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<b>Monday 10 March:</b> Canal Street death, the London link and Fergie in tongue trouble

Published on March 10th 2008.

A MAN has died after jumping into the canal on Canal Street in the early hours of Sunday. The 45-year-old was reportedly trying to help another man who had fallen 12ft into the water and hit his head on the bank. The second man tried to rescue him but is believed to have drowned. Fire crews managed to rescue the first man and the body of the second man was found later.

A GROUP of schoolchildren have been taken ill following a trip to their local swimming pool. Twelve of the thirty children from Freehold Community Primary School in Oldham who visited Oldham Sports Centre suffered dizziness and nausea on the bus ride back to school. However, the pool was given the all clear after a number of checks.

HIGH-SPEED rail links from Manchester to London have been proposed by transport chiefs. The 187mph trains would cut the journey down to just 74 minutes. Lines from London up to Scotland could be in place by 2026. The £31bn proposal would boost the economy according to planners, who say the lines could be worth £63bn over the first 60 years.

SIR ALEX FERGUSON is reportedly facing an FA charge after verbally abusing referee Martin Atkinson and his chief Keith Hackett in the FA Cup defeat against Portsmouth. The Manchester United boss was furious with the referee after the sending off of substitute goalkeeper Thomas Kuszczak. An FA spokesperson said: “We are aware of his comments and will be giving them consideration.”

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St. ArtoisMarch 10th 2008.

A new high-speed rail link to London in 74 mins huh?For the Monday to Friday suits only, right?Can I vote that instead we keep the current speed and be allowed reliable travel at week-ends - without standing at Euston Station staring at the electronic 'timetable' and hoping the four hour journey doesn't also involve a bus ride from Milton Keynes?Thought not

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