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<b>Thursday 31 January:</b> Binge warning, license evaders and Munich memorial vandalised

Published on January 31st 2008.

A CORONER has spoken out about the affects of binge drinking amongst young people. Nigel Meadows expressed concern particularly about the record death toll caused by binge drinking in the North West. This comes after the shocking death of David Reid, 22, who drank himself to death in a boozing competition with a friend. The north west has the second highest level of binge drinking in England and has the second highest number of people admitted to hospitals with diseases linked to drink.

OVER 8,000 people in Manchester were caught watching TV without a licence last year. The number of householders caught evading the law has increased because of more accurate detection measures. Manchester is the fourth worst TV licence dodging city in the country behind London, Glasgow and Birmingham.

LOTTERY PLAYERS in Warrington are being urged to check their tickets after National Lottery bosses have announced an unclaimed ticket prize in the area. The mystery winner has won £70,092 from the draw on January 5. Winners have to claim their prize in 180 days or the cash will be donated to charity. The winning numbers were 2,3,12,20,33,49 and the bonus ball was 11.

THE MEMORIAL poster to mark the 50th anniversary of the Munich air disaster has been vandalised. The billboard of the 1958 Manchester United team, was plastered with paint bombs. United have now restored the poster. The poster had been criticised by fans for including the logo of the club's present shirt sponsors and a spelling mistake.

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