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  1. Today
  2. In honour of these brave men, the Friends of Salford Cemeteries Trust would like to invite members of the public to the 75th anniversary Remembrance Service for the seven man crew and two civilians. The event will take place at 11:00 am on Sunday the 28th July 2019 at Agecroft Cemetery, Langley Road, Pendlebury, M27 8SS. The brand new Lancaster had been on a bombing raid on German positions at Cahagnes in Normandy in support of British troops on the ground taking part in the Allied, D-Day invasion of Europe. The attacking force comprised 462 Lancasters, 200 Halifax bombers and 30 Mosquitos but due to cloud covering the target area many were not ordered down through the cloud to bomb at low level and returned to base in Lincolnshire whilst still carrying its full compliment of bombs. Moreover, the returning crews could not ditch their bombs in the English Channel due to all the Allied shipping supplying the invading forces. En-route back home they had to fly in a wide arc via Blackpool. . As it flew over Salford it lost height and crashed on the Irwell riverbank, close to Agecroft Cemetery after clipping the roofs of houses on Regatta Street (above) on the 30th July 1944. Barnes, Raymond - RAF Crew of Lancaster Bomber PB304 Davenport, John Bruce Thornley - RAF Crew of Lancaster Bomber PB304 Lines, Peter - RAF Crew of Lancaster Bomber PB304 Reid, Harry - RAF Crew of Lancaster Bomber PB304 Singh, Mohand - RAF Crew of Lancaster Bomber PB304 Steele, John - RAF Crew of Lancaster Bomber PB304 Young, Arthur - RAF Crew of Lancaster Bomber PB304 The above crew were all aboard the plane when it crashed, additionally 2 civilians were also killed on the ground. 45 year old ARP warden, Mr George Morris and 72 years old Mrs Lucy Bamford, both of Pendleton, it was reported in local news at the time that up to eighty others were injured as a result of the ensuing explosion.
  3. Yesterday
  4. The Met Office has issued a Yellow Weather Warning for possible overnight thunderstorms with effect from 18:00 hours this evening until 09:00 hours Wednesday morning. So if you have garden furniture out that you don't want to get wet, bring it in just in case. Update: 01:15 hours and it looks like the storm is heading our way. We may not see the worst of it as it tracks to the south east but we do seem to be in its path. After a fine evening scattered thundery showers will arrive from the south. There will be the risk of hail and some bursts of heavy rain, but it will become drier by dawn. There is a possibility of localised flooding in some areas so be prepared to swim to the offy for milk. It will be a stuffy and uncomfortable night ahead with a Minimum temperature of 18 °C. Tomorrow will see a dry day although rather cloudy at first, but with some good sunny spells developing for the afternoon to give very warm sunshine, especially in the south of the area. Maximum temperature 26 °C.
  5. At around 8:12 pm on Monday night (22/07/19) an ambulance was called to the scene a woman in her 60s fell ill during a row and needed to be rushed to hospital where she remains in a critical and life threatening condition. A spokesperson for GMP said, The area was taped off for a short while until police finished making enquiries but no arrests were made.
  6. Hunt and Johnson gathered at the Queen Elizibeth II centre in Westminster this morning to discover their fates as Dame Cheryl Gillan and Charles Walker - returning officers for the 1922 Committee - announced Boris as the winner with over a two to one ratio over his rival, leaving Jeremy as runner up in the conservative leadership contest. U.S. President Donald Trump was among the first to congratulate him saying that he will make a great PM, although others were quick to fire warning shots across his bow with Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage laying down the gauntlet to the new PM to deliver on his 'Do or Die' Brexit pledge. However the new Tory leader faces a potentially catastrophic mutiny from his parties MP's as they quit their positions over his stance on Brexit plans. Up to a dozen MP's could jump ship over the coming days. With a DUDE rallying cry (that's DELIVER Brexit, UNITE the country, DEFEAT Corbyn and ENERGISE Britain) he has pledged to deliver Brexit by the 31st of October deadline. Boris will not have the liberty of a honeymoon period as he will be tasked with appointing his cabinet and ministerial teams. He is expected to complete his reshuffle no later than Friday. He has already appointed Mark Spencer as the party chief whip. It is also said that behind the scenes Sajid Javid, Liz Truss and Matt Hancock are widely thought to be battling it out to become the countries next Chancellor. Meanwhile Theresa May has one last roll to play as she will be forced to endure her last PMQ session on Wednesday before heading off back to Downing Street to say her last farewells to staff. She will then address the nation from outside number 10.
  7. NHS Blood and Transplant and Salford Royal have released the figures to mark the publication of the annual Transplant Activity Report today and Salford Royal has one of the highest numbers of donors in England. The report reveals there is growing support for organ donation around the country. Nationally, there was a record number of organ donors, with 1,600 people saving lives through deceased organ donation over the last year. However, the report also shows that across the UK, fewer people died in circumstances where they were able to donate their organs – 225 fewer than in 2017/18. This means it is more important than ever that every person who wants and is able to donate their organs after death, is given the opportunity to do so. Dr Chris Booth, Clinical Lead for Organ Donation from Salford Royal, said: From spring 2020, the law around organ and tissue donation in England is changing. All adults in England will be considered as having agreed to donate their own organs when they die unless they record a decision not to donate or are in one of the excluded groups. Organ donation is a most precious gift and adults covered by the change will still have a choice whether they want to be an organ donor and their families will still be involved before organ donation goes ahead. Anthony Clarkson, Director of Organ Donation and Transplantation for NHS Blood and Transplant, said: With the law around organ donation changing in England from next spring, we urge everyone to find out about the choices available to them, make their decision and share it with their family.” Find out more and register your decision by visiting NHS Organ Donor Register at www.organdonation.nhs.uk and share your decision with your family.
  8. FORMER MP for Salford and Eccles and Cabinet Minister who became a strong advocate in the fight against dementia has been recognised by the University of Salford. Hazel Blears served as Minister in Tony Blair’s Labour Government and later became chair of the University’s Dementia Institute. She received an honorary doctorate at a ceremony at the Lowry. Hazel was born and raised in Salford and is a passionate champion for the city and its people. She has campaigned throughout her life for a fair deal for working people and for recognition of the skills and talents of Salfordians. Her mother Dorothy developed dementia and Hazel helped her Dad Arthur to care for her. This experience led to her determination to fight against the condition and to press for more support in the search for prevention and a cure. Hazel was a founder member and Chair of the University’s Dementia Institute, which is dedicated to people living with dementia who develop and evaluate research into maximising the independence and quality of life of those with the disease and their friends, families and carers. Hazel is also a long-standing trustee of the Social Mobility Foundation and an Alzheimer’s Society Ambassador. She said: Hazel is passionate about empowering people to take leading roles in their communities and in making commercial organisations be more socially responsible. Her favourite saying is: “Doing Good is Good Business.” Hazel worked as a lawyer in private practice and local government for 20 years. She was also a councillor on Salford City Council for 8 years and was elected as MP for Salford in 1997. Whilst an MP, Hazel held ministerial roles in Health, Police and Counter Terrorism and was Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. She added:
  9. Last week
  10. An Eccles opticians has completed a major store expansion, representing a £150,000 investment into Eccles’ community healthcare provision. The expansion of Specsavers, located in Eccles town centre, will allow more eye health and hearing services to be offered to customers than ever before. To help with the increase in customer demand, the store has expanded the number of sight testing rooms from two to three. The store also has a new and improved layout, modernised flooring and the latest virtual try-on technology, Frame Styler, which uses facial analysis to scan your face shape and features; taking the guess work out of buying glasses. The growing demand for audiology services also means the Eccles store’s new equipment will see it offer an enhanced hearing service, supported by the store’s team of trained audiologists. This investment in modernised facilities will further enhance the store’s capability, including the detection and management of minor eye conditions and dedicated diabetic screening. Keval Subit, store director at Specsavers Eccles, said:
  11. The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) launched the fundraising appeal as it announced the creation of a ‘Mother Orchard’ for the North West in the Salford garden. The latest of many spectacular gardens in the pipeline is a traditional orchard garden on a three-and-a-half-acre plot which will wrap around the original 1834 Garden Cottage. Nick Knowles, RHS Ambassador, said: The Orchard Garden, designed as a collaboration between Curator Marcus Chilton-Jones and local landscape architect firm Gillespies, will be the largest of the 11 gardens within the majestic eleven acre Weston Walled Garden, one of the biggest walled gardens in the country. It will be created on the site of the original orchard which existed at Worsley New Hall in the 1840s. The garden will have a more naturalistic feel than the adjoining gardens, acting as a space to relax and unwind. Curator Marcus Chilton-Jones said: “The Orchard Garden comes at the end of the exciting journey our visitors will make through the Weston Walled Garden. They will have been amazed and inspired by all the world-class horticulture and then will reach this more traditional, relaxing space that helps to connect the intensive, cultivated horticulture with the wider countryside. It will be a garden that grows slowly and evolves, with new riches revealed each year.” The orchard will feature a mix of apple, pear, plum, cherry and damson trees, as well as soft fruits, echoing traditional orchards with trees grouped naturalistically around the garden rather than in regimented rows. The mixed planting will encourage wildlife biodiversity and the old-fashioned rootstock selection will also add greatly to the lifespan of the trees. It will include 37 varieties of heritage apple trees, keeping rare cultivars alive for future generations and becoming the first ‘mother orchard’ for the North West. The trees come from apples gathered from across Cheshire, Cumbria, Lancashire and the old Westmoreland. Varieties will include ‘Florence Bennet’, once saved from a Liverpool rubbish heap; ‘Withington Fillbasket’ from Cheshire, ‘Scarlet Tiffing’, popular in Lancashire and ‘Manx Codlin’ from the Isle of Man. Carol Klein, RHS Ambassador, said: The orchard will also include 14 varieties of heritage pear, first grown at Bridgewater over 170 years ago. When the RHS took over the garden in early 2017 the trees, which had been grown adjacent to the walls as restricted forms, had not been pruned for over a century, so had grown wild and sadly had to be felled. However, shoots from these trees have been carefully propagated to create healthy new trees, which will be re-introduced to the orchard and should last for around 200 years. Additionally, timber from the felled pears will be used to form the gnarled and twisted pillars of a new summer house, reflecting the heritage of the site. Marcus adds: The focal point of the garden will be the Garden Cottage, the distinctive Gothic-style cottage built for Worsley New Hall’s head gardener in 1834. The Cottage itself will be surrounded by bee and butterfly borders, designed in-house by horticulturist by Carolyn Collins, to provide year-round interest for pollinators. The plants, inspired by the RHS Plants for Pollinators scheme, will have a variety of shapes, forms and colours and will be planted in drifts to place emphasis on flow. The Orchard Garden will be created within the Weston Walled Garden, a key part of the 154-acre RHS Garden Bridgewater. It will sit alongside a Wellbeing Garden, a Kitchen Garden designed by RHS Chelsea Flower Show gold medallists Charlotte Harris and Hugo Bugg; a Paradise Garden designed by Tom Stuart-Smith; a Learning Garden designed by students from Manchester Metropolitan University and community teaching allotments. Carol Klein, RHS Ambassador, said: Donations to the garden will help to create hundreds of jobs, from tree surgeons to therapists, as well as apprenticeships and learning opportunities, with up to 7000 local school children set to benefit free-of-charge each year from having this abundant, green resource on their doorstep. More info on supporting the project donating to the project can be found on the RHS website at www.rhs.org.uk.
  12. The Summer Reading Challenge is themed ‘Space Chase’, which ties in with the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, and encourages 4-11 year olds to borrow and read any six library books over the summer. Children will team up with futuristic family The Rockets for an exciting space mission as they track down books nabbed by a mischievous band of aliens. As children read library books for the challenge, they will receive special stickers, some with mysterious smells. By adding these stickers to their collectable mission folders, young readers will help the Rockets solve clues, dodge asteroids and discover the missing books, having lots of fun and adventures along the way. Children will also receive a special wristband for half price swimming at any Salford Community Leisure pool over the summer holidays and children who complete the challenge returning all six books will receive a free family swimming voucher. The Salford primary school with the highest percentage of children who finish the Summer Reading Challenge will win a selection of books for their school library. To take part, sign up at any library from now until 21st September. All events and activities are drop-in (no need to book) and cost the following (unless mentioned otherwise; check the website for full details or pop into your local library). Regular library events are £1 for library members, £1.50 for non-library members and £3 for families. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Lego Mania £1 for members/£1.50 for non members/£3 per family Play LEGO bingo and other games, or simply build whatever you want. It's up to you! Sessions take place at ten Salford libraries. See website for full details and times. We're Going on a Bear Hunt and Teddy Bear's Picnic Bring your teddy bears to this interactive storytelling, craft session and bear hunt trail. Don't forget your picnics. Sessions will take place at Height, Little Hulton and Irlam libraries. See website for full details and times. Space Chase July celebrates the 50th anniversary of the moon landing so come and make a rocket and join in with the space themed activities at the library. Sessions taking place at Eccles, Cadishead, Little Hulton and Walkden libaries. See website for full details and times. Family Film Club at Little Hulton Library Come and watch a classic family film featuring our favourite jungle friends on Saturday 10th August 10.30am-12.30. Gruffalo Fun Join in with an interactive retelling of this well-loved tale and a Gruffalo craft activity. Events take place at seven Salford libraries. See website for full details and times. Get Crafty at Broughton Library Tuesday 6th August 2-3pm. Visit the library for a fun, family craft session. Materials are provided. Trunk Tales (Part of Salford Libraries Live) at Walkden and Eccles libraries, 6th August Tell Tale Hearts theatre co. presents a storyteller who arrives with a trunk of tales that tell of boastful toads, magical fish and fearsome beats of the wild woods. For 4-11s, £4 per child. See website for full details. DoodleBots Workshop (8+) Join MadLab in making a DoodleBot, a chaotic vibrating drawing robot that creates fascinating patterns as it swirls around and around. Each DoodleBot will be unique. £5 per child. Sessions at Salford Museum and Art Gallery and Walkden Library. See website for full details and to book. Light Up The Stars Workshop (For 8-12s) Join STEAM for this amazing workshop at four local libraries where you'll learn all about the wonders of the solar system and create your own map of the night sky using LEDs and circuits. £5 per child. For full details, venues and times check the website. Space Books (for 8-12s) With artist Rachel Johns, join the event at one of three libraries and learn to draw in an unusual way with ink and sticks. Produce a concertina artbook to take home, featuring rockets, aliens, space monsters of planets! £4 per child. For full details or to book, check out the website. Virtual Reality Workshop (for kids 8+) MadLab will provide a VR Oculus Rift headset for you to experience space in virtual reality! MadLab's workshop which is taking place at Swinton, Pendleton and Eccles libraries will provide a safety overview of using the headset and then you can get hands on and experience this for yourself. £5 per child. Information and booking here. How to make a piano out of fruit at Salford Museum and Art Gallery (8-12s) On 15th August 1.30-3.30pm join the dream team from STEAM to mix a little bit of computer coding know-how and some fruit! Find out how to make your very own fruit piano courtesy of STEAM, the fantastic arts and technology company resident in Salford this summer. £4 per child. For full details and to book, please visit the website. Man on the Moon: Storytelling and singing (for 3-8s) The family workshop taking place at Swinton and Pendleton libraries will be based around the book 'Man on the Moon (a day in the life of Bob)' by Simon Batram which follows Bob. the astronaut who looks after the Moon. This is a fun, interactive story for young children, run by Colour the Clouds Theatre Company. Learn how to build a musical soundscape to accompany this adventure, blasting off into space. £3.50 per child, check the website for full info and times. An Alphabet of Stories: Storytelling and Music at Salford Museum and Art Gallery (3-8s) On Wednesday 21st August 10-11am, Colour the Clouds Theatre Company will lead this drama-based games, active storytelling, and music session, based on An Alphabet, by Oliver Jeffers. £4 per child. For full details an to book visit the website. Print Your Own Solar System (suitable for 5-8s) Create your very own solar system through lino block printing at Walkden and Eccles libraries. Explore your imagination in a lively and relaxed environment with artist Lubna Ali. Choose from a range of colours and design your own stamps. Roll your ink and get layering! Take home your mini multi-coloured masterpiece! £3.50 per child (1 free adult per child). Full info on the website. For more information please go to www.salfordcommunityleisure.co.uk/summer
  13. Following an urgent public appeal issued hours after the five-week-old puppies were taken, officers from GMP’s City of Manchester Division attended a property in Moston and recovered all six dogs, it was initially thought that seven of the pups had been taken but one had been left behind. A 40-year-old man was also arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary and remains in custody for questioning. The staff cross puppies, who are all safe and well, have now been reunited with their mother, Zena, who is over the moon at their return. The investigation into the incident – which took place at a flat on Fernclough Road at around 9:30am yesterday – remains ongoing and detectives are keen to speak to anyone with information that can assist. Detective Constable Nick Kershaw of GMP’s City of Manchester Division, said: Anybody with information should contact police on 0161 856 3985, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
  14. At around 9:30am this morning (Saturday 20 July 2019), two men armed with machetes gained entry to a flat on Fernclough Road after following a man inside and attacking him. Leaving the victim on the floor with defensive wounds to his forearms and hands, the offenders then began their search of the property, looking for any valuables which they could steal. Not content with the cash, keys and phone which they had taken from the victim, the two men continued their search and came across a litter of five-week-old staff cross puppies and their mother, Zena. Showing no regard for the safety of the puppies, the two offenders started picking them up and shoving them in carrier bags. When Zena tried to bravely defend her pups, she was hit in the head with a machete by one of the men, causing a deep laceration. The offenders then fled the scene. Both of them are described as black, skinny build, believed to be in their 20s and were wearing dark clothing with the hoods up. One of the men is believed to be around 6ft 3in – 6ft 4in tall and was wearing a grey and black camouflage face covering. His accomplice was slightly shorter and wearing a plain black face covering. Detective Constable Nick Kershaw, of GMP’s City of Manchester Division, said: Anybody with information should contact police on 0161 856 3985, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
  15. Sonnie Carter (19/04/2000) of Ennerdale Road, Stretford has been charged with Section 18 assault, possession of an offensive weapon and theft of a pedal cycle. He appeared at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court yesterday, where he was bailed to appear at Manchester Crown Court on 16 August 2019. The 17-year-old boy who was stabbed has since been released from hospital. A boy aged 13, two men aged 21 and 28 and a woman, aged 22, who were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder have been released under investigation. The charges relate to an incident where officers were called to School Road, Stretford shortly before 1.50pm on Wednesday 17 July 2019 to a report that a boy had been stabbed.
  16. Officers want to speak to three men highlighted in the footage following the attack, which occurred on Richmond Street at around 3.30am on Saturday 13 July 2019. During the assault, a man punched 18-year-old Gabrielle Walsh unconsious. The victim was on a night out with friend when they attacked. She was left requiring hospital treatment for an injury to her eye after telling a man who was following her that she was not interested in him. The offender was accompanied by two other men, who went on to attack 18-year-old Kyle McKeown who she had been out with. Senior Investigating Officer, Constable Ben Lomax of GMP’s City Centre Division said: Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 3221 quoting incident 2513 of 14/07/19. Information can also be passed anonymously by contacting the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
  17. Darrell James Hewitt (02/06/1994), of no fixed address, . He has been remanded in custody and will appear at Manchester Crown Court on Wednesday 14 August 2019 having been charged this afternoon with the possession of a firearm. Shortly after 2pm on Thursday 11 July 2019, officers were called to reports of shots fired close to a Primary School on Liverpool Street. A 17-year-old boy and two men, aged 18 and 22, were previously arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. They have been bailed pending further enquiries. Later, a 15-year-old boy and 37-year-old man were also arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. They have also been bailed pending further enquiries.
  18. Malachy Ward (16/11/1990) was released from prison in June 2019 after being jailed for four years and four months for burglary. He was released early from prison and remains on licence until 2020. He has now breached the conditions of his licence and the licence has been revoked. Ward is known to have links to the Salford area of Greater Manchester, as well as Northern Ireland. Anybody with information regarding the whereabouts of Ward should contact the police on 0161 856 5238 independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
  19. The driver failed to stop for officers and drove off at speed. A stinger was deployed to reduce the risk of a high speed pursuit and bring the vehicle to a safe stop. The tyres were successfully deflated on Ashton Old Road, but the driver still attempted to drive off at speed. While the car was driving across the junction on Lees Street, Openshaw, it collided with a second car where the driver of the Golf lost control and hit a brick wall, resulting in the car landing on its roof. The driver and passenger of the second car were not injured but were badly shaken from the ordeal. The driver of the Golf, a 29-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of burglary and dangerous driving. Both the man and passenger in the Golf suffered minor injuries. Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
  20. A gand who hid drugs amongst kitchen equipment and vegetables in lorries arriving to the UK through Dover have been jailed today The drugs were transported via fake businesses and lockups located in Manchester, Bolton and Warrington. They even dug a secret underground bunker formed of buried storage containers on a farm in North Wales to grow cannabis within. Between July 2017 and November 2017 seven deliveries of cannabis were imported to the UK via Spain through Port of Dover. Drugs were concealed in packages labelled as oven filters. They purported to be destined for a kitchen firm But the business didn’t exist and the address associated with it actually referred to a yard containing lock-up units behind a convenience store on Newton Road, Lowton, Warrington. Between September 2017 and August 2018 six further deliveries arrived through Dover with drugs concealed in pallets of lettuce and peppers. This tranche was destined for a cold storage company in North Manchester. Officers stopped the sixth delivery in Dover on 12 August 2018 and uncovered 177kg of cannabis with a street value of more than £1.5 million. Police raided a unit at the site in Lowton which was owned by Tony Cadman. Further investigations linked the unit to Michael Lawler, Wesley Kinsella and a second lock-up at Hartford Works, Western Street, Bolton. Police executed a warrant at the lockup and found a stolen Mercedes which contained £20,000 worth of cannabis. This recovery led police to Lee James Jackson and Scott Byrne. Meanwhile, enquiries at legitimate storage companies found consignments were destined for onward delivery to ‘Bog Farm’ in North Wales. Police raided the farm and a concealed underground bunker designed to grow cannabis. Police arrested Michael Harley, who was living in a caravan on the farm, as well as Michael Moore, who was living in the farmhouse. Harley admitted that the underground bunker was built at the farm three years previously but that production there ceased shortly afterwards as it was too wet to grow cannabis. Drugs imported using the concealment in the cooker filters to the lock up in Lowton totalled £6,600,000. Drugs imported using the concealment in vegetable pallets North Manchester totalled £8,850,000. The total value of drugs believed to have been imported by the organised crime group if sold on the street is £15,450,000. Detective Sergeant Richard Castley of GMP’s Serious Organised Crime Group investigating team said: Today (Friday 19 July 2019) at Manchester Crown Court, Crown Square the following were sentenced for their roles in the conspiracy. Scott Byrne (03/01/1987) of Sandlewood, Westhoughton was found guilty of importing cannabis and sentenced to 13 years in prison. Michael Lawlor (09/05/1970) of Lewisham House, Kenton Close, Bolton was found guilty of importing cannabis and sentenced to nine years in prison. Tony Cadman (11/09/1986) of Alder Avenue, Widnes was found guilty of importing cannabis and sentenced to 12 years in prison. Wesley Kinsella (30/09/1987) of Heatherfield, Bolton pleaded guilty to importing cannabis and was sentenced to nine years in prison. Lee Jackson (08/01/1981) of Bradmoor Road, Wirral, pleaded guilty to importing cannabis and was sentenced to nine years and four months in prison. Michael Moore (05/10/1988) of Bog Farm, Eryrys, Mold pleaded guilty to production of cannabis on an industrial scale and was sentenced to two years and nine months in prison. Michael Harley (29/04/1984) of Bog Farm, Eryrys, Mold pleaded guilty to production of cannabis on an industrial scale and was sentenced to two years and nine months in prison.
  21. GM Metro May, Andy Burnham, has called for Manchester to have its own London like underground system in order to solve Greater Manchester's crippling congestion issues. Andy was speaking at the IPPR North event on the future of rail services when he made the suggestion that the City should follow in the example of London by developing an underground network which would join into the existing network above ground. With space at a premium in the City the logical solution would be to go underground, although the scheme could be very costly to the City and would need help with funding by central government. There are also logistical challenges in tunnelling beneath existing infrastructure which would greatly inflate the price of any project. This is not the first time there has been a call for an underground subway system in Manchester as plans were drawn up in the 70s for a two-mile long link line from Piccadilly to Victoria (Picc-Vic Line) which would have ran under the City. Work began in 1974, with excavation underneath the Manchester Arndale, although the £156 million scheme was quickly abandoned in 1977 after funding was unable to be found. The mayor suggests that a new line GMCrossRail could be linked into the HS2 and HS3 (Northern Power House) lines which are soon to cut through the region, he argued that rather than build them above ground, it should be built routed under the City to save on the need to take up valuable land. The first step towards improving transport across the City in our opinion would be to have a unified payment and capped travel cost system similar to London's Oyster Card. Metrolink has recently made a step towards this by allowing contactless payments on its tram network. If expanded across a unified local travel network it would help move people out of cars and onto public transport.
  22. On Wednesday 16 January 2019, 42-year-old Alison Hunt was brutally murdered in her own home by Vernon Holmes – a man she had previously been in a long-term relationship with. In a presentation of the facts of the case, the prosecution told the court how Holmes (11/04/71) of Caroline Street, Irlam, stabbed Alison repeatedly in the chest, back and neck 18 times before leaving her laying in a pool of blood in the hallway of her family home in Swinton as her daughter slept in her bed upstairs. Holmes then fled the scene, making off in his red Mini Cooper before disposing of the knife he used to kill Alison. Officers quickly traced the red Mini Cooper, which was parked outside Holmes’ address and he was subsequently arrested in the early hours of Thursday 17 January 2019. They used CCTV to track the movements of the Mini and DNA and blood from his victim were found present in his car. He maintained “no comment” to all questions put to him throughout police interview and continued to deny killing Alison throughout trial. However today (Friday 19 July 2019) a jury at Manchester Crown Court found him guilty of murdering Alison. Judge David Stockdale QC, described how Holmes had a history of controlling and jealous behaviour during his relationship with Miss Hunt. It is believed he took Alison's life in a jealous rage after learning she had engaged in a serious relationship with another man. His actions that evening left Alison's 16 year old daughter robbed of a loving mother. Holmes was subsequently sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 25 years in prison. Senior Investigating Officer Duncan Thorpe, of GMP’s Major Incident Support Unit, said:
  23. Salford City Council is considering using new throw line equipment to beat vandals putting lives at risk at Salford Quays. Council patrols regularly fish out and replace life rings which vandals throw into the water – despite warnings that the practice is putting lives at risk. Now the council says enough is enough and is recommending spending £33,000 on a new system promoted by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service. The decision will be taken by the council’s procurement board next week (July 24.) Under the new system, rescuers will need to call 999 to get a code to unlock a vandal-proof box to reach the throw line inside. Each unit has a unique code which means the emergency services can pinpoint the exact location of the emergency to attend and assist. There will also be a board with instructions on its use. Councillor David Lancaster, lead member for environment and community safety, said the decision to replace traditional life rings was not an easy one to make. The move is part of a series of measures to crack down on anti-social behaviour at the Quays this summer. Extra CCTV cameras monitoring the Quays have already been added to Salford City Council’s control room, which operates 24/7 and is linked directly to Greater Manchester Police to report incidents and help identify offenders. And on Wednesday July 31 there’s a free, fun event outside the Helly Hansen Watersports Centre to help people learn how to stay safe around the waters of the Quays this summer. Called Make a Safe Splash at Salford Quays, it runs from 1pm to 3pm and will include free safe swimming, watersports (charges apply), the climbing wall, fire engine and crew, police car and officers and information about more summer holiday activities. It is being run by Salford City Council, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue, Greater Manchester Police and the Helly Hansen Watersports Centre. Photo: Similar equipment already in use at Hollingworth Lake, Rochdale
  24. Noel Steadman (18/03/1973), of no fixed address, was sentenced yesterday (Thursday 18 July 2019) at Manchester Crown Court Crown Square to 22 months in prison after pleading guilty to theft. He has also been given a four month prison sentence for vehicle interference. The two sentences will run concurrently. On 21 March 2019, Steadman’s victim, a 39-year-old woman, was walking out of an office building on Nicholas Street, when she fell to the ground and began suffering a seizure. Immediately after spotting her struggling on the ground, Steadman and another man – who remains unidentified - rushed over to her. It was at this point that Steadman began rooting through the woman’s pockets and stole her iPhone 6 Plus. After being disturbed by a passer-by and spotting an ambulance arriving at the scene, Steadman and his accomplice fled the area. An investigation was launched by GMP’s Operation Valiant team – a specialist unit dedicated to tackling personal robberies in the city centre – and further enquiries identified Steadman as the offender seen on CCTV stealing the victim’s phone. Chief Inspector Cherie Buttle, of GMP’s City Centre team, said:
  25. The film, which stars Academy Award® winner Vanessa Redgrave and BAFTA® Nominee Timothy Spall in the title roles, depicts the complicated relationship between the two in 1930s Salford. Tickets for the red carpet event have gone on sale today priced at £15. Spall will be among those attending the premiere in the venue’s Lyric Theatre and will take part in an on-stage ‘In Conversation’ with the film’s director, former Royal Shakespeare Company director, Adrian Noble, after the screening. Commenting on their hosting of the Gala Premiere, Julia Fawcett OBE, chief executive of The Lowry, said: Timothy Spall said:
  26. The robberies have all occurred between 3 and 5 July 2019 targeting both adults and children. All victims have described three teenage boys, all around the age of 16 who have approached them and stolen their bikes and possessions. We reported on one such attack on a 13 year old boy using the Winton-Worsley loopline earlier in the month. Since then a 24-year-old man was attacked with a hunting knife during one of the robberies and suffered facial injuries. Police are now warning to be extra vigilant. Two of the youths are black, one is around 6ft tall, of slim to muscular build with short plaited/dreadlocked hair with fell just below his ears. The other is described as around 5ft7in tall, of average build and wearing a dark tracksuit. The third youth is white, around 5ft 7in tall with short dark blonde hair and wearing grey shorts. Enquiries are now ongoing into the series of robberies are now ongoing and police are appealing for anyone with any information to get in touch. Police Constable Neil Wright of GMP’s Salford Division said: Anyone who has any information about the robbery should call police on 0161 856 5401, alternatively call 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
  27. Officers were called to School Road, Stretford shortly before 1.50pm on Wednesday 17 July 2019 to a report that a boy had been stabbed. Emergency services attended and the boy, aged 17, was taken to hospital. He remains in a stable condition with injuries that are not believed to be life threatening. A boy aged 13, three men aged 19, 21 and 28 and a woman aged 22 have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. Detectives are treating it as an isolated incident and are appealing for information and witnesses. Detective Inspector Iqbal Ahmed of GMP’s Trafford District said: Information can be left with police on 0161 856 7673, quoting incident 1623 of 17/07/19 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
  28. 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.
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