Today’s Best Greater Manchester Stories – Monday January 3, 2022

A family whose luggage went missing following a BA flight to Manchester Airport say they picked it up a week later – with unwrapped gifts, wine missing and an irreparably damaged suitcase , we are examining the nine tragedies on Greater Manchester’s roads in the span of a fortnight, and an investigation into the death of a five-year-old boy found dead at home on New Years Eve continues as detectives unveil his name.

Here are the best stories from our website today

Manchester Airport passengers whose luggage went missing after BA flight find missing wine and unwrapped gifts

Manchester Airport passengers with missing bags find unwrapped gifts

A family whose luggage went missing following a BA theft from Manchester airport say it recovered it a week later – with unwrapped gifts, missing wine and an irreparably damaged suitcase.

Jamie Skorczewski was among hundreds of passengers whose luggage got lost during the holiday season.

Leading up to a Christmas without clothes, gifts or medicine for the Skorczewski family, the six-day wait for their bags to be returned led to further dismay when they discovered it had been tampered with.

The saga began with a two-hour delay in the Heathrow-Manchester leg of their flight out of San Diego for a long-awaited reunion with the family on December 21.

Upon arrival, they were greeted by an empty carousel – but were able to see piles of luggage belonging to passengers on previous flights.

Jamie said he and 200 other passengers, including babies and the elderly, had waited almost two hours in Manchester before a member of BA staff came to hand them forms to declare their luggage.

For the next six days, forced to buy clothes and unable to give their son the gifts from his Christmas list, the family sued BA daily for updates.

When they finally found their bags, Jamie said, all the gifts were unwrapped, two bottles of wine stolen and a suitcase totally destroyed.

Read the full story here.

Investigation into death of baby boy found dead at home continues as police release name

Dylan Scanlon was found dead on property on Elm Road

An investigation into the death of a five-year-old boy found dead at home on New Years Eve continues as detectives release his name.

Dylan Scanlon was found dead at a property on Elm Road, Limeside, Oldham, around 6:20 p.m. Friday evening (December 31).

A woman in her 30s has been detained under the Mental Health Act.

The case was referred to the Greater Manchester Police Professional Standards Branch and the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

Dylan’s father has since paid a heartbreaking tribute to his “best friend.”

In a touching Facebook post, Gary Keenan wrote: “To my Dylan, I love you more than anything in this world.”

Read the full story here.

Dramatic CCTV footage shows woman trying to fight off car thief who brazenly stole BMW

Elaine Roscoe tried to fight car hijackers on Wednesday after returning from work.

It’s the terrifying moment a woman tried to fight a car thief after returning from work.

Elaine Roscoe, 54, had only stopped outside her house in Moston for seconds before “fighting” with a thief for her car key.

The offenders targeted his seven-month-old BMW m235i and rushed in as Elaine picked up her belongings from the front passenger seat.

She told the Manchester Evening News: “You see it in the news, all over social media, but when it happens to you it’s surreal.

“You see this happening to other people and you think ‘I would do this or that’, but you react the way you react.

“You don’t come home like ‘who’s going to carjack me?’.”

Read the full story here.

Nine dead in two weeks: Pedestrian killed in latest M67 tragedy on Greater Manchester roads over holiday season

Nine people lost their lives on the roads of Greater Manchester in just two weeks

The holiday season was marred by drama on the roads of Greater Manchester with nine deaths in the space of two weeks.

Last night a 34-year-old man died after being struck by a vehicle on the M67 in Tameside.

Greater Manchester Police were called to junction 3 near Hyde to report a man walking westbound on the causeway around 8 p.m.

Emergency services responded, but unfortunately the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Greater Manchester Police Serious Collision Incident Unit has opened an investigation into what happened.

And this is just the latest in a series of fatal crashes on the region’s roads since schools were closed for the Christmas holidays.

Read the full story here.

Rochdale’s new public health chief on Omicron, vaccinations and the ‘rebound’ in 2022

Kuiama Thompson, director of public health and wellness at Rochdale.

When Kuiama Thompson took office as Rochdale’s public health chief in June, the first vaccination program was in full swing and the government was soon to announce ‘Freedom Day’ – the lifting of all Covid restrictions.

While the virus had not gone away, life began to return to “normal” and the end of the crisis seemed to be in sight.

But in recent weeks, a new, highly transmissible variant has taken hold, posing new challenges for those tasked with guiding Rochdale through the pandemic.

Omicron quickly became the dominant strain in the borough, as Covid rates rose “rapidly” in December.

Ms Thompson, who previously led Rochdale’s Covid response, now wants to build on the likelihood of more restrictions in the new year.

But speaking to the Local Democracy Reporting Service, she is clear about how she sees her role as Rochdale’s public health director.

Read the full story here.

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