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  1. Airing this winter on BBC One, a special 2D animated adaptation of Sir Michael Morpurgo’s children’s book Mimi And The Mountain Dragon is to have its television premiere this festive period as part of a wider literature focus on the BBC in 2019-20. The story on BBC One will have an introduction from the award winning writer himself, Sir Michael Morpurgo (War Horse), and will be narrated through classical music in an original score written by Oscar award-winning composer, Rachel Portman (The Little Prince). It will be performed by the BBC Philharmonic featuring singers from the Hallé’s family of choirs and will be recorded at Media City UK, Salford. Based on original illustrations by Emily Gravett and adapted for the screen by novelist, poet, and playwright, Owen Sheers, Mimi and the Mountain Dragon is a story about a village that quakes in fear of the mighty Mountain Dragon. One winter, a shy little girl called Mimi finds a tiny baby dragon asleep in her family woodshed. Mimi takes the perilous journey through blizzard and darkness to return the baby dragon to her mother who all the villagers fear. The newly animated film from Leopard Pictures and Factory started life when Jan Younghusband, Head of Commissioning for BBC Music TV, approached Sir Michel Morpurgo and asked him if he would write a children’s story that could be set to classical music for BBC television. Inspired by a trip to a village in Switzerland some years before, Michael Morpurgo wrote Mimi And The Mountain Dragon which was also released as a children’s book. The programme is commissioned by Head of BBC Music TV Commissioning, Jan Younghusband, for Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content. The project is also supported by Alice Webb, Director, BBC Children’s & Education, and is executive produced by Leopard Chief Creative Officer, Kristian Smith and Phil Chalk for Bafta-winning studio Factory. Charlotte Moore, Director BBC Content, says: Sir Michael Morpurgo says: Jan Younghusband, Head of BBC Music Commissioning for Television, says: Kristian Smith Chief Creative Officer Leopard Pictures, says: Phil Chalk, Managing Director of Factory, says:
  2. Police officers responded to yet another shooting incident in Salford at around 11pm last night (Sunday 18th August) after two separate homes were targeted by a gunman on Coronation Street in Pendlebury. Police have revealed that no one was injured in the attacks but the windows of both properties have been shattered by what is said to be consistent with a firearms discharge. Local residents in the area reported hearing two loud bangs followed shortly afterwards by a huge police presence descending upon the street. The homes are currently taped off as police carry out further investigations. This comes just a day after a home was shot at in a similar incident on New Barton Street on The Height on Saturday (17th August). It is now believed that police are considering all three incidents to be linked. A police spokesperson said, Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 7103 or 101 quoting incident number 3326 of 18/08/2019, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. Photo: Sarah Whitehead
  3. Police were called at around 9:45pm on Saturday 17th August after reports of a gun being discharged at a property on New Barton Street, Irlams o'th' Height. There have been no casualties reported and a police cordon has been put in place around the house and surrounding area as forensics teams continue their investigations. A GMP Spokesperson said, Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 9403 quoting incident number 3068 of 17/08/19 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
  4. This Flood Alert is no longer in force Persistent heavy rain has triggered a flood alert along the Lower Irwell Catchment Area around Kersal and Broughton as well as into Manchester. The rain will clear southeastwards before midnight, with winds easing. Much of the rest of the night will be dry for most part with only isolated showers, but the showers will become more frequent towards dawn. Further showers are forecast throughout the day of Saturday 17th. Consequently, flooding of low lying land, roads and farmland is possible between 19:30 today and 03:00 am tomorrow, 17/09/19. It is believed there is also a possibility of flooding for low lying land and roads around the Rivers Irk and Medlock, Wince and Worsley Brooks and their tributaries too. It is expected that river levels will peak at 23:45 on 16/08/19. Incident response staff are closely monitoring the weather forecasts and river levels and will issue further flood alerts if necessary. Please be aware of your surroundings and keep up to date with the current situation. You can sign up for flood alerts and warnings using this link: https://www.fws.environment-agency.gov.uk/app/olr/register
  5. On a sunny day in August, 60,000 - 80,000 peaceful and predominately working class people from the region, embarked on a journey to call for parliamentary reform and a fairer and more just society for all. What would happen later that day would become a stain on the fabric of our nation which would still continue to resonate 200 years after. It is said that at least 18 people would lose their lives that day in the ensuing bloodbath, a further 650 men, women and children would suffer life changing horrific injuries in what would go on to be forever known as the Peterloo Massacre. What was aimed to be a peaceful protest for greater democracy for the people, had descended into carnage as the order by overly spooked magistrates to send in the Calvary was given, a decision that would forever change our nation. The first to be killed would be a two-year-old child who was knocked from his mothers arms and trampled to death under the hooves of horses as the the mounted yeomanry made their charge. The young William Fildes would be the first of many to be killed or injured that day. John Ashton was sabred and trampled on by crowd. John Ashworth was sabred and trampled, he was a Special Constable, presumably attacked unintentionally by the cavalry. William Bradshaw was shot by musket. Thomas Buckley sabred and stabbed by bayonet. Robert Campbell was killed by a mob in Newton Lane he was also a Special Constable. James Crompton was trampled on by the cavalry. Edmund Dawson died of sabre wounds at the Manchester Royal Infirmary. William Dawson was sabred, crushed and killed on the spot. Margaret Downes was killed by a sabre. William Evans was trampled by cavalry, Evans was also a special constable. William Fildes was just two-years-old when he was ridden over by cavalry, he was also the first to die that day, his mother was also struck and injured by the Calvary. Mary Heys was ridden over by cavalry, the mother of six children, and pregnant at the time of the meeting. She died having been left disabled and suffering from almost daily fits following her injuries, the premature birth of her seven-month-old child resulted in her death. Sarah Jones had no cause given for her death by Marlow but is listed by Frow as "bruised in the head". She was the mother of seven children and it was said she had been beaten on the head by a constables truncheon. John Lees was an ex-soldier who had fought in the Battle of Waterloo. Arthur Neil was said to have been inwardly crushed. Martha Partington the Eccles woman was thrown into a cellar and killed on the spot. John Rhodes sustained a sabre wound to the head. His body would suffer the further indignity of being dissected by order of magistrates who wished to prove that his death was not a result of Peterloo. The coroner's inquest concluded that he had died from 'natural causes'. Joshua Whitworth was shot at New Cross. To mark the bicentennial anniversary, a number of events will be taking place across the region. For a full list of events please see the official website: https://peterloo1819.co.uk/events/ On Saturday the 17th of August a section from Salford will set off at 1:15 pm from Cobden Street to the big event outside Manchester Central Exhibition Centre where speeches will be given and and the six-acts 'illegal picnic' will take place. The march will join up with fellow marchers from Middleton en-route at Deansgate. The following day on Sunday the 18th of August will see a 'March for Democracy' led by local trade unionists who will be meeting at 11:30 am on Queen Street before rallying upon Albert Square at 1:00 pm whereupon speakers will address the crowds and live family friendly entertainment and appearances by several well known celebrities are set to mark the occasion. The event will close at 4:00 pm.
  6. Victoria Kielty, Head of Academic Studies, said: “We are delighted with the outstanding results our students have achieved. It has been an exceptionally successful year in terms of high grades and value added performance.” At Pendleton Sixth Form College, 72% of A-level students celebrated achieving top grades. Former Walkden High School pupil, Rachel Campbell, achieved an outstanding three A* grades in maths, further maths and physics, and will now be going to the University of Manchester to continue her studies in mathematics. The star student said: “I am really pleased with my results and thankful to all of my teachers at Pendleton Sixth Form College for helping me get these wonderful grades.” (Rachel Campbell) Toochukwu Mike Azorji, who chose to study at Pendleton Sixth Form College because of its notably high pass rates, accomplished an impressive set of results which included two A* grades in biology and maths, and an A in chemistry. He now hopes to use his results to apply to study medicine at university and one day hopes to become a doctor. (Toochukwu Mike Azorji) Former All Hallows High School pupil, Charlotte Ellaby, said: “I am really excited I got into the university of my choice and will continue to study the subject I love.” She will now go on to study economics at Kings College, London after receiving an A* in law and three A grades in economics, maths and further maths. (Charlotte Ellaby) Georgia Reeves had equally inspiring results which secured her place studying cognitive neuroscience combined with psychology at the University of Manchester. After receiving her A* in psychology and two As in biology and art and design, she said: “It’s overwhelming to find out I have received even better grades then I expected and to finally know all my hard work has paid off. “The grades I achieved were thanks to the support of staff at Pendleton.” (Georgia Reeves) It was a similar story for those studying on Vocational courses, with 80% of students achieving high grades. Former Albion Academy pupil, Jessica Singh, achieved a triple distinction star in applied science, the highest possible grade for those studying on a Vocational course. She said: “I feel very relieved after receiving my results and it just shows hard work really does pay off.” Jessica has secured her place at the University of Salford studying biomedical science. She one day dreams of becoming a surgeon and is now well on her way to attaining her chosen career. (Jessica Singh) Eve Rowan, who previously attended Walkden High School, also achieved a triple distinction star and will now go on to study at the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). RADA is one of the oldest and most prestigious drama schools in the world and the musical theatre student is delighted to be attending the Royal Academy this September. (Eve Rowan) Enrolment for 2019 entry will begin on Thursday 22 August 2019.
  7. Police are looking for Jonathan Carroll (18/07/77) who was released from prison in June 2019 after being jailed in 2017 for malicious wounding. He is now wanted on recall to prison after breaching the conditions of his license. Carroll is known to have links to the Salford area. Anybody with information regarding the whereabouts of Carroll should contact police on 0161 856 5238 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111
  8. Police are appealing for the public’s help to trace family of Peter David Gilbody from Salford. Peter passed away aged 72-years-old at his home address on Liverpool Street, Salford on 12 August 2019. There are believed to be no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death. Anyone with information about Peter's next of kin should contact the Police Coroner’s Office on 0161 856 5376
  9. The Ammies are set to square off against rivals Leeds this evening for the first round of the Carabao Cup and GMP is taking no chances by fielding its own increased visible police presence around the Peninsula Stadium and Manchester's City Centre this evening. Leeds fans will be heading across the Pennines to watch their club do battle with Salford FC and Police have been working with both clubs to ensure that it all goes off without a hitch as the cup rivals go head to head. Chief Superintendent Stuart Ellison, Match Commander for the Salford City v Leeds United fixture, said: Salford is competing for the first time for the Carabao Cup after its historic 3-0 Wembley victory against Fylde last season which saw them elevated to League Two. This also marks the first time that the teams will have met and it is sure to reignite old rivalries for the Ammies 'Class of 92' owners who have history with Leeds. Roads around the area are expected to be extra busy tonight so ensure you take that into account if travelling.
  10. Housing association Salix Homes and its youth panel Boost4Youth are hosting the event at Buile Hill Park on Monday, August 19 to help raise awareness of some of the real issues that affect young people today. The agenda has been set by members of the Boost4Youth group, which is made up of a group of Salford teenagers who act as the voice of young people in Salix Homes’ neighbourhoods across Salford. Jeanette Green, neighbourhood manager at Salix Homes, said: The event will comprise of a series of interactive workshops and sessions around knife crime, sexual health, body image and eating disorders, child sexual exploitation, healthy eating and exercise and employment opportunities. There will also be a range of fun challenges, competitions and entertainment as well as refreshments served. Salix Homes has teamed up with a number of partner organisations to deliver the sessions including the LGBT Foundation, Greater Manchester Police, the Audacious Foundation and the Salford Foundation. Boost4Youth member Orin Oyewale, aged 18, said: The Youth Conference is one of a number of events taking place as part of Salix Homes’ annual Love Your Neighbourhood Week, which takes place from August 19 – 23, and encourages local people to make a difference in their communities. The free event takes place at Buile Hill Park Hall from 1pm-4pm. Register for your free ticket at Eventbrite: HERE Captions: Salix Homes’ Boost4Youth group have organised a Youth Conference in Salford.
  11. Within this role, you will be responsible for providing vital information for the effective, safe, and efficient conduct of flights using the aerodrome and the associated air traffic zone. Previous experience is not essential as full training is provided. City Airport is a busy general aviation airport with a complex traffic environment and are looking for an individual who is able to work under a variety of workloads, is flexible, and willing to help us develop and grow our business whilst providing first class service to our customers. Employment is subject to passing a defined medical standard, passing of written examinations and suitable progress through initial training programme and successful validation during a probationary period in accordance with CAP 1032 Aerodrome FISO Licensing. RESPONSIBILITIES WILL INCLUDE Conduct duties to provide an Aerodrome Flight Information Service, and maintain FISO competency in accordance with Airport policies and procedures. Co-ordinate the interaction of aircraft operations and airside activities. Monitor and maintain aerodrome status systems and equipment. Promulgate and record information about aerodrome status and conditions. Inspect the apron and manoeuvring area and monitor/co-ordinate work in progress. Carry out FISO training and instruction to maintain own qualification and support the training activity of the Airport. Assume Airport Duty Officer Responsibilities when required. SKILLS & EXPERIENCE REQUIRED Excellent IT skills (Word Processing, Email etc) Excellent Practical Skills Excellent written and verbal communication skills Able to work with others at all levels within the organisation Self-reliant and resilient Able to work to targets and deliver results Willing and able to work flexibly QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE The holder must; Hold a Current UK driving licence Be of suitable fitness to hold an appropriate medical certificate Have an ability to work well under pressure Have an ability to prioritise and organise own workload Be capable of fast decision making in a high paced, multitasking environment. Be a good team player Be able to maintain the confidentiality of company and security-related information within the department. FLIGHT INFORMATION SERVICE OFFICER Hours: Minimum 40 hours per week (annualised) on a repeating shift rota basis which will include regular weekend working including eight and ten hour shifts. 7 day/week availability required. Flexibility essential. Additional hours will be required to cover provide shift cover and for operational requirements. Term: Permanent following suitable medical assessment and validation within a 6 month probationary period. Salary: Starting at £23,000 per annum. Location: City Airport & Heliport (Barton Aerodrome). https://www.cityairportandheliport.com/vacancy-fiso
  12. There were over 200 firearms handed in made up of real guns, replicas and plastic imitation guns. Among the firearms handed in there were a number of deactivated guns including an AK47, an Uzi sub-machine gun and a Bren WW2 machine gun. Superintendent Danny Inglis said,
  13. The UK Met Office has issued a yellow warning for strong winds and heavy rainfall which is expected over the coming 48 hours. Today: Heavy rain and strong winds clearing northwards this morning, with a mixture of bright spells and scattered showers following. The showers are likely to turn heavy and possibly thundery, especially during the afternoon. Feeling warm and humid. Maximum temperature 23 °C. Tonight: Scattered showers continuing overnight, turning heavy and thundery at times, and perhaps merging to give some longer spells on rain. Winds also increasing overnight. Minimum temperature 14 °C. Saturday: Bright spells and showers on Saturday. The showers will be heavy at times with a risk of hail and thunder, and slow-moving in the north. Maximum temperature 21 °C.
  14. If you are looking to kick the kids off the Xbox, free them from Fortnite and ditch the devices, there are many affordable sports camps and activities available at schools and leisure centres in Salford including four summer clubs that £2 per child (per day). Some even come with a free lunch and free transport (for Salford residents). Sports camps, gymnastics and dance activities Teen weights sessions New for summer 2019 are teen weigh lifting sessions at Worlsey Leisure Centre. These fully supervised hour-long classes are designed to develop the core movements required in Olympic Weight Lifting. Sessions cost £2.90 for non members and free for teen members. Running until August 29th. Book online in advance. Teen memberships are ideal for 11-17s in the summer holidays costing £10-20 per month. Co-Op Academy Walkden (formally Walkden High School) summer club - £2 PER CHILD PER DAY Running until 30 August, 10am-3pm, £2.00 per person, per day (additional costs for off site trips) for 8-16s. Children will enjoy swimming, climbing wall, watersports, parkour, street dance, arts and crafts, basketball, dodgeball, rounders, football, Nintendo Wii and Xbox giant screen experience, plus off site trips. Free fruit and free transport available from selected locations. To book call 0161 778 0569 or email amy.hallsworth@scll.co.uk Irlam & Cadishead Leisure Centre - £2 PER CHILD PER DAY Running until 30 August, 12-3, £2.00 per person per day, for 8-16s. Take part in our fun holiday programme this summer with our experienced sports and arts team in fantastic facilities. Enjoy multi-sports, games, arts & crafts, junior fitness and much more. Attendees can also access our popular 'Free Running' sessions. Places are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment. Contact Chris Smith on 0161 778 0570 or chris.d.smith@scll.co.uk St Patrick’s RC High School - £2 PER CHILD PER DAY PLUS FREE PACKED LUNCH Running until 30 August, 10-3, £2.00 per person, per day for 8-16s – FREE packed lunch included. Take part in our fun holiday programme this summer with our experienced sports and arts team in fantastic facilities. Enjoy multi-sports, games, arts & crafts, junior fitness and much more. Attendees can also access our popular 'Free Running' sessions. Places are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment. Contact Chris Smith on 0161 778 0570 or chris.d.smith@scll.co.uk SAYO and SPARKY summer club ­- £2 PER CHILD PER DAY PLUS FREE PACKED LUNCH At Oasis Hub MediaCityUK until 23 August. 10-3, £2.00 per person, per day for 8-16s - FREE packed lunch included Enjoy Swimming, climbing wall, watersports, parkour, street dance, arts and crafts, basketball, dodgeball, rounders, football, Nintendo Wii and Xbox giant screen experience, plus off site trips. Free transport available from selected locations. To book call 0161 736 1494 or email sayosparky@scll.co.uk Summer Holiday Camps at St Ambrose Barlow High School The leading, competitively priced holiday camp runs from 5-22 August offering top-quality coaching in a safe, modern venue so parents will have peace of mind, and children will have a great time. The camps include a wide range of activities including trampolining, dance, tennis; rock climbing; rounders; football; gymnastics; tri-golf; Art Italia and more. For children aged 5 – 12 from 8am - 6pm. Book online or call 07851451988. £15/20 per day or £55/85 per week. For full details, visit www.salfordcommunityleisure.co.uk/summer
  15. On his first day in office, the new Prime Minister stood outside Downing Street and declared that he would put an additional 20,000 police onto the streets of the UK to help combat the rise in crime. However it could be argued that the rise in crime was partly fuelled by reductions in police numbers over the past 10 years as we have lost over 20,000 officers, so this new move would be more or less only reversing what was done. This is your chance to let Boris know where those new officers would best serve, if you feel that you have excessively high crime in your area and additional officers are required then fill in the form below and let Boris know. The prime minister said the recruitment drive will begin in September and he wants it completed over the next three years. https://www.conservatives.com/MorePolice

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