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GMP issues warning over Facebook scam that has seen people lose nearly £50k

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Greater Manchester Police has issued a warning over an online scam that has seen people lose thousands of pounds.

They took to social media to warn people, saying that nationally nearly 100 people have been tricked by it, losing more than £44,000 to the scammers.

GMP captioned the post: “Nationally 95 people have reported losing over £44,000 to this scam.

“Please share this message to help others falling victim for this online scam. For up to date information on scams & some of the work we are doing to combat Fraud”.

According to GMP, there has been a surge in reports from people who have received messages supposedly from friends or family via Facebook Messenger, asking if they could use their PayPal account to receive funds from an eBay sale.

The scammers are pretending to be victims’ friends and family to trick them into accepting.

A common trick is to say they have sold a camera on eBay but either don’t have PayPal or that their account isn’t working, asking if they can use the victim’s account instead.

After accepting the money into their PayPal account, they are then asked to transfer it to the fraudster – once the money has been sent over to the scammer, the initial transaction is reversed leaving the victim’s account in negative balance.

To keep yourself safe from it, GMP are advising people to secure their account, never respond to requests to send money, always verify financial requests, and to inform their bank or service provider straight away if they have made a payment.

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People are making garlic bread lasagnes and they look incredible

Two of the world’s greatest foods have come together as one…



The internet has brought to my attention ‘garlic bread lasagnes’, and I command that you stop what you’re doing and try them immediately.

Now I’ll be the first to admit that, out of all the many foods in the world, there’s nothing quite as delicious as a slice of garlic bread with a nice scoop of lasagne on top. 

But this was before I came across garlic bread lasagne, courtesy of TikTok food page Food Made Simple, the very people who brought us cheesy garlic crumpets.

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Their latest recipe is remarkably simple; to begin you’ll need to cook your garlic bread slices before assembling them into a large lasagne dish. Here, you’ll layer them in the same way you would regular lasagne pasta sheets.

After one layer of garlic bread, cover with your ragù or bolognese sauce which you can either make from scratch or buy in the supermarket. Then, you need to add a generous portion of cheese.

After that, add another layer of garlic bread slices and repeat the whole process again until the dish is full.

Finish with a third layer of garlic bread slices and top with a sprinkling of cheese. Then, all you’ll need to do is pop it in the oven until piping hot and golden brown.

Obviously, TikTokers have been going wild for the recipe, which has had just short of 80,000 views. 

One person wrote: “Wait a minute it looks amazing!” Another commented: “Garlic bread lasagne?! Where can I get these full recipes PLEASE!!?”

Another viewer actually revealed that they’d already given the recipe a try for their family, and it was ‘an absolute hit’. There you have it, tested and approved. 

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Mum tells her kids Santa only brings ‘pound shop’ gifts so he ‘doesn’t get the credit’

‘This is what Father Christmas brings because he’s not getting the credit for the big presents’



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A mum has divided opinion this week after revealing she only buys her children ‘pound shop gifts’ from Santa so ‘he doesn’t get the credit’.

The mum, known only as SJ on TikTok, shared a video explaining she always tells her children that the smaller gifts bought from the pound shop like sweets and bath bombs are from Santa, while the larger more expensive gifts are from her. 

She explained: “I’ve just been to the pound shop to get some bits for the kids’ stockings. I say stockings, I always just do them a gift bag. 

“This is what Father Christmas brings because he’s not getting the credit for the big presents.”

The video, which was posted four days ago, has since racked up over 1.5 million views and over 1,000 comments, where other parents found themselves divided over her method.

Many supported the idea, with others admitting that they also tell their children that the only gifts from Santa are the smaller stocking fillers. 

One person wrote: “Lets normalise not letting Santa get credit for the bigger presets. Always said that about stockings as well.” 

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Another shared her own experience of making the mistake of telling her child all the presents were from Santa, writing: “This is actually a good idea not letting Santa take credit for the big presents, my daughter kicked off once so I said ‘right I’m taking your presents away’ and she said ‘well you didn’t get them, Santa did’.”

However, not everyone could quite wrap their heads around SJ’s ideology.

One person wrote: “Why would you not let Santa take the credit obviously eventually they’re going to know you bought them. Just don’t get it.”

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Futuristic self-driving pods arrive at Heaton Park as part of ‘driverless vehicle’ trial

The heated pods will take guests on trips around the park without the need of a driver



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In a scene that wouldn’t be out of place in an episode of Black Mirror, Heaton Park has today welcomed the arrival of futuristic self-driving pods.

The pods, manufactured by Westfield Technology Group as a part of their Project Synergy, will be driving visitors on a set route around the park, starting from Heaton Hall and travelling down past the lake.

The driverless pods use ‘intelligent perception solution’ technology which utilises cutting edge LIDAR and Radar technologies alongside AI camera systems, allowing them to be fully aware of their surroundings within a 100 metre range.

Westfield Technology Group


Westfield Technology Group

New sensor technologies also mean they can facilitate ‘platooning’, allowing the vehicles to follow each other in a controlled formation, carrying up to four passengers in each one.

The overall aim of Project Synergy is to accelerate the adoption of autonomous, connected and driverless vehicles in the UK.

According to Westfield Technology Group, around 50,000 tons of carbon was saved each year at a previous trial of the pods at London Heathrow. They also estimate that using an on-demand pod service system out in public would save approximately 20,000 bus journeys per year.

Two of the pods will be in action from next week as part of a trial aimed at gauging public reaction to them. It is hoped a positive response will ‘provide a compelling argument’ for organisations such as Manchester City Council to consider making them a permanent fixture.

Westfield Technology Group


Westfield Technology Group 

Partners of the project include Manchester City Council, Transport for Greater Manchester, Cisco, Stockport Council, Manchester Metropolitan University and Harper Adams University.

Harry Woolvine, Business Development Executive at Westfield Technology Group, said on the pods: “The collaborative nature of this new project just highlights the local excitement for these new sustainable technologies in the Manchester area.

“The trail is coinciding with the Lightopia display throughout the park, offering an even more unique opportunity to see this incredible light display whilst experiencing these new revolutionary technologies.

“We are looking forward to showing this ground breaking technology to Heaton Park’s visitors next week.”

The project will be in the park from the 6th -10th of December.

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