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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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Leaked documents reveal which Covid restrictions may remain after July 19th

We might have to wear our face masks for a little bit longer…

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Leaked documents are claiming that the current social distancing rules and restrictions will be staying in place after the revised ‘freedom day’ on July 19th.

The memo, obtained by Politico, listed a number of restrictions that the government plans to keep in place for the foreseeable future.

According to the leaked documents, face masks may have to remain mandatory in certain settings for the long term, employers and employees will be told to decide amongst themselves as to whether they want to return to the office or work from home.

As well as that, it says some form of border control and quarantine will be needed for a significant period of time to prevent new variants entering the country.

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The memo also states that plastic screens – such as those currently used in hairdressers and restaurants – may actually spread Covid rather than prevent it.

Ministers are also considering bringing in new rules for businesses to keep workplaces better ventilated, the documents claim. 

Cabinet office sources have since stressed that the document was one of several including multiple options – with nothing signed off by ministers yet or anywhere near being announced.

This comes just days after Prime Minister Boris Johnson pushed back the highly anticipated ‘freedom day’, June 21st, by just short of a month to July 19th. 

Johnson said this was a result of the new Delta variant, which makes up for 90% of new cases across the country: “I think it is sensible to wait just a little longer.

“I am confident we won’t need more than four weeks – it’s unmistakably clear that the vaccines are working – but now is the time to ease off the accelerator.

“We have the chance to save many thousands of lives by vaccinating millions more people.”

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Covid vaccine to be mandatory for care home workers

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The Covid-19 vaccine is to become mandatory for all care home staff members across the country, new reports detailed last night. 

It is believed that care staff will be given sixteen weeks to receive the jab or will face the possibilities of either being moved to a different posting or losing their jobs entirely.

The Guardian reported that the new plans are expected to be announced in the next couple of days.

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It is expected that ministers will also be pushing ahead with compulsory vaccination for most of the 1.5 million people working in social care across the country, despite employer and staff organisations warning that it could result in workers quitting rather than getting vaccinated.

The reports also claim that the government is keen to make it mandatory for the 1.38 million people who are employed by the NHS in England to get vaccinated against Covid-19 – proposals that have already been criticised by groups representing doctors, nurses and other staff.

Workers who can prove they are medically exempt from receiving the vaccine will not be affected.

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The government has been widely criticised for its lack of support of care homes at the start of the pandemic; residents were heavily affected by the outbreak of Covid-19 and significant numbers, including many people with dementia, died as a result.

An investigation by Amnesty International late last year found that a series of ‘shockingly irresponsible’ Government decisions put tens of thousands of older people’s lives at risk and led to multiple violations of care home residents’ human rights.

As a result, between March 2nd and June 12th this year, 28,186 ‘excess deaths’ were recorded in care homes across England, with over 18,500 care home residents confirmed to have died with Covid-19 during this period.

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Budget supermarket cheaper than Aldi and Lidl ‘to open 300 stores in the UK’

Get your wallets ready, there’s a new bargain supermarket in town…

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A new supermarket that could rival the likes of Aldi, Lidl, Tesco and Asda is set to open hundreds of UK stores, according to new reports.

Mere was founded as Svetofor in Siberia back in 2009, and has already opened four stores in Preston, Castleford, Mold and Caldicot.

However, according to The Grocer, a platform dedicated to supermarket and grocery news, its plans to expand are now well and truly underway – with a few Greater Manchester locations on the list of planned new stores.

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And, to make the arrival of this new supermarket even more interesting, Mere’s head of UK buying, Pavels Antonovs, claims it would be thirty percent cheaper than other UK rivals.

He said: “We are the gap in the market. We don’t have any competitors. Our model is no service and no marketing.”

Existing Mere stores are said to include a walk-in chiller room and freezer, while items are typically sold directly from the pallets they’re delivered on.

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The supermarket also apparently buys stock from suppliers on a ‘sale or return basis’, meaning it will return any unsold goods to the seller.

The planned locations which are currently listed are Stretford, Stockport, Devon, Neath, Banbury, Selby, Bradford, Middlesbrough, Grantham, Kettering, Plymouth, Beckenham, Gloucester, Northampton, Cardiff, Oswestry, Barnsley, Sheffield, Exeter, Southampton, south Scotland and Wales.

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