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“Hope must win” – Wythenshawe head teacher’s defiant message following family’s terror ordeal

MEAThe principal of a Wythenshawe academy school whose family were injured following  Monday night’s bomb attack at the Manchester Arena has spoken about their ordeal.

Manchester Enterprise Academy principal James Eldon praised NHS staff after his wife underwent surgery following the attack at the Ariana Grande concert which left 22 dead and 59 injured.

Mr Eldon also praised a taxi driver who drove his wife to hospital. Mrs Eldon was at the concert with their daughter.

The family’s ordeal comes just weeks after Mr Eldon himself was caught up in the Westminster attack. Mr Eldon was in the House of Commons when a man drove into tourists on Westminster Bridge before killing a police officer in March.

Manchester Lord Mayor pays tribute to victims of “most horrific incident” faced by the city


Manchester’s Lord Mayor and Wythenshawe councillor, Eddy Newman, has paid tribute to victims.of the bombing in the city which has so far left 22 dead and dozens injured.

And the William Temple Church in Wythenshawe Civic Centre, Simonsway is open this morning or anyone who would like to light a candle, or spend time in reflection and prayer.


The city council’s deputy leader and fellow Wythenshawe councillor, Sue Murphy added:

Greater Manchester Police suspect the attack, in the foyer of the Manchester Arena following a concert by the singer Ariana Grande was carried out by a suicide bomber.

Chief Constable, Ian Hopkins said the incident was being treated as a terrorist attack conducted by one man. In a statement, he said: ““This has been the most horrific incident we have had to face in Greater Manchester and one that we all hoped we would never see.

“Families and many young people were out to enjoy a concert at the Manchester Arena and have lost their lives. Our thoughts are with those 22 victims that we now know have died, the 59 people who have been injured and their loved ones. We continue to do all we can to support them. They are being treated at eight hospitals across Greater Manchester.

“This is a fast-moving investigation and we have significant resources deployed to both the investigation and the visible patrols that people will see across Greater Manchester as they wake up to news of the events last night. This will include armed officers as people would expect. More than 400 officers have been involved in this operation during the night.”

Organisations and people across Wythenshawe have given their reaction  to the events on social media, including councillors, schools, colleges, sports clubs.

Entertainer Rowetta,  expressed solidarity with the victims.

Manchester stands with London in tribute to terror attack victims

WythenshawCllr-Sue-Murphy-2012-190x190e councillor and Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council, Sue Murphy has announced a vigil will take place tonight at Manchester Town Hall in solidarity with the people of London and in remembrance of those who lost their lives and were injured during yesterday’s attack.

During the vigil on Albert Square, the town hall will be lit red, white and blue, and the flag will fly at half-mast in tribute. Read More…

Wythenshawe school principal back home after Westminster terror ordeal

MEAThe principal of a Wythenshawe academy school is back home safe with his family after he was caught up in yesterday’s terror attack in Westminster.

James Eldon, Principal of Manchester Enterprise Academy in Wythenshawe, was in the House of Commons as the horror unfolded in which five people died 40 were injured.

Mr Eldon was meeting with Education Minister Nick Gibb MP to discuss the Academy and education issues. Read More…

Wythenshawe MP pays tribute to victims of Westminster “terror incident”

wp-1478947269179.jpegWythenshawe’s Mike Kane was among MPs caught up in what police are describing as a terrorist attack at the Houses of Parliament.

A police officer was stabbed just inside Westminster Palace Gate, and at least one woman has died and others seriously injured after a car ploughed into people on Westminster Bridge.

Labour’s Mike Kane was in the House of Commons chamber which was put in lockdown as the incident was dealt with by police.

Mr Kane told the Wythenshawe Reporter: “The victims are in my thoughts and prayers”. Read More…

Man questioned by police after woman is stabbed in Wythenshawe

A woman is in a critical condition after being stabbed in Shadowmoss Road, Wythenshawe. 

At around 1.05am this morning, Sunday 30 October 2016, police were called to a report that a 30-year-old woman had been stabbed numerous times at the junction of  Shadowmoss Road and Cornishway.

She was taken to hospital with multiple stab wounds and injuries to her head and neck. She remains in a critical condition.

Officers attended and a 26-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and remains in police custody for questioning.

Police have launched an investigation and are appealing for witnesses.

Detective Inspector Tony Lea of GMP’s City of Manchester Team, said: “Sadly a woman is in a critical condition in hospital after being attacked in the early hours of the morning.

“We have a man in custody in connection with the stabbing but we still need witnesses to come forward and help us with the investigation.

“I’m urging anyone who may witnessed the incident or has any information, to get in contact with us as soon as possible.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting reference number 358 of 30/10/16 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Businessman bids for funds for invention to put brakes on bike thefts

obaidah-and-bike-2A Wythenshawe entrepreneur is hoping his brand new invention will help to cut cycle thefts in Manchester and across the UK.

Obaidah Sheikh, 22, came up with the idea for the ‘Stingray’ after having his own bike stolen three times – once by a gang of men who pushed him to the floor.

The device, which has launched on crowdfunding platform Indiegogo, combines a powerful front light with a motion sensor which triggers a 140db alarm – right into the face of the crook. Read More…

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