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.”
Manchester’s historic Portico Library awarded huge grant to secure its future
The funding has helped secure the future of the 218-year-old building
The Grade II-listed Portico Library will receive almost half a million pounds to transform the historic building.
The funding has helped secure the future of the 218-year-old building – a much-loved gem standing proudly on Mosley Street.
Thanks to the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the £453,000 will see the treasured library undergo a huge revamp and preserve its book collection.
During its development, local communities in Manchester will be invited to help work on the project.
With particular focus on environmentally sustainable architectural plans, it aims to unite all three original floors of The Portico Library for the first time in 100 years.
The ground floor will be transformed into a ‘Northern bookshop’ which will hold educational activities, with areas for dining, exhibitions areas and meeting spaces.
While the upper floors will showcase the library’s incredible book collection and archives, which includes the first edition of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre.
John Carpenter, Chair of the Portico Library, said: “The news that The National Lottery Heritage Fund is supporting The Portico Library’s bold scheme to open up and share its extraordinary heritage and collection, to Manchester residents and visitors, is a major cultural signal to Manchester, the North and the UK.”
He added: “This visionary project, years in the making, fulfils our mission of working with the many people in Manchester to explore, share and celebrate their diverse stories and the city’s literary and global heritage.
“Embracing creativity, collaboration and inclusivity, the project will unlock the Library’s past to plan for the future. We would like to thank the National Lottery players who have made it possible to realise our vision.”
Handwritten note with ‘plan to kill’ Brianna Ghey found in accused girl’s room
The note was found during a police search
A handwritten note with alleged details of a ‘plan to kill’ transgender teenager Brianna Ghey was found by police in the bedroom of Girl X.
The crumpled paper note (pictured) was discovered by officers during a search conducted at the accused’s home in March, more than a month after the tragic death of the 16-year-old.
Brianna was found after being stabbed 28 times in Culcheth Linear Park, Warrington, earlier this year.
The teenager was discovered by dog walkers just after 3pm on Saturday, February 11th.
Girl X from Warrington and Boy Y from Leigh both deny murder. During the trial, jurors at Manchester Crown Court heard how Girl X sent a picture of the handwritten note to Boy Y on February 3rd.
The note began with the header: “Saturday 11th February 2023. Victim: Brianna Ghey.”
It continued: “Meet Boy Y at wooden posts 1pm. Walk down to library…bus stop. Wait until Brianna gets off bus then the 3 of us walk to Linear Park.
“Go to the pipe/tunnel area. I say code word to Boy Y. He stabs her in the back as I stab her in the stomach. Boy Y drags the body into the area. We both cover up the area with logs etc.”
In her opening speech, prosecutor Deanna Heer KC told the jury: “It is clearly, the prosecution say, a plan to kill Brianna Ghey.” During the same search on March 17th, officers found a note found in a drawer headlined ‘plan’.
Details in the note continued: “Give them alcohol with sleeping pills.
“Slit throat. I kill her. Dismember body. Place pieces in bin bags, bury bags 7ft underground, bones including.
“Get her to go to Linear park, go to the hidden spot near the bridge I usually go to. Someone jumps out and restrains her (plan B). I kill her.”
During the search, police also found a computer tablet and a black notebook.
Jurors heard that written in the notebook was the word ‘anarchy’ on one page, and on another there was a list of ‘what is right and wrong’. Another page had a ‘spider diagram’ with ‘good and ‘evil’ in the middle.
The ‘legs’ of the diagram lead to the words ‘forgiveness, justice, morality, good, suffering, evil, sin and free will’, the court heard.
On another page there were the words ‘Valentine’s gifts’ and on another the words ‘revision HW’. Prosecutor Cheryl Mottram said: “Homework, perhaps.”
Written on another page were the words ‘types of serial killers’, with a list under the heading.
Words underneath included ‘organised and disorganised’, ‘mass murder’, ‘psychotic’, ‘organised crime’ and ‘copy cat’. On another page were the words ‘films’, and ‘faves’.
Another page was headed with ‘Jeffrey Dahmer’ and then a ‘list of characteristics’. There were also notes about ‘John Wayne Gacy’, the ‘killer clown’.
The notebook also had written inside it a note which read ‘potential threats’ and ‘people that need to go’.
Another page had Boy Y’s name on it followed by a ‘list of qualities or attributes’. Underneath was written the words ‘trustworthy, funny, sociopath, good sense of humour, very very smart, genius level and not sociable’.
Officers also recovered a black purse inside a ‘cubby hole’ with a handwritten note inside.
The note read: “Friday 11th November, attitudes to forgiveness.” Jurors were told the note contained two names, including Gee Walker.
“Forgives her son Anthony’s killer,” it read. And continued: “Julie Nicholson, who could not forgive the terrorists who killed her daughter Jenny.”
Three handwritten notes were also found on the floor of the room. One read ‘serial killer facts’, with a ‘list of facts relating to serial killers’ including ‘killing themselves in police custody can be a final act of control’, ‘hedonism’ and ‘power and control orientated’.
Other notes made were ‘cruelty to animals’, ‘bed wetting past age of five’, ‘USA has the most serial killers’, ‘lack of empathy for others’ and ‘can be superficially charming’.
One note read ‘Dr Harold Frederick Shipman, aka Dr Death’, followed by the words ‘classification, serial killer’.
And jurors were told there was also a note in relation to ‘Richard Ramirez, or the ‘Night Stalker’.
The trial, which began on November 27th at Manchester Crown Court, continues.
Hugh Grant and wife Anna donate £20,000 ‘Britain’s kindest plumber’
A lovely Christmas gift to help those in need
Hugh Grant and his wife Anna have donated £20,000 to Burnley plumber James Anderson.
Dubbed ‘Britain’s kindest plumber’, James Anderson set up Depher, which stands for Disabled and Elderly, Plumbing and Heating Emergency Response, back in 2017.
Originally a plumber who offered services to those in need for free of charge, Mr Anderson now runs the community interest company.
Depher provides plumbing work free of charge for those who are struggling in the cost of living crisis.
Since it began in 2017, Depher has helped more than half a million people across the country and relies on donations from the public.
Now, Hollywood actor Hugh Grant and his wife Anna, who both arrived in Manchester on Thursday December 7th to attend the Chanel Métiers d’Art fashion show, have made a donation of £20,000 to help those in need this winter.
The couple have also donated tens of thousands of pounds to the Depher cause in the past.
Anderson called the kind donation a ‘Christmas gift’ and said it brings the total they have donated to £75,000.
Sharing the news on the Depher Twitter page, Mr Anderson wrote: “After speaking privately to @HackedOffHugh and Anna Grant I have permission to share their wonderful #Christmas gift to @Depheruk.
“This wonderful and humbling donation of £20,000.00 will give hope to thousands of people, families and children, especially with the #CostOfLivingCrisis.
“They both have my lifetime of respect and love.”