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Two arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following attack on teenager

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Police investigating an attack on a 17-year-old boy in Wythenshawe which left him seriously injured have made two arrests.

Shortly before 9pm on Wednesday 14 February 2018, police were called to Oatlands Road to reports that a 17-year-old boy had been assaulted by a group of people.

The boy was taken to hospital with serious head injuries, where he remains in a serious condition.

Today, Friday 16 February 2018, police have arrested a 20 year-old man and a 16-year-old boy on suspicion of attempted murder.

Detective Chief Inspector Alan Clitherow, of GMP’s Major Incident Team, said: “Following this brutal attack on a 17-year-old boy a team of detectives set about finding those responsible.

“Today we have made two arrests.

“Our investigation is still continuing however and the team are working tirelessly to find out what exactly lead to this 17-year-old boy fighting for his life.”

Anybody with information should contact police on 101, quoting incident number 1928 of 14/02/18, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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Wythenshawe cancer charity set to help more families after centre’s £338m facelift

Macmillan Cancer Research Centre in Wythenshawe is undergoing a major extension to support more people whose lives are blighted by the disease.

The centre is based in the grounds of Wythenshawe Hospital and is a vital service to individuals and their families who are living with cancer.

The new-look centre in the grounds of Wythenshawe Hospital  will provide a much larger activity space and an additional therapy/meeting room, when the £338million refurbishment is complete.

The Macmillan team will be able to offer more counselling, complementary therapies, cancer survivorship programmes and benefits and financial advice sessions.

Debbie Smith, Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre Manager at Wythenshawe Hospital, said:” This investment is a fantastic opportunity to expand the centre and, more importantly, help us enhance the service we provide to meet the needs, not just physical and clinical, but also financial, emotional and psychological, of even more people affected by cancer in South Manchester.”

In 2017 the centre supported nearly 27,000 people in various ways from supplying leaflets, CDs, books, activity support groups and counselling.  They also provided over 800 grants totaling to £178K, helping with heating and travel costs, clothing, new appliances for people living with cancer.

The charity urgently need schools, community groups and businesses to organise a fundraising event to help support this vital service for local people living with cancer.

For more information and fundraising ideas or to make a donation please contact cjenkinson@macmillan.org.uk. 

And anyone requiring  support from the centre can call the team on 0161 291 4876.

Transport bosses make funding bid to expand Airport Metro line

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Transport for Greater Manchester has submitted a funding bid to the Department for Transport to extend the Metrolink’s Airport line.

The Airport line currently terminates at Manchester Airport’s railway station, but the funding bid outlines the potential to extend the line with an additional stop at Terminal 2.

According to a report in The Place North West, TfGM said the expansion would “align with Manchester Airport Group’s intended expansion to Terminal 2 and the future development of Airport City”.

TfGM will also look into extending the Metrolink from Terminal 2 to the proposed HS2 station at the airport, which forms part of the wider “Western Loop” initiative, which could potentially link the HS2 station at the airport to Wythenshawe Hospital and the surrounding area.

Other options to make the airport a transport hub for the area include proposals for a busway and cycleway linking Altrincham with the airport’s HS2 station; additional bus priority lanes on the existing road network; and an extension of the railway station’s platforms to increase capacity.

Horrors of the Holocaust shared with Wythenshawe pupils

IMG_7069 - CopyA group of students from Saint Paul’s Catholic High School in Wythenshawe, Greater Manchester took part in a special event at the Home in Manchester to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

Holocaust Memorial Day is the international day of remembrance for the victims and the survivors of the Holocaust and other genocides. Each year there is a national theme, set by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, which provides a focus to the event; this year’s theme is the power of words.  Read More…

Air ambulance called to Northenden college after student falls from balcony

Police have begun an investigation after a student fell from a third floor balcony at Manchester College in Northenden today.

Emergency services have been called to the Sale Road, campus at around 4pm today, police said.

The Manchester Evening News has been reporting from the scene.

Art and dance “Illuminates” Wythenshawe Library

Illuminate Dancers Between Bookshelves LoDance, and music  will combine to create a visually stunning piece art as the acclaimed Illuminate comes to Wythenshawe Library on Friday. 

Following much-praised performances by Company Chameleon at Manchester Central Library in November, there will be special performances at three libraries this week.

The performance, on Friday Feb 2 is free, but booking is essential, bringing cutting-edge, contemporary dance to the heart of local communities, providing an extraordinary experience between the bookshelves and showcasing just what exciting and creative​ ​spaces libraries can be. Read More…

Jailed: Fraudster who preyed on holidaymakers at Manchester Airport

A Wythenshawe conman who tried to persuade holidaymakers to part with their cash, claiming he needed it to visit a sick relative, has been jailed.

Gary Lyon, aged 50 of Shayfield Drive, defrauded people at Manchester Airport in November last year by asking for money so that he could visit an ill family member in hospital.

On the first occasion, he preyed on the kind nature of a business traveller by telling him his car had broken down and he needed money to buy fuel to get to his father-in-law in hospital who had suffered a heart attack.

Lyon promised to pay him back giving him his number to transfer the money but when the victim called later on, the conman never answered.

Around the same time the next day, a 69-year-old woman was picked up at the arrivals hall by her husband, who had recently been discharged from hospital for respiratory problems.

As they were carrying her suitcases to the car, Lyon approached, noticing that the husband was unwell, and offered to carry the bags. The woman politely refused and carried on walking to the car but Lyon grabbed the suitcases and took them to the boot of their car.

He then told the couple he wanted a favour from them and spun them a tail that he needed money to get to his father in hospital who had had a heart attack.

Lyon again promised he would pay the money back to them but when the woman refused to hand any cash over, he got aggressive and despite her efforts to alleviate the situation, he identified a nearby cash machine and marched her over to it.

Fearing for her safety, the woman withdrew some money and handed it to Lyon but as soon as she did this, he ran off saying it wasn’t enough and exclaimed he would get the rest from her husband who was waiting in the car.

She ran after him, concerned for her husband’s safety but Lyon had beaten her to it and was forcing her husband to give him money as she caught up with him.

Startled at how quickly the woman got to the car, he ran off from the scene.

Lyon, who had previous convictions for similar offences, was jailed for one year and four months at Manchester Crown Court.

Detective Constable Alex Wild, of GMP’s Airport CID, said: “Lyon preyed on the good nature of innocent people and took advantage of them, faking family illnesses, which no-one would wish on their loved ones.

“It seems he was oblivious to the effect his offending was having on people but today I’m sure it’s explicitly clear to him that he is now where he is because of his own sickening actions.”

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