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<b>Thursday 24 July:</b> New Chief Constable, super casino site ideas and motorist in 12 inch fine

Published on July 24th 2008.

PETER FAHY has been announced as the new Chief Constable of Greater Manchester. Fahy, 45, will replace Michael Todd who was found dead on Snowdonia earlier this year. Speaking about what he expects to achieve in his new role, he said: “I'll be trying to put as many police officers on the streets to give us a larger visible presence and make the public feel safer.”

PLENTY OF IDEAS are circulating for the site of the scrapped super casino in east Manchester. Ideas so far have included a BMX track, white water rafting, an elite athlete training centre, new housing, shops, industrial and office units. A proposal is expected to be chosen by January next year.

AN 81-YEAR-OLD DISABLED MOTORIST from Cheetham Hill has been fined for parking 12 inches outside of a marked parking space near Spring Gardens in the city centre. The pensioner, who was displaying his blue disabled badges, said he parked away from the kerb because he didn't want to damage his tyres. He is now refusing to pay the fine, insisting he would rather go to prison.

SIR ALEX FERGUSON has high hopes for his United squad this season. Speaking to reporters in Durban, South Africa, he said: “It’s a good, strong squad. We did a lot of stocking up last summer. We bought four players- Anderson, Nani, Owen Hagreaves, Carlos Tevez, who were all at good ages. We’re delighted with how that’s gone and we think those players can progress even further.”

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