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Protests over future of Trafford's school crossing patrols

A headteacher has told ITV Granada Reports that Trafford Council is 'potentially putting children's lives at risk' - with plans to cut school crossing patrols.

Parents and pupils have been fighting to save their local lollipop men and women.

Trafford Council says it has to make savings of £42 million and schools could be forced to find the money themselves.

Our political correspondent Joe Pike reports:


Tribute to Urmston man: 'A really likeable man who lived life to the full'

Phillip Owen Credit: GMP

The family of a 42 year old man who died in Urmston have paid tribute to him.

Phillip Owen's body was found at his home on Gloucester Road at 7pm last Sunday evening.

He had a single stab wound to his neck.

Detectives have launched a murder investigation and are now appealing to the public for information.

He was a good brother and son and always worked really hard at everything he did. He could make friends in a second and was a really likeable person who lived live to the full.

– Family tribute

This is now a murder enquiry and we will do everything we can to bring those responsible to justice.

“Our thoughts are with Phillip’s family at this difficult time and specially trained officers are on hand to offer their support.

“We are now appealing for the public’s help with our investigation, any information you have could be a vital part of the jigsaw.

“The loss of any loved one is heart breaking but for the victim’s family and friends to lose him like this must be unbearable and I would urge anyone with knowledge to get in touch with us.”

– Detective Superintendent Jon Chadwick, Head of GMP’s Major Incident Team

Anyone with information should call police on 101, quoting incident number 2397 of 30/10/16, or Crimestoppers,


Man found dead in Urmston was 'days away' from celebrating his birthday

63-year-old Jia Li Huang was found dead in a property in Urmston on Monday having suffered head injuries. Credit: Greater Manchester Police

A man who was discovered dead in a property in Greater Manchester was just days away from celebrating his birthday, his grieving family revealed.

Police launched a murder inquiry after 63-year-old Jia Li Huang was found dead in a property in Urmston on Monday having suffered head injuries.

A man was tasered at the scene in response to his "aggressive behaviour" before being arrested on suspicion of murder, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said.

The 63-year-old, a British national with Chinese and Vietnamese heritage, was described as an "amazing" family man by his two daughters and son.

"My father was an amazing person, he was brave and he thought he was invincible, but sadly his life was taken away.

"He would sometimes speak about how much he loved our mother and how they had plans to grow old together, he can now do that and be at peace with her.

"This was not supposed to happen, he was supposed to come home, have dinner and nap on the couch, just a normal family evening.

"We were ready to celebrate his birthday on Friday and then after that wish him to have lots of fun on his holiday to Vietnam and China to see his family.

"We never thought we would lose our father this way. It is such a horrible way to die, he never deserved this, he was a good man."

– Family statement

Officers discovered the victim's body after they were called to Atkinson Road, Urmston, at around 12.30pm on Monday to reports of concerns for the welfare of a woman with a head injury.

She was taken to hospital for treatment, while the arrested man remains in custody.

"We are in the very early stages of our inquiries but I would like to extend my sincere condolences to the family of this man.

"Local residents may notice an increase in police presence as we conduct our inquiries and should they have any concerns about this incident then I would say feel free to approach these officers and raise them."

– Detective Inspector Carl Gilbert, Greater Manchester Police
  • Anybody with information should contact Greater Manchester Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Teen arrested in connection with supplying 13-year-old boy with ecstasy bailed

13-year-old boy who was hospitalised last weekend after taking MDMA Credit: ITV Granada

A 15-year-old boy who was arrested on suspicion of supplying drugs to a 13-year-old boy who was hospitalised last weekend after taking MDMA, has been released on bail, police have confirmed.

A spokesperson for GMP said:

A 15-year-old boy from the Trafford area was arrested yesterday (Tuesday 12 July 2016) on suspicion of supplying Class A drugs and perverting the course of justice. He has been bailed until 26 August 2016.

There is currently no update on the condition of the 13-year-old boy. He remains in a critical but stable condition.

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