In what is a piece of, quite frankly, unbearlievable news, police in Rochdale found a wanted car thief attempting to hide from officers inside a giant teddy bear.
No, you’ve not read that wrong.
As bizarre and implausible as it may sound, GMP Rochdale actually took to social media yesterday to share with the people of Greater Manchester and beyond, in what is understandably a now-viral post, the story of one of their latest arrests – and it genuinely did involve a criminal cutting up a teddy bear and trying to hide inside it.
GMP explained that 18-year-old Joshua Dobson, from the Spotland area of Rochdale, was wanted police after stealing a car back in May and for not paying for fuel that same day, but up until last month, his whereabouts was unknown.
That was until neighbourhood cops were tipped off to his location and went out searching for him.
Retelling the hilarious discovery on social media, GMP Rochdale explained: “When we went to arrest him, our officers noticed a large bear breathing in the address, before finding Dobson hidden inside.
“He’s now stuffed behind bars after being sentenced last week for theft of a motor vehicle, driving while disqualified, and making off from a petrol station without payment.”
They comically added that they hope he has “a bearable time inside”.
And the police weren’t the only ones to be cracking jokes, as not only has the post amassed thousands of likes and interactions across all social media platforms it was shared on yesterday, but the comments section was also full of witty members of the public sharing their best bear-themed puns.
“He will only get the bear essentials in jail,” one person wrote.
Another commented: “The bear faced cheek of him”, with a third chiming in with: “Apprehended by officers on paw patrol”, and a fourth questioning: “Did you Bungle him in the van?”
As well as all the countless bear-related jokes, one person also made sure to ask the question that a lot of us were probably all thinking too: “Can we see the officers bodycam footage? It’s not often I ask for anything but I need to see this. Please and thank you.”
While the bodycam footage is yet to be released, if you bear with them, they might get round to it.
Featured Image – GMP Rochdale
Watch Ross from The 1975 pull a few pints at Bunny Jackson’s after sold-out Gorilla gig
Following his band’s sellout intimate gig at Gorilla, Ross from The 1975 decided to celebrate like any true rockstar would: by pulling pints behind the bar at Bunny Jackson’s.
Bassist Ross MacDonald has become somewhat of a cult figure in the band of late, with countless fans swooning over him and his understated manner on stage.
He comes across as just a normal, down-to-earth bloke — so much in fact that he could probably slip into your local bar without anyone really noticing. Well, almost.
Yes, after The 1975 wrapped up their much-talked-about charity set for War Child on Wednesday, Ross decided to head round the corner to everyone’s favourite dive bar and surprise some Manc faces by serving up a few drinks. Because why not?
Imagine getting up to order a pint and some wings only to see Ross fromThe 1975 serving you.
The beloved bar and wing spot on Jack Rosenthal Street is packed to the rafters most nights whether there’s a gig on or not, but with arguably one of the biggest bands in the world right now having played literally metres away at Gorilla, there were plenty of punters enjoy their usual rock-heavy playlist.
That being said, while many may have expected the Wilmslow band to come on shuffle at some point, very few of them would have been expecting to see the long-haired heart-throb himself behind the bar.
Again, so unassuming — just a tall guy in a hoody.
Featured Image — Bunny Jackson/The1975 (via Instagram)
‘Grow up’ – Matty Healy urges Oasis to ‘stop messing around’ and reunite
Matty Healy has urged Oasis to “stop messing around” and get back together in a new interview.
In a video that’s already amassing tens of thousands of views online, the frontman of Manchester-based indie pop rock band, The 1975, has made his thoughts on the feuding Gallagher brothers known during an in-depth interview with on Q with Tom Power from Canadian broadcaster CBC this week.
During the interview, the 33-year-old singer touched on everything from the process of making the band’s latest record, 2022’s critically-acclaimed Being Funny in a Foreign Language, to his onstage antics, and why he’s decided to embrace sincerity and being earnest – but that doesn’t seem to be the main take-away of Manchester music fans.
It’s his opinion of iconic Britpop band Oasis that’s really got people talking.
In what he called a “public service announcement”, Healy claimed Oasis are still “the coolest band in the world” but questioned what the Gallagher brothers are playing at by continuing to fight with each other after all these years.
Telling them to “grow up”, Healy urged Liam and Noel to “get back together and stop messing around”.
Healy told the interviewer: “What are Oasis doing? Can you imagine being in potentially, right now, still the coolest band in the world, and not doing it because you’re in a mard with your brother? I can deal with them dressing like they’re in their twenties but being in their fifties, but acting like they’re in their twenties?
“They need to grow up.”
Healy continued: “Stop marding. They’re men of the people, and they’re sat around in, like, Little Venice and Highgate crying over an argument with their brother.
“Grow up. Headline Glastonbury. Have a good time. Have a laugh.”
The Wilmslow lad also took a second to speak on the popularity of both the Gallagher brothers’ post-Oasis solo projects and endeavours, and claimed fans aren’t as interested in seeing Liam Gallagher or Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds live as they would be going to an Oasis gig.
“There is not one person going to a High Flying Birds gig or a Liam Gallagher gig that would not rather be at an Oasis gig,” Healy claimed.
“There is not one person.
“Not one person is there going, ‘you know what? I loved Definitely Maybe, but my favourite thing is f***ing Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’.”