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Rat poison found dumped on Salford street

Credit: Manchester Evening News Syndication
Credit: Manchester Evening News Syndication

Lives have been put at risk after rat poison was scattered on a busy street, say council officers.

Twice this week large quantities of pellets were found on the pavement of Great Cheetham Street East in Higher Broughton, Salford.

It is suspected it was put down to kill pigeons but the council says the culprits are putting local children, pets, and wildlife at risk - and say the bait is not effective for tackling pigeons.

They have warned warning that those responsible could face criminal charges for littering and are asking the public to come forward with information to help catch the culprit.

Credit: Manchester Evening News Syndication

“We’ve had four previous reports of someone scattering rat poison pellets in Great Cheetham Street East at the junction with Bevendon Square, near the Oriental Pearl takeaway.

“We cleaned it up on Monday and the following day had to go back again and clean up an even more widespread scattering. We estimate about half a bucket load was put down.

“We’re not sure why someone would do such an irresponsible thing but we suspect they think it will kill pigeons roosting on the roof of the Oriental Pearl takeaway.

“The pigeons are unlikely to touch pellets like this but if children or pets or wildlife ate a lot of them they could become seriously ill.

“The most effective way to get rid of pigeons is for local people to stop feeding them.

“People may think it’s harmless to throw a bit of bread out for the pigeons or throw down bits of their lunch for them but it only encourages them to hang around the area.

“If there is no food for them they will move on elsewhere.

“Though these pellets are widely available to the public, council officials only use them after a careful risk assessment.

“We make sure they are placed where rats and mice can get to them but other wildlife and humans can’t.

“To simply throw them down in the middle of a busy street is totally irresponsible and it must stop immediately.”

– Salford Council Spokesperson
Credit: Manchester Evening News Syndication

The pellets are thought to contain difenacoum which has been used in Europe for over 30 years and is particularly effective against rodents.

However it is a potent poison for all mammals and should be kept well away from non-targets, animals and humans. Anyone with any information should call 0161 909 6500.

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Baby born premature to Bolton couple in Spain

Tiny Freddie Jackson in hospital in Benidorm Credit: Manchester Evening News Syndication

A couple have spoken of the dramatic premature birth of their son 1,400 miles from home and their bid to remain by his side.

Jordan Jackson, 21, and girlfriend Karla Hornby, 29, had been holidaying in Benidorm to have a ‘final relax’ before the arrival of their son.

Karla was not expecting for another 12 weeks and the couple – from Breightmet, Bolton – had been enjoying a day beside the pool last Saturday when her waters unexpectedly broke.

The fashion jewellery retailer was rushed to San Juan Hospital in Alicante and was given an emergency caesarean section after her son’s heart stopped beating.

Freddie Jackson was born at 5.45pm later that day weighing 2lb and has been under close observation at San Juan since.

Jordan, an army supplier in the Royal Logistics Core, said the experience had been ‘one of the most nerve wracking’ of his life.

Jordan Jackson with his girlfriend Karla Hornby Credit: Manchester Evening News Syndication

“When her waters broke I didn’t know what to think, I just rang an ambulance straight away. I couldn’t get in with her so I had to get a taxi, it was one of the most nerve wracking experiences of my life, my mind and heart were racing. I arrived at the hospital and I was in the waiting room for 45 minutes, no one was speaking English, it was horrible. I was told that she needed an emergency c-section as every time she had a contraction Freddie’s heart stopped.”

– Jordan Jackson

“It just doesn’t feel real, this would have been terrifying in Bolton let alone hundreds of miles away.

Jordan has been brilliant, I don’t know what I would have done without him.”

– Karla Hornby

The couple have had an added drama, however, as they need to find £750 to remain in their hotel for a month while Freddie is nursed to health.

The couple’s insurance company had agreed to put them up in another hotel three miles away, but due to a lack of public transport Jordan explained that this was not an option. He said: “The other hotel is too far away and we want to be seeing Freddie once or twice a day, if we moved it would be very difficult as we would have to get expensive taxis.”

Friends back home have rallied around the pair and have set up a fund-raising page, which has so far raised £150, to pay their hotel bill. Visit gofundme.com/st3kxfk

Liverpool Pals remembered where they left for war

The Liverpool Pals being inspected by Lord Kitchener in March 2015 Credit: PA

A memorial to the wartime Liverpool 'Pals' will be unveiled on Merseyside later. The Pals were ordinary men who left their jobs to bolster the professional army in the First World War. They'd been called to arms by Lord Kitchener's stirring posters proclaiming 'Your Country Needs You'. A plaque will be unveiled at Prescot Railway station where six thousand men left from on 30 April 1915 to fight in France, many didn't return.

The current Lord Derby will unveil the memorial Credit: PA

They were the first volunteers recruited by the then Lord Derby who said he wanted a regiment of 'pals'. The current Earl of Derby will unveil the plaque today.

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By George! It could be a record...

St George's Day festival is being held in Lytham Credit: PA

Hundreds of Georges are being called upon to be part of a world record in Lytham today as part of celebrations of England's patron saint. Organisers are trying to gather 1,097 people named George as part of the St George's Day celebrations in Lytham. If you want to take part go to the green close to the famous Lytham Windmill between 8.30am and 1.30pm! Architect and TV presenter George Clarke is one of those who'll be there...just 1,096 others to go

TV's George Clarke will be at Lytham Green for the record attempt Credit: PA

Spotlight on Warrington South

In our continuing look at the region's key marginals Ann O'Connor goes to Warrington South where it's all to play for in a seat where the Conservatives have a slim majority

Here's the full list of candidates for the Warrington South seat in the General Election 2015

  • Bob Barr Liberal Democrat
  • Kevin Bennett TUSC
  • Nick Bent Labour
  • Stephanie Davies, Green
  • Mal Lingley UKIP
  • David Mowat Conservative

Anglers may use Rochdale Canal

Of all the things you might expect to see in a busy city centre, dozens of anglers fishing for pike and carp would perhaps seem the least likely.

But an agreement between a canals charity and the world's oldest angling club means it should happen on the Rochdale canal in Manchester.

Its once polluted waters are now clean enough to allow it to be restocked with fish. Adam McClean reports

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