The Guardian Manchester

Manchester cancer hospital fire 'may have destroyed vital research'

Years of research and millions of pounds of life-saving equipment are feared to have been destroyed in a devastating fire at a cancer hospital in Manchester, its director has said.

Prof Richard Marais, the head of the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute, said researchers had been ...

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Police in Lancashire tackle surge of spice-related incidents

Police in Lancashire are tackling a sudden surge in spice-related incidents, responding to nearly six times as many call-outs over the drug in the last year than they did two years ago.

The number of incidents in the county shot up from 18 between April 2014 and March 2015 to 120 in the ...

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Two more suspects, including teen, arrested in Mike Samwell murder case

Police have arrested a 29-year-old man and a 15-year-old boy on suspicion of the murder of Mike Samwell, who is thought to have been run over by thieves stealing his car.

Two other men, aged 20 and 21, were arrested on suspicion of murder earlier this week and bailed pending further ...

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Celebrity tie-ups help online fashion retailer Boohoo double its profit

Boohoo, the online fashion retailer with an army of 16 to 24-year-old fans, has nearly doubled its profits, helped by paying celebrities and other “influencers” to promote its products on Instagram.

The Manchester-based company, which has turned its founders into multimillionaires, ...

2017-04-26 21:09 open_in_new
Fire breaks out at Manchester cancer hospital

Firefighters are tackling a blaze at a leading cancer research hospital in Manchester.

Crews were called to the Christie hospital at 10.36am after fire broke out in a three-storey building housing offices and laboratories at the front of the hospital complex on Wilmslow Road in the south ...

2017-04-26 14:31 open_in_new
London Marathon runner reunited with finish-line helper

A London Marathon runner who was helped across the finish line by a fellow competitor has admitted he feels selfish for having put himself at risk with his two young children watching.

David Wyeth and his rescuer, Matthew Rees, were reunited on Monday, less than 24 hours after they both ...

2017-04-24 16:19 open_in_new
Manchester’s devolution, funding and ‘urban boosterism’

Sir Howard Bernstein has achieved a great deal in his time as chief executive of Manchester, so it is sad to see him demeaning his standing by factually incorrect and politically tendentious comments on funding and devolution for his city during the lifetime of the last Labour government (Living ...

2017-04-23 22:41 open_in_new
Thieves kill man in Manchester by running him over in his own car

Thieves killed a man by running him over in his own car after he confronted them outside his home in Manchester.

Michael Samwell, 35, suffered fatal injuries when he was run over as the thieves sped off in his Audi S3 at around 3am on Sunday, police said.

Det Supt Jon Chadwick from ...

2017-04-23 13:53 open_in_new
Theresa May used bogus arguments to justify election, says Tim Farron

The Liberal Democrat leader, Tim Farron, has accused the Conservatives of calling an election for no other reason than to capitalise on Labour’s weakness under Jeremy Corbyn.

Canvassing with party activists in Manchester on Friday, he accused the Conservatives of believing the election ...

2017-04-21 21:11 open_in_new
Sir Howard Bernstein on reinventing Manchester: 'Remarkable things have been achieved'
As the city’s veteran chief executive calls time on a career that transformed the skyline from one of post-industrial decline to thriving metropolis, he talks about the threat of Brexit, the future for the northern powerhouse and why George Osborne is ‘a top guy’ ...
2017-04-18 19:17 open_in_new
Swimmers snap up tickets for first dip in Manchester's Victoria Baths in 24 years

It sold out quicker than Glastonbury. Within 20 minutes last week all sessions at Victoria Baths in Manchester had been snapped up by eager swimmers desperate to bob about in one of Britain’s most beautiful pools for the first time in 24 years.

When it opened in 1906, Victoria Baths was ...

2017-04-17 17:59 open_in_new
Chetham's new head says music school is in 'exceptional health'

It is the biggest specialist music school in the UK, producing more winners of the BBC’s Young Musician of the Year competition than its rivals, and boasting a medieval library where Friedrich Engels and Karl Marx once studied. But when Alun Jones took over as head of Chetham’s school of ...

2017-04-17 09:11 open_in_new
More than 90% of top mayoral roles 'likely to be held by white men'

More than 90% of most powerful positions in the new English mayoralties and their cabinets are likely to be held by white men, according to analysis by the Electoral Reform Society.

The thinktank said English devolution risked becoming a “plaything of the old boys’ club” on its ...

2017-04-17 02:35 open_in_new
Lib Dems say they have real chance of winning Manchester byelection

The Liberal Democrats are fast closing the gap on Labour in polling ahead of next month’s Manchester Gorton byelection and believe they could steal a victory to match their stunning success over the Conservatives in Richmond last December, according to an internal campaign briefing.

Tim ...

2017-04-15 21:57 open_in_new
More than 20 stag party revellers kicked off UK flight to Prague

Twenty-three people from two different stag parties have been removed from a flight at Manchester airport after complaints of drunken and rowdy behaviour before the plane had taken off.

One man was issued with a public order fixed penalty notice after the pilot returned to the gate, where ...

2017-04-15 12:03 open_in_new
'It's worse than heroin': how spice is ravaging homeless communities

W hen Alex first tried spice in 2014, he thought it was cannabis. The 23-year-old had been sleeping on the streets in Manchester after his mum had lost her council house. He was just looking to take his mind off his problems, but at lightning speed he became addicted, buying increasing ...

2017-04-15 10:57 open_in_new
Manchester police receive 31 calls linked to 'zombie drug' spice in 24 hours

Police in Manchester battling an epidemic of the use of spice received 31 calls related to the drug in just 24 hours at the weekend.

Authorities in the city have reported a surge in the use of the synthetic cannabinoid, which is said to render users in a zombie-like state.

A ban on ...

2017-04-10 14:15 open_in_new
Moving north, or just moving with the times?

T he Guardian, it’s reported in the Times, may be thinking of moving back north to Manchester, after almost six decades in London. Focus on the “may”, though. There’s no doubt the paper – along with the Observer – is looking to cut costs and cut them again. That’s where most ...

2017-04-09 09:37 open_in_new
The Guardian view on religious broadcasting: imagination and commitment needed

T he BBC is to close its religion and ethics television studios in Manchester and rely on outside companies to produce its content in future. In some ways this move to external production companies is merely part of the long slow dismembering of the corporation. Songs of Praise, the archetype ...

2017-04-07 21:09 open_in_new
Sewing up the actor/actress debate

The Leveson report states “politicians and the press have traded power and influence in ways which are contrary to the public interest”. I would like to know how Theresa May and her government will avoid at least public perception of this problem in its relationship with the editor of ...

2017-04-06 21:51 open_in_new
Top 10 books about Manchester

I n her memoir Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?, Jeanette Winterson locates the city of her birth with a laser-guided accuracy: “Manchester is in the south of the north of England,” she writes. “Its spirit has a contrariness … at once untamed and unmetropolitan; at the same time, ...

2017-04-05 13:51 open_in_new