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<b>Friday 29 May:</b> Teacher arrested over sex suspicion, Piccadilly misery and funeral for shot teenager

Published on May 29th 2009.

A RELIGIOUS EDUCATION TEACHER at an all boys school has been arrested on suspicion of having sex with a pupil. Police officers were brought in to Audenshaw School after they received a report that teacher, Madeleine Martin, 39, had been 'engaging in sexual activity' with a boy who is aged under-16.

WERE YOU IN RUSH HOUR MISERY ON THURSDAY? Equipment failure meant that Piccadilly Station had to be closed on Thursday morning. No trains were allowed in and out after the breakdown at a signal box. Many passengers waiting for trains into the city abandoned their journeys. The problem was fixed by 8.02am, however the knock-on effect meant commuters on later services were hit by long delays.

THE FUNERAL of a 16-year-old who was shot dead outside a Manchester pub, takes place today. Giuseppe Gregory was shot on 10 May as he sat in a car outside the Robin Hood pub in Stretford. His death was the first fatal shooting in the city for a year. The funeral service will take place at St John Chrysostom Church, Anson Road in Longsight, at 11.30am.

MEASLES AND MUMPS cases are on the rise. More than 130 children in Greater Manchester have had measles or mumps this year compared to just 10 in the same time in 2008.So far there have been nine cases of measles in Manchester, seven in Salford and five in Bury according to the Health Protection Agency. Doctors are urging parents to protect their children with the MMR vaccine.

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MattMay 29th 2009.

I got in to Piccadilly about 6.45 without any delays or problems. It can't have been down long if it was back up by 8.

DescartesMay 29th 2009.

I get an express into Manchester, usually arrives at 8:40 but on Thursday it got in at at 8:25, lucky me :)

LouMay 29th 2009.

Oh god. Piccadilly was a nightmare. My train was delayed, then it was cancelled, then the next one was turned into an express one which no longer stopped at my stop, same with the next one- just as I was about to boards it. I JUST made it in to work on time.The information offered was none existent. I asked when the next available train would be and the nice information man shrugged and said I should just keep checking the boards.

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