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<b>Tuesday 2 June:</b> Cantona back in Manchester, Oasis ready for big gigs and Sir Richard wants more stop and searches

Published on June 2nd 2009.

ERIC CANTONA was in Manchester last night for the premiere of the film Looking for Eric. The former Manchester United footballer attended the Lowry Centre in Salford Quays with his brother. Looking for Eric, by director Ken Loach, tells the story of a postman called Eric who turns to his hero Cantona for inspiration. The film is released on 12 June.

210,000 OASIS FANS will be at Heaton Park this week for three gigs. Improvements have been made to the park and could see it being used for future large scale events, rivaling outdoor venues such as Tatton Park and Old Trafford. Oasis will perform on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

AN AMERICAN SHERIFF has been visiting Stockport to find out more about policing in the UK. Deputy Sheriff Steve Gray from Mendocino County, California, met with Chief Superintendent Neil Wain to discuss policing in Stockport. He said: “It was interesting to share our different ways of working and see how we differ in approaches to policing.”

MORE TERRORIST SUSPECTS operate in Manchester than London, according to a former spy chief. Sir Richard Dearlove spoke out in a public lecture in Wales. The former head of British Intelligence expressed concern for the number of stop and searches carried out in Manchester. He said: “Recent statistics showed that the Metropolitan Police had carried out 170,000 stop and searches in the UK. The equivalent number for Manchester was 200 or 300. That is a mind-boggling statistic as far as I'm concerned.”

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

QJune 2nd 2009.

I think Sir Richard Dearlove (which is a GREAT name for a spy!) was actually expressing concern at the number of stop and searches being carried out in London, rather than in Greater Manchester where police use their stop search powers much more intelligently and proportionately. I agree with scotee though that his comments are a bit opaque.

CastlefieldJune 2nd 2009.

Thought you may like this, we knew they were a bunch of pigs: news.bbc.co.uk/…/8077007.stm…

BenJune 2nd 2009.

If I understand it right, it looks like there were 200 - 300 out of the UK total of 170,000

scoteeeJune 2nd 2009.

Editorial I know I am a bit of a dummy, but I don't understand the 'MORE TERRORIST SUSPECTS' piece.How many stops were there in Manchester?

JamesJune 2nd 2009.

Metropolitan Police is just London, whilst it is a bigger area, the ratio of searches in comparison to Manchester is more per head. Mr Dearlove reckons we need more as we have more terrorsit potential in our midst....although how you measure that I'm not sure.

spicyJune 2nd 2009.

editorial, I have to agree with Q on this one. I took it from Sir Richard Bondsworthy that he was having a pop at the london police. Read it on the MEN as well and more of his speech is on there. Be interesting to read it in full... Why don't you get it and post it up?

scoteeeJune 2nd 2009.

well from what i understand there are 45,000 towns and villages in the uk alone so 170,000 searches in the uk would equate to...tap ....tap ...tap.tap...3.7 searches per.200 -300 aint so bad then is it?

EditorialJune 2nd 2009.

Sir Richard Dearlove is suggesting there aren't enough stop and searches in Manchester when compared to the total amount taking place in the country, and particularly London. There were 200-300 in Manchester according to recent statistics.

Karen JenningsJune 2nd 2009.

Eric Cantona's film sounds like the basic plot of 'Il Postino' the Italian film only using a footballer as the hero rather than the poet. Not very original.

AnonymousJune 2nd 2009.

Its MI6 who are the 'spies'. MI5 are the 'secret police' and neither do stop and search, though the latter have an interest in it. But there is little point in informing people you are watching them by stop and search. In London it is mostly about knife crime

MalHJune 2nd 2009.

Cantona in Manchester ? At Salford Quays!Enough said!

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