Manchester Evening News

Articles from November 7, 2012

181 'Chances Missed' to Stop Child-Sex Abuse ; Health Worker's Claim to Commons Inquiry Former Council Chief's Evidence 'Disturbing'
ROCHDALE council's social services team for children missed 181 chances to stop young girls being groomed for sex, an inquiry was told.In a damning and tearful 30-minute testimony from a frontline sexual health worker, it was claimed bosses ignored scores...
Allegations of Abuse Deserve Most Thorough Investigations
ADISMAL picture of caring services failing to live up to their name emerges from the Home Affairs select committee.The sex grooming scandal in Rochdale - which led to nine men being jailed for 77 years for grooming five youngsters for sex - caused a...
Briefing
^ THE gender pay gap in the north west is wider than the national average, figures showed today.The Chartered Management Institute's annual gender salary survey found the average female executive in the region earns Pounds 10,092 a year less than her...
Child-Porn Shame of Postie Who Also Hoarded Mail ; He Sank into Sordid Web World While off Sick
APAEDOPHILE postman downloaded thousands of sickening images of children while off work with stress. When police raided Richard Brierley's home they found a computer full of pornography - and also discovered a huge stash of undelivered mail.Brierley,...
Coroner Slams 'Ghetto Blaster' Neighbours of Heart Tragedy Man, 64 ; Inquest Says His Death Was Caused by stressMusic Player Was Put on Couple's Doorstep
A CORONER has slammed neighbours of a man who died of a heart attack after a row over loud music.Patrick Gallagher, 64, was found collapsed at his Rochdale home after a 'ghetto blaster' was put on his doorstep. He died in hospital three days later.Now...
Don't Dump Nani, Pleads Braga Boss ; Portuguese Chief Tells Fergie That His Former Protege Will Come Good for United. James Robson Reports
SIR Alex Ferguson has been told not to give up on Nani - by the man who discovered him.SC Braga coach Jose Peseiro gave the Portuguese international his first chance at Sporting Lisbon before he headed to Old Trafford.Now Nani's United career teeters...
Fired-Up Shakers Leave Feeble Latics Floundering ; Dickov Fumes in Wake Players' Insipid Display
OLDHAM 1 BURY 2 AS a player Paul Dickov was famed for his tenacity and willingness to harass and pester.At Boundary Park last night all those qualities were on show - only it was Kevin Blackwell's Bury and not his Oldham side that displayed them.Sharp,...
Freddie's Ashes Appeal ; Old Trafford Should Always Be One of Test Series Venues, Says Lancashire Hero
ANDREW Flintoff insists every home Ashes series should include a Test match at Old Trafford. And the former England skipper has urged the England and Wales Cricket Board to revert back to the six traditional old Test match venues for the greatest showpiece...
Freedman Draws on Blank Check
BOLTON 0 LEICESTER 0 A TALE of two goalkeepers ensured Bolton's first scoreless draw for 32 games and another game unbeaten for new manager Dougie Freedman.Bolton's Adam Bogdan and former City starlet Kasper Schmeichel produced Premier League calibre...
Giants Duo to Return for Champions Test
MANCHESTER Giants will have two of their walking wounded back for Friday's testing trip to champions Newcastle.But Jeff Jones' men will still be facing potentially their stiffest challenge of the season so far. Nathan Schall and James Griffiths will...
Hattersley at the Double to Maintain County's Home Run ; NON-LEAGUE ROUND-UP
GOALS from Danny Hattersley and Matty Mainwaring made it four home wins from five as Stockport beat Barrow 3-1. Jim Gannon's players had much the better of the first half-hour before Hattersley opened the scoring, converting Sean Newton's cross.The same...
Heart Defect Killed Newlywed as He Played Football ; Victim Was Unaware of His Fatal Condition Tragedy Just Five Months after Wedding
ANEWLYWED husband died while playing football because of a rare heart defect.Andrew Holt, 23, collapsed during a five-a-side game at Priestnall School in Heaton Mersey, Stockport.He never knew he had been suffering from a rare condition which affects...
Help Was at Hand for Adoptive Parents Who 'Had Reached a Crisis Point' ; MATTHEW, 39, Speaks of His Experiences of Adopting Two Sisters
'We tried to have our own family, but it didn't work out. After a lot of consideration we decided to adopt. I grew up around foster children, as my parents ran children's homes in Stockport. My wife and I talked about how we should go about adopting,...
How Mancini's Euro Flops Rated ; M.E.N. Sport's Robert Dawson Gives His Marks out of 10 for the Blues
JOE HART WAS left horribly exposed for Ajax's first two goals from set pieces but prevented De Jong from getting a hat-trick with two athletic saves in the second half.7 PABLO ZABALETA MAKING his first start since the beginning of October, the right-back...
'I Knew It Was Not Going to Be Plain Sailing' ; Parenting Children Who Have Had a Difficult Start in Life Can Be Very Challenging but Also Exceptionallyrewarding as These Adoptive Parents Have Discovered
FIVE-YEAR-OLD Chloe let adoptive father Seamus know the challenges he had in store from day one. As he was being introduced to the little girl who would be his daughter, her foster parents suggested Seamus take Chloe to the park."She had an outrageous...
Justice Is Now Being Done for All 'Harrys'
OF the thousands of people I have interviewed over the years, Harry is one I will never forget.For reasons that will become obvious, Harry was not his real name. He was a big craggy bloke who lived in a tough area of Manchester. But thinly concealed...
Keeping Kids Away from Crime ; Charity Tries to Reduce Antisocial Behaviour
ACHARITY dedicated to making Manchester a safer place has become the next good cause to join the M.E.N. Wish List.Mancunian Way is an antisocial behaviour reduction charity. It works with young people and aims to stop them taking up a life of crime.Charity...
Look at Our Boys' Fire Injuries and Learn, Say Mums ; Jordan, 15, Suffers Burns to His Entire faceYoungsters Threw Cans of Aerosol Spray on Blaze
THESE images show the horrific burns left on the faces of teenagers who were injured when they and pals threw aerosol cans on a bonfire.Jordan Lewis, 15, was the most seriously injured of five teenagers who had to flee for help after a fire in a wheelie...
Meet the Man Who Khan Make Me a Champ ; Haroon Turns to Trainer Famously Dumped by His Brother Amir
HAROON Khan has teamed up with the trainer that his older brother Amir famously dumped. The Commonwealth bronze medallist has turned to Oliver Harrison, who guided Amir from an amateur to a 17-fight undefeated professional career before their sudden...
M.E.N. Puts Police Chief Hopefuls on Spot Ahead of Ballot ; Candidates Say Victims Are Number One Priority but Hustings Leave Some Voters Cold
M.E.N. readers put Greater Manchester's police commissioner hopefuls in the hot seat at a lively debate as voters prepare to go to the polls in next week's landmark elections.Four of the five candidates bidding to be the region's first police and crime...
Missing Kacey, 8, Pal's House by Police Helicopter ; Girl Vanished on Way Home from Gran's House Neighbours Help in Four- Hour Search
AN eight-year-old schoolgirl sparked a four-hour police hunt before turning up safe just yards from her home.Kacey Richardson went missing at 11am after leaving her grandparents' house on Florist Street, Shaw Heath, Stockport.Tony and Eva Jansen raised...
Mitchell IS Poised to Take Sharks Job ; Sale Confident Kiwi Coach Will Take Up Role, Writes Neil Leigh
JOHN Mitchell is still primed to get on board as a highlevel coaching consultant with Sale Sharks - inspite of the noises coming out of South Africa suggesting otherwise.The former All Blacks head coach has been helping Sale on an ad- hoc basis for the...
[Mu] Dale Grab Late Leveller against 10-Man Port Vale
PORT VALE 2 ROCHDALE 2 ROCHDALE put in a valiant performance to come back from 2-0 down after Port Vale were reduced to 10 men.Tom Pope scored both of Port Vale's goals either side of half time, but Rochdale came way with a point after Bobby Grant and Andrew...
Murray Exit Was Bolt out of the Blue
LAST week I took one of my latest prospects Callum Smith to spar with superstar Carl Froch.It was a 100-mile round trip to Sheffield - but it is impossible to calculate the benefit that experience will have on Callum's career.For him, it was one of the...
My World Cup Fear as England Lack X-Factor ; Andy Gregory on Why McNamara's Men Will Play Second Fiddle to Aussies and Kiwis
ANDY Gregory says England boss Steve McNamara must be a worried man with the World Cup coming up.Gregory claims England lack genuine quality at scrum-half - a key position Gregory made his own for club and country during an illustrious playing career.Gregory,...
'Noonan' Fears Vetoes Death Pub Reopening ; Landlady Denies Lotto Win Bankrolled Bid
ASALFORD pub has been stopped from reopening - amid fears it could have been bankrolled by the notorious Noonan family using a Pounds 1m lottery win. Landlady Cheryl Gibbons and her husband Patrick wanted to relaunch The Wellington pub in Regent Road,...
Now the Only Way Is Up, Says a Relieved Cueto
WINGER Mark Cueto admitted if felt like Sale had 'won the league' in the immediate aftermath of last Friday's 21-9 victory over London Irish, writes PAUL HANDLER.And the 32-year-old hopes the confidence gained from their first Premiership win will provide...
Parents Find 'Staff Training' Teachers at Wedding Party ; Pupils Had Been Sent Home Early from Class Head Insists Families Were Not Misled
ASCHOOL has admitted that teachers went to a colleague's wedding - after pupils were sent home for 'staff training' time.Around 380 children were sent home at lunchtime from St Hilda's School on Tilbury Street, Oldham.Parents had been given a letter...
Phoenix Bid to Fan Flames of Success ; Ice Hockey Club in Prime Position to Maintain Heritage and Launch an Assault on All Fronts, Writes Ross McLean
THE city's rich ice hockey heritage appears well and truly intact with Manchester Phoenix thriving and set for an assault on all fronts this season. Following the temporary derailment of the campaign last week with a Halloween horror result at Peterborough Phantoms,...
Referee Cost Us the Game Insists Fuming Zabaleta
CITY players were 'frustrated and disappointed' at the refereeing decisions which have left their Champions League hopes all but dashed.The Blues had a good goal disallowed for offside and were dramatically denied a penalty in the last seconds of the...
Roberto: We Now Require a Miracle ; Boss Admits Blues Are on Brink of Euro exitBut Mancini Still Has Hopes of Lifting Trophy
ROBERTO Mancini has admitted City's Champions League fate is now in the hands of the gods.But he believes that if his team can win their final two group games against Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund and sneak into the knock-out rounds, City's name...
Salute to Jacky, a Very Special Nurse ; She Scoops National Award for Her Work Praise for Dedicated Team of Medics
ASPECIALIST nurse has been named the best in the country for her long devotion to helping burns victims.Jacky Edwards, who works at Wythenshawe hospital, received the prestigious Nurse of the Year title at this year's Nursing Times Awards. The 47-year-old,...
Secured Mail Delivering Soaring Revenue Growth ; Turnover Increases from Pounds 48m to Pounds 68m Plans to Invest for Further Expansion
POSTAL operator Secured Mail today delivered another year of stellar revenue growth and announced plans to invest more than Pounds 1m for further expansion. Customer wins and an acquisition in the south helped Secured Mail, which is based in Warrington, increase...
Sickener for Blues as Hopes Hang by a Thread ; Disallowed 'Goal' and Penalty Claim Controversy Leave City Hoping for Euro Qualification Miracle
CITY 2 AJAX 2 CITY'S famed powers of recovery from hopeless situations deserted them last night, to leave their Champions League hopes hanging by the slenderest of threads.The Blues were left cursing referee Peter Rasmussen and his fellow Danish officials,...
So Purple Peps Up Wi-Fi ; Marketing Tool to Help Venues Grow Their brandCustomers to Get Free Internet If They 'Like' Firm
AN internet service provider is looking to drive growth by providing technology which enables venues such as cafes and bars to offer free wi-fi to customers who endorse them through social media.So Purple, which is based in Delph, near Saddleworth, says...
Stand Up and Help Old Folk! ; City Bidding to Be the Most Elderly-friendlyNew York Expert Helps Build on Seats Drive
MANCHESTER is taking the lead from New York in a bid to be Britain's most elderly-friendly city.Academics and charity staff gathered at the town hall to meet an expert from the Big Apple, where more than 50 initiatives have been launched to help older...
Talking Point
ROBERTO Mancini was right to demand respect in his pre-Ajax press conference.Winning the FA Cup and Premier League title in back-to-back seasons in England, and three Serie A titles with Inter Milan, mark him out as one of the most successful domestic...
The Big Banger Theory ; Comic Al Gets Serious to Judge Best sausagesManchester Sausage's Nutmeg Spice Wins Day
AS one of the nation's favourite comedians, you'd think Pub Landlord Al Murray would be having a jokey field day surrounded by sausages in Manchester.But he was taking his judging duties for this year's British Sausage Week awards very, very seriously.He...
Thousands to Salute Our Fallen Heroes ; Remembrance Sunday Services across regionRoyal British Legion Expects Record Turnout
THOUSANDS will gather in solemn silence on Remembrance Sunday to honour the memories of soldiers from across Greater Manchester who gave their lives in war.Services and parades will be held at churches and war memorials across the region on Sunday, which...
Tragedy of Mentally-Ill Mum Who Killed the Girl She Loved ; She Feared Daughter Was Being 'Persecuted' Court Told She 'Will Regret It for Rest of Life'
AMENTALLY-ill mum killed the daughter she loved because she believed she was protecting her from being 'persecuted' by neighbours.Chantelle Blake, 32, smothered four-year-old Kaiya at the home they shared in Moss Side, Manchester Crown Court heard.The...
We Are Good Enough to Win It ; Sir Alex Ferguson Insists His Squad Can Match the Glory Days of His Previous European Champions
SIR Alex Ferguson celebrated 26 years in charge of United yesterday - and immediately focused his attention on adding to his incredible record at Old Trafford.The United manager was in little mood for nostalgia at SC Braga's Estadio Municipal.Instead...
We'll Fight This Disgraceful Plan to Axe Children's Centres, Say MPs ; Town Hall Consults on Shutting 10 out of 16council Will Save Pounds 1.9m under Controversial Plan
MPS have vowed to fight 'disgraceful' plans to shut more than half of a borough's children's centres.Town hall bosses at Trafford are proposing to close 10 out of 16 centres as part of a Pounds 34m cuts package.But Stretford and Urmston MP Kate Green...
We're on Sky! Neville Plans Pitch on the Roof of His Hotel ; Reds Vow to Fight Plan Next to Old Trafford
should not therefore be accepted." In May United lodged FORMER United star Gary Neville wants to build a football pitch on TOP of his new hotel.The United legend already has permission for his 139-bed hotel and supporters club in the shadow of Old Trafford...
We've Done the Double! Football Kids on Winner in Charity Bonanza ; Website Helps Groups Cash in on donationsPounds 63k Raised for Good Causes in Just a Month
CHARITIES are cashing in thanks to a new website which doubles supporters' donations.Localgiving.com has already helped raise nearly Pounds 63,000 for good causes across Greater Manchester since its launch last month.Through government funding, it is...
We Were Mummy and Daddy Right from the Start
THOUGH they didn't realise it at the time, Cat Charles and her husband, Nigel, are exactly the kind of people social workers are looking for as adopters. They thought their age - they were both in their 40s - and their outlook (they didn't want to completely...
What Blues Fans Are Saying on Our Website
REFEREE!Sheikh rattle and roll WE were robbed.True Blue CUE the "we can concentrate on the league now" and "I hope we lose again and avoid the Europa League".Paul WELL if we get knocked out be afraid, very afraid. I fancy the double this year and...
What United Fans Are Saying on Our Website
^ UNITED are doing brilliantly, considering the amount of injuries and set-backs we have had over the last two season. And the passion and fire is now showing in the team's performance. Onwards and upwards and to blazes with the begrudgers.Brendan Kelly...
You're a Tory MP, Get Yourself out of There! ; Nadine Suspended for Joining Reality TV Show
THE Tory Party have suspended MP Nadine Dorries for planning to appear on TV show I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.A party spokesman said: "George Young has suspended the whip from Nadine Dorries. He will have an urgent meeting with her when she gets...
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