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NEWS ROUNDUP: Tributes to late councillor & owner of Jilani’s jailed


Tributes to late Salford councillor who died following a sudden illness and the owner of Jilani’s newsagents has been jailed.

Tributes are being paid to a Salford councillor who died following a sudden illness aged 57.

Labour councillor for Blackfriars and Trinity Ray Walker, has been described by friends and colleagues as a ‘selfless’ man, ‘enthusiastic’ councillor and a trade unionist who was ‘deeply passionate’ about the city.

He served as a shop steward for two trade unions before becoming the branch secretary for Salford Unison and rising up the ranks in the local Labour Party.

He was an executive member of the Communist Party of Britain before joining the Labour Party and working for Salford and Eccles MP Rebecca Long Bailey.

Jilani jailed

The owner of a newsagents on Manchester’s Curry Mile has been jailed after hundreds of counterfeit cigarettes and illegal tobacco were found inside the shop.

52 year old Mumtaz Jilani was already serving a suspended sentence for selling an even larger haul of illicit tobacco in Jilani's newsagents.

Helping the homeless in Tameside
A dilapidated Victorian ‘villa’ in Tameside is to be transformed into new flats for people facing homelessness.
Charity Stepping Stone Projects is working with the council to make 13 self contained apartments available in Audenshaw later this year.
Under the plans, social enterprise Cornerstone Place has purchased the building and will now carry out work to refurbish it.

Stepping Stone Projects, which helps the homeless, will then take over its running and says it will be using the homes to provide ‘vital services’ to local people.

Cornerstone Place works with charity clients to source the properties, arrange funding and manage builds so they can be used for essential community needs.

Work is expected to be completed before the end of the year.

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