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    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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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:
  12. 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.
  13. Mark Fellows (38) formally of Salford (now Warrington) has been found guilty of the cold blooded killing of father of five Paul Massey outside his home in Clifton in July 2015. After a hearing which lasted 26 days, a jury reached a verdict of guilty for the killing of Mr Massey, they also found him guilty of murdering Paul's friend John Kinsella some 3 years later as he and his partner took a walk along a path close to the M62 in Rainhill, Merseyside. Massey was famously gunned down in a hail of bullets outside his home in Clifton, he managed to alert the emergency services but sadly before they could get there he had already died at the scene. Both of the men were also accused of attempted murder of Kinsella's partner but the jury found them both not guilty. Sentencing is to take place tomorrow in Liverpool Crown Court, it is expected they will both receive life sentences, it is unclear how much time they will have to spend behind bars.
  14. It is all part of the national pay agreement, which introduces a new national pay spine in April 2019. A deal has been reached with the trade unions on transition with a collective agreement signed by all parties on Wednesday 12 December. It will see those on starting salaries of just over £19,000 receive a two per cent increase, in addition to any progression through the pay structure – with those on lower wages receiving a higher increase. Building on the council’s commitment to ensure that the lowest paid earn a fair living wage as an accredited Foundation Living Wage employer. Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett praised the close working relationships of all involved and said: Councillor John Ferguson, Lead Member for Workforce and Industrial Relations at Salford City Council, said: Steve North, Salford City UNISON & Staff Side Joint Secretary said:
  15. At around 10.40pm on Monday 14 January 2019 police were called by the ambulance service to a property on Bolbury Crescent in Swinton. The body of a woman believed to be in her 40's was found in a car outside the address. A 44-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of murder has been released with no further action following the Home Office Post Mortem examination. This has since proved there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the woman’s death. Detective Inspector Chris Mannion, of GMP’s Salford borough, said: Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 5470 quoting reference number 2205 of 14/01/19 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. We will update this article as we find out more. Main Picture: Google Earth


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