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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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Boris Johnson reveals plan to offer all adults booster jabs by the end of January

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The government plans on offering all adults booster vaccines by the end of January, Boris Johnson has revealed today.

The Prime Minister spoke at a Downing Street conference this afternoon where he announced the planned booster rollout will take place across 1,500 pharmacy sites across England in age order. 

Over 400 military personnel will help with the rollout, Johnson added.

Noting that it’s ‘time for another Great British vaccination effort’, Johnson said: “The target we’ve set ourselves is to offer a booster to everyone eligible by the end of January.

“As with the first jabs, we’ll be working through people by age group going down in five year bands, because it’s vital that the older and more clinically vulnerable get that added protection first.”

The Prime Minister stressed that even those who had their second jab over three months ago should wait until the NHS contacts them about a booster appointment.

This announcement comes as face masks are made compulsory once again in all shops and on public transport.

The government made the decision as part of its response to the new Omicron variant, which is said to be ‘more transmissible and have more mutations which could weaken the effect of vaccines and natural immunity.’ 

The change in rules was announced by the Prime Minister after cases of the new variant were detected at several locations across the UK. 

The Health Secretary Sajid Javid confirmed yesterday that all adults will be offered a COVID-19 booster vaccine as part of a reaching expansion of the jabs programme to deal with the potential impact of the new variant.

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Child abusers could face mandatory life sentences under government-backed law

Child abusers are sentenced to a maximum of ten years behind bars under the current law

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People who abuse children could be handed mandatory life sentences under new plans backed by the government. 

The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill is currently going through parliament, and could see an increase in maximum punishments for several child cruelty offences.

Tougher planned sentences could also mean that anyone who causes or allows the death of a child or vulnerable adult in their care will face a maximum sentence of life imprisonment – as it stands, child abusers can only face a maximum of ten years behind bars.

The changes, known as Tony’s Law, follow a campaign by MP Tom Tugendhat and the adoptive family of seven-year-old Tony Hudgell, who had to have both his legs amputated in 2017 as a result of abuse suffered at the hands of his birth parents.

Tony was attacked as a baby and was left with broken fingers and toes, plus torn ligaments in his legs. He was left untreated and in agony for ten days, and eventually had to have both legs amputated.

His birth parents were sentenced to the current maximum jail term of 10 years. 

In a statement, Tony’s adoptive mother Paula Hudgell said: “We are delighted that Tony’s Law is being backed by the Government. It’s been our hope since those who abused our son were jailed in 2018 that more could be done to protect other children, the most vulnerable members of our society.

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“I can’t thank the public enough for the support they have shown through this nearly four-year campaign, but especially thanks to Tom Tugendhat who has worked tirelessly with me, also my friend Julia Roberts, a court reporter and my friends and family.

“It was definitely a team effort.”

Deputy Prime Minister, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, Dominic Raab said the changes were needed because ‘the law must provide maximum protection to the most vulnerable and no-one is more vulnerable than a young child’. 

He added: “I pay tribute to the courage of young Tony Hudgell and his adoptive parents, Paula and Mark.”

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New Covid-19 Rules: Everything you need to know as masks become compulsory in shops and on transport

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From tomorrow, November 30th, the use of face masks and coverings will once again be compulsory in shops and on public transport.

The government made the decision as part of its response to the new Omicron variant, which is said to be ‘more transmissible and have more mutations which could weaken the effect of vaccines and natural immunity.’ 

The change in rules was announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson after cases of the new variant were detected at several locations across the UK. The Health Secretary Sajid Javid gave more detail yesterday, November 28th, saying the masks rule would apply from 4am on Tuesday

Here’s everything you need to know:

Where will face masks be compulsory after November 30th? 

Face masks and coverings will be mandatory in all shops and on all forms of public transport.

A statement from the Government says: “From 4am Tuesday November 30th, face coverings will be compulsory in shops and other settings such as banks, post offices and hairdressers, as well as on public transport unless individuals are exempt from doing so.”

However, all hospitality will be exempt from the rule change, with the Prime Minister saying further details would be outlined by the Health Secretary ‘in the course of the next day or so’. 

Will face masks be compulsory in schools?

While staff and secondary school students are being ‘strongly advised’ to wear face masks in communal areas from Monday, the rule won’t be mandatory in schools

Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi recommends that staff, visitors and pupils in Year 7 and above should wear masks in communal areas in schools, colleges and universities such as corridors, canteens and halls.

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What other measures are being brought in?

Passengers arriving into the UK from Tuesday will have to take a PCR test and self-isolate until they receive a negative result. PCR tests must be purchased from private providers as free NHS tests are not valid for this purpose.

All close contacts of anyone who has tested positive for the Omicron variant must also self-isolate for ten days regardless of their vaccination status.

England’s chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty also said during Saturday’s press conference that the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation will consider extending boosters from the over-40s to the over-18s.

Will more restrictions be brought in?

The Health Secretary said during Saturday’s press conference that it was ‘nowhere near’ the time to reintroduce social distancing rules and work-from-home guidance, and was hopeful the mask mandate would be removed ‘within weeks’.

Also speaking on Saturday, Boris Johnson added that the measures are simply a ‘precaution’ and are in place to ‘buy time for scientists’ while more is learned about the Omicron variant.

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