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<b>Wednesday 6 February:</b> The 50th anniversary of the Munich air disaster

Published on February 6th 2008.

TODAY marks the 50th anniversary of the Munich air disaster where 23 people were killed including eight Manchester United players. A memorial service is to be held at 3.04pm- the exact time of the crash on Thursday 6 February 1958. Sir Bobby Charlton will be one of the survivors at the ceremony at Manchester United's Old Trafford ground.

RACE HATE crime convictions are on the increase in Greater Manchester, according to a Home Office report. The number of people found guilty of racially aggravated assaults has doubled in four years. Greater Manchester Police has said the increase is down to better detection and prosecution of such crimes.

FLUORIDE may be added to Manchester’s tap water following an announcement from the Health Secretary Alan Johnson that dental health needs to improve. If the fluoridation plans were to go ahead, Manchester would undoubtedly be at the top of the list of priority areas. At present, tooth decay affects around 61% of five-year-olds in the city.

TRIBUTES will be paid to Manchester United players Roger Byrne (28), Eddie Colman (21), Mark Jones (24), David Pegg (22), Tommy Taylor (26), Geoff Bent (25), Liam Whelan (22) and Duncan Edwards (21) who all died, along with club secretary Walter Crickmer, trainer Tom Curry and coach Bert Whalley in the Munich air crash, 50 years ago today. The young team was flying back from a European Cup tie against Red Star Belgrade when, on a third attempt to take off from Munich airport, the plane crashed.

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