Emergency services have attended an incident of major flooding on a busy Manchester road this morning after a water main burst.
Dramatic photos and video footage shared across social media earlier today showed water gushing down Hyde Road in Gorton and the neighbouring Far Lane, and residents in the area had also reported that their water supply had been turned off following the incident.
Hyde Road has since been closed between Reddish Bridge and Thornwood Avenue to deal with the incident, and engineers and firefighters were spotted wading through the deep water.
Delays have been reported on roads in the area.
Transport for Greater Manchester tweeted about the incident and confirmed that it is “due to a burst water main which is icing over”.
They said gritters were being used to get rid of the ice.
Councillor Julie Reid – Labour and Cooperative Councillor for Gorton and Abbey Hey – also took to social media this morning to alert United Utilites that “a main arterial water pipe has burst and emptied Debdale reservoir”, but that thankfully “no one is injured”.
United Utilities said engineers were on site to fix the issue.
Offering the latest update on the current situation, a spokesperson for United Utilities said:
A spokesperson for United Utilities said: “We are very sorry to say that a large water main burst in Hyde Road earlier today causing flooding and leaving some customers temporarily without water.
“Our engineers have been on site since the burst happened and have now successfully isolated the main.
“This should mean that water is subsiding and we can shortly start repair work [but] in the meantime, our fleet of water tankers are pumping directly into the mains at strategic points to support local supplies and get them back to normal as quickly as possible.
“Our insurance team is also on site to check whether the water has caused any localised flooding or damage to property.
“They will liaise with anyone who has been affected to make sure they get the help and support they need.”
The incident also came as a number of crashes were reported on roads across the region, with icy conditions causing collisions on the M61, the M66 and Mancunian Way, and Greater Manchester Police urging drivers to “take care on the roads and only travel if you need to”.
The force tweeted: “Please take care on the roads today and only travel if you need to.
“There have already been a number of collisions this morning due to adverse weather conditions across Greater Manchester.
“Thankfully no-one was seriously injured – follow @OfficialTfGM for any travel updates.”
Manchester City named the most valuable football club brand in the world
Manchester City have been named the most valuable football club brand in the world, topping the Brand Finance Football 50 Report for the first time in their history.
Following yet another successful season punctuated with a fifth Premier League title in six years, another FA Cup following their historic Manchester derby victory and potentially a first-ever Champions League trophy in just a few days’ time, the club has arguably never been in a stronger position.
In monetary terms, it is a simple fact: according to this year’s Brand Finance Football 50 report, Man City’s brand value has grown 34% since the COVID-19 pandemic, rising to more than £1.3 billion and overtaking European giants Real Madrid to become the most valuable club in world football.
Despite Man United being named the most valuable club in the Premier League according to Forbes’ latest rankings at the start of this month, this report suggests that Man City took in the most revenue on a global scale, reaching their all-time high notwithstanding the pandemic recovery period.
Further backing up the numbers, City also topped Deloitte’s Money League for the second year running after announcing a record revenue of £613 million and profits of £41.7 million, the latter being more than double the previous Club record — and that was before the two most recent major honours. Crikey.
Elsewhere in the report, United did jump back above Liverpool into fourth overall, with Arsenal seeing the most growth over the last year following an impressive runner-up season. As for around Europe, PSG leapfrogged German giants Bayern Munich, and AC Milan are said to be the fastest-growing Italian club.
The City Football Group’s Chief Operating Officer, Roel de Vries, said the following after the announcement: “Being recognised as the world’s most valuable football club brand reflects the phenomenal growth story that Manchester City has had in recent years.
“This achievement recognises the evolution of not just the brand, but the Club as a whole. The Club has been performing consistently and has broken records on and off the pitch this season…
“As we look to the future, we want to keep investing in the right things – our football talent, the city of Manchester and our local community, infrastructure and fan experience. We have a proven track record of innovation and are excited for the next chapter in this Club’s great history.”
Pep Guardiola and his squad are now just one game away from winning the treble, an achievement which would not only see them join an exclusive club of just seven teams to do so, such as United’s famous 1999 team, but would no doubt see their value skyrocket even further. Can they do it?
19-year-old charged with murder of man stabbed to death in Old Trafford
A 19-year-old has been charged with murder after a man was stabbed to death in Old Trafford last week.
Greater Manchester Police (GMP) has confirmed that 19-year-old Demari Adrian Raymond Rose has been charged with murder and possession of a bladed article after officers were called to reports of a “disturbance” at an address on Kings Road in the Old Trafford area of Manchester at around 7:45pm on Wednesday 31 May.
A 21-year-old victim – who has since been named as Salah Adam Eldin – was found seriously injured when police arrived, and despite the best efforts of the first responders, GMP confirmed that the young man was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.
Rose was arrested in the early hours of last Saturday morning (3 June), and was remanded into custody, before appearing at Tameside Magistrates Court yesterday.
A further two teenage males were arrested on the night of the attack in connection with the murder – a 15-year-old on suspicion of murder, and a 16-year-old on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon in the nearby area – but GMP has revealed they have both been released on bail pending further enquiries.
Salah’s family are continuing to be supported by officers, GMP assured, and are also being continuously updated with the progress being made in the investigation.
Detective Chief Inspector Liz Hopkinson, of GMP’s Major Incident Team, said in a statement when Rose was arrested last week that the force “recognises the impact this tragic event will have on the friends and family of Salah,” and insisted that their thoughts remain with them as they “come to terms with this loss in terrible circumstances”.
DCI Hopkinson also reissued an urgent appeal to the public for witnesses and information, as well as any CCTV, doorbell, or dashcam footage.
“Whilst we have made a number of arrests,” DCI Hopkinson continued, “we are still in the early stages of a murder investigation and are working hard to piece together the timeline of events.
“We are also keeping an open mind and are continuing to appeal to members of the public to share any information they might have about this case with the police.
“It is believed the two offenders were riding a black mountain bike and a yellow Council Beryl bicycle, and enquiries also suggest there were approximately five people in the area at the time of the murder who may have vital information that could assist the investigation.”