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<b>Wednesday 19 March:</b> Chief’s funeral on Friday, airport gets tough and City’s turbine turmoil

Published on March 19th 2008.

THE FUNERAL of Chief Constable Michael Todd will take place on Good Friday. The private ceremony will be held close to his family home in Nottinghamshire. His wife and three children along with other close family will attend the funeral in Halam. A memorial service will be held at Manchester Cathedral on 11 April.

MANCHESTER AIRPORT is to get a new border security force in a bid to crack down on drug smugglers and traffickers. Staff from customs and immigration will be brought together to form the UK Border Agency. The border force is part of a reform of the immigration system which will give staff new powers to prosecute criminals.

CHESHIRE RESIDENTS are up in arms over wealthy neighbours who choose to demolish old homes and replace them with modern mansions. Campaigners say that many Premier League footballers have asked developers to knock down traditional homes to rebuild on the land much to the villagers’ disapproval. Residents in Alderley Edge are now planning to use the Local Government Act of 1972 to make developers consider their views.

PLANS to power Manchester City Football Club stadium with its own wind turbine have been put on hold due to safety fears. The eco-friendly energy source was due to be in operation from last year, however there is a risk of ice forming on the blades and falling to the ground when temperatures are below freezing. The club has said that regardless of the delays, they will not put fans at risk.

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