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City News in 250 words: Friday 19 March

United draw Bayern Munich, Corrie Star Thomas car crash, Subway toilet-snubs pregnant mum, Hattersley death to be investigated

Published on March 19th 2010.


MANCHESTER UNITED HAVE DRAWN BAYERN MUNICH IN THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE QUARTER FINALS: If they win this tie, they have a potentially easier semi-final route to Madrid and a fourth Champions League victory. If Barcelona beat Arsenal, this may set up another United against the Catalan holder's final.

CORRIE STAR IN COURT OVER CRASH: Ryan Thomas, who plays Jason Grimshaw on the show allegedly left the scene of an accident last October. He is charged with perverting the course of justice for failing to report to the police in time, after crashing his Chrysler into a lampost on the junction of Cambridge Street and Mancunian Way in the early hours.

SUBWAY TURNS AWAY PREGNANT MUM'S TOILET REQUEST: Kelly Devonport, from Audenshaw, had been on a hen night out when she stopped into the Piccadilly branch of the sandwich stop to ask for use of the toilet. An employee refused her request, advising that the facilities had just been “wiped down.” Ms Devonport was made to endure a 45 minute journey home before she could finally relieve herself. Subway spokesman has explained that facilities are “unavailble to customers for a short period of time during routine cleaning to avoid customers slipping on wet floors.”

COMMISSION PROBE OVER HATTERSLEY DEATH: further to David Askew's death on 10 March (click here), the Independent Police Complaints Commission will investigate the contact between the police and the Askew family over several years. An eighteen-year-old man has been charged over the harassment of Mr Askew.

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AnonymousMarch 19th 2010.

Marketing Manchester rips Manchester City Councill off

With jobs cuts forecast already by the city council I fully support the calls for the thousands of pounds (£421.000) which was overpaid to Marketing Manchester last year to be paid back. How at any time, let alone during this current economic climate, the council can sit back and allow such a huge amount of tax payers money to be thrown away is staggering.

The council claim that it would be too expensive to chase and reclaim this overspend, yet this is the same council who will quite happily chase through the courts and send out very expensive bailiffs to all bad payers of the council tax, parking tickets or any other small sum that is owed to them. This double standard where yet again it is the poor tax payer who suffers for this gross incompetence is quite frankly disgraceful.

And as an upstanding and reputable organisation surely Marketing Manchester should be quite happily refunding the monies themselves and doing what they know to be the right thing. At the very least this is extreme bad management and at the worst you have to ask just how complicent is the council in this fiasco? Has the council received a back handed payment to encourage them to drop the case? Were Marketing Manchester aware of the overspends as they were occuring but said nothing? These are of course very unpleasant questions, but with such a huge amount of tax payers money being involved here I think we all have the right to ask them, and indeed to demand that they are answered.

Will the council explain to the next person made redundant, or explain to the next OAP who has had a service cut thats affected them, that perhaps £421,000 could have saved that job or service? How many further police would that put on our streets for a year? How many computers or books would that have bought for our local schools?

This is a huge amount of OUR money, and I think we all have the right to demand that we get it back.

Hero
GordoMarch 20th 2010.

A bit close to the bone that Anon regarding backhanders.

JJMarch 20th 2010.

Anon. Apparently someone in an accounts department somewhere mistakenly reversed the funding ratios so that Manchester overpaid and the other 9 councils [ that's Rochdale, Bury,Trafford, Salford etc ] underpaid. Where do you live? If Manchester claims its money back the other areas, by rights,should stump up. And MM of course didn't have any overfunding to spot.

Phil BurkeMarch 25th 2010.

JJ , I find it very intresting that the council still refuses to claim the money back from Marketing Manchester (MM) after calls from the Dem libs ,
MM are the same people who bring you manchester pride every year ,and I just wonder if Marketing Manchester are riping Pride and other events they are connected too off as well

Smyth HarperMarch 25th 2010.

Phil, as JJ says, Marketing Manchester aren't ripping anyone off, this was an accounting error before they got the cash - they didn't get any extra cash. Throwing around unfounded allegations on the other hand is a bit low, particularly since Pride raised a huge amount of money for local charities that need the cash!

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