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<b>Friday 18 September:</b> GMP training goes too far, a blue-badge cheat and racists will be locked up

Published on September 18th 2009.

EIGHTEEN TRAINEE POLICE OFFICERS suffered burns to their faces after a CS spray training session for Greater Manchester Police. They were made to walk through concentrated clouds of the chemical to ensure they had been exposed to it. A police spokesman said the trainees began to feel the effects of the gas two days later, when their faces began to itch and burn. GMP has suspended the use of CS spray during training while a review is carried out.

A WOMAN BLED TO DEATH after waiting two hours for a blood transfusion that could have saved her life. Sally Thompson, 20, lost two litres of blood when a doctor punctured her jugular vein. Despite doctors at the Manchester Royal Infirmary making an urgent request for blood, none arrived before Sally died, one hour and 45 minutes later. A coroner said the inability to provide the blood was a “significant failure” that contributed to Sally’s death.

A BLUE-BADGE CHEAT has been fined £1000 for using his mother-in-law’s disabled parking badge. Kevin Brannan, 54, who pleaded not guilty to misusing a blue badge, was spotted after he parked at a pay-and-display in the city centre. The judge at Manchester Magistrates’ Court found Mr Brannan guilty and said he was making people “cynical” about the disabled parking system.

A JUDGE HAS VOWED TO LOCK-UP RACISTS after a surge in the number of cases. District Judge Alan Berg said he would use jail sentences to restore “peace and some sense of semblance of civilisation”.

This ‘N’ That wisdom: Lose an hour in the morning and you will spend all day looking for it

Taken from the free calendar available at This 'n' That, Soap Street, Northern Quarter. Wisdom rating: 4/10

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rosieSeptember 18th 2009.

lock up racists? are the thought police out in force?

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