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WATCH: Gary Neville faces hostile backlash

Manchester United legend Gary Neville has faced a hostile public meeting over his plans to build a training ground on greenbelt land.

The footballer turned club owner wants to turn part of a flood plain at Turn Moss in Stretford into training pitches for his club Salford City.

Our correspondent Matt O'Donoghue was at the meeting.


Eileen Blane: fresh appeal to find grandmother's killer a year on from brutal attack

Eileen Blane died in hospital as a result of her injuries. Credit: GMP

The family of a grandmother are appealing for information to find her killer.

Eileen Blane was attacked at her own home in Stretford, one year ago.

The 87 year old was assaulted before her wedding ring was snatched from her hand.

She spent eight weeks in hospital before dying as a result of her injuries. Police are offering a £50,000 reward for any information that leads to a conviction.

Eileen's sons, John and David, have spoken about their loss.

Police officer had 'no case to answer' over death of driver after police pursuit.

'It was humiliating for my family and me' PC Folwell Credit: PA

A police constable cleared of any wrongdoing over the death of a man in a crash following a police chase has described the 18-month Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) investigation as "humiliating".

Luke Campbell, 24, died after the car he was driving collided with a Mini and then a CCTV stand in Stretford in the early hours of February 21 last year.

He was being pursued by a marked police vehicle prior to the crash and the case was referred to the IPCC.

But Pc Simon Folwell, who has had restrictions on his duties since the incident, was told he had "no case to answer" at a gross misconduct hearing last week.

"People assume you have done something wrong," he said.

"It's like you are guilty until proven innocent.

In April, an IPCC spokeswoman said the investigator believed there was evidence that the driver of the police car had a case to answer for gross misconduct in relation to his actions prior to and during the pursuit.

IPCC Associate Commissioner Guido Liguori directed a gross misconduct hearing to take place after Greater Manchester Police disagreed with the watchdog's finding.

It's a job I love doing but I have had to take time off with stress through it all. It just all got too much.

To be frank it was humiliating for me and my family.

– PC Simon Folwell
Officers have to make swift decisions about cars being driven dangerously or illegally - Deputy Chief Constable Credit: PA

Police officers are often met with difficult situations, and police pursuits are among the most challenging operational situations they face.

"Officers often have to make informed, swift, decisions on whether or not to engage with cars that are being driven dangerously or illegally in the safest way possible.

"I would like to offer my condolences to Mr Campbell's family and friends."

– Deputy Chief Constable Ian Pilling

It is absolutely beyond belief that this officer was put through this process for simply doing his job. Pc Folwell acted quite properly and the panel recognised that in finding that there was no case for him to even answer.

I really believe that the time has come for the public to be made aware of the scandalous incompetence of the IPCC and the fact that enormous sums of public money are being wasted on investigations that have no merit.

The IPCC urgently need to have a long hard look at themselves because whoever is responsible for this most recent example of wasting tens of thousands of pounds of public money needs now holding to account them

– Ian Hanson, Greater Manchester Police Federation chairman

Arrest made after man is stabbed 'multiple times' in Stretford

Credit: Google Maps

Police have arrested a 46-year-old man in connection with the incident, which took place on Ripon Road, in Stretford. Officers were called to Ripon Road shortly before 6pm yesterday, following reports of a disturbance. When they arrived, they discovered a man with a number of stab wounds.

He was taken to Manchester Royal Infirmary with wounds to his body and head.

Police say the victim remains in hospital in a stable condition.

A 46-year-old man has been arrested and remains in custody for questioning.

Forensic teams remained in the Ripon and Winchester Road area carrying out investigations until 10.25am this morning.

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