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<b>Monday 4 January:</b> Scan us all call, who let the dogs out, handbrake foolishness and Virgin staff say no

Published on January 4th 2010.


FULL BODY SCANS WILL BE MADE COMPULSORY in all UK airports after the failed Christmas Day bomb plot. Already being piloted in Manchester Airport’s Terminal 2, the controversial scans will be introduced “as soon as practical” across the country, and will be used to create a “more robust defence against the unpredictable and changing nature of the terrorist threat to aviation”, a BAA spokesman said.

DOGS HOMES ARE CLOSE TO BURSTING after a surge in the number of abandoned pooches over Christmas. The rise is being blamed on the recession and people changing their minds about pets bought as presents. The RSPCA said they had to deal with 108 abandoned animals in the North West in the four days after Christmas Eve with Manchester Dogs Home taking in more than 130 dogs in December. MDH’s manager, Lisa Graham, said, “People can’t sell them and don’t know what to do with them.”

A WOMAN BROKE HER LEG AFTER HER MERCEDES ROLLED OVER HER while she inspected the vehicle. The 44-year-old woman had to be released by two fire crews after the vehicle trapped her legs on Barton Dock Road on Saturday. A GMP spokesman said, “We believe she had forgot to put her hand brake on when she stopped the vehicle.”

VIRGIN TICKET STAFF AT STOCKPORT TRAIN STATION are on strike today in a protest at planned cutbacks. A Virgin Trains spokesman said no passengers would miss their train and staff will be “on hand” to help people use ticket machines.

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