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Giant 8ft sculpture of Jeremy Clarkson's leaves residents in Salford stunned

The giant sculpture of Clarkson dominates the front garden. Credit: Manchester Evening News.

A towering 8-ft high bust of the television presenter Jeremy Clarkson in a front garden has left Salford residents stunned.

The fibreglass sculpture was won by teenager Zohaib Alam, after entering a competition run by Clarkson's Amazon Prime show, The Grand Tour.

Its now standing in his front garden after being lifted into place by a crane.

Zohaib, 15, entered the contest with Clarkson’s new motoring show The Grand Tour on behalf of his dad Zaheer.

But the family never dreamed they’d win.

The huge sculpture will remain in place on a wooden plinth in their small front garden as a publicity stunt for the next fortnight.

The youngster said it has raised eyebrows on the street.

Zohaib with his sculpture of Jeremy Clarkson. Credit: Manchester Evening News.

“My dad loves the show and I love those types of programme too.

"I tweeted the show after I saw the competition and suddenly I got a tweet back to ask if our front garden was big enough for Jeremy Clarkson’s head.

“I know Jeremy Clarkson has got a big head but we said it would fit after we found out the dimensions. It was amazing when we found out that we had won. It’s the first time we’ve won anything.

“Everyone came out of their houses when it was delivered. It was a bit awkward and people were taking photographs, but it’s only a bit of fun. I think the idea is that the heads will move around from place to place. Everyone on the street is talking about us and the statue and we want to thank them for their patience.”

– Zohaib Alam

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Police arrest 22-year-old man after Salford Church fire

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Police in Salford have arrested a 22-year-old man in connection with the fire at the Church of Ascension in Broughton.

At 11.20pm on Sunday February 12, police were called by the fire service after a fire broke out at the Church of Ascension on Broughton Lane, Lower Broughton.

An investigation was launched and officers are treating the incident as arson.

A 22-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of arson and has been bailed until March 30.

Detective Sergeant Karl Dalton, of GMP’s Salford Borough, said:

We have tasked a team of detectives with this investigation and made significant progress since the large fire took hold and destroyed the church.

I would like to thank the public for their support which has helped us make some positive steps forward following our appeal for information on Monday.

However, we are continuing to investigate and it is still vital that anyone with information gets in touch as soon as possible.

In particular, we need to speak with anyone who may have seen a group of youths on bikes near to the church around the time of the fire.

– Detective Sergeant Karl Dalton
  • Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 0161 856 5461 or 101 and quote the reference number 2352 of 12/02/17, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Wanted: Luke Bidgood from Salford

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Police are appealing for the public’s help to trace a wanted man from Salford.

Luke Bidgood, 19, was made subject of two court orders in 2016 which he has since breached and as a result is now wanted.

Anyone who sees Bidgood or has information about his whereabouts should not approach him but contact police on 101 immediately or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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Salford man charged with sexual offences

A man from Salford has been charged with sexual offences.

Aryan Kadiri, 30, of Tooley House, Eccles, has been charged with indecent exposure and has been remanded to custody.

He is due to appear at Salford and Manchester Magistrates’ Court this coming Friday.

On Sunday January 29, police received a report of a man indecently exposing himself near to Tooley House, Eccles.

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