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Strangeways prisoner that staged rooftop protest named as Joe Outlaw

He is currently serving an IPP sentence

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An inmate who escaped and climbed onto the roof of Strangeways prison can be named as Joe Outlaw.

The 36-year-old man, who is an inmate, staged a 12-hour protest on the roof of HMP Manchester — formerly called ‘Strangeways’ — on Wednesday, April 12th.

Police, ambulances and special negotiators rushed to the scene and the surrounding streets were cordoned off as police urged the public to avoid the area.

During his 12-hours scaling the top of the prison building, Outlaw sprayed a message on the roof which read: ‘FREE IPPZ’. The message is thought to refer to The Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP) sentences which were abolished by the Legal Aid in 2012 after being branded ‘unjust’.

It is believed there are almost 3,000 prisoners still serving time under the now defunct law in the UK, which sets a minimum but not a maximum term in prison.

He was seen waving his arms in the air and drying his clothes on the chimney vents while wearing a bin bag. He was also seen making a love heart gesture to the crowds of onlookers as it went on into the long, cold, rainy and blustery night.

Outlaw appeared before judge Nicholas Clarke KC at Bolton Crown Court at 10am today, April 13th, having climbed down from Strangeways’ roof at 4.15am.

He admitted to causing criminal damage to his cell at HMP Hindley on January 28th last year. The court heard how during his outburst, he pulled a toilet and a sink away from the wall, flooding the room. He was ‘irate’, prosecutor James Preece said.

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Outlaw was jailed for robbery for an indeterminate length of time in 2011, and has 33 previous convictions. In 2019 he attacked another male inmate at HMP Wakefield for which he admitted to.

He was given a 10-month sentence, to run concurrently to the sentence he is currently serving. The 12-hour stint finally came to an end shortly after 4am, on Thursday April 13th, and police said the prisoner ‘ willingly came down from the roof ’ and was ‘back in police custody’.

A Prison Service spokesperson said: “Staff safely resolved this incident and the prisoner will face punishment as disorder in prisons is not tolerated.”

A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police said: “At around 4:30pm on Wednesday April 12th 2023, officers were called to a concern for welfare of a man on Southall Street.

“Road closures in and around Southall Street will remain in place until further notice. Members of the public are asked to avoid the area.

“There is believed to be no wider threat to the public.”

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Coronation Street legend Julie Goodyear diagnosed with dementia

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Coronation Street legend Julie Goodyear, who played Bet Lynch, has been diagnosed with dementia, her husband has revealed.

The 81-year-old who played the iconic pub landlady of the Rovers Return on the show sought medical advice after ‘suffering forgetfulness’ but there was now ‘no hope of a reversal in the situation’, her husband Scott Brand said.

He shared news of her diagnosis in a statement, writing: “My darling wife and I have had to come to terms with this heart-breaking diagnosis.

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“Unfortunately, Julie has been suffering forgetfulness for some time and we have been seeking medical advice and assistance, but we now know that there is no hope of a reversal in the situation — and that her condition will get progressively, and perhaps speedily, worse.

“We have taken the decision to publicly announce the diagnosis as Julie still loves visiting friends and eating out.

“Inevitably she is recognised, and fans love to meet her – and she them – but she can get confused particularly if she is tired. I hope people will understand.”

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Goodyear played the leopard-skin-wearing, big-haired barmaid on the cobbles from 1966 to 2003.

Thanks to Goodyear, Bet Lynch became one of the ITV soap opera’s longest-serving and best-loved characters.

The iconic actress also appeared on reality shows such as Celebrity Big Brother and Celebrity Fit Club.

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Tragedy as police find body of missing man last seen leaving pub

Police have confirmed the body as being Christopher

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Police have confirmed a body has been tragically found in the search for a missing man in Marple.

Christopher Barlow, 31, was last seen shortly after 1am on Sunday, June 4th after leaving the Royal Oak pub in Mellor, Stockport.

He was last sighted turning left to walk along Brabyns Brow from Town Street.

Police officers and specialist teams searched a specific area beside the Peak Forest and remained at the scene after the tragic discovery on Tuesday, June 6th.

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Greater Manchester Police have confirmed the body as being Christopher, and his family have been informed. A report is currently being prepared for the Coroner’s Office.

Detective Superintendent Helen Critchley, of GMP’s Stockport district, said: “Firstly, our thoughts are with Chris’s family and friends at this very distressing time.   

“I would also like to thank the local community for their support with the search and the wider public for their assistance in sharing our appeal.”

According to The Manchester Evening News, on Monday evening (June 5th) the water search and marine unit, as well as a number of police vehicles and detectives were at the scene.

A large section of the canal was closed off to boats the next day as the search for Christopher continued. 

Canal towpaths were also taped off as divers went into the water and officers searched nearby woodland.

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Man to complete visiting every Wetherspoon pub in Britain and Ireland this week

Now he only has one final pub left to visit

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A man will complete his visit to every Wetherspoon pub in Britain and Ireland this week as he sips his final pint to conclude his mission.

Most people like to see how far they can make it in a pub crawl but David Bingham, 60, decided to take it much further than that.

The Derbyshire man, who set out on the task in 2019, will conclude his journey of sipping a pint at all 875 Wetherspoon venues this week, including the 40 that have closed. 

Now he only has one final pub left to visit, and he’s booked a flight at the South Terminal in Gatwick Airport in order to tick it off his long list.

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The last of the boozers will be The Flying Horse, which is conveniently located right after security at the airport. Wetherspoons has praised his dedication.

Mr Bingham, from West Hallam, has said his other passions are trainspotting and following Burton Albion. He took on the challenge while also pursuing his other hobbies. Mr Bingham told the BBC: “If we were going somewhere new, I’d suss out the Wetherspoons.”

His partner Una Cooper bought him a directory of the pubs and he began ticking them off. “I’ve had a drink in most pubs, I’d say 85%,” he said. 

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“I’m a lager lad, definitely. The one in Ramsgate [in the Royal Victoria Pavilion] is my favourite because the history behind that building is incredible.

“But there are five police stations, there are churches, there’s chapels, there’s a tram depot, there’s a fire station.

“They just save these fantastic buildings. I love architecture and I love buildings. It’s a history lesson.”

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Wetherspoon spokesman, Eddie Gershon, said: “We applaud David Bingham on his outstanding achievement.

“Many people love to visit Wetherspoon pubs across the UK and Ireland, but only a handful have visited each and every one. David will now join that select group.

“He has obviously put in a lot of time and effort into achieving his goal and we thank him for his dedication to our pubs.”

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