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Families vow to block council over graves

Families in Stockport say they will camp out overnight at a cemetery to stop the council removing tributes left on graves.

Maintenance work is due to begin at Mill Lane Cemetery tomorrow morning and some of those with loved ones buried there have be told to remove the items,

But the families affected say the rules on tributes are insensitive.

In a statement, Cllr Martin Candler, Stockport Council’s Executive Member for Communities and Sustainability, said he understands that it's a sensitive issue.

“The Council will be carrying out routine maintenance work at Mill LaneCemetery which includes turfing graves that require it.

"This happens when plots are filled in an area and has been the standard practice used at cemeteries across the borough for a number of years.

“The Council has written to a small number of people informing them about the work and asking them to remove any items from the graves by Sunday, October 19, as we understand that this is a very sensitive issue.

"The letter also states that once the work has been completed tributes may be placed on the concrete foundations strip adjacent to the headstone, although the agreements people sign when they purchase plots are specific about not allowing tributes.

– Cllr Martin Candler, Stockport Council’s Executive Member for Communities and Sustainability

Headteacher of school at centre of Ebola row criticises parents 'misguided hysteria'

Kofi Mason-Sesay Credit: MEN Syndication

The headteacher of a Stockport school at the centre of an Ebola row has criticised parents for their 'misguided hysteria'. Nine year old Kofi Mason-Sesay, from Sierra Leone, was due to join classes at St Simon's Catholic Primary School in Hazel Grove as part of an arrangement with an education charity. The placement was cancelled after mums and dads said they were worried their children could become infected with the disease, despite him being cleared by health officials.

Kofi’s mum Miriam, who works with the Sierra Leone charity and travels around schools in the UK as part of regular fundraising drives, was told she will also not be allowed to visit the school.

The following letter was sent to parents yesterday:

I understand that there is a lot of misinformation about how Ebola is spread.

“A significant number of parents have been in touch with me to express their fears. As you know, I always listen to parents. Ebola cannot be spread as some parents have suggested.

“There are many parents who believe that the visit should have gone ahead and that we are contributing to misunderstandings by cancelling it.

“In this instance, it has been very hard to juggle justice to Miriam and the views of parents. Of course I would never endanger any child or colleague and I have to put my trust in the professionals.

“It is with great sadness that we decided to cancel the visit; the misguided hysteria emerging is extremely disappointing, distracting us from our core purpose of educating your children and is not an environment that I would wish a visitor to experience.”

– Head teacher Elizabeth Inman


Mother sues after daughter fractures skull in slide fall

A mother is suing a council after her daughter fell off a slide and fractured her skull.

Ella Reger fell from the top of the two-metre high slide in Hazel Grove Credit: Manchester Evening News

Ella Reger fell from the top of the two-metre high slide at Clarendon Road Park in Hazel Grove in 2012 when she was five-years-old.

Since then her mother Rebecca Farndell has launched a campaign for parks to be made safer and now Stockport council bosses removed play equipment from 16 parks and play areas because they didn’t have safety flooring.

It's claimed in a report that the slide was at least 30-years-old Credit: Manchester Evening News

An independent report commissioned by her solicitors said Ella was not at fault and claims the council repeatedly ignored a warning to make improvements to both the park and the slide, which was at least 30-years-old.

A council spokesman said it is aware of the case but cannot comment due to ongoing legal proceedings.

Something in the water? Care home colleagues give birth to boys within weeks of each other

The mums and their boys. Credit: Manchester Evening News

Six colleagues all found out they were pregnant - and all gave birth to boys within weeks of each other.

The staff at Berrycourt Manor Care Home, in Stockport, have shared their celebrations after the arrival of their boys.

Faye Kara, a senior carer at the home in Romily, was delighted when her five colleagues all announced pregnancies, only to discover she was three months pregnant - and due before anyone else.

The mums and their boys. Credit: Manchester Evening News

“It was just every week someone was coming in and saying: ‘I’ve got something to tell you’.

"Everyone is convinced there’s something in the water.”

– Faye Kara, senior carer

Along with fellow senior carer Katie Fitzpatrick, and care assistants Kirsty Laing, Danielle Ogden, Chelbi Harrison and Lauren O'Neill, Faye is now enjoying her maternity leave after being the first to give birth - to son Reuben on July 7.

Just three days later, colleague Katie had her son Cobey James.

“She was messaging me while I was in labour to see how it was going because she knew she’d be doing it next. When I was leaving hospital I was putting the baby in the car when she arrived doubled over in agony.

“I said I felt really bad for her because I knew what she was about to go through.”

– Faye Kara.
The mums and their boys. Credit: Manchester Evening News

And just weeks later, on July 30, work-mate Lauren had Charlie James.

The remaining three first-time mums all gave birth in August.

Kirsty had Leo on August 6 and just four days later on August 10, Danielle gave birth to Harry Bryan.

Last but not least, Chelbi had Isaac Jack on August 22.

Del Boy's pal Boycie on why he loves Stockport

The actor John Challis who played Boycie from Only Fools and Horses is bringing his new one man show to the North West.

Our entertainment correspondent Caroline Whitmore went along to his favourite theatre, the Stockport Plaza, to find out more about the show and meet the man behind that famous laugh:

Click here to find out more about Only Fools and Boycie, An Evening with John Challis

The show can be seen at Viva Blackpool on September 27 and Stockport Plaza, on October 18.

Centre opens in Stockport to help victims of abuse

A centre which helps people who have been abused in childhood says the Jimmy Saville case has lead to a 300 percent rise in people asking for support.

The charity is opening a new centre in Stockport, the first outside of London and is looking for volunteers.

File photograph of Jimmy Savile Credit: PA

One of the managers at The National Association for People Abused in Childhood centre told ITV News about the horrifying abuse she suffered as a child.


Stockport teacher dies after alleged attack

A teacher who was left fighting for her life after an alleged attack at her Stockport home has died. Mother-of-two Rukshana Miah, 35, was taken to hospital following an incident at her home in Longford Road West, North Reddish, on August 18. A Home Office postmortem found she died as a result of compression on the neck. A man has been charged with attempted murder.

Rukshana Miah Credit: MEN

An inspirational story for anyone thinking of going into business

Francesca Cassinelli started out as a beauty-shop assistant at 13, but now she's running the place all by herself after paying her way through college.

She's gone from floor sweeper to businesswoman in seven short years.

Francesca, from Stockport, started at the salon when she did work experience, and when the owners left, she saw her chance and bought the business.

Francessca has plans to expand her business and open up more salons - and she has a few words of advice for any other aspiring entrepreneurs.

Tim Scott reports:

Arsonists torch cars in Stockport

Arson attack caught on camera Credit: MEN Syndication

Police are hunting arsonists who caused £16,000 damage after torching four cars in an early hours rampage. An Audi A3, Volkswagen Jetta, Seat Ibiza and a Citroen Nemo were set on fire in two Stockport streets yesterday morning.

Residents were woken up by ‘huge whooshing sounds’ after thugs doused the vehicles in lighter fluid or petrol before setting them ablaze.

Police believe two or three people were behind the 2am attacks. And residents in the Hazel Grove suburb described how they sprang out of their beds in a bid to douse the flames.

Police are calling for anyone with any information to contact them.

Damage caused by arson attacks Credit: MEN Syndication
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