Christopher Day – 48, of Aston Avenue in Moss Side – was sentenced to over two years of jail time at Manchester Crown Court last Friday, after he admitted to and pleaded guilty to eight counts of burglary.
The court heard how police were alerted to Day by a concerned neighbour on a nearby road – who had seen a suspicious man gain entry to a student house on the morning of Christmas Day 2020 – and officers from GMP’s City of Manchester South division attended the scene.
In doing so, they spotted Day, who tried to evade police by hiding back inside the house, but was found in the kitchen of the property, before engaging in a foot chase with officers into a nearby garden and disposing of his jacket and pockets full of jewellery in the process.
The officers arrested Day a short time later.
The arrest process was caught on camera and the footage was shared with the public by Greater Manchester Police on social media.
While continuing enquiries at the address following the arrest, the officers found that Day had been in eight rooms in the house, forcing entry into seven of them, leading the the 48-year-old to plead guilty to all charges of burglary.
He was sentenced to serve two years and four months in custody and ordered to pay a fine of £190.
Speaking on the sentencing, Police Constable Ben Pickup, of GMP’s Problem Solving Team (PST) – a team dedicated to working alongside local policing in tackling burglaries – said: “This was an all-round fantastic result; right from the neighbour contacting police, to officers catching Day as he tried to flee on foot, right to him being held accountable for his actions and brought to justice in court.
“Day is a criminal who tried to take advantage of the occupants being away from their address at Christmas by entering the property and taking whatever he could, particularly jewellery.
“I am glad he will be spending next Christmas behind bars.
“This case exemplifies the endeavours of local officers working with the PST to catch any criminals who commit offences such as this,
“Burglary is a big priority of ours and we will do all we can to rid the streets of such offenders and keep the people and properties of Greater Manchester safe.”
A look at the plans to turn historic Ancoats mill with rich musical heritage into new apartment complex
Hodder + Partners have just revealed new CGIs and a more detailed look at the plans for their redevelopment of the longstanding Brunswick Mill in Ancoats which is set to become a brand-new apartment complex.
The proposals to turn the once creative space with decades of musical heritage into a new residential site were revealed back in 2021 and approved within just a few months, despite having been met with plenty of resistance given its history and cultural significance.
Nevertheless, Northern company Big Red Construction recently kicked off the £50+ million renovation on behalf of developer Arrowsmith Investments and the apartments are projected to be finished in 2026.
With that in mind, the architectural designers Hodder have just released a new look at what Brunswick Mill is set to look like once completed:
Set to transform the historic industrial mill-turned-creative space and music studios on the edge of New Islington into 153 new apartments, ranging from one, two and three-bedroom residences, the redevelopment will be spread across two phases.
In line with designs by Hodder + Partners, the initial phase involves converting the existing mill building and the construction of new four and seven-storey elements to accommodate the remaining 127 homes on the Bradford Road plot in Ancoats.
Big Red Construction, who are also working on the Peelers Yard building for CERT Property and Myprotein founder Oliver Cookson, are expected to complete phase one by the first quarter of 2026.
Here’s another look at what living space people are already buying up:
Along with Hodder + Partners as architects, the project team also consists of HW Consultancy who are covering structural aspects, Manchester firm Clancy for mechanical and electrical considerations, as well as AM Pyro as fire engineers.
With property company Orlando Reid serving as estate agents for the project, 42 out of the 153 apartments have already been sold off-plan, with managing director Baljit Arora describing it as “an exciting period for all parties involved and for the city of Manchester”.
This is just the latest chapter in the continued regeneration of the Ancoats and the New Islington areas, which remain two of the most heavily re-developed areas in the city centre and Greater Manchester as a whole. You can see other hot properties in and around the region HERE.