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<b>Tuesday 21 April:</b> Police officers arrested, Manchester marmalade is back and bored of the bollard breakers

Published on April 21st 2009.


FIVE OFF-DUTY POLICE OFFICERS HAVE BEEN ARRESTED after a row with a group of youths on Market Street, whilst on a night out. A 17-year-old boy was taken to hospital suffering soreness to his ribs and bruising and made an allegation of assault immediately after the incident. Two officers were arrested on Friday and three other officers handed themselves in the following day. They have been placed on restricted duties while the investigation continues.

SIZEABLE CHUNKS of absenteeism in schools during religious festival days could result in schools closing. The council is considering closing schools on days when more than 40% of pupils are absent in order to improve unauthorised absence figures. They are also considering scheduling teacher training days to co-ordinate the times taken for religious observance.

MANCHESTER MARMALADE is back on supermarket shelves 30 years after it was removed. Family firm, F. Duerr and Sons launched the Manchester Marmalade in the 1950s, but it was removed from supermarkets and replaced with standard brands. The recent demand for regional produce has meant the Wythenshawe-based company has begun production of this particular marmalade again with the first batch of 5,500 jars going to Tesco.

WHEN WILL DRIVERS LEARN? The front of a car has been wrecked after yet another driver tried to beat the bollards on St Marys Gate. A witness said the motorist tried to follow a bus on Thursday morning to pass through the restricted road. They had to be helped by traffic wardens to push the car off the bollards.

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

EditorialApril 21st 2009.

Sorry about the marmalade confusion, folks. We're looking into it at the moment.

BenApril 21st 2009.

It's hand delivered by a lady named Joan who say's "AIYA LOVE!" for authenticity

A BrowneApril 21st 2009.

Re the cops....so the yobs get off and the cops go down....sounds just about right. Very soon no one care.

Forever Manchester IslanderApril 21st 2009.

You did not mention that profits from the sale of each jar of Manchesrter Marmalade will be donated to the Community Foundation of Greater Manchester's Forever Manchester campaign, a project that aims to create a fund of over £4 million for local schemes.

AnonymousApril 21st 2009.

Bought 2 jars 3 weeks ago in everyones favourite store "Tescos" it is a great marmelade

mark mApril 21st 2009.

And indeed, they were set up in 1881.

mark mApril 21st 2009.

I think the paragraph about Duerrs is wrong. They have not stopped production and indeed have been going from strength to strength under the leadership of Mark Duerr, 4th generation in the business. Where did you get this news?

Ali McGowanApril 21st 2009.

Without any disrespect to thickos, the car drive who lost some of their car: serves u right, thicko. Read the road signs. You know, those round and square metal things attached to poles. Or maybe the driver was too busy texting?

EditorialApril 21st 2009.

Story has now been corrected. It is of course the Manchester Marmalade specifically that is back in production.

ktfairyApril 21st 2009.

I'm fed up of the MEN trying to get rid of the bollards - it's so going to to b the next MEN campaign. Can we set one up to keep them. Also I'd like the big flashing signs to say 'Stupid Twit' on them when someone hits them!

AvoApril 21st 2009.

What's the difference between Manchester marmalade and the regular stuff then?

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