From the contract killer who murdered Salford's Paul Massey to the three sisters behind a £300k passport scam. Violent drugs gangs operating throughout the region finally brought to justice and the sick monster who kidnapped and repeatedly raped a woman on Saddleworth Moor. These are just some of the court cases our reporters have covered in January. We've seen hardened criminals and gangsters jailed thanks to brilliant, patient police work; first-time offenders who have found themselves behind bars over one life-changing incident; and people driven to take the law into their own hands for revenge. An open, transparent criminal justice system is an important part of how our democracy works - so we make no apologies for devoting so much time and resources to letting you know what happens in our publicly-accountable courts. And we'll be back for more next month. The Jet2 passenger who had a drunken meltdown on a flight David Blicharz, 36, started to become 'drunk and disorderly' … [Read more...] about The 82 people locked up in Greater Manchester in January
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Snow has started falling thick and fast in Greater Manchester, causing travel chaos and closing schools. Greenfield Primary School in Oldham has had to close due to the adverse with parents asked to collect their children. A number of bus services have also been disrupted due to the white stuff. Transport for Greater Manchester said buses to Derker, Diggle and Ramsbottom have been affected and to check for updates online. Traffic bosses have also warned of treacherous driving conditions on the M6 towards Cumbria and on the M62 near to Rishworth Moor. Read more of today's top stories here There are also reports of dangerous driving conditions and heavy traffic due to snow on the A676 Ramsbottom Road, around Bury Road. The Snake Pass remains open, but there are reports visibility is poor. Manchester Airport has also tweeted a warning to passengers who plan to travel while the wintry showers fall. A tweet said: "Please be aware adverse weather has been forecast today across the North of … [Read more...] about LIVE: Snow causes travel disruption and closes schools in Greater Manchester
The appointment of Greater Manchester's first night tsar was about boosting the night time economy and transforming Manchester into a '24-hour city'. Parklife and Warehouse Project boss Sacha Lord was tasked with bolstering the region's nightlife while making nights out safer. But with all the will in the world, can this really happen without a transport network which runs into the early hours - like in London, Amsterdam or Berlin? City leaders, and Sacha himself, argue it can't - and some say Greater Manchester was actually closer to that goal more than a decade ago, when night buses across Greater Manchester were extended to run into the morning. A few were taken on commercially by operators while the rest were subsidised by the councils. But then austerity bit - and most night buses are now a distant memory. Meanwhile, most trams and trains stop running after midnight - unlike in cities like Berlin, Amsterdam and London where the public transport network runs through the night on … [Read more...] about Should Greater Manchester’s trams and buses run for 24 hours a day?
The number of crimes involving people carrying dangerous weapons at Greater Manchester train stations has more than doubled in one year. Figures from Police UK show that there were 56 crimes involving 'possession of weapons' on or near our railway stations in the 12 months to December 2018. Recorded by British Transport Police (BTP), that's up from just 21 in the previous 12 months - a rise of 166 per cent. It comes as rail union RMT - behind the walk-outs hitting Northern services every weekend - calls for a halt to staffing cuts on stations and platforms, which is the issue at the heart of the dispute. Mick Cash, RMT general secretary, said: “These statistics reinforce a pattern of increasing abuse and violence on our trains and platforms and should serve as a wake up call to both the Government and a number of the train operators who are ignoring this brutal reality. Possession of weapons - a description which covers knives and guns - wasn't the only type of … [Read more...] about The Greater Manchester stations where you’re most likely to be a crime victim
The Pride of Manchester Awards will shine a spotlight on the world’s greatest region. From our amazing people to our beautiful buildings and unrivalled culture, we have lots to shout about. Here are our 50 reasons we love Greater Manchester... 1) The people Nothing says more about a place than the people who live in it and, by and large, we're a fiercely proud, funny and friendly bunch. Whether you're from Wigan, Didsbury, or Salford – one thing we all have in common is community spirit and a great sense of humour. Oh and we love to talk too, whether it's on the bus, the train or on the street, you'll never have to go far for a conversation. Above all, we know how to pull together in tough times. Nowhere was our spirit better exemplified than in the outpouring of support following the devastating attack on Manchester Arena on May 22, 2017 - and now, our community is stronger than ever. 2) The dialect The Greater Manchester dialect is a weird and wonderful thing - and most … [Read more...] about 50 reasons why Greater Manchester is so great