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NEWS ROUNDUP: A 28-year-old man has been arrested in connection with Old Trafford protest

 

1. An investigation is on-going into the violent disorder surrounding protests at Old Trafford on Sunday which saw a number of officers injured. A 28-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the protests. All available evidence is being urgently reviewed to identify both the organisers of this protest and those responsible for the officer assaults.

Police were aware of a planned protest at Old Trafford on Sunday 2 May and were working closely alongside partners to ensure those that attended were kept safe whilst enabling their right to peaceful protest.

By late afternoon 1,000 protesters had gathered at Old Trafford and 200 separately at the Lowry Hotel in Salford where the United players were staying.

Officers continued to monitor the situation and engage with those present, however they say they were met with hostility as flares were let off and bottles and barriers were thrown at police officers and horses.

2. Hospitality bosses have lost a legal challenge for a faster reopening for indoor dining in England. Punch Taverns founder Hugh Osmond, and Sacha Lord, the night-time economy adviser for Greater Manchester took the case to The High Court, which ruled in favour of the government.

On April 12, Pubs and restaurants were allowed to reopen - but only with outdoor service, along with non-essential retail.

The government has insisted the lockdown easing must be cautious, adding that it will driven by "data and not dates".

May 17  has been set as the next stage for relaxing restrictions in England. On this date, pubs, cafes and restaurants will be able to serve customers indoors once again.

3. Coronavirus infection rates have gone up in four boroughs of Greater Manchester. According to the latest data from Public Health England, Bolton continues to have the highest coronavirus infection rate in the region with 69.2 cases per 100,000 people in the week ending April 29.


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