Riot clean-up hero declines to cash in

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 24, 2012
Cash back: Jeremy Myers

Cash back: Jeremy Myers

A Manchester resident who organised a clean-up operation in the city after the August riots via Twitter and Facebook has given his £750 award from Manchester City Council to charity.

Appalled by damage caused by rioters, Jeremy Myers, grandson of the late Manchester Sephardi rabbi, Dr Maurice Gaguine, tweeted the clean-up idea. Hundreds of people responded.

A social housing consultant working with the homeless, Mr Myers was thanked for his initiative by Labour leader Ed Miliband when he visited the city.

He later received the Pride of Manchester award and £750 from the council.

But Mr Myers has given the money to the Lord Mayor of Manchester's charity appeal trust and a dog sanctuary, saying he "wanted to give something back to the people of Manchester because it's really their money".

Last updated: 10:41am, February 24 2012