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Police appeal for help to trace wanted man

Grant LeighPolice are appealing for the public’s help to trace a wanted man from Hyde, with links to Wythenshawe.

Grant Leigh, aged 27, is wanted in connection with an arson that took place on Clayton Street in Dukinfield on 25 December 2017. He is also wanted on recall to prison after breaching the terms of his license set when he was released in July 2018.

Leigh is known to have links to the Tameside, Oldham and Wythenshawe areas of Greater Manchester.

Police say he is aware that he is wanted by police and is actively evading arrest. Anybody who is found to be assisting Leigh in his efforts to avoid being found will face prosecution.

Anybody with information regarding the whereabouts of Grant Leigh is asked to contact police on 0161 856 9353 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.


£20,000 reward offered to solve mystery of missing Martin Joyce

Detectives are offering a £20,000 reward in a hunt for the truth about Manchester man, Martin Joyce, who mysteriously disappeared nearly 20 years ago.  

Today (23 September 2018) would have been Martin Joyce’s 48th birthday. Back in September 1999 – when he was 29 – he gave his sister, Mary a lift before going to Ancoats for a night out. Little did she know that was the last time she’d ever see him. He had visited his other sister, Helen McDonagh a week earlier in Wythenshawe.

Nineteen years later, officers are no closer to finding out exactly what happened to Martin on that fateful night but information received a few years ago leads them to believe he was murdered after being assaulted at the Bank of England Pub. Read More…

FOOTBALL: Stunning win for Town while Ammies suffer defeat

untitledThere were very mixed fortunes for Wythenshawe’s football clubs this weekend, with Amateurs throwing away a two goal lead to suffer defeat and Town notching up double figures in an incredible goal-fest.

Wythenshawe Town shrugged off a mid-week defeat to Avro to win 11-3 away to Eccleshall in what turned out to be a stunning performance.

Here is how the game unfolded… Read More…

Man arrested following report of distraction burglary is released

A 25-year-old man, arrested on suspicion of burglary after an elderly man was talked into handing over his bank details in Northern Moor, has been released under investigation.

Shortly before 6pm on Monday 27 August 2018, police received a report that a man had been encouraged to hand of over his bank details by two men who visited his property.

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


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…

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