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New £185m Manchester tram line that unearthed burial site opens

A new £185m tram line, the construction of which unearthed hundreds of bodies in a burial site, has opened in Manchester city centre.

The Second City Crossing runs from the neo-gothic town hall to Manchester Victoria station and is the final part of a £1.5bn transport expansion ...

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Small part of Manchester that has been home to 16 jihadis

In the small pocket of Manchester where the suicide bomber who killed himself in Iraq this week grew up, many before him had trodden the same path.

The handful of streets in Moss Side within a mile of the childhood home of Ronald Fiddler, also known as Jamal al-Harith, have been home to ...

2017-02-25 09:39 open_in_new
'Wanton vandalism': why Neville and Giggs' Manchester towers are despised

F rom their Cheshire mansions’ bathroom taps to their radiant spray-tans, it’s a running gag that footballers have a thing for bronze. But now Manchester United heroes Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs want to take their love of lustre one step further and bestow on their home city a pair of ...

2017-02-23 19:03 open_in_new
Peter Skellern’s piano-playing was too pure for his professor

Your obituary of the talented and much-lamented Peter Skellern (20 February) reminds me of an anecdote the singer-songwriter told during a concert in Manchester in the 1980s about his time at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

He had to play Debussy’s La fille aux ...

2017-02-22 22:03 open_in_new
Manchester to Iraq via Guantànamo: how Jamal al-Harith became Isis’s latest suicide bomber

When US special forces found Jamal al-Harith in a jail in Kandahar, Afghanistan, in January 2002, he said he viewed them as his saviours. But 15 years later, including two spent in Guantànamo Bay, he was to blow himself up in Iraq on behalf of Islamic State, sworn enemies of the ...

2017-02-22 16:33 open_in_new
British suicide bomber: UK security services 'guilty of failings'

British authorities must accept some responsibility for failing to sufficiently monitor Jamal al-Harith, the Manchester-born jihadi who blew himself up in Iraq, before he left the UK to join Islamic State, a former government counter-terror strategist has said.

Ronald Fiddler, 50, who ...

2017-02-22 12:07 open_in_new
Manchester city council to create UK's first LGBT retirement home

Manchester city council has announced plans to create the UK’s first retirement community aimed specifically at lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

According to the local authority, the city is home to the country’s biggest LGBT community outside of London and is due to see ...

2017-02-21 21:35 open_in_new
'Lass War' protest at 'northern powerhouse' event over lack of female speakers

Demonstrators wearing hard hats and hi-vis jackets have picketed the opening of a “northern powerhouse” conference over the lack of female representation.

The protesters bore placards and handed out leaflets to delegates at the two-day summit in Manchester, which provoked controversy ...

2017-02-21 12:45 open_in_new
Don’t trash Manchester’s history to make way for skyscrapers

R yan Giggs and Gary Neville’s St Michael’s skyscrapers are two of many such towers currently proposed for Manchester’s city centre. The former footballers’ buildings will sit on the site currently occupied by the Ralph Abercromby pub, the only building remaining from the site of the ...

2017-02-20 18:03 open_in_new
Manchester lab's drink and drug tests may have been manipulated

Hundreds of drink and drug tests may have been manipulated by staff at a forensics lab, with almost 500 police investigations under review.

Two employees of Randox Testing Services (RTS), which analyses blood, saliva and hair samples on behalf of police forces, have been arrested by ...

2017-02-19 17:51 open_in_new
Northern powerhouse event organisers apologise for lack of female speakers

Organisers of a conference celebrating the best and brightest businesspeople in the north of England have issued a grovelling apology over lack of female representation.

The two-day UK northern powerhouse conference in Manchester caused controversy after all 15 main speakers highlighted in ...

2017-02-19 17:51 open_in_new
Women plan 'Lass War' protest at northern powerhouse conference

Women from the north of England will don hard hats, hi-vis jackets and men’s suits to picket delegates at the male-dominated northern powerhouse conference next week in a protest about female under-representation.

The conference in Manchester has caused controversy after all 15 main ...

2017-02-16 13:51 open_in_new
Giggs and Neville skyscrapers 'threaten Manchester's heritage'

A plan by former footballers Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville to build two skyscrapers in Manchester city centre would “damage the city’s historic core”, a government heritage agency has said.

Historic England said the former Manchester United players’ £200m plan would “erase” the ...

2017-02-16 11:39 open_in_new
'Northern powerhouse' event labelled 'embarrassing' over lack of women

A conference purporting to celebrate the best and brightest businesspeople and executives in the north of England has been criticised after all 15 main advertised speakers were men.

The two-day Northern Powerhouse conference in Manchester next week charges delegates £450 (plus VAT) to ...

2017-02-14 15:33 open_in_new
Manchester house fire kills two

A man and a woman have died and four children are in hospital after a fire broke out at a house in Manchester.

Firefighters were called to the blaze in Withington, south Manchester, shortly before 2.30am on Friday.

A man and a woman died at the scene, Greater Manchester police ...

2017-02-10 14:05 open_in_new
Manchester's water cure for disabled soldiers – archive, 1917

In the soldiers’ convalescent camp at Manchester there is a place which has come to be known as the Pool of Bethesda because of the cures effected there. The lame, the halt, the blind, the deaf, the dumb, and those suffering from all manner of nervous disorders congregate at this pool. The ...

2017-02-10 07:27 open_in_new
Cyril Smith child abuse inquiry finds no evidence of cover-up

No evidence has been found of a criminal cover-up of historical sexual abuse at a residential school for boys linked with the late politician Cyril Smith, police have said.

The investigation launched in July 2014 by Greater Manchester police (GMP) centred on Knowl View school in Rochdale ...

2017-02-08 17:53 open_in_new
Man jailed for racial abuse on Manchester tram

A man has been jailed for racially abusing a US army veteran who was told to “get back to Africa” days after the Brexit vote.

Robert Molloy, 20, was sentenced to 24 weeks in prison over the racist attack filmed by a fellow tram passenger in Manchester.

Molloy was ordered to pay ...

2017-02-07 16:33 open_in_new
Three youths admit racial abuse on Manchester tram

Three youths have admitted going on a “rampage” during which a US army veteran was racially abused on a packed tram.

Aaron Cauchi, 19, Robert Molloy, 20, and another youth aged 16, also used foul language and spat in the face of a cyclist, Manchester magistrates court heard.

All ...

2017-02-06 17:27 open_in_new
Manchester school put into lockdown after reports of man with gun

A primary school went into lockdown in Manchester after reports of a man in a stab vest carrying a firearm.

Police were called to the school in Dukinfield after receiving calls about a man outside with a gun. The pupils at Yew Tree Lane community primary school were kept inside while ...

2017-02-03 15:37 open_in_new
Business leaders call for transport revolution to rebalance UK economy

Theresa May’s attempt to rebalance the UK economy risks being derailed without a transport revolution to modernise links to the north of England’s airports, business leaders have warned.

An independent commission found that the north of England had capacity for an extra 60 million air ...

2017-02-02 08:47 open_in_new