An urgent appeal for information and witnesses has been issued after a cyclist sustained serious injuries following a collision with a HGV in Manchester city centre yesterday.
Greater Manchester Police (GMP) has confirmed that at around 1:30pm yesterday afternoon (Wednesday 24 May), officers were called to reports of a road traffic collision involving a heavy goods vehicle and a pedal cyclist on Fairfield Street in Manchester city centre close to Manchester Piccadilly station.
After officers attended the scene, a man in his 30s was taken to hospital with “serious injuries” shortly after.
The injuries are believed to be “life-threatening”, GMP revealed.
Given that the collision happened in what police have described as “an extremely busy area” during the day, GMP is urgently appealing for witnesses to come forward with any information they have – with Constable Oliver Batty from GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit explaining: “We are appealing to members of public and other motorists who may have been travelling along Fairfield Street at the time of this collision.
“It is an extremely busy area of Manchester and any information, no matter how small, may assist the investigation.
“I appeal directly to anyone who may have witnessed this or to anyone who has dash-cam or CCTV footage relating to this incident.”
News of this collision has emerged after GMP also confirmed that a 19-year-old cyclist was killed in after colliding with a lorry on Great Bridgewater Street near the junction with Watson Street at around midday.
A 55-year-man was arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving, and remains in police custody for questioning.
These two incidents are unrelated.
Anyone with any information, or dashcam/CCTV footage from the area at the time of the Fairfield Street collision is urged to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 0161 856 4741 quoting log 1454-24/5/23, or report it online or by using the LiveChat function at www.gmp.police.uk.
Officers have been carrying out searches of people arriving on site this week – and have already arrested a 24-year-old man.
A quantity of pills and a knife were both recovered from the man, who has been arrested on suspicion of possession of Class A drugs and possession of a bladed article.
After the arrest, Superintendent Phil Spurgeon issued a statement to criminals, saying ‘don’t bother coming to Parklife’.
He said: “We have a really robust police and partnership community safety operation for the festival, and the arrest and seizure yesterday demonstrates the vigilance of security staff, our thorough search procedures and our commitment to keeping people safe.
“Make no mistake, illegal items such as weapons and drugs can have fatal consequences. Our top priority this weekend is keeping people safe, and anyone caught trying to take such items into the festival will be robustly dealt with.
“I hope the genuine festival-goers are excited for the fantastic weekend ahead and I am confident the majority will enjoy the event responsibly and safely.”
Greater Manchester Police and Parklife security staff will be working closely together to intercept anyone travelling to the festival with criminal intentions.
The arrest on 8 June was thanks to the festival’s drug detection dogs.
In a formal statement addressing the situation, the city‘s flagship further education institution says some of its systems have been accessed by an “unauthorised party” and that data has “likely been copied” as a result of this.
The University’s in-house experts are said to be “working around the clock” to resolve the issue.
External support teams are also said to be working in collaboration with the University to understand what data has been accessed.
Patrick Hackett – Registrar, Secretary, and Chief Operating Officer at the University of Manchester – explained in a statement issued this morning: “Regrettably, I have to share with you the news that the University is the victim of a cyber incident, [as] it has been confirmed that some of our systems have been accessed by an unauthorised party and data have likely been copied.
“Our in-house experts and established expert external support are working around the clock to resolve this incident, and we are working to understand what data has been accessed”.
Mr Hackett said he understands the nature of the issue will “cause concern to members of our community”, and says the University is “very sorry for this”.
The University says it is also working with relevant authorities – including the Information Commissioner’s Office, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), the National Crime Agency, and other regulatory bodies – to resolve the issue, and will provide information to those affected as soon as they are able to.
Students and staff are also be told to be vigilant to any suspicious phishing emails within the coming days – with the University’s IT Services team having published some relevant advice to refer to.