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Tuesday 12 January 2016

Staggering figures for reported violent and sexual crimes in Manchester’s gay village in Nov 2015

Reported violent and sexual crimes in Manchester's gay village in November 2015

These are probably the highest ever since the police crime maps were introduced in December 2010.

Where are the news stories?

Where are the protests? Yet always plenty of finger pointing overseas…

How many crimes aren’t reported or recorded by the police?

What is being done? Nothing!

See the crime maps here.


Filed under: Crime,Gay,LGBT,Manchester — GS @ 3:26 pm
Sunday 20 January 2013

Freedom of Information request reveals scale of police call outs to Manchester’s gay village venues (video)

Canal Street in the early hours

The early hours of 13 January 2013. A still from the video footage which you can watch below. As I recorded this on Richmond Street I was physically assaulted by a man who took a swipe at my camera. He was bleeding and I was left with his blood over my hand and the camera. I’m sure the police saw this but they did nothing. Another person who was filming had his shots deleted from the memory card by police officers after they bundled him around the corner. Guidelines from the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) warn that any police officer who deletes a photographer’s images could face criminal, civil or disciplinary action.

A Freedom of Information request has revealed the scale of police call outs to gay village venues.

Greater Manchester Police supplied a list of 4,079 pubs, bars and clubs they had been called out to in 2011-2012 (some venues may appear on the list more than once).

Of those, 41 venues across Greater Manchester had more than 100 police call outs and 7 of those 41 premises were in Manchester’s gay village: (more…)


Filed under: Crime,Gay,LGBT,Manchester,Politics,With video — GS @ 6:28 am
Wednesday 7 November 2012

Police Commissioner Hustings 2012, Manchester (video)

The Police Commissioner hustings event was held at the Roscoe Building, Manchester University, on November 6, 2012. Four of the candidates were present: Matt Gallagher – Liberal Democrats, Tony Lloyd – Labour Party, Michael Winstanley – Conservative, and Steven Woolfe – UK Independence Party. Roy Warren – Independent – couldn’t attend due to ill health. The event was organised by the Manchester Evening News.

This video shows the initial speeches. Each candidate was allowed to speak for about three minutes.

Police Commissioner Hustings 2012, Manchester


Filed under: Crime,Manchester,Politics,With video — GS @ 10:46 am
Sunday 20 March 2011

Eight held after stabbing on Canal Street

Eight men have been arrested after a man was stabbed in Manchester’s gay village.

BBC


Filed under: Crime,Gay,LGBT,Manchester — GS @ 8:54 am
Tuesday 16 November 2010

Police release images of protesters from the Millbank student riot and close down a website

Police investigating the Millbank student riot released images of thirteen protesters they want to question — Daily Mail.

Meanwhile a website that offered advice to students involved in the rioting has been closed down. Apparently JustHost.com (slogan: ‘the last hosting plan you’ll ever need’) pulled the site purely on the basis of a letter from an acting detective inspector at the Metropolitan Police — The Guardian.


Filed under: Crime,Politics — GS @ 10:55 am
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
Wednesday 14 July 2010

Home Secretary Theresa May announces scope of anti-terror law review

BBC Democracy Live


Filed under: Politics — GS @ 3:20 am
 
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