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Floating record store on barge sinks after getting caught on rubbish in Manchester canal

‘I’m stunned at the love and support so far’

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Myles Greenwood / Rubber Ducky Records

A mobile record store operating out of a canal barge in Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire, has sunk after it got caught on debris in a canal while heading to Manchester.

Rubber Ducky Records — founded by Myles Greenwood during the pandemic lockdowns — was heading towards Manchester when the canal boat sank on Friday April 21st — ahead of National Record Store Day (April 22nd).

The propeller became caught on either a rug or mattress, breaking the stern gland and causing the boat to sink. Thankfully, Myles was unharmed and managed to escape salvaging as many boxes of records as he could, but the rest of the stock and equipment on board was submerged.

He managed to save around three quarters of his stock but roughly 1,000 records and turntables were lost to the water, which also destroyed equipment amplifiers and electronics.

Myles Greenwood / Rubber Ducky Records

It is unclear when the store may be able to reopen, but Myles says he has not given up hope. A rescue mission has since been carried out with the canal drained and the boat pulled down a number of locks to safety.

Myles has since launched a GoFundMe campaign ‘Rubber Ducky Sank It’ to help raise the money to refit the boat. He said: “I’m stunned at the love and support so far.”

Over £6,000 of a £15,000 target has been raised at the time of writing, with the money to be used for a full re-fit of the floating shop, so that Myles can get back to business.

He said: “As you may know I’m a floating / sunken record shop. I was just about to get into my first major city of Manchester after six long weeks of battling engine issues and canal closures.

Myles Greenwood / Rubber Ducky Records

“I hit catastrophe at the last hurdle and a rug or mattress caught on the propeller and popped my stern gland. Sadly the boat sank and I lost all my records and equipment.

“I haven’t given up on the dream but she will need a full refit inside, new engine, new stock, and new equipment.

“Any donation small or large is greatly appreciated and thanks to the support of community spirit and humanity I’m actually feeling quite chipper about everything.

“Big love, Myles.”

Myles Greenwood / Rubber Ducky Records

With the help of kind passing strangers who came dashing to his assistance, Myles managed to get the barge floating again, pulling it a few locks down the canal to safety.

But there is thousands of pounds worth of repairs and replacements needed to get Rubber Ducky up and running again, though Myles remains positive it will be done.

Rubber Ducky Records focuses on pre-owned vinyl, with music ranging from house, trance and ’90s rave to techno and breaks.

The idea of a floating shop came to Myles while he was wandering around the canal systems of Northern England while the country was in lockdown. 

You can help by donating here.



Stagecoach hiring over 100 new bus drivers for Bee Network with £31k salaries

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Stagecoach Manchester is hiring over 100 new bus drivers to work from its Oldham depot, following the second phase of the Bee Network launch in March.

You can apply for a range of roles, from positions with no experience required to fully qualified bus drivers.

Successful applicants will receive full training as part of the job, and trainees will get paid to train. Then after only 12 months’ service at Stagecoach, drivers can expect to earn up to £16 per hour, which equates to £31.6K per year, before overtime.

As well as that, drivers that already hold a PCV licence may be eligible to receive a £1,200 joining bonus.


There’s also a host of other benefits available to all Stagecoach employees, like 28 days paid holiday, generous pension and free Stagecoach bus travel for successful applicants and a companion.

Rob Jones, Managing Director at Stagecoach Manchester said: “Expanding our offering in Oldham means we’ll be investing more in the economy and supporting our local community, as well as strengthening our workforce.

“Whether you’re looking for a career change or you’re a fully qualified, experienced bus driver, there’s a role for everyone here in Oldham.

“We’re looking for personable and dedicated drivers who are ready to help us build on the success of the Bee Network and connect the people of Oldham and Greater Manchester with the places and people that are important to them.”


Phil Cornwall, bus driver at Stagecoach Manchester, said: “I’ve been a driver at Stagecoach for 25 years and I couldn’t recommend it more.

“From the perks to the people to the passengers, it really is a great place to work.”

To apply, head to the Stagecoach website HERE.

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Two men charged with murder after torso discovered in Salford nature reserve


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Two men have now been charged with murder, following the discovery of a human torso in Kersal Dale.

As well as that, more suspected human remains were also discovered this morning, Monday April 29th, in an alleyway close to the railway lines off Worsley Road, Eccles.

This follows earlier discoveries of human remains over the past three weeks, at Kersal Dale, Blackleach Reservoir and Colliery Wood, all in Salford.

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Michal Jaroslaw Polchowski (25/04/1956) and Marcin Majerkiewicz (10/04/1982) both of Worsley Road, Eccles, have been charged with murder.

They are set to appear at Tameside Magistrates Court this afternoon.

While formal identification is still ongoing, the remains found at Kersal Dale are believed to be of a local man in his 60s. The remains found at the other three locations are still to be tested, but police are confident they belong to the same victim.

ACC Sarah Jackson said: “We have had large numbers of officers, staff and specialists working diligently on this investigation over the last three weeks. It has been very much a large, collective effort, with the victim and family at the heart of it from the outset.

“We have specially trained officers deployed to support the family as they come to terms with this tragic news. They are aware of this morning’s further discovery and will continue to be kept up to date with how we are progressing.

“Despite the charges brought today, our work is far from over.

“The scenes we already have established in Bury and Salford will remain in place for much of this week whilst our searches and enquiries continue. Local officers will continue to patrol the impacted areas to provide reassurance.

“We will continue following every line of enquiry to recover and reunite the victim with his family, bringing a dignified end to this terrible scenario.

“I’d like to thank the communities of Salford and beyond for their cooperation throughout this investigation. I know this incident has come as a shock, and the support we’ve had from those in the area is very much appreciated.”

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More human remains discovered in Greater Manchester as police identify victim

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Detectives investigating the discovery of a torso in Kersal Dale have found more human remains around Greater Manchester.

GMP released a statement on the weekend, revealing they had opened four scenes for extensive searches – one of them at a warehouse in Bury, and three in Salford.

Searches took place at Blackleach reservoir, where human remains were found, and a dog walker found a package containing human remains at Colliery Wood.

Officers believe they have now identified the man, who they believe to be a man in his 60s that lived in Salford, and his family have been informed.

Two suspects have already been arrested in connection with the murder probe, with officers saying they are thought to have lived with the victim.

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Detective Superintendent Lewis Hughes, Senior Investigating Officer for this investigation, said in a statement at Blackleach reservoir yesterday, Sunday April 28th: “We have continued to make significant progress in our investigation into human remains being found in Kersal earlier this month.

“From day one, our priority has been to identify the man and his family so that we can give them the support and the answers that they need.

“Thanks to meticulous forensic work, we are now confident we have identified the man. Formal identification hasn’t yet taken place, but we believe he is a man in his 60s and lived in Salford.

“Specially-trained family liaison officers have met with his family this afternoon to give them the devastating news, and we will do all that we can to support them at this awful time.

“We believe he is known to the two suspects we have in custody. They have remained in custody for questioning over the weekend, as we work to establish how the victim met this tragic outcome.”

He continued: “We have painstakingly worked to follow up every line of inquiry in this investigation. Over the last couple of days, we have acted on information and had four scenes in place for extensive searches – one of them is at a warehouse in Bury, and three of them are in Salford, including here at Blackleach reservoir.

“Today, we have found some human remains at the reservoir here, and last night a dog walker found a package containing human remains at Colliery Wood. Forensic tests will continue to establish whose remains these are, but we are very confident that this is also the victim in our investigation.

“We have also been searching a house in Winton where we believe the victim and the two suspects lived. We have found evidence that the victim is likely to have died there – most likely in late March.

“While this is significant progress, we know there is still some way to go to complete this investigation. I also recognise details of this case will have been distressing for the people of Salford and beyond – including the officers that are diligently working on this investigation, and most importantly the man’s heartbroken family.

“Local officers will continue to patrol the affected areas, and we will provide updates when we have more information.”

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