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All Manchester fire crews covering storm incidents

ALL fire engines currently out attending storm related incidents. Greater Manchester Fire And Rescue Service said it currently has all its available resources and fire engines attending storm-related incidents across Greater Manchester.

A spokesman likened the situation to Bonfire Night and urged the public to only dial 999 in an actual emergency.

He said the situation was rare and said the service was under ‘severe pressure’.

In a series of Tweets, the fire service said: “We are currently extremely busy due to a very high number of incidents in relation to the weather.

In the meantime please only call 999 if it is an actual emergency. Think before you call. We are doing our best to respond but are stretched.”


Driver seriously injured after crashing into tree

Car damaged after hitting a tree in Middleton Credit: ITV

A driver is seriously ill in hospital after crashing into a tree earlier this morning.

Emergency services were called to Heywood Old Road in Middleton just before 7am after reports of a crash.

They found a Ford Kia which had come off the road and smashed into a tree.

The 49 year-old man was trapped inside vehicle and fire crews were called to help cut him free.

Police say he is being treated in hospital for life-threatening injuries

The car has been towed away as forensic officers carry out investigations into the cause of the crash.

The car is towed away Credit: ITV


Manchester artist's painting too big to fit through the doors

Magnus Quaife Credit: MEN Syndication

A £22,000 work of art commissioned for an exhibition in Manchester was almost left stuck in the studio because it was too big to fit through the door.

Acclaimed Manchester artist Magnus Quaife had completed the 8 foot by 8 foot canvas at a private studio near Piccadilly station.

But he was unable to get the painting out of Rogue Artists Studios and had to enlist the help of friends to lower it from a first floor window

After the delicate operation - which saw the work lowered from a loading bay that would originally have been used for bales of fabric - the artwork was transferred to the city centre’s Castlefield Gallery.

Painting is lowered from first floor window Credit: MEN Syndication

The artwork, which goes by the title ‘LXVII How an Orgy is Created’, was commissioned by the gallery for their annual Head to Head exhibition which this year will showcase Magnus’s work and is due to open next Friday.

It is one of two similar sized works to be shown alongside a selection of smaller paintings at the upcoming exhibition, influenced by the work of French philosopher and literary theorist, Roland Barthes, to coincide with the centenary of his birth.

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