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<b>Tuesday 23 September:</b> Fallowfield attack, more university deaths and Old Trafford gets a makeover

Published on September 23rd 2008.

A STUDENT has been raped in Fallowfield on her way home from a friends house. This week is freshers week and police are urging students to take steps to protect their safety. The 20-year-old asked two men for directions between 8pm and 11pm on Sunday 21 September. They took her to the Platt Field Park area, where they then raped her. After the ordeal she then hailed a cab near to the Queen of Hearts pub. Officers are keen to trace the taxi driver as he may have vital information. Anyone with information can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

MORE DEATHS at Manchester University have been linked to the radiation scare. Computer assistant Vanessa Santos-Leitao, 25, worked in the university's Rutherford Building and died of a brain tumour in February. Dr Arthur Reader, 69, also died from cancer after working in rooms in the same where experiments with radon and polonium were carried out in 1906.

A NEW SHOPPING AREA near Victoria Station is one step closer to being built. A £580m plan for a mix of offices, shops and homes near Victoria Station is currently being designed. They will also work on a new bridge linking Manchester to Salford over the river Irwell.

LANCASHIRE County Cricket Club has unveiled plans to transform the 150-year-old Old Trafford cricket ground. The proposals are part of plans for Old Trafford, including new business, residential, retail and leisure space. Click here to read the full story.

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GarySeptember 23rd 2008.

Whilst the police 'urging students to take steps to protect their safety' is all very good - perhaps the 'urge' should be for the police to police the streets, rather that sitting in their nice comfy Traffic Cars (and stood around protecting the Labour Party) to catch the assailants. Perhaps they could then 'urge' the courts to actually do something to people who do commit crimes rather than slapping wrists and giving nothing sentences!!

Mr TSeptember 23rd 2008.

Bang on Gary. I'm a Fallowfield local and during last year's freshers week the police were everywhere, like they usually are during freshers week. There's definitely a distinct lack of bobbies this time around, one has to wonder.

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