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  3. 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:
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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:
  16. 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
  17. 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:
  18. 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:
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. Officers planned the warrant after intelligence-led research highlighted that the premises was housing illegal immigrants who were being used to manufacture counterfeit footwear and sports clothing. As the building was around 700sqft in size, a large number of staff were assembled and deployed, which were made up of partners from Immigration Enforcement, Border Force, Police Officers from Op Challenger, City of Manchester Police, City of London Police, Manchester City Council, the Drone Unit, North West Regional Organised Crime Unit and other private industry partners. The British Red Cross were on hand at a rest centre to provide emotional support, clothing, and refreshments to potential victims evacuated as a result of the operation. The British Red Cross plays a leading role in providing support to people who have been trafficked, both in the UK and internationally. On arrival at the premises officers found there were no victims of modern slavery on-site, however a large amount of counterfeit goods were discovered, that on first-look is being estimated to have a street value of millions of pounds. DI Jamie Pearson said: Councillor Rabnawaz Akbar, Executive Member for Neighbourhoods, said: Photo: Google
  23. City Mayor Paul Dennett made the announcement today after receiving a 2000 signature petition from local residents calling for further acknowledgement of the Eccles taxi driver. All 60 councillors on Salford City Council have backed the idea of paying another tribute to Alan in this way. It is five years since Alan from Eccles, Salford, was captured and tragically killed in Syria where he had gone as a volunteer to deliver humanitarian aid. Kas Jameel, who travelled to Syria with Alan, presented the petition and spoke at the full council meeting of Salford City Council in support of the idea. City Mayor Paul Dennett said: Work is already underway to choose an appropriate principal road on a new development in Eccles, Alan’s home town. Councillor Shamina August, who gained all party support for the idea, said: Mayor Dennett said the Alan Henning memorial garden, opened in May 2016, was a place where Alan’s family and the community could reflect quietly on his life and kind deeds. The garden was based on a clock face to symbolise time and planted with yellow flowers to reflect the overwhelming love, support and remembrance to Alan and his family that came from Eccles and Salford. Communities from across the city came together and launched individual Alan Henning memorial funds while the former City Mayor Ian Stewart launched a council-led memorial fund to provide support for Alan’s children. said Mayor Paul Dennett. On a personal note we wish to thank the tireless work of Councillor Sharmina August who has been instrumental in making this happen, also the Salford City Councillor, MP's and both its ceremonial and city mayors. Most of all I would like to thank Alan's family for showing such strength in the years that have passed since his death, this is as much for them as it is for Alan. I can not even start to imagine the suffering they have endured over those years but rest assured you are always in our hearts and the people across the whole of Salford stand with you and your family. Video: Salford Labour
  24. For the past year, housing association Salix Homes has been awarding grants to groups and projects across Salford that are making a difference in communities. Salix Homes has donated more than £100,000 to dozens of local groups and initiatives across Salford as part of its Springboard community grant programme. From children’s drama clubs and bowling teams, to youth groups and dance troupes; Springboard has provided much-needed cash injections to local projects that boost community spirit, promote health and wellbeing, reduce isolation and improve the environment. Now, Salix Homes has picked four fantastic projects from across its neighbourhoods as the Springboard Heroes finalists. It’s now over to the public to vote for their favourite and the winning project will receive a £1,000 cash boost. The finalists for the second annual Springboard Heroes are: Peel Park parkrun- a group of local volunteers are hoping to bring the international running phenomenon – parkrun to Salford’s Peel Park The Fountains - a Swinton care home raising funds for a sensory room and empathy dolls for its dementia patients Audacious Foundation - a Salford charity which supports the homeless and families living in poverty Friends of Green Grosvenor Park – a Broughton community group which organises events and activities for local children and families including a new children’s drama class at St Clements Church. Sue Sutton, executive director of operations at Salix Homes, said: Lower Kersal Young People and Community Group (LKYPCG) were voted the winner of the first ever Springboard Heroes Award in 2018. The Salford charity has transformed the lives of hundreds of people and were named as the deserving winners of the accolade last year. The winner will be announced during Love Your Neighbourhood Week, which takes place from 19 – 23 August, and is organised by Salix Homes to encourage people to take pride in their neighbourhoods. Voting is now open and closes on Monday, August 5, and you can vote via the Salix Homes website, where you can also watch a video about each of the groups. https://www.salixhomes.org/springboardheroes
  25. The National Firearm Surrender campaign will take place between Saturday 20 July and Sunday 4 August 2019 and is running across all forces with the aim of reducing violent crime. Firearms legislation is regularly updated and GMP is asking people to surrender unlawfully held or unwanted guns and ammunition to help avoid them getting into the wrong hands. This surrender is not just targeting those involved in criminal behaviour it’s also aimed at collectors, licence holders and anyone who has inherited a firearm. Many firearms may be held in innocence and ignorance of their illegality or may be forgotten in people’s homes. We also want to highlight that stun guns and similar devices, in particular front venting blank firers, are illegal in the UK and if you have ordered any illegal guns or component parts using internet sites, this is your opportunity to hand them in before we find them. Illegal possession of a firearm can result in a sentence of up to five years in prison and if you are found guilty of possession with intent to supply this can increase to life in prison. There has been an increase in the theft of legitimately held firearms over the past year, and anyone who has a gun in their house is at risk of becoming a victim of gun theft. These stolen guns are then used in illegal activity and assist criminals with their corrupt behaviour. This year alone has seen 31 confirmed discharges from firearms. Do your part and get shot of the gun by handing it in at the front desk of any of the 12* police stations across Greater Manchester. Chief Superintendent Tony Creely said: Firearms and ammunition can be surrendered at any GMP station without any questions being asked. Please check opening times by visiting your local force website. If you know of people involved in illegal firearms activity please call 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.” #gunsurrender #getshotofit
  26. Brandon Cooper (16/07/95) of Brook House Avenue, Eccles has today (Tuesday 16 July 2019) been sentenced at Manchester Crown Court, Crown Square to one year and four months in prison. He previously pleaded guilty to inciting a child to commit a sexual act. He will also have to sign the sex offenders register for ten years and be subject to a sexual harm prevention order for the rest of his life. In August 2018, police received a report from the victim’s father who was concerned about messages of a sexual nature, which his son had received through a social networking platform. The victim – a boy who was under the age of 13 at the time of the abuse – had been contacted online by Cooper, who was using a fake name and profile. It emerged that Cooper had cloned the account of a well-known, local body builder in order to gain the trust of the young victim. He went onto send the child messages of a sexual nature and incite him to commit a sexual act. The court heard how the man who Cooper impersonated was initially arrested as part of early enquiries, but thankfully he was quickly eliminated by detectives who were able to uncover the truth. Detective Constable Tina Jackson, of GMP’s Project Phoenix team in Bury, said: For information on protecting children from Child Sexual Exploitation and how to seek support or report concerns visit www.itsnotokay.co.uk
  27. Greater Manchester Metro Mayor Andy Burnham asked the Government for £116m to help fund upgrades to local businesses to enable them to switch to cleaner vehicles, the Government said a resounding NO and has offered a ring-fenced £36m for a networked camera system that would issue fines to those in breach. Not only that, the 10 local councils have been told to accelerate the 2023 time frame to include vans in the plans by two years, this would see non-compliant vans being forced to pay the daily charge within just 18 months. Some company owners have said that this would have an enormous effect on their businesses. The funding was asked for to help fund the transition of public transport and commercial vehicles that do not comply with the standards set out in the Mayors plan. • £59m was earmarked for the creation of a clean freight fund, to help companies upgrade HGV's and vans • £29m would have supported a switch to a greener bus and coach fleet in the city-region • £28m was set to help hackney cabs and private hire vehicles upgrade their vehicles to be compliant. After taking three months to respond the Government has decided that the camera system presents a better option, sadly not for those who need it most. It has been said by taxi drivers and small distribution companies that the new compliance rules would cripple them to such a point that many would be forced to go out of business. Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, said: Green City-region Portfolio Lead for Greater Manchester, Councillor Andrew Western, added: However, not everyone is convinced the plan is workable as the Greater Manchester Spacial Framework (GMSF) is set to see hundreds of thousands of new homes built in the coming years, many of which will bring even more traffic to already congested roads. Campaigners in Irlam have slammed the proposals as ludicrous at a time when the region is set to embark on the largest building spree it has seen in many many years. One campaigner told us, The Greater Manchester Clean Air Plan proposals are a collaboration between the 10 Greater Manchester local authorities, the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM).
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