As the New Year approaches, it is time for The Messenger to review some of the biggest stories in 2022.

Here is Part Two.


A teenage girl was taken to hospital with serious injuries after she was struck by a Range Rover in Altrincham.

In response, a petition with more than 3,000 signatures was set up to challenge the lack of a lollipop person on Oakfield Road.

Trafford Council said the lollipop person was absent for several months, with no replacement as a result of recruitment issues.


A man who died after he was stabbed outside a bar in Altrincham was named as Rico Burton – a cousin of boxer Tyson Fury.

The two-time world champion wrote a tribute to Mr Burton on social media and sent a stark message on knife crime.

Liam O'Pray, of no fixed address, denied murder at Manchester Crown Court. A trial is scheduled for the New Year.


The rock and roll band Showaddywaddy appealed for the return its merchandise after it fell from a van after a show at the Altrincham Garrick.

The band, which is soon to celebrate its 50th anniversary, lost dozens of hoodies and t-shirts in the area around the theatre on Barrington Road.

Dawn Challenger, the wife of drummer Romeo Challenger, offered a £100 reward for the return of the merchandise.


A pub and motel between Sale and Timperley were spared demolition after proposals to turn them into an apartment block and a care home were dismissed.

The plans for The Pelican and Altrincham Lodge proposed to turn them into an apartment block with 22 one and two-bedroom homes and a care home of a significant size.

The Planning Inspectorate considered submissions from applicant New Care and opponent Trafford Council, as well as several residents, and the proposals were dismissed.


Lancashire County Cricket Club retained its licence in spite of serious concerns over crowd control and crowd safety.

At shows by Harry Styles, The Killers and Red Hot Chili Peppers, council officers recorded a number of significant issues and police officers recorded a total of 16 crimes such as sexual assaults and thefts.

Trafford Council Trading Standards applied for a review, but Lancashire County Cricket Club retained its licence with a number of new conditions.


Andrew Western became the MP for Stretford and Urmston after a by-election landslide.

The Trafford Council leader took over from Kate Green, who was appointed as Deputy Mayor of Greater Manchester.

Up against a total of eight other candidates, Cllr Western received 12828 ballots, or a 69.6 per cent share of the vote.

This article was written by Jack Tooth. Jack is the reporter for The Messenger and covers anything and everything from within the Metropolitan Borough of Trafford.

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