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  2. The budget retail giant is looking to open a new store on West One Retail Park in Eccles after exchanging contracts with Frogmore. West One is ideally placed for the company as it is located just off the busy Junction 2 of the M602 and boasts fantastic transport links with both Bus and the MetroLink close-by as well as ample on-site car parking. Lidl has proposed opening a 14,000 sq ft food store by joining two vacant retail units together on the Eccles site. If given the green light by Salford Council then the popular food retailer would be joining the likes of Home Bargain, Pure Gym, Iceland Food Warehouse, Toy store Smyths and The Range who have all made the retail park their home in recent years. The beleaguered retail park has managed to turn its fortunes around since the high profile Range chose to set up shop there, it is now starting to thrive. Lidl’s regional head of property Nick Harvey said:
  3. A man in his late 20's to early 30's has been injured this morning (Friday 20th September) after the motorcycle he was on was involved in a collision with an Audi car. He was taken to Salford Royal after sustaining very serious head injuries. Oldfield road was cordoned off between Liverpool Street and Regent Road whilst paramedics dealt with the incident. The cordon has since been lifted. A spokesperson for NWAS said, If you have dash cam footage or information which could help the police with their inquiries, please get in touch via 101.
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  5. Michelle Pearson is to be laid to rest at St Paul's Church in Walkden on Friday (27th September) after the courageous mother of six lost her battle for life 20 months after an arson attack upon her home that took the lives of four of her young children. The cortege will set off from the outside the Pearson's former home on Jackson Street, and should arrive around 12 noon at St Paul's Church in Walkden. The heartbreaking announcement of Michelle's death was announced by her mother on the 25th of August, later on her niece Courtney summed up the mood perfectly by saying, The loving mum and her little angels Demi, 15, Lacie, seven, Brandon, eight and little Lia aged three, will always be held in the hearts of the people of our City and so if you can, please line the streets and show your respects to her as she takes her final journey to be reunited with them. No one can speak of the pain and anguish that she has suffered, it is truly unimaginable, she is now free of those burdens and once again is reunited with those children she loved so dearly. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.
  6. Steven, who was 65 years old, of no fixed abode was sadly found dead on Sunday 15 September 2019. There are believed to be no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death. Anyone with information about Steven Anthony Stanton’s next of kin should contact the Police Coroner’s Office in Bolton on 0161 856 5746.
  7. Guided tours start at 11am and 2pm and are well worth going on as you can learn about the history of the church including it's ornate stone carvings, stained glass windows by Charles Kempe and much more The church is a beautiful Grade 11* Listed building which opened for worship in 1879. Over the next 40 years the church was to be beautified with a wealth of stone carving, stained glass, decorative woodwork, and even wall paintings (although the latter were sadly covered over in 1965) to produce the magnificent Grade II* listed building we see today. The stone carving is probably the church’s most distinctive feature. Surrounding the tops of all the pillars in the central aisle are rings of foliage, some with birds, animals and human and angelic faces among the leaves. High above are the carved heads of the 12 apostles and higher further still the symbols associated with each apostle. More religious symbols and saints’ heads may be seen at the east end of the church. In the north and south aisles are a series of carved angels each one completely different from the other. The most impressive stain glass windows are the 3 east windows by Charles Kempe which show the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus. Two unusual windows are one in memory of a young man killed in World War I who is actually portrayed in the window and one which shows the Old Testament story of Abraham’s concubine Hager and their son Ishmael (a subject rarely portrayed in stain glass.). Also there is an amazing Peterloo exhibition which tells about local people killed or injured at Peterloo in 1819. Refreshments are available on the day.
  8. The Lowry School Appeal raises funds to deliver free workshops, led by professional artists, to more than 700 primary school children in some of Salford’s most deprived areas. Last year, Salix Homes donated £1,000 to the appeal and has once again pledged a further £1,000 through its Springboard community grant fund, which has donated more than £100,000 to dozens of local groups and initiatives across Salford. In total, The Lowry has raised more than £5,000 for the project, which aims to help children develop their imagination and spark their creativity by using renowned Salford artist LS Lowry as an inspiration. Lee Sugden, chief executive at Salix Homes, said: Michelle Leigh, the arts practitioner who delivers the schools workshops on behalf of The Lowry, added: After each workshop, a hamper of art supplies is donated to the school, to ensure that the children can continue to develop their talents and explore their creativity long after the workshop has finished. Children taking part in the workshops also get the chance to create their own Lowry-inspired masterpiece and enter it into the annual art competition - The Copley Prize. This year’s winner was nine-year-old Maegan Hallwood, whose pencil drawing now proudly hangs next to the multi-million-pound originals that inspired her work. Maegan, from Eccles, beat hundreds of other schoolchildren with her portrait of her dad and stepdad, entitled The Double Person. The Copley Prize was founded by Lowry supporters Alison and Noel Copley who will be matching funds raised during the appeal up to £5,000.
  9. Elizabeth Reilly, 75, has sadly passed away at her home on Hartis Avenue in Salford on Tuesday 3 September 2019. Police believe that there are no no suspicious circumstances surrounding her death. Anyone with information about Elizabeth’s next of kin should contact the Police Coroner’s Office in Salford on 0161 856 4687.
  10. Salford’s new fair funerals service has saved grieving relatives over £66,000 in its first year. Salford City Council launched the initiative in October last year to help tackle funeral poverty after national research showed low income families going hundreds of pounds into debt to afford a burial or cremation. The Salford Residents’ Funeral Service offers all the elements and dignity of a traditional funeral service but, thanks to a partnership with local funeral directors Kanes, is competitively priced. The contract was awarded through the council’s procurement process. Councillor David Lancaster, lead member for environment and community service, said: Salford City Council also abolished cremation and burial fees for children aged under 18, who are residents of the city, last year to help tackle funeral poverty and is supporting the national Fair Funeral campaign run by the anti-poverty charity Quaker Social Action and Citizen’s Advice. Salford Citizen’s Advice has helped create a dedicated website www.salfordfairfunerals.org.uk offering advice and support around bereavement and planning a funeral.
  11. We were pleasantly surprised at the finished work which has, had a total makeover, including a new viewing platform and a new multi-level viewing area accessed from School Brow. Dotted around the site are information boards telling the history of the workings and the underground canal route which stretches for some 47 miles, stretching as far as Farnworth. More poignant are the depictions of workers tools, a pick-axe, safety lamp, helmets, coal dollies and memories from workers including young children who rarely saw daylight, their working hours that long. Sited in the middle of the constructed island is a winch, similar to the one which stood here almost two hundred years ago, which hoisted the stone from the Quarry onto barges to build infrastructure around the area. Stone representations of submerged, starvationer boats are dotted about the basin, the bridge stonework has been repaired, cleaned and re-pointed, sluice gate restored and the parapets repainted, and all of the overgrown vegetation has been removed. At night the quarry face is lit up by themed lighting creating a stunning light show which really highlights the workings and is a joy to behold. All in all a marvelous restoration job has been carried out in the most sympathetic manner and we can only applaud and marvel at the finished product.
  12. The over 60's club which is based at Monton Green has been an integral part in the lives of Salford's over 50 years. Today it has been given a three year extension. Salford City Council, which leases Boddan Lodge from Monton Unitarian church and pays most of the £18,500 a year running costs, had considered terminating the lease by the end of this year because of budget cuts. The extension which as been agreed with the council will give a three year extension to allow the group time to draw up a new business plan, diversify its membership, apply for further funding and get into a secure financial position. After three years the group will take on the lease with the church. Councillor David Lancaster, lead member for environment and community safety, said he was delighted with the agreement.
  13. We have been made aware of a number of thefts from garden sheds over the past few days in the Eccles area, one man was awoken by a loud noise in the early hours, only to discover that the door to his shed had been broken and several items of garden equipment had been taken, fortunately he found them dumped behind a bush at the end of a pathway. In another incident a lady heard voices coming from the walkway at the side of her home, she switched the landing light on and looked out of the window to see what she described as 3-4 youths running away carrying something between them. On waking her husband they went out to check and discovered a welding machine and several other power tools had been taken from their shed. Bicycles are a top target followed by lawnmowers, hedge trimmers, drills and other electrical equipment. Meanwhile in Monton we have been told that there have been a number of attempts to gain entry to vehicles over the past week, so ensure your car doors are locked at night and remove any valuables from the vehicle. As the evenings grow darker the thieves are emboldened by the the cover of darkness, although many are actually opportunists who do not have to break in at all because a door or window has been left open or unlocked. Keep your home and any shed doors securely locked at all times. Don’t leave valuables in sight of windows, or on view in cars.
  14. Salford council have revealed that ground tests have began on land proposed for housing under the latest draft of the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework, which sets out where development could take place around the region over the next 20 years. As part of those plans an area of land next to Irlam station has been earmarked for development alongside plans to protect huge areas of moss land and restore peat bogs. Public consultation expressed concerns that the land was unsuitable for building because of peat underground. Protest groups argue that the new builds are not necessary within Irlam and that there would no benefit at all to the local community, the majority of whom they say, would be unable to afford them. There have also been concerns raised over the increased demand for local resources with school places being a major concern along with the additional traffic in an area which already has a well documented history of problems. The GMSF has come under fire across most of the region as protest groups clashed with local councils and Manchester's Metro Mayor, Andy Burnham, on the issue. Neighbouring Cadishead Labour councillor Lewis Nelson has found himself at odds with much of his party and fellow councillors over the issue, a keen environmentalist, Lewis has spoken out over the plans for the area outlined under the GMSF since day one, even using his first speech as a newly elected councillor to shine light on the matter which is set to have huge concerns for constituents. Earlier in the year, Labour came perilously close to losing the seat in Cadishead to Core independents, in Irlam the fortunes of Labour were not so lucky as Core's Darren Goulden romped past the winning post to gain the seat. Meanwhile, local protest groups have accused the council of hypocrisy after having only recently claimed a climate emergency. One campaigner told us, Salford City Council promised to undertake a survey of ground conditions to understand its development potential. The council says that the work has started today (Monday September 16) and should take a week to 10 days to complete.
  15. The investigation was focused on the opening of the car park and the surrounding area, with a heavy police presence in the area said to have numbered up to 15 emergency vehicles. The 41 year-old male victim was taken to hospital where he remains in a stable but serious condition. The pub and its car park were closed off to the public with crime scene tape and forensics officers are on scene but the cordon had been removed by this morning. A spokesperson for GMP confirmed that a 41 year old man has been stabbed outside the pub, saying, As of this moment no-one has been arrested. Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 quoting incident number 2568 of 14/09/2019, or the ring Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
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  17. The Big Day Out is back at Swinton Civic Centre and this year there looks to be even more fun for all of the family as well as delicious food on offer to munch as you watch the entertainers and live music acts perform. The fearsome Ydalir Vikings re-enactment society will be back slinging their swords and engaging in (safe) hand to hand combat and if that is not your thing then the vintage Salford double decker bus will be parked up outside. There’s loads of free craft workshops, entertainers, birds of prey, big vehicles and other activities to keep the whole family busy as well as The Merry Trotter, extreme climbing wall, princesses, magicians, RHS exhibition and the BBC philharmonic You can also cheer on the racers as they fly along Manchester road as they compete for the Ovo Energy Tour of Britain which makes a welcome return after a 15 year hiatus. They are expected between 2:30 - 3:30pm so make sure you get there early if you want to get a good spot. The best thing of all is it is absolutely ruddy FREE, no tickets needed, just pop along with the family and share in the fun. Even the parking is FREE. Please be advised that there is a planned peaceful anti fracking demonstration against the former Sky UK team who are now sponsored by fracking firm INEOS. It is not expected to affect the race.
  18. Irlam FC are heading to Wembley Stadium to battle it out against rivals York City in the second qualifying round tie for the FA Cup. The Salford based club ply's its trade in the North West Countries League premier division and like York they have an unbeaten campaign start after winning three and drawing two of their opening five fixtures. The club currently sits in fifth place in the table and this is the furthest they have ever come in the cup. We will have our fingers cross for a win. The match will be streamed live for FREE via the BBC Sport website and also on the iPlayer app. You can tune in on the 21st of September at 20:20 BST.
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    The family of a baby boy who sadly died after being rescued from the River Irwell have paid tribute to him. Emergency services attended and the baby boy was retrieved from the water and quickly taken to hospital. The boy - who has since been formally identified as 11-month-old Zakari William Bennett-Eko - sadly died a short time later despite the best efforts of paramedics and specialist doctors. Specialist officers are continuing to support his family at this devastating time. The father of the little boy Zak Eko (22/08/1997) has now been charged with his murder. Paying tribute to him, Zakari’s mum Emma Blood, said:
  20. The Government has released a redacted version of its Yellow Hammer documents this evening in response to calls for them to be made public by MP's. The 5 page document available here, details how failure to secure a deal with the EU would impact the country. The newly released dossier represents the worst case scenario after a no-deal Brexit. It confirms that there would be shortages of medicines, 'certain food items - not all' as well as fuel. Electricity prices would be affected too as would the cost of food, which would inevitably affect those in vulnerable financial situations. There will be no food shortages as such but there would be a reduction in the choice of products available in high street shops. There is also mention of civil unrest and public disorder within the country, border delays as well as illegal fishing boats in UK waters. Border delays would be expected at ports but they are estimated to last just three months before things start to once more normalise. It also makes note of the expected impact upon travel to and from the EU, with added checks being put into place which would cause delays at arrivals and departures at EU airports and ports. The cost of electricity would likely increase too which will bring huge concerns to those who are already being hit in the pocket by ever escalating prices as it is. Fuel poverty is already a huge fact for many in the UK and this would only exacerbate an already challenging situation. Resources could be impacted in other areas too and they could become stretched. As we head into an uncertain winter flu season some medicinal products could be in short supply due to delays at the borders. This could have a considerable impact on public health and may leave vulnerable people exposed. The most damaging aspect is that financial services would be hit as some companies are not fully ready to cope in the wake of a no-deal, with others totally unprepared. Some financial forecasters are saying that this could have adverse effects on the UK economy which would last for up to a decade or more. Public protests and counter protests are also to be expected. In all the document features 20 key planning assumptions, one of which is partially redacted. The Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer said: It should be remembered that this document represents the worst cases scenario that is expected, it does not necessarily mean that things will be as bad as predicted, although we can never fully rule out that things could get considerably worse.
  21. Police have opened a murder investigation after a child believed to be almost 12-months old - died shortly after being recovered from the river Irwell after being thrown in by a 22-year-old man. Shortly before 4.25pm today (Wednesday 11 September 2019), police were called to reports that a child was in the River Irwell near to Blackburn Street. Emergency services immediately attended along with the police helicopter assisting overhead. Rescue teams recovered a baby boy from the waters of the Irwell and he was taken to a nearby hospital. Sadly we have to report that he has unfortunately died a short time later despite the best efforts of paramedics and specialist doctors. A 22-year-old man, who was arrested at a nearby public house, has been arrested on suspicion of murder. He remains in police custody tonight for questioning. Blackburn Street is currently closed at the junctions with Stand Lane and Radcliffe New Road whilst enquiries are carried out at the scene by specialist scene of crime officers. A murder investigation has now been launched and detectives are urging any witnesses to get in touch as a matter of urgency. Police have told us that they are treating the tragedy as a domestic incident. Detective Superintendent Jamie Daniels of GMP said: Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 8797 or 101 quoting incident number 1930 of 11/09/2019, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
  22. There was a huge emergency response after a baby was thrown from a bridge over the River Irwell in Radcliffe this evening. The baby boy was rescued and given first aid by firefighters but he is said to be in a very serious and critical condition. Multiple emergency service vehicles responded along with the forces helicopter. Police have confirmed that a man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, he has been detained into custody for questioning. Unconfirmed accounts on social media have describe an argument between a man and a woman taking place before the man threw the child over the wall of the bridge into the river below, however, police say they are still investigating how he came to be in the water. The man is then said to have walked into the nearby Lock Keeper public house and sat down on a chair where he was later arrested by police. The premises are currently closed. A police cordon is in place at the bottom of Stand Lane going on to Blackburn Road An investigation is underway and enquiries are ongoing. Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting incident number 1930 of 11/09/2019, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
  23. The Salford-based chartered accountancy practice, MCC Accountants, has continued its impressive expansion, resulting in the hiring of several new staff. Accountant Khadija Atcha and Assistant Manager Sarah Roberts recently joined the busy team. The MCC practice is now targeting further accounts for SMEs, Sole Traders and Contractors across the whole of Greater Manchester. Rob Flint, Practice Manager at MCC Accountants, commented, He continued, Khadija has enjoyed her work so far, saying, Sarah agreed, commenting, The arrival of the new team members comes on the back of a record year for MCC, in which it has achieved the acquisition of an impressive number of new clients. Thanks to the huge success the company is experiencing, there are plans for further growth next year. MCC will be adding the provision of auditing, business consultancy and outsourcing to the already impressive roster of services which they provide to their client base of more than one hundred small businesses and contractors, developed over ten years in business.
  24. Susie Salmon is just like any other young girl. She wants to be beautiful, adores her charm bracelet and has a crush on a boy from school. There's one big difference though – Susie is dead. Now she can only observe while her family manage their grief in their different ways. Her father Jack is obsessed with identifying the killer. Her mother Abigail is desperate to create a different life for herself. And her sister Lindsey is discovering the opposite sex with experiences that Susie will never know. Susie is desperate to help them and there might be a way of reaching them… Alice Sebold's bestselling novel The Lovely Bones is a unique coming-of-age tale that captured the hearts of readers throughout the world. With a talented cast, incredible set design and a soundtrack combining 70's favourites with original music, this wonderfully creative production brings her vision to life in an exciting, emotional and uplifting theatrical experience. Charlotte Beaumont returns to play Susie Salmon. Her theatre credits include Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare’s Globe), Pebbles (Katzpace), No One Will Tell Me How To Start A Revolution (Hampstead Theatre), Jumpy (Theatre Clwyd), 3 Winters (National Theatre), Love Your Soldiers (Sheffield Theatres), Playhouse Creatures (Chichester Festival Theatre), Blue Heaven (Finborough Theatre), The Flooded Grave and 2,000 Feet Away (Bush Theatre). Television credits include as series regular Chloe Latimer in Broadchurch, and as series regular Kenzie Calhoun in Waterloo Road. Film credits include Sex, Drugs & Rock & Roll. Listings 15 –19 October Box Office: 0343 208 6000 www.thelowry.com
  25. St James Lunch Club in Lower Broughton, Salford, dishes out more than 100 free hot meals every week to local people including the homeless, the elderly and families on low incomes. The church’s food pantry, which runs alongside the lunch club, provides a further 50 families with 10 essential food items for just £2.50 every week. The initiative is run from the church hall at St James Church, but until now the volunteers have struggled with a tiny kitchen limiting the number of people they can help. Now Salix Homes and our partner contractor Emmanuel Whittaker have come to the rescue to upgrade and extend the old kitchen facilities – enabling the lunch club to welcome even more people through its doors. Rev Christine Threlfall, who runs the initiative alongside a team of eight volunteers, said: The new facilities have also enabled the church to launch cooking classes to teach families how to cook fresh and healthy meals on a budget, using the ingredients available in the food pantry. Salix Homes has been working alongside Emanuel Whittaker to improve properties across Lower Broughton as part of its multi-million pound investment to homes and communities across Salford. Ben Cruickshanks, neighbourhood manager at Salix Homes, said: John Gallagher, contracts director at Emanuel Whittaker, added: The food pantry and lunch club runs every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday between 11am and 1pm to provide a free hot meal and companionship to anyone who calls by.
  26. Romanian born Natase was just days into a life sentence for the rape of a woman as she walked home after a night out with friends He died as he was being rushed from the prison to a nearby hospital via ambulance. The woman was forced into a property he was living at on Findlay street in Leigh, whereupon, Natase raped her. He was sentenced to 10 years and 5 months for his crime which he denied being involved in, however his lies were exposed via forensic evidence. Police had said that his death is not being treated as suspicious. A police spokesperson said,
  27. The large group said to number between 40-50 have been engaging in anti-social behaviour, intimidating locals and bringing traffic chaos to the area with their antics. They are said to be using the local Aldi car park as a meeting place. One lady from nearby Langworthy, who asked not to be named, told us that she was pulling out from the car park at the local Aldi store, whereupon a young boy on a bike shot out in front of her pulling a wheelie, had she not stopped in time they would have collided. Her 75-year-old mother was in the car and she was hurt by the seat-belt as the car came to an abrupt and unexpected stop. As she turned right onto Bolton road, another youth proceeded to pull a wheelie along side her car whilst shouting obscenities at her. Another local man who also asked not to be identified because of fears of reprisals, told us that he challenged one youth who had scraped along his car with his bike, he quickly became surrounded by between ten to fifteen youths who were acting aggressively towards him. After threatening to call the police he was called a 'Nonce' by one young girl and another young boy threatened to return to 'Brick his car windows'. There have been other reports on Facebook of youths flying around corners on bikes and on a number of occasions clipping pedestrians. This kind of reckless behaviour has risen across the whole UK, with teens uploading videos of themselves pulling wheelies and disrupting traffic on busy roads to Youtube. One such Youtuber from London known as Wheelie Kay has caused outrage after a number of videos of both he and his friends went viral as they rode through a supermarket. He uploads videos of their dangerous antics to his channel which has over ninety thousand subscribers. We are being told that police have been called out for the past three evenings to deal with the anti-social behaviour. Parents are being asked to tell their children that such behaviour will not be tolerated.
  28. William McConville, who was aged 70, has sadly passed away at Brookdale View Care Home in Newton Heath on 26 August 2019. Police have so far been unable to locate any of his family members and so are asking the public if they can help. It may be that he has family living within Salford so we are sharing this in the hope it may help. There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death. Anyone with information about William McConville’s immediate family should contact the Police Coroner’s Office in Manchester on 0161 856 6069.
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