The top Manchester news stories today - Thursday, October 14, 2021

By Damon Wilkinson

Some of the top stories from the Manchester Evening News today include the bin that's become an unlikely internet star, the top restaurant embroiled in a 'religious diet' row and a major blaze at a landfill site.

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

Here are the top stories from Manchester today (October 14).

Manchester restaurant in 'religious diet' row after refusing to refund customer's deposit

District, the acclaimed Thai restaurant in the Northern Quarter, serves a set menu of 12 courses and says it can't cater for individual tastes, requirements or allergies (District Manchester)

A Manchester restaurant has become embroiled in a row with a customer over its non-refundable deposit policy, after the customer asked for its strict set menu to be altered to cater for religious dietary requirements.

District, the acclaimed Thai restaurant in the Northern Quarter, serves a set menu of 12 courses and says it can't cater for individual tastes, requirements or allergies.

At the time of booking and paying a £15 per person deposit, customers are informed that they should contact the restaurant before making a reservation if they have any dietary needs.

But one customer, who asked them to substitute a pork course on religious grounds after booking, has emailed to say "why not shout loud on your homepage 'We don't cater for Jews'".

'Fatal collision' closes major road in Ashton-under-Lyne

Emergency services at the scene of an incident on Manchester Rd , Ashton-Under- Lyne (Manchester Evening News)

A person has died following a collision in Tameside this afternoon (October 14).

Emergency services were scrambled to Manchester Road, in Ashton-under-Lyne, just before 2pm this afternoon (October 14).

The road has been closed in both directions since the incident, along with the exit slip road on the M60, while investigation work is carried out.

A635 Manchester Road has been shut completely following the collision between William Street and the M60 junction 23 slip road.

'Finally got to meet it in person': The Greater Manchester bin that's become an unlikely internet star

Ben J Amin meets Heywood's new star attraction for the first time after Rochdale Council heralded the bin's arrival (Ben J Amin)

Plenty of celebrities have made their name in Greater Manchester, from musicians and actors, to sports stars and fashion icons.

But now there's an unlikely rising star making a name for itself - in the shape of a new bin.

It all started when Rochdale Borough Council posted a photo on Facebook this week of one new bin it had installed in Heywood.

A post alongside it said: "New bin installed in Heywood next to the bus stop on Lance Corporal Stephen Shaw MC Way funded by our Heywood Township to help tackle litter in the area."

Residents soon inundated the council with replies - with many praising the move in typical Facebook fashion.

Mystery of 24-year-old message in a bottle solved - leaving man stunned

The bottle was thrown out to sea by then six-year-old Alex Melling and his mum (submitted)

A message in a bottle thrown out to sea by six-year-old Alex Melling and his mum has come back home - twenty-four years later.

Alex, who lives in Hindley, says he was scrolling on Facebook Group Hindley Residents when a mention of his old childhood address caught his eye.

He scrolled back up and then saw his name mentioned in a post that he "Just could not quite believe."

A man called Rex Winter said he was trying to track down an Alex at that address after his son and daughter had discovered a message in a bottle in a remote bay in Scotland.

Dozens of firefighters tackle major blaze near M66 with road shut

The scene of a fire at a landfill site on Pilsworth Road, Bury (MEN)

Dozens of firefighters tackled a major blaze at a landfill site.

Pilsworth Road in Bury was shut in the early hours of Thursday morning.

In a statement issued at 7am, a spokesperson for GMFRS said: "Dozens of firefighters from across Greater Manchester have been fighting a large fire at a landfill site in Bury through the night.

"Just after midnight this morning, 14th October 2021, firefighters from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service responded to a 999 call reporting a fire on a landfill site on Pilsworth Road, Bury. The first crew on scene – from Whitefield fire station – immediately assessed the situation and escalated the scale of the response."

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