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<b>Tuesday 29 July:</b> Passports stolen, lecturers ordered to pay-up and the Arndale stays open later

Published on July 29th 2008.

BLANK PASSPORTS have been stolen from a van in Greater Manchester according to reports. The breach of security came about as the documents were being transported to an RAF base near London. An investigation has now been launched into the security arrangements after reports that the van had no protection as it transported the passports.

LECTURERS at Manchester University have been asked for almost £600,000 back after being over-paid. The mix-up was apparently caused by an admin error where more than 1000 members of staff were paid too much, back dating to almost four years. On member of staff was asked for £1000 back.

THE ARNDALE centre is to stay open later in a bid to increase the number of visitors. Glen Barkworth, centre manager, told Crains Manchester Business: “Up to 20 per cent of our shoppers are now arriving after 5pm.” The opening hours are now 9am- 9pm, Monday-Friday, 9am-7pm Saturday and 11am-5pm Sunday.

ERIC CANTONA has offered some words of wisdom to Cristiano Ronaldo. The Manchester United legend told Sky Sports that the Portuguese winger would be stupid to leave United right now. He said: “Cristiano Ronaldo is the best player in the world right now. He is still young, and so he wants to take on fresh challenges. I can understand if this is the reason why he wants to leave for Real. But if he were to leave because of something else, I think he would be doing something absolutely stupid.”

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