South Yorkshire Chief Constable Steve Watson has been chosen as the man to lead Greater Manchester Police into a new era, according to the Manchester Evening News.
The MEN published a piece on Wednesday morning revealing that Watson had been chosen from a list of three candidates for the role – which has been filled temporarily by Ian Pilling since Ian Hopkins’ departure in December.
Ex-Constable Hopkins stepped down at the end of last year after GMP entered special measures when it was revealed that over 80,000 crimes had gone unreported.
His replacement Watson has been described as “one of the most experienced senior officers in the country,” with a career spanning three decades.
He has held positions at Merseyside Police, Metropolitan Police and Durham Constabulary, as well as being appointed a senior member of the 2012 Olympic Command Team (and awarded the Commissioner’s Commendation).
Watson took the Chief Constable post at South Yorkshire Police in 2016 and was credited with turning around a “troubled” department – with the force named ‘most improved’ in the country three years in a row.
Watson’s official appointment as Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police is expected to be confirmed later today (March 24).
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More than 16,000 people trained in first aid thanks to campaign set up after Manchester Arena attack
More than 16,000 people have been trained in first aid and lifesaving techniques thanks to a campaign set up following the Manchester Arena attack.
The ‘Three Ways to Save a Life’ campaign is a joint partnership between St John Ambulance and BBC Radio Manchester, and launched to huge success last year on the fifth anniversary of the terror attack – where 22 people tragically lost their lives during a bombing at the end of an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena on 22 May 2017.
The campaign has since seen tens of thousands of volunteers in Greater Manchester trained in CPR, as well as shown how to use a defibrillator, and how to treat severe bleeding.
The campaign ran until the end of 2022, and was made up of a combination of drop-in sessions in public places, booked face-to-face sessions, virtual training online, and social media content across all 10 boroughs.
The aim of the campaign is simple – train as many people as possible to save lives.
The campaign has long been championed by Figen Murray – the mother of Martyn Hett, who was one of the 22 victims that lost their lives in the atrocity – and she’s told BBC News this week that she’s “thrilled” by the success of it.
“There’s a good chance in Manchester now, if something happens to you, where you do need someone with those skills, somebody now near you, knows those skills and can save you,” Figen explained.
Dr Lynn Thomas, who is the medical director at St John Ambulance, has also thanked the people who had taken part in the campaign, and added that her team is “committed” to continuing to deliver free first aid demonstrations to at least 1,000 people every month.
Speaking on the success of the campaign so far, Kate Squire, the BBC’s senior head of production for the North West and North East, said: “This has been a brilliant campaign that people living in Greater Manchester have really taken to their hearts.
“More than 16,000 of our residents now have the essential skills to save lives.
“Not only in case a tragedy like this ever strikes our city again, but also to help those who are in need on their everyday lives.”
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This Manchester restaurant is serving a Sunday roast with bottomless drinks
When it comes to Sunday roasts, by and large they’re pretty damn hard to beat. A catch-all plate loaded with your favourite meat and vegetables, drenched in gravy and topped with a fluffy Yorkshire pudding, what’s not to love?
Hands down this would be our death row meal every time. There’s simply no competition. So when we heard that a restaurant in Manchester has just launched a Sunday roast with bottomless drinks we felt the news was way too good not to share. After all, hot foodies don’t gatekeep.
Let’s be honest, we all love a good drink with our roast anyway – and now The Oast House has gone and made it that much more affordable.
Starting from 12pm on a Sunday, you can get 90 minutes of unlimited prosecco, a range of different spritzes and pints of lager here with your roast dinner for an extra £15.
The roast itself is priced at two courses for £18.50 or three for £22.50, with main choices including gorgeously pink-looking roast beef and lamb, plus chicken, crispy pork belly and a chestnut, mushroom and red lentil roast.
All come served with mustard glazed carrots, red cabbage, Tenderstem broccoli, roast potatoes, a Yorkshire pudding and gravy – plus the option to add on crispy onion-topped Shorrocks Lancashire cauliflower cheese for an extra £2.50.
Elsewhere on the menu, you’ll find the likes of scotch eggs with picalilli, pea hummus, wings and calamari to whet your appetite as starters.
In the pudding section, meanwhile, there is a host of tempting options: ranging from a rose and hibiscus poached peach and pistachio cheesecake, to cookie dough loaded with Oreos and vanilla icecream.
Further pudding choices include a mouthwatering lemon tart served with raspberry sorbet and crushed honeycomb, a vegan-friendly dark chocolate and peanut butter pot with Biscoff crumb and caramelised banana, and everyone’s favourite: a sticky toffee pudding with rich toffee sauce and icecream on the side.
Bottomless drinks options will set you back £15 per person and can be enjoyed by the whole table up to a maximum of six, with spritz choices spanning Aperol, raspberry, blood orange or elderflower.