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<b>Monday 4 February:</b> Queer stays up north, parents ordered and hoax callers exposed

Published on February 4th 2008.

QUEER UP NORTH, a Manchester gay and lesbian arts company, has won a reprieve after being threatened with closure. The Arts Council grant was to be scrapped as part of several funding cuts, but after wide-spread support including petitions and letters in favour of the company along with local MP's canvassing support in the Commons, the council has now guaranteed financial support for this year.

PARENTS in Greater Manchester are to be given lessons on how to bring up their children. Over 150 parents are being ordered to take guidance on parenting or face paying a £1,000 fine. The orders have been introduced to tackle problems such as poor school attendance and school exclusion. Salford has been issued with 58 of these orders.

HOAX 999 callers are being exposed by Greater Manchester fire chiefs. All 999 calls are traced and recorded and it is hoped the malicious caller’s voices will be identified. The fire service received 1,422 hoax calls last year costing a total of £2,000. The maximum possible penalty for hoax calls is £5,000 or six months in prison.

WAYNE ROONEY will miss Sunday’s derby match after receiving his fifth yellow card of the season this weekend. Sir Alex Ferguson was unhappy with the referee’s decisions in Saturdays draw with Tottenham. He told MUTV: “If the referee deems Rooney has dived, then he's right to book him. But a few minutes later Huddlestone dived. He had already been booked but the referee did nothing about it. Is that fair?”

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