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<b>Tuesday 15 April:</b> Police get nicked, rail reports rise and R2-D2 recovers

Published on April 15th 2008.

GREATER MANCHESTER POLICE have had thousands of pounds worth of equipment stolen in the past year. Over £11,000 worth of items such as batons, handcuffs, mobile phones, laptops, sat-navs, body armour and even food were stolen from police vehicles and Greater Manchester Police headquarters last year.

NORTHERN RAIL has reported an increase in train ticket sales since barriers were installed at Oxford Road station. The barriers now only open when a ticket is fed through. The gates have been put in place as part of a pilot system to help reduce the number of people travelling without a ticket, estimated to cost the rail industry £210m every year.

STAR WARS actor Kenny Baker who played R2-D2 is recovering in Wythenshawe Hospital after he was taken ill on Tuesday with serious chest problems. The 73-year-old who played the robot in five of the six Star Wars films, lives in Preston. His son, Kevin Baker told BBC news: “He was very seriously ill but he's out of bed now.”

SVEN-GORAN ERIKSSON has praised Elano following City’s 2-1 victory over Sunderland on Sunday. He told mcfc.co.uk: “It’s good to see a player like Elano coming back and doing so many good things again, because we need the real Elano and I hope he stays like this until the end of the season. Elano was out of form so it’s good to see them back like this. He’s the player with imagination who can see things, play team-mates in and score goals as well.”

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BenApril 15th 2008.

They sell more train tickets when they use barriers to stop people leaving who didn't buy a ticket prior to travel? Amazing! And to think it was only 10 or so years ago when they dispensed with the ticket collectors in Manchester* and the NON fare-dodgers predicted what would happened. * Whenever I've travelled through Lime Street station, Liverpool, there has always been a ticket inspector to pass before one could exit the platform. Fancy that.

Alfa_ScudApril 15th 2008.

Well if the fuzz can't even catch the scrotes the who nick their stuff, what chance have the rest of us????Shame no laser speed guns were nicked - I'd have one of them myself

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