New principal for Manchester Health Academy

DKQEphTX0AEUfF-Manchester Health Academy’s new principal, Kevin Green, says he is honoured to be taking on the role.

Mr Green was vice principal at the school on Moor Road, Wythenshawe for four years before the appointment this week, following the departure of former head, Damian Owen in July.

Mr Green said: “I am honoured to take up the role of principal for Manchester Health Academy.  The staff and students of the Academy are an amazing group of people, and it is my pleasure to lead this great organisation forward.”

Prior to joining the teaching profession Mr Green was an engineer for more than ten years before embarking on a teaching career which has spanned 20 years.

David Cain, Chairman of the Manchester Health Academy said: “We are delighted that Kevin has been appointed as our new Principal following his time as the Vice Principal.  He is now well placed to lead the Academy forward and we are confident that our students will benefit from all that he will do, with the support of staff, to deliver a good education to them.”

Letters have gone out to parents informing them of the new appointment.

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Men jailed after subjecting taxi driver to robbery ordeal

BurrowsMacdonald montageA taxi driver was left afraid to go back to work after he was attacked and robbed by two men and a teenage girl in Woodhouse Park, Wythenshawe.

Samuel Burrows, aged 21, of no fixed address was jailed for three years and six months and Calvin Macdonald aged 20 of Stoneacre Road, Wythenshawe was jailed for two years, both for robbery.

The 16-year-old girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons,  received a 12-month referral order and was ordered to pay £250 in compensation for robbery and assaulting a police officer.

The driver was punched and kicked and attacked with a bottle. Detective Constable Mark Ledger of GMP’s City of Manchester Team, said: “This has been really difficult for the victim in this case who was subject to such a harrowing attack that he may never emotionally recover. Read More…

Man taken to hospital with head injuries after collision with motorbike in Brooklands

Screenshot_2017-09-04-12-02-54Police are investigating an incident in Brooklands yesterday when a man was left left with serious head injuries following a collision with a motorcycle.

In a statement issued last night, Greater Manchester Police said: “Officers were first called to Ferndown Road at around 6.15pm  after a motorcyclist knocked down a pedestrian. The man who was hit suffered serious head injuries and was taken to hospital. Ferndown Road was shut while officers worked at the scene.”

The man had been on the pavement when he was hit by the motorbike. The biker fled the scene.

Ferndown Road was cordoned between it’s junctions with Altrincham Road and Wythenshawe Road for about two hours, while paramedics treated the injured man an police carried out inquiries.

 

Wythenshawe toddler death inquiry “truly distressing”

Screenshot_2017-08-30-09-38-09Police investigating the death of a toddler in Wythenshawe have described the inquiry as “truly distressing”.

A post-mortem examination found the boy, who was found dead at a house in Beaford Road on Sunday , died of multiple stab wounds.

A man and woman left the house to go to hospital before police arrived.

A woman, aged 30, arrested on suspicion of murder remains in hospital, said police. A 31-year-old man also arrested on suspicion of murder has been released without charge.

Formal identification has taken place and the boy’s family are being supported by specially-trained officers, said police.

Det Insp Carl Jones of Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said: “The family wish for their privacy to be respected at this time and I’d ask that people do not speculate around the boy’s identity to allow them to grieve and come to terms with this tragedy.

“We have one person under arrest, but need those who have not yet passed on information to come forward.”

The police force has referred itself to the Independent Police Complaints Commission as it had previously been called to the property according to the BBC.

Woman in court charged with murder of Wythenshawe man

Screenshot_2017-08-30-08-52-32A woman has appeared in court in connection with the death of a man in Wythenshawe.

Michelle Ingham, aged 46, of Maismore Road, Wythenshawe, appeared before magistrates in Manchester charged with the murder of 47-year-old Kai Gareth Prothero.

Mr Prothero was found dead at a house in Maismore Road on Thursday August 24. Ingham was remanded in custody.

After 11 years, Government apology to family of Wythenshawe soldier killed in Iraq “mobile coffin”

untitledThe family of Wythenshawe soldier Pte Lee Ellis who was killed in the Iraq war has received a letter of apology from Defence Decretary Michael Fallon about the circumstances of his death.

Pte Ellis was one of dozens of soldiers killed while travelling in a lightly armoured Snatch Land Rover, dubbed “mobile coffins” during the conflict in 2006.

Sir Michael Fallon wrote to a number of families apologising for delays in bringing in alternative protected vehicles “which could have saved lives”.

Pte Ellis’ sister, Karla told the BBC the letter was “cherry on the cake” following the victory in the High Court which recognised the duty of care the government had for her brother and other soldiers in the war. Read More…

Arsonist jailed for Wythenshawe Hall “mindless attack”

Jeremy TaylorA Baguley man who caused millions of pounds worth of damage to historic Wythenshawe Hall in an arson attack has been jailed.
Jeremy Taylor, aged 28, of Hall Lane, Baguley was sentenced today to four-and-half-years after setting fire to the Grade II list building last March

He previously pleaded guilty to arson.

The court heard how shortly before 3.30am on Tuesday 15 March 2016, Taylor used newspaper and matches to start five separate fires around the Tudor manor.

One of these locations was right in front of the oak entrance door which caused the majority of the estimated £5 million worth of damage.

Firefighters tackled the blaze for hours before being able to bring it under control.

No one was injured but a large part of the roof and upper floor of the timber-framed 16th century home was sadly destroyed.

Inspector Luke Breakspear from GMP’s City of Manchester Team, said: “This was a mindless act that intended to destroy a historical building that has great significance to the people of Wythenshawe.

“People were shocked by the needless damage caused to a piece of our local and national heritage. Wythenshawe is a great place to live, work and visit and the strong community spirit is testament to this.

“Taylor’s senseless actions could have taken an innocent life and I am just thankful no one was hurt.

“I would like to thank our colleagues at Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service for stopping the fire spreading and causing more damage as well as their support throughout this investigation.

“I hope the community feel that justice has been served today and I am satisfied that Taylor is now where he deserves to be.

“Wythenshawe Hall is a beautiful building and hopefully in the near future we will see it open its doors again to the people of Manchester.”

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