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Met Office issues 36-hour warning for thunderstorms and heavy rain in Greater Manchester

Put your BBQs away, folks…

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The spell of nice weather the region has been enjoying could be brought to an abrupt end later this week, grim predictions are showing.

Greater Manchester has seen weeks of unusually warm and sunny weather, with temperatures reaching highs of 25 degrees Celsius – perfect for the reopening of pubs and the start of the Euros.

However, residents may want to dig out their rain coats and wellington boots, because these holiday-esque conditions could sadly be coming to an end this week and instead be replaced with heavy rain and thunderstorms, the Met Office has warned.

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By Wednesday, thunderstorms could pass through the region, with the Met Office issuing a yellow thunderstorm warning specifically for Greater Manchester, parts of Yorkshire, and other areas of the UK.

The warning means that these areas are likely to see storms, with a potential for flooding and travel disruptions. 

The Met Office also warned that there is a ‘small chance’ of homes and other buildings flooding in the spells of heavy rain, and other damage caused by lightning strikes, hail, and gale force winds.

It also said that wherever flooding or lightning strikes occur, it could have an adverse impact on public transport, and could even cause delays or cancellations to train and bus services.

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They also said there is a small chance some communities could be cut off by flooded roads, as well as  power cuts and other services lost.

The warnings are currently in place from 6pm on Wednesday, June 16th, to 6am on Friday, June 18th.

Now, these kinds of conditions aren’t uncommon after a spell of hot weather – thunderstorms and other stormy conditions are the result of an unstable atmosphere which is caused by warm air underneath much colder air.

High humidity areas, in conjunction with warm temperat­ures, create huge amounts of warm and moist air rising into the atmosphere where it can easily form a thunderstorm.

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Sir David Amess MP has died after stabbing incident, police say

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A Conservative MP has died after being stabbed multiple times in his constituency.

Sir David Amess was attacked during an incident at his constituency surgery, Sky News reported earlier this afternoon.

According to police, he was treated by emergency services but died at the scene.

Sir David represents Southend West in Essex, and was reportedly attacked at the Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea.

According to Sky News, a man walked into his constituency surgery and stabbed the MP multiple times.

He received treatment at the scene for his injuries, with emergency services at the scene.

The road surrounding the location has been closed off while the incident is dealt with. 

Police said in a statement: “A man has been arrested on suspicion murder after a man was stabbed in Leigh-on-Sea.

“We were called to an address in Eastwood Road North shortly after 12.05pm today (Friday 15 October).

“We attended and found a man injured.

“He was treated by emergency services but, sadly, died at the scene.

“A 25 year-old man was quickly arrested after officers arrived at the scene on suspicion of murder and a knife was recovered.

“He is currently in custody.

“We are not looking for anyone else in connection with this incident.”

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Conservative MP Sir David Amess stabbed multiple times in ‘major incident’

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According to reports this afternoon, a Conservative MP has been stabbed multiple times in his constituency.

Sir David Amess was attacked during an incident at his constituency surgery, Sky News reports.

Sir David represents Southend West in Essex, and was reportedly attacked at the Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea.

According to Sky News, a man walked into his constituency surgery and stabbed the MP multiple times.

The latest updates suggest he has been receiving treatment at the scene for his injuries, and police are reportedly at the scene.

The road surrounding the location has been closed off while the incident is dealt with.

Essex Police have confirmed a man has now been arrested. 

They wrote on Twitter: “A man’s been arrested following an incident in Leigh-on-Sea.

“We were called to reports of a stabbing in Eastwood Rd North shortly after 12.05pm.

“A man was arrested shortly after & we’re not looking for anyone else.

“We’ll bring you more info when we have it.”

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The Manchester Christmas Markets is moving to Piccadilly Gardens this year

Big changes for the Christmas Markets this year…

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Manchester’s beloved Christmas Markets are making a grand return to the city this year, but its main hub will be found in a different location.

While the heart of the markets is usually centered around Albert Square, ongoing renovations to the Town Hall have forced them to move to Piccadilly Gardens, the council have confirmed today.

The area will be transformed into the ‘Winter Gardens’, with all the usual yuletide bars, market stalls and food huts.

Plans for the Winter Gardens also include a one-way system and separate entrances and exits, as well as a strict limit on visitors to limit the spread of Covid-19.

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They are also adding a fully accessible toilet to make the Winter Garden as inclusive as possible.

Councillor Pat Karney, Manchester’s Christmas spokesperson, said: “It’s wonderful to welcome back our world-famous Christmas Markets and the addition of the Winter Gardens for the very first time.

“Manchester has been the capital of Christmas for twenty-two years since the very first Christmas Market arrived in the UK in 1999 and we know it was a huge disappointment that we had to scale back our celebrations last year.

“We’re making up for lost time this year and I can’t wait to see the transformation in the city centre into the festive wonderland we know and love.”

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Last year, in what would have been the markets’ twenty-first birthday, the festivities were cancelled as a result of the pandemic, much to the dismay of Mancunians all across the region.

At the time, Councillor Karney said that even the proposed smaller markets didn’t meet public health approval, adding that the council ‘could never take any risks’ with people’s wellbeing.

He said: “We’ve cancelled everything. It’s not met our commercial and public health tests, so the three markets in those locations have been cancelled, and won’t take place. It was a million miles from the traditional Christmas Markets, which obviously people would have been very anxious about.”

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