Today’s top Greater Manchester stories – Wednesday, December 1, 2021


Mayor Andy Burnham has urged Manchester residents not to cancel their Christmas parties, a woman found dead in her front garden in Didsbury has today been named, and a list of injuries Saffie-Rose Roussos suffered are detailed during distressing day of evidence at bomb inquiry.

Here our are top stories today.

‘Terrible list’ of injuries Saffie-Rose Roussos suffered are detailed during distressing day of evidence at bomb inquiry

Saffie-Rose Roussos, the youngest victim of the Manchester Arena bombing

A forensic pathologist outlined the devastating injuries sustained by Saffie-Rose Roussos, the youngest victim of the Manchester Arena bombing, during a distressing day of medical evidence at the public inquiry into the atrocity.

Dr Philip Lumb, who carried out a post-mortem examination, delivered his findings as radiologists also gave evidence.

Paul Greaney QC, counsel to the inquiry, referenced a ‘terrible list’ of Saffie’s injuries and apologised for going through each of them in detail.

But he said the evidence was important to fully ‘understand what was found in the post-mortem examination’.

Mr Greaney said evidence due to be heard at the inquiry this week would be ‘deeply distressing’ and consider the nature and extent of Saffie’s injuries – and whether she ‘may have survived’ had treatment and medical interventions been different.

As a result, no public broadcast of the inquiry is running on YouTube.

Some of the evidence heard on Wednesday is too distressing to report.

Read the full story here.

‘Don’t cancel your Christmas parties,’ says Burnham as first suspected Omicron cases hit Greater Manchester

Andy Burnham told people it was not time to cancel festive celebrations
Andy Burnham told people it was not time to cancel festive celebrations

Andy Burnham has told people that it’s not yet time to cancel Christmas parties and social plans, following the news that the first suspected cases of the Omicron variant have landed in Greater Manchester.

The mayor held a press conference today, December 1, to share an update on the coronavirus response in the region after the news that there were two cases in Bolton, ‘highly probable’ to be of the new Omicron strain

.Earlier this week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson introduced new rules which will see face masks make a mandatory return to shops and public transport, but the PM urged people to feel free to continue socialising.

This comes despite messages from other health leaders, including head of the UK’s Health Security Agency Dr Jenny Harries, who has said that people can help prevent the spread by reducing the number of social contacts they have – and by “not socialising when we don’t particularly need to”.

The Greater Manchester Mayor fell in the same camp as the Prime Minister, telling the region’s residents that there is ‘no need to cancel events’ if people take the right precautions’.

Read the full story here.

‘We can’t afford to be complacent’ – People of Bolton speak out on suspected Omicron cases

Bolton town centre reacts to Omicron variant
Bolton town centre reacts to Omicron variant

Shoppers in Bolton vowed to be undaunted by the ‘highly likely’ discovery of two new cases of the Covid variant Omicron.

We took to the streets of the town to gauge public opinion as local health officials sounded the alarm bell over the latest development in the long-running pandemic.

The two cases are linked and involve travelling to the UK from South Africa.

Today, Bolton’s director of public health, Helen Lowey, urged those people who had not yet been vaccinated or not received their booster jab to waste no time in doing so.

It is understood that Bolton council is not expecting the town to be hit with localised Covid restrictions.

Read the full story here.

Woman found dead outside home in East Didsbury named

Forensic officers at the scene on Maywood Avenue.
Forensic officers at the scene on Maywood Avenue.

A woman ‘liked by all’ who was found dead on her driveway in south Manchester has been named as Kathryn Yarranton.

Police were called to Maywood Avenue, East Didsbury, on Monday (November 29) morning with a large police cordon put in place on the street around 8.30am with a forensics tent in the driveway of a house.

Police confirmed that a woman in her 70s had been pronounced dead at the scene, with neighbours paying their tributes to ‘Kath’.

A spokesman for Manchester Coroner’s Court confirmed the coroner had been made aware of the circumstances surrounding her death.

GMP say there are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding Mrs Yarranton’s death and that her next of kin have been informed.

Residents of the small close-knit street were left in shock at the incident.

Read the full story here.

Curry house hosted big lockdown wedding party while windows were covered by paper

Shek Farsi Ahmed Shah, of Blackburn Road, Bolton.
Shek Farsi Ahmed Shah, of Blackburn Road, Bolton.

Police found an award-winning restaurant’s windows covered by paper while more than 60 people enjoyed a wedding party inside during lockdown, a court has heard.

Shek Farsi Ahmed Shah, owner of the Hot Chilli restaurant in Bolton, told an officer he believed the party was within lockdown rules because it was a wedding with 30 guests, Bolton Magistrates Court heard on Wednesday (December 1).

But police saw more than double that number in attendance at the venue – at a time when the country was being urged to stay at home – and Shah has now been sentenced by magistrates.

Prosecuting, Hamza Soren told the court that police had received a report of a suspected breach of Covid rules at Hot Chilli – with a wedding believed to be taking place.

At 3.15pm on February 21, PC Andrew Hopwood from Greater Manchester Police checked the restaurant, and saw that paper was being used to cover the lower part of the window which ‘obstructed the view inside’.

Mr Soren, of Bolton Council, said PC Hopwood then found a door which was open and entered the restaurant to discover dozens of guests and joyful decorations.

Read the full story here.

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