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Police pelted with missiles while attempting to shut down illegal party in Manchester this weekend

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Greater Manchester Police were pelted with missiles as they tried to break up an illegal party this weekend in Gorton. 

The party, organised by a 27-year-old woman, took place on Harlow Drive in Gorton on Saturday and followed other large gatherings in Rusholme the evening before, over on Wilmslow Road.

Police officers had to call for significant back-up on Saturday night as they dealt with the second large gathering in the area that weekend. 

GMP’s Deputy Chief Constable Ian Pilling said he was ‘incredibly disappointed’ – adding that such blatant flouting of the rules was ‘beyond comprehension’.

He added: “I can honestly say that in 30 years of policing I have never seen anything quite as outrageous as this behaviour. It is appalling. We are still in the midst of a global pandemic and over 40,000 people have lost their lives.”

The 27-year-old was fined £100 and issued with an anti-social behaviour order, banning anyone from outside the household entering the property.

The CCTV and other evidence is still being reviewed to identify the people involved.

Friday’s street gatherings had already been condemned by Manchester Gorton MP Afzal Khan, who said he was ‘disappointed, frustrated and angry with the appalling behaviour’ at the event.

He tweeted: “Not only is antisocial behaviour of this kind deeply disrespectful to Rusholme residents, ignoring the Covid-19 regulations puts us all at risk.”

Greater Manchester remains under additional lockdown restrictions which were extended on Friday. Many people have expressed concerns regarding people not following the rules.

One Twitter user wrote ‘Anyway, Greater Manchester lockdown’s going well isn’t it’, while another added: “Manchester is on lockdown and yet no visible masks. The city I love is going down the toilet.”

 

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A huge 50 million-tree forest is being planted across the North of England

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The North of England is set to see 50 million trees planted over the next 25 years.

It turns out the North has just 7.6% of woodland cover, significantly lower than the average of England, and this new planned forest could absorb 7.5m tonnes of carbon.

Many council leaders, including Sir Richard Leese in Manchester, are backing the ambitious project that will see a forest created, spanning 120 miles across the North. 

The forest will connect Manchester with Liverpool and Lancaster, and see Sheffield, Leeds and Hull connected too. 

The project is currently underway and the Woodland Trust is looking for private landowners who want to take part! 

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More than 120 Northern leaders and MPs have asked for the prime minister’s commitment to deliver the Northern Forest in a letter. They’ve also asked for opportunities to be looked at to support the development of green investment models. 

Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “Manchester City Council declared a climate change emergency earlier this year and is working on a wide range of initiatives to enable the city to achieve its ambitious goal of becoming zero carbon by 2038.

“We are bringing forward an action plan which will explain how Manchester will achieve this ambitious target.

“The Northern Forest initiative, which would help absorb millions of tonnes of carbon, is entirely complementary to that wider goal and something we wholeheartedly endorse.”

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Mayor of Sheffield Dan Jarvis, who is co-ordinating the Northern Forest campaign, said: “It will be transformational for more than 13 million residents, improving their health and wellbeing. It will help habitats thrive, a woodland culture to flourish as well as helping to tackle climate change, reduce the risk of flooding and create thousands of new jobs.”

Darren Moorcroft, CEO, Woodland Trust, said: “The Northern Forest represents the green lungs of the Northern Powerhouse. This pioneering project spearheaded by Woodland Trust and the Community Forests will deliver millions of new trees planted, and billions of pounds worth of economic, social and environmental benefits to the region.

“If we are to tackle the climate and biodiversity crises the world faces, internationally significant projects like the Northern Forest must be at the forefront of bold, ambitious domestic thinking.”

You can find out more and get involved on the Woodland Trust site and on the Northern Forest page.

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Home Bargains, B&Q, Wilko and others give important update on masks and other Covid rules

Everything you need to know about their rules

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Everything you need to know about shopping at DIY and discount stores in the pandemic…

Throughout the lockdown, DIY stores such as B&Q and Wickes as well as those selling essential items like Wilko and Home Bargains have been able to remain open.

They have, however, rules to follow to stop the spread of coronavirus and to protect staff and customers. 

Here’s everything you can expect while shopping at them (it is mandatory to wear a face mask unless exempt in any shop in the UK).

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B&Q

Those who do not want to wear a mask inside B&Q’s stores have been told they can order online. Those wanting to shop in-store are reminded of hand sanitiser and told to not visit in more than groups of two. 

A spokesperson said: “We are giving face masks to any customers who do not have one. If customers do not want to wear a face-covering in our stores, we are reminding them that they can always place an order for their essential items at diy.com for home delivery”.

Wickes

Queuing systems are in place at Wickes as only 30 people are allowed in the store at any one time. Customers must follow social distancing queues inside and wear a mask. 

At the tills, customers are asked to leave their trolleys in the designated space so staff can scan the items. 

If you’re buying larger items you can bring another member of your household to carry them. Showrooms remain closed.

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Home Bargains

Customers are asked to visit alone where possible and to queue outside when stores are full. Customers can also expect a traffic light system in busier branches. 

NHS, care workers, disabled and elderly customers have priority access.

Wilko

Customers can expect marshals at the front of the stores along with floor markers to maintain social distancing throughout the stores. 

Homebase

All customers are asked to wear face masks and clean their baskets and trolleys at the disinfectant stations at entrances if they wish. 

A spokesperson said Homebase is ‘continuing to ask all customers to wear a mask when shopping with us, unless medically exempt’. They added: “We are also introducing further signage in stores reminding customers of their role in helping to make shopping safe for everyone.”

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Manchester’s mental health café launches new campaign to brighten up Blue Monday

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Feel Good Club and Manchester’s Finest have launched a campaign to spread positivity across the city on Blue Monday. 

The third Monday in January is known as ‘Blue Monday’ and is often described as ‘one of the most depressing days of the year’. 

Christmas is well and truly over, the excitement of New Year New Me has worn off and we’re left with dark, cold and short days.

To add on top of all of that is a third national lockdown and a global pandemic.

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Adam Pester / Manchester’s Finest

A mental wellbeing cafe, Feel Good Club launched in the midst of the pandemic with mental health at the heart of everything owners Kiera and Aimie do.

Collaborating with Manchester’s Finest, the two platforms have come together along with Jack Arts to create billboards and posters containing supportive messages.

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Commenting on the campaign, Miranda Banfield of Jack Arts said: “Bringing inspiration to the streets and positivity to our communities is at the heart of what we do at Jack Arts.

“We are delighted to be a part of this important project, displaying these powerful messages across Manchester, in the hope they are seen by those who might need them most.”

Co-Founder of Feel Good Club, Kiera Lawlor-Skillen added: “Feel Good Club is all about spreading positivity and making sure that people know they aren’t alone in how they feel, whether that’s a good day or a bad day, so on blue Monday it was more important than ever for us to do something that could possibly bring a smile to someone’s face.”

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Adam Pester / Manchester’s Finest

Steven Pankhurst, a director at Manchester’s Finest, said: “Finest was created for the people and ecology of Manchester. At a time where we all face our own unique challenges, we want to show support and spread a bit of positivity to everyone in our city.”

You can see the posters across the city for two weeks from today (Monday January 18th).

For more positive vibes head to Manchester’s Finest to see the collaboration between them and Feel Good Club in the monthly series ‘This Month’s Positive News’.

Watch December’s episode here, and you can give Feel Good Club a follow on Facebook and Instagram.

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