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  1. Angie Shepherd was aware that her father George was a keen amateur photographer and when she heard that he was about to chuck out his collection of negatives from 1963 - 1980 into the bin after being stored in a box in his bedroom, thankfully she sprang into action. When she sorted through them, apart from the beloved family photos, she was amazed to discover a treasure trove of photographs taken of long forgotten streets, fairgrounds, Whit Walks, local pageants, pub scenes, demolition sites and a series of images he took at his place of work, including Protector Lamp, Monton and Metal Box Company, Salford. When I first saw some of the photographs that Angie sent me, I was transfixed by them, he has captured Eccles and Salford to perfection, each image required several viewings, I swear if Morrissey had seen the fairground photographs taken by George they would be gracing the Smiths album covers. George has captured everything and I mean everything, who are the Asian people stood outside the Medina Restaurant on Patricroft Bridge watching the Whit Walks? the young children in fancy dress parading through Eccles? the men proudly marching past the Cenotaph? the shopkeepers outside their corner shop in Sunnyside Street, Ordsall?, the elderly ladies peering from an upstairs widow at a procession passing below? For me the photographs of the work places are fascinating, we see a long serving employee being presented with a transistor radio as a retirement present, the entire workforce sat outside for a group photo, a young girl dressed up in the traditional garb of a soon to be bride, men at work on lathes, a chap sat on a metal staircase with a really pensive look on his face. Both of these factories are long closed down but George has captured the spirit of the workplace and I for one can look at these photographs time and time again and see something new every time, truly great photography. I visited George at his home in Peel Green with Karl H Davison who kindly filmed the event to find out more about the photographs and how they came about. George told me that he grew up in Aldred Steet, Patricroft, and after being demobbed from the Army he took up his hobby more seriously, he did have a Box Brownie camera but switched to a Voigtlander 35mm camera, this was followed by a Praktica camera, for all you camera buffs. He took his trusty camera with him everywhere, cafe's, walks, social events, the pub, carnivals, parks, taking photographs as he saw and storing away the negatives, and I think we should all be grateful he did. I asked him if he had ever thought of exhibiting his photographs and having an exhibition, his reply was priceless, "No, It was a memory lane for myself, I could take these photos and look at them and be taken back and be reminded of happy times" What a lovely sentiment. It is no exaggeration to say that George's photographs are an important social document that has skillfully captured the way we used to live and play and a great visual record for all times. The exhibition entitled, "A Walk Down Memory Lane" will be shown at Eccles Community Art Gallery, Boothway, Eccles Precinct from Saturday 11 May until Saturday 2 June 10am - 4pm. The gallery is also open on a Tuesday and Friday between 11am - 2-pm. I urge anybody who has either lived in the Eccles/Salford area or who has a love of photography to call in and view the photographs, who knows who you may recognise? I can guarantee that you will not be disappointed.
  2. As the UK stands divided over Brexit and with the extended Article 50 deadline looming ever closer, Prime Minister Theresa May took the extraordinary step of searching for a way out of the quagmire on Facebook groups. It is understood that the PM has struck a deal with a local unnamed armchair politician in which he has agreed to fly to the EU and give Donald Tusk a swift kick in the nuts and sort out the 'bloody mess'. However it has emerged that in return for this the PM has pledged to divert over £1 billion for the construction of a Pyramid on Winton Park with an adjoining Sphinx which will feature her own face on it which is to be built on the site of the proposed new Lidl. Local Historian and Skiffle Board legend Tony Flynn has described the plans as outrageous and a campaign to save the park was quickly launched, a petition has been set up which already has tens of signatures. Tony 'a well known drunk' explained to us that the historic value of the park goes back to the Jurassic period and that it must be saved at all costs, he also told us that some of the bins have been there since Adam, he has since declared that he intends to tie himself naked to the park gates in protest, although a petition has been launched to stop that. Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn ,speaking from a nice day out on Salford Precinct told the people... Afterwards Jeremy wowed the crowds with a heartfelt rendition of Red Flag by Billy Brag, accompanied by local Skiffle Board Trio, 'The Skin Flynnts' who are set to headline Park Life later this summer. See here for the full story about Salford's Skiffle Board Legends. We did try to find a member of the Lib Dems in Salford but they all seem to have moved to the EU already as no one was answering our calls. Meanwhile calls have been made to deal with the growing pigeon obesity epidemic that is causing major issues in Salford. The Salford Star has recently uncovered damning evidence that the health of local pigeons is being compromised. Salford Shopping City has responded by setting up a Gym for their feathered friends in order to help end the crisis. The heart breaking report can be found here, although we advise readers that it does contain upsetting imagery of fat birds. Just for those who have no clue what a satire is, this is a satire.
  3. Famed local Skiffle Board trio 'The Skin Fylnnts' have announced that they will be appearing at Park Life this summer. Lead vocalist and local pigeon fancier Tony Flynn has revealed that the band which started out in the seedy pubs of Eccles, has hit it big and has even been offered 4 album deal by local DJ/Promoter Simon Williams. The trio, famous for their skiffle technique have already been in the studio completing their first self titled album and will soon be sharing the stage with such greats as George Ezra, The Streets and Mark Ronson. It has not all been plain sailing though as in March last year Tony's alcoholism took a shocking turn as photos emerged online of him stealing pints from a local pub, in late September his good friend John Cooper Clarke took him to court after claiming Tony has duped him into signing a contract which would have seen Tony become his financial manager. Regardless, the troubles of the past are long behind him and the Skin Flynnts are on the rise again. Tony has even managed to rekindle his friendship with JCC and things are looking rosy once more for the local historian and his motley crew. See: The Salford Star exposes 'Pigeon Obesity' epidemic in a damning report that has ruffled feathers across Salford. Tony has recently been linked to a relationship with female rap artist Cardi B who is also headlining at Park Life this June.
  4. KARL

    SALFORD AIMS TO BE EVEN GREENER CITY

    The new Greenspace Strategy updates the previous planning guidance for developers, which has been in place since 2006 and sets out how the council aims to protect and enhance green areas of the city. It details Salford’s ambitions to provide three new nature reserves, new parks, play spaces and allotments and invest more than £10 million in bringing existing parks, play spaces nature reserves and other green spaces up to new standards. Councillor Derek Antrobus, lead member for planning and sustainable development, said it was an ambitious vision which, given the current funding challenges faced by local government would take ‘decades rather than years’ to realise. The Greenspace Strategy, which went out to public consultation in 2015 and 2017, supports the Salford Local Plan which sets out details of proposed development sites across the city and the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework which sets out a strategic overview of development across the city region.
  5. Emergency services were called to a house in the Duchy area of Salford last night, after a gunman entered a house on Duchy road and opened fire at an occupant who was watching television with friends. Firearms officers and paramedics were quickly dispatched to the scene whereupon they found the 27 year old man suffering from gun shot wounds to his legs. The man was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment, his injuries are said not to be life threatening. This is the latest in a number of incidents, last Wednesday shots were fired through the door of a home in Howard Street, fortunately no one was injured. GMP have since revealed that they believe the home involved was not the intended target. Yesterday 12/02/2019 a controlled explosion took place after police discovered a 'potentially viable' explosive device along with a gun, although a police spokesperson has disclosed that the police are not treating the incidents as linked. A resident we spoke too who does not wish to be named said that she believed there was a gang land feud being fought out on the streets of Salford, however, police have not confirmed this to be the case. Anyone with information should call police on 101, quoting incident number 1897 of 12/02/2019, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
  6. Following intelligence from the community, officers carried out a search of land off Duchy Road today (Tuesday 12 February) and a potentially viable device was found. Bomb disposal were called and are currently in attendance. A cordon has been put in place as a precaution and we would ask people to avoid the area. Police stress that this is not believed to be terrorism related. GMP’s Serious and Organised Crime Group officers, working alongside Salford’s Operation Arctic Team, are investigating and enquiries remain ongoing. GMP works with partner agencies to tackle and dismantle organised crime groups across Greater Manchester. This includes working with children and young people to steer them away from crime as well building better relationships with communities to gather intelligence.
  7. Shortly after 9.10pm last night (Wednesday 6 February 2019), police were called to a house on Howard Street to reports that a gun had been shot at the front door. Two people were upstairs in the house at the time and fortunately, were not injured. Officers will remain in the area throughout the day and people with any concerns are encouraged to speak to them. Police Superintendent Howard Millington of GMP’s Salford District, said: Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 5360 quoting reference number 2217 of 06/02/19 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
  8. Monika Osinska (29/01/1985) of Liverpool Road, Peel Green was sentenced yesterday (Tuesday 5 February 2019) to 12 weeks in prison after pleading guilty to persistently making use of a public communication network to cause annoyance at Manchester & Salford Magistrates’ Court. During her latest spate of offending, between September and November 2018, Osinska made 339 malicious 999 calls – costing the Operational Communications Branch over £1400 due to lost time and wages and hampering the OCB’s essential role of deploying officers to crimes and major incidents. On just one day alone in this period (Thursday 1 November 2018) she called 23 separate times. The court heard that Osinska has a long history of making malicious phone calls to 999 from her mobile phone. In January 2018 Osinska received a police caution for making more than 150 malicious 999 calls in less than a month. Despite the warning, she continued making abusive calls to call handlers in which she often made derogatory remarks about the call handler’s gender, race and nationality. In May 2018, Osinska appeared at Manchester Mags and had an existing 12 week suspended sentence for malicious communications extended to 15 months. Despite GMP also deploying specialist officers to engage with Osinska, she remained uncooperative and continued to make malicious calls. Upon her arrest this week, Wednesday 30 January 2019, she refused to accept that her behaviour was a problem, telling officers: “Well everyone calls 999. I read it in the paper.” Superintendent Mark Kenny of GMP’s Salford Division said: The correct way to contact police. The 999 number is for emergencies only. This includes when a crime is in progress, someone suspected of a crime is nearby, when there is danger to life or when violence is being used or threatened. For all non-emergencies the 101 number should be used. Citizen’s Contract. Greater Manchester Police has lost a quarter of officers over the past few years and this, coupled with the changing nature and seriousness of crime means that we have to work together with the community, now more than ever. The force is fully committed to providing the most effective service possible and has been listening to people across Greater Manchester over the last 18 months to find out what they expect from us and what they think they can do to support policing. As part of this work, we recently launched the new Citizen’s Contract which sets out seven points of how we will continue to be upfront and honest about our priorities and demands but also asks the public to support us by contacting us in the right way, sharing information and intelligence with us and working together with their neighbours to create places to live that everyone can be proud of. For more information about the Citizen’s Contract, please visit our website,www.gmp.police.uk
  9. Police are warning the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious circumstances after a increased spate of thefts from cars in some parts of Salford. It is believed that those responsible are possibly all males in a group of three, sometimes four who are suspected to be travelling around the area in a vehicle; however that is not to say that they may travel on foot. Information suggests that those responsible are wearing dark clothing with hoods covering their heads and faces. Police say that the local Neighbourhood Team will be patrolling the area in order to identify those responsible and provide reassurance to the local community. In the meantime please can I ask that you consider some of the below crime prevention tactics. - Keep keys and items of value in a safe place out of view from windows - Keep your doors locked (house and motor vehicle) - Lock your garden gates - consider a crook lock for your motor vehicle - If you have cctv ensure that it is working correctly - Consider a security light - If you are away for any period of time, notify a trusted neighbour or friend who can keep an eye on your property. Remember: report any suspicious circumstances to the police giving descriptions where possible and vehicle registrations and direction of travel. If you believe you know who is responsible for these crimes you can call the police direct on 101 or pass the information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where you can remain anonymous. In all cases of an emergency dial : 999.
  10. Hugh is described as 5ft 5in tall, of medium build with short dark brown hair. It is believed he may be wearing a navy blue Ellesse bubble coat, blue jeans, a blue Fila jumper, dark Adidas trainers and a navy Lacoste bobble hat with grey stripe. Officers are becoming increasingly concerned for Hugh and want to make sure he is safe and well. Anyone with information about Hugh’s whereabouts is asked to contact police on 0161 856 4585.
  11. A court warrant has been issued for Connor Wilding’s (29/03/1995) arrest after he was convicted in his absence of affray and possessing an offensive weapon. It followed a brawl in Manchester City Centre on 23 August 2017. All efforts have been made to trace him but officers have been unable to find him so far. Wilding is known to have links to Salford, Manchester and Spain. Anybody with information about the whereabouts of Wilding is asked to contact police on 0161 856 6515 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
  12. One of the properties recovered during the clampdown is now being used for the ‘A Bed Every Night’ project, which commits to providing a roof over the head of roughsleepers in Greater Manchester. Salix Homes officers discovered that the one-bed flat in the Greengate area of Salford was being illegally sublet and was the subject of a fraudulent Right To Buy application, which had it been successful, would have meant the property was sold at a discount of more than £30,000 and been lost from the city’s social housing supply. After officers uncovered the fraudulent activity, the tenancy was terminated, and the property was reallocated to support the homeless project, launched by Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham last November. A Bed for Every Night aims to provide roughsleepers in the region with access to a bed, hot meal, a shower and additional support if they want it, throughout the cold winter months. Lee Sugden, chief executive at Salix Homes, said: It’s estimated that tenancy fraud costs the public purse around £900 million every year, with around 100,000 housing association homes across the country affected by some sort of tenancy fraud. Tenancy fraud can take many forms, from illegal subletting and not using it as your main home, to obtaining a property by deception or the fraudulent purchase of a social housing property through the misuse of the Right to Buy scheme. During Salix Homes’ week-long clampdown, a team of officers targeted almost 200 properties carrying out spot-checks and tenancy audits looking for signs of fraudulent activity. Twelve cases of suspected tenancy fraud were reported, several of which are currently under investigation. Signs of tenancy fraud can include large numbers of people residing at a property, properties that stand empty for long periods, and tenants that are difficult to contact. If you suspect an incident of tenancy fraud call 0800 218 2000 or emailtenancyfraud@salixhomes.org
  13. At around 9.25am on Monday 28 January 2019 police were called to reports that a 16-year-old girl was missing from her home in Prestwich, Bury. Shortly before 9.45am police received a second call saying that the girl had sadly been found dead in a derelict building near to Brookside Drive in Kersal. A 41-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder, however he has now been released and there will be no further action taken. A file will now be passed on to the Coroner.
  14. Mark Fellows (5/9/1980), of no fixed address, has today, Thursday 17 January 2019, been sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court to life imprisonment after being found guilty of the murders of Paul Massey and John Kinsella. He has been given a whole life sentence, which means he will never be considered for release. There are only around 70 people in the UK currently serving whole life sentences, which reflects the severity of Fellows' crime. His associate, Steven Boyle (18/12/1982), of Sandiway, Heywood, was sentenced to life imprisonment, with a minimum of 33 years after being found guilty of the murder of John Kinsella. On 26 July 2015, 55-year-old Paul Massey pulled up outside his home on Manchester Road in Clifton after visiting a local off-licence. As he got out of his car, he was approached by Fellows who was dressed in camouflage clothing and carrying a sub-machine gun. Fellows opened fire and shot Paul Massey five times, with one of the bullets penetrating his heart. He managed to call 999 as he lay injured on his driveway before he died a short time later. A murder investigation was subsequently launched with officers from GMP’s Major Incident Team tasked with finding the gunman. The investigation was built largely around telephony, CCTV and Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR). The investigation team trawled through thousands of hours of data and took countless witness statements in an effort to identify and bring those responsible to justice. Following the fatal shooting of 53-year-old John Kinsella in St Helens on 5 May 2018, detectives investigating Paul Massey’s murder contacted Merseyside Police to share information. In the weeks that followed, a number of joint enquiries were carried out between the two forces and, as a result, Fellows was arrested in May 2018 on board an inbound flight at Manchester Airport. Boyle – who is believed to have known that police were looking for him - was arrested two days later at a hotel in Bolton. Merseyside Police’s investigation confirmed that the pair had acted as gunman and spotter in the murder of John Kinsella, with Fellows being the one firing the fatal shots. A subsequent search of Fellows’ address found a Garmin GPS watch which could be used to track and time routes. Analysis of this watch found that he had completed a dummy run to Paul Massey’s address months before the murder. The route he had taken on the practice run was identical to the escape route used by the gunman immediately after the murder. Detective Chief Inspector Carl Jones, of GMP’s Major Incident Team, said:
  15. Shortly after 23.15pm yesterday (Wednesday 16 January 2019), police were called to reports that a woman had been stabbed at a property on Moss Lane. Emergency services attended and sadly found the body of a woman believed to be in her 40s. A Home Office Post Mortem is due to take place later today (Thursday 17 January 2019). A scene remains in place at the property while forensic investigations are carried out. Moss Lane is closed from the junction of Borsden Street and Grange Avenue. A 47-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in custody for questioning. Detective Chief Inspector Jamie Daniels, of GMP’s Major Incident Team, said: Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 9171 quoting reference number 2308 of 16/01/19 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.


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