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<b>Wednesday 29 April:</b> Ear rip attack, steam trains for commuters, taxi match protests and fruitful parks

Published on April 29th 2009.

A WOMAN'S EARS HAVE BEEN RIPPED in an attack in Withington. The 50-year-old was assaulted as she left her home on Princess Road at 9.30pm on Wednesday. Two men snatched her bag, punched and kicked her as she lay on the floor, tore out her earrings and stamped on them. Det Con Louise Moss said: "It is shocking that this attack took place on such a busy road. We are appealing to passing motorists who may have seen something."

A TOURIST STEAM RAILWAY could provide commuters with a link between Lancashire and Manchester. The East Lancashire Railway (ELR) currently runs for tourists between Rawtenstall and Bury. Proposals for a regular service on the ELR would mean daily commuters could easily connect with the Metrolink in Bury.

TAXI DRIVERS HAVE THREATENED MATCH DELAYS ahead of the Champions League match at Old Trafford tonight. Cab drivers in dispute with Salford Council over plans to increase the number of black cabs, are threatening to hold a go-slow protest near the football ground where Manchester United are due to play Arsenal in the semi-final this evening.

FRUIT TREES ARE TO BE PLANTED IN MANCHESTER PARKS. Manchester City Council plans to plant 20,000 fruit canes, fruit and nut trees and fruit bushes in all 135 of the Manchester parks over the next three years. The idea is that people will be able to pick the fruit, following the information provided next to all the produce on how to tend it and when to pick it.

This 'n' that wisdom*: It's a terrible burden, having nothing to do

*Taken from the free calendar available at This 'n' That, Soap Street, Northern Quarter. Those curry masters are so very very sagacious. How does this wisdom rate? Confidential rating: 8/10

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CastlefieldApril 29th 2009.

Simple solution here. Make it clear to the drivers who first turn up if they don't go, their numbers will be taken and their licences be put at risk. It'll spread on those radios they have and you'll have solved the problem. How about the supporters protest about the cabbies (black cabs and private) who negotiate fees back into town after games (i.e. £20 quid lads) and who somehow say it's £12 to Old Trafford by getting in a load and not paying!

AvoApril 29th 2009.

Is this Private Hire drivers who plan on protesting tonight or existing Black Cab owners who are worried about the planned increase of Black Cabs on the road?

DescartesApril 29th 2009.

Hm, will anyone actually notice a 'go slow' around Old Trafford on a match day? Surely they should speed up to prove the point that extra taxi's aren't needed?

east lancsApril 29th 2009.

OT isn't in Salford. Surely cab drivers should be aware of this!?

scoteeeApril 29th 2009.

A steam railway link? laughable really...all the millions spent on carbon emmisions and setting up eco friendly tram links and we now have a coal fired proposition ...

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