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  2. Running from Thursday 17 to Monday 28 May, the festival includes 66contemporary art, dance, drama and spoken word performances by more than130 artists from seven countries. Six artists and companies have already been confirmed in the line-up, including: an exhibition of paintings by Royal Academician, Chantal Joffe; the first ever stage adaptation Nigel Slater’s award-winning autobiography, Toast; and a new production of the classic thriller, Brighton Rock by Pilot Theatre. Eleven more artists and companies are announced today. They are: The English language premiere of Hikikomori - theatre production by Joris Mathieu inspired by the half a million reclusive young Japanese adults who have withdrawn from social life TOOT Theatre’s Sixteen rights of individuals within the care system The world premiere of Seven Inch - a spoken word comedy performance about loneliness and music’s digital coming of age by Manchester artist, Fat Roland - An immersive performance examining the institutionalisation of people with learning disabilities by Access All Areas Theatre – specially commissioned for Week 53 Stand-up from Chortle Award-nominated comedian, Kiri Pritchard-Mclean, who will reflect on her experiences of mentoring vulnerable young people through her show, Appropriate Adult Daughter Daughter – an emotive new dance show about fatherhood inspired by real stories from men and their daughters by Joseph Toonga and Just Us Dance Theatre A celebration of all things digital from the last 40 years in Hacked on Classics by Seb Lee-Delise, which takes a look at how popular retro gadgets actually work A live-media performance by fuse* called Dökk, inspired by the natural evolution of Ljós (‘light’) Michael Keegan-Dolan’s Swan Lake / Loch na hEala – a magical new staging of the classic ballet from one of Ireland's foremost dance and theatre-makers which collides ancient mythology and the complexity of modern Ireland – a series of events at which teenagers take control by Canadian company Mammalian Diving Reflex And Scottish Dance Theatre will present Fleur Darkin’s Innocence - a unique playroom performance that invites little ones (and their adults), to explore William Blake’s imagination and enter a realm of mystery, fun and adventure. Julia Fawcett OBE, chief executive of The Lowry, said: “Week 53 champions bold and experimental art across all genres and represents a period in our calendar when anything is possible. “This year’s festival focusses on ‘the coming of age’ and the multitude of scenarios in which that ‘process’ takes place. It coincides with a milestone for The Lowry – that being the 18th anniversary of our opening – which gives the theme an added significance to our staff and long-standing patrons.” Some elements of the programme are free of change and those that are ticketed are set-priced at £10 or £20. For all ticketed performances there will be an allocation of ‘Pay What You Decide’ seats available both in advance and on the door – to encourage audiences to ‘try something new’. Listings information: Thurs 17 – Mon 28 May 2018 The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, M50 3AZ www.thelowry.com/Week53 Tickets: Free, £10, £20 and ‘Pay What You Decide’
  3. Yesterday
  4. Dean Edger (06/01/1978) of Clippers Quay, Salford is wanted on recall to prison. .map-responsive{ overflow:hidden; padding-bottom:32.4%; position:relative; height:0; border: 2px solid #fff; background: #262e33; border-radius: 2px 2px 2px 2px; } He was originally jailed in 2004 for attempted murder following a shooting on April 11 2003 in Newall Green but has since been released on license. Edgar is aware that is wanted and is believed to be actively evading arrest. He is known to have links to the South Manchester and Salford areas. Anyone with information about Edgar’s whereabouts should contact police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
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  6. Housing association Salix Homes sought legal action against Francis O’Donnell, aged 32, following his aggressive and violent behaviour towards members of staff. A court hearing at Manchester Civil Justice Centre on Monday, January 15, heard how O’Donnell shouted expletives and threated to ‘bang’ a housing worker and get him sacked during one incident at the Duchy Road Caravan Park in Salford on January 3 this year. In a witness statement, the housing worker said: O’Donnell, of Innings Drive, Salford, is not a resident at the gypsy and traveller site, but had made contact with Salix Homes, which manages the site, to enquire about moving into a vacant plot. .map-responsive{ overflow:hidden; padding-bottom:32.4%; position:relative; height:0; border: 2px solid #fff; background: #262e33; border-radius: 2px 2px 2px 2px; } The court heard how during another exchange at Salix Homes’ offices in Weaste, the defendant was advised he would need to complete an application form, to which he replied he would move on to the site ‘whether you like it or not’ and told one housing worker he would ‘see you again’ in a threatening manner. The court granted a six month Injunction Order, with Power of Arrest, the terms of which prohibit O’Donnell from entering the gypsy and traveller site and from threatening or using violence towards any employees or contractors of Salix Homes. The Injunction Order will remain in place until 4 July this year. Sue Sutton, executive director of operations at Salix Homes, said:
  7. Last week
  8. Red Devils vs Warriors

    This match will be held at the AJ Bell Stadium, Salford
  9. Salford FC vs Brackley Town

    This match take place at the St James Park Stadium in Brackley
  10. Salford FC vs Harrogate Town

    This match will be held at Peninsular Stadium on Moor Lane.
  11. Last year, housing provider Salix Homes launched its flagship development The Hive – one of the first centres of its kind in the region to provide much-needed accommodation exclusively for people aged 18 – 25. The centre, which was opened by Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham, was named in memory of the late Kersal Councillor Harry Davies, who was well-known in the community for his commitment to helping others and his passion for beekeeping. Now the facility on Cromwell Road in Kersal has been named as a finalist in the Innovation of the Year category of the UK Housing Awards 2018. It’s the second national accolade for the development after it was crowned Highly Commended in the 24 Housing Awards last year. Lee Sugden, chief executive at Salix Homes, which owns more than 8,300 homes in Salford, said: The Hive provides accommodation for up to 14 young people while they work, complete their education or training. The project focuses on providing affordable accommodation for young people whose ability to work or study is being hampered by their unsuitable living arrangements – it may be that they are sofa surfing or don’t have a permanent place to live. Speaking at the launch last May, Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham said: Salix Homes worked alongside contractor Seddon to totally transform and modernise the building, which was once the site of Petrie Court homeless shelter, but had stood empty since closing down in 2014. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in London in May.
  12. Photo: L – R, Ben Levy, GMFRS Group Manager, Elaine and Sergeant John Brennan, GMP Road Policing Unit. Officers across the Force breathalysed or drug tested 923 drivers between 1 December 2017 and 1 Jan 2018, tackling the potential spike in drink and drug driving in the run up to Christmas. Of those tested, 140 were arrested for being over the legal drink drive limit with an additional 12 arrests made for drivers who tested positive for illegal drug substances. This equates to 16 per cent of all drivers stopped testing positive for alcohol or drugs - a one per cent reduction from the year previous, when 2594 drivers were tested, resulting in 360 alcohol and 90 drug driving related arrests.Chief Inspector Tariq Butt, who leads GMP’s Traffic Unit, said Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service Group Manager Ben Levy said: The operation was also supported by Elaine, a mother from Flixton who lost her 27 year old son James in a drink drive accident in 2009. To report a drink or drug driver, contact Greater Manchester Police on 101 or 999 in an emergency. Alternatively, you can call independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Keep up-to-date with GMP Traffic on Twitter: @gmptraffic
  13. Peter Mark Hughes, 69, passed away at his home on Humphrey Booth Gardens in Salford on Tuesday 16 January 2018. .map-responsive{ overflow:hidden; padding-bottom:32.4%; position:relative; height:0; border: 2px solid #fff; background: #262e33; border-radius: 2px 2px 2px 2px; } There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death. Anyone with information about Peter or his family is asked to contact the Police Coroner’s Office on 0161 856 4687.

    The SALFORD STAR newspaper began over ten years ago. It is the independent voice of the community, one that does not depend on funding that could blunt its grassroots, independent identity. Over those ten years, the Star has exposed the unpalatable truth about the way in which big companies and sometimes the Council, with their lack of accountability, have overridden the interests of local people. It has published stories about local people, trying hard to defend the local services and local areas, such as detailed reporting of the floods of 2015 and the Barton Moss Anti-fracking protests. The on-going saga of developers, who with the Council’s agreement, avoid paying planning fees or 106 money, has been exhaustively reported. The long running campaign ‘To Save the Grange’, Salford’s only residential home, for disabled children, illustrates the Star’s width of community reporting. In addition, it champions local culture and sport, with regular weekend reporting of the Salford entertainment and sporting scene, even awarding a prize to rising talent. To summarise, the Salford Star has consistently championed the people of Salford, against powerful vested interests. In fact, it highlights issues that the mainstream media ignore, although, after publication of these, the Star is often contacted by national newspapers and television companies. Salford Star is run on a shoe string and, depends for its funding on occasional donations or selling T shirts. Its Chief Reporter/ Editor receives expenses only; not a salary! To guarantee the future of the Star we need to get regular funding in place. We are, therefore, asking if you would help to support the Star. We would like you to consider making a donation or maybe setting up a monthly standing order. We feel sure that, as someone who reads the Star, you would be prepared to consider this. It really would be appreciated. HOW TO MAKE A DONATION. Bank Details. Use these for transfers. Name: Mary Burns – Salford Star. Bank of Scotland, Account number: 06066599 Sort code: 80-11-00 Declaration. The ‘Support the Salford Star’ Drive. I am pleased to donate, as a ‘one off’ payment: £ ……………….. or £………………. as a regular Monthly Standing Order. Signed: …………………………………………………..……. Date of donation ………………….……………………………………………… Name…………………………………………………….…….. Address …………………..……………………………………………………………. …………………………………………………………………………………………………….………………………………………………………………… Tel. No. or email ………………………………………………………………………………..………………………………………………………… If you wish to donate by standing order please do so, through your own bank, using the above bank details. If you wish to donate by cheque please make out to: ‘Mary Burns - Salford Star’ and send to the following address: Treasurer to Salford Star, 34 Moor Lane, Salford, M7 3PZ. You will be sent a receipt to your email or by post. Thank you for considering this appeal.
  15. David Baker, 86, passed away at North Manchester General Hospital on Monday 25 December 2017. It is unclear at this time where David is from. There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death. Anyone with information about David or his family is asked to contact Stephanie Morton-Kyle at the Police Coroner’s Office on 0161 856 3897.
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  17. Ex City Reds captain Malcolm Alker, aged 39, was given a four year sentence on Friday 12/012/18 for his parts in terrifying armed robberies which took place in October last year. Alker and co-defendant Michael Naylor, aged 25, subjected the manager of a KFC restaurant in Pemberton, Wigan, to a horrific attack using a machete and wearing balaclavas. Shortly afterwards, both Alker and Naylor took park in another equally vicious robbery at Tesco Express in Whelley, Wigan. The pair threatened a member of staff with a machete before robbing the store of £350, unwittingly taking a bundle of £20 notes which contained a GPS tracker. They also made off with a number of boxes of Cigarettes. It was not long before the police traced the men using the tracker, whereupon they apprehended them on Delegarte Street in Ince, Wigan. Naylor was found hiding behind his vehicle whilst Alker emerged from nearby bushes with his hands in the air as he gave himself up. The tracker was later found to be in Naylors pocket along with the money bundle. Both had already plead guilty to two counts of robbery as well as two counts of possession of an offensive weapon at a hearing last month. Both men were sentenced to four years in prison for their part in the crimes. Alker captained Salford Reds for almost a decade before he was dropped in 2009 after breaching club rules at a training camp in the USA. He later returned to the club for a short period but was once more shown the door after yet another incident at the clubs training ground. The former hooker had played over 350 games for the Red Devils between 1997-2010 as well as winning two England caps. Alker retired from professional Rugby due to injury sustained in 2010 and his 16-year association with Salford ended the following year. He attracted the support of the entire rugby league family last year when he was reported missing in April 2016. Being found safe and well the following day after numerous pleas for help and information on social media. This is a classic example of the fall from grace of a man who previously had a glittering career.
  18. Two men – who donned black jackets with their hoods up – entered the shop armed with metal pipes. One man was white and the other was black. Both were in their 20s and were average height. .map-responsive{ overflow:hidden; padding-bottom:32.4%; position:relative; height:0; border: 2px solid #fff; background: #262e33; border-radius: 2px 2px 2px 2px; } They took a quantity of cash from the till before fleeing on foot. Detective Sergeant John Seaton, from GMP’s Trafford borough, said: Information can be passed by calling Trafford CID on 0161 856 0945. Alternatively, information can be given anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111.
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  20. He pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear and breaching a suspended sentence imposed on him in September 2015. The court heard at about 9am on Tuesday 25 October 2016 Pourablghssemion walked to Victoria Street in Dukinfield where he threatened a woman. Neighbours were disturbed by him shouting before hearing successive bangs as Pourablghssemion fired a suspected handgun at a house. He then fled the scene before police arrived. Officers discovered five bullet casings on the road and enquiries named Pourablghssemion as a suspect. A warrant was executed and further intelligence work revealed he was known to have a gun. He later surrendered himself to police. Pourablghssemion was also sentenced to three years for GBH - investigated by Lancashire Police - after he attacked a man with a bottle in Blackpool in September last year. PC Chris Kitson, from GMP’s Specialist Operations team, said:
  21. David Pugh & Dafydd Rogers and Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Mark Owen and Robbie Williams are delighted to announce that, due to overwhelming public demand, Tim Firth’s new musical, The Band, with the music of Take That, will now play extra dates on the UK & Ireland Tour. The newly announced 2018/19 dates incude a run at The Lowry from Wed 16 - Sat 26 January 2019. The Band opened at Manchester Opera House on 8 September 2017 to critical and public acclaim. The musical stars Rachel Lumberg as Rachel, Alison Fitzjohn as Claire, Emily Joyce as Heather, Jayne McKenna as Zoe, AJ Bentley, Nick Carsberg, Curtis T Johns, Yazdan Qafouri and Sario Solomon, collectively known as Five To Five, winners of BBC’s Let It Shine, as The Band, Faye Christall as Young Rachel, Katy Clayton as Young Heather, Rachelle Diedericks as Debbie, Sarah Kate Howarth as Young Claire, Lauren Jacobs as Young Zoe, Martin Miller as Jeff and Andy Williams as Dave. The Band is a new musical about what it’s like to grow up with a boyband. For five 16 year-old friends in 1992, ‘the band’ is everything. 25 years on, we are reunited with the group of friends, now 40-something women, as they try once more to fulfil their dream of meeting their heroes. The Band is directed by Kim Gavin and Jack Ryder, designed by Jon Bausor and choreographed by Kim Gavin, with lighting design by Patrick Woodroffe, video design by Luke Halls and sound design by Terry Jardine and Nick Lidster. The Band is produced by David Pugh & Dafydd Rogers and Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Mark Owen, Robbie Williams. Listings The Band Date: Wed 16 - Sat 26 January 2019 Times: 7.30pm. Thu 17 January, Wed 23 January & Saturdays at 2pm. Website
  22. Salix Homes’ neighbourhood teams have carried out home visits and delivered winter welfare packs to more than 150 of its older residents as part of its annual Keep Warm, Keep Well campaign. Now in its ninth year, the initiative supports people aged over 70 to ensure they are all set for the winter months, their heating is working, and they know how to access support if they need it. During the visits, officers give advice on how to stay warm and healthy during cold periods, what to do if they trip or fall and ensure they are claiming the benefits they’re entitled to. Residents are also given winter welfare packs containing a hot water bottle, blanket, gloves, socks, hat, thermal mug and a temperature gauge. Pensioner Dorothy Law, aged 74, who lives in Charlestown, was thrilled with her winter welfare pack. She said: If you’re a Salix Homes tenant and feel you, or someone you know, could benefit from a winter welfare pack and a visit from the neighbourhood teams please call us on 0800 218 2000 or email:enquiries@salixhomes.org
  23. The UK Met Office has advised that there is a Yellow Warning for Fog in the region, and it's not expected to lift fully until around mid morning. A thick blanket of the murky stuff is expected to cover much of Salford and visibility could be reduced to as little as 80m in some areas. Drivers are advised to take care on the roads, use fog lights when needed and be on the look out for people on bikes, pedestrians crossing roads and other road hazards like cats and stray zombies. Temperatures for tomorrow are not expected to reach above 6C and in some areas could reach no more than 2C so wrap up warm as its going to be a cold one. Fog is also a convenient cover for those who would take it as an opportunity to steal from you, so ensure you have locked all doors and windows of your home and that sheds and cars are secure. You never know when the tax man is about.
  24. It plans to spend the next two years helping 8,000 of its residents – from elderly people to those who are homeless – to become confident using digital technology and the internet. And it is working with Good Things Foundation, the UK’s leading digital and social inclusion charity, and private sector partners including Barclays, Lloyds Bank and TalkTalk to achieve this. The programme will build a network of community venues in the city that will deliver face-to-face, informal support to help people grow their digital skills and confidence. And it will look to recruit volunteer Digital Champions. These will be residents who are keen to support others to use technology. Salford City Council will unveil its plans – which also includes two brand new websites to be ‘owned’ by the local community at a showcase event at The Landing on Thursday 11 January. Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett said: Part of the plan includes the launch of two brand new websites designed to put the community in charge of content. MyCity Salford is for people who live and work in the city where they can not only find news, information and events but create their own online community by posting details of events, local groups, sharing views and creating an online marketplace. My CityHealth compliments that by providing information, advice and dedicated support to help people stay fit and healthy in a city which has major health issues. Helen Milner, Chief Executive at Good things Foundation said: The council will invest £100,000 over the next four years upgrading all IT in its libraries, which already provide free IT and internet access. And it is the first local authority in the country to team up with Barclays to train 200 council staff as Digital Eagles to help colleagues improve their digital skills.
  25. The images were taken from CCTV outside the Bull’s Head pub on Halifax Road in Rochdale between 10.45pm and 11pm on Sunday 24 December 2017. The car is believed to be a silver, grey or gold Toyota Avensis with taxi signage. At around 8.15am on Monday 25 December police were called after the body of a 21-year-old man was found on Dyehouse Lane in Rochdale. Officers attended and a murder investigation was launched. The man, who has since been formally identified as Mohammed Aftab, was found with multiple head injuries and stab wounds to the neck Jason Byrnes (05/07/1991) of Waithlands Road, Rochdale has been charged with murder. Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses in particular the driver of the car in the CCTV images, who is not believed to have had any involvement in the murder. Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 0161 856 9908, 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
  26. Shortly after 4am on Tuesday 9 January 2018 police were called after two men broke into the priest’s living quarters of St Joseph’s Church on Gorton Road in Reddish. .map-responsive{ overflow:hidden; padding-bottom:32.4%; position:relative; height:0; border: 2px solid #fff; background: #262e33; border-radius: 2px 2px 2px 2px; } The two men smashed through the glass door of the living quarters and forced their way into a priest’s bedroom before threatening him with a screwdriver and robbing him. They stole personal belongings from him then forced him to take them to the place where the church donations were kept. Once they had been shown where they were, the men locked him in a cupboard before stealing cash, an Apple iMac, an iPhone and a watch. Two other priests hid in their rooms after hearing what was going on can managed to call the police. The offenders heard the police car and made off down Lingard Street as officers arrived. The men were both white, one was wearing a red devil mask, gloves and had brown/ginger hair which could also have been a wig. The other man was around 5ft7 tall and wearing a black balaclava and armed with a screwdriver. Detective Constable Andrew Budsworth from GMP’s Stockport Borough said: Anyone with any information is asked to call police on 0161 856 9970 alternatively call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
  27. Michael Condon (23/09/77) of Blackburn Road will appear at Bolton Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 30 January 2018. .map-responsive{ overflow:hidden; padding-bottom:32.4%; position:relative; height:0; border: 2px solid #fff; background: #262e33; border-radius: 2px 2px 2px 2px; } He has been summonsed for two counts of importing class B drugs, one count of importing psychoactive substances and one count of offering to supply class C drugs. From December 2016 to March 2017 two suspicious packages were intercepted by customs officials at a depot in Berkshire. A GMP investigation was launched.
  28. James Cody (18/01/1982) is wanted in connection with an incident that took place at a pub on Old Market Street, Blackley on 11 September 2017 where a man and woman were assaulted. He is also wanted for failing to appear at court for driving offences. Cody is known to frequent the Crumpsall, Blackley and Middleton areas of Greater Manchester and his last known address was in Littleborough. Anybody with information about Cody’s whereabouts should contact police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
  29. Yesterday, Tuesday 9 January 2018, Matthew Tyner (11/10/1980) of Wood Street, Middleton was sentenced to seven years and four months at Minshull Street Crown Court after pleading guilty to aggravated burglary. The court heard how on Thursday 23 November 2017 at around 9.30pm, Tyner smashed through the rear patio doors of a property on Newsham Road in an attempt to steal cash and keys. .map-responsive{ overflow:hidden; padding-bottom:32.4%; position:relative; height:0; border: 2px solid #fff; background: #262e33; border-radius: 2px 2px 2px 2px; } The victims, a 27-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman, refused to hand over their property. The woman managed to climb out of a window to escape and raise the alarm whilst the couple’s children were asleep upstairs. Tyner then fled the scene empty handed in a car. He was later caught running down Tillard Avenue where he was arrested. Detective Constable Matthew Tarr, of GMP’s Stockport Burglary Unit, said:
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