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<b>Tuesday 21 July:</b> Axe murderer on the run, footballer joins priesthood and Fergie says City are no threat

Published on July 21st 2009.

A CONVICTED AXE MURDERER from Stretford has absconded from a Derbyshire open prison. William Reddican, 56, whose last known address was Stretford, was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1982 for what the judge described as a “savage, premeditated murder, carried out with the utmost ferocity.” He failed to return to prison after a period of temporary leave in which he took part in charity work.

A RISING STAR of the army, killed in Afghanistan on Sunday, has been named as Corporal Joseph Etchells from Mossley. The 22-year-old served with 2nd Battalion the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, his death in Helmand province taking the toll to 17 this month. Described as a “born leader”, Cpl Etchells was responsible for eight men at the time of his death. The Mancunian soldier leaves behind a fiancée and a baby daughter.

A FORMER MANCHESTER UNITED and Northern Ireland midfielder has swapped his football shirt for a dog collar to join priesthood. Phillip Mulryne, 31, who won 27 caps for Northern Ireland, is to begin training for the priesthood, his mother, Sally, has confirmed. Mulryne made his debut for Manchester United in 1995 after coming through the youth team.

SIR ALEX FERGUSON has begun the pre-season rivalry by dismissing local rivals Manchester City as “not a threat”. Although City’s spending on new players is only second to Real Madrid, the United manager has said: “Liverpool and Chelsea are our main competitors. It won't be easy for City to win anything.”

This ‘N’ That wisdom: It requires very little ability to find fault. That is why there are so many critics.

Taken from the free calendar available at This 'n' That, Soap Street, Northern Quarter. Wisdom rating: 6/10

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AnonymousJuly 21st 2009.

The 'Axe Murderer' handed himself in again almost 24 hours before this article was released. Panic Over!

JinkiesJuly 21st 2009.

Odd that, someone not bothering to hang about an open prison. Almost like the lack of being locked in contributed to it.

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