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Airport ensures pilgrims make smooth progress

Changing rooms are to be provided for thousands of Muslims flying from Manchester Airport on their Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. Bosses are expecting more than 10,000 pilgrims to pass through their doors between now and December – with special arrangements in place to cater for their needs. Members of the airport’s chaplaincy team have set [...]

Five involved in street brawl escape custody

Five men said to have been involved in an “ugly” street melee with another family in Rawtenstall have all walked free from court. The trouble had flared in broad daylight in the town centre, Burnley Crown Court heard. The five, Shofik Miah, 46, who runs the Nila restaurant in Rawtenstall, Faizur Rahman, 20, Shofon Miah, [...]

Ash, the accidental TV star, living the Hollywood dream

Ash, the accidental TV star, living the Hollywood dream

An insurance fraud investigator is carving out a lucrative second career – as a Hollywood TV extra. Ash Patel, from Prestwich, has spent the last couple of years hanging out with some of America’s most recognised TV stars while appearing in hit shows such as American comedy series Scrubs. And next month the 44-year-old will be [...]

Tameside residents set for Eid celebrations

Residents in Tameside are all set for Eid celebrations taking place at Hyde Town Hall this weekend. The free event – which is open to all and has been organised by Tameside Council’s arts, events and tourism team in partnership with a community steering group – will take place in November 6, from noon to [...]

£10m project to transform listed building

10m project to transform listed building

A £10m pound project is underway to restore a hidden architectural gem to its former glory. The British Muslim Heritage Centre, formerly the GMB College in Whalley Range, is due to open in two years’ time as a hub for community and faith activities. The striking gothic building, set in eight acres of grounds, will [...]

Family held at gunpoint and robbed

Family held at gunpoint and robbed

A mum and her two daughters were threatened at gunpoint in their Bolton home and robbed. The woman, 51, was with her two daughters aged 23 and 16 when she answered a knock at the door. When she opened the door, five men burst in – one armed with a machete and the other a [...]

Oldham drugs gang sentenced

Oldham drugs gang sentenced

Eight members of an organised crime gang responsible for a multi-million pound drug smuggling operation operating from Oldham have been sentenced to a total of more than 46 years in prison at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court. Three others, including the head of the gang, will be sentenced at a later date. More than £2.5m [...]

Girl Stabbed ‘16’ Times by Dad

A POSSESSIVE dad stabbed his teenage daughter 13 times — because he was scared she would leave him to fend for himself, a court heard today. Lee Kelly, 35, allegedly savaged his daughter Jade, then 16, after drinking heavily during a shopping trip. She survived the attack in June and Kelly is now on trial [...]

Parking rules ‘are killing Curry Mile restaurant trade’

Parking rules are killing Curry Mile restaurant trade

Curry Mile restaurant bosses say new parking rules are killing trade by not giving people enough time to eat. Since a two-hour parking limit was introduced in Rusholme two years ago, business owners say custom has fallen by 35 per cent. Now they want the restrictions lifted again so people can park up as long [...]

Stockport residents raise money for flood appeal

Stockport Council has thanked everyone who supported the Pakistan floods appeal. The appeal, which took place throughout September, helped to raise the profile of the flooding disaster, and gave borough residents the chance to support the victims. The Mayor of Stockport, Councillor Hazel Lees, said: “I would like to say a big heart felt ‘thank [...]

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