Man arrested following report of distraction burglary in Northern Moor

A man has been arrested after an elderly man was allegedly conned out of his bank details in Northern Moor.

A 25-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of burglary and remains in custody for questioning.

Shortly before 6pm on Monday 27 August 2018, two men visited a property on Parklands Road, Northern Moor, claiming that they needed to check the home for damp.

The man let them in and while one of them waited with him in the living room, the other searched the address.

The offender who remained in the living room convinced the victim he required his bank details, which he provided.

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Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical arrives in town to work its magic tonight

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Scarlett Cecil strikes the iconic Matilda pose front of Manchester Central Library as the smash hit show lands at Manchester’s Palace Theatre today (Photo Credit – Phil Tragen Photography)

The widely-anticipated Matilda The Musical has finally arrived in Manchester for an 11-week run at thePalace Theatre and to mark the occasion, Scarlett Cecil who is one of the four young actresses sharing the title role, popped down to Manchester Central Library to strike the iconic Matilda pose in front of the landmark city-centre building.

The first show of the Royal Shakespeare Company production based on the much-loved Roald Dahl story in the city will be tonight, Tuesday 18th September.

Sophia Ally, Annalise Bradbury, Scarlett Cecil and Nicola Turner will share the title role of Matilda in Manchester. The adult cast includes Craige Els who, having played Miss Trunchbull in the West End for three years from 2014 to 2017, has returned to the role for the UK and Ireland tour. Carly Thoms plays Miss Honey alongside Sebastien Torkia and Rebecca Thornhill as Mr and Mrs Wormwood.

Matilda The Musical has now been seen by eight million people worldwide, having toured to over 65 cities and played more than 6000 performances in the West End, on Broadway and on tour across North America, the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. Matilda The Musical now has its first non-English language production at the LG Arts Centre in Seoul, South Korea which opened earlier this month.

The show is written by Dennis Kelly, with music and lyrics by Tim Minchin, and direction by Matthew Warchus. The production is designed by Rob Howell, with choreography by Peter Darling, orchestrations, additional music and musical supervision by Christopher Nightingale, lighting by Hugh Vanstone, sound by Simon Baker and the special effects and illusions are by Paul Kieve.

Wythenshawe Cricket Club boss in the running for People’s Champ accolade

Wythenshawe Community Cricket Club chairman, Mike Dean is in the running for the Manchester Sport Award’s People’s Champion.

Mike has  been central to the club’s success for the last  43 years bringing together sport and community activity in the town.

He is club chairman and manager of the facility, as well as a fully qualified coach s

The Club is a now a venue for a range of sports and activities, including martial arts, fitness sessions, local group meetings, disability sessions and football match days.

The venue also has a range of social events and next month will host a reunion for employees of Wythenshawe’s famous Golden Garter Club.

To support Mike, visit the Manchester Evening News site and cast your vote.

Previous Wythenshawe successes have included Hilary Moran from Northenden Community School, who was crowned People’s Champion last year.

And in other categories in the Sports Awards last year, Wythenshawe Community Rugby FC won club of the year and Catherine Pollit from Wythenshawe Swim Cub won the Community Coach award.

Cirque Éloize celebrates 25th anniversary in Manchester with stunning show

HouP_C-QManchester Opera House will present a blend of circus arts, theatre and dance when Montreal-based Cirque Éloize CIRKOPOLIS, performs on October 6.

Eleven acrobats and multidisciplinary artists rebel against monotony, reinvent themselves and challenge the limits of the factory-city.

Performing within an inventive stage design, and accompanied by an original musical score and video projections, they live in a world where fantasy defies reality — the veil of anonymity and solitude is lifted and replaced by bursts of color. Read More…

Wythenshawe brothers jailed for running fake pill factory

s300_DrugsTwo brothers from Baguley in Wythenshawe have been jailed for selling fake steroids and other drugs.

Daniel Hackland, wife Jenna and his brother Matthew Hackland, from Redburn Drive, Baguley pleaded guilty to seven counts between them of producing and supplying unlicensed class C drugs, unlicensed medicines and money laundering.

Daniel and Matthew were jailed for four and a half and three years respectively. Jenna Hackland was given an 18 months jail sentence suspended for 2 years and 100 hours of unpaid work. Read More…

Wythenshawe MP calls for “root and branch reform” of schools watchdog after damning report

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Mike Kane MP

Wythenshawe’s Mike Kane has called for an overhaul of the schools watchdog, Ofsted, following a damning report by MPs.

The report, following an inquiry by the Public Accounts Committee, said there were “clear shortcomings” in the performance of Ofsted, which inspects schools and children’s services.

Among criticisms highlighted in the report are that it has completed fewer inspections than planned, it has failed to meet its targets for how often schools should be inspected, and schools are being left for longer between inspections.

And Ofsted had incorrectly reported to parliament that it had met the statutory target for reinspecting schools every five years. Read More…

TUC in Manchester: delegates back calls for “people’s vote” on Brexit

Trades unionists meeting in Manchester this week have backed a “people’s vote” on Brexit if the Government fails to negotiate a good deal.

Some trade union leaders oppose a second referendum on whether to leave the European Union.

But the TUC’s Europe spokesman, Steve Turner, called on delegates at the annual congress to “rise like lions” if the deal is bad for British workers.

He told the conference: “This is not a call for a second referendum, a place some outside our movement want to push, but a vote on the terms of our departure if parliament fails us.”

Mr Turner, Unite’s Assistant General Secretary described the attempts by the government to negotiate a Brexit deal as shambolic.

But he warned that the Labour and trade movement must work to heal divisions left by Brexit to avoid the rise of the far right in communities that feel abandoned by the political elite.

He said: “A betrayal of the Brexit vote without answers will only add to a crisis of belonging and identity that could find its way onto our streets with a rapid and dangerous rise of the far right.

“It demands we rise like lions to the challenges for our class, to the threat of a hard-right Tory attack on working people as well as the threats from bosses who think they can use Brexit to shed jobs, relocate and off-shore our work or put a match to hard won terms and conditions, rights and protections.

“It demands MPs reject a disastrous no deal and send a defeated, broken government back to the country in a general election. It demands we extend Article 50 to give an incoming Labour government time and opportunity to negotiate a deal for the many, not the few. And if the politicians can’t do that, then we demand we go back to the people so they can vote on the deal on offer.

“It’s our deal, our future, not theirs.

Congress we need a better, fairer Britain. We need to heal the wounds. Only our movement is capable of doing that.“

Read Steve Turner’s speech in full, here

So, if Dominic Raab returns from Brussels with no deal, or with a deal that’

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