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<b>Friday 2 October:</b> Police officer's turban triumph, the over-50s sex-guide and Bolton prefers the lights off

Published on October 2nd 2009.

A SIKH POLICE OFFICER HAS WON his discrimination case against Greater Manchester Police. Gurmeal Singh, 31, had already made it clear he would not remove his turban, but during riot training, a sergeant said, “Can you take that thing off?” Judge Murray Creevy said this was a "violation of his dignity". GMP have said they have “updated the policies [the incident] relates to”. The sum of compensation will be agreed today.

AN ARSONIST IS BEING HUNTED after a suspicious fire at Wythenshawe Hospital. Fire crews were called to Wythenshawe Hospital on Tuesday and found clinical waste next to a bin had been set on fire, resulting in substantial damage to the lift area. Police are treating the fire as suspicious and said, “We need to find the person responsible to prevent any further irresponsible incidents".

THE OVER-50s SEX-GUIDE HAS BEEN LAMBASTED for being a “waste of money”. Containing “useful” information such as 'sex every night can burn 970 calories a week', the 5,000 free copies have cost Manchester City Council and the NHS £8,000. Suzie Squire of the Taxpayers' Alliance called it an "extraordinary and misguided pamphlet" and said it was none of the council’s business what the over-50s get up to “between the sheets.”

BOLTON COUNCIL WILL TURN OUT THE LIGHTS early and switch them on later in a bid to save £60,000 over ten years. It will make the saving by keeping the lights off for just eight minutes a day and is part of a new street light initiative.

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The Voice of ReasonOctober 2nd 2009.

How on earth did this end up at a tribunal? Surely it SHOULD have gone "can't you take that off?" to which Mr Singh replies "no it's a religion thing", which SHOULD have resulted in... well not him going off sick with "stress" then getting some decent wedge.

AnonymousOctober 2nd 2009.

Wow two articles so far about over 50's sex... Does ManCon have the hots for Grandmas (or Grandads) or maybe just for those oldsters who run the 'Taxpayers Alliance'. Are the TA's running a comp. for how many quotes they can 'inspire'

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