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City news in 250 Words: Friday 25 March

Paedophile facing jail, meningitis scare, closure for Piccadilly Gardens and Pizza Express rubbish

Published on March 25th 2011.

City news in 250 Words: Friday 25 March

PICCADILLY GARDENS TO CLOSE FOR FIVE WEEKS: Manchester's main public green space, Piccadilly Gardens, will close from 18 April for five weeks to allow the grass to regrow. Public footpaths will remain open, while the grassed area will be fenced off. The regrowth will take place over the Easter weekend, the Royal Wedding Bank Holiday and the May Day holiday.

CONVICTED PAEDIPHILE CAUGHT looking at child pictures in public library: Gary Salt, leader of an international paedophile ring called The Wonderland Club has been caught viewing images of children by staff at Old Trafford library. Salt was jailed in 1998 for 12 years and was released last April. Salt will be sentenced next month.

MENINGITIS SCARE at nurseries across Greater Manchester: Around 200 children who attend nurseries in Leigh and the Tyldsley/Worsley area have been given antibiotics after five children developed an infection which can lead to meningitis. Fifty nursery workers were also given precautionary medication. Parents have been reassured by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) that the infection cannot be passed on easily from person to person.

CITY CENTRE PIZZA EXPRESS fined £3,000 over dumped rubbish: Restaurant chain Pizza Express has been fined after dumping 60 bags of rubbish found outside its Bow Street restaurant. Pizza Express admitted six offences of failing to prevent the escape of waste under the 1990 Environmental Protection Act. The chain was fined £500 for each of the six offences as well as being ordered to pay £1,060 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

Fact of the day: This week in 1845, the town council decided to purchase the manorial rights of Manchester from Sir Oswald Mosley for the sum of £200,000.

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