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Six drivers to be prosecuted following "Gumball Rally" event in Trafford

Police investigating driving offences at a "Gumball Rally" event held at Trafford Park have issued notices of intended prosecution to six drivers.

The motorists have been accused of dangerous driving.

Officers have also located the driver of a white Mercedes AMG, which was filmed colliding with a road sign and widely publicised on social media, and he is due to be interviewed under caution.

The driver of the black Jaguar which also crashed at the event has already been reported for summons for alleged driving offences.

Much of this investigation has been possible due to social media and information from the public, who have clearly been concerned enough about the dangers to contact the police.

“We are continuing our investigation and reviewing all social media and CCTV from the area, but we hope that this sends out a clear message that we will not tolerate such dangerous behaviour on our roads.”

– Chief Inspector Mark Dexter, Greater Manchester Police

Firefighters tackle warehouse blaze

Fire engine at the scene of the blaze. Credit: Greater Manchester Fire Service.

Fire crews remain at the scene of a serious blaze at an industrial unit in Trafford Park.

Roads around the scene on Westinghouse Road are still closed off as the incident continues.

At its height the incident, on Westinghouse Road, involved 40 firefighters at the scene crewing eight fire engines and a Hydraulic Platform vehicle.

The alarm after reports of smoke was seen coming from the building.

Crews were met by intense fire and flames coming through the roof.

Two high pressure hand held jets are currently being used to tackle the fire and an aerial monitor from the Hydraulic Platform Vehicle.

The fire is currently under control and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

The fire in Trafford. Credit: Greater Manchester Fire Service.

"When we first arrived the fire was well alight and there was a lot of smoke coming from the building.

"Firefighters were also faced with an additional hazard as there were a number of cylinders in the unit and adjacent units. They have now been removed so it means that crews can now gain entry to the building and fight the fire.

"The crews worked extremely hard to get the fire under control, which was difficult in such windy conditions."

– Group Manager Ian Bailey, Greater Manchester Fire Service.
Damaged caused by the blaze. Credit: Greater Manchester Fire Service


Police looking for axe-wielding robber in Bowdon

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man wielding an axe stole cigarettes from a shop in Bowdon.

Police say the man is white and between 30-40-years-old Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Police say around 2100 on Monday 28th July 2014, a man entered the Co-op store on Vicarage Lane, Bowdon, carrying an axe and wearing a scarf over his face.

He told the one of the shopkeepers to hand over cash and cigarettes, saying: ‘Do as I say and you won’t get hurt.’

He forced her to empty the contents of the cash drawer into a bag before stealing cigarettes.

Officers say he drove off in a Mercedes E Class saloon with a 06 licence plate, on Vicarage Lane towards Langdon Road.

The man is around 5ft 8in tall Credit: Greater Manchester Police

The man is described as white, around 5ft 8in tall, 30-40 years old with a slim to medium build. Police say he was wearing black baseball cap, a white shirt underneath a brown jacket, dark trousers, black shoes and with a scarf across the lower part of his face.

Detective Constable Paul Walls said: “The offender made off with around £200 cash and £100 in cigarettes.

“Luckily no one was hurt, but the staff were particularly shocked by what happened.

“We are studying CCTV images, but information from potential witnesses could prove invaluable.

“If you have any information, please call Police on 0161 856 7572 or Crimstoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

A motorcyclist dies after crash with lorry

A motorcyclist has died following a collision in Trafford.

Police were called to Westinghouse Road just after 11.05pm on Friday 18 July 2014 to reports of a collision.

Officers found a yellow Yamaha motorcycle had collided with a Scania Articulated lorry.

The 24-year-old man, who was riding the motorcycle, was pronounced dead at the scene.

His pillion passenger a 25-year-old man suffered a head injury and remains in hospital in a critical condition.

Police Constable Peter Cunningham from GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “Our thoughts and sympathies are with this young man's family as they try to come to terms with their loss.

“We are investigating the circumstances leading up to the incident and are appealing for anyone who witnessed or heard the collision, to call us with any information.”

Forget selfies, here come the shapies: get a 3D model of yourself as you shop

Shoppers looking at the models Credit: Manchester Evening News

Shoppers at a supermarket in Manchester can get a mini model of themselves made up before they get their weekly shop.

Asda in Trafford have installed a full body scanner to create 3D replicas known as a shapies.

A model sitting in the store Credit: Manchester Evening News

Anyone who wants a model steps into a booth where cameras take thousands of snapshots from every angle.

Molly Torkington in the scanner Credit: Manchester Evening News

The images are then processed by a computer, which takes 12 seconds to create a 3D model on-screen, with accurate geometric shaping and colouring, to be sent to an off-site 3D printer.

3D image of Molly Torkington Credit: Manchester Evening News

A few days later the customer can then pick up an 8in exact replica of themselves with every tiny detail exactly etched in porcelain.

The models cost £60.

Asda staff member Tommy Hornby with his 3D mini-me model Credit: Manchester Evening News

The scanner was created by the Artec group and the two million pound technology has been use by Nasa, doctors and architects.

Phil Stout, Asda’s innovation manager said: “Manchester is a technology based city and it had the first airport body scanners - so it seemed fitting it should be the first city to get one of these.”

Many customers have already shown interest - from soldiers wanting to leave their replica behind with family, to sports people with their medals, to people on a diet using their model as a motivational tool.

The scanner will be Asda in Trafford until June 22, and if successful could lead to a roll-out across 10 stores this summer.


Judge agrees with Eric Pickles to grant plans for Trafford biomass plant

Eric Pickles, Communities Secretary Credit: PA/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A High Court judge has ruled that a decision made to grant planning approval to a biomass plant proposal in Trafford by the Communities Secretary Eric Pickles was sound. The judgement was made in the Manchester Civil Court on 24 February 2014.

Jon England, project manager at Peel Energy, said: “We now intend to focus our attention on completing the work necessary for the plant to be built so it can start generating renewable electricity for the homes and businesses of Greater Manchester.”

The Breathe Clean Air Group say they're disappointed: The reality of today’s decision means that an incinerator almost as tall as the Chill Factore will be built opposite the stadium of Salford Reds and Sale Sharks Rugby Clubs and only 500m from the nearest homes. It will be a smiling assassin.

The site is partially located in an Air Quality Management Area, where plans should be in place to reduce air pollution for public safety, not add to it.

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