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<b>Wednesday 29 July:</b> Tweet-a-cab, the big bad Wolves and GMP informants rake it in

Published on July 29th 2009.


MANCHESTER CABBIES are being tweeted with orders from customers. Named ‘manchestercabs’, the group states on their Twitter page, “Save your phone credit!!! Tweet a taxi in Manchester”. Simply send where you want picking up and give your phone number, and the Twitter cabbies “will do the rest”. With over 420 followers but only three ‘tweets’ so far, is tweeting ‘manchestercabs’ just a little too zany when all you want is a taxi?

TWO WARRINGTON WOLVES rugby players have been arrested after a brawl outside a Cheshire bar. Ben Harrison, 21, and Chris Bridge, 25, were held on suspicion of affray on Monday, after they and team-mates were celebrating their team's win over Salford on Sunday. Two other men, aged 24 and 39, were also arrested. All four are bailed until 16 September.

THE BODY OF A SHOPAHOLIC has been found under a pile of clothes. The inquest at Stockport Magistrates' Court heard how Joan Cunnane's bungalow was so crammed with clothes it took five visits to her home before the 77-year-old’s body was discovered. Coroner Mr Pollard recorded a verdict of death by natural causes.

GREATER MANCHESTER POLICE are second to only the Metropolitan in the amount of money paid to informants last year. With a bill of £329,497 for "covert human intelligence sources", GMP are second but much further behind the Met’s £1.86m. One former informant handler has said most informers earn between £50 and £2,000, with some making £100,000-a-year for “vital intelligence”.

This ‘N’ That wisdom: Drowning problems in an ocean of information is not the same as solving them.

Taken from the free calendar available at This 'n' That, Soap Street, Northern Quarter. Wisdom rating: 7/10

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

CasJuly 29th 2009.

How do the informants get the money? Is it taxable?Do they sign for it to prove the police officer hasn't pocketed half?

emma graceJuly 29th 2009.

anon, where can you see pictures of her house? I'm curious to see what a house LITERALLY full of clothes looks like

DescartesJuly 29th 2009.

Five visits to find a dead body, seriously?

DescartesJuly 29th 2009.

That'll be dead "pensioners" house

emma graceJuly 29th 2009.

Needs must folks I'm afraid. I'm going to see if Mancon will sponsor the Carboot sale...

DescartesJuly 29th 2009.

I doubt even Emma would loot a dead pensions house!? ;)

shakes headJuly 29th 2009.

Primark has a lot to answer for...

ADJuly 29th 2009.

Aparently they got a police dog in and then declared the place unsafe to seach so had to call in a special team! even though they pretty much knew an elderly woman was missing and might well be in there.

CasJuly 29th 2009.

Emma, are you sure you're not planning to loot it?!

JinkiesJuly 29th 2009.

Maybe they should have paid an informant

AnonymousJuly 29th 2009.

Descartes - did you see the pictures of the poor lady's house? It's not surprising she was hard to find. Awful tale.

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