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<b>Friday 27 November:</b> homeless man crushed in bin lorry, war memorial student escapes prison, and Jedward to perform at the Printworks

Published on November 27th 2009.

A HOMELESS MAN WAS CRUSHED TO DEATH in a bin lorry as he slept in the rubbish. The 31-year-old’s body was found when the vehicle emptied its load at a rubbish site in Ardwick on Wednesday. Greater Manchester Police said that they are not treating the death as suspicious and described it as a 'tragic accident' that has upset everyone involved.

A MACCLESFIELD STUDENT WHO URINATED ON A WAR MEMORIAL has escaped a prison sentence. Philip Laing, 19, was charged after the Daily Mail website published the photograph of him in Sheffield city centre. Laing, who admitted outraging public decency, was told to complete 250 hours' community service when he appeared at the city's magistrates' court. The judge said he escaped a prison sentence as he had “never seen anyone more contrite for what has happened”.

A NIGHTCLUB WILL GIVE FANS THE CHANCE TO JUDGE JEDWARD with a live show in the Printworks. The 18-year-old twins, John and Edward Grimes, will appear before the strictly over-18s crowd at Pure on 5 December. The twins were booted off X Factor last Saturday after losing to Olly Murs in the sing-off.

FORMER CORRIE STAR JULIE GOODYEAR HAS PULLED OUT of the West End production of Calendar Girls due to a 'debilitating virus'. The 67-year-old, best known for playing Bet Lynch in Coronation Street, made her West End debut in the show earlier this month, but has now been ordered by doctors to rest. A spokeswoman said, “She will be fine.”

This ‘N’ That wisdom: To change and to improve are two different things.

Taken from the free calendar available at This 'n' That, Soap Street, Northern Quarter. Wisdom rating 5/10

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Pee wee HermanNovember 27th 2009.

Whilst I dont condone what that student did, does anybody else think the poor guy has been slightly over-punished? Yes he did his business all over the memorial but he wasnt dancing on it shouting "you deserved what came to ya" or similar. He was simply another youth who was out of his face drunk, who was pissing in the streets. Pop behind the printworks any night of the week, and there all at it. yet if even one gets caught its only a £60 fine. The poor lad. And Ill close again by saying I DONT condone what he did, I just think there's inconsistency of justice been carried out here, if every other yob who pisses all over our streets only gets fined £60, he should have too...Alternatively, give em all 250 hours community service and we can probably make half the councils cleaners go, and drop our council tax rates!!

CasNovember 27th 2009.

Perhaps it's my over active mind but is it just me who thinks there could be more to this? I've never been homeless but if I were I could probably think of better places to shelter than a bin. Has anyone considered he may have been murdered and then dumped in the bin? It's obviously too early for the autopsy to have been carried out to determine cause of death so I find it puzzling they're not treating this more seriously. Homeless man or not, still a human being.

smittyNovember 27th 2009.

Pee wee, there's a hell of a difference in pissing on the street and pissing on a war memorial! Comparing the back street outside the printworks to a memorial inscribed with the names of all of those in the local area who have lost their lives during conflicts around the world is pretty crass. I reckon a decent bit of community service is exactly the right sentence. Hopefully the lad will now do a little bit of growing up and use the community service to ponder on the reasons why war memorials are there and what they represent, and the purpose of his taxpayer-subsidised university degree. With a bit of luck, he'll come out the other end a better human being.

AnonymousNovember 27th 2009.

Over punished? Community service? No not at all. He hasn't been jailed like he would be for pissing on a war memorial in some countries. Hopefully he'll have learnt his lesson. Too much of this liberal attitude towards crime and punishment in this country. He got what he deserved, no more no less.

LouNovember 27th 2009.

I agree Cas. though the BBC does say it was an industrial sized bin. maybe it was full of cardboard or somehting less disgusting than regular waste?

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