Failsworth neighbours have banded together to form a ‘street patrol’ in an attempt to crack down on the rising crime in the area.
The Oldham town has been subject to a spate of home break-ins and burglaries over the past few weeks, and residents have decided to form their very own safety team in order to protect their community.
A fundraising campaign launched to kit out the volunteers already raked in over £1,000 – offering them essential supplies to watch over the neighbourhood effectively.
15 men and women have all signed on so far to participate in daily patrols – supported by a transit van (with 360-degree search lights CCTV on-board Wi-Fi) and dogs.
The group already has more than 2,000 followers on social media – with residents commending the work they’ve been doing to defend Failsworth.
“We do not approach anybody and we social distance at all times,” said a Failsworth Patrol representative.
“We are here to be a deterrent and prevent crime before it happens. We report directly to GMP should we feel the need too or if an offence has actually took place.
“What this means for Failsworth [is] fewer calls to GMP, less crime, figures drop, house prices rise and premiums drop.
Founder of the watch, Paul (his surname will remain confidential), says there has been a noticeable drop in crime since the patrols set foot on the streets.
“We had to start this as we know our emergency services are overstretched and in demand,” he stated.
“The whole community has backed the scheme asking if they can donate fuel and leave us snacks to keep us going.
“Since the start, we have noticed that there hasn’t been any incidents in the area and the community are feeling safe.”
Failsworth Street Patrol have emphasised that neighbours should always call the police if they are victims of crime, with the group set up to watch over people rather than enforce the law.
Reps stated: “…the idea is to deter potential offenders from the Failsworth area by making it known that people are out and about watching over the people and property, giving a greater chance of reporting crimes quickly and capture by the police.”
Failsworth Street Patrol are continuing to watch the roads whilst hoping to hit £5,000 in donations.
When they reach this target they can become a registered charity – which ‘will open up so many opportunities for [them] as a community.’
“We have a motto in Failsworth,” says founder Paul.
“True worth never fails.”
Learn more about the patrol team doing surveillance on Oldham streets by visiting their social media page.
Manchester music store Forsyth is giving away free music lessons
Manchester music store Forsyth is giving away a host of free music lessons next month in a bid to inspire people to learn a new instrument, or pick up an old one.
The store is giving new and returning musicians a chance to receive a 10–15-minute free music taster session as part of its Music for All Learn to Play ’22 event.
Taking place across 8 and 9 October between 10am-5pm (8 October) and 1130am-30pm (9 October),short taster music lessons will allow all ages and abilities to have a musical experience that could turn into a lifetime of enjoyment, or even a new career.
Speaking on the free music lesson initiative, Emma from Forsyths said: “The past two years have shown how important music is to all our lives and how it can bring people together even in the most difficult of circumstances.
“We aim to help as many people as possible understand the unique joys and benefits of learning an instrument (or taking part in a choir).
“Anyone interested in learning to play an instrument or looking to pick it up again, should come and join us for this two-day celebration of music making.
“We’re delighted to be part of Music for All’s Learn to Play ’22 event, and we can’t wait to get started.”
OBE Jools Holland, Patron of Music for All, said: “Making music is very important to me. It’s my work, my pleasure, my friend, companion and therapist.
The charity Music for All believes passionately in the unique power of music to change lives and that is why it runs Learn to Play.
Music for All believes everyone should have equal access to music making.
The charity supports disadvantaged music makers by providing cash grants for tuition and instruments and by donating instruments directly.
Celebrated author Dame Hilary Mantel has died ‘suddenly yet peacefully’ aged 70
Dame Hilary Mantel has died aged 70.
The unexpected passing of the critically-acclaimed author whose celebrated career spans nearly five decades has just been announced by her agents 4th Estate Books and her publishing team at HarperCollins in two separate statements released this morning – who confirmed that she died “suddenly yet peacefully”.
The Glossop-born writer was famed for historical fiction work, and was most-known for being the author of the beloved Wolf Hall trilogy.
The statement by her agents confirming her passing reads: “We are heartbroken at the death of our beloved author, Dame Hilary Mantel, and our thoughts are with her friends and family, especially her husband, Gerald.
“This is a devastating loss and we can only be grateful she left us with such a magnificent body of work.”
Mantel’s publishers HarperCollins called her “one of the greatest English novelists of this century”.
The company’s statement reads: “It is with great sadness that AM Heath and HarperCollins announce that bestselling author Dame Hilary Mantel DBE died suddenly yet peacefully yesterday, surrounded by close family and friends, aged 70.
“Hilary Mantel was one of the greatest English novelists of this century and her beloved works are considered modern classics.
Mantel has twice been awarded the Booker Prize, the first time for the 2009 novel Wolf Hall, a fictional account of Thomas Cromwell’s rise to power in the court of Henry VIII, and secondly for the 2012 novel Bring Up the Bodies, the second instalment of the Cromwell trilogy.
She was the first woman, and fourth person, to receive the award twice.