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Car thief knocks 74-year-old woman to the ground during attempted carjacking

GMP is appealing for information

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Greater Manchester Police are appealing for information after a pensioner was knocked to the ground during an attempted carjacking.

Officers want to speak to a man involved in the incident, with a clear photo showing the thief attempting to steal the 74-year-old woman’s Mercedes.

Luckily the woman was not hurt during the incident, although she was left shaken.

The pensioner was driving down Cranleigh Avenue in Heaton Moor yesterday when her car was hit by another vehicle at around 5.40pm, police say.

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When the woman got out of her car the male passenger of the other vehicle attempted to steal her keys, with the victim ‘fending off the male’ until she was knocked to the floor.

The man grabbed her keys and tried to drive off in her car, but neighbours heard the disturbance and ‘deterred the male’, with the thief returning to his car and driving off towards Mauldeth Road with his accomplices.

Police have made no arrests so far and the incident is being treated as a robbery.

GMP Stockport posted on Facebook, saying: “Police are appealing for information following a robbery in Heaton Moor, Stockport.

“On Monday 17th May 2021 at approximately 5:40pm the victim, a 74 year old female was driving along Cranleigh Avenue in Heaton Moor when her vehicle was struck by another car.

“The victim exited her car and spoke with a male passenger from the vehicle which had struck her car, at this point the male attempted to take the victim’s car keys.

“The victim attempted to fend the male off, however she was knocked to the floor where the keys were then snatched from her. The male then attempted to drive the victim’s car away, it’s believed neighbours deterred the male and he ran back to the vehicle he and his accomplices were in, they then drove off towards Mauldeth Road.

“Thankfully the victim was not injured during this incident. No arrests have yet been made at this time and enquiries are ongoing.”

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Police Constable Jack Gregory, of GMP’s Stockport Division, added: “This was an awful attack on a lady going about her daily business, the victim was targeted by these males and subjected to an assault in an attempt to take her car.

“I would encourage anyone with information about this incident, whether you saw something, have CCTV or recognise the person in the below image to contact the police.”

Anyone with any information or who recognises the person in the photo is asked to call the police on 101 or 0161 856 9829 quoting incident 2139 of 17/05/2021, or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously 0800 555 111.

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Gary Neville ‘considering running for Manchester mayor’ after joining Labour party

The football pundit has officially joined the Labour party

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Gary Neville is reportedly eyeing up the position of Manchester mayor after joining the Labour party, a government official has claimed today.

The Manchester United legend, who has been one of the most outspoken critics of Boris Johnson and the Conservative party, confirmed that he had joined the party on a BBC podcast this week.

He said: “I have joined in the last few days the Labour Party. That is purely for myself, I want to support Labour.

“I do believe we need a progressive Labour Party, but one that not just looks after what would be the left side of the party, it has to come towards the centre.”

And when asked whether his move could mean running for public office, he replied: “I don’t know at the moment.”

Culture secretary Lucy Powell has since confirmed that Neville has joined the party, saying he had discussed it with her ‘for a while’. She then added that he could potentially run as Labour’s Greater Manchester mayoral candidate in 2024.

Powell, who is also the MP for Manchester Central, said: “I personally think he’s more than capable of navigating – well, steaming – his way through the world of politics! Look forward to helping.”

Powell’s tweet was in response to a rumour from Jim Waterson, the media editor of The Guardian, who claims Neville is ‘not ruling out’ running to become the mayor of Greater Manchester.

Neville has previously expressed doubts about his abilities in the world of politics, however, saying in the podcast: “I say to myself sometimes I’m able to communicate, I know what I want, I have got a business mind, I can manage people in respect of businesses.

“But I just think I’d get eaten alive. I don’t know what Whitehall is like, Westminster is like.

“I can only imagine what you have to do there to survive and I don’t play the game, so how can I get in?”

Greater Manchester’s current mayor Andy Burnham is one of the most popular politicians in the country right now, and achieved landslide victories in the 2017 and 2021 mayoral elections.

Burnham worked as an MP between 2001 and 2017 and was a government minister under Gordon Brown, the most recent Labour PM to date.

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Number 10 apologises to the Queen for lockdown parties on eve of Prince Philip’s funeral

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Downing Street has said sorry to the Queen over the lockdown parties held on the eve of Prince Philip’s funeral.

Number 10 apologised after new reports revealed there were two parties held at the address the day before the Queen was pictured alone at Philip’s funeral.

According to the prime minister’s spokesperson, it was ‘deeply regrettable that this took place at a time of national mourning’.

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They said: “It’s deeply regrettable that this took place at a time of national mourning, and No10 has apologised to the Palace.

“You’ve heard from the Prime Minister this week, he’s recognised No10 should be held to the highest standards and take responsibility for the things we did not get right.

“We have apologised to the Palace.”

According to the new reports, around thirty Downing Street staff held two parties the night before the Queen sat alone at Prince Philip’s socially-distanced funeral.

Advisors and civil servants have been accused of hosting a party and ‘drinking into the early hours’ of the morning of April 16th 2021, The Telegraph reports.

Eyewitnesses claim people at the party danced to music and went to the Co-op on the Strand ‘with a suitcase’ to stock up on wine.

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These eyewitnesses claim that some partygoers ‘worried there was too much wine spilling on the basement carpet’, while one person broke a child’s swing allegedly belonging to the prime minister’s son Wilf.

At the time, the rest of the country was under instructions to not socialise indoors with anyone but their own households, and to only meet others outdoors in groups of six or two households.

This comes as Boris Johnson is under increasing pressure to resign after admitting to attending a Downing Street garden party in the first national lockdown in May 2020.

The Prime Minister said he went into the garden just after 6pm on May 20th 2020 to thank staff but ‘believed implicitly that this was a work event’.

 

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Downing Street staff ‘held two parties’ night before Queen sat alone at Prince Philip’s funeral

Reports claim staff danced to music and ‘went to Co-op for wine’

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Around thirty Downing Street staff held two parties the night before the Queen sat alone at Prince Philip’s funeral, according to new reports.

Advisors and civil servants have been accused of hosting a party and ‘drinking into the early hours’ of the morning of April 16th 2021, just hours before Queen Elizabeth was forced to sit alone at the socially-distanced funeral of Prince Philip, The Telegraph reports.

Eyewitnesses claim people at the party danced to music and went to the Co-op on the Strand ‘with a suitcase’ to stock up on wine.

These eyewitnesses claim that some partygoers ‘worried there was too much wine spilling on the basement carpet’, while one person broke a child’s swing allegedly belonging to the prime minister’s son Wilf.

At the time, the rest of the country was under instructions to not socialise indoors with anyone but their own households, and to only meet others outdoors in groups of six or two households.

This comes as Boris Johnson is under increasing pressure to resign after admitting to attending a Downing Street garden party in the first national lockdown in May 2020.

The Prime Minister said he went into the garden just after 6pm on May 20th 2020 to thank staff but ‘believed implicitly that this was a work event’.

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He said: “With hindsight, I should have sent everyone back inside. I should have found some other way to thank them.

“I should have realised that even if it technically fell within the guidance, there would be millions who did not see it that way. I offer my heartfelt apologies.

“I know people up and down the country have made huge sacrifices and I understand the anger and rage they feel that people in Downing Street were not following those rules.

“I regret the way the event was handled and I wish we could have done things differently.”

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