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<b>Monday 29 December:</b> Bishops seek eternal credit, ridiculous 999 callers and a 'freak' murder in Heywood pub

Published on December 29th 2008.

TWO PROMINENT CHURCH OF ENGLAND bishops from Manchester have joined the attack on government morality. Nigel McCulloch, the Bishop of Manchester, said the Labour Party had been "beguiled by money" and was "morally corrupt". The Bishop of Hulme (in Manchester Diocese), Stephen Lowe, said: "The government isn't telling people who are already deep in debt to stop overextending themselves, but instead is urging us to spend more." The Bishop later told the BBC, "the notion of greed, of getting something you want immediately using the credit card" needed to be reversed.

STUPID PEOPLE CAN’T STOP calling 999 over trivial causes. Calls to Greater Manchester Police include a priest dialling 999 when Manchester Airport's WH Smith wouldn’t allow him to use the toilet. Other calls include a woman protesting she couldn’t get through to Strictly Come Dancing to vote for Tom Chambers, and a man who complained takeaway staff had wrongly added mushrooms to his pizza.

A MAN HAS BEEN CHARGED with murder following the death of woman killed in a ‘freak’ incident in a Heywood pub. Mother of three Emma O’Kane was celebrating her boyfriend’s birthday in the Queen Anne when a nineteen year old man, who’d been barred , threw a bottle into the pub. The bottle hit a pillar and a shard hit her in the neck, severing an artery.

A FIRE AT A TOWER block in Ashton-under-Lyne resulted in the death of 51-year-old man last night. He died jumping from an eighth-floor window to escape the blaze.

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

heatseekeerDecember 29th 2008.

Whata a bundle of laughs you sound annon and dig what lets meet 2morro.Crown and Anchor near harvey nicks 2 morro noon

Les DarswanDecember 29th 2008.

I once called 999 because I had a trivial burglary taking place. Not much happened till the buggers had gone and then the Police arrived in about three cars. Maybe mine was a trivial call as well.

AnonymousDecember 29th 2008.

I once called 999 to find out if The Circle club had decided the winner of their "Name the Restaurant" competition.

DigDecember 29th 2008.

I got arrested for spilling domestos on a policeman. I asked what he nicked me for. He said it was a bleach of the police. I'm here all week.

Harry IllDecember 29th 2008.

Tell you what, trival call or not, I'm dialling 999 if this talk of Gordo's balls keeps on.

Karen HDecember 29th 2008.

Jimmy that might have worked but I'm not sure you can get arrested for being a cross-dresser anymore.

Jimmy BaaDecember 29th 2008.

You're right Karen but I had an axe down my tights and I work with the disenfranchised poor.

Jimmy BaaDecember 29th 2008.

I once called 999 because I couldn't find a matching pair of socks and was getting annoyed. When the police turned up they arrested me for being a cross-dresser.

DigDecember 29th 2008.

What do you want to meet me for Heatseeker? Are you going to jump me and beat me up for that awful joke? I have to warn you that I will have Steven Gerrard on my side.

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