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David Beckham pays tribute to Kirsty Howard

Former England captain David Beckham has paid tribute to inspirational Wythenshawe fundraiser Kirsty Howard, who has died, aged 20.

On his Instagram account,  Beckham said: “Kirsty has been defying doctors for many years and whilst doing that she has been raising millions of pounds for terminally ill children.”
He added: “It was an inspiration to meet such a brave young lady with so much drive for helping others.
“My love and thoughts go to Kirsty’s parents and sisters as this inspirational young lady will be missed.”


Wythenshawe shootings: man in court on attempted murder charge

A man will appear in court this morning charged in connection with two shootings in Wythenshawe.

Adam Coombes, 23, of Crowland Road, Newall Green has been charged with attempted murder, possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

He will appear before Manchester Magistrates Court today.

The charges relate to shootings in Newall Green and at the Mountain Ash pub in Woodhouse Park.

Young carers to showcase poetry at book launch

Two young carers from Wythenshawe will be peforming  a selection of poems they have written about their experiences this week.

Author Zoe Lambert has led a twelve week creative writing project with a group of young carers from Manchester.

Supported by Liverpool based Writing on the Wall and Manchester based Family Action, the group of talented young people have created an incredible collection of stories and poems, which they will be reading and performing at    book launch at the Contact Theatre in Manchester on Friday (August 7). 

The group have also been supported by writer Michelle Green (Jebel Marra, Comma press) and poet Mike Garry. Michelle and Mike will also take part in the book launch.

The project and anthology was funded by Lancaster University.

Zoe Lambert said:

“Caring has been a factor of my family life since my early twenties. But in running the project, I didn’t want to focus the workshops on writing about their roles as carers.

“I focused on the act of writing itself, and let their ideas take the lead. What stands out in this anthology is the freshness of young voices. Some of the writing was written at home in notebooks and on phones, and shared with me, and some was written in the workshops.

“The true stars are the participants themselves, who have dedicated time to their writing amidst their responsibilities at home, as well as their school and college work.”

Wythenshawe Labour Party backs Corbyn in leadership race

jc-smallWythenshawe Constituency Labour Party members have voted to back left winger Jeremy Corbyn in  his bid to become the new party leader.

In a packed meeting at Wythenshawe Cricket Club tonight Corbyn won the nomination ballot with Leigh MP, Andy Burnham coming second in the ballot.

Dozens of new members came to the meeting as well as Labour supporters who also voted to back Corbyn in a consultative ballot.

Corbyn is currently the bookies favourite to win the leadership race having first being ranked as an outsider. Polls are giving him a commanding lead and he has the support of a large number of constituency parties and trade unions, including Unite, Unison and the Communication Workers Union.

The veteran MP is standing on an anti-austerity platform and was the only candidate to vote against the government’s Welfare Reform and Work Bill while the others abstained.

The other candidates in the election are Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendall.

Anyone who wants to vote in the election can do so by registering as a Labour Supporter for £3 before August 12.

Police make new appeal for witnesses to fatal fail-to-stop motorcycle collision

Wythenshawe police investigating a fail-to-stop motorcycle collision in which a pensioner died want to speak to the occupants of Mini at the scene

The occupants of the Mini are believed to be the last people to see the two motorbikes being ridden before the collision took place.  Read More…

Family pay tribute to pensioner killed in Wythenshawe motorcycle collision

The family of a man who died after a collision with a motorbike in south Manchester have paid tribute to him. 
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Woman fighting for life following collision in Wythenshawe

Police are appealing for witnesses to a collision in Wythenshawe which left a 63-year-old woman fighting for her life in hospital.

At around 4pm on Sunday 21st June 2015, the 63-year-old woman and her 38-year-old son were walking along Wythenshawe Road, near to the junction with The Pines when a car mounted the grass verge nearby. 
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