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More illegal raves planned by ‘organised criminals’ in Greater Manchester this weekend

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Greater Manchester Police have picked up intelligence that ‘organised criminals’ are planning to hold more raves this weekend. 

The police force has admitted they could have done more to stop the illegal raves that happened last weekend. 

The illegal raves this weekend are at as-yet-unnamed locations in Greater Manchester, however mayor Andy Burnham has appealed to the public for information and to parents to stop their children from going. 

The mayor has also admitted that ‘more could have been done’ to stop one of last weekend’s illegal raves by the force.

GMP bosses have accepted this criticism and have now set up a central intelligence-gathering unit, and are planning on making more officers available to tackle any situations this weekend. 

Last weekend, 4,000 people attended an illegal rave in Daisy Nook, Failsworth, where a man sadly lost his life due to a suspected drug overdose.

A further 2,000 attended another rave in Carrington, Trafford, where three people were stabbed and a woman was raped. 

Police called the Carrington rave ‘wild’ and video footage has emerged of a group of people fighting with machetes.

Police stopped a rave in Hattersley, but believe it moved to Daisy Nook. They also had police officers on horseback before the rave in Daisy Nook but couldn’t find the organisers in the 100-acre park.

When the police returned to Daisy Nook in the evening, they believed it would be too dangerous to try and stop as the numbers had swelled to 4,000.

Police have said that ‘organised criminals’ are behind the illegal raves which charged £10 entrance fee and saw the trading of illegal drugs. 

Andy Burnham and the Chief Constable, Ian Hopkins, held a press conference this week and mentioned an action plan was in the works that would prevent further illegal raves.

Police confirm there was very little intelligence surrounding the Carrington rave with police only finding out about it late Saturday. They took the decision to not stop it due to the size and the terrain.

The force saw a 50% spike in 999 calls last Saturday due to Black Lives Matter protests in Bolton that saw counter-protests and turned violent, making it ‘an extremely challenging day’ for the force.

The force has admitted that more could have been done to stop the Daisy Nook rave and intelligence gathering ‘could have been stronger’. 

Assistant Chief Constable Nick Bailey has promised to ‘responds more robustly’ this weekend and beyond. He also blamed the criminals for putting ‘a lot of people’s lives and safety at risk’.

Police will be patrolling the ‘risk’ areas this weekend and the operation is being overseen by a force-wide ‘silver command’ of senior officers. 

They will be seizing equipment and vehicles from organisers and dishing out fines to any of those who attend. 

Mayor Burnham added: “To the young people who may be thinking of going to these events, I understand how frustrating lockdown may have been to you. But if you are going you are putting yourselves at serious risk of harm and more than that you are putting your families’ lives at risk from infection. Please think about that.

“To parents, we have all got our jobs to do to make sure where our young people are. There’s no excuse what-so-ever for parents to be dropping people off at events as we saw last weekend. To adults who attend, your action is completely irresponsible and you will face action in the form of fixed penalty notices or something much more severe.

“To the organisers, there will be an investigation and there will be seized equipment if necessary. There will be criminal proceedings. We will do what we can to disrupt and activities and then ensure you face a criminal prosecution.”

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Greater Manchester town officially named one of the happiest places to live in UK

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A Greater Manchester town has been named among the 20 happiest places to live in the UK, alongside a couple of other North West spots.

Altrincham was placed in the top 20 of Britain’s happiest places to live in an annual survey, coming in at number 17 in Rightmove’s survey.

St Ives, a seaside town in Cornwall, took the number one spot, while Galashiels in Scotland came in a respectable second.

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Other North West areas in the top 20 were Northwich (16) and Macclesfield (18).

Rightmove’s Happy at Home Index asked more than 21,000 people their thoughts on where they live.

Each area is ranked on factors like whether people feel there is a sense of belonging, local amenities, whether there is a community spirit and the proximity to green spaces.

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According to Rightmove, these are Britain’s happiest places to live in 2022 (including the average house price and average asking monthly rental price):

1) St Ives, South West – £523,731, £1,152

2) Galashiels, Scotland – £153,546, £530

3) Woodbridge, East of England – £481,978, £1,196

4) Hexham, North East – £262,265, £810

5) Perth, Scotland – £179,410, £812

6) Harrogate, Yorkshire and the Humber – £381,124, £1,327

7) Anglesey, Wales – £324,048, £766

8) Bury St Edmunds, East of England – £334,160, £1,368

9) Stirling, Scotland – £197,075, £990

10) Cirencester, South West, £382,065 – £1,331

11) Richmond-upon-Thames, London – £1,153,347, £3,931

12) Falmouth, South West – £373,752, £1,289

13) Monmouth, Wales – £331,844, £1,104

14) Leamington Spa, West Midlands – £383,553, £1,274

15) Worcester, West Midlands – £286,250, £1,059

16) Northwich, North West – £246,995, £942

17) Altrincham, North West – £615,246, £2,297

18) Macclesfield, North West – £292,078, £1,146

19) Newbury, South East – £380,842, £1,364

20) Llandudno, Wales – £260,245, £760

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Northern to start using new technology to catch train fare dodgers

‘This technology will be invaluable for our gate line and revenue protection colleagues’

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Northern has announced that they will be bringing in some brand new technology to catch train fare dodgers.

Britain’s second largest train operator is planning to install the system within station barriers at ‘known hotspots’, the BBC reports.

The technology will automatically detect whether a ticket is valid, and alert rail staff for any additional checks, or if the customer has the right railcard.

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According to Northern, around 180 fare dodgers were caught in a single day when they trialled the system at Manchester Victoria in November.

Northern’s Customer and Commercial Director Mark Powles said: “This technology will be invaluable for our gate line and revenue protection colleagues whose job it is to ensure ticket checks are carried out quickly and efficiently.

“Unfortunately, we know that a small minority of customers try to exploit the automated nature of barrier checks to travel on tickets they know they’re not eligible to use.”

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Powles added that the kit was ‘very easy’ to install, saying it could be: “deployed to known hotspots across the whole network to help tackle this fraudulent activity”.

The Department for Transport confirmed last month that anyone travelling on a train without a ticket can be fined £100 from January 23rd, rising from £20. 

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Man, 33, charged following attempted kidnapping of schoolgirl

A 33-year-old has been arrested and charged

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Police have charged a man, following the release of CCTV footage featuring a car used in three attempted kidnappings around Salford.

A man driving the vehicle attempted to force a 15-year-old girl into the car at a bus stop in Monton on Monday, November 21st.

Detectives also believe the same man tried to abduct another girl earlier that same day, as well as a third teenager five days previous.

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Officers have confirmed that Sean Anthony Gillings (06/09/1989) of no fixed abode has been charged, following an appeal to the public.

This appeal resulted in the arrest of 33-year-old Gillings, who was then questioned and charged on Tuesday November 29th.

He also remains on bail for the other two attempt kidnaps, while further investigations are ongoing.

Gillings was remanded in custody yesterday, Wednesday November 30th, to appear at Manchester Crown Square Court on Wednesday January 4th 2023.

Police previously confirmed that a 33-year-old man was arrested by officers on Monday November 28th, on suspicion of three counts of attempted kidnap.

According to Greater Manchester Police, the victims have been left ‘extremely shaken up’.

Officers identified the vehicle in the footage as a black Vauxhall Astra with a silver cover on the driver’s side wing mirror.

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Detective Inspector Chris Horsfield, of GMP’s Salford CID, previously said: “Although we have made this arrest, we are still very much looking to speak to anyone who may have information or dashcam footage, which could help us to establish the circumstances.

“We understand that the local community will be concerned but we are doing all we can to solve this investigation.

“I’d urge anyone who knows anything at all to please get in touch as soon as possible. In particular we are interested in the movements of a Black Vauxhall Astra 08 plate with a silver driver’s wing mirror cover; the passenger side is black.”

Police believe the incidents happened at the following times:

  • Liverpool Street, Salford, between Fitzwarren Street and Albion Way on November 16th, between 7:45-8:20pm
  • Mossfield Road and Ackworth Road, Swinton, on November 21st, between 8-9am
  • Rocky Lane, Monton Green and Monton High Street on November 21st, between 6-7pm

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