A daughter has made a public plea on her TikTok platform to find attackers who left her dad unable to speak or walk in an unprovoked incident that took place in broad daylight, in Salford.
John Lowe, 58, was left with severe head injuries after being attacked in Clarendon Park on Tuesday February 14th. The father-of-three has since been left unable to speak or walk and only sometimes opens his eyes. Greater Manchester police are treating the incident as attempted murder. John’s daughter Lily, 35, has now issued an urgent appeal to the public for anyone with information to contact the police.
She has launched a campaign #Justice4John and has been distributing leaflets — along with her family and friends — around Salford on Sunday March 12th, in an effort to encourage potential witnesses to come forward to help identify the perpetrators. Speaking to ITV News, she said: “It’s devastating, every day I wake up and I cry, every night I cry, I’m trying to stay strong, but it’s heartbreaking.”
Her brother Dave added: “The person lay in that hospital bed today is not the dad that we know, not the John that everybody in the community knows and he never will be. We’re still prepared for some terrible outcome at the moment, he still has severe brain damage.”
Lily has also taken the campaign to her many followers on TikTok — where she is known on the platform as Lily Dee aka Council Estate Queen. In an emotional video clip she says: “My dad, John, was discovered unconscious in Clarendon Park in Salford after being badly beaten. This was around 10am – broad daylight.
“This brutal attack has left him with life-changing injuries and has altered our family forever. We were used to seeing our dad full of energy, the life and soul of the party. This attack has made him a shell of a person and all we can do his witness him deteriorate right in front of our eyes.
“He is lay in a hospital bed severely brain damaged. There is that much trauma to his brain. He can’t talk, he can’t walk, he can’t do anything, he is in a vegetative state. He will never be the same person again.”
Lily is hoping her social media presence will help police get the information they need to bring John’s attacker to justice. In the video she continues: “I beg you, anyone, that was on Clarendon Park, please be a hero and come forward.
“He didn’t deserve this. Please come forward with some information, identify the attacker, and bring peace and a bit of justice to our family. This monster is on the streets of Salford. He could do this to your son, your brother, your dad.”
Lily says that the incident has shocked the community in the Clarendon Park area, describing her father as ‘a big character’. A fundraiser has also been set up to help John’s family provide him the care he needs to deal with his life changing injuries as they navigate through this difficult ordeal.
On the Go Fund Me page, the family have written: “The attack has robbed a father of his existence. A loving, caring, gentle and generous man loved by all in his community. John would do anything for anyone and was always known for his big smile and cheeky demeanour.
“John has three children and a loving family all of whom are ruined by this attack and appeal to the communities John was a part of all of his life to help them bring some closure and peace to this horrific event that has changed the lives of all of Johns family forever.
“The attack has left John with life changing injuries and has destroyed his family. Nearing 60 years of age, John was a victim of a brutal attack leaving him severely brain damaged with very little quality of life which appears to have a fatal intention.
“We were used to seeing my dad full of life and energy, the life and soul of the party, but now the man left in that hospital bed is not my dad. The shell of a person left behind by this attack does not and will never resemble the John we all knew and loved, his life is over and we have to witness his slow painful demise right before our eyes.
“This could have happened to anyone, anyone’s dad, son or brother but it happened to us and we need your help to bring the person who shattered a whole family to justice.”
GMP arrested a 32-year-old man on March 2nd on suspicion of attempted murder, who has since been released on bail.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or through the LiveChat function on www.gmp.police.uk quoting log number 1218 of 14/02/23.
First ever permanent pug cafe to open in Greater Manchester
If you’re a fan of pugs, you’re going to love this!
A brand new cafe full of adorable and playful pugs is set to open in Greater Manchester.
You could go for a coffee and cake while 10 cute pugs cuddle, play and come for treats from your hands at this brand new cafe concept opening on Chapel Street in Salford.
Already a huge hit in London, with visitors from near and far, Cuppapug will be opening its first café in the North West – and its second venue – with a soft launch on Friday March 1st.
Pug lovers can book in at the cafe for an hour of crazy or chilled pug time, suitable for all the family to enjoy.
Cuppapug is a cafe concept created by couple – and owners of seven pugs – Aaron Carty and Matthew Pieterse, who opened the doors to their first venue in London in 2022.
Fully opening to the public on March 21st, visitors to Cuppapug can expect the adorable, furry four-legged friends running around the cafe, playing in ball pits and eating carrots and treats from your hands.
The menu will feature a host of doggy-themed drinks and cakes as well as treats for the doggos such as puppuccinos.
In case you’re wondering where the pugs go at the end of the day, each one belongs to local owners who drop their loveable fur baby off at the cafe for a day of mischief and fun.
Also in the CuppaPug family are Gaston, Bruce, Bowser, Beau, Gizmo, Bebe, and Baloo – Aaron and Matt’s pugs who’ve been staying with them at The Kimpton Clocktower as they prep the site for opening.
Speaking to Proper Manchester about the new opening, Aaron said: “We chose Manchester because we discovered it is a city full of dog lovers who love pugs.
“We get so many people visiting our London cafe from the North, we’ve even people catching flights from Hawaii, so it seemed like the right place to open our next Cuppapug.”
On why he and Matt love pugs so much, Aaron said: “I think of pugs being a lot like myself and I also love an underdog – and pugs are an underdog of the dog world.
“People think they are unfit, unhealthy and have breathing issues but that’s not true. We actually train our pugs to enjoy carrots, walk a lot, and our pet pugs enjoy a steak night every week – even I don’t get that!”
The Salford Cuppapug will also be partnering with Manchester Pug Thing, who rescue and rehome pugs, with £1 from every ticket going towards the pug rescue charity.
Aaron added: “We’ve had such overwhelming support and positive messages about our Manchester opening, it’s been absolutely amazing.
“It’s already a nerve-wrecking experience deciding to open a second venue but we’re really happy to have chosen to do it in Manchester and we’re really happy Manchester has chosen us. We’ve had so many drivers going past and beeping us and people asking ‘is this the pug place?’
“We’re having a launch party on March 21st and are really excited to open.”
CuppaPug officially opens to the public on March 21st 6-10pm, following a soft launch this Friday (March 1st). You can find the cafe and pugs on Chapel Street, Salford – it’s bright pink, you can’t miss it!
Primary school in Greater Manchester evacuated after nearby ‘gas explosion’
A primary school in Greater Manchester has been evacuated after a ‘gas explosion’ at a nearby house.
The incident happened earlier today (February 28th) near to St Luke’s primary school in Bury.
Councillor Tamoor Tariq said everyone who lived nearby has also been taken to a place of safety after the blast, which happened in the Fishpool area.
At around 12pm, he posted on Facebook: “Heartbreaking to share there has been a gas explosion in the last few minutes right across from my house.
“I understand everyone has been taken into a place of safety and emergency services are doing all possible to deal with this awful situation.
“St Luke’s primary have also evacuated children, as they are just yards away. I remain out of the country due to a family member being critical, but I am keeping in touch with all relevant people/authorities.”
In a further comment, Mr Tamoor added: “An elderly neighbour has been taken into hospital, all others affected are in a safe and secure place of their choosing. Praying our neighbour will be ok and get the treatment she needs.”
A Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said ‘multiple crews’ had been dispatched to the scene.
They added: “Residents in the area are advised to keep windows and doors closed and avoid the scene while crews carry out their work.”
A woman in her 70s has been taken to hospital with ‘serious injuries’, Greater Manchester Police said.
Issuing a statement on social media, GMP said: “Emergency services are currently responding to a report of an explosion at a property on Nelson Street in the Fishpool area of Bury.
“At this stage, a woman in her 70s has been taken to hospital with serious injuries. A 200 metre cordon is in place around the property and neighbouring homes.
“Local residents and the community will be made aware if they need to take any further action.”
Iceland announces it’s discounting baby formula to cut price of £7.95
Iceland CEO Richard Walker says says ‘businesses need to step up and do more’
Iceland has launched reduced cost baby formula in a bid to do more to help families through the cost of living crisis.
Iceland CEO Richard Walker is determined to bring down the cost of baby formula, and says ‘businesses need to step up and do more’.
The businessman has made it his mission after hearing heartbreaking tales from parents who have been struggling to feed their families amid spiralling costs.
Mr Walker, a dad-of-two, told Metro: “We’ve heard terrible stories of customers watering down feeds, skipping feeds or ignoring sell by dates, all of which is really bad for the baby. That prompted us to take action.”
Iceland slashed prices earlier this year, revealing three of its Aptamil formula milk products would sell at £11.20 – a move which led other supermarkets including Asda and Tesco to reduce their own prices.
Now, Iceland has confirmed it is selling 800g of SMA’s Little Steps formula milk for £7.95 across its stores and online from Tuesday February 27th – £1.80 cheaper than its rivals.
Mr Walker insisted it’s not just a clever business move either, as he continued: “The price is a mind-blowing £7.95 which makes it the cheapest infant formula milk on the market. I think it will really really help our customers.
“We’re not making any profit out of this now. We’re passing on the savings which we’re managing to persuade the manufacturer to give straight on to our customers.”
The baby formula industry is currently under investigation after prices rose by an average of 25% in the past two years.
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has said it is looking into whether companies have been exploiting parents for profit.
Iceland’s launch of lower priced baby formula has also gained the support of Mumsnet.
The eight-million strong parenting group have announced they are joining forces with Formula For Change – Metro’s campaign to lower baby formula prices.
Mr Walker has also signed the petition and is calling on parents to sign it and help push it over the line.
Politicians may soon be forced to address the scandal as the Formula for Change petition is almost at the 100,000 signatures mark – the crucial threshold needed for a parliamentary debate on the issue.
Mr Walker also told the publication: “Formula for Change is absolutely fantastic. The Prime Minister has said he is ‘sad’ families are watering down formula to try and make it last longer, but again these are just words.”