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City News in 250 Words: Thursday 22 July

The Spanish leave their mark, a new development in a supposed murder case and the show goes on in Oldham

Published on July 22nd 2010.


City News in 250 Words: Thursday 22 July

Celebrating Spaniards damage city landmark: The Piccadilly Gardens fountain has been sectioned off. Spanish fans jumped into the water to celebrate their World Cup victory but their collective weight collapsed a part of the fountain. The area has been closed off in order to carry out a safety check. It is expected to be reopened in a few days.

Gang attack charity walkers: Brothers Gareth and Fraser Cottrell, and friend Josh Fitzpatrick were beaten up by a gang of up to ten youths while training for a 125-mile charity walk. The boys, who were attacked while walking along a canal in Stalybridge, Tameside, sustained a number of facial injuries. The trio are now three days into their walk around Anglesey and aim to raise £1,000.

Murder may be suicide: Police believe a mother and daughter found dead may have had a suicide pact. Jean Rothwell, 58, and Rachel Rothwell, 34, were found in their home by Jean's husband Christopher who was released without charge after being arrested on suspicion of murder. Post-mortem tests proved inconclusive and police say the deaths are not suspicious. Police are waiting for results of toxicology tests.

Future of historic theatre secured: Oldham Council has pledged to invest £1.45m for the upkeep of Oldham Coliseum Theatre. In order to stabilise the building, which has been open since 1885, a new heating system needs to be installed and asbestos removed. This is part of the new £32m capital investment plan in Oldham which runs till 2014.

Out of the window weather forecast: The light cool breeze and cloudy skies create a great sense of calm. It might be a nice day to pop out to the park, enjoy nature's sounds and attempt some Tai Chi. By the way, It's going to rain soon.

(MA)

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