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Royal wedding celebrations are taking place across the region

People in Cadishead, Salford are celebrating the royal wedding in style with face-painting, barbecues, a bouncy castle and lots of cake. Organiser Faye Louise Stafford says she's not even had chance to watch the royal wedding yet.



Kellogg's workers offered 'summer hours scheme'

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Hundreds of workers at food firm Kellogg's are being offered the chance to finish work at noon on Fridays under a "summer hours scheme".

The 420 staff based at the company's head office in Salford will be able to leave early, starting this week, provided they have completed their contracted hours.

Kellogg's said the initiative, which runs until September, will actually improve productivity and give staff the flexibility to have a long weekend break.

"Flexible working is something we take very seriously at Kellogg's and we encourage all our UK office-based employees to make the most of the summer hours scheme.

"Research shows people who feel they have a good work-life balance work 21% harder than those who don't.

"Summer hours is part of a package we offer to ensure we provide work-life balance opportunities to all employees"

– Sue Platt, Kellogg's

Watch: Astonishing moment van rams police car

A man who rammed a police car with a stolen transit van during a pursuit has been jailed.

Daniel Cowell, 25, of Mayan Avenue, Salford has been sentenced at Manchester Crown Square today, Friday 20 April 2018, to five years and four months in prison.

He previously pleaded guilty to criminal damage with intent to endanger life, aggravated taking without owners consent (TWOC), driving without insurance and driving without a license.

Shortly before 3.15am on Tuesday 5 September 2017, officers in an unmarked police car were patrolling Salford when they began pursuing a stolen Ford Transit van.

During the pursuit, the van - which had been stolen from an address in Little Hulton - turned around quickly and drove directly at the patrol car, ramming into them, before driving off.

The two officers in the patrol car had to receive hospital treatment and were unable to continue their usual duties for a period of time. Thankfully they returned to work and the same officers spotted Cowell driving a stolen Renault Megan one evening a number of weeks later.

He again attempted to ram the officers off the road but this time they managed to stop Cowell and he was arrested.

MP slams company over 'devastating' job losses

An MP has vowed to lobby the Prime Minister after online retailer Shop Direct announced plans to pull out of Greater Manchester, with the loss of almost 2,000 jobs.

The company, which owns Littlewoods and Very, said it would begin to close its distribution centres in Shaw, Oldham, and Little Hulton in Salford, as well as its returns centre at Raven Mill in Chadderton, in 2020.

Debbie Abrahams, the Oldham East and Saddleworth MP, said she would be writing to Theresa May to demand the PM and government ministers are ‘fully engaged’ in supporting affected workers.

She also blasted the company for failing to engage with both herself and Oldham council before announcing the news.

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