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<b>Thursday 15 January:</b> Mobility buggy drink driver, schools improve and pigeons cause council row

Published on January 15th 2009.

A WOMAN WHO STOLE A MOBILITY SCOOTER from a supermarket to drink drive home has been banned from driving. Amanda Leaff took the mobility buggy from Asda to get 10 miles home after a drunken night out. A police officer found her to be twice over the limit on the 2.4mph scooter. She has been banned from driving for 20 months and ordered to pay £240.

MARKETING MANCHESTER is one of five sub-regional tourist boards to receive part of a £20.6 million funding package from the Northwest Regional Development Agency. The funding will enable the development and promotion of the visitor economy in Greater Manchester. James Berresford, Director of Tourism at the NWDA, said:“It is now more important than ever for us to continue to invest in the region’s tourism offer.”

SCHOOLS ARE IMPROVING in the region, according to league table figures out today. Manchester is still behind the rest of the country, but has shown improvements. The most successful institution in Greater Manchester was Altrincham High School for Girls, which was seventh best nationally and the most improved was Manchester Academy in Moss Side.

PIGEON POOP is causing a row between Stockport Council and Network Rail. Birds nest at railway bridges on Buxton Road and Macclesfield Road in Hazel Grove, Stockport, spraying their droppings everywhere. Council workers clean the bridges every week at the expense of Stockport residents, but say the problem has come about because when Network Rail painted the bridges three years ago, they removed anti-pigeon netting and didn't replaced it. Network Rail say they offered the council an independent assessment on the matter, but they didn't respond.

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cooJanuary 15th 2009.

that's a sh*t story.;@)

FlaneurJanuary 15th 2009.

Isn't it about time that Marketing Manchester hired some knowledgeable & interesting people to guide visitors around our great City? £20 million should cover it!

mooJanuary 15th 2009.

hahahahahahaha @ coo

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