has been jointly developed by the University of Salford and Salford City Council to outline the vision for a new city district in the heart of Salford. The redevelopment of Maxwell Hall will create a large auditorium with flexible layout options and add to a growing list of cultural assets in Salford, including successful arts venue Islington Mill, Sounds of the Other City music festival and the continued growth of the creative and digital sector at Salford Quays. Maxwell Hall has a rich history and is one of the cultural centre pieces of the university campus. It has hosted a huge range of acts including the Smiths, Pulp and The Charlatans and the aim is to attract acts of that calibre in the future, putting Salford back on the music venue map. Developing new cultural opportunities is at the heart of the Masterplan and in recognition of this potential to grow the cultural economy in Salford, the Salford Culture and Place Partnership – a collaboration between the University, The Lowry, the City Council and other partners – was established to drive cultural activity across the City. Huw Williams, COO at the University of Salford said: While the University will be investing a large amount of capital in the project, matched funding will need to be raised for part of the estimated £15m project costs and the University will work with partners to ensure the ambitious scheme goes ahead. The redeveloped hall will provide an ideal venue for industry collaboration, mainly but not exclusively, in the cultural industries. It would also provide an opportunity for students to work hands-on in event management, hospitality, front-of-house, sales & marketing, customer care as well as a wealth of roles associated with the production and delivery of cultural events including sound production, set design, performance and broadcasting. Architect Flanagan Lawrence has been involved with high profile cultural projects in the past, particularly in Sunderland with the huge regeneration of the Fire Station Auditorium, which will create a specialist music venue for the city. They have also worked on the Performing Arts centre for the Royal Welsh College of music and Drama in Cardiff, and the Laidlaw Music Centre for the University of St Andrews. Jason Flanagan, Director, Flanagan Lawrence, added:
  5. GMP are appealing to the public for help in tracing the family of Karl Henshall, originally from Urmston. Karl Henshall, 66, passed away at his home address on Worsley Avenue, Walkden on Monday 17 June 2019. Sadly the police have been so far unable to locate his family members to inform them. Police believe there to be no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death. Anyone with information about Karl’s next of kin should contact the Police Coroners Officer on 0161 856 4687.
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  7. Article written by Joseph Crabtree Salford Red Devils assistant coach Martin Gleeson will leave the club at the end of this month, to pursue a coaching career with Wasps RFC. The 39-year-old joined Salford as a player in 2013, before making the transition to the club’s coaching staff. Gleeson said: He added: Red Devils head coach Ian Watson said: He added: Gleeson will join the Gallagher Premiership side as assistant attack coach ahead of their 2019/20 season. Salford’s director of rugby Ian Blease said: Individuals with suitable experience who are interested in applying to become the club’s new assistant coach should email their CV to: enquiries@salfordreddevils.net
  8. As the world remembers the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings which liberated Europe from the scourge of Nazism, Armed Forces Day is a chance to show your support and pride for the men and women who make up our Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families, veterans of past conflicts and our amazing cadets who never fail to honour them. There are many ways for people, communities and organisations across the country to show their support and get involved, from attending an event or joining us online to throwing a party or local event. Armed Forces Day celebrations begin on Monday 24 June when the Armed Forces Day flag is raised on buildings and famous landmarks around the country. The Ministry of Defence have requested that flags are flown to celebrate the start of Armed Forces Week and as ever Salford will be proudly joining the nation in tribute to the country’s armed forces community. A small ceremony will be taking place on the front steps of Swinton Town Hall, Chorley Road, Swinton, M27 5FJ from 10.30am on Monday 24th June 2019 to honour our armed forces community. The Ceremonial Mayor of Salford, Councillor Charlie McIntyre and the City Mayor Paul Dennett will be joined by the Lord Lieutenant Mr Warren J. Smith and the Lancashire Fusiliers for the ceremony which runs from 10.30am to 11am. The Salford in Harmony choir will also be performing and the event is open to everyone. At the rise of the ceremony light refreshments will be available in the Salford Suite within the Civic Centre. Once more the much loved Winton Festival will again be supporting Salford’s Armed Forces Day on Saturday 29 June Salford’s military and community parade will travel from Duke’s Drive, Monton, along Parrin Lane to Winton Park, starting at 10.30am. Please allow extra time for your journey if travelling in this area as the parade passes through. The festival is open from 11 am to 4pm. and includes fun for all the family with entertainment on stage and mini fairground rides for children. The Salford Angels WI will be serving refreshments and home-made cake in the tea tent and the event is being supported by 236 Squadron, Lancashire Fusiliers, the Sea and Air Cadets, Brownies and Rainbows, Greater Manchester Police, Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service and Booths Charities Salford's finest young Cadets from all local detachments will be proudly marching alongside their seniors, veterans and their families in honour of the brave men and women of our services. Winton Festival is proud to support Armed Forces Day with a number of fun activities planned. Forming part of the event will be a Parade; starting from Dukes Drive Car Park, off Parrin Lane, Monton, Eccles @ 10.30am, concluding at Winton Park, Dover Street, Winton. Salford City Council’s Armed Forces Champions are Councillor Margaret Morris and Councillor Barry Warner. Councillor Morris said: Councillor Warner added:
  9. Leading Bookies Sky Bet have revised their revisions and reformulated their formulations to declare Salford's very own Ammies as the new favourites to take the Champions League Two crown next May. This comes after their historic win at Wembley this year in which Salford stormed AFC Fylde by 3-0 to reach the Football League for the first time in the clubs history. Plymouth Pilgrims were the bookmakers early favourites but they have changed their minds and have put Salford FC out in front at 8-1. The club has reached new heights under the ownership of Peter Lim as well as six former Manchester United old school class of 92 players, namely, Nicky Butt, David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and footballing siblings Gary and Phil Neville. The promotion to the National League this summer has already seen some shrewd signings made and there are more tipped to follow over the coming months before the start of the new season this coming August. Whatever happens, their is no doubt the little club from Salford is making some huge waves and it's future is looking bright. As it stands the bookies odds are currently as follows. Salford City 8-1 Scunthorpe United 8-1 Plymouth Argyle 9-1 Bradford city 10-1 Forest Green Rovers 12-1 Mansfield Town 12-1 Northampton Town 14-1 Carlisle United 16-1 Leyton Orient 16-1 Walsall 16-1 Colchester United 20-1 Swindon Town 20-1 Exeter City 25-1 Newport County 25-1 Oldham Athletic 25-1 Port Vale 25-1 Cambridge United 33-1 Crewe Alexandra 33-1 Stevenage 33-1 Cheltenham Town 40-1 Crawley Town 50-1 Grimsby Town 50-1 Macclesfield Town 66-1 Morecambe 80-1
  10. GMP were called out shortly before 4.40am this morning (Tuesday 18 June 2019), after reports of a collision involving a silver Chevrolet Captiva. Enquiries are currently ongoing to trace the driver who fled the scene. The vehicle was reported stolen from the Clifton area of Salford a short time before the collision happened. Police are saying that there are no reported injuries at this time. The southbound access to the A580 from Kearsley and access from the M61 southbound to the A580 remains closed. PC Phil Raymond, of GMP’s Salford district, said: Drivers travelling through Little Hulton and Walkden are being advised to find alternative routes. Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 6108. Reports can be made anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
  11. New changes to the structure of Salford City Councils Mayoral Team will soon come into effect following the recent local elections. Council Stalwart Derek Antrobus will soon be stepping down from his position after 40 years of service with the organisation. Having served as Lead Member / Committee Chair since 1999 and holding the planning portfolio since 2003, City Mayor Paul Dennett thanked him for his commitment and dedication and wished him well for the future. He will remain as a Councillor until the May 2020 elections. Meanwhile Councillor John Merry will be stepping into the shoes of former children's and young peoples services leader Lisa Stone, he has agreed to formally take on the role and responsibilities and will work alongside Councillor John Walsh as the executive support for education and learning. Councillor Mike McCusker will now serve within the Mayoral Team as the new executive support for planning, housing and sustainable development, he will work alongside Councillor Antrobus and Councillor Tracy Kelly with the long term goal of fulfilling Greater Manchester's aspirations to become Carbon Neutral by the year 2038. In addition to this, tomorrow’s launch of the Greater Manchester Housing Strategy also highlights Greater Manchester’s plans to: i. Tackle poor rented housing through a Good Landlord Scheme, ii. Deliver at least 50,000 additional affordable homes by 2037, iii. Deliver a ‘Healthy Homes Service’ to help vulnerable people live safely and independently, iv. Establish a Community-Led Housing Hub to support and encourage more forms of Community-Led Housing across Greater Manchester. Other changes will see one of the new additions to Salford Council replacing Councillor Laura Edwards to become the cycling champion for the city, this is due to the outstanding work Councillor Jim Cammell has been doing with the Dadz Cycle Hub within the city and his passion for cycling. The current composition of the Mayoral Team is now currently. City Mayor, Paul Dennett Statutory Deputy City Mayor, Paula Boshell Deputy City Mayor / Lead Member for Children’s and Young People’s Services, John Merry Lead Member for Finance and Support Services, Bill Hinds Lead Member for Environment and Community Safety, David Lancaster Lead Member for Planning and Sustainable Development, Derek Antrobus Lead Member for Adult Services, Health and Wellbeing, Gina Reynolds Lead Member for Workforce and Industrial Relations, John Ferguson Lead Member for Housing and Neighbourhoods, Tracy Kelly Executive Support Member for Education and Learning, John Walsh Executive Support Member for Planning, Housing and Sustainable Development, Mike McCusker Executive Support Member for Social Care and Mental Health, Jane Hamilton Executive Support Member for Transport, Roger Jones Executive Support Member for Culture, Leisure and Sports, Stephen Coen
  12. Paul Dennet, Salford's City Mayor, has released a joint statement to the press countersigned by Councillor John Merry, Lead Member for children's and young peoples services, after learning that proposals are being put forward for a free school on the site of the former St George's RC school in Walkden. The former school shut its doors to pupils after a long dispute over the falling numbers, the school was finally mothballed in early 2013 and has laid dormant since. The new 750 place co-educational, non-faith secondary school has been given approval as a new free school project. Additionally it would seem that the council has been told it will have to lease the property to Star Academy Trust for 125 years with no premium at a peppercorn rent. The council would also be liable for all clearance works required at the site as well as any alterations or maintenance of the highways and roads needed. Paul Dennett lambasted the decision saying that neither he or the council had receive any prior advanced notice of the DfE press release, which has left the local authority with significant unanswered questions. No date has been given for the expected opening of the new school and it has not been made clear if the old building will be retained for use or if there will be a completely new build put on the site. The Mayor questioned demand for the new school due to its proximity to the existing Harrop Fold & Walkden secondary schools. He went on to say that the councils preferred option for the site would be for use in improving much needed primary school places. Meanwhile Councillor Merry has spoken of his concerns over the proposals stating that the councils position is that it will seek to use every legal means possible to prevent it. The council will mount a legal challenge if necessary. Salford Council has historically opposed the introduction of free schools and academies, citing lack of benefit to the wider community and the fragmentation of the education system they engender. They have pledged to closely monitor the situation and keep residents in the surrounding area up to date with developments. The full statement can be found bellow.
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  14. In a move which TV comedy legend Ricky Tomlinson called an absolute disgrace, the Government has courted controversy after passing on the TV licence concession bill to the BBC to fund. Earlier this week the national broadcaster declared that it would employ means-testing to determine who is and who isn't eligible for a free licence under their new rules. Previously anyone aged 75 or over could apply for a concessionary licence but that is all set to change as the new rules will mean only those pensioners in receipt of pension credit will be eligible. This will result in an estimated 3 million+ elderly people losing out on their free licence once the new scheme takes effect on the 1st of Jun 2020. Pensioners groups have argued that the free licence is a lifeline for elderly people which is now being taken away despite promises by the Government in previous years that it would remain. Charity group AgeUK has said that the reforms could see over 50,000 pensioners forced into poverty as they urge the government to do a prompt u turn over the decision. Caroline Abraham's the charity director at Age UK said: A petition set up by the charity has seen over 559,000 people sign it over the past few days. The BBC has defended its position by detailing that the cost to the corporation would be approximately £745 million by 2022, a figure which could rise to over £1 billion by 2029 as the population ages. Ricky blasted the Government in a speech given at a impromptu protest rally at MediaCityUK over the weekend, he said: Now the The National Pensioners Convention has called for people to make a stand with them against the decision by the Government and the BBC bosses. A Protest will be held outside the BBC's headquarters in Salford's MediaCityUK, the home to the BBC's 5 Live, BBC Sport and Blue Peter to name but a few shows now produced in its Northern HQ. The demonstration will take place at Noon this Friday 21st June out front of the BBC building, with planned protests taking place across the country at the same time outside other regional BBC offices.
  15. Police are giving warning after a number of reports of bogus workmen targeting residential properties in both the Walkden and Boothstown areas. They are reportedly approaching householders offering to carry out refurbishment or replacement of driveways. They are described as white males ages around their late 20's - early thirties, 1 man was of medium build, wearing dark clothing and curly hair under a bob hat, he was also seen to be smoking roll ups. The other is described as also being medium build and wearing short pants and trainers. There are reports that they have been seen driving a white transit van around the areas. Both are suspected by police of carrying out fraud and false representation. This is by far the first time that fraudsters have targeted Salford in such a way, last year a couple from Weaste were duped out of money by someone claiming to work for Salix Homes. Residents are advised that if approached, they decline any offers of work and report the incident immediately to GMP via 101 or using their online chat services.
  16. Plans submitted to the Council by Silverlane were today given consent by City planners, a move which will see the construction of 272 non affordable apartments at the top end of Church Street close to the train station. As the development lies in what is considered a mid value area, there is no requirement for such to include what is termed affordable housing. The 'Vicarage Grove' apartments will be split between a 23 storey main block alongside smaller interlocking four and six-storey blocks. The ground floor will become a 7,500 sq ft commercial space to replace the current shops and the Top House pub. The development was designed by architect Jeffrey Bell who also drew up proposals for 1,500 homes at Michigan Avenue on Salford Quays on behalf of Peel Land and Property. The Quays development could rise up to 45 storeys high. Planning documents show the town hall received seven letters of opposition, compared with four supportive ones. Some residents have said that they are hoping to see the development usher in some much needed change to the former bustling area, whereas others have raised concerns about the viability of the design and impact of the building on the surrounding area. One local resident said,
  17. One of the most celebrated musicals of all time, Once will embark on its first major UK tour from January 2020, making its Greater Manchester premiere at The Lowry from Mon 22 to Sat 27 June. Tickets are currently on sale to Members of The Lowry. General on sale is 10am on Fri 21 June. Based on the critically acclaimed and much-loved film, Once tells the uplifting yet yearning story of two lost souls - a Dublin street busker and a Czech musician - who unexpectedly fall in love. Following their relationship across five short days, big changes happen to both of them in little ways. Celebrated for its original score including the Academy Award-winning song 'Falling Slowly', Once is a spell-binding and uplifting story of hopes and dreams. Once embarks on its first major UK tour after acclaimed runs on Broadway and in the West End, and having won awards across the world including the Academy Award for Best Original Song, a Grammy for Best Musical Theatre Album, eight Tony Awards and an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music. The cast will be led by Daniel Healy as Guy and Emma Lucia as Girl, who return to the roles after receiving critical and audience acclaim in the production’s premiere last year at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich and Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch. Daniel Healy is a singer-songwriter, musician and actor, who has co-written songs for multi-platinum artist Ronan Keating including the single 'Breathe', which topped the BBC Radio 2 Playlist. Theatre credits include 'Backbeat' and 'Once', both in the West End. Emma Lucia made her professional debut as Marilyn and understudying Carole King in the UK Tour of 'Beautiful', before taking on the role of Girl in Once. Further casting is to be announced. Once is directed by Peter Rowe with set and costume design by Libby Watson, musical supervision by Ben Goddard, choreography by Francesca Jaynes, lighting design by Mark Dymock, sound design by James Cook, projection design by Peter Hazelwood and orchestrations by Martin Lowe. Casting is by Debbie O’Brien. Based on the cult 2007 Irish indie feature, originally shot on a micro-budget of just $160,000, Once premiered at the New York Theatre Workshop in 2011 before transferring to Broadway in 2012. There it won eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. Productions have since opened all over the world, including the West End production in 2013 which received the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music. Once has a Book by award-winning Irish playwright and screenwriter Enda Walsh, and Music & Lyrics by Academy Award winning Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová who, for 'Falling Slowly', won the Oscar for Best Original Song. It is based on the motion picture Written and Directed by John Carney. The Original Production Concept is by John Tiffany, and Orchestrations are by Martin Lowe. Listings Information Once Dates: Mon 22 - Sat 27 June 2020 Box Office: 0343 208 6011 Website
  18. It has just published its first modern slavery statement setting out the actions the council will take to ensure it does not condone or support human trafficking and modern slavery in any way and how it will encourage the identification, rescue and support of victims and prosecution of those who exploit and harm them. Sixteen people from a range of organisations across Salford, including the council, have been trained to deliver training on modern slavery to help identify victims more effectively and make referrals into support. Further training will be made mandatory for all council commissioning and procurement staff. Councillor David Lancaster, lead member for environment and community safety, said: In 2015 a council officer investigating scams at an address in Eccles alerted police and helped rescue a deaf mute girl who was trafficked into the UK from Pakistan and suffered 10 years of modern slavery and abuse. The couple holding her were prosecuted and jailed. In 2018 the council unanimously backed a motion to tackle modern day slavery. Councillor Jim King who backed the motion said, The council is also tackling criminals who seek to exploit people through Salford Community Safety Partnership, which brings together the council, police and a range of other agencies to fight crime and keep the community safe. Project Gulf, set up 10 years ago to tackle serious and organised crime works to disrupt, deter and prosecute gangs and seize money under the Proceeds of Crime Act to fund community projects. The pioneering project has inspired other police forces, including London and Merseyside, to copy the model. Salford City Council also supports the Co-Operative Party Charter against Modern Slavery as part of its vision to create 'a better and fairer Salford’ by tackling poverty and inequality and ensuring the city provides opportunities for all. Anyone with concerns about modern slavery can find more information at www.modernslaveryhelpline.org or call 08000 121 700.
  19. The incident happened between 1.30am and 2am on Sunday 9 June 2019 a man in his mid-20s was waiting at a bus stop on John Dalton Street when a black Jeep approached. Inside were around three or four men, one of whom got out of the vehicle and put the man in a headlock. The offender then smashed a glass bottle into the victim’s face. The victim was taken to hospital for treatment after suffering two deep cuts to the head just above the eyes. The man described the offender as being an Asian male wearing a red or black T-shirt, approximately 6ft 2ins tall with dark hair which was long on top and short on the sides. After the attack was over, the offender got back in the black Jeep which made off from the incident along the A34 towards Salford. Anyone with any information about the assault should contact police on 0161 856 3345 quoting incident number 1656 of 12/06/19. Information can be passed on anonymously by calling the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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    Walkden South Local Election

    The election for the Walkden South ward had been postponed by the Returning Officer Jim Taylor after the unfortunate death of a candidate. George Andrew Darlington (aged 68) was standing as the Conservative Party candidate but sadly took ill and later died at the end of April. As a result the ward did not get a chance to elect at the same time as the rest of Salford and so a new date was set for Thursday the 20th of June. Polling Stations will open around the ward from 7am and remain open until 10pm, with the results announced once the votes have been counted later that night.
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  25. The election for the Walkden South ward had been postponed by the Returning Officer Jim Taylor after the unfortunate death of a candidate. George Andrew Darlington (aged 68) was standing as the Conservative Party candidate but sadly took ill and later died at the end of April. As a result the ward did not get a chance to elect at the same time as the rest of Salford and so a new date was set for Thursday the 20th of June. Polling Stations will open around the ward from 7am and remain open until 10pm, with the results announced once the votes have been counted later that night. The five candidates contesting the ward seat are, John Paul Atley, Liberal Democrats Joshua Mark Brooks, Labour Party David Simon Cawdrey, The Conservative Party Thomas Matthew Dylan, Green Party Tony Green, UK Independence Party If you are registered to vote it should tell you where your local polling station is, if you have not received a polling card you may still be on the list and eligible to cast your vote. You can find out the closest station to you via the councils link bellow. Simply add your post code or street address to the box and hit search. https://www.salford.gov.uk/your-council/elections-and-voting/voting/where-is-my-polling-station/
  26. At around 12.10am on Sunday 17 March 2019 a man in his 40s was assaulted after an argument with the offender – another man who is believed to be in his 20s. The offender punched the victim in the face, causing him to fall to the floor and bang his head. The incident happened near to the Mojo bar on Bridge Street, Manchester. The victim was knocked unconscious during the assault after hitting his head on the floor. He sustained injuries to his nose and face, as well as suffered head injuries which required hospital treatment. The offender is described as white and with short brown hair. He is described as being 5ft 9 inches tall with stubble. At the time of the assault he was wearing a khaki waist-length parker coat which had fur around the hood. He also wore blue jeans. Police Constable Michelle Cording, of GMP’s City of Manchester division, said: Anyone with any information about the assault should contact police on 0161 856 4275 quoting incident number 267 of 17/03/19.” Information can be also be passed on anonymously by calling the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
  27. Police arrested 10 suspects yesterday as they carried out the second phase of Operation Ballerina which aims to clamp down on the supply of drugs into Bury. Police carried our early morning raids on 6 properties across the region following on from previous raids carried out last week. This morning 8 of those arrested were charged on counts of supplying crack cocaine and heroin. Stephen Barlow, (06/07/1976) of Second Avenue, Oldham, has been charged with three counts of supplying crack cocaine and three counts of supplying heroin. Craig Dalton, (16/07/1972), of Caversham Drive, Manchester, has been charged with five counts of supplying crack cocaine and five counts of supplying heroin. Aaron Wren, (15/08/1985), of Lancaster Road, Salford, has been charged with three counts of supplying crack cocaine and three counts of supplying heroin. Five of those arrested have all been charged with possession with intent to supply heroin, possession with intent to supply crack cocaine and possession with intent to supply cannabis and money laundering. Aaron Fitzmaurice, (30/06/1985), of Kingsway, Manchester Anthony Fitzmaurice, (06/10/1994), of Kingsway, Manchester Jamie Fitzmaurice, (06/03/1997), of Kingsway, Manchester Claire Fitzmaurice, (03/07/1992), of Kingsway, Manchester Sarah Fitzmaurice, (20/08/1964), of Kingsway, Manchester They have been remanded in custody and are due to appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ later today, (Friday 14 June 2019). A man and woman, who were also arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply drugs and money laundering, have been released under investigation.
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