The owner of a roadside cafe in Yorkshire claim that men “from Manchester” are holding dogging parties in the bushes behind them.
Sharon Wherrett – the co-owner of Big Baps @ Junction 25 in Brighouse – said that she sees at least “two or three doggers” every morning as she is serving customers their breakfast, and claims that the men in question are coming “from Manchester”.
Apparently, sometimes there are so many people that there’s no room for lorry drivers and other drivers to park in the lay-by next to the cafe.
Sharon claims that the wooded area behind her cafe is littered with condoms and old mattresses that are used for people to have sex on, and after having repeatedly reported the issue to her local MP and the police, she now feels she needs to warn walkers in the area herself.
“If you came and had breakfast at our cafe, you’d see two or three doggers, guaranteed,” Sharon told Yorkshire Live.
“Most people think it’s funny, but it’s actually really seedy.
“There’s a charity that comes down and puts condoms and lube in the trees.”
Sharon added: “Families want to walk down there and we have to warn them ‘actually no it’s a male dogging site down there’ and we get homophobic comments, it’s just terrible.
“If it were a female and male dogging site, I’d feel exactly the same [but] that just doesn’t come in to it – it’s the fact that it’s a dogging site.
“There’s a hotel 20 yards up the road, I’m sure they would appreciate the business.”
Sharon claims that men come “from Manchester” to attend dogging parties behind the layby, which is having a real impact on her business, and not only because lorry drivers are often left without a safe place to park for their rest breaks.
“The truckers who do manage to park there on a night get propositioned, they knock on the cab and say ‘dya fancy a bit?’,” Sharon continued.
“Sunday afternoon is worse and on a night, they come from Manchester and have parties down there.
“A lot of them have car seats in the car, with baby seats.”
She concluded: “The main thing I’d love to do is for truckers to be able to park [as] they come in depressed, they’re away from their families and they want a warm meal.”
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Eurovision 2023 grand final to be screened live in cinemas across the UK
The grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest is to be screened live in cinemas across the UK for the first time ever.
With fans from across the globe set to descend on Liverpool in a couple of months time as the UK hosts the 2023 edition of the world’s biggest song competition on behalf of last year’s winners Ukraine, those who weren’t lucky enough to secure tickets will instead by able to head to their nearest cinema to experience the action on the big screen.
Distributor CinemaLive has announced it will be broadcasting the Eurovision grand final show live in cinemas nationwide for the first time ever.
It means that Eurovision fans up and down the country who missed out on grabbing tickets to the final – which sold out in under 40 minutes after going on sale earlier this month – will be able to come together to celebrate what is set to be the “biggest, brightest, boldest music party of the year”.
500 cinemas across the UK, including several here in Greater Manchester, will be screening the grand final on Saturday 13 May.
Vue, Odeon, Cineworld, and Everyman are just some of the cinema chains taking part.
Vue Manchester Printworks, Odeon Great Northern, and Everyman Manchester are the Manchester city centre venues lined-up to screen the event – with cinemas in the The Lowry Outlet Mall, Trafford Centre, Didsbury, Heaton Moor, Ashton-under-Lyne, Bolton, and more also set to welcome Eurovision fans through their doors.
Event organisers say the screenings will encourage singalongs and fancy dress.
“We’re delighted to be working with the BBC to bring Eurovision’s grand final live into cinemas across the UK for the first time ever,” said John Travers from CinemaLive.
“We want audiences to enjoy themselves, so get your fancy dress on, and come together to enjoy this historic occasion on the big screen.”
With an illustrious entertainment career spanning over four decades, O’Grady may have been most well-known and loved by British audiences as a comedian, presenter, broadcaster, actor, writer, and the former drag queen Lily Savage – but he was also one of the nation’s most-famous dog lovers and animal rights advocates.
O’Grady was a longtime supporter and Ambassador of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, and helped raise the profile of the shelter to millions around the world through the hugely-popular ITV series Paul O’Grady: For The Love of Dogs.
Battersea says there’s “no doubting” that O’Grady’s influence has helped thousands of rescue animals find new homes over the years.
Over several series of the show, O’Grady would make an effort to spend quality time with these animals and show-off all of their quirks and loveable qualities, which went a long way to proving that rescue animals “really are the best pets”.
Paying an emotional tribute to O’Grady following his passing today, Peter Laurie – Chief Executive of Battersea – said: “To many, Paul O’Grady was the immensely popular TV and radio presenter and comedian who lit up their screens with his razor-sharp humour and perpetual generosity and warmth [but] Battersea will forever remember Paul as a devoted animal lover with the biggest heart, who fell head over heels in love with every dog he met at our centres.
“Paul will always be associated with Battersea and we are truly saddened to have lost such a true friend and huge part of our charity.
“Paul had an extremely hands on approach as a Battersea Ambassador and has been fundamental in helping our charity to communicate important campaign messages.
“He was a champion for the underdog and would do anything to ensure all animals live a healthy and happy life.
“He will be dearly missed.”
Since the news of O’Grady’s passing was announced, touching tributes have been pouring in in their hundreds from right across the world of entertainment and on social media.
Countless famous names have shared supportive messages and memories.
Emotional tributes to O’Grady have been flooding in all morning, both from those who knew and had worked with him in the past, and from those who admired his work and all that he achieved and had stood for throughout his respected career.