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Hundreds of people took part in a ‘Kill the Bill’ protest in Manchester city centre last night

Hundreds of protestors marched through the city

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Hundreds of people joined in protest in Manchester city centre yesterday over the government’s new crime law.

The ‘Kill the Bill’ demonstration began with dozens of people walking down Market Street and Deansgate before stopping together in St Peter’s Square at 5pm last night (Tuesday 16th March).

A bill, titled the ‘Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill’, has been passed by MPs in the House of Commons.

The bill enables ‘the police to take a more proactive approach in managing highly disruptive protests causing serious disruption to the public’.

This means police have more power in imposing conditions on static protests, including managing the times and noise levels.

Plus the ‘range of circumstances’ on which this can be imposed has been widened. This means the police can impose conditions on a single person protest. 

The landmark government crime bill passed its second reading – the first chance MPs get to vote on a proposed law – with 359 ayes. 

The vast majority of Conservative MPs speaking on the day of the debate backed it’s proposals and accused Labour of not caring for the victims of crime by opposing it.

Labour highlighted concerns over potential overreach on gatherings, following the Metropolitan police operation against the vigil on Saturday for Sarah Everard  

Labour MP, Clive Efford condemned the bill for being part of what he called ‘a Tory-led coup without guns’. 

The DUP MP Gavin Robinson said: “The loose and lazy way this legislation is drafted would make a dictator blush. Protests will be noisy, protests will disrupt and no matter how offensive we may find the issue at their heart, the right to protest should be protected.”

The bill also makes defacing statues and monuments punishable by up to 10 years in jail.

Many people have pointed out that it would be theoretically possible for someone to be more harshly punished for defacing a statue than for rape. 

Kerry McCarthy, Bristol East MP, spoke on the toppling of the statue of slave trader Edward Colston in Bristol last year: “We used that moment to bring the city together.

“This government is now doing the exact opposite. When the communities secretary writes an op ed for the Telegraph saying, ‘We will save Britain’s statues from the woke militants who want to censor our past,’ we know what that is about.

“It’s about stoking up social and cultural anxieties to win votes, seeking out not what we have in common, but what divides us, fanning the flames.

“And now, whether it’s Black Lives Matter or Reclaim These Streets or the school climate strikes, or if you just want to pay tribute to a woman by lighting a candle and holding a vigil, you are all now collateral in this government’s trumped-up war on woke.”

Video’s shared by TKE Media show the protestors gathered in St Peter’s Square chanted ‘Kill the Bill’ while some people made speeches.

Police officers were present but did not appear to take any enforcement action.

Responding to tonight’s protest, GMP said in a statement: “Police were made aware of a possible protest in Manchester city centre this afternoon (Tuesday 16 March).

“At around 5pm, a large number of people had begun to attend.

“Officers engaged with those present and the vast majority of those who had gathered dispersed without any further issue shortly after 6pm.”

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Sue Gray report set to be ‘published in full next week’ as partygate investigation ends

The police announced the end of their investigation today

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The long-awaited Sue Gray report into Downing Street misconduct during the Covid pandemic is due to be published in full next week as the police’s investigation concludes.

The report – which investigated a series of alleged breaches of Covid lockdown in 10 Downing Street and Whitehall – was completed in January, but the publication of the full document was delayed at the request of the Metropolitan Police as they completed their own investigation.

But today, the police announced their inquiry into Downing Street lockdown breaches has come to an end, meaning Gray’s report could be published as soon as next week.

A source close to Gray and her team said she now intends to publish her report ‘as soon as possible’, adding that it could come as early as next week, according to The Independent.

The shortened version of Gray’s report noted that there was a ‘serious failure to observe not just the high standards expected of those working at the heart of Government, but also of the standards expected of the entire British population at the time’.

Gray also stated that because the Government was asking citizens to accept far-reaching restrictions on their lives, some of the behaviour surrounding these gatherings is ‘difficult to justify’.

Stand-out points from the report include:

  • There were failures of leadership and judgment by different parts of No 10 and the Cabinet Office at different times.
  • The excessive consumption of alcohol is not appropriate in a professional workplace at any time.
  • The use of the garden at No 10 Downing Street should be primarily for the Prime Minister and the private residents of No 10 and No 11 Downing Street.
  • The leadership structures are fragmented and complicated and this has sometimes led to the blurring of lines of accountability.
  • Some staff wanted to raise concerns about behaviours they witnessed at work but at times felt unable to do so.

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The police’s investigation resulted in a total of 126 fines, known as Fixed Penalty Notices, being issued for events across eight different dates.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak were both fined for their involvement in parties and events held during the lockdowns.

Twenty-eight people have been issued with more than one fine, the force added.

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Full judicial review into inquest of Yousef Makki granted by judge

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A judge has granted permission for a full judicial review into the inquest of Burnage schoolboy Yousef Makki.

The family of the seventeen-year-old – who died after being stabbed by friend Joshua Molnar in Hale Barnes in 2019 – called for a review to overturn the coroner’s verdict on his death, which failed to conclude whether he had died either unlawfully or accidentally.

An application was made to High Court by a QC acting for Yousef’s father, Ghaleb Makki and, today (May 18th), at the Manchester Civil Justice Centre, the review was granted.

Yousef’s father said of the decision: “There’s still a long way to go, but it’s a small step in the right direction.”

Matthew Stanbury, representing the Makki family, claimed the coroner’s ruling was ‘inevitable’ due to the failure to analyse and ‘grapple’ with central issues in the case. 

Mr. Stanbury said: “Today is a significant step forward and we are optimistic about getting a fresh inquest.”

Yousef died after being fatally stabbed in the heart by Joshua following an argument on the evening of March 2nd 2019.

The former public school student had met Joshua at Manchester Grammar School, where he had won a bursary to attend.

Joshua, who comes from a wealthy family in Hale, later admitted to stabbing Makki with a knife he had bought online ‘with ease’ during a school break time.

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However, a jury acquitted Joshua, now twenty, of murder and manslaughter later that year, with him instead been handed a sixteen-month detention and training order after admitting possessing the knife which inflicted the fatal injury and lying to police at the scene.

He says he acted in self-defence, alleging Yousef pushed and punched him and called him ‘p*ssy’.

Following November’s inquest, Senior South Manchester Coroner Alison Mutch recorded a narrative conclusion, saying: “Yousef died from complications of a stab wound to chest.

“The precise circumstances in which he was wounded cannot, on balance of probabilities, be ascertained.”

The family’s formal application argued the coroner’s ruling was ‘unreasonable’ as it ‘failed to address or make findings on central matters in the case such as to enable her to reach a conclusion – on the balance of probabilities – as to the lawfulness of the killing’.

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Teenage girl rushed to hospital after being ‘badly’ bitten on face by dog

The teenage girl was allegedly helping an elderly man get his dog back into its harness

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Police are appealing for information after a teenage girl was ‘badly’ bitten on the face by a dog in a Trafford park.

The incident happened in Navigation Park in Altrincham last night (May 17th) at around 9pm, when the victim, aged seventeen, attempted to put the dog’s harness back on.

While she was doing this, the dog allegedly bit her on the face and cheek, causing ‘substantial’ injuries.

She then had to go to the hospital for treatment.

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In a post on the GMP Trafford South Facebook page, police implored for witnesses to come forward with more information about the incident and the man and dog involved.

The statement reads: “On the evening of 17th May 2022, at around 2100hrs, there has been an incident in Navigation Park, Altrincham involving a male who was in company with a dog and a 17-year-old female who has been badly bitten by the dog present. 

“The male has been described as a white male, approximately 70 years old, around 5ft 9, unstable on his feet, wearing a long brown leather jacket, with a bobble hat and a walking stick.”

The police went on to describe the dog as a ‘mostly white dog, similar to a Labrador however crossed with another breed with a small amount of ginger fur on its back’.

It was also noted that the dog was ‘quite skinny’ and wore a red harness.

The statement continued: “The female had been helping the owner put the dog’s harness on when the dog has bitten the female to the face, causing a substantial injury to her mouth and her cheek, requiring her to have to attend hospital for treatment.”

Any witnesses or anyone with information on the incident have been urged to get in touch with the police via 101 or Live Chat in reference to Log 3423- 17/05/22.

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