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Six children found living in ‘Victorian slum’ house surrounded by filth and dead rodents

The social services were first made aware of the dismal conditions ten years ago

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Shocking photographs have shown the filthy ‘slum’ house six children were found living in among faeces and dead rodents.

The house in Wirral, Merseyside, was cluttered with piles of rubbish, discarded cans and bottles, takeaway remains, animal droppings and even dead rodents when officers attended following a disturbance earlier this year, Liverpool Crown Court revealed.

The court heard checks were first made in 2010 about the state of the house, and when police attended in 2013, they described it as ‘unhygienic and dirty’, which was ‘conveyed to the authorities’.

The charity Catch 22 then described the house as ‘very poor’ in 2015 and when police visited the house in 2017 after some of the children had stopped attending school, they said it was ‘not dirty but poor’.

Crown Prosecution Service

Crown Prosecution Service

In 2018, police then expressed concerns to social services about the living conditions, with officers describing the house as ‘in poor condition’, adding: “There was a layer of dirt, no washing facilities, rubbish and mouse droppings and the bath is full of used sanitary products”.

But after a disturbance this year, police finally arrested the parents, who haven’t been named to protect the identity of the children. They both admitted to child cruelty at Liverpool Crown Court and will be sentenced in November.

According to the court, the father accepted conditions in the house were ‘very bad’ and the children ‘could have got hurt’, but claimed he had cleaned up about a month previously. The mother, meanwhile, claimed she worked ‘very long hours’, confessed they only ate takeaway food and said the ‘vile’ conditions were made worse by their large pet dog. 

Trevor Parry-Jones, prosecuting, said of the grim discovery: “What they [police] were confronted with could only be described as a scene of unutterable squalor, more reminiscent of the Victorian slum era than the 21st century.

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Crown Prosecution Service

“The bathroom was unusable, the toilet filthy, not having been cleaned for some considerable time, and there was a rodent infestation.”

A statement from one of the children read in court said the house was ‘an absolute dump’ and ‘not fit to be lived in’, saying it had been like this ‘for a long time’ and ‘no one should be living there’.

The victim said there was no running water, rubbish everywhere and ‘dog poo all over the place’, which was ‘disgusting’, adding: “I would say both my parents are to blame for these conditions. We just need help.”

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Manchester voted second best city for independent pubs in the UK

Manchester even trumped London for it’s selection of independent pubs and unique craft beers

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In somewhat unsurprising news, Manchester has been voted as the second best place in the whole of the UK for a good independent pint and boozer.

The survey, commissioned by business-comparison site Bionic, set out to uncover the UK’s best craft drinking destinations in an attempt to get people back in pubs following a rough eighteen months for the hospitality industry.

The study judged each city based on its pubs’ customer reviews, the number of unique beers available and the number of top rated pubs and microbreweries to create an index ranking.

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It also looked at the most popular pints to share on social media and which independent beers are each generation’s favourite.

And, low and behold, Manchester ranked very handsomely in second place as a result of its vast number of 1,600 independent pubs and 781 unique beers, scoring a respectable 77 out of 100 in the overall index ranking. That’s a lot of beer.

And to make this news even better, Manchester beat the capital city London, which ranked in third place with 5,800 independent pubs and 552 unique beers (none of which will be a patch on ours, obviously.)

Newcastle took the top spot, just pipping us to the crown with a score of 80 on the overall index ranking.

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Glyn Britton, Chief Customer Officer at Bionic, reflected on why we should consider visiting local pubs rather than supporting chains: “The lockdowns have been hard for many small businesses so next time you’re in need of some essentials or even just fancy a pint, try heading down to your local high street to explore what’s on offer at the grocery shops, restaurants, pubs and microbreweries.

“You won’t just be getting goods, you’ll be helping to support the future growth of your neighbourhood and help give back to your community.”

You can read the full report here. 

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Nearly 30,000 people are having affairs in Manchester according to ‘cheating map’

Some of you have a lot of explaining to do…

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A new ‘cheating map’ has revealed the staggering number of people allegedly having affairs in Greater Manchester.

The Official Infidelity Index, run by married-dating site Illicit Encounters, allows users to see just how many affairs are getting underway by location across the whole of the UK using specific counties, cities and even postcodes.

And, low and behold, there’s a staggering amount of you unfaithful lot doing the dirty right here in Greater Manchester.

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The map claims that precisely 27,224 people are having affairs in Manchester alone, while 2,994 are cheating in Altrincham, 1,251 in Salford, 1,141 in Bury, 916 in Hale, 906 in Wigan and 684 in Bolton.

Manchester ranks in fourth place out of all UK cities for affairs, with it being narrowly beaten by Nottingham (28,719), Birmingham (45,787) and London (a whopping 168,322).

And while this data may seem a little untrustworthy, the figures are based on Illicit Encounters’ very own extensive data, who claim the rise in cheating is a result of pandemic restrictions being lifted and people feeling unhappy with their partners during the 2020 lockdowns.

Illicit Encounters spokeswoman Jessica Leoni said on the results: “We have seen a rise in cheating over the last year throughout Greater Manchester, particularly since the start of autumn with almost all adults being double jabbed.

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“Record numbers of people came back from their summer holidays miserable and looking for excitement after 18 months of being bored and stuck at home with their partners.

“We have enjoyed the busiest year in our history with women in particular looking to start afresh and joining in unprecedented numbers.

“The cheating surge will continue as more of us return to the office in the run-up to Christmas. Adulterers often use work as a way to cover up their affair.”

To see how unfaithful your area is, visit the Infidelity Index here.

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Andy Burnham calls out ridiculous price of 15 minute train journey from Manchester

The mayor shared a photo of his single train ticket from Manchester to Newton Le Willows

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Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham has reiterated his stance on London-style fares after sharing the cost of a fifteen minute train journey he took from Manchester. 

Burnham tweeted a picture of his train ticket, an off-peak single journey from Manchester stations to Newton Le Willows, with a price of £8 printed along the bottom.

The mayor wrote: “Public transport is so expensive in our part of the world. This is the cost of a one-stop, 20-minute journey [later corrected to fifteen minutes]. To be levelled up, we need London-level fares. Accept nothing less.”

This isn’t the first time Burnham has spoken publicly about the benefits a London-style public transport system would provide to Greater Manchester; last month, he spoke about the proposed system at the Transport for the North conference in Leeds.

He insisted that fares set at £1.55, just like they are in the capital, would have ‘the potential to elevate’ millions of Northern residents and predicted that the set fare system could be in place by mid-2024 with Greater Manchester due to take buses back into public control under a franchising system from 2023.

Speaking to The Yorkshire Post, Burnham said: “We could be a template for the rest of the North, particularly for combined authorities where the powers do exist to put buses under public control.

“We think what we would do would be helpful to Leeds, helpful to Liverpool and helpful to other places as they look to go down a similar path. It’s perfectly doable.”

He added that in Greater Manchester, buses could be ‘integrated with the tram system’, suggesting that commuters would have a ‘daily cap on what they could expect to pay on any given day, no matter how many buses or trams they took.'”

Rishi Sunak is due to unveil his Spending Review covering the spending priorities up to 2025 along with an Autumn Budget on October 27th.

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