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<b>Wednesday 27 February:</b> Manchester rocks, Trafford Centre assault and Neville makes a comeback

Published on February 27th 2008.


MANCHESTER was hit by an earthquake last night, which had its epicentre in Lincolnshire. Measuring 5.3 on the Richter Scale the earthquake was the biggest in the UK for nearly 25 years. The city suffered six minor tremors measuring about 2.4 on the Richter Scale back in August 2007.

A 12-YEAR-OLD girl has been attacked at the Trafford Centre. A man followed the girl and her friend from the shopping centre’s cinema, out into the car park. He then grabbed her, dragged her to the back of Frankie and Benny's restaurant and attempted to rape her in a wooded area, however she managed to escape. Police have said the offender is described as Asian and between 14 and 15-years-old.

POLICE have ruled out the murder of a 25-year-old man on Canal Street this week as being of a homophobic nature. Superintendent Catherine McKay, from Greater Manchester Police said: “We are making extensive inquiries to establish exactly what happened but it would appear it was not a homophobic attack. While it is true to say that this kind of incident is incredibly rare on Canal Street it does not take away from the fact that this man's death is a tragedy.”

MANCHESTER UNITED captain, Gary Neville made his return from injury last night. United’s reserve team lost 2-0 to Liverpool. The 33-year-old right back has been out of action with calf and ankle problems for nearly a year. Neville will now be looking to reclaim his place in the first team.

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JinkiesFebruary 27th 2008.

Neil, let's not forget that 12 year old's are children, kids grow up too fast these days and the fashion peddled to them is totally wrong half the time. Girls shouldn't get their first thong and skinny fit jeans when they hit 11. Whether what she was wearing affected what happened, who knows, but parents should take a more active role in controlling what children wear.

NeilFebruary 27th 2008.

I don't want to sound like the judge that says 'she wore a short skirt so deserved it' nor do I want to make any comment on this case at all. But...and there's always a but...I was shocked when on a recent tea-time visit to the Trafford Centre to see scores of girls probably as young as 12 parading up and down and around the Orient eating area in the skimpiest - let's be honest, slaggiest - clothes I've ever seen. I'm no prude but could only say that it was completely inappropriate. No idea if it could be stopped, or even if it *should* be stopped, but I'd be surprised if the management of the Trafford Centre would want to read any more of these headlines in the local or national press.

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