Today’s top Greater Manchester stories – Saturday, November 27, 2021

Top stories from the Manchester Evening News today include a couple’s IVF battle, a huge street ball and a leafy suburb being hit by criminals.

In case you missed them, we’ve put together some teasers below and links to full articles.

Here are the best read stories from Manchester today (November 27).

Princess Di in Wythenshawe and a space shuttle at the airport – 58 brilliant, long lost pictures of Manchester life in the eighties

Brilliant images unearthed from our archive capture 1980s Manchester at work, school and play.

From famous gigs to everyday life on the street, these are the pictures that capture a decade.

Shoppers on Market Street, Royal outings, Madonna performing at Hacienda and even a visit from The Pope – these images are a real trip back in time.

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Shoppers in Market Street and the Arndale Centre, December 1986

‘It’s like a tax on gay mums’: Married couple’s NHS IVF fight

A couple who say they have had to face extra hurdles in order to have children because they are in a same-sex relationship are pressing for a change in the way fertility treatment is offered on the NHS .

When Michelle and Jessica Mortimer-Collier got married in 2017, they always knew they wanted to have children together.

In February last year, the couple, who live in Bury , decided to look into their options and enquired with their local GP about undergoing IVF treatment.

They were told by Bury Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) that they would need to demonstrate their infertility before they would be eligible to undergo IVF on the NHS.

The CCG policy states that while opposite sex couples can be eligible for IVF after two years of trying to conceive naturally, female same-sex couples must carry out six ‘self-funded cycles of self-reported vaginal insemination (IVI)’ prior to a referral. IVI costs around £1,000 a cycle.

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Jessica and Michelle are urging for reforms to fertility care policies after facing ‘hurdles’ due to being in a same-sex relationship

“There was blood on the pavement”: Huge street brawl involving ten people, machetes and metal bars leaves six men in hospital

A violent ‘large scale fight’ involving 10 people left six men in hospital, police have revealed.

Some of those involved were armed with weapons including machetes and metal bars.

The disturbance broke out in broad daylight at lunchtime on Great Ducie Street in Cheetham Hill, just outside the city centre.

A witness told the Manchester Evening News a gang of men stormed a building on the road and attacked people inside before the violence spilled out onto the street.

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Police at the scene on Great Ducie Street

All the food hygiene ratings for The Trafford Centre restaurants and cafes – with some rated 1*

With Christmas shopping on the horizon, you’ll most likely be paying The Trafford Centre a visit in the coming weeks.

And if you’re set to shop till you drop, you’re bound to make a pit stop at the huge food hall for a bite to eat to refuel.

The Trafford Centre is one of the biggest shopping and leisure complexes in the country – so there’s plenty of choice when it comes to deciding where to eat.

The Orient is full of bars, fast food joints, and restaurants, while there are also kiosks and cafes dotted around the mall and within some shops.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is required by law to give a hygiene rating of up to five to all food-supplying businesses.

The ratings, with five being the best, look at everything from how food is stored to the cleanliness of the facilities.

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Inside The Trafford Centre’s food hall, The Orient

‘They smash their way in and take what they want’: Leafy suburb hit by organised crime gangs

A leafy Stockport suburb has become a target for organised crime gangs, leaving some residents no longer feeling safe in their own homes.

People in affluent Bramhall say they have been rocked by a wave of break-ins and ‘to order’ thefts of up-market cars.

Locals also complain of youths in black clothing ‘frightening the life’ out of residents and a police presence that is both ‘inadequate’ in numbers and ‘slow to react’.

And with Greater Manchester Police under intense scrutiny following two damning reports, Bramhall councillors have been worried enough to meet with a top officer about the situation.

In one particularly disturbing incident last month a 90-year-old widow’s bungalow was broken into during the day and a number of ‘cherished items’ were stolen. Her phone and iPad were also taken from the property in Bramley Close.

An elderly couple on the same street were also burgled while they went out for dinner on the evening of October 1.

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Bramhall village centre

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