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  1. Police were called to an address on Cook Street in Salford at 7.26am this morning (Tuesday 22 June, 2021) to a report of a concern for the welfare of a man. Emergency Services attended, and sadly discovered the body of a 48 year old man. Police quickly cordoned off an area on Cook Street and Madeira Place, whilst forensics officers carried out searches of the area. A murder investigation has now been launched into the circumstances surrounding his death. Patrols have been stepped up in the area. Detective Chief Inspector Ben Cottam, from GMP's Major Incident Team said:
  2. Police are asking members of the public to help find Malgorzata Swiatlon, aged 37 years-old, who was last seen on South Radford Street in Salford at around 1.00pm on Monday 14th of June 2021. She is described as white with dark hair, of slim build and wearing glasses. Malgorzata was last seen wearing a grey hoody, blue jeans and yellow slippers. Officers are becoming increasingly concerned about Malgorzata and want to make sure she is safe and well. Anyone with information about Malgorzata’s whereabouts should contact police on 0161 856 5488.
  3. Positive cases of Covid-19 continue upwards with a slight rise in Salford as a further 60 people test positive for the virus today (Thursday 27th), However it is not all bad news as Public Health England (PHE) estimates that 13,200 deaths have now been prevented in people aged 60 years or older in England up to 13 May 2021 (11,200 deaths in individuals aged 80 years and older, 1,700 in individuals aged 70 to 79 and 300 in individuals aged 60 to 69 years). As of today there is just a single patient reported as being on ventilation at Salford Royal Hospital and a further 22 admitted with the virus, additionally there were just 4 admissions between 16/05 and 23/05 and the last recorded death at the hospital was on May 9th. Overall things in Salford are looking fairly positive but it is vitally important to continue to abide by the social distancing rules in order to ensure that remains so. It clearly shows that vaccination is working and we would recommend anyone who is eligible and has not yet had one to come forward as the numbers speak for themselves. Nationally, the Government estimates also indicate that the vaccination programme has prevented around 39,700 hospitalisations in those aged 65 years and over in England (approximately 4,900 admissions in those aged 65 to 74, 15,600 in those aged 75 to 84 and 19,200 in those aged 85 and over). The method for analysing the approximate number of deaths and hospitalisations prevented by the vaccine programme now takes into account the impact of both first and second doses, due to more data being available. However, it does not include the impact of vaccination on transmission, therefore the true impact of the vaccination programme is likely to be even greater. An updated analysis including nearly 3,000 symptomatic cases of B.1.617.2 provides further confidence that 2 doses of either vaccine are highly effective against the variant first identified in India. Dr Jamie Lopez Bernal, Consultant Epidemiologist at PHE, said:
  4. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Home Office announced on Wednesday 19 May that a total of 3,000 government jobs are set to be moved to regions outside of London as part of the Places for Growth Scheme to bring policy makers closer to communities and support economic growth. Salford is set significantly benefit from a major move by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, securing the lion’s share of job relocations. BEIS is a ministerial department, supported by 46 agencies and public bodies. The other areas set to benefit from one third of BEIS’s roles placed outside London are Birmingham, Cardiff and Darlington, Belfast and Edinburgh. The announcement was made by Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng and Home Secretary Priti Patel. Salford is also listed as one of the areas expected to benefit from an increase in Home Office personnel, including senior civil service roles. City Mayor of Salford Paul Dennett said: Location Current staff numbers Phase 1 Growth expected Total by 2025 Salford c.10 c.410 420 Birmingham 150 175 325 Cardiff 75 55 130 Darlington 20 105 125 Other locations incl. Aberdeen 230 - 230 Belfast - 60 60 Edinburgh - 60 60 Preston - - - Total 485 865 1350 (30% of core BEIS workforce)
  5. A 5-year-old child has been hospitalised from serious injuries after being hit by a white Mercedes car on Lower Broughton Road. The accident happened yesterday evening (12th May) and the 40-year-old driver of the vehicle was arrested as police suspected her of having committed driving offences. The child is believed to have sustained serious injuries but they are not thought to be life threatening. A spokesperson for GMP said:
  6. Police and paramedics were called to the home of a Little Hulton man at around 9:50pm yesterday (Friday 23rd April) evening after he was discovered having sadly died. After a full forensic investigation of the scene on Seddon Street, police have revealed that there are thought to be no suspicious circumstances involved in his death. A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police, said: Our thoughts as always go to his family and friends at this tragic time.
  7. Police have launched a murder investigation after the fatal stabbing of a teenager on Pevril Road in Weaste yesterday evening (Weds 21st April). A 17-year-old boy was taken to hospital after being stabbed in the chest in what police believe to be a targeted attack, unfortunately the youth has died from his injuries. A 17-year-old suspect has been arrested and remains in police custody this morning. Pevril Road remains cordoned off this morning at both ends as police continue their investigations. Officer Stuart Wilkinson of GMP's Major Incident Unit has said that investigations are at an early stage so far but the force is working hard to identify and bring to custody those responsible. Anyone with information is asked to call 101, quoting incident 2921 of April 21 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. Photos: Hilary Curran
  8. A man has been jailed after being found in possession of 'numerous packs of suspected cocaine and crack cocaine' and 'a quantity of cash' after police pulled over a suspicious vehicle in Little Hulton almost a year ago. The vehicle Ali was driving was stopped on Cleggs Lane, Little Hulton, on April 17, 2020 and was arrested immediately. It may have take a lot of hard work to get a result but finally Husnain Ali of Rishton Lane in Bolton was jailed after he entered a guilty plea to possession of heroin and crack cocaine with intent to supply, obstructing police and driving with no insurance and was sentenced to three years imprisonment at court. The arresting officer PC Upton was given praise by both his colleagues and the public for his hard work on the long investigation which lead to Ali finally being jailed. Officers from GMP wrote on their Facebook Page:
  9. Salford housing association Salix Homes has scored a hat-trick of nominations in the prestigious Northern Housing Awards. Salix Homes has been shortlisted in three categories in the Northern Housing Awards, which recognise the achievements of housing providers in the north. Social housing development Joan Lestor House in Walkden has been named as a finalist in the Best Development for Social/Affordable Rent category. Salix Homes transformed the derelict former women’s refuge into nine apartments for social rent – some of the first new, social housing to be created in the area for many years. It has also been shortlisted in the Best Digital Transformation category in recognition of its technical innovation and digital modernisation strategy. Salix Homes’ digital journey has seen the landlord launch a ground-breaking digital repairs service – MySalix - incorporating innovative chatbot technology; and become the first housing provider in the UK to fully embrace the public cloud. The Salix Homes Customer Committee is also in the running for the Best Resident Involvement Initiative gong. The Committee was launched last year in a bid to give tenants greater influence in how housing services are provided. Sue Sutton, chief executive at Salix Homes, said: The winners will be announced at a virtual awards ceremony on Thursday, May 13.
  10. Salford's favourite historian, accomplished author and respected local journalist, Mr Anthony Errol Flynn, has announced that he is standing as an independent candidate for the position of City Mayor in the upcoming Salford elections which are to be held this May. Tony cuts a popular figure within Salford, having amassed a considerable following over the years due to his immense encyclopaedic knowledge of the cities history as well as his wit, humour and philanthropy. Speaking on the steps of Swinton Civic Centre, Tony told us: Tony went on to speak about his election pledges: Tony hopes to have his full politically correct 'personifesto' out later this week once it has been finalised and printed for free on the photocopiers at Eccles Library.. For a full copy of the 740 page hard back booklet which comes with a free copy of his Eccles pub book, you can contact him on 0161 820 2411 and leave a message starting with the words 'In Like Flynn'.
  11. A man who went missing from Poole in Dorset could be heading up to Salford and locals are asked to keep a look out for him. Fawzi Hamza, 21, was last seen at around 1pm on Thursday, March 25, in the Haven Road area of Poole, Dorset. He hasn’t been home since and officers are concerned about his well being, as he doesn’t have any of his medication with him. Police Inspector Jess Pearcey, of Poole police, said: Fawzi is described as black, around 5’6” tall, and slim, with short dark hair styled in a fade cut. He was last seen wearing a white hooded top, a black denim jacket, black trousers and cream coloured trainers. Anyone with information about Fawzi can contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, by emailing 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk, or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55210047462.
  12. Police arrested three men and a woman and seized a large amount of class A drugs on Sunday night as part of GMP Salford's on going operation to tackle an organised crime dispute in the city. Officers from the Operation Naseby disruption hub - formed in April 2020 in response to a violent dispute in Salford - searched an address on Powel Street in the Clayton area on Sunday 28th March. A total of £3000 in cash was found at the property and half an ounce of suspected class A drugs - namely cocaine was seized. Seven phones were also recovered and taken away in evidence to be used as part of other on-going investigations. A 25 year old man was arrested for being wanted for a number of offences and also in connection with money laundering and possession of drugs with intent to supply. He remains in custody for questioning. Two other men, both aged 25 and a woman aged, 22, were arrested on suspicion of money laundering and possession of drugs with intent to supply and have been released under further investigation. The action relates to a recent dispute between groups in Salford and north Manchester as dedicated teams of officers in both districts continue to work closely with the Serious and Organised Crime Group and respective local partners. Detective Chief Inspector Rick Thompson, of GMP's Salford district, said:
  13. Litter and fly tipping has become a problem nationwide and not only in Salford but there are good people out there who take the time and put in the effort to make a difference in their communities. Earlier in the month we awarded one such gentleman and beloved member of his community, 'Fred', our community champion award for the phenomenal work he had done towards maintaining his own 'patch' in Barton. Not too long afterwards we covered another story in which local volunteers managed to recover stolen mail that had been ditched in woodland during in a litter pick in Walkden. So it always a fantastic thing to see Salford residents being praised for their support in tackling litter and we agree that they should be urged to carry on after lockdown restrictions ease. More than 300 community groups have turned out in the last year to support the council in cleaning up the city. Councillor David Lancaster, lead member for environment and community safety, praised the volunteers and said he hoped they would continue in the future. He said: In 2019/20 1000 people were given fixed penalty notices or fines totalling £100,000 for littering or fly tipping. For more information on how to help see: Salford Litter Heroes Or on Facebook, join: Salford Litter Heroes - Posts (facebook.com)
  14. Terence Robert McArthur, aged 67, was last seen on Stamford Street, Rochdale, at around 11am hours on Thursday 18th March 2021. He is described as a white male, very slim, with fuzzy grey hair and beard. Terence was last seen wearing black jeans, black and red jumper, a white hoodie and a cap. Terence currently suffers from early onset dementia. He has possible links to Salford, Bristol, Stoke-on-Trent and Cornwall. Officers are becoming increasingly concerned about Terence and want to make sure he is safe and well. Anyone with information about Terence’s whereabouts should contact police on 0161 856 8522.
  15. A new branch of the Metrolink between MediaCityUK and Manchester City Centre, via Salford Crescent, could become a reality within the next 20 years under plans which make up part of the the City Centre Transport Strategy for 2014, which has now been backed by Salford City Council. A recent report has concluded that the Metrolink has brought major benefits to some local communities in the form of clean air and reduction of congestion on roads. Salford Council aims to place the crescent at the heart of the major transport gateway into and out of the city centre, along with pedestrianizing parts of the A6 to create a boulevard. The joint strategy between Salford and Manchester is hoped to see up to 90% of peak time commutes to be made on foot, cycle, bus and trains as infrastructure improvements are made to help reduce the carbon footprint of the sister city centres and create better transport links. However some have suggested that this is just another example of Manchester's continuing encroachment into Salford and a blurring of the line as to where each city starts and ends. Others have suggested that it would be unwise to be putting the cities 'eggs' into the public transport basket and ask if it is truly a viable way forward as the local reduction in footfall on public transport over the past year due to Covid has demonstrated huge flaws in the thinking. The Metrolink itself has struggled with dwindling numbers due to lockdown and as we face an uncertain future with mutations of the coronavirus a continued threat, it is only wise to consider the possibility of a repeat of 2020 at some point ahead. Additionally it has been noted that as more people opt to work from home and with some companies seemingly championing the benefits it brings, some members of the public are questioning if the strategy has been thought out properly. A recent consultation resulted in 2,425 responses from the public but it was noted that just 5% of those who responded actually lived within Salford. Regardless, Salford Crescent is set to play a huge role in the development around the University campus and is being seen as a focal point for growthin the city, and so it is hoped the addition of a Metrolink route will bring benefits to the area which already boasts rail and bus connectivity. The new route is being suggested as an important part of the joint strategy in the coming years and Labours Tracy Kelly, Salford's statutory deputy city mayor, has welcomed the new transport strategy. Speaking at the meeting on Monday, she told the audience: Photos: English Cities Fund and SM
  16. Salford City Council and City Mayor, Paul Dennett are welcoming the recent announcement from the BBC to expand broadcasting operations at MediaCityUK. Salford Mayor, Paul Dennett said: The MediaCityUK site is now set for continued growth as the base for digital and technology and, as a global centre of excellence. BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 6 Music are now also to be rooted in Salford with over 50% of broadcasting to be from the city. Paul Continued: BBC One daytime programme Morning Live will now be broadcast from Salford all year round as part of a wider commitment to content produced in the North of England. The MediaCityUK base will also be the hub for the network’s Audio Business news. Tom Stannard, the Chief Executive at Salford City Council said:
  17. Continuing with our pledge to reward the unsung community heroes who have done so much for their local community and for no reward or recognition, we had no hesitation in awarding the highly prized and much valued (that enough Ed?) award to a Community Champion. Today we visited Eccles Precinct to present our latest salford.media Community Award to a lady who is a familiar figure there as she serves up drinks in all weathers to her dedicated customers. Yvonne McGarvey has run the Eccles Coffee Stall there for the past four years and has turned this corner of the Precinct into a meeting place, were her loyal customers come for a chat, a brew and talk their cares away. The Covid crisis has hit Yvonne as hard as anyone else but she rose to the occasion and as soon as restrictions were eased, it was normal service as usual and the customers I have spoken to, were delighted to see her back. Yvonne not only dispenses drinks with a smile for all her customers but has a real care for them, she can be seen organising Bingo sessions with prizes she donates herself and with the profits made she takes takes her many of her more elderly customers out for a day trip, four times a year to Southport, Blackpool and Morecambe where they get a free meal in a hotel and free transport there and back, for which she deserves a round of applause at least, a real unsung hero and a fitting recipient of the award. She has become a huge asset to Eccles Precinct and is beloved by her customers just as much as the hot beverages she serves. So if your in the Precinct why not take the weight off your feet, have a brew with Yvonne and watch the world go by.
  18. Earlier this morning a large emergency service response descended on Clifton Country Park after reports of a possible body having been seen in the River Irwell at Clifton Country Park. Shortly after 10.45am on Sunday 14 March 2021, police were called to reports from a concerned member of the public that a possible body had been found in the River Irwell in Clifton Country Park in Salford. Emergency services were quickly on scene and part of the park has been cordoned off to the public. Unfortunately we have the sad duty to report that the body of a male thought to be aged in his 50's has been been recovered from the River. An incident unit from the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Services (GMFRS) was seen parked at the entrance of the park this morning as responders made their way to the location where the body was reportedly seen. Underwater Search teams were deployed to the area whereupon they located the body of the man in the water. Emergency services are currently in attendance and police say that enquiries are ongoing. We will continue to update this article when we have further details. Photos: Simon Williams via Facebook
  19. During a litter pick earlier today, our very own 'Handy' Hilary Curran along with her friend and BMHA group member Wendy Francis, local resident Janet Hesford and Hilary's nephew Harry, came across three distinctive bright red Royal Mail bags hidden in the undergrowth close to where the busses turn at the top end of Mossfield Road in Swinton. Hilary, a moderator on our Salford Nature group, is well known for getting stuck in and getting her hands dirty to clean up the cities beauty spots. She also runs her own I Love Buile Hill Park group on Facebook which was set up for people to share memories and photos of the park. Hilary said: The mail which looks to have been stolen and ditched at some point before valentines day earlier this year, has addresses primarily from around the Walkden area. One of the trinkets found has the letters R&H surrounded by a love-heart with the date 08/03/20 inscribed upon it. Are you the mysterious R or H? If So then please get in touch. A secretive valentines card has the words 'Bee My Valentine' written on it followed by a '?', obviously meant for someone with a secret admirer perhaps? Other items included prescription specs and women's boots. Hilary said it is 'Sad that these people did not get their post and that she would like to see it delivered or returned to sender'. The pair are now going to 'deliver' the mail back to the Royal Mail in the hope that they can redeliver it to the intended recipients. Unfortunately, it seems that some of the mail has been damaged by the elements , whilst other letters seem to have been ripped open by what is assumed the thief as they riffled through envelopes looking for money and valuables. The pair say that they would like to see the items and trinkets found amongst the mail find their way to those they rightfully belong too. We will keep you 'Posted', on any developments.
  20. A Salford housing association has launched a new affordable home-ownership brand to support its bold ambitions to deliver more affordable homes to help tackle the housing crisis. Salix Homes, which owns 8,000 homes across Salford, has launched Willo Homes in a bid to increase housing choice and deliver more affordable housing opportunities in the city. As a not-for-profit organisation, any profits will be reinvested back into improving homes and communities across Salford. Sue Sutton, chief executive at Salix Homes, said: Willo Homes will specialise in affordable homeownership options including Help to Buy, Shared Ownership and Rent to Buy, as well as homes for market sale. To coincide with the launch, Willo Homes has announced the first properties available for expressions of interest at Artifex – the flagship high-rise development in Trinity. The £15million apartment block comprises 108 one and two-bedroom apartments, which will all be available under the Rent to Buy Scheme. Rent to Buy is a government scheme designed to ease the transition from renting to buying a home by providing a subsidised rent at around 20% below the market rate. People will be able to rent the properties for five years at the reduced rate and then have the option to buy it after that period. Terry McBride, development manager at Salix Homes, added: Artifex is named in honour of the late Canon Peter Green – a much-respected writer and minister at the nearby St Philips Church. During the First World War and until the 1950s, Canon Peter Green wrote a weekly column in The Manchester Guardian - which was later to become The Guardian - under the pen name ‘Artifex’. He wrote about pacifism and compassion as well as articles about social injustice and the importance of housing, and is fondly remembered as a ‘real man of the people who loved the Salford people’. Willo Homes will also soon be bringing to the market the next available properties at the Poets development in Swinton – a mix of two and three-bedroom homes available for sale with Help to Buy. Contact the Willo Homes Sales Team, based at their Sales Suite at Artifex on Blackfriars Road, on hello@willohomes.co.uk, 0161 537 3123 or visit www.willohomes.co.uk
  21. Salford and Eccles MP Rebecca Long-Bailey has told Parliament the harrowing story of one poor woman so desperate that she felt that she had no choice but to give up and rehome her beloved dogs as she could not afford to feed them any more, as a matter of fact she was so desperate for food herself she had to resort to eating dog food as it is all she had left in her cupboards. The story is just one of hundreds of truly horrific stories of people in Salford and across the whole country that have struggled to get access to the most basic necessities during the pandemic. There are huge sections of society who were unable to be furloughed or qualified for business support, many of whom have lost their homes and livelihoods. These are tales not only from those who have previously fallen through societies gaps but from those who pre pandemic had successful careers and liveable incomes. Mrs Long-Bailey called for more help and support from the Chancellor Rishi Sunak to help the estimated 3 million people who do not qualify for the Governments financial aid and support during the pandemic.
  22. Between August and October 2019, Greater Manchester Police received reports of a number of burglaries in Salford and the surrounding areas. Investigations were launched and, following extensive enquiries - including CCTV trawls, Gary Spilsbury (23/01/73) of HMP Forrest Bank was arrested and taken in to police custody for questioning, where he was subsequently charged. On (Friday 19 February 2021), Gary Spilsbury was sentenced at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court to nine years in jail after pleading guilty to 10 counts of burglary, two counts of robbery, five counts of theft and two counts of fraud. DC David Potter of GMP's Salford district, said:
  23. Officers in Eccles are currently out looking for a missing person. Faaiza ASHAR described as an Asian female, 52 years old, about 5'6, of large build with short blonde hair. She was last known to be wearing a pink / peach scarf as well as a cardigan, the female was last seen on foot around Milton Street, Eccles. Its unknown if she is still wearing her glasses or not. If you see her call 101 and quote log 1166/24112020
  24. Police are currently responding to an incident on Cromwell Road close to the Shell petrol station this afternoon after reports of another shooting in Salford. Officers were called after a 39-year-old man self reported to hospital with a gunshot wound to his foot, echoing a similar incident which happened just days ago on nearby Littleton Road, when a man also self reported with a gunshot wound to his hand. However, police are saying that both incidents are not being considered as being linked. The area around the garage has been taped off and Cromwell Road is closed in both directions as search teams scour the area, although the garage itself is still open to the public on foot. A spokesman for GMP said: This makes this now the third shooting incident in Salford within a week after shots were fired at a 20-year-old cyclist in Winton. Photo: Rob Siddall
  25. E-scooters have today (Monday September 28) been given the go ahead in Salford – and will be on the streets next month. City Mayor Paul Dennett gave approval to a trial scheme, for up to 12 months, in partnership with Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) and the University of Salford. Lime, which already provides e-scooters in 125 cities around the world, has been chosen to supply and operate the scooters. The trials will begin at the University of Salford Peel Park and Frederick Road campus, before being expanded to connect the campus to MediaCityUK. Phase three will see the trial zone expanded to cover Ordsall and city centre Salford. The trial will be open to everyone over 18 with either a provisional or full driving licence to use within the designated trial areas. Councillor Mike McCusker, Executive Support Member for Planning, Housing and Sustainable Development, said: Nicola Kane, Head of Strategic Planning, Research and Innovation at TfGM, said: Mike Brown, Director of Strategic Partnerships at the University of Salford, said: E-scooter hire schemes are widespread in other European cities such as Paris, Berlin and Rome. The UK trials have been fast-tracked by the government as part of the national response to the coronavirus pandemic. Lime was appointed after thorough selection process, being chosen over 15 other providers which expressed an interest. Lime was selected due to its global experience, commitments to investing in Salford, strong record of safety and its reliable and sturdy scooter design. Lime is the world’s leading micro mobility company, operating in over 125 global cities, including the UK’s first multi-modal scheme in Milton Keynes, which has seen thousands of people benefit from this new, environmentally friendly mode of transport, with over 18,000 rides being taken in the first month of the trial. Lime will be fully responsible for all implementation and operating costs. Florence Milner, Lime General Manager for the UK and Ireland said: E-scooters can be accessed through the Lime app on a smartphone. Riders will approach a scooter and scan the QR code on the handlebars to begin a ride. Each scooter ride will cost £1 to unlock and 15p per minute to ride. When a ride is complete, users must park the scooter in designated parking locations and take a photo to confirm the end of the ride. This ensures the scooter is responsibly parked and out of the path of pedestrians. When it comes to COVID-19, Lime is taking a range of precautions to address potential safety concerns. While COVID-19 is considered to transmit through close contact from person-to-person, and surface transmission is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads, Lime has enhanced the cleaning of scooters and increased its frequency. Lime cleans all parts of the scooter that are touched by people and only uses products on the Centre for Biocide Chemistries list that have been approved by public health officials for use against the coronavirus. Lime distributes hand sanitiser, masks, gloves and other personal protective equipment (PPE) to its employees in all of its warehouses. Mechanics and operators in the field are required to wear gloves and wash their hands regularly. Lime asks riders to stay safe and take the necessary steps to help protect themselves and their communities as advised by public health officials. The company focuses communication with riders on the below health and safety tips when riding with Lime, delivering education through in-app messaging, emails, social media, local media and its blog. Lime asks to: · Listen to advice from your local public health officials on COVID-19 prevention · Inspect the e-scooter or e-bike to ensure the wheels, brakes, throttle, lights, and frame are all in good working condition · Mask up in public settings and wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before and after riding with Lime · Educate yourself on safe, vigilant, and socially-distanced riding. Don’t forget your helmet! Visit https://safety.li.me/. About Lime Lime's mission is to foster people-first cities by empowering residents with more affordable, reliable, and sustainable transportation options. As the global leader in micromobility, Lime partners with cities to deploy electric bikes and scooters enabled with GPS and self-activating locks. Lime has powered more than 150 million rides in more than 120 cities across five continents, spurring a new generation of clean alternatives to car ownership. Learn more at li.me.
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