That inimitable holiday feeling isn’t just about blazing sunshine, cool blue seas, and golden sands. Part of the excitement is the preamble.
Clambering half-asleep into the taxi in pitch-black darkness. Striding down the long moving walkways with your luggage in tow. Sipping a crisp pint at a time of day that would seem utterly unreasonable in any other scenario.
Those precious moments before your plane boards are bliss. But sadly, it’s been a long time since many of us managed to visit Manchester Airport, climb into the sky and watch the city fall away into the distance; turning Mancunia into a tiny board of twinkling lights below us.
We’re all harbouring a burning desire for a holiday – and now a new set of images have surfaced on social media which are only adding fuel to the fire.
Manchester Airport has been in the process of revamping its Terminal 2 – and the first pictures of its interior are being widely shared by travel pages.
Boasting a fresh luxury aesthetic and wide array of familiar Mancunian brand names – such as Pot Kettle Black and Archie’s – the brand new terminal is also going to be home to a San Carlo restaurant and Amber Alehouse, as well as classic staples such as department stores.
According to TravelWeekly, the new terminal is going to double in size as a result of the development work.
It was originally scheduled to enjoy its grand opening in July, but is currently closed due to tough restrictions on travel – with all flights at Manchester Airport operating from Terminal 1 only until further notice.
In line with national restrictions, all non-essential shops are also closed for the time being – with a limited number of cafes open for takeaway food and drink only.
All passengers arriving in the UK are required to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result, taken up to three days before departure.
Even with a negative result, passengers must self-isolate for 10 days after entering the country.
Strict travel rules are expected to remain in place until cases drop – and the new T2 is being tipped to open in April 2021, although this may be dependent on the data in two months’ time.
Police search for man who threw punch at Chris Eubank Jr vs Liam Smith boxing match
Police are searching for man who threw his own punch at the AO Arena after Chris Eubank Jr vs Liam Smith boxing match.
The man in question is believed to have vaulted over a barrier inside the arena just as the match itself came to an end.
He then punched a man sat behind him in the face, before making off on foot.
He left two women and a man he was with behind.
Police are now appealing to witnesses of the assault on Saturday 21 January 2023 to come forward with any information.
CCTV images of the suspect have been released by GMP.
They said in a statement: “Police are appealing for witnesses to an assault at the AO Arena on Saturday 21 January 2023 after the Chris Eubank Jr vs Liam Smith boxing match.
“It is reported that then man (pictured) vaulted over a barrier inside the arena just as the boxing match finished, and struck a man sat behind him in the face.
“The offender then made off on foot, leaving two women and a man he was with, behind.
“Officers believe that the suspect is possibly from the Merseyside area. If you know the man or have any information relating to the crime, please contact GMP on 101, quoting reference number INC/0075491/23.
“Alternatively, information can be passed anonymously to the independent charity – Crimestoppers – on 0800 555 111.”
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Salford police officer sacked for ‘depraved’ relationship with vulnerable woman
A police officer has been sacked after carrying out an ‘improper relationship’ with a crime victim.
Paul Banks, who worked as a PC in Salford, has been dismissed and barred after a Gross Misconduct Hearing on 24 and 25 January 2023.
In the hearing, a panel heard how Banks had advised a vulnerable woman to create an email account – which he then accessed to view images and videos, some of which were explicit, that she had uploaded.
He viewed the content more than 200 times and never reported them to his manager or the force’s Professional Standards Branch.
In the end, his own colleagues sensed that something was amiss and raised the alarm.
GMP has now slammed Banks’s ‘depraved behaviour’ and stressed that ‘there will never be a place in GMP for anybody who behaves like him’.
A statement also said that he ‘abused his position of trust’.
Detective Chief Superintendent Michael Allen, head of GMP’s Professional Standards Branch, said: “Banks knew full well that his conduct was egregiously wrong.
“By cultivating an improper relationship with a vulnerable member of the public who he met in the course of his policing duties, the officer has been deservedly sacked from GMP.
“Not only has he disgraced himself, but his depraved behaviour dishonours policing and undermines the principled endeavours of his colleagues, who everyday do a valiant job catching criminals and protecting our communities.
“Indeed, it was Banks’ own colleagues who sensed something was amiss and triggered the first step in a process that rooted him out.
“The prudence of his colleagues is to be commended and I am grateful to the IOPC for conducting an investigation that left no stone unturned.
“No decent member of the police service wants to work with the likes of Banks and there will never be a place in GMP for anybody who behaves like him.
“He abused his position of trust and for that the Office of Constable has been rightly stripped from him.
“GMP is a better force without Banks and we will recruit a new officer into his post who will discharge their duties with honour and espouse the professional and compassionate values of the GMP workforce.”
Banks, who had been on restricted since the investigation began in December 2020, was dismissed without notice.