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  1. Salford residents are being asked to say a huge thank you to the city’s volunteers as part of Volunteers Week (June 1 to June 7.) The council has created a poster and is asking residents to display it in their window to show their support. It is also asking people to share their appreciation and stories about volunteering on social media. A new section on the council’s website highlights volunteering opportunities which can be done now and opportunities for the future as coronavirus restrictions ease. Salford Civic Centre will be lit orange for the week to thank the contribution of residents who give their time to improve the lives of people in their communities. Claire Roberts, volunteer centre co-ordinator at Salford CVS which leads on volunteering in the city said: The poster can be found at www.salford.gov.uk/volunteers and both @SalfordCouncil and @VCSalford1 will be sharing stories about volunteers in the city on both Twitter and Facebook all week. Photo: Councillor Samantha Jayne Bellamy (Spirit Of Salford Network) volunteer.
  2. On Tuesday 26 May a decision was made at Cabinet by the Deputy City Mayor so cladding works in Salford could continue. The council has approved amendments to the original PFI project to allow Pendleton Together Operating Limited (PTOL) to provide funding to allow important fire safety works at nine blocks of flats in Pendleton to continue. Work had already started to remove cladding on the nine blocks and the decision was made to ensure the removal can continue without delay, along with council funding for the installation of sprinklers as part of the works. Councillor John Merry, Deputy City Mayor at Salford City Council said: The decision by Salford City Council is still subject to government sign off.
  3. Police are appealing for the public’s help to trace the next of kin of a man from Salford. Gordon Wilson, aged 89, passed away at his home on Grange Street, Salford on Wednesday 20 May 2020. There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death. He is believed to have family who reside in South Africa. Anyone with any information should contact the Police Coroner’s Office on 0161 856 4687.
  4. Two men have been arrested following the seizure of a quantity of cash and drugs. Shortly before 12:45am on Tuesday 5 May 2020, officers stopped a Seat Ibiza on Broad Street in Salford. After conducting a search of the car, officers discovered a large quantity of cash. Following this discovery, officers made the decision to conduct a more thorough search and seized a quantity of cocaine. Two men – aged 29 and 26 – have been arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs and for breach of COVID-19 legislation. The 26-year-old man has further been arrested on suspicion of driving whilst disqualified, taking a vehicle without consent and obstructing police. Both men have been released under investigation. Inspector Michael Parker, of GMP’s Salford division, said:
  5. Two men aged 25 and 26 have been arrested on suspicion of burglary after a raid was carried out at a Salford Kwik Fit on Bury New Road yesterday evening (Monday 18th May). It would seem that both men were neither kwik or fit enough to evade the police helicopter which guided police on the ground to them whereupon they were promptly arrested upon suspicion of the burglary. Later in the evening members on our Facebook group reported a large police presence seen focusing on a block of flats on Cholmondeley Road which is thought to be linked. It is unknown what was stolen from the business premises but reportedly a van was taken. Both men currently remain in police custody for questioning. In a statement, Greater Manchester Police said:
  6. Police investigating a brutal, unprovoked attack on a man in Eccles have released CCTV footage of two men they would like to speak to in connection with the incident. At around 5:56pm on Sunday 3 May 2020 police were called to a report of an assault at St Michaels Social Club on Liverpool Road. A man in his 50s was taken to hospital after he was punched and kicked to the head which knocked him unconscious. The victim is recovering in hospital after he required extensive treatment for a fractured cheekbone and severe bruising to his face and body. Detective Constable Stefani Matthews of GMP’s Salford District said: Anyone with any information about the assault should contact police on 0161 856 5351 quoting incident number 1965 of 03/05/20. Information can be passed on anonymously by calling the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
  7. Police are appealing to the public for further information following the robbery of a van from a locksmith in the Clifton area of Salford. Officers were called shortly after midnight on Friday 15 May 2020 to reports that a black Ford Transit van containing around 50,000’s worth of work equipment was stolen from an address on Kestrel Avenue. Two men are understood to have approached a locksmith in his 70s – while he was sat in his van programming a key for a client – before proceeding to grab and punch him so they could get into his van. The first man reached through the open window of the van’s door and took the keys out of the ignition while the second man attacked the victim by punching him and pulling him out of the vehicle. The offenders then fled from the scene in the van, along with the locksmith’s work equipment. The man received minor injuries and did not require hospital treatment but was dropped off by police to his home in Lancashire as he was left with no alternative way back. Enquiries made by detectives have since established that the locksmith may have actually been booked by the offenders via a third party who had claimed they had lost their key. It is believed that the men involved are linked to a silver Fiat Punto and a white transit van which was also seen in the area at the time of the incident. They are described as white men in their 20s and were both wearing a black hoodie. No arrests have been made and enquiries are ongoing. Detective Constable Katie Halstead, of GMP’s Salford division, said: Anyone with any information is urged to contact police on 0161 856 5274 quoting incident number 02 of 15/05/2020. Details can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
  8. At around 12.25am on Thursday 7 May 2020, police received a report of a burglary at a commercial property on Trafalgar Business Park, Salford. Officers attended and enquiries have established that, between 9.30pm and 11.15pm on Wednesday 6 May 2020, three people gained access to the premises and stole 166 thousand pounds worth of masks, which were destined for the NHS and care homes. The offenders fled the scene in separate vehicles in the direction of Great Clowes Street. An investigation is underway. No arrests have been made. It’s believed at least two of the offenders were men. At the time of the incident, they were all wearing dark clothes. The vehicles involved are described as a white Mercedes Sprinter, a grey Volkswagen Caddy and a grey or silver estate. Detective Inspector Chris Mannion, of GMP’s Salford District, said: Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 846 5345 quoting 42 of 07/05/20 or the independent charity – Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
  9. Detectives are appealing for witnesses as part of an investigation into modern slavery. At around 7.30am on Saturday 2 May 2020 police responded to a report of concern for the welfare of a woman who was found at Dallas Court, off South Langworthy Road, Salford by a member of the public. Enquiries have established that the woman, aged in her 20s, had escaped from an unknown property where she was being forced to operate as a sex worker. One line of enquiry is that she travelled to the Salford area from outside Greater Manchester, after asking for help from a passing lorry driver following her escape. Enquiries are ongoing to determine what area of the country the lorry driver travelled from. When found, the woman was wearing a blue denim jacket and a dark-coloured dress. She has shoulder-length brown hair, which she was wearing in a ponytail. Detective Sergeant Gareth Humphreys of GMP’s Salford District said: Anyone with any information should contact police on 0161 856 7693 quoting incident number 580 of 02/05/2020. Information can also be passed on anonymously by calling the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Modern Slavery is an area that GMP has increased understanding around. We do see increased reporting but this is because we are getting better at looking for it and supporting those that are most vulnerable. GMP has specialist officers trained to support victims of modern slavery and force tactical advisor to support investigators. All cases of modern slavery are treated seriously and it is one of the forces key priorities. We have developed strong partnerships with local authorities, NGOs and international partners to support the most vulnerable. If you suspect someone is at risk or would like to report an incident to us, you can report this via the modern slavery hotline via GMP's website for non-emergencies. Always call 999 in an emergency or Crimestoppers, anonymously.
  10. A man has been charged following a report of suspicious circumstances to police. Callum Hope (3/11/91) of no fixed abode has been charged with the following offences: • One count of Section 20 GBH • Two counts of assault • One count of possession of a firearm • One count of stalking He has been remanded in custody and will appear before Manchester Crown Square on Monday 25 May 2020. At around 3pm on Wednesday 29 April 2020, police were called to an address on Ladywell Grove, Little Hulton following a report that a man was acting suspiciously.
  11. That’s the message from Salford City Council which has collected more than 50 ideas for all the family to celebrate during the weekend of May 8 to May 10 while staying safely at home. The activities, which can be found at www.salford.gov.uk/VEDay75 and are being promoted on social media range from making your own Spitfire, designing your own Squander Bug and colouring in bunting, to trying out wartime recipes for a tea party and learning why lipstick was a weapon of war. The collection also includes links to history, wartime places to visit online such as Churchill’s War Rooms and Liverpool’s War Museum which was the headquarters for the Battle of the Atlantic and tells the story of two local war heroes who now live at Broughton House, Salford which is trying to raise £1 million to build the north west’s first veteran’s care village. The council has also paid tribute to those who served and sacrificed both in the Second World War and in today’s fight against Coronavirus with giant banners at the Civic Centre in Swinton. Veterans champions Councillor Margaret Morris MBE and Councillor Barry Warner said it was vital people continued the ‘war effort’ and continued to observe the social distancing instructions. Councillor Morris said: Councillor Warner added: The Legion’s activities include a two minute silence at 11am on Friday May 8, to honour the service and sacrifice of the Second World War generation, and reflect on the devastating impact Covid-19 has had on so many lives across the world. That will be followed by a livestream event on the Legion’s website, sharing Second World War stories and memories, an evening of memories and music from 8pm on BBC One and a national rendition of Vera Lynn’s ‘We’ll Meet Again’ at 9pm.
  12. An investigation is underway after ammunition was recovered by police in Salford. At around 3pm on Wednesday 29 April 2020, police were called to an address on Ladywell Grove, Little Hulton following a report of suspicious circumstances. Police arrived and two men – aged 28 and 19 – were arrested on suspicion of burglary. The 28-year-old man was further arrested on suspicion of malicious communications, assault, breach of a Domestic Violence Protection Order and possession of a firearm. As part of enquiries, a search was conducted at a property on Hope Hey Lane, Little Hulton where officers seized a quantity of live ammunition A further four people – aged 65, 54, 16 and 46 – were arrested at the property on suspicion of possession of ammunition. All six people remain in custody for questioning. Detective Inspector Thomas Willis, of GMP’s Salford division, said: Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 5187, quoting incident number 1298 of 29/03/20. Reports can also be made anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
  13. Her Majesty the Queen has upgraded former Captain Tom Moore to a Colonel in celebration of not only his 100th Birthday but also in honour of his phenomenal fundraising for the NHS. The veteran set out to raise a thousand pounds for the NHS by a sponsored walk around his garden using his Zimmer Frame 100 times, he far surpassed that amount as floods of donations came rolling in. He was informed of the promotion in a letter presented by Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Miller, of the 1st Battalion, the Yorkshire Regiment, which also awarded him the prestigious annual Regimental Medal. With the nation struggling during the coronavirus pandemic, it needed a hero to shine a light and guide us through and a hero is exactly what we got. Colonel Tom not only captured the hearts and minds of the nation with his plucky resilience but he inspired generations of people with his fundraising efforts which have so far raised a staggering £29m for the NHS, and that number keeps rising. To mark his special occasion, there will be two flypasts of his home in his honour, the first from the Army Air Corps helicopters and the second by two symbols which stir pride and emotion in our nation, a Spitfire and a Hurricane from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. General Sir Mark Carleton-Smith who holds the position of Chief of the General Staff, said that Tom would be an inspirational role model to generations young and old as he made the appointment official, making Tom the first Honorary Colonel of the Army Foundation College in Harrogate. Speaking of turning 100, Colonel Tom said, Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of well wishers sent birthday cards from all across the globe to help the Colonel celebrate his special day. The local post office was inundated with cards and packages from adoring members of the public and there were so many they had to be displayed in a local church hall.
  14. Salford Council and Greater Manchester Police have given warnings after a sickening scammer contacted a recently bereaved family purporting to be from the Council's bereavement services. The male caller then shockingly stated that payment for an upcoming funeral had been declined and that the family would have to make a card payment via the phone for their loved ones burial or it would be cancelled. Fortunately the family refused the payment and contacted Salford City Council who confirmed it to have been a scam. Police say that the matter is now under investigation and that similar scams have been increasing since lockdown as more common crimes such as burglaries from homes have reduced. Both the Police and Council are asking members of the public to remain vigilant and report any concerns to GMP or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. Never under any circumstances should you give personal information or payment over the phone unless you are completely sure who you are dealing with at the other end.
  15. Specials Sergeant Phil Leonard has been producing face masks for local care home staff at his factory in Salford. Daylight Grip & Textiles usually manufactures textiles for film and TV but since the factory was forced to halt production due to COVID-19, Phil and his staff have been utilising their skills and materials by manufacturing thousands of face masks. The face masks have then been personally distributed by Phil to local care homes, completely free of charge. The team has also been producing uniform washbags for key workers and adjustable headbands for carers to hook their face masks on and improve the comfort over the course of long shifts. Phil, who has been a Specials Sergeant since January 2019 and works across the Bury District, said: Speaking about the production process, Phil added:

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