Police found almost £200,000 stuffed inside a Cops and Robbers gambling machineduring a raid on suspected amphetamines dealers last week.
Police executed warrants to search three Salford addresses on June 3 – including properties on Westwood Crescent and Old School Court in Eccles and Mitcheson Gardens.
Officers discovered a large quantity of cash within locked safe deposit boxes, as well as thousands hidden inside an old slot machine.
£192,210 was recovered in total – alongside controlled substances packaged for supply, believed to be amphetamine.
One man has already admitted money laundering and drug offences and is set to be sentenced at a later date.
Another suspect has been released whilst enquires continue.
The raids were conducted as part of GMP Salford’s Operation Naseby – a taskforce set up to tackle organised crime in the city.
Since its inception in April 2020, police say there has been a 40% drop in firearms discharges as a result.
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Popular I’m A Celeb-themed ‘Jungle Beats’ challenge for students returns to Manchester
Daredevil students are invited to take on an epic late-night jungle challenge inspired by reality competition show I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! this week.
Returning to Manchester following huge success and demand for tickets earlier this year, I’m a Celebrity… Jungle Challenge has announced that its popular ‘Jungle Beats’ series is back once again this week, and it’s giving students arriving to study at universities across our city-region exclusive access to the Salford-based blockbuster attraction.
Students and those over 18 will take on a series of challenges that are said to put nerves and agility to the ultimate test.
Unfamiliar with what I’m a Celebrity… Jungle Challenge is all about?
The new action-packed experience opened in MediaCityUK back in July 2021, and it sees ‘campmates’ race against each other to collect stars through a series of different physical and mental challenges all in an epic jungle setting complete with Main Camp, The Throne, and Winner’s Bridge.
Just like in the popular ITV reality competition show, those who come out on top will be crowned ‘King or Queen of the Jungle’.
What makes Jungle Beats: Volume II a little different to normal though is that resident house DJ Sam Pratt will be providing the ultimate backing track as campmates race around and tackle the trials and challenges in a bid to bank stars and take the glory of a win home to the halls before darkness descends on the jungle each night.
And for those looking for something a little more refreshing after taking on a challenge, the venue’s on-site Outback Shack will be dishing up a cocktail of themed alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
Jungle Beats: Volume ll kicks off for freshers with the first of six events on Friday 23 September, followed by Saturday 24 September, Friday 30 September, and Saturday 1, Friday 7, and Saturday 8 October.
Tickets are available to book at just £25 per person, and you can grab yours here.
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A huge Banksy art exhibit is coming to Media City next month
Following several months of speculation, organisers behind touring exhibit The Art of Banksy have announced it will open at MediaCity this October.
Previously, reports had speculated that the exhibit would appear at First Street inside a purpose-built exhibition space, but now it appears the art show is heading to an entirely different location altogether.
Landing in Manchester on 21 October 2022, the exhibit will showcase 145 iconic Banksy pieces all amassed from private collections across the globe to create the world’s largest touring collection of Banksy artworks.
Having travelled to Melbourne, Chicago, San Francisco, Sydney, Washington DC, Boston, Tel Aviv, Auckland, Toronto, Miami, Gothenburg and London, The Art of Banksy will soon arrive in the north of England.
Visitors will have the chance to experience the infamous artist’s most well-known works alongside those rarely seen by the public, all on loan from private collectors.
The Art of Banksy, presented in association with Manchester theatre HOME, will feature a vast number authenticated Banksy works ranging from prints, canvases, limited-edition pieces, unique works and fascinating ephemera.
It represents a rare opportunity to see an overview of Banksy’s work from 2002 to 2017 in a purpose-built 1,200 square metre temporary structure in the heart of MediaCity, offering visitors the chance to view the artist’s work in a way not possible on the street or in any museum or gallery.
Visitors can see the iconic artworks that brought the anonymous artist international acclaim, including Girl With Balloon (2002) in three different colour variations, Flower Thrower (2003), Rude Copper (2002), and Brace Yourself (2010) – a work which made headlines when Banksy gifted the painting to the band formerly known as ‘Exit Through the Gift Shop’ in exchange for the rights to their name.
A recent poll ranked Girl with Balloon as the United Kingdom’s favourite piece of artwork while Time Magazine has previously included Banksy in its list of the world’s 100 most influential people alongside Barack Obama, Stella McCartney and Steve Jobs.
The iconoclastic artist’s history of pranks has also contributed to this reputation; they have performed powerful statement acts such as the secret installation of a shredder into Girl With Balloon to make the work self-destruct just moments after it was sold at auction for nearly $1.4 million 2018, transforming the work into Love in the Bin.
The Art of Banksy is an exhibition for all ages – an unmissable show for culture lovers and indeed anyone who wants to learn more about the artist and what their work reveals today; the power of art to affect social change, inspire the public and lay bare the undercurrents of social issues with understated wit.
Please note that the exhibition is not curated or authorized by Banksy. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased via the website here.