Thursday, 31 December 2009

Man rapes teenager next to road

A teenager was raped at the side of the road as she made her way home in Greater Manchester.

The 18-year-old was attacked on a grass verge at the junction of Hill Top Drive and Rudyard Grove in Kirkholt, Rochdale just before 2200 GMT on Tuesday.

She had been visiting a friend when she was sexually assaulted as she made her way home.

The woman is being comforted by specially trained officers and is yet to be formally interviewed by police.

The offender is described as white, between 40 and 50-years-old, 5ft 5in (1.65m) tall, of fat build with short grey hair with a long fringe, bushy eyebrows and a black 'beauty spot' under his left eye.

Det Sgt Jason Burke, of Greater Manchester Police, said: "This appears to be an isolated incident and we are doing all we can to identify the man responsible.

"Incidents such as this are rare but I would urge women, where possible, not to walk alone at night and to take extra care during the new year celebrations."


Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Busby Babe Albert Scanlon dies

Albert Scanlon MUNICH survivor Albert Scanlon has died in hospital, aged 74.

Tributes have been flooding in for the Busby Babe, who never lost touch with his roots and still lived in Salford.

He had been in Salford Royal Hospital, initially in intensive care for over a month, since being admitted on October 21 suffering from kidney problems and pneumonia.

During his stay in hospital he was regularly visited by family and friends, including two of his pals from the Association of Former Manchester United Players – David Sadler and Wilf McGuiness.

Mr Sadler, a member of the 1968 United European Cup-winning team, said: “He was a Busby Babe who survived Munich and he was indeed one of life’s survivors. He was a scallywag, I understand from his playing days. He lived life to the full. He was a likeable sort of guy who must have been quite a player to have got in that team, although of course I never saw him play myself.

“He was good company, and the kind of guy you would like to be with. He was a regular attendee of our association meetings.”

Born in the working class Manchester suburb of Hulme on October 10, 1935, Scanlon was snapped up by United after leaving school and helped the Reds to two Youth Cup triumphs in 1953 and 1954.

Prior to the Munich Disaster of 1958 he shared an ongoing battle for the outside-left berth with pin-up boy David Pegg but still helped his club to successive league titles in 1956 and 1957.

At the age of 22 he suffered a fractured skull and a severe kidney injury in the devastating plane crash at Munich Airport, in which 23 people died including eight of his team-mates, but incredibly in the very next season Scanlon featured in all 42 league matches, scoring 16 goals as the Reds - unbelievably in the circumstances - finished runners-up in the league.

Scanlon’s close friend during his Old Trafford career was wing-half McGuiness who went on to manage United.

following Sir Matt Busby’s retirement. Says McGuiness: “Albert’s main asset was his pace,” said McGuiness. “He really did have blistering speed and once he got a yard on his marker he was impossible to catch. During that period there was a very popular detective series on television featuring an American cop called Joe Friday who always talked out of the side of his mouth.

“That’s how Albert talked and seeing that his middle name is Joseph you can understand why his nickname was ‘Joe Friday’. He may have talked slowly but mentally he was a sharp as a button. It was astonishing that he played so many games after the Munich Disaster following the injuries he sustained.

“And he played very well in that season. Everybody talks about United getting to the FA Cup final that season, but what was even more incredible was that we finished runners-up.

“But after that season Albert’s form started to deteriorate. I don’t know for sure but my guess is that it was a belated reaction to the horror he had witnessed at Munich.

“After his career had finished he settled down in Salford but I don’t think life has been kind to him in recent years.”

Scanlon played 115 times for his beloved Reds, notching up 34 goals until 1960, when he moved to Newcastle and then subsequently to Lincoln and Mansfield.

Scanlon has never relished talking about the tragedy, which saw eight of his team-mates and 23 people in total killed, but he once said of the Babes: “I think they would have got a lot better.

“There was such a lot there, such a lot of youngsters. It probably was at the time one of the best club sides ever. It was not actually a team or two teams, it was one of the first clubs to have a squad.”


Sunday, 13 December 2009

1,000 see Katie Price in Stockport

Katie Price at Waterstones

MORE than 1,000 fans packed into a shopping centre to see the model and 'I'm a Celebrity' star Katie Price.

They queued for hours to catch a glimpse of the 31-year-old mother of three during a visit to Waterstones in Stockport.

Dressed in a black cropped jacket, grey t shirt and trilby, Katie said: "My only christmas wish is to be with my kids and enjoy spending time with them.

"The jungle was good, it seems ages since I was there but what it was what I needed at the time."

Katie was forced to cancel a planned signing at the Trafford Centre today because of health and safety fears on one of the busiest shopping days before Christmas.

And her ex-husband Peter Andre pulled out of a high-profile Manchester visit just hours before her visit to Stockport because of 'a private matter of great importance'.

The star was due to perform his new single 'Unconditional' at the glamorous GMG radio awards at Manchester's Palace Hotel.


Thursday, 10 December 2009

Salford child care boss Jill Baker sacked

jill baker

A CHILDREN'S services boss has been sacked after refusing to resign with a pay off.

Jill Baker – the woman in charge of children's services in Salford - had been suspended from her £105,000 post since early September after a damning report into the death of a toddler.

She had been offered a lump sum of £85,000 plus an annual pension of £27,000 to quit but refused.

Now a disciplinary panel has followed through with its threat to sack her.

Chairman of the panel, former Salford council leader Bill Hinds, said: "Jill Baker has been summarily dismissed from her position as Strategic Director of Children's Services for gross misconduct. The dismissal will take place with immediate effect.

"The unanimous decision by a cross-party panel of councillors, and endorsed by the authority’s cabinet follows Mrs Baker's suspension in September in order that a disciplinary investigation could be carried out.

"The panel was told there had been a loss of trust and confidence by the chief executive Barbara Spicer, council leader Coun John Merry, and lead member Coun John Warmisham, in Mrs Baker’s ability to lead and manage the Children’s Services directorate.

'Fundamental breach'

"This meant she was unable to honour the terms of her contract, which is a fundamental breach of contract and therefore gross misconduct.

"The decision to summarily dismiss was not made lightly but was done so based on the evidence and representations from both the employer and employee.

"Mrs Baker has the right to appeal against the decision.

"The panel also considered a grievance by Mrs Baker.

"An allegation of bullying was rejected unanimously by the panel as unfounded.

"Some issues were partially upheld in relation to certain HR processes not adequately followed. The council has apologised to Mrs Baker for these failings. These findings had no bearing on the decision to dismiss.

"The council will not be making any further comment on this issue."

The trigger for Mrs Baker's suspension was her telling the media that no one would be disciplined after the death of Demi Leigh Mahon.

This angered Coun Merry and Ms Spicer.

Demi, aged two, from Eccles, was murdered after being let down by social workers 12 times.

They had been warned five times by police, five times by neighbours, and twice by the child's grandmother about Demi's chaotic domestic lifestyle – raised by a mother who was on drugs and could not cope.

Demi was the victim of a brutal attack by Karl McCluney, 15, who had been left to look after her.


Sunday, 6 December 2009

She was our tiny miracle

malcolm hilton kelly sheerin

A TINY baby girl has died weeks after she dramatically entered the world inside a taxi cab.

Little Katie Hilton died early Monday morning at Salford Royal Hospital two-and-a-half weeks after she was born inside a Radio Cars taxi cab en-route to hospital.

She was born three months premature and weighed only two-and-a-half pounds at birth.

Her parents Malcolm Hilton, 27, and Kelly Sheerin, 24, of Baron Fold Crescent, Little Hulton, have paid tribute to the baby they called their ‘little miracle’ after her birth.

Malcolm said: "She was very loved by her family during her short life and she will be missed by all of us. We are all devastated."

Katie also leaves a brother Lucas, aged one.

Dad Malcolm said when he left Katie on Sunday night she was doing well.

He said: "I changed her and helped with her feeding. She was fine. It was all very sudden. I don't know what happened.

"We are struggling at the moment to come to terms with everything."

Katie was born on Sunday, November 15 shortly before 7.30am. Mum Kelly had been having birthing pains during the night and the couple decided it was time to call for a cab. Driver Frank Lawless, 59, who lives around the corner from the couple, picked up the family.

Due to road works on the East Lancashire Road, they took a detour to hospital and Katie was delivered by her dad Malcolm in the back of the taxi.

Her mother said at the time of her birth: "She really is a fighter and our little miracle."

After her arrival, Katie was placed in an incubator and given help with her breathing. After eight days in hospital she was on low-level oxygen, with some fluctuations in her heart rate but doctors were pleased with her progress.

She took a turn for the worse on Sunday evening and died after midnight.

The cause of death is not known and a post mortem investigation is being carried out.

Malcolm said the family have not finalised arrangements.


Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Fergie backs his young stars


SIR Alex Ferguson is backing his young troops to exorcise the ghost of their Euro defeat and book United a Carling Cup semi-final spot tonight.
Last Wednesday the Reds boss flooded his Champions League XI against Turkish side Besiktas with kids.
But the new generation, who helped United win the League Cup last March at Wembley against tonight's Old Trafford opponents Tottenham, didn't gain their Euro spurs against the Turks.
The 1-0 Group B defeat was condemned and the Reds starlets suffered heavy criticism.
But Gabriel Obertan, Danny Welbeck, Federico Macheda and Darron Gibson are set to be told to carry on against Harry Redknapp's side in tonight's last-eight clash.
"Those lads need to be challenged and I thought they did OK. They did not deserve that kind of criticism," said Sir Alex.
"I don't need to motivate them with what has been said. Their future is well mapped out. But the one thing we cannot give them is an old head, which is what we saw in the last third of the pitch last week.
"They got anxious. They created good chances and they hurried the thing. But that is not the biggest crime in the world.
"We are not talking about ability. We are talking about experience and it is starting to stack up. That is why we have to play them.
"We don't dismiss the Carling Cup," he added. "It has been an important competition for the younger players and lads on the fringes of the squad for many years.
"Last year the lads went all the way to the final and won it, what a great achievement!
"For people like Ben Foster, Jonny Evans and Darron Gibson to win their first trophy provided them experience which will stay with them for the rest of their careers.
“We have so many games that these players are an integral part of the squad.
“It is vitally important for them to go through the experiences they are now getting because ultimately it is going to make them better players.”


The Crescent Pub Salford

The Crescent Pub Salford
The Crescent Pub, Salford, Manchester is one of Salford's most Historic Pubs,  A Grade II Listed Building built in the 1860's where Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels once drank and discussed revolution and the theory of Communism. The German-born philosopher and communist thinker, Engels, ran a mill in the town for his father in the second half of the 19th century while researching his classic work, The Condition of the Working Class in England. At that time the Pub was appropriately known as The Red Dragon.
The pub stands on The Crescent, a busy dual carriageway on the A6 corridor close to Salford University and less than1 mile from Manchester, and is in easy access for both Salford Central and Salford Crescent train stations.
The Crescent has now been in the Camra Good Beer Guide for 23 consecutive years, a record for Manchester, and is highly regarded as an institution.
There is a unique charm about the place, with its rustic open fire and friendly atmosphere, those who visit for a first time are certain to return.
Up to 10 Real Ales and 3 Scrumpy Ciders available together with a wide reange of Continental beers.

Events include

Quarterly Beer festivals
Monday night Quiz from 9.30pm
Wednesday night = Curry night from 5 - 8.00pm
Regular live music in the Vault
Open mic night Sunday fortnightly 7.30pm

Great atmosphere

A mix of locals, businessmen, lecturers and students from Salford University .... all more than welcome.
Well worth a visit!

Contact details

Address: 20 The Crescent, Salford, Manchester, M5 4PF
Tel: 0161 736 5600
Click image below for directions…
Map picture

Brass Handles to be bought by council

brass handles pub salford

The council are buying the now derelict building on Fitzwarren street, which was the scene of a terrifying botched assassination attempt.

In March 2006 gunmen Richard Austin, 19, and Carlton Alveranga, 20 burst into the pub and opened fire on David Totton and Aaron Travers. Both men were only injured and both the gunmen were over powered and shot dead with there own guns.

In November, police named Marcus Rico Callaghan, 25, as the man wanted in connection with the double killing.

Now the council is finalising a deal to buy the pub in Fitzwarren Street. But they will not say whether they intend to bulldoze it or do something else with the derelict building.

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