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  1. There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death. It is believed that Kevin has a daughter called Janet. Anyone with information about Kevin or his family should contact the Police Coroner’s Office in Bolton on 0161 856 4687.
  2. The popular headteacher of Harrop Fold school in Little Hulton was suspended back in July after allegations of removing "Off-Rolling" children academically performing poorly from the school register in order to skew the schools performance statistics, something Mr Povey strongly denies. The school was graded as Good by Ofsted after previously being amongst the ranks of some of the worst schools in the country. Today he announced on his Twitter account that it was 'quitting with a heavy heart' and added that he believes his treatment was the result of a personal vendetta against himself and three other members of staff who are under investigation along side him. The school which features in the popular Channel 4 "Educating Manchester" tv show was left with £3.5m debt by Salford City Council. During his tenure at the school, Mr Povey and his team reduced that amount by over a half to just £1.6m and he even contributed £100,000 of his own money from earnings made whilst giving leadership talks thanks to his elevated profile. Mr Povey hit back at his accusers by using his resignation letter to place blame for the schools previous failings and the huge debt it had amassed squarely at the Councils feet. With regards the schools progress he said: Mr Povey went on to add that he still remains supportive of the school and also offered to work with them pro-bono at the school for a couple of days per week to help provide a stable hand until a new leadership is chosen, In summing up his thoughts he went on to say: Mr Povey's resignation will come as an upset to those who support him, a protest was held outside of the school within days of his suspension, with many parents crediting the schools recent success with his leadership.
  3. The real Living Wage was created by the Living Wage Foundation and is a higher minimum rate of pay based on what people actually need to get by. The government's minimum wage in the UK is currently £7.83 an hour (for over 25s) with no London weighting, but the UK ‘real’ Living Wage, which is independently calculated in accordance to the basic cost of living in the UK, is considerably higher at £8.75 (for over 18s), rising to £10.20 in London. Not all employers in the UK pay Living Wage; organisations have to volunteer to do it, but it is beneficial to both employers and employees. There are currently just over 4k UK employers providing the Living Wage and only 20 of these are in the Salford area. Greater Manchester’s Mayor, Andy Burnham, has said that paying Living Wage is ‘an employers badge of honour’. Steve Hassall, Chief Executive, Salford Community Leisure, says: Deputy City Mayor Councillor Paula Boshell welcomed the news and said it was another step forward in Salford becoming a Living Wage City, She said:
  4. Nathan Hobbs (07/04/89) of Lydyett Lane, Northwich has been charged with causing serious injury by dangerous driving. He has been remanded to appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court today (Tuesday 18 September). At around 7.25pm on Sunday 16 September police were called to a collision involving a silver Audi S3 Quattro and a pedestrian outside Kebab King on Manchester Road West. The pedestrian – an 18-year-old man – was crossing the road after leaving the takeaway when the Audi collided with him. He was taken to hospital with serious leg injuries where he remains.
  5. Salix Homes has five new apprentices, four of whom have joined its Repairs and Maintenance Service, while the fifth is learning the ropes in the Customer Service Team. Among the new recruits is 19-year-old Connor Boyle who had all but given up hope after applying for job after job but never hearing back. New-dad Connor, from Kersal, who welcomed his daughter into the world in June, said: Connor is embarking on a plumbing apprenticeship, following in his granddad's footsteps, and will be learning the tools of the trade four days a week while spending a day in the classroom with education providers Total People, working towards an NVQ. Over the past three years Salix Homes has created more than 50 apprenticeship positions through its Earn as You Learn programme, both within the organisation and with its partner contractors. Sue Sutton, executive director of operations at Salix Homes, said: The new apprentices joining Salix Homes’ Repairs and Maintenance Team have been provided with new toolkits from its partner building merchants - Travis Perkins Managed Services. Maggie Devine, social value manager for Travis Perkins Managed Services, said: "We are passionate about supporting apprentices coming into the industry, and hope that the provision of these new tools will support them on their journey to train in their chosen profession. We wish them the best of luck through their apprenticeship and their future career." Photos: The new Salix Homes’ apprentices joining the housing association’s in-house Repairs and Maintenance Team. From left: Ali Nikbakht, Mason Gill, Connor Boyle and Kade Heath.
  6. The funerals of Demi Pearson, aged 15 and her siblings Brandon (8), Lacie (7) and Lia aged just 3 years old took place this morning, with countless mourners lining the streets to see them off on their final journey despite the heavy rain. Tragedy struck their family home on Jackson Street in Walkden just before Christmas on the 11th of December last year as fire ripped through the building taking the lives of three of the children with the fourth and youngest member of the family (Lia) sadly passing away in hospital shortly afterwards. The funeral commenced led by bagpipes and drummers at approximately 10am from their former family home which was destroyed by the fire, slowly winding its way through streets as thousands from the local community stood silent to pay their respects. The cortege briefly pausing for a minutes silence at Bridgewater school where Lacie and Brandon were both pupils, then onward along Manchester Road East towards St Paul's Church where family and close friends had gathered both inside and out as the service was relayed on loud speakers for those who could not get a seat. The procession then made its way to their final resting place upon the horse-drawn carriages which carried their beautiful specially made coffins. It is understood that the children's mother Michelle was unable to attend the funeral due to unforeseen medical circumstances. Michelle was also seriously injured in the horrific attack for which Zak Bolland, David Worrall and Courtney Brierley were jailed for in May, she still remains in a critical condition in hospital. In a tribute penned from her hospital bed and read aloud at the service. Michelle said: Speaking of her youngest daughter who was just 3 years old, she said: And of Seven year old Lacie, she said: Son Brandon who was 8 at the time of his death was described by his mum as: And finally when paying tribute to her 15 year old daughter Demi, she said: The children's brother Kyle and his friend Bobby Harris were the only other people in the house at the time who managed to survive the attack. They did so by climbing out of a window to escape the inferno inside. Kyle immediately attempted to re enter the home to rescue his mother and siblings but was beaten back by the heat and flames. Michelle is a doting, loving mother who was tragically robbed of four of her children under the most horrific circumstances imaginable, grandparents lost their grandchildren and a whole community lost the joy and laughter they brought. Our thoughts are with the family at this most upsetting time, Salford stands with you all.
  7. Police are concerned for the welfare of missing man Ashley Barker (33 Years). Ashley was last seen jumping from a car close to Blackleach Reservoir and the Brindley Estate shortly before 4pm today (13/09/18). If you see Ashley or have any information as to his whereabouts please contact GMP on 101 quoting reference 1312/130918
  8. An inconsiderate driver returned to find their vehicle had been towed away by GMP Traffic after leaving it blocking someone else's driveway. Police were called to Monton this morning after a home owner reported a car left blocking their driveway, police responded by sending out a tow truck and later issuing the cars owner with a fine for causing a traffic offence. Drivers have come increasingly under pressure in recent months after calls to fine vehicles that block pedestrian access by parking on kerbs. Under new plans being considered by the Department for Transport (DfT), they could soon be fined for parking on pavements. Ministers and local authorities want to see the practice, which causes obstructions for wheelchairs users, visually impaired pedestrians and parents with pushchairs, brought to an end, with proposals expected to be finalised later this year. And yes it is a very slow news day.
  9. The 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been charged with attempted robbery. He has been bailed to appear before Manchester Youth Court on 25 September 2018. This is in relation to an incident which took place on Oxford Road at around 7.20pm on Tuesday 4 September 2018 and was filmed before being widely shared on social media. The video showed a man being punched in the face as the brazen thief attempted to steal his £800 bike. He refused to let go and was dragged across the floor before the offenders gave up and fled the scene.
  10. Julius Bihari (01/02/1991) is wanted for failing to appear at court on two separate occasions to face charges of criminal damage and burglary. Bihari is originally from the Czech Republic but is known to have links to the Salford and Cheetham Hill areas of Greater Manchester and the Preston area of Lancashire. Anybody with information regarding the whereabouts of Julius Bihari is asked to contact police on 101 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
  11. At around 7.10pm on Tuesday 11 September a black VW Passat was driving along Trafford Road when it collided with a cyclist at the junction with Broadway. The cyclist, an 18-year-old man, was thrown from his bike and remains in hospital with serious injuries. The driver of the Passat remained at the scene to help officers with enquiries. No arrests have been made so far. PC Seamus Toal, from GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: The Serious Collision Investigation Unit can be contacted on 0161 856 4741 quoting incident number 1781 of 11/09/18.
  12. Throughout the summer holidays, children and their parents attended the Marlborough Road Academy holiday club in Broughton where they could tuck into a free hot meal and enjoy fun activities with their friends, including sports, dance and arts and crafts. Salford housing provider Salix Homes provided the club with £500 to help fund the food and activities on offer as part of its Springboard community grant programme, which supports local projects that boost community spirit, promote health and wellbeing, reduce isolation or improve the environment. Mum Sahira Chaudhrey, attended the holiday club with her three young children. She said: Salix Homes also provided £600 additional funding through its Springboard programme to enable the children and their parents, along with other local families, to enjoy a day trip to Knowsley Safari Park to mark the end of the summer holidays. Saimah Alam, who also attended the holiday club with her children, said: Ben Cruickshanks, neighbourhood manager at Salix Homes, added: The newly-formed holiday club was set up by Salford charity The Life Centre, on behalf of the Salford Food Network, and delivered in partnership with the Broughton Team Churches, which includes St James Higher Broughton and St Clement with St Matthias Lower Broughton, along with Marlborough Road School and Audacious Church. The initiative also received support from Salford Community Leisure, The Rio Ferdinand Foundation, Tesco and Salford Council’s catering service City Wide.
  13. He was previously sentenced to more than five years in jail for arson with intent to endanger life. Cumbo – who also uses the surname Collins – was released in May this year and is from Salford Anyone who recognises him, or has any information about his whereabouts, should call police on 101.
  14. A 30 day consultation is to be launched from Friday 7 September for the public to give their views on proposals. Councillor Lisa Stone, Lead Member for Children’s and Young People’s Services at Salford City Council said: 327 places are offered in the local authority nurseries out of 4,234 in a variety of early years providers. Over 2,000 of these places are available through schools in the city. Councillor Stone continued: The consultation will involve public meetings and also options for people to provide comments by post or online. It opens at 00:01 on Friday 7 September and can be viewed at https://www.salford.gov.uk/nurseryproposals Consultation meetings: 11th September 2018 at Barton Moss Day Nursery - 6:00pm until 7:00pm 13th September 2018 at Winton Day Nursery - 6:00pm until 7:00pm 18th September 2018 at Belvedere Day Nursery - 6:00pm until 7:00pm 20th September 2018 at Little Hulton Day Nursery - 6:00pm until 7:00pm 26th September 2018 at Broughton Day Nursery - 6:00pm until 7:00pm
  15. After controversially (See Salford Star Article Here) turning down planning permission in July 2018, Salford Council has today (Thursday, September 6 2018) finally approved plans for the multi-million pound Canon Green Campus development on Canon Green Drive in Trinity. Previously the Council had rejected the application with Councillors declaring that it was "Odd", "Wierd" and even "Bonkers" that the council would reject affordable housing in the area whilst at the same meeting giving Countryside Properties the green light for 299 private rent apartments more or less around the corner in Broughton. The good news is that finally the £22.5m project by Salford housing association Salix Homes will see ageing tower block Canon Green Court completely transformed and modernised, along with neighbouring apartment block Westminster House, which will undergo an external facelift. As part of the development, a brand new 11-storey apartment block will be built within the grounds of the expansive site, comprising of 108 one and two-bedroom affordable apartments. Lee Sugden, chief executive at Salix Homes, said: The refurbishment at Canon Green Court, which was built during the 1960s, includes new kitchens, bathrooms, heating systems, sprinkler systems and exterior re-facing and insulation. Salix Homes, which owns more than 8,000 homes across Salford, will now appoint a contractor to carry out the project and it’s hoped that work will start on site later this year.
  16. Kayleigh, 20, was last seen on Kenyon Way in Little Hulton around 5.30pm on Wednesday 5 September, where she lives. We do know that she travelled into Manchester on a First bus and was around the Piccadilly area but her exact location is unknown. She has link to the Tameside area and we believe she has also been in the Rochdale area. She is of slim build, around 5 ft 7in tall with shoulder length ginger hair and blue eyes. She also wears glasses and was last seen wearing a black top, which goes below her waist, black leggings and white, patterned socks with black pumps that have a chequered pattern on them. Police Constable Julie Wallwork of GMP’s Salford Borough, said: Any sightings phone 856 1319 up to 1100hrs then 101 and quote log 1519 of 05/09/18.
  17. The foyer, which fronts onto New Bailey Street, has been turned into a new gallery to showcase a new exhibition about Salford’s archaeology through the ages. The idea came from City Mayor Paul Dennett after visiting the nearby Gore Street excavation being undertaken by the Greater Manchester Archaeological Advisory Service. The Gore Street and Bolton Street area was developed for housing, shops and a brewery in the late 18th century as Salford expanded and the New Bailey prison was built in 1790. More back to back housing, shops, small industrial buildings and yards were added in the 19th century with a brewer living at number 16 Bolton Street and a temperance coffee house at number 15. The Victorian railway viaduct built in Gore Street in still stands but the rest of the area was cleared between the 1960’s and 1980s. City Mayor Paul Dennett said: The exhibition starts with the first hunter-gatherers to settle in the Salford area 8000 years ago and travels through the development of farming, the Iron Age and the Roman occupation to the medieval development of Salford town at the ford across the River Irwell. It continues through the industrial revolution and growth of the city’s canals, mills, working class and middle class housing, Worsley New Hall where the new RHS Garden Bridgewater is being created and the changes the railways brought to the fast growing city. Dr Mike Nevell, Head of Archaeology at the University of Salford, said: Cat Dowell, Rail Project Interface Manager from Transport for Greater Manchester said: The exhibition is free and can be visited during station opening hours. Main Photo: Left to right Jon Lamonte, CEO of Transport for Greater Manchester, Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett and Dr Mike Nevell from the Centre for Applied Archaeology.
  18. It has been little over thirteen months since the now iconic Mobike first hit the streets of Salford & Greater Manchester. And by hit we literally do mean hit, as many of them were vandalised, thrown into local rivers, set on fire and in one case even painted gold by some artistic vandal from Weaste in an unsuccessful attempt to make it look less obvious and well, LESS MOBIKEY. And so here we are today to announce that the ill fated Mobike is to retreat from the streets of Greater Manchester... Well if we are being honest here, as we reported last year, they already did that in most parts of Salford within the first few months of business as the vandalism rates were so high. Bikes were limited to certain areas of the City, mainly around Salford Quays and the Eastern flanks that nestle up to Manchester. The scheme was doomed from the start as unlike with the 'Boris' bikes that are used down there in that London, these were dockless and so did not need to be returned, they were mainly left lying around at the sides of roads or more commonly across pavements. They were pretty much left anywhere and everywhere and that therein was the problem, no bike docks equalled no care at all as to what happened to that bike once you parked it up and left it at the end of your session. Bikes were often left in areas in which there was already a high bicycle theft rate and it was open season for those who simply saw them as a resource they could exploit. Locks were smashed off them and the electronic trackers were removed, for a good while it was not uncommon to see kids and young adults openly and freely riding around on a *hacked bike without a care in the world. The police were not interested as they had real crimes to deal with and so there they were used with impunity and discarded just as easily. One brazen thief even took measures to secure his stolen Mobike to a lamp post with a padlock so that nobody else could steal it. (See main photo). And so it was only too obvious that the company had failed to take into account the simple fact that if there is something to exploit, in Salford it WILL be exploited. So who do we blame here, the company? the vandals? Well truth be known we really have to treat them equally as the company really did not do its homework and went into this extremely naively to say the least. Greater Manchester is not your typical area and the simple matter of failing to put bike docks in place from the get go was ultimately it's downfall. In short, their business model was critically flawed. As for the vandals, well they should be ashamed of themselves, they won't be as they don't give a damn at the end of the day, but they really should do as they have deprived all those who WERE using them responsible (and legally) from now being able to do so. I hear it said that we can't have nice things in Salford, this is an example of why.
  19. Gm Mayor Andy Burnham has revealed that he would back a second referendum on Brexit as a last resort rather than see the UK crash out of the EU without a deal but has warned that doing so would cause civil unrest and social division across Greater Manchester if that was to happen. Burnham called for an extension beyond the March 2019 leaving date should a deal not be done. But warned... He also claimed it was possible the alt-right were driving the agenda to ‘set up a clash in our communities from which they think they can profit.’ The results for Greater Manchester were that 7 boroughs voted to leave with 3 including Manchester itself choosing to remain. Salford opted to say 'tarra' to the EU with 56.8% of those who voted in the City expressing that they wanted to leave. Meanwhile Burnham is in London to demand that more powers are devolved to Greater Manchester.
  20. Housing association Salix Homes sought legal action against tenant Rita Heaton, of Rigby Street, Higher Broughton, following the racially motivated attack, which took place on the evening of July 14 this year. A court hearing at Manchester Civil Justice Centre heard how Heaton, aged 62, entered the front garden of a neighbour’s property brandishing a knife, where three young children were sat on a trampoline. The children fled into the house and Heaton was confronted by a neighbour. She then launched a racist tirade at her neighbour threatening to kill his children and shouting at him to ‘go back to your own country’, before slashing the trampoline with the knife. The victim said the incident left him fearing for his and his family’s safety. The court also heard how during another incident on June 30, Heaton entered her neighbour’s property, threw their washing on to the floor which was hanging in the garden, before punching her neighbour’s teenage son in the face. Both incidents were reported to Greater Manchester Police. The court granted Salix Homes a 12 month Injunction Order, with Power of Arrest, the terms of which prevent Heaton from entering her neighbour’s property in Rigby Street or threatening them with violence. Sue Sutton, executive director of operations at Salix Homes, said:
  21. Launched last weekend (2 September) the workshops are delivered by highly qualified traffic police officers from GMP’s Safer Roads Targeting Team and include an observed ride,interactive presentations, discussions and safety advice. The initiative aims to reduce the number of road traffic collisions involving motorbikes by further improving the skills, knowledge and hazard awareness of experienced riders. Chief Inspector Gareth Parkin from GMP’s Road Policing Unit said: Public engagement and operational enforcement continues to be a priority for GMP and a recent week of action saw officers from the road policing unit on patrol across Greater Manchester, advising both drivers and motorcyclists and targeting riders who behave in an anti-social manner which can often cause serious and fatal collisions. Chief Inspector Parkin continued... More information and details of how to book on a BikeSafe workshop can be found on the website: www.bikesafe.co.uk/greater-manchester Keep up-to-date with BikeSafe GMP by following @gmptraffic on Twitter and using the hashtag #bikeSafeGMP
  22. Mitchell Hutchinson aged 21 is missing. There is no clothing description attached to this but it is thought he may be in the Little Hulton area of Salford. If seen then please contact 101 quoting MP/18/0118899.
  23. ACC Hussain started his career at WYP in uniform in Bradford and, over the last few years, has progressed through the ranks working as a Detective, in strategic Force postings and a period as the temporary Commander for Leeds - the largest policing district outside of London at the time. The MBE recipient has been the Force lead on local policing, crime and the head of Force performance, becoming the District Commander for Wakefield in 2016. He was given the Queen’s honour during her birthday celebrations this year for his services to policing and charity. ACC Hussain is a Gold firearms & public order commander, overseeing large events such as Chapeltown Carnival, Leeds United home games and, most recently, protests between the National Front and counter protestors in July this year. ACC Hussain said: Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said:
  24. As local services are increasingly put under pressure from cuts and the fate of children's nurseries in the City hang in the balance, Salford Council is proposing another loan, this time a staggering £670,000 to CoSCos, the company that is in charge of operating the stadium. This number would double to £1.34m after partner Peel Holdings matches the loan funding. The council claims that the money will come not from money earmarked for other services but from money gained as a result of the successful profit that stadium has made over the year. Some however argue that the company is not a viable success if it has to rely on continual top up loans from the money it pays back in order to carry on operating and that the money would be better used propping up other services that are under pressure. CoSCos, which is jointly owned by the council and Peel Holdings, is responsible for managing the stadium and the land around it. Salford City Council says its long-term plans to regenerate the area and bring jobs and new opportunities to the site are firmly on track and the loan will protect those long-term plans. Peel Holdings will match the loan, if approved. Deputy City Mayor John Merry said: The decision, on whether to advance a £670,000 loan to CoSCos will be made by the council’s Cabinet on Tuesday 11 September.
  25. On Friday 20 July 2018 police received a report that a credit card had been stolen from a Manchester city centre office on Lloyd Street two days prior and used on a lavish spending spree in luxury stores throughout Manchester and the Trafford Centre. Jewellery and electronics were among some of the items the credit card was used to purchase, with the bill running into tens of thousands of pounds over two days. Detective Sergeant Daniel Hadfield from GMP’s north Manchester team said: Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 0161 856 4409, alternatively call 101 or Crimewatch anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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