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Anti-vaxxers are seen as ‘selfish’ and ‘stupid’, new survey finds

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According to a new survey of the general public, anyone who discourages others to get the Covid-19 vaccine is largely seen as ‘selfish’ and ‘stupid’.

The research from King’s College London and Ipsos Mori discovered that more than four in 10 British people (41%) think anyone actively trying to discourage people from getting vaccinated are stupid.

As well as that, a third of people surveyed said they thought ‘anti-vaxxers’ were also selfish, and 17% thought those who discourage others from getting the vaccine are bad people.

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People who rely on social media for most of their coronavirus information had a more positive view of people who discourage others from getting vaccinated, while those who use WhatsApp and YouTube as key sources of info were also less likely to call ‘anti-vaxxers’ stupid or selfish.

The survey also discovered that the public in the UK are less judgmental about anyone who doesn’t want a vaccination, with 13% saying they respect these individuals.

The research was put together following interviews with 2,244 British residents, aged between 16 and 75, which were done online from November 20th-24th.



Following their research, experts have warned the findings show efforts to persuade people reluctant to get the jab to change their minds might be hindered.

They called for people with doubts about the vaccine to be engaged with rather than dismissed or put down.

The director of KCL’s Policy Institute, Professor Bobby Duffy, said: “People are much less judgmental about those who say they would not get a vaccine themselves than they are about those who are discouraging others – with the public likely to say they have no strong feelings about those who may not get the vaccine themselves.

“Taken together, this suggests the public make a distinction between people making personal choices on vaccination and those trying to influence others not to have the vaccine.

“This is an important message, as we need to engage those who have doubts, not dismiss or denigrate them, while also acting decisively on the spread of misinformation.”


Anna Quigley, the head of health research at Ipsos Mori Public Affairs, added: “If we want to convince people to get the vaccine when they are reluctant, we need to engage with them constructively. This will be challenging, given almost a third of Britons believe that those who refuse a Covid-19 vaccine are stupid.

“Assertion and arguments from force may only further entrench attitudes of those unwilling to accept a vaccine.

“This would be hugely detrimental to the health of the population and to our ability to effectively move past this pandemic.”

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Manchester’s derelict arches set to be transformed into food, drink and retail destination

The plans will transform the empty site into a trendy new hangout for tenants and working professionals

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Several derelict railway arches in a forgotten corner of Manchester are set to become a new food, drink, leisure and retail destination.

The council have granted planning permission to revamp the 10 arches, located on Corporation Street in Red Bank, with the project to be undertaken by The Arch Company – which has also secured permission from Salford Council to transform a further 10 arches, located on Norton Street in the Green Quarter.

The vision is to turn the area, near Angel Meadow, into a street of arches that appeal to potential residents looking to move to a trendy area, with plenty to do, in the city.

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The company has pitched the development as a plan to transform the arches into a new destination ‘for food and drink, leisure and retail businesses to occupy’, while respecting and maintaining the city’s industrial history.

Santosh Patel, from Pick Everard – the construction consultants brought into the project – said: “Manchester is famously proud of its industrial heritage, and this project not only maintains and celebrates that history, but rejuvenates it in an exciting and innovative way to bring added social value to the city’s modern landscape and its residents.

“Seeing this project to completion will bring a new offering to Manchester, further regenerating its town centre in a way that makes sense within its larger community.”

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The new spaces present a great opportunity for independent retail, restaurant, and other leisure businesses to develop in an area that will grow and thrive with them,” he added.

However, breathing new life into deteriorating Victorian railway arches will not be without its challenges as Alan Soper, studio director at SGP, highlighted that one issue on Corporation Street was ‘substantial level differences from the front to the rear of many of the units’.

He added that ‘clever design’ was needed for requirements like fire escapes — because the arches back on to the River Irk, so an exit route can only go through the front. 

Mr Soper said: “By any standards, arches are not a ‘normal’ building type and each can differ considerably in height, depth and shape, realising the potential of these previously overlooked spaces takes experience and good technical know-how if we are to refurbish them to modern occupancy standards.”

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“Our previous experience with old, historic or listed properties, and the ability to work within the existing building fabric, has proved invaluable in realising some of these schemes, as, too, has our technical knowledge of building regulations, particularly in relation to ventilation and fire security,” he added.

Both the Manchester and Salford arches developments form part of Project 1000, The Arch Company’s £200m plan to bring 1,000 empty or derelict spaces into use across England and Wales by 2030.

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Urgent appeal to find missing teenager from Stretford

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Concerns grow as police make an urgent appeal to find a missing teenage boy from Trafford.

Leon, 17, was last seen on Gorse Street in Stretford at 8.30pm on Saturday, February 24th.

He is described as being 5 ft 7 ins tall, with brown hair and glasses.

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Leon was last seen wearing a black and green jacket, red hoodie, grey jogging bottoms and black trainers. 

Greater Manchester Police officers are becoming increasingly concerned about Leon and want to make sure that he is safe and well.

Anyone with information about Leon’s whereabouts should contact police on 101 quoting log 1654 of 25/02/24.

 

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Man, 27, killed after Audi crashes into wall as police appeal for information

A 27-year-old man has been arrested

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Police are appealing for information after a man was killed when a car smashed into a wall in Stockport. 

A 27-year-old man has been arrested in relation to the tragic incident.

An Audi S3 was travelling North East along Broadstone Road on Saturday night when it collided with the Houldsworth Mill external perimeter wall, opposite the Grey Horse Public House, police said.

The man, a 27-year-old passenger, sadly died in the collision which happened at around 6pm on Saturday, February 24th.

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Emergency services rushed to attend the scene of the incident but the passenger sadly passed away. The man’s next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers.

The driver of the vehicle, a 27-year-old man, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and remains in custody while enquiries continue.

Greater Manchester Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit (SCIU) are now appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the incident to make a report.

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They are also keen to speak to anyone who may have any footage – including dashcam, CCTV, or mobile phone footage – from the area in the moments leading up to the collision.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 0161 856 4741, quoting log number 2429 of 25/02/24.

Information can also be shared using GMP’s ‘tell us about’ tool or LiveChat function on the force’s website: www.gmp.police.uk.

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