A local woman has accused police and track and trace of being “heavy-handed” and resorting to “overkill” after a riot van turned up to check whether her 12-year-old daughter was isolating.
The Manchester Evening News has reported that Greater Manchester Police visited the Middleton home of Kathryn Crook on two separate occasions over two days (11 and 12 July) – leaving her daughter “petrified”.
On the first visit, officers apparently refused to speak to Ms Crook and instead asked to see her daughter Charlotte. On the second occasion, an officer arrived in a riot van.
Ms Crook told the MEN: “They [police officers] would not tell me and my husband why they wanted to speak to my daughter. I suggested again that she was only 12 and as her mother, I should be the one they should speak to.
“My daughter by this time was stood behind me crouching thinking she had done something wrong and was petrified.”
Ms Crook – whose daughter Charlotte has been isolating since a positive PCR test on July 4 – has contacted her MP Chris Clarkson over the incident.
She added: “The behaviour of NHS Test and Trace, Rochdale public health officers and GMP has been completely inappropriate and heavy-handed over the whole thing.
“My daughter has been in complete meltdown, thinking she was going to get arrested at any moment.”
A spokesperson for Rochdale Council explained to the MEN that when the national track and trace team is not able to contact someone to confirm isolation, details are passed to councils to be dealt with locally.
The council said it had spoken directly with the family to offer them support.
A GMP spokesperson added: “By working in partnership with the local authority, police officers will then be asked to attend as there has been unanswered calls and a suspected breach to carry out the checks and issue a fixed penalty notice if required.
“Any engagement will be done directly with the person who has been asked to self-isolate.
“In this instance when an officer attended on Monday night we established that the isolation request had been adhered to and the officer was satisfied that the original NHS request had been met.
“These checks are also conducted on welfare grounds as having to self-isolate could impede someone’s ability to get food or essential items so it’s important they are continued in-line with national guidance.”
Greater Manchester’s popular luxury steam train dining experiences are back next month
Greater Manchester’s iconic heritage railway is back hosting one of the most unique fine dining experiences in the region from next month.
It’s no secret that East Lancashire Railway (ELR) is known and loved for its immersive events that give rail enthusiasts and curious Mancs the chance to step back in time by hopping on one of the historic Pullman-style carriages and riding a steam train through the picturesque Greater Manchester countryside.
Wizard, Thomas the Tank Engine, dinosaur, and Peppa Pig-themed train rides are just a few of the events that have been entertaining families in the region over the last few years.
But for the grown-ups, how does getting the chance to tuck into a four-course luxury meal sound?
Described as being “the ultimate first class foodie experience”, ELR’s Red Rose Diners are undoubtably indulgent and unlike any other fine dining affair on offer – with diners not only treated to a feast, but also polished panelling, luxurious seating, and crisp linen while on board.
Running on selected Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 1 March right through to November this year, Red Rose Diners start with a glass of fizz and stretch over an almost three-hour train journey through the Irwell Valley – including a four-course dinner with complimentary sparkling wine, followed by tea or coffee and after-dinner chocolates.
After something even more indulgent though? Well, the luxury only continues with the heritage railway’s Premium Nights, where “black tie is a must”.
One step up from the Red Rose Diners, and only running on a handful of selected dates throughout the year, Premium Nights are apparently “an even finer way” to enjoy the traditional Pullman-style dining experience.
Diners will first be greeted by live music from a classical harpist and violinist as they step on-board for a four course meal in luxurious surroundings, while a table magician will entertain throughout the journey, and end the night with a prosecco reception on the platform.
It’s described as being “the ultimate first class foodie experience” / Credit: ELR
Tickets to East Lancashire Railway’s Red Rose Diner experiences are priced £69.90 per person, while Premium Nights set you back £99.
You can ride a wizard-themed steam train through Greater Manchester next week
The hugely popular wizard-themed steam train will be travelling through Greater Manchester once again next week.
It’s no secret that East Lancashire Railway (ELR) is known and loved for its immersive events that give rail enthusiasts and curious Mancs the chance to step back in time by hopping on one of the historic Pullman-style carriages and ride a steam train through the picturesque Greater Manchester countryside.
Thomas the Tank Engine, dinosaur, Peppa Pig, and seasonal themed train rides are just a few of the events that have been entertaining families in the region over the last few years.
But by far one of the most popular experiences on the lineup has to be the chance to go on a ‘wizarding adventure’ where little Mancs can come together for a magical day of sharing spells and getting stuck into lots of magic-themed fun.
You can ride a wizard-themed steam train through Greater Manchester next week / Credit: ELR
Aspiring witches and wizards of all ages are invited to enrol in the spellbinding school of sorcery this February half term, as they take a “wacky and wonderful whistle stop tour” of the Wizard Academy and learn to become a master of mystery and magic during their interactive journey through the “Irwell Valley of wonders”.
During the enchanting 90-minute return trip that’s hauled by a genuine steam – and spell – powered train, you’ll take lessons in the basics of broomsticks, practice your potion making, be instructed in incantations, and learn to tattle and talk with a tawny owl.
Aside from wizard-themed tasks, there’ll also be plenty of photo opportunities along the way.
The Wizarding Adventure is an “enchanting experience for all the family” / Credit: ELR
Food and drink will be available to tuck into from the café on Platform 3/4 at Bury Bolton Street Station, and from the Rawtenstall Buffet too.
It truly is an “enchanting experience” for the whole family.