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  1. 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:
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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:
  5. 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
  6. A HGV Driver for Salford City Council’s Refuse and Recycling service has been nominated for the “Public Servant of the Year” award at this years (2019) Spirit of Salford awards and quite rightly so. This recent Christmas, Sam organised for himself and his colleagues to pick up toys and gifts from homes around Salford and to distribute them to the poorest children in the city. The move was a stroke of genius and the response from the public was overwhelming as thousands of toys were collected and distributed via a network of Salford charities. None of it would have been possible without Sam coming up with the idea, as well as the compassion and determination to drive it through. Sam wanted to make sure that every child in Salford could enjoy Christmas and to let people know that sometimes you can get help, even without having to ask for it. And what a difference it made. Salford is one of the hardest hit Cities in the whole country when it comes to the huge problems with child poverty, the actions of Sam and his Salford Santa's brought a little bit of cheer and a smile to many a child's face this year. Click here to vote for Sam. Voting closes on 1st March and winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on 14th March.
  7. Despite an additional award of a £15m grant just before Christmas, GM deputy Mayor Beverly Hughes has proposed an increase in council tax which would mean a rise of up to £24 per year for each household in Greater Manchester in order to pay for more police officers. It is said that the grant will only cover the pensions shortfall. This comes after last year residents were forced to pay a mayoral precept on their council tax bills to pay for the GM Mayors office. A move which was widely criticised. The government has now allowed local areas the option of raising the police precept to £24 and it would seem that GM will be taking them up on the offer. Residents across the area are now being asked to have their say on the proposals as part of an online consultation via the gmconsult.org website, they have until the 27th of Jan to do so. It is hoped that if the proposal is adopted, an additional 320 officers will be recruited to bolster the force which has been criticised for failing to investigate some types of crimes. It is also hoped that the money could be used to improve the 101 service which itself has come under criticism with some residents calling it "shambolic" and "not good enough" after some callers were left waiting for over 3 hours to get through. At the time GMP said it was struggling to fill vacancies in its call centre as well as retain workers. Since then a new online chat service has been launched allowing people to contact GMP via the internet. Baroness Beverly Hughes said: You can have your say on the proposals by visiting gmconsult.org by the 27th of January.
  8. Both Salford council and a local residents group (RAID) have been locking horns with Peel since 2013 over its controversial application to create 600 dwellings along with marina upon a plot of land between Monton Green and Worsley Road. The initial plans were refused by Salford council but that did not stop Peel from appealing the panels decision, however, after a six week public enquiry in 2014 the original decision was upheld by the Secretary of State in March 2015. Peel then submitted a high court challenge but before that could be heard a separate high court panel ruled that a technical element of the inspectors report was wrong and that the March 2015 decision by then Secretary of State Eric Pickles be quashed. The government said a new inquiry would have to be opened to consider all the evidence once again. Meanwhile, Peel applied for planning permission to build 165 homes on a smaller part of Broadoak which was refused by the council’s planning panel in July 2017. After yet another lengthy and costly enquiry, last month Secretary of State James Brokenshire backed both Salford Council and the campaigners by ruling that both appeals should be dismissed and the original outcomes be upheld. Peel were given a 6 week window to challenge the decision and we are told have today formally submitted papers requesting a judicial review based on the question of whether Mr Brokenshire properly interpreted national policy in respect of housing and sustainable development. In a statement issued today, a spokesperson for Peel said: Shortly after the decision last month Councillor Derek Antrobus, Lead Member for Planning and Sustainable Development at Salford City Council, said: Salford is in the middle of a housing boom at present and many residents are highly critical of the lack of affordable social housing being built by developers in the city, earlier this week it was revealed that proposals are being drawn up to bring a 'Congestion Charge' style scheme into areas of Greater Manchester to improve declining air quality, Salford is among the most highly affected areas in the county and so campaigners argue that building these houses on what is essentially part of the green lungs of the city would only impact the local environment further. Something that two secretaries of state now seem to fully agree on. Regardless it now looks like the battle for Broadoak is to rumble on into 2019 with Peel seemingly unwilling to take NO for an answer. Read the Salford Star article here and support local media: http://www.salfordstar.com/article.asp?id=4871
  9. The big hearted crews asked householders to donate gifts for local children who might otherwise miss out on Christmas – and were blown away by the amazing response. Over five thousand presents – from selection boxes, toys, teddies and toiletries to games, books and clothes for all ages were donated and it is estimated they have a value of over £25,000. Salford City Council staff sorted the toys into age categories and filled more than 125 large bags with gifts which were then shared directly with families being supported by social and support workers and local charities. Unison convener Sam Barry, who came up with the idea, said he was delighted and humbled by people’s generous response. City Mayor Paul Dennett added:
  10. The Veterans Garage which operates out of grade 2 listed buildings at City Airport (Barton) was targeted by thieves who it would appear gained entry via a broken window in the early hours of this morning (Weds 19th Dec). The much loved social hub created by ex service family members has become a welcome addition to the site at Barton and so the news of this break in has come as a shock to the local community. The interior of the building has been totally ransacked, takings have been stolen from the till which was donated by GS Systems and damaged itself by the thieves. Additionally money has been stolen from the donations buckets and raffle tickets, one of which was being collected for the Macmillan Cancer Support charity. In short the place has been looted and the hard work of those involved destroyed by the lowest form of scumbag there is. As a result the VG will now be closed until the damage is repaired and the devastation left behind is cleaned up. Comments left on the VG Facebook page were scathing in response to the news. One member said: Another replying: Offers of support have flooded in with GS Systems offering once more to help out with a replacement or repair of the till. Others in the group have urged the VG to set up a JustGiving fund page whilst some have offered to help clean up the mess. To steal from a local charity is bad enough, to steal from one that brings huge benefits to the community and has such a positive impact on the lives of those it serves is just damn right disgusting. You really can't get any lower. If you have any information that could help identify these disgusting individuals then PLEASE come forward and speak to either the VG on 01614654706 or the police on 101. If you can help the VG in anyway please call over to their Facebook page and get in touch with them, I am sure any help or assistance would be more than welcomed. https://www.facebook.com/veteransgaragemcr/
  11. Colleagues at the Salford housing association have collected a mountain of toys and gifts for children and their families experiencing hardship over the festive period. They may be families fleeing domestic violence, threatened with homelessness or experiencing extreme poverty and might otherwise wake up to nothing on Christmas morning. Staff have collected enough toys and gifts to donate to dozens of families in Salford and Trafford, which are being distributed by the council’s Supported Tenancies Service. The gift appeal was boosted thanks to Salix Homes’ finance support officer Janet Browne, who bakes cakes every week for colleagues in exchange for a small donation to her charity tin. Janet used the proceeds collected throughout the year to buy hundreds of pounds worth of gifts for the appeal. Lee Sugden, chief executive at Salix Homes, said:
  12. Officers are urging people to come forward with information after a man was forcibly taken from near to his home in Fallowfield last night. At around 10pm last night (Tuesday 18 December 2018) police were called to Elsmore Road to reports that a man had been forced into a car. An eyewitness reported that four masked men in a light-coloured vehicle – believed to be a Volkswagen Golf – had approached a man, who had been stood alone on the street, and forced him into the car before driving off. A short time later, on Maine Road in Moss Side, enquiries have revealed that the victim was removed from the first car, seriously assaulted in the street and then forced into a second car – described as witnesses as being a Volkswagen Golf or Volkswagen Passat. At 12.30am this morning (Wednesday 19 December), a man in his 30's was discovered with serious injuries on Fitzwarren Street in Pendleton. He was taken to hospital where he remains for treatment. Anyone with information is urged to come forward. Police Superintendent Dave Pester of GMP’s City of Manchester Division, said: Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 4995 quoting reference number 2167 of 18/12/18 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
  13. The Salford Open exhibition ran from July to November in the North and Bluestairs Galleries. Over 150 artworks were selected for display from nearly 60 artists living or working in Salford. Visitors to the museum then voted for their favourite workof art in the Salford open people’s Choice Award. The winner is Fat Frank by 36-year-old Bree Hughes from Eccles. Bree has stated that the inspiration behind piece was ‘being out in nature over the summer in the run up to Manchester Pride.’ Frank is a lilac-breasted rollerbird and was painted at Bree’s home using acrylic. On winning the award, Bree said The runners up were: All Creatures Great and Small by Beth Raynor, Trump by Matt Carroll and Stream, Heaton Park by Philip Westcott. The Salford Open was part of the Royal Academy’s 250th year celebrations that has enabled three Salford museums to team up to put on special Royal Academy themed exhibitions during 2018 and 2019. The legacy of this project is that the Salford Open will run every other year with the next one in 2020. Heritage manager at Salford Museum & Art Gallery, Ceri Horrocks, says: Salford Museum and Art Gallery is located next to Peel Park on The crescent in Salford. For more information go to salfordcommunityleisure.co.uk/culture
  14. As Salford City Council, Salford Community Leisure and the University work together to transform the Peel Park area through a strong cultural offering, Salford Museum and Art Gallery and the University Art Collection are developing new opportunities for artists and a programme of exhibitions for visitors. Acquired: a century of collecting is the second joint exhibition and looks at the history of collecting contemporary art in Salford over the last 100 years. Both institutions were established around 1850 to enhance the lives of local people and despite sharing the same location, both have evolved independently resulting in rich and diverse collections. Salford Museum and Art Gallery opened in 1850 and was one of the first public museums established by a British local authority. Unlike similar institutions it did not inherit an existing collection but had to begin collecting from scratch. The collection, which now contains over 2000 paintings, watercolours, drawing and prints, is predominately British Victorian art, donated mainly by local philanthropists and is on display in the Victorian Gallery. The University can also trace its roots back to 1850 and the formation of the Pendleton Mechanics Institute, but it did not start collecting art until the late 1960s. It now has around 700 items in the collection, mainly modern and contemporary art that underpins the ambitions of the School of Arts and Media. Heritage manager for Salford Museum, Ceri Horrocks, said: This exhibition displays ‘hidden gems’ by artists such as Vanessa Bell, Graham Sutherland and Jacob Epstein alongside new acquisitions by Jai Redman, Mandy Payne, Yang Yongliang and Shezad Dawood. Both organisations have long been committed to supporting local artists and to bringing the very best contemporary art to the people of Salford; this has been encouraged and endorsed locally and nationally through gifts, grants and donations from individuals and organisations such as the Art Fund and the Contemporary Art Society. Lindsay Taylor, Curator at University of Salford, said: Acquired: a century of collecting runs until June 9th 2019 at Salford Museum and Art Gallery, The Crescent, Peel Park, Salford and is open Tuesday-Friday 9.30am-4.30pm and weekends 11.30am-4pm. There are several exhibition tours taking place in 2019. The tours will take visitors on a journey through video, sculpture, painting and more with an exclusive insight beyond the surface. Tours take place on Tuesday 6th February, 1pm – 1.45pm, Wednesday 13th March 6pm – 6.45pm and Thursday 2nd May 1pm – 1.45pm. The tours are free and booking is recommended. There is also an Acquired Arts Activity taking place on Tuesday April 9th 11am – 2 pm at Salford Museum during which a local Salford artist will visit the gallery and facilitate some unique activities for budding artists and anyone looking to get creative. The session costs £2, no booking required. On Twitter use the hashtag #acquiredsalford and follow @SalfordMuseum.
  15. Salford has been cut to the bone with some of the harshest budget cuts in the country already laid at our feet, it would seem that those are not enough to satisfy a government that is demanding even more devastating cuts are made in this already impoverished City. With services already stretched to breaking point, this next round of cuts will have a crippling impact on Salford. By next year, the council will have seen its already stripped central government funding reduced by an astronomical 53% since 2010. Salford's City Mayor Paul Dennett said: The council’s ‘what matters to you’ exercise found that local residents wanted a focus on five priorities, safe activities and spaces for young people; improvements to public transport and roads; litter-free streets and preserving existing parks and green spaces; providing more affordable housing for those who need it most and connecting people to what’s going on in communities, promoting civic pride and tackling isolation. The 2019 proposals to balance the budget include nearly £8 million of one off savings, efficiencies in buying services, alternative funding sources and increases in income. This has reduced the number of proposals that impact on frontline services. The council has stressed the importance of listening to local views before making decisions and is sharing the results of a recent budget conversation. Final proposals rest on announcements about the local government finance settlement which is due shortly. The budget will be set at February by Council and the public are invited to make comments on proposals by midnight on 13 January 2019. Paul Dennett continued Proposals can be viewed at www.salford.gov.uk/talkbudget


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