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  1. I have to admit that when I first read the following story about a bogus valet to Sir William Bass, I was reminded of the Fawlty Towers episode, "A Touch Of Class" and the fictitious, "Lord Melbury" who cons money out of Basil, who is fawning over him,because of his title. Our story begins in August 1921 in Douglas, on the Isle of Man with a Mrs Ann Edwards and her unnamed husband on their holiday's in a boarding house, they got into conversation with a chap, called, Thomas Henry Ireland, who told them he was the valet too, Sir William Bass who was also on holiday in Douglas. They exchanged business cards and Mrs Edwards told him that if he was ever in Manchester, that he should look them up and he would be made welcome at their home in Conway Street, Broughton, Salford. It is worth noting that at this time there was a, Sir William Bass, he was the son of Sir Hamer Alfred Bass the brewing magnate, Sir William was educated at Harrow and became a famous racehorse owner. One can only imagine the the look on Mrs Edwards face when several weeks later, Mr Ireland turned up at her two up and down terraced house and told her that his "Master" was staying in Manchester but had kindly allowed him 13 shillings and sixpence a day for board and lodgings and could she kindly put him up, to which she agreed. Surely a valet's occupation is to be the personal assistant and is responsible for his Masters clothes and daily arrangements? Mr Ireland stayed with them for almost a fortnight and on the morning of, August 26th he told Mrs Andrews that he was going for lunch with Sir William and would be back later, later on in the day they received a telegram from him, informing them that, he had been called to Liverpool and would return the next day.....do you think he would? Mrs Andrews suspicions were raised, (and not before time if you ask me), a search of her property revealed a quantity of gold, including a watch, a gold Albert, several gold sovereigns and a war medal were missing, along with Mr Ireland. The police were informed and a month later he was apprehended in High Wycombe, some distance from Liverpool, and was brought back to Salford to face the music, where he was charged with theft and a further charge of obtaining food and lodging by false pretences. He appeared at Salford Magistrates Court under the watchful eye of the Stipendiary Magistrate, Mr P.W. Atkin. Inspector Mitchell told the Court that Ireland had pleaded guilty to the theft of the gold but not the war medal and that all of the stolen property had been recovered, he also revealed that there were two court cases pending against him in, Douglas and Llandudno He was sentenced to six months imprisonment which seems a fairly lenient sentence, possibly because all of the stolen gold was recovered. I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall in Mrs Andrews house at tea time, when Mr Ireland would regale them with stories about Sir William Bass and the high life that he led, however a fortnight off spinning these yarns about his, "Master" would soon wear thin and I can imagine that they had already regretted bumping into him in Douglas and exchanging, calling cards. Thanks to Gary Williams for the photo of Conway Street taken in 1978.
  2. Detectives in Salford and north Manchester are investigating three firearms discharges in the last three days. Thankfully, no life-threatening injuries have been reported at any of the incidents in the Cheetham Hill, Broughton, and Boothstown areas respectively, and there is nothing to support that the three are linked. However, police are treating the incidents very seriously following a stark decrease in discharges since the end of March thanks to targeted disruption activity by dedicated taskforces in both cities. The first of the incidents occurred before 8pm on Tuesday 8 June to a report of a 30-year-old man arriving with a serious wound to the leg. Subsequent enquiries have found evidence that it's likely to have been a targeted incident that may have taken place on Dinnington Drive, Cheetham Hill, and investigators continue to appeal for information. The night after, two shots were fired at an address on Great Cheetham Street West, Broughton, shortly prior to 11pm. No one was injured. The latest incident was last night (Thursday 10 June) at around 6.20pm when shots were fired from a black Vauxhall Astra towards a group of men following an altercation which happened off Booths Hall Way. Detectives have been unable to identify any victims of the attack so far and their enquiries, including speaking to the many witnesses in the area and CCTV, are ongoing. No arrests have been made for any of the incidents and appropriate patrol plans are in place for over the weekend. Detective Superintendent Chris Packer, of GMP Salford's district, said: Anyone with information or concerns about the Salford incidents should call GMP Salford's Swinton CID on 0161 856 4532. Information about the incident in Cheetham Hill should be called into City of Manchester North's Central Park CID on 0161 856 3728. Details can be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
  3. A positive covid test was reported within the school community at Friars School on Cannon Street in Salford on Wednesday and the Primary has been closed until Monday whilst a thorough deep clean takes place. Parents have been urged to have their children tested at the local pop up testing site at Broughton Hub, although it is unknown if it is a pupil or a staff member who has tested positive. The school was closed to all but Early Years, Reception and Yellow Room pupils with years 1-6 being told to stay at home. Teachers should have contacted parents with regards to home learning by now. Head Teacher Michael Earnshaw, said in a letter: The school is urging parents to have their children tested for Covid with the lab analysed PCR tests so that any further cases can be identified. As pupils head back to school it is inevitable that cases will manifest from time to time. All schools in Salford have strict protocols in place to deal with such situations and to limit the impact on pupils as much as possible. Meanwhile, vaccinations across the City continue and are expected to gather pace in the coming weeks as more jabs are made available. The fantastic work by the NHS and Spirit of Salford Network volunteers has meant that Salford is ahead of the curve on vaccinations. Most areas of Salford have seen a drop in cases but Higher Broughton and some surrounding areas still remains a cause for concern.
  4. An investigation has been launched after a young girl was sexually assaulted in a salford park before having her phone stolen by the offender. The man is described as being around 6 foot tall, white with short light coloured hair and a short cropped fringe along with a light coloured moustache. He was of thin build and said to be in his 20's to 30's. He is said to have been wearing a distinctive pair of blue/black adidas jogging pants with white stripes and a blue hooded top with a large front pocket, as well as white, red and black running shoes and a grey Puma backpack. The offender ran off in the direction of Chapel Street. Greater Manchester Police say that the 13-year-old was not injured during the attack but was left 'shaken' after having been sexually assaulted and is currently being given support from specialist officers. So far no arrests are said to have been made and police continue their investigations. Detective Inspector Chris Horsfield, of GMP's Swinton CID, said: Anyone who has any information about this assault is advised to contact police on 0161 856 2079 quoting incident number 746 of 12/05/2021. Information can also be passed on anonymously by calling the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
  5. The results for the Elections held on Thursday 6th May 2021 for the Broughton Ward are as follows: Bernard Darrell Goldfine - Liberal Democrats - 431 Deklan Ronald Parry - Liberal Democrats - 270 Maria Brabiner - Labour Party - 1209 - 3Yr Term Bernard Darrell Goldfine - Conservative Party - 229 Paul Chibuzor Adimabua Mebeze - Conservative Party - 323 Jim King - Labour Party - 1209- 2Yr Term David Jones - The Green Party - 367 John David Merry - Labour Party - 1023 - 1Yr Term The Labour Party Have Held All Three Seats Unused Votes: 1636 Rejected: 16 Turnout: 23.26%
  6. Plans to make cycling safer in Broughton are now open for everyone to have their say. Salford City Council has launched a four-week consultation today (Wednesday October 14) on proposals which could see road junctions redesigned and new crossings installed along the Broughton cycleway which runs along the Great Clowes Street and Blackfriars Road. Public feedback is vital in helping the council put together a full business case to secure funding from the Greater Manchester Combined Authority to carry out the scheme. Councillor Jim Cammell, who leads on cycling for Salford City Council, said the proposals take into account feedback and safety concerns about the route which opened in 2016. This year has seen a huge increase in cycling for both commuting and pleasure due to the pandemic. The proposals are to redesign six junctions along the route to provide safer cyclist and pedestrian movements by providing fully segregated cycling and walking facilities controlled by traffic signals (known as Cyclops junctions.) The junctions are: Camp Street/Upper Camp Street/Great Clowes Street junction, Broughton Lane/Great Clowes Street junction, Sussex Street/Great Clowes Street junction, Silk Street/Great Clowes Street junction/St Simon Street/Blackfriars Road junction and Mount Street/St Stephen Street/Blackfriars Road junction. Work to 19 side roads including tightening turning circles, speed reduction measures and new give way priorities. Introduce 14 bus stop laybys to separate cyclists and buses and replace and improve all existing armadillos and segregation features creating wider cycle lanes which should prevent vehicles parking in them. Replace stairs to Broughton bridge and install a new toucan crossing at the location of an existing uncontrolled crossing, remove the Blackfriars Road footbridge and replace it with a new Cyclops junction and close Mount Street to vehicles from its junction with St Stephen Street. The cycle route will also be resurfaced and trees, rain gardens and planting beds installed along the route. Anyone with views on the proposed changes should contact Salford City Council by Wednesday November 11: online at www.salford.gov.uk/mcf or via Commonplace at: broughtoncyclewayenhancements.commonplace.is Or by email to mcf@salford.gov.uk Or by post Broughton cycleway enhancements consultation, Salford City Council, Civic Centre, Chorley Road, Swinton, Salford M27 5FJ
  7. A huge well done to Aldi after stepping in to replace all of the items stolen from a local foodbank in Broughton. Truly showing the real spirit of Salford. Regional managing director Ruth Doyle at Aldi said she was appalled to hear that their donation to tackle period poverty had been taken from a storage unit at Mocha parade, Broughton. In a press release she said: The final distribution of the £2,500 donation to help women in period poverty and local families had been due to take place this week – but staff and volunteers were left in tears when they discovered thieves had broken in and cleaned out the entire unit. Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett said he was delighted with the news and that he couldn’t thank Aldi enough for their kindness. Tom Togher, Chief Officer of Salford Citizen’s Advice and Salford Foodshare added: Salford City Council has identified new, secure storage for the donation. Meanwhile as we reported earlier today, police are determined to bring those who carried out this appalling act to justice.
  8. At around 10:30pm last night (06 Aug), GMFR were called to a small fire which has been set alight on the top floor of the derelict Crown Theatre in Eccles. The fire thought to be set by arsonists was quickly extinguished and only minor damage was reported to the historic building. Then in the early hours of this morning (7th Aug) shortly after 5.50 am, police were called to reports of a fire at wasteland on Greenwood Street, Salford. Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service and police were in attendance, and the fire has now been brought under control. A huge plume of smoke could be seen drifting across the City skyline this morning, it is thought that Tyres and light goods were set on fire. Travel on the trains was also affected with Northern rail issuing a statement on temporary suspensions: There were road closures in place. Ford Lane was closed to the public at the junction of Broughton Road, and Greenwood Street was closed at the junction of Redwood Street. Cordons have since been removed. Enquiries in to the full circumstances around this incident are ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 0161 856 5127, quoting incident number 309 of 07/08/18, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. Photos: Albert Spiby (Salford Online Group Admin) & @Leemond138 (Twitter)
  9. At 11.50pm on Friday 18 November 2016, a green Skoda Octavia collided with a pedestrian, a 38-year-old woman, on Lower Broughton Road, near to the junction of Frederick Road. The woman was taken to hospital where she is being treated for a serious head injury and is in a life-threatening condition. The man driving the Skoda was uninjured. Police Constable Paul Hailwood of GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit said: “Our thoughts are with the woman’s family at this distressing time. “We have launched an investigation to establish the circumstances if the collision and I would urge anyone who saw what happened, to get in touch as a matter of urgency.” Anyone with information is asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 0161 856 4742, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
  10. Update 23:11 | Cordon now lifted and people back in their homes. Update 21:06 | It is being reported that it is a ruptured gas pipe and residents in surrounding homes have been evacuated until it can be made safe, teams are on site and are carrying out repairs with the ETA expected to be 1.5 hours. Greater Manchester Emergency services are responding to a 'Major' gas leak on Gerald Road, several homes have been evacuated as a precaution, part of the area has been cordoned off and a strong smell of gas is reported in the air. The incident is still on going.
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