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Naked vegan protest in city centre

Tempers flare over Salford City FC re-development plans

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Fears mill blaze may have claimed lives

Photo: Greater Manchester Fire Rescue Service

By Olivia Smith

Firefighters at the Maple Mill in Oldham. Photo: Greater Manchester Fire Rescue Service

FEARS are mounting that people may have been trapped in the catastrophic blaze that tore through the Maple Mill in Oldham on Thursday morning. Speculation began when the nearby residents reported that people had been sleeping rough within the disused mill. Manchester Council was aware that people were staying in caravans on the site but not

that anyone was living inside the building. On Friday afternoon, the Manchester Fire commander said: “There’s no firefighters inside the building at the moment. It is too dangerous to put in any of my firefighters at that level of risk. “We’re fighting the fire within the area from the outside. “There have been reports of people sleeping inside the building and of course we now need to investigate that and

we’ll be doing that with our partners and the Greater Manchester Police. “If evidence comes forward that that is the case, then we will have to search through the building at some point.” Investigations will be taken up by the Manchester Fire Service and the Greater Manchester Police. However the building cannot and will not be searched until it is deemed safe for firefighters to enter.

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Autistic Society offers Christmas cheer By Jasmine Rigby

AUTISTIC Society Greater Manchester Area has a full week of parties next week to help those with autism at Christmas. ASGMA was formed in 1968 when Manchester teachers, Roger and Betty Delahunty realised the importance of supporting parents and carers of people with autism. The charity runs all year round, and provides a range of activities from bowling, to laser quest, and castle walks. Charity worker Paul Nugent has already planned for the rest of the year and all of the following year. He said: “This comes from

experience because we have got to know the loud, crowded places that don’t suit our team. “So we now know not to go to certain places at certain times of the year. For example, we would never go to Alton Towers in the summer. “We know our people don’t like crowded places so it’s about creating an atmosphere that suits them.” The charity caters for anyone of any age with Asperger Syndrome, and Higher Functioning Autism. ASGMA. which has 33 staff and volunteers, is split into two groups, 10-18 youth group and an 18+ group. This year they have many festivities in store, Aladdin

in the pantomime, Christmas parties, Christmas dinners and Christmas films. Many people with autism will experience anxiety, ASGMA do everything they can to support this: “We are entirely set up to people’s socials skills and you can only do that within a group setting. And there is little tip from Paul for carers: “Christmas can be a stressful time for our young people. So if you do notice a change in behaviour or mood maybe reassurance is needed, “If you socialise for an hour you can retreat back to your room, desensitise, chill out. “And try and keep things as normal as possible.”

Autistic Society Greater Manchester are starting a week full of festivities (Photo: Jasmine Rigby)

Record number of students enrol at universities across Britain By Josef McDermott

THE highest number of 18 year olds to date have been accepted at UK universities, after UCAS reported a 1.5 per cent rise to nearly 239,000 in the demographic. Young people’s chances of entering higher education have increased to a record 32.5 per cent in England. The young people in this group typically have lower family incomes, live in areas where fewer people go to university, attend state schools, and are more likely to be men or in a white ethnic group. BA Journalism Admission Tutor Sara Eyre believes everyone should be encouraged to take up higher education.

Greater Manchester is ‘open for business’ but Brexit fight goes on By Lana Guy “Greater Manchester is open for business” but battle over Brexit is not finished yet, says the Libteral Democrats’ Mayoral candidate Greater Manchester Mayoral Candidate Jane Brophy visited the Little Northern Contemporary Craft Fair in Altrincham Town Hall, where she spoke to artists, designers and makers about what they would want from a Mayor. Jane Brophy explained to concerned artists that despite campaigning to Remain, she would fight to ensure Greater Manchester’s artists wouldn’t be hit by Brexit. The Liberal Democrat candidate battling it out for the first ever elected Mayor of Greater Manchester said: “It was really exciting to see so many residents from across Greater Manchester here at the craft

fair promoting and selling all of their own products. “But we have a big task ahead, as Brexit becomes more real we have to work harder to ensure our link with the EU is maintained. “As a passionate pro-European who campaigned to remain, I was devastated by the result, but we can’t let it impact our local industries.” The remain campaigner, Jane Brophy added: “Leaving the EU was not what large parts of Greater Manchester voted for and even those that did vote leave did not intend to have us yanked out without any thought or consideration for our region’s best interests. “So it is really is fantastic to see local and independent makers like this sending a clear message; Greater Manchester is open and ready for business. And together, we will fight this hard Brexit.”

Salford University admissions tutor Sara Eyre She said: “Personally i do think everyone should be encouraged. Try and help them

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achieve it is what we need to be thinking about. Education shouldn’t be just the privilege of people who can afford it, coming naturally into their lives. “It is raising awareness and trying to encourage people from a local community and around Salford to think about higher education as something they can take part in.“ Overall there were 465, 500 people from the UK placed in higher education through UCAS in 2016. Of the fifth of the young English population from backgrounds with the lowest entry rate to higher education, 13.6 per cent entered university in 2016, a rise from 13.5 per cent in 2015 (an increase of 0.1 percentage point).

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Mill blaze causes chaos

The fire was still burning on Friday afternoon, despite the efforts of 50 firefighters still at the mill Service

By Isobel Hine A FIRE which has devastated a six-storey Oldham mill has caused chaos and disruption for residents. Nearby families were evacuated from their homes and housed in the Honewell centre near to Maple Mill, and were still unable to return on Friday morning. All are encouraged to listen to the local radio station for updates. The blaze meant that roads were closed due to the thick

blanket of smoke that engulfed the nearby area. Equipment from the fire service also caused road closures because of the long trails of hoses carrying water to the blaze. Nearby streets also became congested because of poor visibility and heavy volumes of traffic being diverted around the mill. As a result of the amount of water being used to extinguish the fire residents have also been experiencing low water pressure in the area as a result of high demand by the fire ser-

vice. The Oldham fire service released a warning on their Twitter this afternoon informing residents who had not been evacuated to keep their doors and windows closed due to the heavy cloud of smoke. In a statement yesterday morning, Area Manager Warren Pickstone warned the public about the smoke which the fire has caused: “Tyres are also involved in the fire, so it’s emitting a thick acrid smoke, we are asking nearby residents to please keep their windows and doors closed as the smoke

More than 70 firefighters tackled the Maple Mill blaze from early yesterday


All photos: Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue

plume travels across Oldham.� Arriving at the incident at 5.30am, firefighter Adam from Ramsbottom said he could feel the heat from 500 metres away. The flames which devastated the building yesterday morning are not the only ones to affect the building throughout its existence. The first floor of the building was also damaged by a fire in September this year, as well as in another blaze in April 2009. On Friday afternoon residents were still unable to re- The fire caused chaos for local residents as roads turn to their homes as the fire were closed and a blanket of smoke covered the area continued.


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Save The Children create new world record By Abugail Gillibrand

The Save the Children charity created a new World Record this morning with the most people jumping simultaneously in Christmas jumpers. Across England, 305 people gathered at six Oxygen Free Jumping sites including Wigan, Leeds, London and Derby, to take part in the event in aid of Christmas Jumper Day. Students from St Andrews Primary School, in Manchester, represented the city and began the six minute jump-athon at 9am. Fay Hoyland, Senior PR Manager for Save The Children said: “The world record helps us to make Christmas jumper day famous. It is a really silly way to raise money for a really serious cause. “Just by putting on a stupid sweater and having some fun with your friends, you can raise money to help save the lives of children all across the world. “We provide programmes that help children get an education and health care. Those human rights that children deserve we help provide that for them”. St Andrew’s school is just one of many organisations which benefit from Save The Children’s programmes. Head Teacher, Karen Leyland said: “We run Save The Children programmes in school, which are brilliant and we love them so which is why we were invited down today to take part today. “Our children are always so well behaved and we are so proud to take them anywhere – they are wonderful”. It is not just the world record that the student are taking part in. Back at school everyone has paid one pound to wear their Christmas jumpers to support the charity.” Karen said: “Save The Children are very supportive of us as a school and we are of them so we’ve done lots of programmes in school now, which support not just our children but also their families. “It is definitely a worthwhile charity to support”.

Cars seized in Longsight THREE people were arrested, 14 vehicles were seized and 98 motorists received tickets as part of a crackdown on crime in Longsight on Thursday. Police officers joined forces with court enforcement and immigration officers. 14 vehicles were seized for traffic related incidents and one stolen vehicle was recovered. Traffic officers issued 98 traffic offence reports to motorists for a number of offences including using a mobile phone, speeding and no insurance. The day of action, took place as part of #GMPChristmas, targeted those causing misery during the festive period.

The protest on Market Street was trying to encouarage people to go vegan this festive season

(Photo: Chantelle Heeds)

By Chantelle Heeds

UK, added: “Peta is encouraging people to extend the holiday spirit of peace and goodwill to all, by leaving animals off their plates this Christmas. “Thanks to the array of mock meats available, it’s easier than ever to enjoy a festive meal packed with all the flavour but none of the cruelty of meat.” In order to spread further awareness, the same protest also took place that afternoon in Liverpool City Centre.

Peta plates up human turkey in seasonal animal protest A PROTEST by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) took place yesterday in Manchester City centre calling for an end to seasonal cruelty. The demonstration aimed to raise awareness of the treatment of animals in the run up to Christmas, and attempted to encourage people to go vegan. The event took place on on

Market Street – and lasted approximately half an hour. The demonstration saw a protester pose as a piece of meat on a Christmas dinner plate. Rochdale-born Kirsty Henderson, 29, senior campaign coordinator at Peta, said: “We are here in Manchester with our giant Christmas plate to remind people that regardless of whether it is a turkey, a chicken, or a goose, flesh is flesh. “Turkeys for example are

sensitive, intelligent animals who feel things just like us, they are so much more than just Christmas dinner. “There are videos available, which show that so called ‘free range’ turkeys, having injuries so bad that you can see through their skull into their brain. “This is what turkeys live through every single day just so that we can have a Christmas meal. “There is no need for us to have suffering as our centre-

certificates of achievement and the group received a framed version of all the artwork. Mayor Dennett said: “The banners are absolutely fantastic. They’re a really nice way of wishing the people of Salford a merry Christmas and a happy new year.” “It’s really important for us politically to invest in the young people and spend time with them. “I was absolutely delighted when I saw the number of submissions and the quality of the submissions. “It’s the start of something special.” From a total of 18 submissions, four were chosen to be displayed on the front of the building. After being given the task, the youngsters managed to turn the project around within 48 hours.

Art teacher, Louise Talbot, said: “We love getting involved with anything to do with the local community.” “We were made up to have been asked and our headteacher really supports things like this.” Barry Pilkington of Urban Vision, which has sponsored the project, said: “There is so much young local talent in Salford and when approached, we were delighted to support the project.” “The professionalism and creativeness of the artwork is outstanding.” The banners are just over 1.2 metres (three feet) wide and 5.7 metres (18 feet) long and will stay in place until the new year. Buile Hill Visual Arts College and Salford Council plan to collaborate on similar projects in the future.

Teenage artists decorate Salford Civic Centre By Hollie Rees

FOUR teenage artists met with the Mayor and Ceremonial Mayor of Salford on Wednesday after having their artwork displayed on the front of Salford Civic Centre. Buile Hill Visual Arts College, based on Eccles Old Road, was approached by the City Mayor, Paul Dennett, who asked the youngsters to create the art work as he wanted to “celebrate the young people of Salford.” Shauna Brophy, Lacey Kendall, Charlie Leigh, all aged 13, and Coral Burgess, 14, were joined by four other pupils from the school, along with art teacher, Louise Talbot. Mayor Dennett and Karen Garrido, Ceremonial Mayor presented the students with

piece.” Chloe Galard, 22, the women lying on the ‘plate’, is an intern at Peta and has been involved in many other protests like this. Peta – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – states that turkeys in the wild can live up to ten years, however, when killed for Christmas dinners they are normally killed between 12 to 26 weeks of age. Elisa Allen, director of Peta

Buile Hill students recieved certificates from Salfords Ceremonial Mayor to celebrate their achievments (Photo: Hollie Rees)

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Town Hall taken over for fund-raising Christmas Jumper Day By Abigail Gilibrand

AFFLECKS Palace has taken over Manchester Town Hall to run alongside the Christmas Markets with various festive pop-up stores. The event coincides with today’s Christmas Jumper Day, when people raise money for the Save The Children charity. Saira and Waseem Hussain, owners of the shop Waxworks normally on the first floor of the Afflecks building, have contributed to the market for five years with a Christmas jumper stall. The couple will donate £1 from every jumper they sell today and tomorrow. Waseem said: “The idea came from myself when we opened up the pop up shop. I saw the event being advertised

on social media and I thought it would be a nice thing to do as I contribute to charity a lot.” “It has been successful, you get a lot of feedback from the customers as well when you tell them what you’re doing they think it’s a great thing. “People can get the wrong impression and think we’re only selling Christmas jumpers because of the event, but that is completely not the case. When you tell customers that you donate to the charity too it changes their perception. We do it for the charity.” Last year Waseem took part in Manchester’s attempt to break the world record of having the most people wearing a Christmas jumper in one place. The stall runs at the Town Hall until December 20 when it returns to Afflecks Palace.

Christmas jumpers at the Town Hall

Michael Burke, 38, had been found guilty on eight counts of rape, one count of serious sexual offence against three women, and three counts of rape against his sister at the three–week trial last month. Ms Danczuk, the ex-wife of Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk, waived her anonymity to publicise the case, so her brother does not pose a threat to women anymore. He repeatedly assaulted her and raped her up to and during

her teenage years. He would force himself on her while she was drifting to sleep in her own bed. The other two victims have automatic lifelong anonymity, and they cannot be identified. Judge Mr Justice Gilbart said Burke knowingly exploited his victims’ vulnerability, and caused them significant psychological harm, which continued long after the offence. The judge said Mr Burke showed no remorse, and

Photo:Abi Gilibrand

Ex-councillor bravely speaks out against jailed rapist brother

By Yoana Nikolova

RAPE victim and former Labour councillor Karen Danczuk has spoken out to condemn the ‘monster’ brother who raped her as a child. She waived her anonymity as her brother Michael Burke was jailed for 15 years at Manchester Crown Court, with a fiveyear licence extension for sex offences against her and three other women.

lacked insight in alleging that Ms Danczuk conspired with the other two victims against him. Mr Justice Gilbart said: “He is very good at blaming others, but fails to accept responsibility for his actions.” There were three aggravating and one mitigating factors the judge took into consideration. Burke’s main defence was that he was young at the time of the offences, and if he were sentenced back in the 90s, his

sentence would have been one for a minor – half to three-quarters less than an adult. The defence lawyer, Mr Walker, tried to plead other mitigating features with the judge – that Mr Burke used to take part in a political party, and was active in the community, and the fact that there was someone very ill in his family; who was very concerned about. But the judge said this did not necessarily make Burke of

Banned rescue dog could be put down despite court ruling By Katie Barrow BANNED rescue dog could still be put down despite being allowed to live by the court. Missy the bull terrier type breed may still be put down after the department for environment, food and rural affairs is challenging the court order which gives exemption. Wigan Magistrates Court ruled that Missy the young terrier does not pose a risk to the public and concluded she should be exempt from destruction even though she is a band breed under Section 1 of the Dangerous Dog Act 1991. The ruling was subject to final confirmation by The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) who administer a list of banned dogs who do not have to be put down. However they did not hand over the paperwork and want to challenge the Magistrates’ ruling. Officials from DEFRA are attempting to have Missy’s case relisted before a District Judge sitting in Manchester

Magistrates’ court because they disapprove of the decision and think it should be changed and the dog should be killed. The person that bred the dog, who also owns Missy’s mum Phoebe has come forward to the RSPCA and is willing to go through the Court process so that Missy can live. The RSPCA is supporting his application. Missy was taken into care by the RSPCA in February this year after she was found starved and underweight in a back garden in Rusholme which was covered in faeces. She had no fresh drinking water, slept on filthy and wet bedding in a makeshift kennel and was found ‘unsteady on her feet’ weighing only 13.6 kilos. The dog suffered muscle wastage meaning her ribs, pelvis, spine, and hip bones were protruding under her skin. The vets rated Missy’s health as one out of nine with one being emaciated and nine being obese, 5 is the optimum score. The dog’s owner, Rachel McKenzie, 32 of Deyne Avenue, Rusholme pleaded guilty in July to two offences under the

good character. Prosecutor Mr Wright QC said the defendant: “raped his victims because he felt he could”. After consideration, the judge came to a decision that there is a high risk of Burke posing as a threat to women close to him again; therefore, eligible for an extended sentence. Burke will serve three concurrent sentences of 15 years and a five year extension.

Band of brothers open city bar By Bethany Halfpenny

(Above and below) Missy the rescue dog Animal Welfare Act and was given a 12-month community order which includes a curfew. She is also banned from keeping dogs for eight years. She admitted to the RSPCA officers that Missy had not eaten for around two months and added she was too unwell to look after the dogs and clean the yard –which was something her former boyfriend took care of.

Photo: RSPCA

SEVEN Brothers Brewery has opened its own bar in Manchester, which will feature the craft brew it is famously known for. On Wednesday the new bar, off Blossom Street in Ancoats, hosted its soft launch which was packed for the majority of the night. Free cake was on offer around the bar and spirits were also available for purchase as well as the craft beers and their personal favourite bottled beers and drafts. The interior consists of dark maroon coloured sofas as well as high and low wooden tables. Two of the brothers Keith McAvoy and Kit McAvoy explained how they had always known they would work together as group. Their interest in brewing beer came from their father, who during the brother’s childhood invested in a home brewing kit Seven Brothers Brewery, based in Salford Quays, is benefiting from a surge of interest in craft beers.


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Sure Start closures increase year-on-year since 2010 By Hollie Rees THE number of Sure Start children’s centres being closed - including those in Salford - has increased every year since 2010. The Department of Education statistics show that the number of closures in 2015 was almost double that recorded in 2014 when 85 ceased operations. Shadow education secretary Angela Rayner said the closures meant “shutting the door in the faces of children who need help the most.” She said: “As a former Sure Start mum, I know the difference these centres can make to working families and how they help get children on the right road to fulfilling their potential. “These closure figures are very worrying – they mean wasted opportunity for too many children.” Eight children’s centres across Salford have been merged to create four main hubs offering a range of services to all families.

Services include midwifery clinics, speech and language sessions, parenting classes and health clinics. Councillor Lisa Stone, Lead Member for Children’s and Young People’s Services in Salford, said: “Government funding cuts in the face of increasing costs and demand were putting councils in a very difficult position. “In Salford, we have lost 47 per cent of our funding from the government since 2010. “That’s equal to £64,000 each and every day being taken out of vital council services. “We had to cut £1 million from our budget for children’s centres in 2014, so it became a choice between buildings or services and jobs. “Some of the space previously used by children’s centres went back to schools to cope with increased demand for school places and we chose to sacrifice buildings to protect services and jobs.” Left: Centre closures have increased since 2010

Manchester health professionals aim to improve children’s dental health By Chantelle Heeds

GREATER Manchester health professionals have commented on the state of Salford children’s teeth which are the worst in the country. More than half Salford five- year-olds have clear signs of tooth decay at 51 per cent, up from 43.4 per cent in 2007/2008. Neighbouring towns are nearly as bad with Oldham at 50.9 per cent and Rochdale at 43.5 per cent. Manchester overall has seen an eight per cent improvement in children’s dental health in the past three years with tooth decay dropping from 40.7 per cent in 2011/2012 to just 32.7 per cent last year. Laura Browse, head of primary care for Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, said: “Dental health has always been a challenge in Greater Manchester (in particular Salford, Roch-

dale, Oldham and Bolton). “In response to this we are taking a co-ordinated approach across the area to improve our under five [year-olds] dental health. “Plans are in place to deliver co-ordinated programmes across Greater Manchester, which have been shown to improve the dental health of under-fives. “We are committed to achieving better dental health for our under-fives across Greater Manchester.” These plans include: advising parents and carers to supervise children under-five when brushing their teeth at night, and at least one other time in the day, using family strength fluoride toothpaste, and reinforcing that brushing babies’ teeth is just as important. They are also encouraging parents or guardians to take children for regular routine check up’s at the dentist, and suggesting ways that parents can reduce the amount of sug-

ar that their children consume from food and drink. Additionally, a ban restricting online advertising of food or drink high in sugar to under 16-year-olds has been confirmed by the Committee of Advertising Practice. Ella Cahoon, spokesperson for the Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP), said: “There are many factors that have an impact on childhood obesity and dental health. Available evidence shows that the effect of advertising on children’s food preferences is relatively small, particularly when compared to other factors like parental influences. “However, CAP believes that even a very small positive impact from these new advertising restrictions could play a meaningful role in reducing potential harm to children.” It is hoped that the dental health in Greater Manchester will improve now that these plans are in place and have been reinforced by authorities.

Manchester 33%

Salford 51%

Oldham 51% Rochdale 44% Statistics reveal high rates of tooth decay in children

Blackburn town centre crowned Britain’s best high street 2016 By Daniella Ansell

BLACKBURN town centre has been named Britain’s best high street, winning £10,000 after beating hundreds of other hopeful high streets across the country. In the third annual Great British High Street Awards

run by the Department for Communities and Local Government, the Lancashire town took home the crown, beating 26 other finalists. Nine hundred entries and more than 500,000 votes were cast with Blackburn overall champion. Blackburn town centre will also receive a trophy at a cer-

emony in London on Monday. The win gives Blackburn businesses access to expert training from Google’s digital task force to boost their online presence. A trip to Twitter UK’s London office to enhance social media will also be available for the business men and women of the town.

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said: “Our high streets are going from strength to strength as this year’s Great British High Street competition shows. “Town centres are being revitalised, with vacancy rates falling over the last year, and Blackburn is a great example of how hard work and support

for local businesses can turn things around. “The strong Business Improvement District (BID) is working closely with the council to invest in the town and put on a vibrant calendar of events that has seen visitors flock in their thousands to the town centre – long may it continue.” Blackburn wowed the judg-

es with the range of improvements put in place by the collaboration between the BID and the council. One of the first industrialised towns in the world, Blackburn has reinvented itself over recent years with the council investing £9 million in its heritage buildings to bring them back to their former glory.

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MPs set for £1,000 New Year pay rise

By Jack Donnelly

SALFORD and Greater Manchester voters have expressed mixed reactions to MPs being granted a pay rise of more than £1,000 next year. The figures, produced by the Office for National Statistics, state MPs could receive a 1.4 per cent increase on this year’s salary next year to reach £76,011. This 1.4 per cent increase is much more than the 1 per cent pay rise cap placed on public sector workers in 2012. The increase in pay comes after MPs received a large hike in salary just two years ago, jumping from £67,000 per year to £74,000: a 10 per cent rise. Office for National Statistics’ prediction has caused anger amongst some- many believe members of parliament should also bare the brunt of austerity from the government. Not everyone feels this way though. Duncan Corns, 46, from Eccles, believes members of parliament are not paid enough. He said: “I would like to see MPs receive a pay rise. “I want to see a higher grade of candidate standing for election, one who doesn’t necessarily have inherited wealth behind them but inspires to earn a comfortable living

while being a public servant. “I expect my parliamentary representative to earn a comparative wage to a top surgeon or the MD of an FTSE 350 company. But I would expect their increase in income to substantially reduce the amount of expenses they could claim.” But it is the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) that will set the MP’s salary in February next year. In a statement, an IPSA spokesperson said: “In July 2015, IPSA’s announcement about MPs pay linked any future pay adjustments to the average public sector pay change. The provisional ONS figures published this week are subject to revision and the actual pay change will be confirmed in February 2017.” David Nuttall, MP for Bury North, will be one of the MPs receiving the pay rise in 2017. He told Quays News: “The process is that MP’s pay is determined independently by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Committee. “All I would say is that as I have no involvement in the process I do not concern myself with it. What ever they decide is what I get. I concentrate on representing my constituency.” Not everyone was as pleased to hear the news, with Karl

Davison taking to Facebook to say: “I am not one to usually post on political things but...It really is time to change our political system. It’s unfit for the modern age and it’s an insult to hard working familiesand those being made to suffer cut after cut. “As our communities suffer they get pay rise after pay rise and it’s b----y not on.” And Angela Monks, also on Facebook said: “They should get the same rubbish pay rise as all public sector workers.”

£42m grant boosts cancer research

By Nathan Salt

MANCHESTER is preparing for a £42 million investment from Cancer Research UK. The UK charity is planning a five-year investment which will allow the Manchester Cancer Research Centre to become one of the “best centres in the world” for research. With Greater Manchester the UK capital for cases of lung cancer, Professor Nic Jones, Director of the Cancer Research UK Manchester Centre, believes the grant will allow the centre to flourish. “[The grant] is absolutely fantastic news for us in Manchester,” he said. “First of all it’s recognition because Manchester is very strong for it’s research. “It’s one of the strongest centres in the world for doing cancer research. But secondly it will allow us to accelerate progress in certain key areas. We want to optimise the way radiotherapy is delivered as 50 per cent of patients are still treated with radiotherapy and in fact the Christie is the biggest radiotherapy treatment centre in Europe. “This partnership is crucially important and fantastically efficient in Manchester and that’s why we are making such great progress and why we’ve been recognised with this fantastic award.” Manchester has been chosen, by an international panel of experts, as one of just 13 locations to secure funding in

Wigan Pink Panther biscuit firm goes into administration By Jordan Davies

Manchester Cancer Research Centre prepares for £42 million investment the latest review of the Cancer Research UK Centres network of excellence and one of two to receive major centre status. Every year 41,700 people in the North-West are diagnosed with cancer, and one of those is prostate cancer patient Mike Thorpe. “Cancer actually changes your life, it changes your life completely,” he admitted. “The funding will aid radiotherapy, future developments and improve all the treatments we are actually getting and it will take research forward very quickly hopefully.” Nic Jones accepted that over his 40 years in Cancer research, both personally and professionally, there has been major strides forward through vital research centres like the


one in Withington undertake. He said: “There is good news around cancer right now – one in two patients diagnosed today survive cancer which is fantastic news. “Things like breast cancer are far better than 10-15 years ago as 82 per cent of women who are diagnosed with breast cancer now survive. “However underlining that general headline are some pretty dismal statistics. In cancers like lung and pancreatic cancer the survival rate is less than 10 per cent so in this centre we have a particular focus on lung cancer research.” Sir Harpal Kumar, chief executive at Cancer Research UK, added: “This is an exciting time for cancer research. “Cancer Research UK’s projections are that we will reach

more than 500,000 new diagnoses of cancer a year in the UK by 2035. By that time, our goal is that three in four people will survive their cancer. 
 “Funding these centres, like the ones in Manchester, is one of the charity’s most important strategic priorities and one which will help us reach this ambition. “This huge investment is only made possible through generous donations from the public and the tireless fundraising of our supporters.” With plans to extend clinical trials and improve the technology behind radiotherapy treatment, it is hoped that the funding to the Withington centre is yet another sign that breakthroughs can be made to tackle the relentless disease.

WIGAN-BASED Rivington biscuits, best known for its Pink Panther wafers, has appointed FRP Advisory to oversee the administration process. In a statement FRP, said “Rivington Biscuits experienced particularly challenging trading conditions over the past year, resulting in significant pressure on profit margins and cash flow. “The problems were compounded by the sharp decline in the value of the pound against the euro. The company was left with no viable alternative other than to seek the protection of administration

while a long-term solution can be explored.” Ninety-nine of the current 123 staff employed by Rivington will be made redundant, with the remaining 24 staying on while attempts are made to find a buyer for the company. Russell Cash, partner at FRP Advisory, said: “A sustained deterioration in trading conditions and significant additional pricing costs since the summer following the sharp fall in the value of the pound, left the business facing unsustainable cash-flow pressure.” Rivington Biscuits, will continue to trade through administration but with a reduced staff base in order to fulfil current orders into the New Year.

Salford barber banned from all gyms

By Lucy Wells

A SALFORD barber has been banned from all swimming baths and gyms in Greater Manchester after being convicted of sexually harrassing a gym user. Mohsen Belhaj, 46, started to bother the girl when she was just 16 years old. She re-joined the gym two years later, and he made it clear that he still fancied her. Belhaj continued to bother her and even took pictures of her wearing a bikini, only to delete them when confronted by members of staff. Belhaj, of Eccles New Road, Salford, was found guilty of

voyeurism, indecent exposure and harassment. In Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ court, Judge Sanders said: “At present you are such a risk I am going to ban you from all public swimming baths and gyms in Greater Manchester.” Belhaj, who is now a convicted sex offender, was also given a sixth-month curfew keeping him indoors between t8 pm and 6am, and ordered to pay his victim £250 compensation - and £735 prosecution costs. He was also ordered to go to rehabilitation for three months following the electronic tag curfew.


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‘Cuadrilla foolishly showed their hand taking a grandmother into court’

By Jack Donnelly


ast week anti- fracking campaigner and grandmother Tina Rothery was facing the prospect of spending Christmas in a cell at Styal Prison, after being taken to court for her part in a three-week protest against fracking giants Cuadrilla Now, after her successful hearing on December 9, Ms Rothery is happy to chat away about how she felt leading up to the decision, her jubilation afterwards, and how worldwide support for her campaign can lead to positive change within the anti-fracking community. Tina Rothery, 54, has been involved in the anti-fracking campaign for five years. Her passion for her cause was demonstrated in 2014 when she and other protestors occupied a plot of land in Lancashire planned for exploration for fracking by Cuadrilla, a British oil and gas firm The protestors, later calling themselves The Nanas, began the protest on August 7 and occupied the land for three weeks. Two months later Cuadrilla submitted an order to prevent protestors from gathering on the land. The oil and gas firm claimed unreasonable stress was being caused to the landowners nearby. Tina volunteered herself as a representative of the group—known as Residents Action on Fylde Fracking at the time—and sought an adjournment to the order, but in submitting a defence she did not reveal her financial details. Ms Rothery was subsequently charged with contempt of court. She was ordered to pay Cuadrilla’s legal costs of £55,342, or she could face a 14-day prison sentence. The grandmother said: “I was worried the night before the trial when I had gone to bed and realised that maybe tomorrow night I could be somewhere that isn’t my bedsomewhere very scary and very alien. “I was upset a little bit the night before because anything you do not know is scary. “I hated the thought of being trapped and I hated the thought of not

having my freedom.” ounce of difference”. The 54-year-old’s fate was She explained: “It means that not uncertain until a private hearing only are the government are willing on Friday December 9 at Preston to shove fracking down our throats Combined Court. and take risks with our children’s Ms Rothery, representing herself, health when we do not want it. It also was elated when the British oil and means they are prepared to fracture gas firm decided not to pursue costs, democracy to make it happen.” and the contempt of court charge was Tina also believes there is thrown out. unfairness between ‘I Around 500 people communities was joined Tina in campaigning for marching with change going worried the her to the court up against the night before the trial building, and were extensive when I had gone to bed overjoyed when legal teams the decision was of oil and gas and realised that maybe made. tomorrow night I could be companies like She was mobbed Cuadrilla. somewhere that isn’t my with champagne She said: bed - somewhere very and celebrations “Companies after the decision like Cuadrilla scary and very alien.’ was made. can wield the legal Ms Rothery said: “It system against us was such a relief to know because they will always that we are all going to have a good have more money, more time, Christmas. There was nothing I could and they will always have more do to replace that.” lawyers. They can drag legal battles “Being able to see things like out and the community can’t afford nativity plays and Christmas markets, to fight it. and having some of my older Ms Rothery added that recent supporters in the fracking community legal challenges such as that of knowing I was safe is completely Preston New Road should not have comforting for me.” to crowd-source to build funds for Ms Rothery feels Cuadrilla their challenge. She said: “Justice “foolishly showed their hand taking should not have price- justice should a grandmother” into court, and said be free.” the potential bad publicity toward the The mother and grandmother’s company could have caused it to drop belief that Cuadrilla dropped all costs all pursuit of costs. due to fear of public backlash could Yet Ms Rothery’s turbulent history show a significant shift in the public with fracking has been typical of attitude towards the government and British campaigners who are trying their plans for energy resources. to stop shale gas drilling across their With more than 2,000 people countryside. from across the nation attending More than 500 anti-fracking groups Manchester’s anti-fracking rally on have been set up in the UK. British November 12 this year, including public opinion is also against the speeches from Manchester mayoral prospect of fracking. candidate Andy Burnham and Bianca It is clear that recent events such Jagger, the movement is clearly as Ms Rothery’s legal case and the picking up steam. Conservative government overruling Ms Rothery spoke at the event, Lancashire County Council’s and said: “People who came out to judgement of rejecting fracking in the march came with for the same October showed a disconnection reason: they wanted to protect between the state and public. something that was important to Tina Rothery said Communities them.” Secretary Sajid Javid’s decision to She added: “Even when you look overrule Lancashire County Council down at big crowds you see the shows that conclusions made by same people down at the community elected councillors “do not make an meetings. It’s the same cause that has


Tina Rothery has lashed out at Cuadrilla (Photo: Dawn Mander)

brought them out.” Ms Rothery herself has been also the subject of support from celebrities ranging from actor Mark Ruffalo, actress Emma Thompson, and designer Vivienne Westwood in the

What is Fracking? Fracking is a drilling method used to extract valuable natural gas from shale rock formations in the earth. Some residents in Lancashire are acutely concerned about the consequences of drilling in their area. Fracking was temporarily suspended in UK in 2011 when minor tremors were reported around Blackpool. Experts argue the large amounts of methane released by fracking is more damaging to the environment than coal burning and reports in the United States suggest fracking has caused minor earthquakes and polluted the water table also. The UK Government and supporters of Fracking believe that Fracking is an innovative new way of creating energy and will create new jobs accross the country.

social media campaign #IAmTina. Emma Thompson teamed up with Tina earlier this year to raise awareness in combatting fracking. The pair, among others, broke a court injunction to occupy a fracking site near Preston to film a ‘Frack Free Bake Off’ special episode. Tina said: “Having Emma Thompson there as a friend gave me some real solidarity but it helped that she had such a high profile to get to spread the word as well.” She added, laughing: “So now we have The Hulk and Nanny McPhee. You just know we are the good guys.” Cuadrilla could begin drilling for shale gas by as early as April next year at its Preston New Road site. With environmental campaigners launching a legal challenge against the drilling proposals, the near future debate over the use of fracking looks to be fierce. The Conservatives are confident that fracking will be successful however. Sajid Javid believes fracking will bring in 75,000 jobs and £3 billion in investment. Cuadrilla CEO Francis Egan argues that the UK’s gas supply could power the nation for 40-50 years. Yet prominent campaigners such as Tina will continue to campaign, knowing that the British government’s decision on fracking will shape the worldwide perspective on the controversial energy source. “Almost every country around the world is watching what the UK will do with fracking. South Africa are waiting for our next decision on what we’ll do before they move forward with it. “If we stop the process, it will set a beautiful precedent that people can rest their hat on.” “What I do know is we will continue to run all around the country trying to speak to every person we can,” she said, smiling, “I’m feeling very optimistic for 2017.” Just days after her court hearing, Tina Louise Rothery is already looking for new ways to promote her cause further. With the waves of public support rising across the nation and now the world, her fight against fracking is set to be taken to greater heights.


Friday 16th December 2016


Becoming a mum can be a lonely time By Jasmine Rigby


NEW study conducted by the British Red Cross and The Co-Op reveals becoming a new mum is one of the main causes of loneliness. The study released from the British Red Cross and Co-op reveals that more than nine million people across the UK feel lonely. Becoming a new mum, or becoming a mum at a young age, have been identified as two of the main causes of loneliness. Holly Owen, 22, became a first time mum to Freddy earlier this year. However, it was harder than Holly thought; she described it as ‘Exhausting and lonely’. “When your young your whole life changes and everything is completely different. “The lack of sleep becomes unbearable and you start to stay away from normal day things like seeing your friends.” Mental health author Elaine Hanzak identifies post-natal depression as the main cause for loneliness. “Exhaustion, all the changes in life, feelings of low self-esteem, and fear of being judged a bad mother, are some of the reasons why they may retreat inside themselves both mentally and physically. ” Only 15 per cent of women receive professional treatment for post-natal depression. This means around 850,000 women are not receiving the support that they need. Holly Owen was one of the 15 per

cent who did not receive support in the first eight months of becoming a new mum. She said: “I don’t think you realise you have depression, you just shut yourself away from the rest of the world and try to get on with it on your own. “That is probably my worst regret. “Your whole attention suddenly comes onto this little boy that you brought into the world and suddenly things that make you happy are no longer seen. I don’t regret my little boy he is the best thing in the world, but what I do regret is isolating myself and not getting the help I needed sooner.” The survey acknowledged that 75 per cent of those who are lonely do not actually know where to turn to for support. Hanzak added: “The key is communication and being to talk to one or two people they trust. One of the best ways to deal with it is connecting with others in a preferred way.” The main part that helped Holly start to overcome her isolation was speaking out and starting to interact again. “All I can say is don’t seclude yourself, speak to people if you are feeling down and lonely. The support is there when you ask for it.” The British Red Cross is countering with new services funded by Co-op to help provide support to adults suffering loneliness in the UK. The Co-op is also improving its services and memberships to help tackle isolation.

Only 15 per cent of women receive professional treatment for post-natal depression

Holly Owen struggled to find support after the birth of her son Freddy

(Photo: Holly Owen)

Cosmetic surgery increase prompts calls for more controls

By Georgia Nixon


osmetic surgery in the UK increased by 13 per cent last year according to the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. Non-surgical procedures such as lip fillers, botox and chemical peels are also on the rise but the situation there is much less certain - which is a cause for concern. Dermal filler nurse and practitioner from Manchester, Savannah Hudson, said: “There has been a massive rise in cosmetic procedures. “There are a lot of young people coming in for cosmetic treatment. “I think young girls wanting to look nice, rejuvenated and flawless is something that people have picked up on over time.” This rise cannot be confirmed, however, as the 2013 cosmetic surgery review failed to put in place a structured procedure to monitor client records and non-surgical practices This lack of regulation also means that correction services are struggling to keep up. Dermaskin in Manchester has opened a Thursday morning correction clinic as correction appointments alone were struggling to fill the demand. A report released by the Government showed that the lack of regulation in regards to lip fillers means “a person having a non-

surgical cosmetic intervention has no more protection and redress than someone buying a ballpoint pen or a toothbrush. “Anyone can set themselves up as a practitioner, with no requirement for knowledge, training or previous experience nor are there sufficient checks in place with regard to product quality.” Jasmine Rigby, a student from Salford University who underwent the procedure, believes that there should be to be a structure in place. She said: “My lip fillers were fine, but I knew little about the product or aftercare. “Some of my friends who have had the same procedure became very bruised and weren’t happy with their results. They even had to fork out more money afterwards to correct a botched job, which really affected their confidence and health. “I definitely think it should be legally regulated for people’s safety.” On the other hand, 19-year-old Megan Smith from Manchester thinks the lack of regulation makes the procedure less stressful. She said: “It made the procedure nice and easy, and it took no time out of my day.” For more information on the increase in cosmetic surgeries including dermal fillers and potential regulations for the procedures visit: Right: Cosmetic surgery cases


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Photo credit: Flynn Murnan

Top Christmas songs - but no cheer here


t’s December 16th now, but it already feels like the Christmas ditties have been permeating our ear drums for about months. And while the some of them are trite, gushing, frothy nonsense, there also the other type, the miserable ones. Here’s a list of the five best doleful Christmas smashes…

5. Gruff Rhys – Post Apocalypse Christmas Welshman and singer for Super Furry Animals Rhys has always been known for his strange provocative wordsmithing. A prime example comes in a verse of their single Hermann vs. Pauline, “Marie Curie was Polish-born but French-bred. Ha! French bread but in this song off Atheist Xmas EP, Armageddon has never before sounded so tinsel-filled “Deep inside the concrete bunker, post apocalypse bunker

“We lick our wounds to kills the hunger, post apocalypse Christmas.” 4. Darlene Love – Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) If there was ever a soundtrack to heartbreak at Christmas time, this 1963 classic, sung by Darlene Love would be first on the track list. It’s a massive pounding ‘60s girl group number with the unmistakable sound of a certain Mr Phil Spector’s production. Darlene sings heart wrenchingly of a break up and her yearning for her lover over Christmas. In December 2010, Rolling Stone magazine ranked “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” first on its list of The Greatest Rock and

Joshua Tree Tour. With Darlene Love providing backing vocals. The song was released on the A Very Special Christmas compilation in 1987, and on the Unreleased & Rare album in The Complete U2 digital box set in 2004 “They’re singing deck the halls, but it’s not like Christmas at all.” 3. Joni Mitchell – River Joni sings about the arrival of Christmas “it’s coming on Christmas, they’re cutting down trees, they’re putting up reindeer and singing songs of joy and peace” over melancholy tides of piano before wiping away any illusions you might’ve had during the first few lines that it was going to be slushy by singing “oh I wish I had a river I could skate away on” The song is self-deprecating, and wistful, and melancholy, and it’s beautiful. Although never actually released as a single, it is the second most recorded Mitchell song, with 432

Roll Christmas Songs, noting that “nobody can match Love’s emotion and sheer vocal power. The song was also recorded by U2 in 1987 during a sound check in Glasgow, Scotland during their

recordings, behind Both sides now “I’m so hard to handle, I’m selfish and I’m sad, now I’ve gone and lost the best baby, that I ever had, I wish I had a river I could skate away on”. 2. Tom Waits – Christmas card from a hooker in Minneapolis The chances of Tom Waits writing a life-affirming Christmas smash are about the same as his piano actually having the essential biological components that are required to drink and get drunk. So, it is no surprise that this is a Christmas song with a twist. He tells the incredibly dour tale of a lady of the night reaching out to somebody she has spent the night with at Christmas. As soon as the first line is delivered you know: “Hey Charley I’m pregnant, Living on 9th

Street, Right above a dirty bookstore, Off Euclid Avenue, I stopped taking dope, And I quit drinking whiskey, And my old man plays the trombone, And works out at the track.”

1. The Pogues and Kirsty McColl – Fairytale of New York This song has probably been played so many times that the notes are branded on our ear drums but this has to be the most remarkable Christmas song of the 20th century. With a first line of “it was Christmas Eve babe, in the drunk tank” you know it is not going to be your average Christmas song. “You’re a bum, you’re a punk,

you’re an old slut on junk, laying there almost dead on that drip in that bed.” As James Fearnley, accordion player with the band told BBC Radio Four: “We’d been on tour and were watching Once upon a time in America again and again, and there was a theme in there that just got stuck in Shanes head.” “That eventually transmogrified into the first line of ‘Fairytale’ over time”

Take our tips on how to make your New Year 2017 resolutions stick That time of year is almost upon us. We solomnly swear we will lose weight, quit the fags or go to the gym. Everyone makes a resolution at some point - but especially every New Year. Here are our top tips to making certain you do not fail at the first hurdle. Don’t set too many: Stick to one resolution that you can focus your attention on and make it something that you are truly motivated to achieve. If you set yourself too many resolutions, it’s a big and sudden change to your life and easily setting you up for failure.

Be realistic: When you choose your New Year resolution, make sure it is something that is achievable and realistic. So, if you are earning £25,000 a year, and you want to buy a brand new car that costs as much as you earn, realistically, it is not going to happen. Tell someone: Telling someone your New Year resolution will provide you with support and encouragement. The more people you tell, the more motivated you’re likely to be to achieve your goal because you won’t want people to see you fail. Clearly define your resolution: Don’t be too broad about what you

want to achieve. If your resolution is to ‘be fitter’, define to yourself what you really mean by that. Is your goal to loose a stone, or loose 5 inches from your waist? Plan a gradual schedule: If your resolution is to quit smoking, don’t just go teetotal come January 1. Set benchmarks through out the year. For example – if you usually smoke 10 a day, cut down to 9-a-day throughout January. Then 8 a day throughout February… And so on. Don’t follow the crowd: Don’t go for a resolution just because everyone else is. Think outside the box and choose something that you really want to do to benefit yourself.

Take part in organised events: Throughout the year there are many charity campaigns that often link with popular New Years resolutions, so why not join them and be supported by thousands of other people that take part. And finally... Don’t give up: So maybe you forgot to go the gym when you told yourself you would do 2 hours a week. It’s not the end of the world, and remember, nobody is perfect. Don’t make a temporary failure an excuse to give up entirely. If you slip up during in 2017, you do not have to wait until 2018. Simply start again.

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Friday 16th December 2016


Trafford Centre stars in documentary By Laura Rigby


ntu Trafford Centre starred in the first of its own two-part documentary this week. Wednesday’s programe on Channel 5 revealed the ‘nitty gritty’ events that lead up to the Christmas light switch on in October earlier this year. Events coordinator Nikki Tansey, one of the stars of the programme, said: “The TV producers came to visit us earlier in the year to ask questions about the centre and the lead up to Christmas as it was something they were interested in, and to see if it was something we have would like to get involved with and everybody was really up for it. “I feel like it is more of a celebration of what we do. The series is going to show all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes.” The centre has around 31 million people passing through its doors each yera, many of these are oblivous to all the hard work that goes into running the centre.

Nikki said: “Customers don’t get to see what happens here 24 hours a day, it is a 24/7 operation so it’s all fun, it’s all proactive, the energy is really high and I think that’s how it’s going to come across.” Each year the centre is decorated with extravagant decorations and enough baubles to fill and Olympic sized swimming pool. “It will show how we install the Christmas decorations, including the 4am rig operations and from my point of view it’s definitely going to show the whole story before an event and all the excitement,” Nikki explained. “It’s my favourite part of my job especially the Christmas light switch on that’s the best event that we do. “The first episode showed how we started to plan for Christmas, and also the competition we held for a singer from the local area to perform at the switch on. Viewers will be able to see 16-yearold competition winner Mia Lawrie take to the stage infront of 8,000 people during next Wednesdays’ episode.

The documentary follows staff at the centre during the run up to Christmas (Photo: Wikimedia)

New vegetarian Indian Street food restaurant opens By Bethany Halfpenny

Bundobust boast a large range of vegetarian Indian street food (Photo: Bethany Halfpenny)

Award-winning Indian street food restaurant and craft beer bar Bundobust opened in central Manchester on Wednesday night. The restaurant on the outskirts of Piccadilly Gardens, next to Subway, is entirely vegetarian with multiple vegan options. Customers order at the bar which adds to the very relaxed atmosphere. The brand serves street food ready to be washed down with a wide variety of specialist craft beers and interesting cocktails. Classics such as the Red Snapper – a gin twist on the original tomato juice based vodka drink, Bloody

Mary - are set to be big sellers. As well as prosecco-based bellinis, boozy chai teas and a wine list that is vegan friendly. The food itself is served in little cardboard pots and on cardboard plates – adding further to the street style that the brand promotes. There is a lunchtime offer available from Monday to Friday (12-4pm) on certain small dishes as well as weekend brunch offers and combo ideas starting for two people and going up to six. The full menu can be found, on the website You would very easily be able to order only two small plates and be full here.

The onion bhajis were bursting with flavour and the tarka dhal and rice goes perfectly with either the flatbreads or the steamed rice dumplings; both at under £2. The interior of the restaurant itself consists of cosy booths and long tables, similar to those found at places like Wagamama. The colour scheme includes bright oranges and blues - providing a warm feel, with bold prints and typography along the walls. Overall, the pricing of the food is fair, portions are a good size and the food itself tastes amazing. The atmosphere is very relaxed and casual, perfect for grabbing food alone or going with a big group.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story lands By Matt McGladdery Thursday morning at one minute past midnight saw cinemas up and down the country open their doors for the first spin off set in a galaxy far, far away. Disney’s decision to fill in a huge hole of the Star Wars saga was much anticipated from fans and critics alike, and they delivered with a thrilling, comical, engaging standalone film that finally reveals how Rebellion got their hands on the Death Star plans. It takes place literally just before the first 1977 film A New Hope, and lays the groundwork for the original trilogy. It strays away from the Skywalker family, apart from a few cameos, and follows the adventure of a small group of Rebels as they face an almost impossible task. Using a very similar tone as The Force Awakens, Rogue One is aimed at a younger audience. Although Star Wars is a

franchise for kids, the generation that grew up with it should also have been considered, and that is the only criticism. However, the good guys are not Jedis for the first time and we see our heroes face the brutal reality of warsomething which makes the series seem a little more grown up. All the characters, some old and some new, were fantastic. Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Ben Mendelsohn and Forest Whitaker played their roles perfectly and of course the return of Darth Vader and a few other favourites was a pleasant feature. There will be no sequel to this, and there doesn’t need to be. It plays its part as a plot hole filler

exceptionally and although not considered part of the main line

of films, (it didn’t have the infamous rolling credits or music and it’s reported none of the spin offs will) it explores the much loved universe more in depth than any other. There are some slow points as well as moments that feel a little rushed, but the overall pace of the film is exhilarating. There’s emotion, laughter, suspense and surprise, but the last half an hour is sure to make you sit on the edge of your seat and feel like a seven-yearold again. The franchise is definitely heading in the right direction in terms of storytelling so the Han Solo and rumoured Obi Wan Kenobi film can’t come quick enough. The next film, which will be episode eight, is set to come out next December and will return to the main story.

Fans seemed happy with the new release Above and near left: Twitter Far Left:Photo: Pixabay


Friday 16th December 2016


Anderson ruled out of fifth test By Jordan Stewart

ENGLAND cricketer James Anderson has been ruled out of the final Test of the series against India with “body soreness” according to captain Alastair Cook. Speaking to reporters in Chennai, Cook said: “Unfortunately Jimmy is ruled out. He picked up body soreness in the last game. So he is not going to be risked in this game.” Anderson missed the first game in Rajkot with a shoulder injury as England drew with their hosts, and struggled to make an impact on the subcontinent, taking just four wickets as India recorded three straight victories. Cook said Anderson “could get through the game” and was disappointed to not be playing a part. The captain told reporters: “It’s not worth the risk. When he has been in this situation over the last six months and we have played him, he has picked up injuries. It doesn’t seem the right time to play him. “Could he get through? Yes, he possibly could. But over the last six months when we’ve played him, he has picked up an injury.” This now means that Anderson, England’s all-time leading Test wicket-taker, has missed eight of England’s last 23 Tests, including five this year alone. He had also made news earlier during the tour, confronting Ravichandran Ashwin, the top-ranked Test bowler, after he questioned the batting technique of the host’s captain, Virat Kohli.

Lancashire duo selected for England Lions tour of Sri Lanka By Jacob Smalley

LANCASHIRE batsmen Haseeb Hameed and Liam Livingstone have been named in the England Lions squad for their upcoming series against Sri Lanka. Teenager Hameed made his test debut last month for the senior side during the series defeat against India, scoring his maiden half-century on his way to 82 in his first international test. The 19-year-old is currently suffering from a fractured finger which means he may miss the first of the tour matches. Livingstone retains his place in the squad after impressing during the Lions recent tour in the United Arab Emirates. Four-day squad: Keaton Jennings (Captain), Haseeb Hameed, Nick Gubbins, Tom Alsop, Tom Westley, Joe Clarke, Liam Livingstone, Ben Foakes, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Toby Roland-Jones, Tom Helm, Craig Overton, Ollie Rayner, Jack Leach. ODI squad: Keaton Jennings (Captain), Daniel Bell-Drummond, Tom Alsop, Ben Duckett, Joe Clarke, Liam Livingstone, Ben Foakes, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Craig Overton, Tom Helm, James Fuller, Ollie Rayner, Josh Poysden.

Which non-league regional club offers best value?

By Jordan Stewart

FEWER cities in the world have closer ties to football than the city of Manchester. It is the home to two of England’s biggest clubs in Manchester United and their rivals City. However, ex-Manchester United and England star, Paul Scholes, recently said in his new book ‘Class of 92: Out of Our League’ that he prefers watching non-league football to the Premier League as it is more entertaining. That, coupled with the seemingly always rising cost of modern football has driven several fans to watching amateur or semi-professional sides on a Saturday afternoon, rather than the big clubs. The Football Association and Premier League clubs endorse schemes such as ‘Non-League Day’ every year, which coincides with a break in Premier League and Championship fixtures. Clubs offer incentives to fans to come and see their side play, and often it results in smaller sides seeing attendance figures doubled. The average football fan outside of the city may not be aware of many non-league clubs in the region, other than Salford City, who are partowned by Manchester United’s ‘Class of 92’ and were the feature of two BBC documentaries over the past eighteen months. However, there are actually 13 non-league sides spread throughout the Greater Manchester region, playing across the different tiers of football.

So who are the teams? The sides are: Altrincham FC, Ashton United FC, Curzon Ashton FC, Droylsden, FC United of Manchester, Hyde United, Mossley AFC,

Radcliffe Borough FC, Ramsbottom United FC, Salford City FC, Stalybridge Celtic FC, Stockport County FC and Trafford FC.

What division do they all play in? The sides are spread across three divisions, the National League North, the Northern Premier League Premier Division and the Northern Premier League North. Last season Altrincham FC finished the highest of all the sides although they were relegated from the National League, finishing in 22nd. Salford City are a side quickly on the rise after consecutive promotions to join Stockport, Altrincham, Curzon Ashton, FC United of Manchester and Stalybridge Celtic in the National League North, the sixth tier of English football.

Who has the cheapest season ticket on offer? Despite the consecutive promotions, Salford City still have the cheapest season ticket on offer outright, priced at just £100 for adults and £50 for students. However, this was even cheaper (£75/£45 respectively) if purchased before the June 30. FC United also set their season ticket prices at £100, however they operate a ‘Pay what you can afford’ scheme, in which £100 is the minimum price fans pay, but they are encouraged to donate more. On the opposite end of the scale, Stockport County are the most expensive at a lofty £285, just £14 cheaper than the lowest priced season ticket at Manchester City, despite being five divisions below them. For comparison, the cheapest season ticket at Manchester United is £532.

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Which fans saw the most wins for their money last season? Ashton United fans saw 14 wins at home, the most of everyone in the region, as they finished in fourth but lost out in the playoffs to Salford City. Mossley AFC fans were not far behind, as they saw 12, however Salford City went 18/23 games unbeaten, the best ratio on the list. Ramsbottom United could only manage three home wins as they finished bottom of the Northern Premier League. Salford City top this list, as they only charge £1.50 for one, however the most expensive is from Stockport County which comes at double the price of Salford’s.

Ferdinand donated £500,000 worth of toys (Photo:Key 103 Twitter)

EX-MANCHESTER United Star Rio Ferdinand has donated £500,000 worth of children’s toys in aid of Key 103’s charity Cash for Kids. The donation to the local radio station’s charity, that also saw 11,500 sleeping bags go to the city’s homeless community, comes from Ferdinand (pictured right) and his Rosso Restaurant and Bar on Spring Gardens. The kind gesture is a positive aid to the city following a survey by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation published in September that found three areas in Greater Manchester were

Manchester City finally win at home MANCHESTER City picked up their first Premier League victory at the Etihad Stadium since September with a 2-0 win over Watford on Wednesday night. City took the lead on the half-hour mark when Argentine defender Pablo Zabaleta side-footed home Kevin De Bruyne’s cross to notch his first goal for the club in over two years. England international Raheem Sterling almost doubled City’s lead after a mazy run, only to see his shot from the edge of the box clip the top of the crossbar. Watford, who went into the game in 10th place, briefly threatened with Nigerian Odion Ighalo wasting their best chance after he scooped a shot over Claudio Bravo’s goal. As gaps in the Hornets’ defence opened as they pushed for an equalizer, they got hit with a sucker punch. On the break, Spaniard David Silva finished off Sterling’s pass on his 200th Premier League appearance to add the icing on the cake for City. The win keeps City in fourth place, three points clear of Tottenham, while Watford drop to 11th.

Top European teams oppose World cup plans By Sam Houlton Salford’s impressive 50 goals this season provided great value (Photo: Jordan Stewart)

Rio Ferdinand donates thousands to toy charity By Sam Houlton

(Above) Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure Photo: PA

By Jacob Smalley

Who had the best value for money in terms of goals scored? Salford again come in first, as they scored as they scored an impressive 50 goals at home during their promotion season. This means that spectators saw a goal at the cost of just £2 if they were regular season ticket holders. There was a huge contrast between Salford and the worst ranked team in this section, which again was Stockport County. Overall, the best value nonleague side in Greater Manchester is also coincidentally the most well-known, Salford City. Here, fans can get a cheap day out that is usually packed full of goals and entertainment whilst they watch their team climb towards the football league. However other sides in the region may be closer to where you live and they all play to a good standard of football, because of this, they are all worth a visit.


among the top ten most-deprived areas in the North West of England. The former United defender has taken on a different red uniform this year, taking on the form of Santa Claus, hoping to make sure that no child in the city of Manchester goes without a toy in time for Christmas. The father of three spoke to Key 103’s Mike Toolan this morning, and said: “We’re not looking for a thank you, we’re just trying to help people out.” The Cash for Kids Mission Christmas campaign helps less-fortunate families and children who may have suffered some form of abuse, deprivation or neglect.

(Photo:Wikimedia) Last year’s campaign raised £2 million and helped over 50,000 kids, but this year aims to go above and beyond that with appeals for any support on-going.

MORE than 200 of Europe’s top Football clubs have reportedly expressed their opposition today to Fifa’s plans to expand the current 32 team World Cup to 48 teams. The European Club Association, which features local clubs Manchester City and Manchester United, spoke out against the proposals on Thursday stating the number of games already played in a year is at an “unacceptable level”. Chairman of the ECA, KarlHeinz Rummenigge, said “In the interest of the fans and the players, we urge Fifa not to increase the number of participants”. Fifa President Gianni Infantino, whom had previously floated ideas for a 48 team tournament, has laid a “blueprint” which would see the 2026 World Cup feature an extra 16 squads yet retain the current maximum number of seven World Cup Games per team. A meeting will be held on January 9 with Fifa’s council to discuss the proposals.


Friday 16th December 2016


Divisions over Salford City FC plans exposed By Jordan Stewart


alford City Football Club’s plans to re-develop their stadium at Moor Lane were approved on Thursday afternoon, despite vigorous opposition from nearby residents. The two-hour long meeting at the Civic Centre in Swinton saw the city council’s planning committee vote in favour of the plans, despite a large crowd of vocal objectors in the room. Gary Neville has been in a war of words with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and their goalkeeper, Loris Karius, in the previous week. However, on Thursday afternoon he, and fellow club owner Ryan Giggs, were both in attendance and spoke on behalf of the club they coown. They have been on the receiving end of criticism and objections from hundreds of Salford locals due to their plans, with a group of over 50 in the room. Neville, a former Manchester United captain, stressed to those in attendance that the aim of the development is to invest in the local area, rather than become a burden to residents. The current stadium has a capacity of 2,163, however the approved plans will see this figure more than double to 5,000. To increase capacity at Moor Lane, a place where the club have played since 1978, the current ground will be completely demolished and four new stands will be installed. The re-development is yet another signal that the non-league side is already preparing for life in the Football League, despite still being two promotions away from League Two.

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undreds of furious local residents have voiced their opposition to the plans in the build-up to Thursday’s meeting - and have vowed to seek a judicial review. Overwhelming concern from residents, concerning the local area and community, saw protestors both outside the Civic Centre and in the room during the proceedings on Thursday. Alice Searle, protesting on behalf of ‘Friends of Kersal Moor’, attempted to give Gary Neville a bin bag full of rubbish as he arrived at the centre in Swinton. This was in regard to her claim that an increase in capacity will also mean an increase in litter in the area.

Ryan Giggs discussing the plans at the Civic Centre in Swinton Photo: Eleanor Haigh However Gary Neville directly responded to the claims, saying that both he and the Salford first team would go outside and clear litter after matches if they had to. Sheila Abbot, who has lived directly next to Moor Lane for 30 years, also expressed her opposition to the re-development whilst talking to Quays News. She voiced her unhappiness with the volume of traffic surrounding the stadium on match days, saying: “Unless you want to go out for the whole day on a Saturday, you have to plan your day so you get everything done in the morning before the football starts. “If you do anything any later on, you’re not going to get parked outside your house until gone five o’clock at night.” She also revealed that the second

set of plans that were given to residents were different to the initial set, which were published last month, saying: “We got a flyer through the door explaining that Salford The club were planning on expanding, as well as offering residents a chance to come and look at the proposed plans. “But right at the back of the room where they were showing them off, the actual plans were hidden, well out of the way of everybody.” She went on to say that she knew of neighbours that had been racially abused on the streets surround their own home by football fans. However, she did go on to say she was happy the club were doing well for themselves and feels it may be “very good for the community”. One resident, who lives close to the ground, but did not wish to be named, told Quays News echoed

Sheila Abbot’s claim that parking “is becoming a nightmare”, whilst saying that it is only going to get worse. Another protester, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “I have switched off my lights and drawn my curtains [during match days]. “Despite this, I am still able to read my copy of Gary Neville’s autobiography due to the car floodlights coming through my window.” As the ground is in Kersal, an area of Salford where Jewish residents make up 41% of the population, it led to concerns of anti-Semitic behaviour towards locals. Typically, the majority of the games being played at Moor Lane take place on a Saturday afternoon, however this coincides with the Sabbath, the Jewish day of rest.

Objector, Howard Balkind, said: “Salford City FC has always been an amateur club. Suddenly it’s going to be a professional football club. ”We actually have no commercial premises in that part of the community. Suddenly you’re going to get a full football ground. “The Sabbath is our day of rest. Thousands of football fans walking past would disrupt this.” Neville responded saying that he: “would be horrified if there was any anti-social or anti-Semitic behaviour from our fans on the way to a match.” David Mintz, a spokesperson for the local Kersal Moor residents association, said: “The council has been wowed by a celebrity. “A thousand residents were consulted. The vast majority objected and this has been ignored.”


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ome fans and residents do support Salford City’s expansion plans. Former Salford City striker, Danny Webber, who played a part in the club’s two consecutive promotions in the past two years before retiring in July this year, tweeted to say: “Great progress @ SalfordCityFC #Ambition”. Giggs and Neville attempted to assure those against the plans that they would be a welcome boost to the surrounding area. The club hve already achieved back-to-back promotions and now sit just two divisions below League Two. Speaking in the Class of 92’s new book, ‘Out of Our League’, partowner Paul Scholes revealed that the club have ambitions to be playing Championship football in the future. He has also said in the past that they, as owners, want to give the community a club to be proud of. This was something that Ryan Giggs echoed when he addressed the room, outlining his hope that if the club perform well and continue to rise through the leagues, it will give Salford more recognition. The club are also working on having an established academy in the coming months, as they aim to give young players who get released from local clubs such as Manchester United, or City, another chance at playing football. Stressing that the development would be an investment in the local area, Neville said: “Football has become disconnected – historically it’s spirit is the heart of the community “The reason we took this on is to give youth an opportunity and to give

Ex-Manchester United and England defender Gary Neville talking over plans with residents. a city that’s given so much to us, something back. “Naturally to us, the idea this doesn’t connect with the local community isn’t good.” Giggs also gave a personal anecdote whilst speaking to the room, saying: “I was on the train last night reading the newspaper, and I was reading that in this country there has been a drop in the percentage of drugs and alcohol amongst young people. “But now, the biggest killer now is obesity.

“We are willing to open up our new stadium, if it is approved, to the community. “This will go a big way to eradicating this problem.” Residents and objectors of the plans to re-develop the stadium spoke of their concern for parking and heavy traffic on match days. However, Transport for Greater Manchester bosses have approved travel and traffic proposals, which are thought to include traffic mitigation measures and parking permits for residents.

Speaking after the plans were approved, Gary Neville said: “The hard work starts here. “We have heard the local community issues and now we must deliver on the promises we have made.” Salford City has played at Moor Lane, their current ground, for more than 38 years, however the now approved plans will mean that the current area will be demolished and four new stands will be erected The club currently sit in sixth position in the Vanarama National

(Below) Gary Neville speaking at the Civic Centre. (Above) Residents listening to plans for Moor Lane. Photo: Eleanor Haigh

By Oliver Mckenzie


hen The Class of 92 took over Salford City, they promised community, development, and owning a club in a manner beneficial to all. Yesterday proved that the part owners were simply not up to the task. The ultimate irony of the stadium debate it is, the owners have admitted that, should the club reach The Championship, they will have to move stadiums anyway, with the most realistic option being The AJ Bell stadium. So if the club back their ambitions up with success on the pitch, and end up in the second tier in five years, what happens to the Moor Lane ground? It makes me wonder why Gary

Neville seemed so surprised when he was presented with a bag of rubbish, especially when the rubbish situation at the ground is simply appalling, although that’s nothing compared to the parking for residents on matchdays. Because it’s not really surprising! The Kersal Moor community wasn’t designed for a club that gets 2,000 fans every week, and certainly not the proposed 5,000. However, after reporting on the club for more than a year, this moment made me figure out why Neville didn’t seem surprised. Because he, and his fellow owners, have come to the conclusion that only themselves can decide what is beneficial to the community. The effects’ local residents have to put up with worsening problems like parking and rubbish, which

Photo: Eleanor Haigh League North, while they managed to reach the second round of the FA Cup last season for the first time. They are currently undefeated in five league games and travel to 16thplaced Alfreton Town on Saturday. The club took to Twitter to encourage those travelling to Alfreton tomorrow to wear a Christmas jumpers as the game comes a day after Christmas Jumper Day - taking place today - and aims to raise money to saves the lives of children. By Jordan Stewart

Ollie’s Opinion the council could have easily sorted at the planning meeting, only for the club to move in a few years time, and leave the residents with an empty stadium. That is not the sign of a growing community, it’s a death sentence; almost exactly the same as the sentence for communities during the Thatcher years, whilst residents had to swallow that it was good for them. So for all the good intentions, and spending, and ambition that’s what The Class of 92 have become.

QUAYS NEWS SPORT Friday 16th December 2016

City lose midfielder to injury By Jordan Stewart

MANCHESTER City fans may have hoped that German midfielder Ilkay Gündogan’s injury worries were soon to be behind him when he signed for the club in a £20 million deal this summer. However, during Wednesday night’s 2-0 win at the Etihad Stadium against Watford, Gündogan went down after a tackle from Watford’s Nordin Amrabat. After almost ten minutes of trying to continue, he eventually limped off the pitch in tears just before half time. The German international has played 16 times for City this season already and had scored five goals before his latest injury setback. He arrived at the club in June whilst recuperating from a dislocated kneecap, an injury which he suffered in training in May whilst playing for Borussia Dortmund. He had missed all of Euro 2016 and the start of the Pre-

mier League campaign with the injury, and was forced to wait until September to make his City debut. Gündogan has already been injured for a total time of 741 days, or just over two full years, missing 134 games in the progress, despite the fact he has recently only turned 26. Speaking after the game last night, City boss Pep Guardiola said: “I’m so sad for Ilkay Gundogan as it looks like we’ll be without him for a long time — we will know more tomorrow, it doesn’t look good. “We’ll know the extent of the injury when he has been properly assessed by the doctor but I think he may be out for some time.” Goals from Pablo Zabaleta and David Silva gave City a first home league win in three months, as they avoided their third straight league defeat. There have been some questions asked of new boss Guardiola recently, and an assured performance from the home side will only help ease criticism.

Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan receives treatment for an injury before leaving the pitch during the Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. Photo by PA Images

Seven-year-old son of Red Rooney spotted training with City Blues By jordan Stewart

Wayne Rooney with his sons Klay (Right) Kit and Kai (left) ahead of his testimonal in August 2016” PA

WAYNE Rooney may be the captain of Manchester United, however his eldest son, Kai, is training with rivals Manchester City it has emerged. Seven-year-old Kai has been playing with United’s development side since October this year, and was even on the bench for his father’s testimonial in August this year. Despite this, the son of the

current England captain has turned up at the academy of the Red’s rivals and is thought to have impressed the coaching staff. Rooney, 31, joins the likes of Robin van Persie, Andy Cole, Darren Fletcher and Phil Neville, as they all have taken their sons to train at City’s headquarters. It is even thought that Wayne, who earns around £300,000 per week, turns up to watch his son and mingles freely with

other parents there. Premier League clubs cannot sign a young player before the age of nine years old. But it is not uncommon to see youngsters play for several academies before they sign to a club. Manchester United have always been a club associated with bringing young players through their academy and in to their first team, a notable example of this being the ‘Class of 92’ in the 1999 treble-win-

ning season or the recent emergence of Marcus Rashford. However, City are believed to have stolen a march on their neighbours in recent years after the redevelopment of their training facilities. This in part led to Ed Woodward, United’s chief executive, ordering a root and branch review of the club’s policy and personnel, leading to a major restructuring of the club’s youth system and scouting network.

Cyclists in running for top TV sports award B y Jacob Smalley NORTH West cyclists are among the contenders for the hotly-contested BBC Sports Personality of the Year which takes place on Sunday. Bolton’s golden Rio couple Jason and Laura Kenny are in the running together with Withington’s Kate Richardson-Walsh. Kenny goes into the contest having equalled Sir Chris

Hoy’s record six Olympic gold medals by winning the keirin and both team and individual sprint gold in Rio. His Essex-born wife Laura became the first British woman to win four Olympic gold medals by retaining her omnium title. Meanwhile, Richardson-Walsh captained Team GB to their first ever Olympic gold medal in Hockey and was chosen as a flag bearer for the closing ceremony.

The Mancunian played alongside wife Helen as they became the first same-sex married couple to win Olympic gold in the same final. The quartet will go head to head with the likes of Leicester City’s title-winning hero Jamie Vardy, Wimbledon champion Andy Murray and Boxing gold medallist Nicola Adams. The voting will be open to the public on the day via the BBC website.

The 16 nominees for the 2016 BBC Sports personality of the year. Credit: BBC

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