Local police issued 110 fines to people flouting lockdown rules this weekend – with offences ranging from flat parties to travelling dozens of miles for fast food.
Greater Manchester Police confirmed that 16 Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) were issued to attendees of a house party on Peregrine Street in Hulme on Saturday (January 16).
On the same night, a further 27 fines were distributed at an address on Greengate in Salford, with officers also dispersing a crowd of over 40 people at a flat on Derby Street in Cheetham Hill.
Four FPNs were also issued to the passengers of a vehicle travelling from Preston to Bolton to collect a takeaway.
Since August, GMP have distributed over 2,600 fines for COVID breaches.
Chief Inspector Carol Martin of GMP’s COVID response team said the instances of “blatant disregard” for the rules were “incredibly frustrating.”
“Not only are they putting their own lives and those of their loves [sic] ones at stake, they also risk undoing the hard work of everyone else continuing to make the necessary sacrifices at this time,” said the CI.
“We would like to reassure people that dedicated teams of officers are responding to reports of non-compliance and are continuing to follow the national lead by engaging with members of the public, explaining the law and encouraging compliance, but our officers will not hesitate to take enforcement action if people are found to be flouting the rules.”
A group of friends from Manchester were also fined £200 each over the weekend after driving to Staffordshire for a McDonald’s.
The occupants – who all reside at different addresses – were issued with individual penalties for travelling outside of their local area.
Staffordshire Police confirmed they had stopped the vehicle of friends at the fast food restaurant on the A50 near Uttoxeter – roughly 68 miles from Manchester.
The force tweeted: “Group of friends from Manchester area not having legitimate reasons to be here other than going to McDonalds!”
Officers added: “Please stay at home unless necessary!”
National lockdown regulations state that people must not leave their homes unless they have a reasonable excuse to do so – such as for work or education purposes.
The government has also stated that anyone who needs to travel “should stay local” – which means avoiding travelling outside of their own village, town or the part of a city where they live.
A look at the plans to turn historic Ancoats mill with rich musical heritage into new apartment complex
Hodder + Partners have just revealed new CGIs and a more detailed look at the plans for their redevelopment of the longstanding Brunswick Mill in Ancoats which is set to become a brand-new apartment complex.
The proposals to turn the once creative space with decades of musical heritage into a new residential site were revealed back in 2021 and approved within just a few months, despite having been met with plenty of resistance given its history and cultural significance.
Nevertheless, Northern company Big Red Construction recently kicked off the £50+ million renovation on behalf of developer Arrowsmith Investments and the apartments are projected to be finished in 2026.
With that in mind, the architectural designers Hodder have just released a new look at what Brunswick Mill is set to look like once completed:
Set to transform the historic industrial mill-turned-creative space and music studios on the edge of New Islington into 153 new apartments, ranging from one, two and three-bedroom residences, the redevelopment will be spread across two phases.
In line with designs by Hodder + Partners, the initial phase involves converting the existing mill building and the construction of new four and seven-storey elements to accommodate the remaining 127 homes on the Bradford Road plot in Ancoats.
Big Red Construction, who are also working on the Peelers Yard building for CERT Property and Myprotein founder Oliver Cookson, are expected to complete phase one by the first quarter of 2026.
Here’s another look at what living space people are already buying up:
Along with Hodder + Partners as architects, the project team also consists of HW Consultancy who are covering structural aspects, Manchester firm Clancy for mechanical and electrical considerations, as well as AM Pyro as fire engineers.
With property company Orlando Reid serving as estate agents for the project, 42 out of the 153 apartments have already been sold off-plan, with managing director Baljit Arora describing it as “an exciting period for all parties involved and for the city of Manchester”.
This is just the latest chapter in the continued regeneration of the Ancoats and the New Islington areas, which remain two of the most heavily re-developed areas in the city centre and Greater Manchester as a whole. You can see other hot properties in and around the region HERE.