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Manchester – A shopkeeper has been ordered to pay more than £1,000 after under-age children were able to buy cigarettes from his shop.

Mohammed Iltsham, the owner of Royal Wines on Moston Lane, was found guilty of selling tobacco to an under-age person after he failed to turn up for a hearing at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday March 18.

He was fined £600 and ordered to pay £381 costs with a £60 victims of crime surcharge.

Manchester City Council’s trading standards officers organised a test purchase after hearing complaints about teenagers being sold cigarettes from the shop.

Two 15-year-old volunteers walked into the shop during the operation last August and asked for a packet of 10 Mayfair cigarettes, before a member of staff at the shop sold them the cigarettes without asking for their ages.Mohammed Iltsham later revealed he had not given any proper training to his staff in how to spot whether customers were under-age.

Cllr Bernard Priest, deputy leader of Manchester City Council, said: “There is no excuse for selling cigarettes to someone who is under-age.

“Age limits are there to protect young people from the dangers of smoking and if shop attendants are going to ignore these laws then they will be prosecuted.”

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Manchester – A series of free talks about some of Manchester’s most inspirational women will be held at Central Library, to celebrate International Women’s Day 2015.

The talks, highlighting the lives and achievements of some of Manchester’s most celebrated women, will feature links to the historic collections held in the library’s Archives+ Centre.

Famous Mancunian women who will be highlighted include Annie Horniman, Elizabeth Gaskell, The Pankhurst family and Enriqueta Rylands.

On Thursday 5 March, ‘Mrs Gaskell the first multi-tasker’, describes the hectic lifestyle of the author Elizabeth Gaskell. ‘Marie Stopes and Married Love’ follows at 6:30pm, telling the story of Manchester University lecturer Stopes’ 1918 book ‘Married Love’ – a manual designed for help with ‘sex difficulties’. Officially castigated by the press and the church, the book sold thousands of copies.

‘The women who made Manchester’ (12pm, Saturday 7 March) The talk unearths the roots of the rise of the Manchester women who made their mark on fields ranging from science to social justice, examining the circumstances which provided them with the opportunity to make their marks.

‘The Pankhursts: First Family of Feminism’ (1:30pm, Saturday 7 March), tells the story of the radical Manchester family who catapulted the fight for women’s suffrage to the top of the public and political agenda a century ago.

‘Annie Horniman and Manchester Theatres’, (3pm, Saturday 7 March) examines Annie Horniman a pioneer of the modern repertory theatre movement. Archives+ hold a variety of items relating to the Gaiety Theatre including playbills, programmes and photographs and caricatures of its’ cast of plays.

Annie was a supporter of women’ s suffrage and equal rights and also a patron of the arts, who bought Manchester’s Gaiety Theatre, in 1908. Material relating to Manchester’s theatrical history has built over the years into the substantial collection known today as the Manchester Theatre Collection.

Executive Member for Culture and Leisure, Councillor Rosa Battle, said: “International Women’s Day is an important date marking the economic, political and social achievements of women.

“Manchester has long been associated with plenty of inspiring women, challenging stereotypes and assumptions . These talks will provide an opportunity to share some of their diverse and unique stories and learn more about these women.”

International Women’s day, celebrated annually on 8 March, provides an opportunity to learn about inspiring achievements of women while calling for greater equality. This years theme, ‘Make it happen’ ,encourages effective action for advancing and recognising women.

More information about the talks and other Archives+ events can be found at www.archivesplus.org/events.

Manchester – Gavin Extense is visiting Central Library to talk about his new book, and sign copies at a free event on Wednesday 11 March between 1pm and 2pm.

Gavin’s new book, ‘The Mirror World of Melody Black’ is the topic of discussion – fans will also have the opportunity to have their books signed by the author.

Gavin’s debut novel, ‘The Universe Versus Alex Woods’ won the Writers Guide Best Book 2013, was selected as Richard and Judy Summer Book Club Read and was a top ten Amazon best book of 2013.

Gavin Extense
Gavin Extense

New novel, ‘The Mirror World of Melody Black’ has already received rave reviews and is in February’s Radio 2 Book Club choice.

Gavin said: “This will be one of the first events where I get to talk to an audience about my new book, and my first ever event in Manchester, so I’m really looking forward to it.”

Extense, born in 1982, grew up in the village of Swineshead, Linconlshire. As a child he was a champion chess player winning numerous national championships – even travelling to Russia to pit his wits against their finest young minds.

After completing a PhD in film studies and unable to find employment, Gavin started writing his first novel with the help of his cat. Gavin was unable to afford to run the heating, so his cat would sit on his knee while he worked, which helped to keep them both warm.

Previously saying he loves being surrounded by books, Gavin should feel at home on his visit to Central Library – if he hadn’t been a writer, he would have liked to be a librarian.

Executive Member for Culture and Leisure, Councillor Rosa Battle, said: “We are pleased to host Gavin, a successful new author, at Central Library. Gavin’s new book raises the question of what it is like to live with bipolar disorder- a condition which affects many people. After the success of his first book, which also challenged social taboos, I’m sure the talk about ‘The Mirror World of Melody Black’ will be a lively and engaging event. ”

The event is free but will be ticketed – bookings can be made online at www.gavinextence.eventbrite.co.uk, or by calling 0161 234 1056.

More information about Manchester Libraries can be found here: www.manchester.gov.uk/libraries

Manchester – Three illegal taxi drivers caught in Manchester have been ordered to pay a total of £2,785 after being prosecuted for breaking licensing rules.

In separate incidents, Manchester City Council officers routinely operating in the city centre observed the illegal activity.

Gary Edward Young was fined £1,050 with £655 costs and a £55 victim of crime surcharge. Young was also given eight penalty points after pleading guilty to operating an unlicensed private hire vehicle, operating as an unlicensed private hire driver and driving without insurance.

During the morning of Wednesday 25 June 2014, council officers observed Young drop off two passengers at Piccadilly Station, exchange money and provide a receipt. When challenged by officers, Young initially denied any offences – despite a working taxi-meter in the front of the vehicle showing a current fare of £28.50.

licensing-unitc-Manchester-councilYoung, 70, of Lymington Close, Middleton, pleaded guilty to all of the charges at Manchester Magistrates Court on 9 February 2015.

Mohammed Habib was fined £250 with £350 costs and a £25 victim of crime surcharge after pleading guilty to illegally plying for hire.

At around 2am on 4 May 2014, council officers observed two passengers flag down Habib’s Rossendale registered Hackney carriage on Deansgate. Only a Black Cab licensed by Manchester City Council is able to collect fares off the street without a booking.

Officers established that the passengers had agreed a £10 fare for a journey of less than a mile.

Habib, aged 30 and of Swayfield Avenue, Longsight, pleaded guilty to the offence of illegally plying for hire at Manchester Magistrates Court on 10 February 2015.

Sarmad Salih Abdulahi, 32, of Sandsend Close, Cheetham, was fined £220 with £160 costs and a £20 victim of crime surcharge. Abdulahi was also handed 6 penalty points after being found guilty of the offences of driving without insurance and being an unlicensed driver.

At 10am Wednesday 16 April 2014, council officers observed Abdulahi drop off a passenger at Piccadilly Station. The officers stopped Abdulahi and after interviewing advised he was to be prosecuted.

Abdulahi pleaded guilty to the charges at Manchester Magistrates’ Court on 18 February 2015, but declared special reasons for driving without insurance, stating he thought the car’s owner had insured him. This was dismissed by the Magistrates.

Cllr Kate Chappell, Manchester City Council’s Executive Member for Environment, said: “These three prosecutions serve as a warning to rogue drivers – the consequences for illegally operating any taxi are both serious and costly.

“Our officers are working day and night around the city – if you are caught operating illegally, we will not hesitate to prosecute you.”

Manchester – A special litter busting team have handed out over 1,000 fixed penalty notices in just over three months.

The dedicated team work seven days a week looking out for selfish people who ignore bins and drop their litter on the ground.

Officers have the power to hand out on-the-spot fines to litter bugs- and anyone refusing to pay the £80 bill faces being taken to court.

7DL2_HThe team is part of a huge litter crackdown organised by Manchester City Council in response to concerns from residents about the problem.

The dedicated team of litter busters, who started working in the city centre in November 2014, are on the look out for people dropping cigarette butts, coffee cups, burger wrappers and other items.

The officers are part of a workforce already employed by NSL, the City Council’s parking contractors, and so the move has not created any additional cost to the City Council.

While most of the notices have been issued on Market Street, High Street and Piccadilly Gardens, the team are operating across the whole of the city centre.

Council officers from the Neighbourhood team will also continue to hand out fixed penalty notices, while around 25 PCSOs have also received additional training to look out for litter bugs.

IMG_5051-620x320The council has installed nearly 700 new litter bins, including 20 recycling bins, in the city centre as part of a major campaign urging residents and visitors to take responsibility and not drop litter.

Advertising slogans have been placed on paving slabs – thought to be a first for a British city – while grants have been provided to community groups who want to organise their own clean-up operations.

Cllr Bernard Priest, deputy leader of the council, said: “While litter bugs are in the minority, unfortunately there are still some selfish individuals whose behaviour is a blight on the city centre.The on-the-spot fines handed out make these litter louts take notice and realise that they will not be tolerated.

“The vast majority of local residents and visitors to Manchester don’t want to see our city being used as a rubbish dump. Working together with local residents, visitors and businesses- we can achieve a cleaner better city.”

New figures have revealed that Manchester resident’s are some of the most active in the country and that year on year more people are regularly taking part in sport across the city.

The findings come from Sport England’s national Active People Survey, the largest sports and recreation survey of its kind ever carried out in Europe.

010-largeThe Active People Survey has shown that 43.4 per cent of Manchester residents take part in at least 30 minutes of sport or active recreation per week – well above the national average of 36.8 per cent and a significant increase on last year’s figure.

The number of people undertaking at least 30 minuets of activity in the city is higher that anywhere else in Greater Manchester and higher than in any of the other core cites (the country’s largest cities outside of London).

The increase in regular sports participation continues an upward trend that has been seen since the 2010 survey – which found 33.7 percent of people took part in 30 minutes or more of sport per week.

The number of people undertaking 30 minuets of sport or active recreation three times a week or more has also dramatically improved – from 24 per cent in 2012 up to 28.9 per cent in 2014.

Cllr Rosa Battle
Cllr Rosa Battle

Councillor Rosa Battle, Manchester City Council executive member for culture and leisure, said: “The results of the Active People Survey are great news and go to show just how much we love all sport in Manchester.

“The benefits of regular exercise are huge and can make a real difference to quality of life by improving health, nurturing a sense of community and simply by being fun.

“With an inspirational sporting programme planned for 2015, not to mention Manchester’s world-class sport venues and community facilities, I am certain we can build on our success and see even more people begin to take part in regular activity this year.”

The Active People Survey looked at sport participation from October 2013 to October 2014.

For more information on the Active People Survey please visit: www.sportengland.org

Cineworld Cinemas Limited have been fined £9500 with £2573.29 costs and £120 victims of crime surcharge after two members of staff received an electric shock from a faulty popcorn machine.

JS33348365The faulty appliance delivered electric shocks to two employees of Cineworld Cinema, Parrs Wood, Didsbury.

The case was brought as a result of an investigation by Manchester City Council after a member of staff received an electric shock turning on the machine on 4 December 2013.

Despite the incident being reported, managers failed to take the appliance out of use and did not place any warning notices on the appliance to ensure it was not used by staff.

Later that evening a second employee received an electric shock when turning off the machine.

Although neither employee suffered serious injury, the consequences of both accidents could have been much more severe or even fatal.

At the Manchester Magistrates’ Court hearing yesterday, Cineworld Cinemas Limited pleaded guilty to two charges under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

Councillor Kate Chappell, Manchester City Council’s Executive Member for Environment, said: “We take the safety of employees extremely seriously- people have a right to work in a safe environment and this company potentially put lives at risk.

“It is imperative that businesses follow health and safety guidelines. On this occasion both employees were lucky not to have suffered serious injury but the outcome could have been much worse.”

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