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  1. Salford City Council has started the process to appoint a new chief executive. Chief Executive Jim Taylor has announced he is to retire in January 2021 after almost 40 years of public service. He will be leaving Salford to spend more time with his family and friends after more than six years in service in his current role – one he says he has been privileged to hold. Jim said: The council is now starting to plan for the appointment of it’s new chief executive and a report will go to the workforce panel.City Mayor Paul Dennett said: The process to attract and appoint a new chief executive will start in August and will be complete in the autumn to ensure a smooth transition and maintain continuity of leadership for Salford City Council.
  2. Can you help police find a missing man from Eccles? Alan Smith, 53, was last seen about 2.20pm on Monday 3 August 2020 when leaving his place of work in the Trafford Park area. Alan is described as white, around 5ft 8ins tall and of broad build. He has brown eyes, brown hair going grey at the side and a close-cut beard. He has a number of tattoos on his arms. It is unknown what he was last wearing. Officers are becoming increasingly concerned for Alan and want to make sure he is safe and well. Anyone with information about Alan’s whereabouts is asked to contact police on 0161 856 8351.
  3. GMP’s dedicated operation to tackle illegal large gatherings disperses event in Salford. At around 7.05pm on Saturday 1 August 2020, police received a report that a group of people were setting up audio equipment on the roof of a property on Worrall Street. Officers attended and safely dispersed the group. As part of this, a dispersal order has been put place. The dispersal order covers the entirety of the City of Salford. No arrests have been made and enquiries are ongoing. Superintendent Colette Rose said: Anyone with information about the organisation of this illegal large gathering should contact police on 101 quoting 3060 of 01/08/20 or the independent charity – Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. Information regarding other illegal large gatherings should be reported via our website, where our LiveChat service is available 24/7.
  4. Following the announcement from Government regarding changes to local restrictions in Greater Manchester and other areas of the North West of England, those living in the affected areas must now not meet people from other households inside a private home or garden or socialise with them in other indoor public venues. Once the legislation comes into place, Greater Manchester Police will continue with our approach of policing by consent and remain consistent with the four E’s approach that we have taken so far. We will continue to work with our communities. We will engage with people, explain the current circumstances and encourage people to do the right thing in complying with the government guidelines. We will only take enforcement action as a last resort, when people are not listening and putting others at risk. The guidance around attending licensed premises remains the same in that the premises should be managing social distancing requirements. If it is clear they cannot meet this requirement, and people are not social distancing, then they will be expected to close or face the prospect of police enforcing closure. This weekend we will be again increasing our resources dedicated to preventing illegal raves and large gatherings. We have already prevented a number of events from taking place, arrested a number of people in connection with the irresponsible organisation of unlicensed and seized equipment. There is a clear risk from attendance at any of these events or gatherings as there are no safety measures in place and we urge everyone to stay away. We understand the frustration of not being able to continue social lives, or visit friends and family, however the risk of Coronavirus is still present and attending events in large groups is in breach of Covid legislation. Anyone - young and old - can catch coronavirus. If you or someone you’ve been close to tests positive, your life will be put on hold. The long-term health risks are not known and you could put your friends and family at serious risk by breaching the rules and socialising with people outside your household. The only way to stay safe and protect your family and loved ones is by following the guidelines outlined today. We anticipate that the announced changes - along with the sunny weather forecast – will likely result in a rise in calls to police this weekend as people report potential breaches of the guidelines. Please remember that if you call us unnecessarily, you are potentially taking a resource away from someone else that may be vulnerable and could urgently need our assistance. The LiveChat function on our website is open 24/7 to report crime and other concerns that do not require an emergency response. In addition to LiveChat, you can also report things through our website or by calling 101. Please only dial 999 in an emergency. I want to assure the public that we will continue to risk assess all calls and enquiries and prioritise our response to those who need it most. We are working with community leaders and partners with our response to any breaches. I would also urge the public to look out for each other, as we have seen across Greater Manchester throughout the pandemic, particularly those who are most vulnerable at this time. Today also marks Eid al-Adha so many of our Muslim communities will have woken up this morning to find that their celebrations this year may need to be changed at short notice. I can only imagine how upsetting this may be, and our officers will engage with community partners and our Muslim communities with understanding and compassion in the coming days to help explain the guidelines and keep people safe. Finally I just want to once again say thank you to the people of Greater Manchester for their continued support as we have seen the vast majority of people following the guidelines and protecting those who are most vulnerable in our society. More information about the changes can be found on the Government website here.
  5. Police are appealing for the public’s help to trace the next of kin of a man from Salford. Robert Marshall, 83, passed away at his home address on Marlborough Road on Tuesday 28 July 2020. There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death. Anyone with information about Robert’s next of kin should contact the Police Coroner’s Office in Bolton on 0161 856 4687.
  6. Frantisek Horinek, 54, passed away at his home address at Howe Street, Salford on the 23 July 2020. Police say that there are are no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death. If anyone has any information about Frantisek’s next of kin they should contact the Bolton Police Coroner’s Office on 0161 856 4687.
  7. Today we paid a rare visit out of Salford to Hawkshaw above Ramsbottom to visit the grave of Roger Worthington a chap who was born in Salford and died in Hawkshaw in 1709 and has the distinction of having two gravestones. Roger was a Baptist Minister and preached in the isolated moorlands around Hawkshaw and Edgeworth and when he died expressed a wish to be buried there and a local was given a £1 a year to maintain his grave. His grave soon fell into disrepair and that would have been the end of "Old Roger" as was known, however in 1935 a chap from New Zealand, Godfrey Ramsbott0m paid for a new stone and a small walled garden which you can see today. Not certain if he was a long distant relative but what a nice thing to do, and so today the grave is well maintained by volunteers, and has a couple of benches for the visitor to sit and contemplate on. The entrance is through a small gap in a drystone brick wall which has the inscription, "Visitors are requested to honour this Sacred Place." The grave lies within the Greater Manchester boundary midway between Ramsbottom and Edgworth. It can be found at the northern end of a rough lane leading from Hawkshaw Post Office towards Grainings Farm, about 100 metres before the latter. Postcode and Co-ordinates in the video.
  8. Police were called to the B'Hive Public House on Holland Street shortly after 11:30pm last night (Saturday 18th July) after reports that a woman had received head injuries as the result of an assault. The area around the pub & nearby cock robin bridge was cordoned off. Officers say that at the moment there have been no arrests made. In a statement made by Greater Manchester Police, a spokesperson said: If you have any information which could help with this case you should call police on 0161 856 8361 or 101 quoting incident number 3621 of 18/07/2020, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
  9. Police are appealing for the public’s help to trace the next of kin of a man from the Eccles, Salford area. Stephen Roberts, 59, passed away at his home on Liverpool Road, Eccles Salford on Tuesday 14 July 2020. There are believed to be no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death. Anyone with information about Stephen’s next of kin should contact the Police Coroner’s Office in Bolton on 0161 856 4687.
  10. Police dealt with an incident at Salford Crescent Railway Station earlier this evening (14th July) after it is believed a person had been struck by a train. Emergency services attended the scene shortly after 4:15pm after a member of the public reported that someone had been hit by a train on a stretch of track close to the station. NWAS (North West Ambulance Service) were quick to respond and train services in and out of the station were suspended, however, not long afterwards NWAS left the scene having said that no one required hospitalisation. Police continue to investigate. A spokesperson for NWAS has issued the following statement: Train services were suspended for a short time but are now running as normal.
  11. Salford organisations have pulled together to help families stay healthy over the summer. The healthy holidays hub on Salford City Council’s website, has videos from local community organisations and links to everything from cookery and craft to exercise, music lessons and singing, reading and games. Each week new videos will be added to help families enjoy their time together over the summer break. And, on a more serious note, the hub also includes links to extra financial support and advice for families which may be struggling with existing debts or the impact of Coronavirus. Councillor Paula Boshell, lead member for anti-poverty, neighbourhoods, financial inclusion and equalities, said the hub was a response to the challenge of living with COVID-19. The organisations which have contributed to the hub are: Salford City Council, Salford CVS, Salford Foodshare Network, Salford Community Leisure, Salford NHS Clinical Comissioning Group and the Lifecentre in Langworthy. The hub can be found at www.salford.gov.uk/healthyholidays
  12. A green Vauxhall Astra was suspected as having caught on fire after a collision with a van and two cars on Trinity Way this morning, this however was a false alarm as it was not on fire when fire crews arrived on scene. Fortunately none of the occupants of the vehicles were seriously injured and the driver of the Astra had been able to self rescue himself. Police have so far made no arrests. There were considerable delays in the area during the incident but these have now cleared and the road reopened to traffic. A Greater Manchester Police spokesman said:
  13. Two members of staff at Harrop Fold school in Little Hulton were diagnosed as having contracted the Covid-19 virus on Friday 10th July but after a thorough cleaning over the weekend the school has been able to reopen this morning after following Public Health England guidelines. Both staff members as well as colleagues and students who may have had contact with them have been told to stay at home and self-isolate. The school has been operating with minimal staff and pupils so exposure has been limited. Following advice and guidelines from Public Health England the school was able to reopen to children of keyworkers this morning after a thorough deep cleaning took place over the weekend. Councillor John Merry (Salford Deputy City Mayor and the lead member for Children’s and Young People’s Services) issued a statement explaining the situation:
  14. Earlier today (Sunday 12 July 2020) at around 0655am, police were called by the ambulance service to Bolton Road in Pendlebury to reports of a serious collision involving two vehicles – a Renault Megane and a Mitsubishi Shogun On police arrival, two men – who were occupants of the Renault Megane - had very sadly passed away as a result of their injuries. One is believed to be in their 30s and the other in their 40s. The driver of the Mitsubishi– a man in his 60s - was taken to hospital with serious injuries. He remains there in a stable condition. Emergency services remain at the scene whilst investigation work is carried out. The road remains closed. Enquiries are ongoing and no arrests have been made. PC Karl Horner of GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit said: Anyone with information should contact GMP’s Serious Investigation Unit on 0161 856 4741, quoting incident number 923 of 12/07/20. Reports can also be made anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Our condolences to the families at this time.
  15. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected us all as we seek to keep ourselves and those in our community safe and free from the virus. We have all seen how this has been particularly the case with care homes, and like many others Ecclesholme closed its doors to all but essential visitors at the start of the pandemic to protect its residents. To counter any feelings of isolation that the lack of visitors could bring, the staff have worked tirelessly to ensure that residents have had regular contact with their families by phone or video call and this has been a great comfort to the residents and their families. However, close up, face to face conversations have not been possible. That is until now. This has all changed as the Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution care home in Eccles, Manchester, has become one of the first in the country to install a COVID secure visitor pod thanks to the generosity of the Association of Friends of Ecclesholme. The residents have been overjoyed to be reunited with their loved ones after months without visitors and staff and residents have had a real morale boost as the pod enables residents to meet safely with their families again. These newly created partitioned spaces have airtight, toughened glass screen to ensure the safety of residents, their families, and the home’s staff. Visitors can now enter and exit the room from outside the home to minimise the risk of infection. While resident’s access the room from a different door inside the home. Both sides of the pod are deep cleaned between each visit. Among the residents thrilled to be able to have visitors again was Olive Marshall, who was overjoyed to see her daughter, Susan Rees, for the first time four months. Daughter Susan said: Home manager, Bev Niland said: Photo: Ecclesholme resident, Olive Marshall, is reunited with her daughter, Susan Rees, in the home’s new visitor pod. Story: Wayne Devlin



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