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<b>Monday 18 January:</b> Arndale’s mini-police station, fingernail emergencies and a snowy week ahead

Published on January 18th 2010.

MAN CHARGED WITH THE HIT AND RUN that killed a Wigan woman. Shaun David James Higgins, 23, from Leigh, has been charged with the murder of Lynda Hankey, who was killed after trying to stop her MG sports car from being stolen outside her home in Worsley Mesnes last Thurday. Higgins, who is also charged with aggravated taking of a vehicle, will appear before Wigan magistrates later today.

CHIEF CONSTABLE CALLS FOR ‘INSTANT JUSTICE’ on shoplifters who thieve in the Arndale Centre. On-the-spot punishments should be given out by a special court set up in the Arndale, where the petty criminals would go before magistrates who would hand out fines, community punishments or even jail, GMP’s Peter Fahy has said. As well as the courtroom, a mini police station with cells would among the shops, with the Magistrates Association already welcoming the self-proclaimed ‘radical thinking’.

A BROKEN FINGERNAIL IS AMONG THE EMERGENCIES OVERSTRETCHED A&E staff at Trafford General have been asked to treat. Other ‘emergencies’, including in-growing toenails, a blocked nose, and a ring stuck on a finger, have proved too much for the staff who are appealing to people with less serious illnesses to visit their GP or a walk-in-centre instead.

ENJOY THE SNOW RESPITE for the next few days, but prepare for another wintery hit by the end of the week. According to the Met Office, snow, sleet and rain is expected to hit a large band from the North West through to the Midlands and further down south. Severe weather warnings have been issued by the Met Office for the North West for Wednesday.

Dorothy Parker (1893 - 1967) wisdom week: Brevity is the soul of lingerie.

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