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<b>Monday 3 Novenber:</b> Firefighters in Greece for climate change training, Purnell apologises and Hamilton becomes the world champion

Published on November 3rd 2008.

FIREFIGHTERS from the region have been sent to Greece for climate change training. Fire chiefs organised the trip after a government report found that climate change could make our summers considerably hotter. Forty firefighters- five of whom are from Greater Manchester- stayed in a camp and were drilled in dealing with grassland fires using local fire trucks and equipment.

MP FOR STALYBRIDGE AND HYDE, James Purnell, has apologised for leaving confidential government papers on a train. The work and pensions secretary lost the papers on a trip from Macclesfield to London on 4 October. Gordon Brown spoke last week of his concerns over recent incidents of the loss of sensitive information. A spokesperson for Purnell said: “Obviously, James is very sorry for the mistake.”

A TEENAGER was caught with a knife on the Northern Quarter film set of Guy Ritchie's new Sherlock Holmes movie. The 16-year-old told officers he was armed and he was then detained under the Mental Health Act before being released to his parents.

LEWIS HAMILTON became the youngest Formula One driver in history to win the world title in Brazil yesterday. The 23-year-old is now the ninth British world champion, joining Mike Hawthorn, Graham Hill, Jim Clark, John Surtees, Sir Jackie Stewart, James Hunt, Nigel Mansell and Damon Hill- who was the last to win over a decade ago. Hamilton beat a devastated Felipe Massa by a point in the race in the hometown of racing legend Ayrton Senna.

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AnonymousNovember 3rd 2008.

CLIMATE CHANGE training?? what an utter farce. Our ambient temperature is supposedly going up by less than 1 degree every 30 years.... yet these guys think its a viable excuse for an all expenses paid holiday to Greece!! Yet another example of the Public Sector just squandering money away!! Time the public sector remember the public that get screwed over to pay for them!! Disgusting.

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