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<b>Thursday 7 January:</b> Grave watch, it’s too cool for schools and councils struggle for salt

Published on January 7th 2010.

CEMETERY INTRODUCES CCTV AND LIGHTING to catch racist grave vandals. More than 70 headstones have been vandalised or toppled in a series of incidents at Southern Cemetery, Chorlton, since last September. Despite increased patrols by police, the vandals are yet to be identified. Insp Steve Hubbard, of Greater Manchester Police, said: "I hope the extra lighting and CCTV will stop these incidents from happening again.”

COUNCIL LEADER ATTACKS EDUCATION BOSSES for closing ‘unnecessarily’ during the icy weather. Of Manchester’s 169 primaries and secondaries, 94 remained shut today, with Sir Richard Leese saying it was “entirely reasonable” for schools to be closed on Tuesday, “less reasonable” to be closed yesterday, and “even less reasonable” to be closed today. But Simon Ashley, leader of the Lib Dem opposition on the council, said, “He doesn't know what he is talking about.”

GREATER MANCHESTER COUNCILS JOIN FORCES to press the Government for more grit as the area continues to be gripped by icy conditions. The Association of Greater Manchester Authorities is working as a ‘collective’ to ensure all councils get enough grit to last the cold snap. Joyce Redfearn, chief executive of Wigan council, said, “The AGMA councils collectively are pressing for more salt from our suppliers.”

FORMER CORRIE STAR WAS ROBBED WHILE making a film to help ex-convicts. Nigel Pivaro, who played the role of bad boy Terry Duckworth, was filming in his home city of Salford when a thief on an off-road motorbike struck and stole a £400 piece of sound equipment.

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

JoanJanuary 7th 2010.

I'm loving the way that in some parts of the city people have started saying 'Good Morning' to total strangers, just like on a country walk. Is it because we've all got our walking boots on?

schoolJanuary 7th 2010.

are all the kids in today andrea?

city workerJanuary 7th 2010.

Drake, the schools are not in the city centre and neither are the residents that send their kids to them.

bobJanuary 7th 2010.

Hey Richard, if the transport is fine and people can travel why the fuk are my bins still full?

johnthebriefJanuary 7th 2010.

From my experience walking across the city to and from work, the pavements are far more treacherous now than they were on Tuesday or Wednesday - presumably as a result of the snow re-freezing. I had no trouble before, today I nearly fell several times.

scoteeeJanuary 7th 2010.

oooh Cas; you are harsh I am in work today too but it must be hard for some people (area dependant).

CasJanuary 7th 2010.

Scoteee, a business owner is absolutely entitled to expect all their employees to attend work. All mine were in yesterday and are in today. Tuesday we only had several which was fair enough but I can't see any valid reason for any staff to not be in today. If mine were not then I would certainly not be paying them.

scoteeeJanuary 7th 2010.

Has Sir Richard travelled on all of the roads in Manchester to make such a bold statement? I can tell you his road gritters haven't. Or is he using his 1st class maths degree to come up with a mean average in order to construct such an irresponsible point of view. What Tricky dickie has quite effectively done here with his suggestion is publicly ridicule the leaders of schools and businesses (which are regularly hammered by health and safety laws) by delivering a thoughtless sweeping statement which fails to remove all persons in Manchester from personal risk by ignoring their separate, individual situation. This is the coldest period in a generation and you wonder why people don't always emotionally connect with the City council when a person like that (cough- cough, Knight) is sat in his Ivory tower leading from the front.

ChickJanuary 7th 2010.

It has nothing to do with whether the teachers can make it into school or not. It's about the poor little mites tripping up in the snow, on the playing field and the parents seeing an opportunity for compensation. The same parents mind that for the last three days have allowed their children to sledge, snowball and generally have fun in the streets. Thank the Labour Government for crippling this country with Health & Safety legislation most of which is beyond stupid.

AndreaJanuary 7th 2010.

Like many people I tried to get into work on tuesday but couldn't get my car out of its parking space. When i went to get the bus instead they weren't running. Schools can't open if the teaching staff can't get to them. By the way my school is open today.

CBJanuary 7th 2010.

Cas.Do your employees do any work during the working day or do they sit browsing mancon, making self-important posts all day like you?

scoteee throwing t' cat in't pigeonsJanuary 7th 2010.

Following the school closures, if you are advised not to travel by the major travel and weather bodies in your area and the boss demands you to be in work, ask him/her to write a disclaimer to cover what your insurance company may not protect you for should you have an accident due to adverse weather conditions. I wonder which demanding companies looking to deduct from absent staff wages would be happy to do that ?

DrakeJanuary 7th 2010.

Sorry Scotee, but most businesses and shops in the city centre are now open, and were yesterday. They're not threatened by staff not being able to get in due to transport issues, but by staff having to stay at home to look after children. Why are schools shut when businesses aren't?

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