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<b>Friday 6 February:</b> Home help, Channel M gets a clear picture and Manchester's economic review

Published on February 6th 2009.


A MORTGAGE RESCUE SCHEME is helping families who have fallen into debt in Manchester. Manchester City council is one of four Greater Manchester councils to potentially save homes from repossession. Households that are unable to keep up with mortgage repayments have the option to sell a share of their home to a housing association or sell the entire home to a housing association and remain in the property as tenants.

A MAN HAS HAD PART OF HIS EAR BITTEN OFF as he tried to break up a fight in Manchester's Ritz nightclub. The 22-year-old was attacked as he tried to separate the men fighting near the toilets. Both men then turned on him, throwing bottles before one of them straddled him and bit off part of his ear. Anyone with information about the attack at 3am on Sunday is asked to call police on 0161 856 3540.

CHANNEL M has been awarded a digital licence. This means the Manchester-based TV station will be able to broadcast digitially throughout Manchester on Freeview by the end of this year. At present, viewers have to subscribe to Sky or Virgin media as many can't pick up the channel via terrestrial television.

MANCHESTER CAN MATCH THE ECONOMIC STRENGTH of London according to an independent economic review of the city. The Manchester Independent Economic Review (MIER), cost £1.35m and found that the city has the potential to emerge from the recession in a strong position thanks to global interest, strong governance and the highly developed and competitive regional infrastructure.

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

emma graceFebruary 6th 2009.

Thanks Gezzabelle...I'll try and stay out of trouble! Best keep my trap shut ey? ;)

LeighFebruary 6th 2009.

Manchester can match the economic strength?not spending like that it won't.I could have told you that and I would only have charged £800 quid!

Burt CodeineFebruary 6th 2009.

That's exactly what Morse Inspector Chief Bergarac would say Chick - it's a fine line of enquiry.

Urban WorrierFebruary 6th 2009.

'At present(Channel M)viewers have to subscribe to Sky or Virgin media as many can't pick up the channel via terrestrial television.'Yeah, and after spending all that money just to watch Channel M they could find another channel or two they might like - who knows?

help for the debtorsFebruary 6th 2009.

Mortgage rescue schemes? Hang on a minute surely they can help me on to the property ladder too?I cant get a mortgage because the banks wont lend unless I have the credit rating of the queen yet bad debtors get a leg up? makes me puke...if your not paying your mortgage then you lose your home and have to rent like me!then again if you cant pay your mortgage then what exactly are you managing to pay for?**** it im going to sign up for a council flat...

GezzabelleFebruary 6th 2009.

Be careful please Ms G!!! x

ChickFebruary 6th 2009.

Burt; maybe the allegeded lack of fine-dining restaurants means folk are resorting to eating other's body parts.

evander holyfieldFebruary 6th 2009.

I dont know what all the fuss is about.?

emma graceFebruary 6th 2009.

I know...and I'm going to The Ritz tonight for a gig as well. Better be on best behaviour methinks...

Burt CodeineFebruary 6th 2009.

That's the third 'biting off part of an appendage in a fight' story I've head in the past week (in Manchester)...seriously what the 'ecks going on?

GezzabelleFebruary 6th 2009.

Oh my god re The Ritz story! What on earth is wrong with people?! It makes you just want to stay in if things like that can happen to anyone just having a night out.

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