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SALFORD RIOTS DAY TWO
 

Star date: 10th August 2011

HAZEL BLEARS OFFICE HIT IN RIOTS – THE AFTERMATH 

Hazel Blears' office on Langworthy Road was attacked last night as the riot which hit Salford Precinct spread to surrounding areas.

Today, Hazel Blears was on Salford Precinct condemning the "criminals" who had taken part in the disturbances and refused to blame Government and Salford Council cuts to youth services for the riot.

Full reaction from Salford Council, the police and Hazel Blears here plus more photos…


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The shop front on Langworthy Road that Hazel Blears uses as an office was targeted last night following hours of rioting around Salford Precinct. The attackers had attempted to smash the reinforced glass with a brick.

Hazel was on Salford Precinct this morning meeting police and shop keepers and told the Salford Star she knew nothing of the attack…

"I haven't seen that, no" she said, and went on to criticise people who had taken part in the riots.

"I think it's devastating for the decent law abiding citizens of Salford, who are the overwhelming majority" she explained "I think we need an increased police presence, and we need to make sure we get prosecutions, convictions and stiffer sentences on the people who are basically criminals."

We asked Hazel whether she thought that the riots were anything to do with the Government and Council withdrawing funding for diversionary activities for young people

"No I certainly do not" she replied "I think that obviously youth services are important to the decent young people in this city and the people who took part in this activity are not the decent majority."

Her comments were echoed by authority figures around the city today. John Merry, Leader of Salford City Council, said "There was absolutely no reason for this disorder, other than to destroy and steal from our city…These individuals should not be allowed to get away with it and we need to take a stand against them and show Salford will not tolerate this abhorrent behaviour."

We asked for statement on Council cuts to diversionary activities for kids but received no reply.

Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable, Peter Fahy added: "These have been challenging times for policing in Greater Manchester and across the country. My officers have been faced with significant levels of violence and last night they, together with other emergency services, were attacked.

"In Salford officers faced extreme violence and we are in no doubt these were criminals who were organised using social media and mobile phones" he added "This was a criminal element who exploited the situation to carry out criminal acts and with a violent intent."

Today, traders on the Precinct were clearing up after the riot with police in evidence all around the Precinct area. Meanwhile, rumours swept the city that Mocha Parade in Lower Broughton would be attacked and traders shut shops at 3pm. During late afternoon there was no sign of any activity at Mocha or the Precinct.

See previous Salford Star stories on the riots - click here and click here

See Reasons To Be Angry and Reasons Not To Riot by Nigel Pivaro - click here
 

Char N wrote
at 05:45:56 on 16 August 2011
Eyewitness report of the Manchester uprising, 9 August 2011 : http://tinyurl.com/3df49cl
 
the pimpernelle wrote
at 15:22:12 on 11 August 2011
Labour Councillor and leader of this sham of a council, John Merry, said all the people responsible for the disgraceful destruction of properties and communities in Salford, will face the full weight of the law and will be brought to justice, Mr Merry, I look forward to seeing you in court with your fellow Labour councillors who wilfully knocked down perfectly good housing stock in area's such as Langworthy,Kersel Broughton (this was the true riot of Salford) to sell to rich friends and property developers, some of the houses that were refurbished, are now owned by people from out side of the region, but the old owners are still paying mortgages on these properties, shame on you. the real destruction and ethnic cleansing of Salford and it's people came under your leadership Mr Merry and you, Hazel Blears.
 
realwriter wrote
at 11:46:03 on 11 August 2011
If the mob who had looted the 'fee office' for the last 10 years had been properly dealt with some semblance of justice it might have been seen and as a deterrent to all forms of robbery. The example that was set was that hundreds could rob and steal and fiddle the system and a small handful, sacrificial lambs, would pay the price whilst the MOB who were too many, too powerful and too difficult to deal with were allowed to say sorry and get away scot free. Reap what you sow.
 
tate wrote
at 07:16:47 on 11 August 2011
hazel got 3 tvs for free yet despite a salary of 65k.
 
Regeneration wrote
at 07:16:29 on 11 August 2011
So it looks like all the regeneration of central Salford over the last 15 years has worked then? We must be about due for another round of demolitions to solve (sic) the problems, which are the same as they were before ie. A small criminal/antisocial element causing problems. Sort that out before you do anything else. Hazel still in favour of 24 hour drinking and cafe society now?
 
Heather wrote
at 07:16:02 on 11 August 2011
There has been lots of input by the council for the youth of Salford this summer and there is plenty going on in Salford for kids, loads of FREE sports activities and FREE swimming and lots of sessions at youth groups, the parks have been upgraded with good play and keep fit equipment so no excuse for them. They just wanted to steal and cause harm. Small minority bringing bad press to Salford.
 
Ben wrote
at 07:11:56 on 11 August 2011
First, I don't like Hazel Blears. I think Salford deserves a much better MP - MUCH better. Not sure who instead, but just not her. I met her once ("Call me Hazel [blah blah blah]") and was't impressed. That was before it all kicked off about expenses and the rest. But you refer to cuts in youth services on a day that the police have stated arrests for looting Cash Converters, those arrests being men and a woman in their twenties. Nothing to do with youth services. It's not just as you're saying it, there's more going on, and there's more that's happened.
 
A wrote
at 07:11:26 on 11 August 2011
The Inbread Rats who have pissed on your own community need bringing to justice, benefits stopped and kicked out of the cushy council house paid for but the taxpayers!!!!
 
Juniper wrote
at 07:08:24 on 11 August 2011
Jack Allbright..................masterful comment! Gemma Plaistow........................an excellent description - 'The Grinning Rat'. I wonder which cubby-hole she is claiming expenses for now. And Marvin - you do seem (rightly) a little agitated by the 'Great and the Good' maybe next time some worthy candidates will emerge for election. The mindset of the mob appears to be 'if they can rob - so can we!' I bet they (the mob) are quaking in their newly aquired trainers at the thought of being recognised after appearing on their newly aquired 42" LCD (HD ready) televisions. I see that one of the London yobbos pleaded guilty to some 'serious offence' and was incarcerated for 1 (count it .......o n e) day in gaol - but because he had been in custody.......blah, blah, blah. Let's be thankful that nobody swiped a 'duck refuge' for their bath - do they take baths? Anyway, all the kerfuffle takes our collective minds away from the £££millions being wasted bombing the crap out of the Libyans. You see! This is the first you have heard about that little fiasco today.
 
Vincent Crummles wrote
at 22:24:10 on 10 August 2011
Apparently Blares was pushing a shopping trolley with a wide-screen telly , a case of gin , boxes of new trainers and some cans of lager in it . She was captured on camera when she stopped for the photo opportunity .
 
Sceptical wrote
at 20:56:38 on 10 August 2011
Seems that the police allowed the looting to happen, maybe this was to show what would happen if the cuts go ahead! They seem to be on top of it tonight (Wednesday). Eight TAU vans driving around stopping groups of four or more, why couldn't they have done this on Tuesday? It's not as if they were taken by surprise they were warning shops on the precinct at 11am and the looting started about 7.
 
Gemma Plaistow wrote
at 20:54:17 on 10 August 2011
The return of the Grinning Rat . Must be a photo opportunity ...
 
Jack Allbright wrote
at 20:53:46 on 10 August 2011
Blears using the term criminals is interesting . A term she is intimatel Blears will be well aquainted with the term 'criminals', as she idles her days away with the expense cheats and lying MP criminals at Wasteminster .
 
Munford wrote
at 20:12:02 on 10 August 2011
Disagree the MP should visit the scene. it would be more surprising if she had not. The question is not one of inadequate resource for young people. But one of is looting or rioting making your views known? Peaceful protests can have impact but it appears looting has more impact. Much of what went on the streets is simply criminals taking advantage of some genuine tension. That tension doesn't normally end in riots and looting. Riots and looting that's what will be remembered.
 
HUBERT MARSTON wrote
at 19:28:20 on 10 August 2011
BLEARS IS STILL AN MP ?????????????????????????
 
D Clemo wrote
at 19:15:14 on 10 August 2011
Amazing . Blears , the self-styled 'salford peepils champeen ' making a guest appearance in her constituency . How did she find her way here without a map ? Just another photo opportunity for another self-serving MP.
 
Juniper wrote
at 19:15:06 on 10 August 2011
......................AND claim expenses for the inconvenience
 
Marvin Tanney wrote
at 19:14:10 on 10 August 2011
Blears wakes up for another bullshit photo opportunity . Another bullshitting MPshite . Nice to see Captain Blunder , Merry , bullshitting his usual garbage . Clueless , the lot of them . Perhaps they would like to assist the plod in rounding up the real criminals -CORRUPT BANKERS , CORRUPT MPs, CORRUPT , INEPT , WASTER COUNCILS .These bastards are the criminals , forcing the disadvantaged to pay for the economic collapse of society .A fightback is inevitable when people are pushed too far into poverty , hopelessness and despair . It was only a matter of time ..
 
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