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Wednesday 18 August 2010

Rusholme incident

Incident in Rusholme

As I arrived in Rusholme on my bike at 8 o’clock on Monday night I was startled to hear the sound of breaking glass and see a man falling backwards out of Subway.

He was clutching a broken bottle by the neck and a member of staff was holding up a chair in self-defence, in much the same way as a lion-tamer might do.

Almost immediately a car screeched to a halt on Wilmslow Road and two men jumped out. One flipped open a collapsible truncheon and, shouting, they grabbed the man who was staggering about with his female friend.

It was a bizarre scene as they marched him down the street. One of the men giving him what I would describe as a ‘good talking to’. They disappeared around the corner and I went into Tesco.

By the time I came out, the man was back and sitting next to the cash machine asking for money. It seems there were no consequences for him, whereas the staff of Subway were left to clear up the glass and no doubt felt shattered themselves after the frightening experience.

I’ve witnessed several other incidents like this in recent years. It’s awful that people who work in shops have to put up with it.


Filed under: Crime,Documentary,Manchester — GS @ 3:51 am
Friday 7 August 2009

Manchester’s violent night-time culture claims another victim

Michael Flint, an 18-year-old father from Glossop, was found in a critical condition outside the Spar shop on London Road at 10pm on Saturday, July 4. He died in intensive care the following Friday. (more…)


Filed under: Crime,Health,Manchester — GS @ 7:39 pm
Saturday 15 November 2008

Keys copied from photos on Flickr

‘At a computer conference in Alexandria, Virginia, Stefan Savage, a computer security expert who led the “Sneakey” project, surfed the photo-sharing website Flickr and found pictures that clearly showed peoples’ keys, even if personal information in the shots had been blurred out.

In one demonstration, the team cut duplicate keys after analysing images taken on a mobile phone. In another, they used a telephoto lens to take pictures of a set of keys on a cafe table from the roof of a university building.’

The Guardian: Copying keys from photos is child’s play


Filed under: Crime,Photography — GS @ 7:52 am
Wednesday 13 August 2008

Content theft by reelstreets.com

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Filed under: Crime,Net & technology — GS @ 5:12 pm
Saturday 19 May 2007

Manchester’s Odeon cinema subjected to a damaging ‘systematic and methodical’ assault to prevent preservation

The former Odeon Cinema, Oxford Street, Manchester

Manchester’s former Odeon cinema, on Oxford Street, has been subjected to a ‘systematic and methodical’ assault to prevent it being preserved, according to the man who tried to save it.

(more…)


Filed under: Buildings,Crime,Environment,Manchester,Politics — GS @ 4:18 pm
Thursday 10 May 2007

Victorian Manchester: ‘Bank Robbery And Suicide’ in Didsbury

We tend to think that guns, robberies and violent crime in Manchester are modern phenomena. But there was lots of it going on in Victorian times too. Even in Didsbury (heaven forbid).

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Filed under: Crime,History,Manchester — GS @ 12:11 pm

Data collection by United Utilities’ foreign call centres

Recently I mentioned how I called United Utilities and was asked for my date of birth for ‘data protection’ reasons. I refused to give it and they wouldn’t discuss my water bill.

(more…)


Filed under: Crime — GS @ 11:19 am
 
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