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<b>Monday 16 November:</b> Terrorist raids, fighting passengers and did the Council turn off Rangers’ screen?

Published on November 16th 2009.

FOUR MEN HAVE BEEN ARRESTED IN TERROR RAIDS across Greater Manchester in the early this morning. About 40 officers were involved in the raids on three addresses in Manchester and one in Bolton and more arrests could follow later, police said. Greater Manchester Police said armed officers were not used in the operation and there was no imminent terrorist danger to the area.

A BRAWL AT MANCHESTER AIRPORT has led to four men and two 17-year-old boys being charged with violent disorder. The charges relate to a fight on 5 April where two men were punched and kicked at the taxi feeder park, with police suspecting more than 30 men were involved. All defendants are due to appear before Trafford Magistrates' Court on 22 December.

COUNCIL IS TO BLAME FOR RANGERS’ RIOT a senior police officer has said. Chris Burrows, chairman of the Greater Manchester Police Federation, said the big screen showing the match in Piccadilly Gardens was deliberately switched off, which then sent drunken fans rioting across the city centre in May 2008. The council has always said the screen failed, with fans scuppering efforts to restore the weak signal. GMP Chief Constable Peter Fahy said no blame could be apportioned to any organisation.

TWO GIRLS WHO TRIED TO OPEN A PLANE DOOR AT 50,000ft have had the charges against them dropped. Leanne Connor and pal Lynette York hit the headlines last summer with their drunken antics. Police have now dropped the charges because a lack of evidence.

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6 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

DescartesNovember 16th 2009.

Ha, everyone always knew the screen was switched off on purpose. Can we expect the council to fess up to it now, or will they say the Cheif Constable is lying?

ONovember 16th 2009.

Rangers fans are scummers aren't they. The council saw an opportunity for Manchester to make a quick buck and it back fired horrifically. The arseholes were invited to travel down here, get pissed and fck the city centre up. The council realised what a mistake they had made (about an hour after I realised I'd made a mistake by entering the chaos and walked home) and switched the screen off. Still no excuse for their behaviour though... they should have been tear gassed and shot with rubber bullets.

CasNovember 16th 2009.

Firstly, we don't know if it was. Secondly I would assume that upon seeing the crowds of underclass behaving as they did and do most everywhere they go, the council may have panicked and just wanted these idiots out of the city centre, so made it happen. Let's not pretend it was all happy clappy before the screen went down as it quite certainly wasn't. What would have happened had the screen worked and Rangers fans, still drinking anything they could, had all be in one place for when they lost? I personally don't think it would have been 'well fair play, let's go home'.

ermNovember 16th 2009.

Okay, but why was the screen switched off? That's idiocy.

CasNovember 16th 2009.

Rangers supporters are forever causing trouble and blaming it on others. A couple of weeks ago when they started trouble in Romania, they blamed Chelsea supporters pretending to be them, despite Chelsea also playing in Europe that week. The Daily Record even printed this rubbish. They're just not very nice people and if the council did turn the screen off then it was from a position of panic caused by a mass of the underclass. If they didn't, they should have this guy sacked.

CasNovember 16th 2009.

To be honest, I don't think the council ever expected them getting to the final.

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