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City News in 250 words: Friday 22 July

Armed robbery, benefit backlash and Rooney's reign

Published on July 22nd 2011.

City News in 250 words: Friday 22 July

A 73 YEAR OLD PENSIONER has been praised for her attempts to prevent an attempted robbery in a newsagents in Glossop. The victim attempted to wrestle the robber to the floor when he demanded cash from the elderly owner of the newsagents, threatening them with a knife. The raider fled with cigarettes; no money was handed over. DS Phil Bateman said, “This was a nasty offence where an elderly person was targeted in a shop. We would like to praise the bravery of those in the shop for the way they tackled the offender.”

JOSEPH DOHERTY, a benefit cheat who “needed help dressing” after an operation had been claiming disability allowance for nine years was sentenced at Manchester Crown Courts yesterday with a six month prison sentence, two year suspension and the completion of 250 hours unpaid work. He must also pay back the £71,259 he swindled. Doherty was caught by video surveillance working full-time as a builder.

WAYNE ROONEY has topped the Premier League table once again, this time, for replica football shirts. The United striker pipped Fernando Torres to the post, who had won the previous two years, for the most popular surname to be printed on replica football shirts.

TWO MORE PATIENTS have died at Stockport's Stepping Hill Hospital. An 83 year old man died yesterday morning and an 84 year old woman died on the14 July, both from, contaminated saline solution. Assistant Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said the inquiry was “a complex investigation that takes time.”

This week in July 1820 Manchester Law Library was established. In 1885, it moved to its current Venetian Gothic-style premises on Kennedy Street.

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ShuttyJuly 22nd 2011.

250 hours community service..... that's like giving back 6 weeks work for the 9 years robbed. Forget the 6 m.s at Her Majesty's pleasure which we will at furtehr tax-payers expense and another 6 months out of work. Ahhhhh!

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